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Wendy P.

Chicago, IL

Using my vocal and acting training, I have worked with many students on improving their speaking voices for public speaking or voice-over work. I use Linklater , and Alexander technique combined with other training to help students overcome their fear of public speaking as well as their technical vocal issues, such as articulation, projection, breathing problems and modulating the voice in a pleasant way. I can help you overcome an overly nasally tone for example or a monotone voice.

About Wendy

I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic/electric roots band that performed an eclectic mi
x of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. Within the past year I have re-energized my theater and cabaret career, appearing at Davenport's Cabaret, in a new solo show, as well as productions at Big Noise Theater and Stage 773. I've also completed two short films and started working on my own web series, about my life as a singer/voice teacher. I also have an art song project consisting of original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with many major theaters in the Chicago area, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater, Bailiwick Theater, and Prop Theater.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a classically trained singer I will instruct you in all aspects of singing technique, from breath control and support to improving your tone, range, flexibility and resonance. My familiarity with a variety of musical styles from pop/rock, R&B, and country, to musical theater, lounge and jazz makes me an ideal teacher for those interested in contemporary styles.

I have spent many years developing my own style of singing and instruction. I draw on my experiences and training not only in music, but theater and movement, (Linklater, Alexander Technique, Grotowski) to create a well rounded approach to singing and performing. As an instructor, I am most interested in helping students find their true voice and artistic style. I teach students to find expression through and with a foundation of technique, rather then in spite of it. I also am very interested in helping students deal with the mental/emotional aspects of performance, an all important area so frequently ignored by music teachers. My style is nurturing, yet disciplined, and sprinkled liberally with good-natured humor."

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio space is fully equipped with a piano, P.A. system with microphones, CD, MP3 player for tracks, and ability to record lessons if the student desires.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please have a piano (in tune!) or keyboard for use in your in home lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but I am very adept at teaching music in a wide variety of styles, including most contemporary styles of music including pop/rock, roots, swing, jazz and blues, country, r&b, and of course musical theater and cabaret. My band performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers in the roots rock genre, and I write music as well. I have many years of experience in the theater as an actress, and I coach acting technique and performance. I coach singer/songwriters, and all types of singers, of all ages. I have a workshop that specializes in helping people learn to perform better in front of an audience, and I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, which is a supportive opportunity to perform regularly! I also coach bands, to improve their vocals, harmonies, etc.
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SP November 28, 2015
Speaking Voice · In studio
Wendy is a passionate, highly professional and knowledgeable coach, who is truly committed to helping students achieve their desired effects!
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Corinne T. November 28, 2015
Audition Prep · In studio
Verified Student
Wendy helped me a lot and I will always be grateful. I will begin the recording session in December and I was picked. With God's help I will be on the radio soon. Thank you so much Wendy. I will take some classes in December and January with you... :)
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Jason G. September 26, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Wendy is a nice teacher. She is professional, experienced and patient. I have never been so happy by watching my son take a lesson. My son said he likes Wendy and her voice very much, and her cozy studio as well :).
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Wendy P.

Wendy P.

Chicago, IL 60618
(19)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jeff F.

Chicago, IL

About Jeff

I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies.

*** Lesson Details ***
With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching
style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance. The mind learns quicker than the body, so focused practice will help train the body and bring it to the mind's level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished Basement studio: drum set, snare drum, small mallet, xylophone and electric piano, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide sticks and mallets and purchase a book that we will work out of weekly.

*** Specialties ***
I feel comfortable teaching all levels of percussion. I have experience teaching a variety of styles Jazz, rock, classical, and world.
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Kevin A. January 2, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I'm an experienced drummer and I was able to get started right away into exercises that fit my my level of skill. Very helpful.
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Debbie L. December 30, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Jeff has been working with my 16 year old son, who started drum lessons to prepare for jazz band, for about 4 months now. Jeff is a a very skilled teacher and has been a joy to work with in terms of coordinating schedules and other logistics. My son has learned a great deal from Jeff in a very short time and very much enjoys working with him!
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Derrick B. November 3, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Jeff is an outstanding teacher. Passionate, and effectively tailors the lessons to your experience level.
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Jeff F.

Jeff F.

Chicago, IL 60651
(7)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jessica A.

Chicago, IL

With a background in classical voice, diction, international phonetic alphabet, vocal anatomy and physiology, I can help students with their dramatic and communicative goals through speech.

About Jessica

Jessica is an advanced candidate for the Doctorate of Music with 10 years experience teaching students of all ages and musical backgrounds. She holds a Masters from the University of California and teaches in a range of styles; from opera and theatre, to jazz and singer-song writing. She loves to teach a variety of genres, but always from the foundation of a body-oriented vocal technique. She encourages students to become knowledgeable about the music they perform and to develop the skills to be clear and expressive vocal communicators.

When not teaching, Jessica is a professional vocal so
loist who performs with ensembles around the world. Her performances have garnered praise for their “…virtuosic whimsy” (New York Times), “expressive flexibility combined with imagination…” (The Sydney Morning Herald) and “…upmost security and power...” (Chicago Tribune).

She is also an alumna of the Young Artist Program at the Victorian Opera Company. As a performer, she specializes in adventurous repertoire; singing opera, chamber music, experimental, conventional and contemporary-classical music. Her love of experimentation influences her teaching. She likes to take exploratory approach, to find the best way to help each individual student improve.

*** Lesson Details ***
A first lesson will always begin with getting to know each other. It is important to me that we figure out why a student has come to have lessons and to decide on the best path forward to help them reach their goals. Lessons will include a mix of technical work (to improve vocal tone quality, range, flexibility and ease) and working on repertoire. Students can bring in songs they want to learn and we work on them together. Alternately, I might suggest appropriate pieces to complement other things we are working on (for example, if we are working on improving some aspect of a students listening skills, I might suggest a piece that helps to cement that learning, or if we are trying to improve a student's ease in a particular part of their range, we might work on a piece that uses that part of their range).

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is a room in my home, which is exclusively used for musical purposes.

*** Travel Equipment ***
A piano and room without distractions

*** Specialties ***
Classical, opera, music theatre
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Elli M. January 9, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Jessica is supportive, engaging and a master at her craft! She incorporates a range of vocal exercises and body work to interconnect music, lyrics and your voice as an instrument. Thank you Jessica, you are the most gifted teacher my daughter has ever had in her academic and her arts training.
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toni R. June 29, 2015
Singing · In studio
Jessica is an amazing and gifted instructor. My daughter looks forward to her classes and feels at ease. Her work is remarkable and quite affordable.
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Eugene H. March 7, 2013
Singing
An encouraging, flexible and knowledgeable teacher

Jessica taught me for a couple of years when I was first staring to take singing seriously. I was very pleased with her teaching methods and general manner.
My lessons were tailored to my specific needs: Jessica was understanding of my limited technical knowledge but still was able to guide me through many beneficial vocal exercises. The technique I had been singing with previously was poor and possible harmful to my voice, and I feel like Jessica did a wonderful job of building up a very functional framework of ideas I was able to use to guide my private practice.
As well as helpful technical tools, Jessica provided me with insightful and constructive feedback into the way I was performing my songs, ensuring skills I built up from the exercises were translating across to my performance of material.
Jessica is easy to get along with, honest, persistent and encouraging. I would recommend her as a teacher for anyone, regardless of their singing style or level of skill.
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Jessica A.

Jessica A.

Chicago, IL 60608
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Margo L.

Chicago, IL

I am the best and most effective voice coach. Not only do I train the voice, but I also give you solid techniques that you can use at any time to guarantee improved performance overall. My sessions are tailor-made for YOU and not just a pre-fabricated lesson plan. I take the necessary measures to ensure the best results for you! We will overcome stage fright and poor projection. Your voice will command respect and adoration while working with me.

About Margo

Are you ready to fall in love with your voice? Do you want to have fun while doing so? If so, look no further!

I am the most effective voice and performance coach. No bells, no whistles, just GUARANTEED RESULTS. If your voice isn't becoming to you, you should be coming to me! In addition to singing and songwriting, I have been the private vocal coach for multiple contestants on American Idol, America's Got Talent, The Voice and several other vocal competitions spanning over 10 countries.

I am available 24 hours a day for online coaching and as early as 6:00 am for in-person sessions. *P
lease note that 15-minute sessions are ONLY available for Skype. In-person sessions must be a minimum of 30 minutes.

My approach is designed to train and condition the entire body as an instrument, not just the oral portion of the voice.

My method of assessing and meeting the needs of each student enables me to assist them in bringing out the very best in their capabilities. If you desire quality, effectiveness and noticeable improvement in your singing, writing, public speaking or overall performance, then I am the coach for you!

Not only do I promise results, I guarantee them! If you follow my specific instructions, I assure you that you and others will hear the difference.

Whether you are a beginner or professional, I make sure that you are comfortable and have a great time while learning. I am compassionate and flexible with your needs so feel free to let me know what you want from your lessons and we can work towards your goal to your satisfaction.

I have been trained in Classical, Appoggio, jazz/improv, Seth Riggs' speech-level singing and other methodologies of singing and speaking.

ATTENTION ALL PUBLIC SPEAKERS!
Are you nervous in front of a crowd?
Is your voice weak?
Do you forget your speeches?
Do you lack self-confidence?
Do you want to command the stage and captivate your audience?

If the answer is "yes" to any of the above, then you need my assistance. I will empower you with the tools you need to deliver the best performance.

I currently have multiple songs in mainstream rotation (under an alias), with over 400 spins per day worldwide and am highly-acclaimed by many jazz, pop, r&b and hip-hop notables. I am also a NESTA certified wellness coach. I have the privilege of being a classically-trained pianist and vocalist, having studied at Sherwood Conservatory of Music, Vandercook College of Music, The Second City, University of Chicago, ETA Performing Arts Center and many other fine institutions.

My five-octave vocal range, impressive whistle-register and fine-tuned ear have afforded me opportunities to work with many popular artists. Additionally, I sing in seven languages(English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Mandarin and Latin) and am adept in aiding my students in overcoming speech impediments and enhancing their own vocal range.

I also specialize in post-surgical voice re-immersion and students with special needs including down syndrome, autism and speech impediments.

My methodology helps students feel comfortable and each session is tailor-made to the student's individual needs.

Children love working with me because I make learning fun and they have a high retention rate of the techniques that I teach them. I am easygoing, funny and offer a minimalistic casual and relaxed environment for everyone.

My adult students have a blast because our lessons feel more like a friendly visit. I pull your potential to the forefront and together we create perfection.

I am excellent at preparing people for public speaking engagements, competitions, showcases and concerts and even help develop a winning show lineup and presentation.

Group classes are also available.

If your voice isn't becoming to you, you should be coming to me!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is tailor-made to suit the student's individual needs. A custom lesson plan will be made for each student on a case-by-case basis.

Skype Disclaimer:
If you choose Skype lessons, please make sure that your system is functioning properly, that you know how to use the platform, that you have a good internet connection and that you are logged in on time, as no concessions will be made for technical difficulties.

Timing Disclaimer:
Our time together is very valuable. If you are not on time for your session, the missed portion will not be made up at the end of the session. If I am not on time, I will make up the missed portion at the end of the session or alternate agreed-upon time. No exceptions or make-up sessions will be made for illness, weather, transportation issues (including car trouble), or any other short-notice reason. Rescheduled lessons must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance and must be made up within the calendar week of the original lesson. If it is not made up within that week, it will still count as a paid session and cannot be made up at a later time.

*** Specialties ***
Pitch Correction
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Accent Reduction
Repertoire Selection
Concert and Competition Preparation
Public Speaking
Physical Maintenance of the Vocal Instrument
Overcoming Speech Impediments
Movement
Studio Recording Techniques
Songwriting
Image Development
On-Location Assistance
Vocal Range Enhancement
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Teryn January 17, 2016
Classical Voice · Online
Verified Student
We had a very good first lesson. I had an online class so the only drawback is that there is a little limitation when trying to focus on head and neck placement specific to voice coaching with the distance learning. However Margo was Great! I'm looking forward to our next session.
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Stephen R. January 14, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Margo does a great job of tailoring the lessons to your needs. As a beginner and even having a much lower register than her, she's helping me make large strides after only a few lessons
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Nastassia Obazee January 6, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
What I like about Margo is that she will help you to relax, and she is very personable. She makes the lessons fun! While in conversation, she is able to help me not only figure out my vocal range, but made me use my diaphragm to put strength into it (and not sing from the the throat). If you want a teacher who is knowledgeable about technique and is dedicated to help you reach your potential, she IS that teacher!
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Margo L.

Margo L.

Chicago, IL 60653
(25)
starting at
$49.99 / 30-min
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Madison S.

Chicago, IL

Working Director offering lessons in Public Speaking and conquering stage fright

About Madison

Hello! My name is Madison, I'm currently a working director and serving as the Artistic Director and co-founder of a small store-front theater company called Death & Pretzels, now in it's second season (check us out at www.deathandpretzels.com). I have directed and produced all of our shows to date. I am a graduate of the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film, where I received double degree emphasis in Directing & Management and Performance, as well as a specialization in Playwriting. I've also taken a year of speciality classes at Second City. I specialize in training for auditions, monolo
gue and scene performance, as well as movement tutoring, speech and spoken word training, improv short form and sketch writing and performing. I had previously been working as a nanny and am more than comfortable working with actors from the ages of 8 and older. I'd love to meet with you to work on some pieces! Directing Resume available upon request.
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Lexi August 11, 2015
Acting · In home
I cannot praise Madison Smith enough for being a wonderful acting coach. I was lucky enough to get the chance to act in a play she was directing, and also sought out her help for monologues for various auditions I had coming up at the time. She not only was over the moon thrilled to help me with my pieces, but she also was extremely approachable, listened to my concerns and questions, and truly helped me work my pieces until I felt comfortable and confident in them. As a young performer myself, it is really important to have a solid level of trust with the person coaching you, and Madison gave me exactly that. She has my highest recommendation!
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Laura August 5, 2015
Theater Acting · In studio
Madison directed me in a play called The Dybbuk last year and had the very difficult job of teaching me to act possessed. I was having trouble inhabiting the idea of possession physically while also reciting very heightened language in unison with another actor. Madison coached me by allowing me to explore creatively and making adjustments based on what she saw. Her ability to communicate what she wanted while also making sure I was comfortable was really amazing, considering it could have been frustrating for all of us if anyone got impatient. I ended up being very proud of my performance in that play, and without Madison's coaching I don't think I would have been.

During that play she was also able to direct a large cast and overcome many of the obstacles fledgling theatre companies face with good humor and quick thinking. I would recommend her as a teacher and director to anyone.
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Madison S.

Madison S.

Chicago, IL 60647
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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