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About Melodie F.

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Chicago, IL

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About Melodie
I am Melodie, a highly experienced private lesson teacher of voice, piano, and theory. Read my profile carefully before you sign up with me.

How should an adult begin private music lessons? First, decide why you want to spend the money, and what you expect to get for your money. Second, plan how you will manage practicing time and location. Third, find a teacher who is experienced and supporting enough to adjust goals to fit your aspirations and purposes without diluting the minimum standards of traditional artistic education. If you're lucky, you'll find one that keeps prices low and schedules flexible.

Armed with a Coe College Bachelor of Music and a Performance Certificate in Vocal Performance from 1981, I (Miss Melodie F.) chose to work in Costa Rica 1982-1984 before calling Chicago home in 1986. My performances have usually be
en of scored acoustic vocal and choral soprano in mainly traditional formats. I teach private lessons in classical vocal technique from a body awareness perspective, how to sight-read keyboard scores, and music theory translated into something that makes sense.

Consider private singing and voice, music theory, or piano lessons with me. You should sign up for music theory lessons unless you either want to do the physical work it takes to be a better singer, or if you own a "real" piano. Music theory lessons are the most flexible option for general curiosity. The amount of time you should set aside for practicing is an individual estimate. Music Theory assignments should take maybe 45min 3 days a week to accomplish well, but singing or piano should be practiced a minimum of 30-60min 4 or 5 days a week.

Approaching vocal technique from a physical perspective allows us to discover the student's unique and true voice. Reading paper piano music at first sight means you can play it without knowing the song. Music theory is essential to understanding how and why the art works the way it does. Most students need help ditching the confusing silliness they've already been exposed to, and putting together the pieces of the numbers puzzle we call melody, harmony, and rhythm.

Why sing or play piano? Do you want improved balance, posture, relaxation, abdominal strength, confidence, cultural awareness, emotional expression, memory support, and stress relief? You'd be surprised how many people take lessons just to feel better. I can't guarantee you'll have the same results, but I promise you'll know if you want to pay me more money or not after about five lessons.

Label me Traditional, or Classical, or even Persnickety, but we all transcend labels. I can perform opera, simplify unifying concepts, teach folk singing, direct a church choir, suggest country repertoire, coach performance charisma, and even officiate a marriage ceremony as a Dudeist Priest. I also bake a mean pie.

Complete beginners are welcome in all areas. Advanced lessons are available for voice only. In my studio I teach adults only. Singing and voice lessons have minimum 45min duration. Prices for lessons at my studio are $30 for 30min, $41 for 45min, and $50 for 60min. Online lessons, available for singing and theory but not piano, are the same price. Schedule-As-You-Go lessons with no recurring schedule slot are an option, if you prefer that to taking a lesson the same time every single week.

My teaching studio is a residential office on 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.

What do you want to learn? As partners, the student and I build a plan, balancing current aspirations with proven methods. I work with the paper music and workbooks you already own, and TAILOR THE LESSONS TOWARD PRACTICAL VALUE. On the other hand, I believe I have an ethical responsibility to provide a minimum of classical instruction.

I honor the opportunity to share the joy of music with you.

Upfront deal breakers:
• Communication outside of lesson time will be mainly internet and email. The email address in your profile must be a valid form of official business communication.
• Students may not bring pets, children, or guests to the lesson. A quietly observing adult guest is welcome with 48-hour notice.
• My students know if they use too much fragrance, whether it be laundry scent boosters or hair treatments, they may be refused entrance into my studio. It's a big deal.
• You pay for any lessons not canceled or rescheduled before the 24-hour deadline, whether you attend or not. Do not be near me when you are contagiously ill. Ask me to forgive late cancellations caused by true emergencies, but realize I don’t have to.
• If you are a singing student, you need a place where you can practice. Prior to your first cancellation deadline, you must read the "Your First Singing Lesson" section found on each Singing or Voice Subject Page.
• If you want to learn how to read keyboard scores or understand how to play keyboard by ear, sign up for Music Theory. If you don’t have regular access to something that can legally be called a piano, including weighted keys and a damper pedal, sign up for Music Theory. Repeat: if you can’t practice on a real piano, don’t take Piano lessons. Music Theory lessons will probably teach you what you want to learn, anyway.

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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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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Jeff B. January 25, 2017
· Piano · In home
Makes you think in order to retain knowledge. Works off of existing knowledge well.
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Melodie F.

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About Michael H.

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Chicago, IL

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I am a highly trained classical flutist that maintains an active teaching and performing career. I have received Masters and Bachelors degrees in flute performance from DePaul University, and additional training from the North Carolina School of the Arts. While my degrees are in performance, they include extensive coursework in pedagogy and studio teaching, and I love teaching. I have years of experience working as an educator with flutists of all ages and levels with various goals for their instrumental studies. I believe in igniting a passion for music and nurturing this passion into personal excellence based upon each individual's interests and goals. I am more than happy to provide a full resume and references upon request.
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Jeanne October 19, 2015
· Flute · In home
Michael was an excellent flute teacher for my 5th-grade daughter!

He's very patient and calm, which is critical for new learners, and gave my daughter a lot of confidence in her ability to play the flute.

I highly recommend Michael!
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Stephanie October 13, 2015
· Flute · In home
We really enjoy having Michael as a private flute instructor. He is patient, good with teens, extremely talented and knowledgeable. My daughter always looks forward to lessons and has fun learning from Michael. He choses level-appropriate music and is always very encouraging. I would recommend Michael to anyone looking for private or group flute lessons.
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Michael H.

Michael H.

Chicago, IL 60616
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$32 / 30-min

About Mason J.

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I started playing guitar when I was 9 and taught myself how to play by listening to recordings and sounding them out. I have taught private lessons for 10 years and group/private lessons prior to that. I've played at Green Mill Jazz Club for 13 years, Millenium Park, Schuba's, Double Door, The MCA, Andy's, pretty much all venues in Chicago... and have toured the country. I play many music styles, so I can teach you mostly anything.
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John Mundt January 17, 2017
· Guitar ·
First lesson went great. Jason listened to what I was hoping to work on and has put together a plan to do that. Looking forward to see where this takes me.
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Mason J.

Mason J.

Chicago, IL 60641
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$44 / 30-min

About Matt B.

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Chicago, IL

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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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$30 / 30-min

About Zac E.

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Chicago, IL
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Hello! My name is Zac Emry and I am a music business major at Columbia College Chicago. I love music in all capacities. I also have an associates degree in electric bass from Sauk Valley Community College. Hopefully I can use Take Lessons to spread my love of music and to help myself stay practiced and engaged in playing music.
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Zac E.

Zac E.

Chicago, IL 60618
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$20 / 30-min
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About Justus D.

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Almost 15 years teaching Guitar and drums preparing students for performances and grade exams in Trinity College. Was teaching in Middle East.
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Justus D.

Justus D.

Waukegan, IL 60087
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$24 / 30-min

About Corey A.

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Grayslake, IL
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About Corey
I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree in music education in addition to extensive professional clarinet performance experience and enjoy teaching the clarinet. I am a Grammy nominated Music Educator and encourage students to explore classical and popular styles in lessons.

If there is a special time request that is not currently available please reach out. I've taught very beginners to helping adults land successful military band auditions. Am a certified music Educator with a K-12 endorsement in music in IL.
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Sean April 3, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Mr. Ames has been one of my favorite teachers during my time at LA. He is always willing to listen and help his students if they go to him. He is passionate about teaching, his main goal is to help his students succeed in whatever way he can. He always tries to make a fun and worthwhile experience everyone should appreciate the great teacher that he is.
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Jacob April 3, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Mr. Ames is an amazing teacher! He helped me land a spot in the all district band my freshman year in high school and constantly pushed me to strive and be my best. I highly recommend him for anyone that is looking to have fun and be a better clarinet player.
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Corey A.

Corey A.

Grayslake, IL 60030
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$35 / 30-min

About Francesca S.

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Chicago, IL
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I am a fully qualified Music teacher in the United Kingdom and the United States. I have an undergraduate degree from Royal Holloway, University of London in Music and Psychology, with focuses on vocal performance and developmental psychology. I attended the prestigious Institute of Education for Post Graduate Certification in Education. Since then I have worked in schools in London and Chicago, and am fully capable of teaching all ages and levels of experience. My primary instruments are voice and piano, but I am also very competent at the flute, guitar, ukulele, and recorder. I have a full enough understanding of most other instruments to teach them at a beginning level.

I've taught private piano and singing lessons for about 5 years, but I've been a qualified music teacher in schools for 2 years, with another year of experience in my
intensive student teaching course. I student taught in London and subsequently worked there. This year I relocated back to Chicago and have continued to teach in schools. In all my schools I've taught a wide range of instruments and musical styles, both in and out of the classroom. Fully background checked.
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Francesca S.

Francesca S.

Chicago, IL 60657
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$39 / 30-min

About Ralph R.

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Berwyn, IL

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If you’re in need of an honest, professional, and reliable instructor for saxophone, consider taking lessons with me.

i will focus on your needs to help you discover your ability to play.

You will learn at your pace. I will help identify your strengths and provide an individual lesson plan to help develop your skills. I understand how important it is to feel confident in my ability to teach. I have dedicated the time and energy necessary to be well prepared for your personal lesson.

I am committed to providing quality instruction in a friendly and professional manner.
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Ralph R.

Ralph R.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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$37 / 30-min

About Maureen S.

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Chicago, IL

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I am a professional opera singer who grew up singing bluegrass. I graduated from Peabody Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors of Music, specifically voice.

I've been singing professionally for 15 years in a variety of settings: I grew up in a family bluegrass band, sang musical theater through high school and college, sing in a female folk ukulele duo, and have a thriving career as a classical soprano in Chicago.

I love teaching students of all skill levels. For two years I was the head of the voice department for a dance academy. While there I maintained 15 students of varying age and skill level, and created a curriculum for their dance and voice integrated musical theater program. I also created a music education program for inner city schools in Milwaukee that had their arts funding taken away.

If you choose me as your teacher, I
'll be your biggest cheerleader. I'm patient, kind, and truly want those I work with to sing beautifully and healthily. Let's make some beautiful music together!
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Christine October 9, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Maureen was a student of mine for 6 years, a student of my own graduate school voice teacher's for 4 years, and a student of my current voice teacher for the last few years. Since she was 13 years old, she has understood vocal technique in a way that some singers two or three times her age would be fortunate to grasp. She often helped other singers find their way through vocal issues, even as a teenager. I have always felt that she was meant to teach voice and anyone lucky enough to work with her will have a great experience and will learn a great deal! (Also, she's a great person.)
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Maureen S.

Maureen S.

Chicago, IL 60640
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