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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
$30 / 30-min
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Katherine C.

Chicago, IL

I have had the pleasure to teach students at all age levels classical technique. This means that I teach healthy breathing, how to support, proper placement.

About Katherine

I am absolutely thrilled to be returning back to Chicago full time and able to open my private studio again. In May of this year, I finished my doctoral degree at University of Michigan in Vocal Performance. It was a truly wonderful experience, filled with wonderful performing experiences and furthering my teaching skills by instructing students of all talent and age levels.

I have been teaching for full-time for the past six years and part-time for the last ten years. It is an absolute joy for me and I truly believe that it is a gift to share a student's musical journey with them. I ai
m to find how each student learns best and tailor their lessons to them.

Below you will find a more formal performance bio. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!

Katherine C. is an award-winning mezzo-soprano. In the past three seasons, Katherine has been featured in important role and company debuts across the United States, eliciting kudos for her “soaring, rich voice” (The Miami Herald), her “polished musical and dramatic characterizations” (Kurt Weill Newsletter) and her “fine coloratura technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

In the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, Katherine C. will debut the roles of the Komponist in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos (University of Michigan) as well as the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem (Chicago Community Chorus). As a winner of the coveted concerto competition at University of Michigan, in the fall, she will make her Hill Auditorium debut with the University of Michigan orchestra singing John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man in addition to performing the work with the Oakland Symphony in 2015. In January of 2014, she will return to Opera on the James to make a role debut of Julia Child in Hoiby's Bon Appetit as well as returning with the Toledo Symphony in April for the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

During the 2011 and 2012 season, Katherine C. performed with three time Grammy winning eighth blackbird to revisit Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man at the University of Missouri Kansas City as well as debuting with Opera on the James as Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore, with the Freeport Symphony as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with the Marion Symphony as the mezzo-soprano solist in Mozart’s Requiem, and returned to Toledo for Handel’s Messiah, and debuted with the Metropolitan Chorale of Waverly, Iowa for Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasia.

During 2010 and 2011, the singer returned to Syracuse Opera in her role debut as Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel; made her first appearance with Opera New Jersey as Siebel in Gounod’s Faust; performed as soloist with the eighth blackbird in John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man both in Chicago as well as at the University of Richmond; returned to the Toledo Symphony to perform in Handel’s Messiah and sang the world premiere performance of Vivian Fung’s Yushan Songs with Chicago based Fulcrum Point.

Auspicious operatic and symphonic debuts from recent seasons include roles as Stephano in Roméo et Juliette with Syracuse Opera (for which Calcamuggio was named “Artist of the Year” in 2009); a much touted Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Un Musico in Manon Lescaut with Florida Grand Opera; the Young Nun in the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good (available on the Naxos label); Aglaonice in Philip Glass’ critically-acclaimed Orphée with Glimmerglass Opera; and Inez in a concert performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore under the baton of Maestro Eduardo Müller with the Miami Concert Association. Calcamuggio has also performed as a featured soloist in a recital of Rossini’s songs titled Sins of My Old Age with Opera Omaha and in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Park Ridge Symphony.

The mezzo-soprano has received top prizes in the Palm Beach Opera, Bel Canto and Shreveport Singer of the Year competitions; and has awards from the Chicago Women’s Musician’s Club and the Anna Sosenko Trust. She is a former participant in young artists’ programs at Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, as well as the Aspen and Brevard Music Festivals.

Katherine C. holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University.

Katherine has taught at both the high school level (Loyola Academy, Regina Dominican, Elmwood Park and Dexter High) and the college level (University of Michigan and Northwestern University as part of her graduate assistantship). Her students ranged from beginning classically trained students to musical theater students.

*** Lesson Details ***
You will constantly be learning from me when you take lessons. I am an incredibly energetic, passionate and caring person which translates to a fun, open learning environment. Students will learn about proper singing technique with me including how to take prepare the body for singing, the proper breath and how to use the body to its utmost capabilities for the best produced sound. I also ask that students learn basic theory so as to help them with their singing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
You feel safe, relaxed and ready to learn in our apartment. Decorated with opera houses that we have performed in, surrounded by book cases with music scores and books and opera pictures, you will be inspired to learn while I sit behind our upright piano. Parents are welcome to stay and can wait in our living room or dining room while your son/daughter is learning.

*** Specialties ***
Being classically trained and being an active opera singer still, I am best suited and strongest in the classical field. However, all singing is based on proper breath technique and support, so I can teach many different genres for the voice. I also have taught musical theater!
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Colleen B. March 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Shining star

Katherine is a positive force to our daughter. She is really professional!
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MikeK1 May 7, 2012
Very good teacher who is very excited when you do well. I can not believe that I am willing to sign in front of anyone but she has made me feel very relaxed.Great Job
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KellyT1 April 29, 2012
Great teachers. My daughter really loves working with her.
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Katherine C.

Katherine C.

Chicago, IL 60640
(22)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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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 8 and older. Opera Voice lessons are the same as Classical Voice lessons, but with an emphasis on building power and endurance.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Your First Singing Lesson______________________________

Singing is good for you. Healthy reasons to take singing lessons include deep breathing, balanced posture, relaxation, and abdominal strength. Additional benefits are confidence enhancement, cultural awareness, emotional expression, memory support, and stress relief. Some people sing to share spiritual joy.

A singing lesson is like a private exercise class. Be prepared to move around, making weird sounds and stupid faces. Dress for physical activity, including appropriate shoes. Keep makeup light enough to touch your face and lips. Don't wear anything that covers your neck. Jewelry should ...

About Melodie

Thank you for your interest! 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.
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Specialties
Voice teacher: Classical technique and singing for general health and joy
Piano teacher: Sight-reading for fun and education
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udio 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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Thank you for being the kind of prospective student that reads carefully through my entire profile. If you think reading it is too much work, you should probably choose a different teacher.

An adult voice or singing lesson has a minimum duration of 45min. All other lessons may be 30min or longer.

Singing and Voice students should read Your First Singing Lesson, found on the subject page.

I might be able to travel within Wicker Park / Noble Square / East Village / Ukrainian Village. Travel fee is an additional $10 per lesson.

I accept Schedule-As-You-Go lessons, which means each lesson is scheduled on an individual, floating basis, with no standing appointment. I also accept a weekly "recurring" schedule, but not every other week. Repeating lessons must happen every week.

If the student is younger 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.
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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.

I honor the opportunity to share the joy of music with you.
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Lesson Details
REPEAT: Singing and voice students should read Your First Singing Lesson, found on the subject page.

Please keep all fragrances to a strict minimum. If you wear too much, I'll refuse to teach you.

Be aware there will be one cat nearby in my "studio."

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.

Piano students should have clipped nails, and 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.

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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.
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Carla E. August 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I just finished my third lesson with Melodie and couldn't be happier. She is patient and accommodating while being knowledgeable and resourceful. I am very much a beginner and Melodie has been able to adjust my lessons accordingly. I am looking forward to my next lesson already!
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Raquel N. August 4, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
We did a lot of breathing exercises that's going to help me be a better singer. We also did some exercises that'll eventually help me hit the notes I want to hit. I'm liking it so far.
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Larry July 23, 2015
Music Theory · In home
Melodie is a life-long musician whose deep knowledge and experience I enjoyed the benefit of while I was studying music theory in college. She had a knack for picking the perfect example and explanation to help understand concepts. She also made music come to LIFE when she would sing! Quite honestly, her talent and skills intimidated me - but she always was willing to share her JOY OF MUSIC without judgement. She always encouraged me to not just play music, but to FEEL the music, and pass that feeling to the audience. She doesn't just do this for a living. It is her passion - and it shows in the ongoing quality of her work.
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Melodie F.

Melodie F.

Chicago, IL 60622
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starting at
$36 / 45-min

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