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About Penny R.

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ABOUT PENNY R.

I graduated from college in Virginia with a Bachelor of Music Education degree as a voice major, and minored in piano and violin. My teaching certificate was for vocal, instrumental and general music, grades K - 12, and I graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Graduate school brought me to Indiana, where I earned a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. Migrating up to the Chicago area from there, I taught at a private music school (voice and small ensembles, as well as many faculty performances) before staying at home to raise our children, and teaching voice lessons privately in my Studio. After 30 years of teaching, I'm still at it, and I still love it!

I am a Permanent Professional member of Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA), a National Certified Teacher of Music with the Illinois State Music Teacher's Associ
ation (ISMTA), a member of the West Suburban Chapter of ISMTA, as well as a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing. Most of my students are high school aged, but I have taught from ages seven through 70. My students regularly achieve MTNA's Music Achievement Award, are selected for District Choir and All-State Choir, as well as receive leading roles in high school and community musicals.

PHILOSOPHY

I believe that singing does something to words which nothing else can--it puts feelings to music. Everyone has feelings, and everyone can be musical. Those who pursue their vocal education can be rewarded with confidence in their ability to sing. The goal of my Studio is to promote the study of music, and to create a musical environment at each lesson so that every person's individual potential can become realized - all while having fun!

My Studio provides a nurturing environment for all singers, from beginning to advanced, children to adults. I will help you develop and maintain your vocal health, expand your vocal range, and develop your musicianship. You will learn to integrate a coordinated process of breath, pitch and tone, while exploring your vocal potential in a wide range of contemporary and classic musical styles. Teaching proper vocal technique is my primary goal with every student: fixing what is being used incorrectly, and enhancing what is already done well. I will work with you on any style of repertoire you desire: classical, opera, Broadway, jazz, folk, etc. I love it when a student wants a variety of song! And if your music theory skills are weak, we'll take care of that, too!

LESSONS

Children eighth grade and younger should sign up for half hour lessons; students high school and older should sign up for 45 minute lessons.

I am so excited to share the joy of making music with my new TakeLessons students! We get right into breathing, first thing. Once that is right, we can turn our attention to what's going on with the throat and mouth. All the while, we are learning songs by which we can practice whatever we're working on in the exercises. Everybody's different, with different tensions, both proper and antagonistic. We isolate the muscular tensions that are interfering with your perfect sound, and go from there!

*** Lesson Details ***
Come prepared to make a lot of noises with which you don't normally sing! We will explore every sound you are capable of - there's something to learn from most of them! Obviously, we'll concentrate on the ones we really want to sing with, while using a myriad of vocal exercises.

My studio brochure will explain many of the nuts and bolts of our lessons, and any expectations regarding practicing, keyboard ability and access, and how we work home practice when you don't know how to play piano. Generally, we spend about half the lesson time on warm ups/exercises, and half the time on songs. Sometimes we memorize them; sometimes we polish them; sometimes we just learn them quickly and move on to new things. Each lesson is a little different, depending on what I'm hearing from you that day.

I'm always happy to help you with school/church solos, audition material, choral parts, etc. Otherwise, we will choose repertoire together, taking into account your goals and interests, along with what makes good teaching material. Come join the fun and make some music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My basement rec room serves as my teaching studio, so there are stairs with which to contend. Parents may stay either in the studio, or up in my living room to wait. The fully equipped studio contains a piano, audio-visual equipment for recording and play back, music stands, stools, a comfortable couch, and even a sink for quick water drinks! (Singing can make you thirsty!)

*** Specialties ***
In my 30+ years of teaching private lessons, I've amassed quite a toolbox of eclectic musical resources. That said, I still find muscle manipulative exercises while vocalizing to be the quickest route for most students to have success in building their long term voice. So I utilize those techniques frequently. With proper, healthy vocal production, a student can sing in any genre they choose. I am very concerned about producing a healthy voice with a free tone, particularly for children, so that all students can go forward into whatever style they choose with good vocal production.
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Mark S. April 24, 2017
· Singing · In home
Penny is fun at the lessons and very encouraging. For an older man who never had any confidence in my voice, she is making me believe I can learn to sing out loud.
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Yelena March 15, 2017
· Singing · In home
Penny is an awesome vocal instructor! I had absolutely wonderful time taking lessons from her. She is very knowledgeable, skilled, kind and encouraging. I became much more confident and skilled after our lessons. I highly recommend Penny to anyone!
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Fatima February 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Mrs. Rosenwinkel was one of the best music instructors I've ever had, and hands down the best vocal coach. She incorporated just the right balance of vocal exercises and performance songs into our lessons so that I could strengthen my voice and broaden my range while keeping the lessons very engaging and enjoyable for me. She was always very encouraging and I learned so much from her. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a voice teacher.
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Penny R.

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Wheaton, IL 60187
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About Benjamin K.

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I have extensively studied vocal performance for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have a Master of Vocal Performance Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. I currently work for a recording studio (Sound Summit Studios in Naperville IL) where I teach voice and help singers record their music in the studio. I have previously taught at The School of Rock in Indianapolis Indiana. I have administered vocal lessons to every voice type at all different levels. Several of my students have recored albums and are currently performing all over the U.S.

I have a bachelors degree in biology with a minor in art. After graduating college, I was a full-time high school biology teacher, volleyball coach, and director of the school musical. As a high school teacher, I learned first hand the kind of pressure and expectat
ions that are placed on students in order for them to succeed. In college, I was the head student researcher on a two-year lab project. I took several upper level science courses including: biochemistry, calculus, organic chemistry, calculus based physics, cell biology, anatomy, and physiology. I studied marine biology in the Virgin Islands and am CPR certified.

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Voice lessons with me are fun and effective. You can expect to hear improved technique from day one, eventually reaching your long term goals. I begin every lesson aligning the students voice through various vocal warm ups and exercises. We then work together to pick repertoire that will suit the singer'€™s voice and they will enjoy singing. During a lesson we will also cover performance presentation, acting, diction, rhythm, musicality, style, and interpretation.

During tutoring you can expect a personalized plan based on your goals and aspirations. Since every student is different you can be assured we will come up with a plan that is designed just for you. I am a laid back tutor but will be sure to get the most out of you after our time together. Most students see at least a one letter grade improvement. My main goal for every tutoring session is student learning and comprehension.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, recording equipment, large collection of sheet music

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students find their true singing voice.
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EVANS F. May 13, 2018
· Singing · Online
First, I had some previous singing lesson but did not really get to sing properly and my throat was always straining. Benjamin took me from the basic with breathing and how to correctly lean on the air. It took a little time, and now i feel so comfortable when I sing. My vocal resonance and control has really improved. I do not sing with my throat no more, I feel effortless and I control my intercoastal muscles very well. Benjamin is really Great, Patient and Understanding instructor. He has made to start loving and accepting my voice.
I strongly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn the freedom of singing and how good it feels to sing your favorite songs at ease.
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Andrea May 10, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In home
Benjamin is a wonderful vocal teacher! I have been singing my entire life, and within the months I have been taking lessons from him I have seen a great amount of improvement in my vocal abilities. I highly recommend him whether you are new to singing or you have been singing for many years.
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Henry R. May 9, 2018
· Singing · Online
I told you this guy is a closet piano player disguised as a singing coach. However cudos to him after all. He actually had me singing with my own piano today. Thought I would never say thanks, Ben, but today I must say thanks because he was teaching me harmony with my own piano. I might like this after all. Good weekend all.......
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Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL 60605
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$40 / 30-min

About Melodie F.

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About Melodie
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 student needs,
(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 availab
le on a Schedule-As-You-Go basis, which you won't find on the general availability information here on this profile.

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.

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.

Piano
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
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.
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Bob November 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Geriatric patient Bob is going along with the program beautifully. Just keep doing what you're doing Melodie. Thanks
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Marisol March 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
So far I've only had one lesson with Melodie and she really cares to help you achieve what you're trying to accomplish. We went through a few things such as posture, how to breathe, humming, vowels, position of tongue and other things. About myself: I don't know how to sing and this is my first singing lesson.
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Ben March 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My lessons with Melodie have been great! She is extremely knowledgeable. I'm a new piano player, and she has been very patient with me as we work our way through the basics. She is great at explaining the theory side in a way I can understand. And the out of class work she suggests not only drives home what we worked on in the lesson, but it also has me playing some basic songs...which is encouraging and keeps practice fun!
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Melodie F.

Melodie F.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$30 / 30-min

About Monica S.

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Harwood Heights, IL

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I have at least a little experience in everything performance related. You name it - chances are I've done it! The two areas I have the most experience teaching though are acting / audition coaching (I've been teaching this on and off for over 10 years), and vocal coaching / singing lessons.

While I am a highly trained singer that can sing anything: Pop, Rock, Church Songs, Broadway, Opera, etc. - I am NOT the best accompanist. As long as you are fine working on songs with a pre-recorded accompaniment track, or a capella - I'm the teacher for you!

I'm also lucky enough to be a successful working actor and have been a paid musical theatre performer in the Chicago-land area for the past 13 years. That being said, I will occasionally have auditions or rehearsals. Because of this, I try to keep my prices affordable in exchang
e for a flexible teaching schedule.

I'm also a former cast member of Walt Disney World and am a skilled puppeteer. I'm a funny / nerdy / silly teacher, so all levels of students will feel welcome. I look forward to teaching you! :)
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Rod M. February 13, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Monica is an excellent instructor. She makes you immediately feel at ease with her patient and friendly approach to singing. She encourages input, and she tailors her lessons to the individual. I’ve only had one lesson, but I learned quite a lot in one hour. Monica is awesome!
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Dan D. November 11, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
Great lessons! Monica has really helped me realize my strengths, as well as to know what I need to work on. She is fun, friendly, and a great singer with tons of knowledge and experience to back up her talent. Highly recommended!
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Cayla B. April 23, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Great instructor!
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Monica S.

Monica S.

Harwood Heights, IL 60706
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$25 / 30-min

About MissG M.

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Chicago, IL

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About Gisselle
***CURRENTLY LOCATED IN CHICAGO***

MissG was born and raised in New York City. She has received training in NYCs prestigious Broadway Dance Center and Steps, among others. In 2004 she founded Alight Movement and has already made a mark within the dance community through events, dance competitions, shows and workshop tours. They were recently seen on BET's 106 and Park, where some of MissG's choreography was displayed.

MissG has recently relocated to Chicago from Florida. She has choreographed and performed as a backup dancer for various local venues in South Florida including television shows and music videos. Her most recent sighting is in Step Up Revolution. Her choreography was also recently seen on BET's Spring Bling Invitational Showcase in Venice Beach,CA. She has trained artists in development for major recording companies an
d continues to inspire her students, from all walks of life, to aim high in their endeavors. One of MissG’s students, artist Joselyn Rivera, appeared on the third season of The Voice.
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Thomas B. February 24, 2018
· Dance Choreography · Online
MissG is awesome and highly recommend her. She is instructing my daughter and I for her sweet 16 father/daughter dance. She gave us great ideas for moves and great instruction on how to count and move to the music. I was worried about this dance coming together and definitely could not done it without her! We are set to do this dance in another 2 weeks and now feel confident about doing this.
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Cheryl Tingey January 22, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · Online
Great Lady with the heart of a teacher-- Thanks Miss G for showing me the fluid moves,
Cheryl :)
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Cheryl Tingey January 3, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · Online
Excellent Teacher- thanks so Much Miss G... this is going to be fun (and the dreaded E word --Exercise :) ) Her moves are fluid and she goes at the student's pace (thank goodness) -- Cheryl :)
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MissG M.

MissG M.

Chicago, IL 60625
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About Vicki P.

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Highland, IN
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Vicki Pastore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a piano/vocal emphasis and a specialty in the field of piano pedagogy.

Vicki has over thirty five years of performing and teaching experience in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas. Her experience includes accompanying and directing musical theater productions, choirs, instrumentalists, and vocal soloists in school, church, and community settings.

Vicki especially likes helping students prepare for exams, auditions, and performances. It gives her great joy to watch students perform well, succeed, achieve their goals, and live their dreams.

Mrs. Pastore is comfortable working with students of all ages and levels. She is personable, friendly, upbeat, exciting, positive, and patient. You can tell that she loves teachi
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Bailee C. October 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
Vicki is great. Very helpful. Extremely please to in instructing a novice singer!
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Abel October 23, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Enjoyed my first lesson.
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Kyrie September 3, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher!
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Vicki P.

Vicki P.

Hammond, IN 46324
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$20 / 40-min

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Hello ♥

Here to help you grow on your life's journey! My experience includes 15 years in professional and community theatre projects.

Educational Background: B.A in Psychology, minor in theatre, training at Second City in scene study and improv. Every day is a learning experience and another chance to follow my passions. Let's continue to grow together. Looking forward to getting to know you!
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Ny Y.

Ny Y.

Chicago, IL 60613
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$15 / 30-min

About Brittni T.

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Villa Park, IL
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My name is Brittni T. I gave a passion for teaching people how to dance. I work with your schedule, and I relate to you and your learning style. I teach quality lessons for a low rate. I love to see progress in my students.
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Brittni T.

Brittni T.

Villa Park, IL 60181
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$50 / 60-min

About Chelsey M.

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I’m a working actor and comedian based in Chicago. I have a degree in theater from Columbia College and am also a graduate of Second City. I perform weekly around the city doing stand up, improv and live theater. You can also find me in various commercials and independent films. I specialize in coaching for audition prep.
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Chelsey M.

Chelsey M.

Chicago, IL 60645
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About Kiera B.

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I am a dancer, choreographer and creative director from Chicago, IL. I am self taught, however I have trained at Columbia College Chicago and am currently on a professional dance company. My company has placed 1st in competitions such as: World of Dance, Prelude Midwest and Hip Hop International. Hip Hop dance is cultural, conversational and a true art; my goal is to make sure each student leaves with a new awareness of the genre. Not only will you learn choreography you will learn: musicality, technique and performance. I provide training for students who have an interest in hip hop dance as well as students who are looking to become professional dancers. There is no pressure to be of an advanced level, however I am looking for students who are hard working eager to learn. I work with well known producers, videographers and musicians i
n my spare time as a creative director; the music and commercial dance industries are my specialties. I look forward to working with bright young artists and anyone else who wants to learn new technique!
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Kiera B.

Kiera B.

Chicago, IL 60644
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