Singing Lessons & Classes in DePaul
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Singing of all kinds begins with healthy vocal technique. Learning the correct warming up and use of the voice and breath is essential for a career in singing with any longevity. I use a combination of classical (bel canto) and contemporary styles of singing to bring out the best in each student's voice. We will work on breathing, range, voice blending, resonance, flexibility, projection and articulation. I am excellent at diagnosing and resolving vocal issues, as well as teaching students to connect to their material and sing with ease and expression.
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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. I have recently completed training in Somatic Voicework, The LoVetri Method, which has enriched my understanding of the mechanics and health of the voice, as well as applications of technique to CCM or contemporary musical styles of singing.
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.
· Acting · Online
· Speaking Voice · In studio
· Speaking Voice · Online
I emphasize classical technique from a physical perspective, and lessons are sometimes a body awareness workout. Read my profile carefully before you sign up with me. Through this physical approach, we discover what the student's voice truly is, instead of attempting to mimic popular artists.
Singing and Voice lessons must be at least 45min duration.
Customized for individual goals, Singing lessons may include many things. Perhaps your goal is as simple as enjoying the healthy benefits of breathing deeply, strengthening posture, and singing for fun. Senior citizens can take singing lessons for the purpose of remembering old songs while sitting up and breathing. Singing lessons teach proper vocal warm-up, but also emphasize becoming familiar with the many standard songs of various genres.
Absolute beginners are welcome to start out with me, learning to match pitch, and building good habits from the first lessons. Less experienced singers will improve upon their beginning ...
(1) Singing student learns how own body functions as a musical instrument, on a flexible schedule.
(2) Student learns how other artists use music to communicate, advocate, heal, and grow.
(3) Student learns how to use music for self-discovery of artistic aims.
I am Miss Melodie F, a highly experienced private lesson teacher of voice, piano, and theory. Please read my profile carefully before you sign up with me. Complete beginners are welcome. Advanced lessons are available for singing and voice only.
Are you an adult who misses the love of music you enjoyed before life responsibilities took over? If so, you are like most of my recent students.
I teach adult students private music lessons. My specialties and approaches are
(1) blending what the student wants with what the s
(2) classical vocal technique from a body awareness perspective,
(3) how to sight-read keyboard scores, and
(4) music theory translated into something that makes sense.
If you don't practice that's not a deal breaker, but admit it so I can modify the plans to give you your money's worth.
You may schedule a lesson when you want or can afford one rather than being forced to take a lesson at the same time every week; that is the Schedule-As-You-Go option where lessons have no recurring schedule slot. I have weekday office hours available on a Schedule-As-You-Go basis which you won't find on the general availability information here on this profile.
Singing and Voice
Singing and voice lessons have minimum 45min duration. Do you want to do the physical work it takes to become a better singer? Do you have a place to practice? Have you read the "Your First Singing Lesson" section found on each Singing or Voice Subject Page and still want to take singing lessons with me? If you can’t say “Yes” to all of these things I can still work with you. Sign up for Music Theory lessons instead, tell me what you want to learn, and we can go from there.
Do you have regular access to a “real” piano, with weighted keys and a damper pedal? If all you have is an unacceptable keyboard sign up for Music Theory and I can still teach you how to read keyboard music, and play scales, chords, and songs by ear.
Music theory lessons are the most flexible option for general curiosity. You don't need much more than pencil and paper to start music theory lessons. Tell me what you’re interested in and I’ll teach it from a Music Theory perspective.
The current fee for a 45min lesson appointment in my studio is $41. Online singing and theory lessons are the same price. Lessons must be prepaid, with a strict 24hr cancellation deadline.
My teaching studio is a residential office in a high second floor walk-up near the intersection of Chicago and Ashland. I might be able to travel within East Village / Ukrainian Village / Wicker Park / Noble Square for an additional $15 travel fee. If I travel to your location we can negotiate younger ages and group fees.
Upfront deal breakers:
• I have a problem with fragrances. If I can smell something on you I may not be able to work with you. We could discuss online lessons as an alternative.
• One quietly observing adult human guest is welcome with 48-hour notice.
• If you are a singing student you need a place where you can practice and you must read the Your First Singing Lesson section prior to your first cancellation deadline.
• If you don’t have regular access to something that can legally be called a piano, including weighted keys and a damper pedal, don’t take Piano lessons.
Ask me a question using the Ask-A-Question feature. Watch my videos and think about it. I'm a good teacher. I sincerely appreciate the time it took you to read my profile. Thank you.
· Piano · In home
· Singing · In studio
· Piano · In studio
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All styles of singing: I use the bel canto technique for all styles, and all ages and levels.
What you get in voice lessons with me: laughter as you learn! I have learned solid classical vocal technique from the very best . I have trained with respected opera singers who have performed with companies such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as leaders in vocal pedagogy. I believe everyone deserves the same useful tools- no matter what it is you like to sing!
I am patient and customize each and every lesson. Need more time on ear training? No problem . How about beginning music theory? I can
I am also a drama teacher who has worked with groups as well as individuals. I love working with beginning acting students! I'll assist with monologue prep, improvisation, voice for the stage, body awareness, and more. I love being on stage and want you to see how fun it is to jump in and let go,too!
I am a constant student in the world of theatre. I am currently taking many courses with the Drama Teacher Academy, and just received a certificate for monologue work ! Currently studying more improv and musical theatre techniques. I want my students to have as many skills as possible, no matter where their love for theatre or music takes them.
If you're interested in beginner ear training or music theory, I'd love to help you with that as well. I present it in a no-nonsense and fun manner! I'll provide you with simple worksheets to increase your confidence in learning the language of music, as well as run you through increasingly challenging patterns and sight reading for the ear training. Don't be afraid: I make it easy and customize it all. I used to be scared of theory,too- so I know what works!
I have been singing for over 20 years. Performances with the Lira Ensemble and Opera on Tap Chicago, and in master classes with international opera stars Alan Held and Lorna Haywood. Coaching with Collaborative Works Chicago and Rossini Opera Festival. Additional studies in Rock Vocals, Voice Care, Improvisational Comedy, Holistic Voice, Acting, Foreign languages, Dalcroze, Speaking Voice for Singers, , Commercial Vocal Styles/Belting with Lisa Popeil, teacher mentoring workshop with Maestro David Jones. Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Additional workshops in Vocal Pedagogy with David Sabella-Mills, Dr. Karen Prokop, Melissa Cross (the queen of healthy scream technique!), Sheri Sanders Rock the Audition training), and Chicago Cabaret Professionals.
Certified CoreSinging Instructor- one of only a few in the U.S. trained by Meribeth Dayme, PhD, respected clinician and authority in vocal pedagogy and author of "The Singing Book".
Completed John Henny's New Science of Singing course. Currently taking Dr. Shannon Coates' "Vocal Instrument 101".
My students do a variety of great things! One was a top 12 "American Idol" finalist. Current students perform in musicals, top rated choirs, and professional rock , jazz,and blues bands. Many have won awards for their singing at competitions such as NATS. Students of mine have also been accepted to prestigious performing arts high schools for both drama and music, as well as undergraduate music programs in the US and Europe.
Proud member of NATS and the Speakeasy Cooperative, a professional group of independent voice teachers.
I think if you can speak, you can sing. Everyone can and should sing! Don't let anything hold you back. I am a people person that is very passionate about music and singing, and want to be the teacher you'll trust with your voice. Come laugh and learn with me!
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I teach in person (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago) and online via Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime or TakeLessons Classroom, of course!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Sing and See Software. Additional materials I use: Funky n' Fun Vocal Exercises, Estelle Liebling Vocal Methods, Bona and Dannhauser for sight-reading, Full Voice workbooks for young and serious singers!
*** Specialties ***
Beginner vocalists! Very shy singers. Children, teens. Lapsed singers, and seniors. Experience in working with those with learning disabilities , special needs, and victims of abuse. Have also worked with the LGBTQ community and studied with experts in transgender voice .I also love to give workshops!
· Broadway Singing · Online
· Singing · Online
· Singing · Online
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I used to be a terrible singer, and now I'm a professional. I have had many teachers, and I learned a lot of techniques. Want to try some and wow your friends at a party? I often do.
He is proud to teach at all levels, including many professional musicians with master’s degrees, adult beginners, and of course, kids of all ages between 8 and 75.
They are encouraged to select the music they want to learn, so we have worked on classical music and original compositions, which I also coach, jazz, blues, pop, rock, the Great American Songbook, reggae, seven different kinds of Jewish music, and other ethnic music from all over the globe.
Frequently the younger students will request a tune I've never heard, but I magically transform the MP3 into a handwritten score at the student's l
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
· Trumpet · In home
· Flute · In home
If you love singing, either as a hobby or because you would like to explore a career in the field, you will benefit from lessons. When you start we will focus on creating an even and clear tone that is supported by the whole body. Then we will dive into music making and artistry! I also offer a lot of resources to help you become the greatest singer that you can be- whether for karaoke or for really becoming a performer!
I can help your singing move in any direction that you would like to go! There are no limits on what can be done, and I want to help you achieve your goals, whatever they might be! My past students have had varied interests, and I have enjoyed working with all of my unique students in their own artistic areas of intere
· Singing · In studio
· Opera Voice · In studio
· Vocal Training · Online
Combining classical technique, knowledge in vocal health, studied experience in theatre, and love for all styles of music, Nicole teaches students interested in everything from Beyonce, to Taylor Swift, to Nicki Minaj; from the musicals Wicked, to Phantom of the Opera, to Chicago; and from classical composers such as Mozart, Handel, Bellini, and many, many more!
Nicole has been a young artist for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Metropolitan International Music Festival, and for Tiroler Opern Programm, under international instructors, including Elizabeth Bachman (from the Metropolitan Opera), Kim Josephson (Metropolitan Opera), Sharon Cheng (Caramoor),
· Accent Reduction · Online
· Singing · In studio
· Accent Reduction · In studio
As a successful professional singer for over 30 years, vocal coach and speech professor: Lydia has a unique method for teaching voice. She incorporates her practical classroom methods along with her expertise as a singer into the lessons. Each student completes a survey, afterwards a lesson plan is constructed focusing on the needs of the student. Beginners & intermediate students will advance in a short amount of time because of the methods used. Make your dream of singing come true in record time.
Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression. Additionally, I provide my students with training on song selection, soundscapes, stage presence and career building tools.
Whether you dream is to sing in p
· Vocal Training · Online
· Gospel Singing · In home
· Vocal Training · In studio
I am a twenty year Music Educator who will bring out the best in all of my students. You will gain confidence in performance ability through engaging and and personalized instruction that will be catered to your learning style, age and ability level. The goal is to have you playing music in a manner that matters to you. Lessons will include basic to advanced warm-up techniques, note reading, sight reading, music theory, ear training, proper performing skills and continual development through constructive dialogue and critiques. Let's make some Great Music!
I am a Chicago born and raised professional musician who is also a state of Illinois Certified Music Instructor and Educator. My instrumental instruction began in 5th grade and has enhanced my life ever since. I received All-Catholic Band Honors and the John Philip Sousa award in high school which allowed for me to take my talents to the United States Marine Corps Musician's Enlistment Program. I studied Music Theory and Aural Skills at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA, before transitioning to become a member of the 1
As a professional musician, I have performed for former Presidents of the United States and several heads of state from around the world. Additionally, I have recorded professionally on military service concerts, a film soundtrack, and collaborated on studio recordings for local artists. I have also submitted musical works for consideration in the John Lennon Song Writer's Competition.
As an educator, I have taught General Music, band and private vocal and instrumental lessons throughout the state of Illinois for the past twenty years. I have previously served as the Music Coordinator for the Beverly Arts Center as well as a resident teacher instructing individuals from youth to adult.
Everyone has the capability to demonstrate their love of Music!
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I believe that lessons should be informative, but also collaborative. I encourage my students to dive into their creative side, while teaching them the techniques they need to be successful! I am well versed in all genres of music (classical, opera, pop, jazz, musical theater, country, etc.) and, therefore, am able to allow my students to work on music they love and WANT to work on.
Before moving to the Chicago area, Jocelyn maintained an active music studio of more than 40 piano and voice students. Over the past ten years, she has orchestrated numerous recitals, performances, and recording sessions for her students. Being the oldest of five girls, she has always loved working with children, as well as adults, and inspiring creativity through music.
Jocelyn’s goal as an instructor is not
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As a graduate of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in Washington D.C., Natalie has obtained her B.M. in Vocal Performance. With over 10 years of singing and acting experience as well as voice teaching, Natalie has sung in a plethora of musical settings and styles including leading roles in Musical Theater productions, A capella soloist in the ICCA , Chorus member in a several performances at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and various roles in Opera productions. She specializes in teaching beginner/intermediate vocalists, injured voices, acting, and audition prep. Singing is an outlet to discover one's true identity, and she is enthusiastic to help her students reach their full potential as artists!
I have obtained extensive Musical Theater training where I have held leading roles in various productions such as Jojo in Seussical the Musical, Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Marian in The Music Man, Vi in Footloose, Patrice in 13, Beth in Little Woman, Fantine in Les Mis and many more. In addition, I was selected to participate in several acting and singing master classes in Philadelphia at the Walnut Street Theatre, America's Oldest Theater
In addition to my expansive Musical Theater training , I went on to study Operatic/ Classical singing in my undergraduate institution where I obtained roles in Verdi's Rigoletto, Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, and Donizetti's Lucia. With a strong grasp of the Spanish, German, Italian and French Language, I have directed and sung two vocal recitals, singing pieces from a variety of different composers including, Mozart, Wolf, Schumann, Schubert, Rossini, Puccini, Tosti, Verdi, Faure, Debussy, Samuel Barber and many more.
I have made several appearances at the Kennedy Center in D.C. where I have sung with the L.A. Philharmonic in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, as well as in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
In my spare time, I was elected as the the Soprano Section Leader in my A cappella group for 4 years and performed as a soloist in the ICCA's. In addition, I cantored at many masses at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C., where Pope Francis recently visited, and have traveled to sing for various congressman on Capitol Hill.
I am currently a student at Northwestern University studying Speech Pathology with a concentration in Voice Rehabilitation. I am enthusiastic to help singers, as well as non professional voice users who have injured their voices, regain their strength and enhance their livelihoods. It is my passion to give everyone a voice and to help individuals of all ages and vocal levels to go beyond their vocal capabilities and achieve their full potentials!
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In my time spent with Val, I have seen week to week improvements both as a singer and as a song writer. I am grateful to have connected with Val as I am excelling in my craft each day and taking the steps to reach the potential he sees in me as a vocalist and musician."
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