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About Penny R.

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Wheaton, IL

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I love to teach singing lessons! Together we will take your voice, keep what it does well, and fix what needs fixing through a lot of exercises and practice. We will use good pedagogic repertoire to facilitate those new habits in a variety of styles, depending on your interest, musical background and musical ability. My specialty is working with children's voices (ages 9 - 12), as most other voice teachers will not begin lessons until a student is 13 years old. I've been doing this successfully for over 35 years!

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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.

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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!

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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.

Penny R.

Wheaton, IL 60187
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About Tina P.

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Hampshire, IL

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Teach beginning, intermediate and advanced lessons. Preparation for competitions and auditions.

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*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

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Professional keyboard

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Piano-Bastien, Alfred, Suzuki
Voice- Bel Canto, broadway, pop, jazz
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Tina P.

Tina P.

Hampshire, IL 60140
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$30 / 30-min

About Sarah P.

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Plainfield, IL

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Experienced vocal teacher of 10 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of music theory, sight reading, technique, and stylistic skills. I specialize in classical and musical theatre, typically use Music Theatre Anthology and Schirmer books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: piano, extensive musical library, iPad with YouTube and numerous other musical apps, quarterly group lessons, bi-annual recitals.

About Sarah
Classically trained pianist and singer. When it comes to piano, I have over 20 years of training under my belt. Majority of my experience deals with classical and accompaniment but have also studied jazz and contemporary.
In the way of singing, I am a classically trained singer who majored in Opera Performance in college. I have plenty of performance experience from being on the stage in operas and musical to performing with choirs and solo recitals. In voice lessons a student can choose to specialize in opera or if they were to take standard voice lessons, they could expect a wide variety of music focusing on multiple languages and genres including musical theater.

With every musician, Music Theory is crucial. All students will learn the basics of reading music and those who choose, can go beyond to learn the structure of music a
nd why music is the way it is with Music Theory lessons.

I am qualified to teach all levels of piano, opera, and voice.I take a real hands on, active approach to teaching, going beyond just the lesson books.

I am also able to offer tutoring services. I have been tutoring since high school. In high school as part of the National Honors Society, we were asked to tutor once a week and it continued into college when I decided to double major in Psychology taking an interest in adolescence psychology. My strong suits and reading and math but I am more than happy to help in any subject.

I do have dogs in the house so please be advised if you have allergies.

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Our sessions will be laid back and easy going. I expect the students to do their work and practice and as long as they are showing progress, we can continue with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. I am patient with my students, and do my best to develop teaching methods unique to each student to give the best experience and set them up for the highest level of success. I don't push students to perfection but rather assist them in reaching their personal best. As long as they are having fun and learning, I know I am doing my job. Music is to be enjoyed and that is my goal with each student.

For voice and piano, students will learn a wide variety of music. I also believe strongly in the power of sight reading. Students will also learn music theory in their lessons. Piano students will follow a lesson book curriculum along with learning scales and sight reading. Voice students will sing from all major languages (English, French, Italian, and German) and practice sight reading skills.

Students should bring a notebook to lessons where notes will be taken on what we accomplished in our lessons and what needs to be worked on for the next lesson. This will usually include a theory sheet, technique work, and songs.

Twice a year I hold a recital where students get to show off to other students and family what they have accomplished in their lessons. With piano students, you will prepare and memorize usually one song. For voice students, you will prepare and memorize two songs, at least one will be in a foreign language.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lower level for studio, piano, seating for parents, on site computer for easy reference and music samples.

*** Specialties ***
I have an Opera performance degree. I am a classically trained singer and pianist.
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Brian P. October 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Good teacher.
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Emese September 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I find my lessons to go by very quickly, she is a great instructor and makes learning very enjoyable. I find her enthusiasm for piano to make me want to learn more and more each lesson!
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Anita G. July 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Location is close by. She is very friendly and I feel that I have learned a lot just with the three lessons
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Sarah P.

Sarah P.

Plainfield, IL 60586
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About Eric W.

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Rockford, IL

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What separates my approach from that of other instructors is my commitment to bridge masters level knowledge of vocal technique with contemporary vocal styles, including musical theater, jazz, pop, country, gospel and rock. Whether you're an advanced vocalist or just starting out, let me put my education, training and over 20 years of teaching experience to work for you!

About Eric
For over 20 years I've helped students of all ages to maximize their vocal potential. Embracing a variety of vocal styles, from classical to contemporary, my students have excelled in musical theater, aced college auditions, traveled as lead singers with rock bands, recorded music videos and reached the higher levels of American Idol auditions.

I hold both Bachelors and Masters degrees in vocal music and have directed vocal groups traveling internationally to more than 20 countries on four continents. I've personally produced more than 20 full-scale musical/theatrical productions with casts of over 200 and ticketed audiences of up to 10,000. I've also promoted concert events for more than 40 nationally known artists including Randy Travis, Chris Tomlin, Aaron Schust, Jeremy Camp and Mercy Me.

My lessons blend solid vocal technique,
while reflecting the unique needs and goals of each student. My passion is to enable those I work with, beginner to advanced, to maximize their vocal potential. I currently teach from my home studio in Rockford, Illinois.
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John T. January 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Good lesson I'm just starting out at 26 and so far lessons are going good
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Leah July 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Seriously such an incredible instructor. He understood where I was beginning from (the absolute minimum) and taught me accordingly. I still value everything I learned from him, and the techniques have come in handy in various areas of my life. As someone who officiates weddings, is an entrepreneur that predominately uses videos to share my business, as well as being a busy aunt of 4 incredible nieces and nephews and has to project my voice-I use gold nuggets of what Prof. Eric Walker taught me on a daily basis. I STRONGLY recommend him-even if it is for a short while! Note-I had him for one semester and grew so much.
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Emily February 13, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
For five semesters I studied voice with Eric Walker at Rock Valley Community College. He took the time to show me the basics of using your voice properly in singing. Mr. Walker was patient in teaching me how to breathe deeply which has helped me in my singing today. Also, he taught me how to have more forward resonance when singing. In addition, he prepared me well for my college auditions. I was able to walk into my auditions confidently and sing with clarity.
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Eric W.

Eric W.

Rockford, IL 61107
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About Erin M.

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Elgin, IL
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About Erin
I have been teaching general music at a local elementary school for the last two years. I have had a few private lesson students on the side, but am looking to expand. I have played piano for nearly 20 years, and have been a vocalist for 17 years. During college, I tutored students at various levels including middle school and high school. I am also trained in autism and related disorders.
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Laurin B. July 18, 2014
· Piano · In home
Erin is a fantastic teacher. She shows immense patience with my daughter and genuinely wants to see her succeed. We plan to continue with Erin as long as she's available!
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Erin M.

Elgin, IL 60123
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About Christopher J.

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DeKalb, IL

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Expect to have fun, to not feel judged and be ready to grow!!!

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Hello All! My name is Christopher and I am excited to begin working with you all. I began teaching voice in 2012 as a student in Bowling Green, OH. I enjoying watching students progress and to help the find their own voice! I am fun, energetic, caring and dedicated. I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance in 2013 from Bowling Green State University. I have a Graduate Performers Certificate in performance from Northern Illinois University where I am currently completing my Masters of Music in performance.
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Jamie F. October 19, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Christopher was wonderful! I had a great first lesson.
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Alex September 2, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
Amazing job all around! He used many visuals and examples to help me figure out how to properly use my voice and get it resonating to its fullest potential. Great personality and fantastic teaching skills!
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Anaya May 2, 2016
· Singing · In studio
He has done a great job with my daughter, she's always excited to attend lessons and I can't get her to stop singing afterwards! Very pleased with Christopher!
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Christopher J.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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$25 / 30-min

About Matt B.

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Chicago, IL

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Singing can be lots of fun, but the study of voice can seem obscure and even mystical to the uninformed. Some pieces of the puzzle are completely beyond our conscious control (i.e. the larynx), some are accessed indirectly (i.e. the breath), and others are readily available and right in front of us, but we don't think to target these (i.e. our stance). My lessons link student goals with positive outcomes by developing understanding and application of healthy vocal habits, production, and presentation of repertoire that fits and flatters the voice.

About Matt
I am a professional singer who has proficiencies in piano, organ, choral directing, musical analysis, and ear training/playing by ear. I currently teach both high school and college students.
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Humberto M. October 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
Excellent voice teacher
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Lucy V. July 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I reached out to Matt to prepare for a college audition I was preparing for.
What I enjoyed most about Matt was that he had the capability to be super flexible and encouraging. In my first lesson, I was very nervous and unsure of my song choices. He was confident and knowledgable with the capability to provide several great song choices with just a short warm-up with me and listening to my voice. He knew exactly what I needed to work on and by my third lesson, my friends and family were able to hear a difference.
I became more confident and came to lessons more sure of what I wanted and envisioned for my audition. Matt was flexible and not only gave me the freedom to add my own ideas to the music, but encouraged me to be original. He also gave me insight and tips on introduction, stance, and how to be more theatrical on stage.
Matt is very professional, knowledgable, and I will definately come back for more lessons with him. I highly recommend him.
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Matt B.

Matt B.

Batavia, IL 60510
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$35 / 30-min

About Jessica T.

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Naperville, IL

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Since she began singing as a soloist 15 years ago, and offering lessons more recently, Jessica has geared instruction toward each student’s learning style, personality and goals, keeping music in perspective as both a stress reliever and a potential area of achievement. An introductory lesson ensures that the student and teacher are a good match. Jessica focuses on good vocal technique through vocal exercises, and helps the student select pieces they'll enjoy, from popular to classical music.

About Jessica
Jessica teaches piano students 6 years and older; guitar and viola students 9 years and up; and voice students ages 11 years and older. She has been teaching privately since 2014 and is currently available to teach lessons at Jessica Lee Studio and online. She has helped students successfully prepare for auditions and performances, including landing the lead role in Willy Wonka Jr. at the Wheaton Park District and showcasing skills as the winner of Lincolnwood Idol.

Jessica received her training at Elmhurst College, where she completed a degree in music in 2016, after previously earning a Master’s in another field. As an expert in music education, Jessica looks forward to helping students achieve their goals. Jessica teaches at a pace suited to the student, offering music instruction that’s high quality but relaxed. She also gears her
instruction toward a student’s learning style, personality and goals to keep music-learning in perspective as both a stress reliever and potential area of achievement.
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Eric October 25, 2017
· Singing · In home
Super duper friendly and patient. Works well with people who are just starting out too, like I was. Always in touch with her students. Overall was helpful in every single way and always with a smile since day one. Pleasure to work with & will hopefully take again.
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Katherine January 21, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Jessica is a delight to work with and has such a pretty voice! I love her studio and how welcoming it is. Give her a try!
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Jessica T.

Jessica T.

Naperville, IL 60563
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$30 / 30-min

About Sharon S.

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To strengthen and add versatility to the voice one needs to work on technique. We will work on breathing and vocal exercises and then we will apply these techniques to singing a song.

About Sharon
It is a joy and privilege to instill the love of music in students of all ages. I use a variety of curriculums to meet the needs of each individual students. Each lesson is tailored so the student will make significant progress. I love teaching all ages! Give me a call and let's get started accomplishing your musical goals.
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Sharon S.

Winnebago, IL 61088
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About Emily V.

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I've been teaching lessons for about five years now. I have a bachelor's degree in music. My minor was education studies, which equipped me to teach in non-traditional settings such as private lessons and even work in music ministry leading others. The focus of lessons with me will to form a great technique and then to work on what you (or your child) want to work on. Some students prefer learning more about music theory or technique while others like to focus on learning as much music as they can. My passion is teaching and working with people one-on-one, and I hope to work with you soon!

About Emily
My passion is working with people one-on-one and in small groups to help them grow and become the best version of themselves. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Minor in Education Studies, and I'm working on a Master's in Organizational Leadership so I can one day move into a position as a worship pastor, music minister, or a leader in a wholesome organization. I dream of being able to impact the world one person at a time. I believe that all the skills and dedication music requires develop people mind, body, and spirit, and teaching music gives me a way to reach my dreams of helping others.

In lessons with me, I will always try to get to know you first so I can teach you in the way that works best for you. I try to teach life skills such as goal-setting that you can take with you even if you decide to end music lessons. I'm alw
ays open to changes in how I teach because I want to keep myself learning and growing along with my students.
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Emily V.

Rockford, IL 61107
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