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About Ian M.

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Chicago, IL

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I’ve been teaching guitar, bass and ukulele professionally since 2001 to all ages and levels throughout the Chicagoland area. I started playing in 1991. Music is my passion. Besides teaching and performing, I also ran an all ages music venue from 2006-2015. Teaching is my biggest love and I love seeing students learn! There isn’t a style I will not teach. All music to me is fascinating

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All lessons start with the basics (assuming the student doesn’t already know them). This includes: reading music and chord diagrams, understanding rhythm, basic music theory, etc. Meanwhile, we will apply this knowledge to songs of the student’s choice- this way they’re learning songs they like, and more about guitar and music at the same time. As time goes on we’ll get into playing lead, advanced theory, songwriting and more.

Above is the plan, but I am always open to suggestions from the students as well. As long as they are learning, I am happy. In all reality, we can spend years on just one of the many paths you can go down with music- so I am always continually re-checking on the student’s current and up-to-date goals.

*** Specialties ***
I am very confident in my teaching skills. I love so many genres of music that its hard to say where my best talents lie. But no matter what the style, I will say one thing that I have always been strict about is proper technique and rhythm. I feel like timing is something that a lot of musicians take for granted and often have to learn the hard way later on. I try to incorporate it soon after a beginner's first lessons.
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Michelle L. March 3, 2014
· Classical Guitar ·
Great teacher

My son loves learning guitar from Ian! He is so patient with children. His love for music is infectious. He makes my son look forward to learning each week. If you want to learn guitar... Pick Ian!
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carolyn L. February 27, 2014
· Guitar ·
great teacher for popular acoustic guitar

Ian is a no nonsense well organized guy. He taught me using exercises he wrote out on paper mostly in tabulature form. He used a metronome from the first lesson and always introduced a music theory concept such as rhythm, pentatonic scales, and chord transposition. He will not move past any exercise until you can demonstrate proficiency so there is no choice but to draw your own conclusion that you need to practice more if you want to progress. He teaches out of his local all ages music venue, or will travel to your home.
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Paul R. February 6, 2014
· Guitar ·
A great experience.

As an adult, beginner student I have nothing but good things to say about Ian. He has a very good demeanor during class and takes the time to find out what styles you are interested in.

He has the patience and communication skills that are found in superior instructors (I have been to a couple others and have stuck with Ian). His passion for music is infectious.

He challenges me to become better with each week and is good at instilling a sense of competition. I highly recommend him as an instructor.
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Ian M.

Chicago, IL 60647
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$25 / 30-min

About Kelvin L.

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Bolingbrook, IL

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About Kelvin
I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I str
ongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

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I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...
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Angela A. June 25, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Kelvin is a phenomenal teacher of classical guitar. Our teenage son wanted to take classical lessons for a while, after having happily done a couple years with School of Rock. He and Kelvin meshed well, and I feel our son learned a lot over the course of a couple more years.

When one of us had a schedule conflict, we had the ability to do a lesson via Skype. Let me tell you, that came in mighty handy in the winter of 2019.

Schedule with Kelvin; I am certain you'll be glad that you did.
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Nailya May 14, 2019
· Drawing · Online
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jessie May 6, 2019
· Drawing · Online
We love Kelvin, he is really patient and talented on teaching drawing.
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Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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$35 / 30-min

About Wendy P.

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Chicago, IL
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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 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic/electric roots band that performed an eclectic mix of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. Within the past year I have re-energized my theater and cabaret career, appearing at Davenport's Cabaret, in a new solo show, as well as productions at Big Noise Theater and Stage 773. I've also completed tw
o short films and started working on my own web series, about my life as a singer/voice teacher. I also have an art song project consisting of 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. 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.
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Blake C. March 17, 2019
· Broadway Singing · Online
Very helpful and focused on what needed to be worked on. Will definitely be looking forward to working with her again!
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Reagan G. January 24, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Wendy is a professional. Very comfortable to be around and she trains in a classical way. Highly recommend
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Eileen August 24, 2018
· Acting · Online
Best teacher.
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Wendy P.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Steven B.

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Bartlett, IL
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About Steven
I have been studying and performing music for 25+ years. After majoring in music at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn IL, I went to step up my level of study at the Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2001 attaining a Performance Certificate from my time studying there.

Moving back to Chicago after L.A. in 2002 proved to be the right move as this is when I began my teaching career. With 16+ years of private and group music instruction experience, I have worked with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park District, Roselle Park District, Schaumburg Park District, After School Enrichment Solution's Guitar Stars, Band For Today, Guitar Fundamentals, Chicago Guitar Instruction, Schaumburg Music Academy, Music Makers of Western Springs, Clarendon Hills Music Ac
ademy, and also maintain a private clientele. Well into a thousand lessons taught, students have stayed with me for up to 7 years. You, the student, will gain all the experience I have gained from my 20 years of study, performance, and instruction.

Performing with various bands in the 2000's, I pinpointed my style and mastered my technique that gave me many performance opportunities regionally and nationally, noting most current act Love & Rock the Musical - a tribute to the women of rock. I also lead my own acoustic cover group on acoustic guitar titled Simply Uncovered.

I am co-founder of the music licensing production company Blue Shade Music, co-writing with astute musicians in the Chicago area for a number of music libraries. Two songs were licensed to independent films titled ‘Curveball’ and ‘Who Gets the Dog’ starring actress Alicia Silverstone.

With national and international touring experience, I was featured in an exclusive interview for Online Drummer in August of 2011 sharing my knowledge and experience of music and drums.

Thank you for reading, and I hope to have a fun and educational time with you!

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Practicing everyday with an occasional day off is very important in the student's progress. I always say 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes.

For DRUM lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation and music charts
*to read drum notation
*songs by real bands
*timekeeping via a metronome
*hand technique and foot technique
*rudiments
*all styles of music
*double bass
*drum grooves and drum fills
*marching band/concert band material (if involved in school)

For PIANO lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation
*to read music charts/lead sheets
*music theory
*intervals
*chords and inversions
*chord progressions
*scales
*fingering
*styles of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and traditional
*songs you wish to learn

For GUITAR + BASS lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to learn to read music notation
*to learn to read a music chart
*music theory
*scales
*chords
*chord progressions
*fingering
*styles of pop, rock, and blues
*songs you wish to learn

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. The student must have an acoustic or electric drum set, a practice pad, a music stand, a metronome, sticks, curriculum book(s), headphones, an acoustic or electric guitar, and an acoustic or electric piano.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Funk, Blues, RnB, Soul, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Metal

**Travel available for in home lessons up to 15 miles pending location, scheduling, and availability. 4 weeks or more notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.**
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Andrew June 26, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Andrew thoroughly enjoyed his first lesson tonight!
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Robin August 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
My 10 year old son has been taking lessons with Steve for almost 2 years. Prior to Steve, Nathan was enrolled in group lessons at the park district. After a unpleasant experience with the group lessons , we decided to try private lessons. Steve has done an amazing job working with Nathan. Like most kids, some days it is hard to keep his attention, but Steve does an amazing job. He has kept Nathan focused while still allowing him to have fun playing the guitar. Based on our experience, I would highly recommend Steve as a musical instructor.
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Caryn October 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Steven is very patient with new beginners and explained things thoroughly. He gave me the necessary tools to practice on my own until our next lesson .
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Steven B.

Bartlett, IL 60103
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$35 / 30-min

About Maxx M.

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Chicago, IL
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About Maxx
Hi! My name is Maxx M. I am an active professional pianist/keyboardist in the Chicago music scene and I am offering lessons to all ages. My specialty is preparing students for the modern music environment, so they can jam, write their own music, record with friends, and start their own band! Using a combination of listen/play exercises and music theory, I can guide students toward a more attuned ear so they can play from the heart rather than from a page!
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Maxx M.

Chicago, IL 60630
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$30 / 30-min
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About Cheryl S.

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Highland, IN

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About Cheryl
Hello! My name is Cheryl, and I would be delighted to help you reach your music goals! Helping students learn how to play their instruments and develop a life-long appreciation of music are important to me. I hold bachelors and masters degrees in music education as well as an Indiana music teacher license. I have been recognized in the publications "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" and the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch as a "Whiz Biz". My teaching style is student-centered, goal-oriented, and fun. Lessons include technique development and repertoire. When selecting repertoire and method books, my students' and their parents' opinions are valued and considered.
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Jennifer February 9, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Cheryl is extremely knowledgeable in the field of music. We have been very pleased with all the lessons. She is very friendly and patient. My daughter looks forward to her lessons each week. Since my daughter has started taking lessons, she has improved greatly!
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Madison September 9, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Cheryl is a very friendly instructor. She has extensive knowledge in music and instruments. She is patient and willing to explain any questions you may have. I highly recommend Cheryl to anyone that is looking for an instructor.
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Jim June 30, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Very technique orinated. Will sign up for more lessons with her
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Cheryl S.

Highland, IN 46322
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About Adrianne B.

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Chicago, IL

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About Adrianne
Adrianne is a professional singer, voice teacher, and piano teacher. In 2011 she began teaching private voice lessons, and has had over 50 students in this time. Students’ accomplishments include winning first place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing High School Musical Theatre Competition as well as the Musichorale Scholarship Contest, leading roles at high schools and colleges in the northwest suburbs, as well as many successful recitals and awards.

Adrianne's voice students gain an understanding for proper use of breath, projection, ease, tone quality, diction, and confidence in solo singing.

Adrianne's piano students focus on proper technique, posture, phrasing, legato, sight-reading, and performance.

Adrianne's teaching style is patient, encouraging, and enthusiastic.

Adrianne received her training at Th
e Boston Conservatory, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music. She completed her master's at Roosevelt University, College of the Performing Arts. She is known for her warm and sweet voice. Audiences have seen her sing in Illinois, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Florida, and Italy. She has performed over twenty roles with the likes of Opera Naples, Natchez Festival of Music, Sugar Creek Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has been featured many times as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Harper College. Though she has predominantly performed in opera, she is at home in a variety of styles.
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Christopher March 8, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Adrienne is great with my two sons!
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Sophia February 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Ms. Adrianne is patient, confident, qualified music 🎶 teacher. I have been taking singing 🎤 lessons for five years with her and Ms. Adrianne still makes me enthusiastic to practice and enjoy wanting to come to Lessons.
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Rebecca November 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She is very good with kids. My daughter loves her. So we'll continue with her on piano lesson.
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Adrianne B.

Chicago, IL 60647
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$30 / 30-min

About Keith J.

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Niles, IL
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About Keith
Hi, my name is Keith and I have been involved in music from an early age. I love playing and teaching piano. I started taking lessons at the age of 9, and soon added trumpet and French Horn to my list of instrumental music lessons. I continued, through High School and College, taking music classes and private instruction. I attended The Center For Creative Studies, in Detroit, Washtenaw Community College and Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I primarily teach Classical,Popular, Blues and Ragtime Piano. Please let me know if you have any questions or have special requirements for your child or for your own lessons. Thank you!
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Ying October 16, 2018
· Piano · In home
Keith is an amazing teacher. My 7 year old son likes him very much. Before the lessons I worried our boy couldn’t build his interest in playing piano, just lose his enthusiasm after a while as the 7 years old always did. But Keith make me totally worry free, my son likes him very much, and he really knows how to build the kid’s interests and confidence while learning. Now my son enjoyed himself very much with Keith in their piano time. We are so lucky to find Keith.
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Amy July 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
We had four in-home lessons with Keith and he never once arrived on time. And not like 5 minutes late because of bad traffic or something. Once he was 40 minutes late, and another time he was 45 minutes late. For an hour lesson. At first I though there was some confusion because the time on take lessons was slightly different than the time we agreed to (he asked if we could start earlier than the time slot that was listed, and I agreed) but after speaking with him about it, we were both on the same page as to what time the lesson *should* begin, he just never arrived on time. He seems to be very overbooked and busy and does not respect his clients’ time. He told me that the disparity of arriving on time or a half hour late is “superfluous,” so if you hire him, be prepared to have a wide window of when he could show up. My kids liked him as a teacher, which is why I kept giving him chances and trying to work out scheduling issues (I offered to move our lessons to a different time, but he insisted the time we were at was fine) but in the end, things could not be resolved.
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Kate S. June 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
He’s an amazing piano teacher. Very kind and patient with my 5 yr old. Highly recommended
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Keith J.

Niles, IL 60714
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$20 / 30-min

About Ann G.

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Evanston, IL
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About Ann
As a passionate advocate for the arts, I have been playing the flute for over 13 years. Originally from Geneva, Illinois, I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music under the direction of Professor John Thorne. In May 2017, I earned a Bachelor of Music Performance from The Ohio State University studying with Katherine Borst Jones. I have participated in many competitions, festivals, and performance groups around the country such as Northwestern University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, The Ohio State University's Symphony Orchestra, Westerville Symphony Orchestra, Opera Project Columbus, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and Wheaton Municipal Band among others. While being an active performer, I absolutely love teaching as well! Teaching students of all ages, I believe that nurturing a love
for music is beneficial to personal growth.
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Melinda April 18, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Ann is a wonderful instructor! Her passion for music is evident in every encounter. She shared her enthusiasm for flute and encouraged my daughter in creative ways. An amazing role model. Flexible scheduling, clear and quick communication.
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Ann G.

Evanston, IL 60208
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About Rachael L.

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Chicago, IL

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About Rachael
I am a professional opera singer and teacher currently working in the Chicago area. I have my Bachelor of Fine Arts (Voice) from Carnegie Mellon University and my Master of Music (Voice) from Roosevelt University (CCPA).

Our first lesson together will be exploratory. We will work together to establish goals and the steps needed to get there. I believe it is important to not only identify what needs work, but what your strengths are as well.

From there, we can work on sight reading, rhythm work, breath control, and other building blocks to create a solid vocal foundation. I am more than happy to help you learn songs that are brought in, but I will recommend some as well. While I do specialize in opera and classical, we can work on Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, Country, etc. Good technique is good technique no matter what the genre!

Need
clarification? Do you have questions already? No problem! Send me a message or let's set up a phone call. I can't wait to meet you!
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Elizabeth April 10, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Rachael is a wonderful person and singer! She has a way of connecting with people to make them feel at ease right away. I highly recommend her knowledge and experience as a singer and performer. If you are thinking about studying voice and reading this review, definitely contact Rachael!
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Brianne April 10, 2019
· Classical Voice · In studio
I really enjoy working with Rachael! She has a great understanding of technique, communicates clearly, and makes singing fun!
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Rachael L.

Chicago, IL 60640
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