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Gabriella H.

Grayslake, IL

I my own twist on the Estill method to help illustrate the different sounds made in classical singing (dark tone, light tone, etc) through diagrams and other visuals of the vocal chords themselves. My technique focuses mostly on the anatomy of the voice but also includes other visuals to help my students place their voice in the proper way to produce the best sounds and to not hurt themselves.

About Gabriella

I am a recent college graduate from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI with a degree in Music Education. I have been taking vocal lessons for 8 years and been providing vocal instruction and aiding vocal teachers for 6 years now. I am a soprano and can teach both Broadway style and operatic voice.

My performance credits include: Dido and Aeneas (First Witch), Little Women (Aunt March), Seussical the Musical (Wickersham), and The Marriage of Figaro (Marcellina).

My awards include: 1st Place Singsational Competition (Spring Grove, IL), 1st Place Lake County Fair Talent Competition (advanced
to IL State Fair Competition), 1st place Gurnee Idol 2008, and 2nd Place Waukegan Idol 2007.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students should expect to learn about the vocal chords and how to manipulate them. My philosophy is that without the understanding of the vocal mechanism, students can not effectively learn how to use them. I, therefore, will do a lot of vocal exercises with students before they actually sing songs, so they learn all the different colors of their voice.

I also like to put a lot of emphasis on performing, and not just singing! I help students really perform and feel the song, and not just sing the notes.

I am pretty laid back, but I expect students to practice at home! But, if students are having trouble learning, I am very patient!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do have a keyboard that I can bring with me if the student does not have one in their home.

*** Specialties ***
I teach my own version the Estill method of voice pedagogy which focuses on the actual vocal mechanism (vocal chords, nasal passageways, etc) and uses terminology that describes the look of the vocal chords (thick folds, thin folds, etc) which create different kinds of vocal sounds. I use this method to teach classical voice and broadway voice.

I use the John Thompson method to teach piano to beginners, but I will adapt to whatever style or book method students with more experience are comfortable with.
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Kristen C. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Great

Gabriella has fostered a true love of music in my daughter, while training her with a skill she will have for life. It is a gift I could give my daughter that no one could take away--and I am so very happy we went with Gabriella. She is a gem.
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Lisa G. December 14, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Not happy

This teacher has cancelled a lot and often at the last minute. Not reliable at all. Lessons done in her mother's home which is not ideal and uncomfortable as other family members around. She doesn't want us in the house and never steps out of the house to give us feedback on our daughter's lessons. Very bizarre. Can't even rate teaching skill as she doesn't want us there!
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Kristen C. April 25, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
A happy experience

My daughter is taking her first music lessons aside from school, and she is a very happy young lady, looking forward to the next lesson and full of her experiences when she gets home. She told me about learning to breathe properly and demonstrated her new skills. Not bad for so early in the game. This instructor has developed good rapport and helped my daughter explore music in a good setting. I look forward to seeing my daughter bloom and grow in her love of music. Thank you!
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Gabriella H.

Gabriella H.

Chicago, IL 60657
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sarah W.

Chicago, IL

I've studied classical voice going on 10 years, and I've been teaching classical voice for 4 years. Whether you are just starting out or trying to fine tune your craft, I can help you achieve your goals.

About Sarah

OVERVIEW

First of all, thank you for taking a look at my profile! I hope that we can work together to find your unique voice and style. As they say, "be yourself...everyone else is taken."

For that reason, I do not take the same approach for every student I teach. Everyone learns differently, and I want to make sure I am teaching you in a way that will make your learning experience the best it can be.

I do expect you to have goals of your own, but I do have a few goals for you. I want to help you:

1) develop a healthy singing technique that will bring longevity to your career or
hobby.

2) learn music efficiently and independently.

3) develop good practice habits.

4) learn basic ear training/sight singing.

Now, here's a little bit about me. I've been studying voice for 10 years and teaching consistently for over 4 years. I received my M.M. from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and my B.M. from Wheaton College. Since graduating in 2013, I have been working and performing in the Chicagoland area. Some performance highlights include but are not limited to performing with Light Opera Works, CCPA's production of the Chicago Premier of Daron Hagen's Amelia, and performing with the Grant Park Chorus.

I look forward to working with you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books. I expect my student to provide a piano.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in operatic singing. I received my training in opera; however, I also have training and performance experience in musical theater. I believe I am well equipped in several genres.
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Theresa C. June 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah is an excellent teacher. She is very intuitive and gives excellent constructive feedback. She is easy going and keeps lessons fun. I feel that my beginner skills have improved very quickly thanks to her.
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JD S. January 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah is a great voice teacher. She is kind, patient and a good instructor. I do not have much of a formal background and she has gone out of her way to make it easy for me to find music and help me understand and grow my vocal capacity. I look forward to many more lessons with her and highly recommend her to anyone and everyone.
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Phillip M. June 30, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Even as a subject matter expert, Sarah paced her lessons to match my beginner skill level. She was very flexible with her schedule and always very responsive to questions. Highly recommended.
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Sarah W.

Sarah W.

Chicago, IL 60657
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jane H.

Chicago, IL

About Jane

I am a graduate of Lawrence University with a BA in Music (Piano) and German. I've played piano for almost 20 years, but in college performed more with voice. In college as a BA candidate I was able to take a variety of lessons, including classical piano (my major), jazz piano, classical voice, and jazz voice. One of my favorite projects in college included a recital comprised of all the types of music I love playing and learning about such as a solo piano piece, a few piano duets, a piece where I sang and accompanied myself, a vocal jazz small group, and a few others.

I'm currently workin
g in a jazz trio with a guitarist and trumpeter playing (and singing) tunes from tons of different genres, such as Erykah Badu's "Window Seat", Thom Yorke's "Eraser", Incubus' "Anti-Gravity Love Song", Ceu's "Cangote", a handful of different jazz standards, and much more. The trio project is a good example of all the types of music I love to sing and teach.

My goal for the next year is to complete a 12 track album with my trio. Just thinking about it is exciting!!

Taking lessons with me I can teach you specifics on classical voice or piano and jazz voice or piano, but we can also work on combining them!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will be laid-back but focused. Each student will receive an individualized curriculum based upon their needs/wants from their lessons. Believe me, I've had some bone-dry teachers in the past, and if you're not having fun and liking what you're doing, you're most likely going to forget the lesson you just had. We're going to learn by having fun and doing what I love most!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room, full-sized live-action keyboard, two chairs and bench, mirror, room for parents wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need to have a piano or a full-sized keyboard on which to practice or have lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Personally I am interested in many different genres of music (classical voice, jazz voice, classical piano, jazz piano, accompanying), and in college I was able to take many different kinds of lessons to fulfill my needs. As a result, I feel very comfortable teaching others about all sorts of different genres of music.
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Annelouise B. January 25, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
This Instructor is like Comfort Food and Exercise. ...!

Ms. Jane H. is the ONLY instructor Ive ever had that has made me feel so comfortable and confident with learning myself in my singing abilities. .. (of which I THOUGHT was minimal to say the least) . I didnt think the talent im learning to grasp and manipulate was in me until I met Jane..
Ive listened to her talent on YouTube, and I know for sure Jane will get me to the big leagues with my gifts..
If your looking for an Instructor that nurtures with fun your latent potential to full blown "Talent"..; Start Here with Lady Jane H..
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Larry P. December 2, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
I enjoyed my first piano lesson.

Jane is an excellent teacher and a very professional person.
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AmyB4 June 23, 2011
Very personable, knowledgeable teacher
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Jane H.

Jane H.

Chicago, IL 60647
(4)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Wendy P.

Chicago, IL

Bel canto instruction and technique with a clear outline of warm up techniques using Kristin Linklater techniques. I am a classically trained singer, familiar with the repertoire, as well as diction in Italian, French, German and Latin. The goal is utter freedom and beauty of the voice, enabling you to express the scope of contemporary and classical composers.

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 the past 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic roots band that performs an eclectic mix
of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. I also have a cabaret/art song project consisting or 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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YVETTE R. June 30, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great experience for my daughter.
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Bob June 26, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Wendy has been giving voice lessons to my 12-year-old daughter for 6 months, so I asked her what kind of review she should get. The answer was quick: "Five stars!" Why? "Because she's fun, and she has helped me identify and work on the skills I need, and helped me improve where I'm okay, but could be better."

From my point of view, Wendy has done all those things. My daughter loves to sing, and Wendy is increasing her skills and her confidence. She looks forward to her weekly lessons; never a complaint. Five stars.
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Brenda M. February 27, 2015
Speaking Voice · In studio
Verified Student
I enjoy working with Wendy, very kind and and understands my desire to work towards my goals.
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Wendy P.

Wendy P.

Chicago, IL 60618
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starting at
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Melodie F.

Chicago, IL

A Classical Voice, Opera Voice, or Opera Singing student must be at least 12 years old. Singing lessons are appropriate for ages 5 and older. Opera Voice lessons are the same as Classical Voice lessons, but with an emphasis on building power and endurance.

About Melodie

An adult voice or singing lesson has a minimum duration of 45min.

The scheduling options I accept are either weekly recurring or Schedule-As-You-Go. All "recurring" schedules must be on a weekly basis. If you're not taking a lesson at the same time every week with me, then your option is Schedule-As-You-Go, which means each lesson is scheduled on an individual, floating basis, with no standing appointment. I generally recommend the Schedule As-You-Go option for my students. {Thursday nights are not available during the months of September, October, and November.}

If the student is young
er than 18, I must meet a parent/guardian before or at the first lesson. If the child's lesson is in my studio, the parent/guardian must see my studio before or at the first lesson. In my "studio" there is room for one student and one parent/guardian/friend. There is no room for any additional people. There is no waiting area, and the office is small.

Music Theory is the only online subject offered, and is only offered online. Since it's online, I accept only adult students for this subject. If you'd like Music Theory lessons in my studio or at your home (limited travel options), sign up for Piano, and tell me you want piano lessons for music theory purposes.

*** Specialties ***
Voice teacher: Classical technique and singing for general health and joy
Piano teacher: Sight-reading for fun and education

I have decades of experience teaching private music lessons and performing professionally. I teach beginning to advanced singing, and beginning to intermediate piano. I also teach beginning to intermediate music theory, but online only, adults only. My teaching studio is a small office in my small apartment near the intersection of Chicago & Ashland.

The teacher and the student (and the parents) share the responsibility to maintain and magnify the student's enthusiasm. I am excellent at helping adult singers discover the voices they have. I am very good at listening to children, to learn how best to motivate them toward their parents' goals and their own musical interests. I am also very good at breaking down complicated concepts into easier steps.

My approach to all instruction is based on blending student aspirations with traditional, yet flexible methods. I will always try to work with the paper music and workbooks the student already owns, and to tailor the lessons toward the most practical value. On the other hand, I believe the teacher has an ethical responsibility to provide at least a minimum of classical instruction.

I honor the opportunity to share the joy of music with you.

*** Lesson Details ***
Bring to the first lesson an inquisitive mind and any paper music you'd like to work with. If you don't have any paper music we can work with pencil, paper, and staff paper until we decide upon an approach.
Singing and voice students should not be stuffed full from a recent meal.
Piano students should have clipped nails. Piano students need regular access to a keyboard with a minimum of 61 TRADITIONAL SIZE keys, preferably with touch sensitivity, 10-note polyphony, a sustain pedal, and a music stand.
Please keep all fragrances to a strict minimum. Be aware there will be one cat nearby in my "studio."
REPEAT: In my "studio" there is room for one student and one parent/guardian/friend. There is no room for any additional people. There is no waiting area, and the office is small.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Small office room with digital piano (Roland KR-7)

*** Travel Equipment ***
- a pencil, some staff paper, a tuning fork, and hand sanitizer
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Jayne-Marie A. June 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Melodie does a great job of teaching techniques and warm ups that work for me and my style. She's very knowledgeable and has no problem explaining technique in a way that is always understandable. Plus she is very pleasant to work with, great personality. Enjoyed these lessons very much
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Luke H. June 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Melodie has helped me a lot in my singing development. She is knowledgeable and can adapt to any level, I now enjoy singing much more after taking a few months of lessons.
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Z Z. June 9, 2015
Classical Voice · In home
Verified Student
Melodie is very experienced and funny. I've enjoyed every lessons so far !
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Melodie F.

Melodie F.

Chicago, IL 60622
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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