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About Loretta M.

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Chicago, IL

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About Loretta
I have always been fascinated with how music is created and who works behind the scenes of performances and recordings. I started playing the flute in elementary school, piano in junior high school, and singing in high school. Once I got to UMASS, Dartmouth I chose the Music option for my major. I then moved on to NYU. I have been teaching for over ten years now. Working with students both in person and online has been amazing. With online lessons I am able to work with students who love the convenience of being at home and in person I can show students what it is like to really grow! I love my students of all ages, and can only hope to show others how amazing music can be. I have worked with a handful of students with special needs and am comfortable teaching in a non-traditional style. I am currently preparing to begin my certification
in music therapy. Those who can do teach, and those who can teach totally do!

*** Lesson Details ***
You will set the pace for your lesson. I want you to enjoy your time in music, so your lessons will be completely customized. We will develop a goal plan for you so that our time together is interesting, fun, and we make progress! In 3-6 months, you will have a stable technical program and have started a portfolio of music for performances, no matter what level you are. We can share sheet music in person or online (I can even email you great links to amazing performances). Just let me know where you want to be in music, and we'll work together to make it happen. I can't wait to meet you!

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My home studio is in a private music room. Parents can relax in our family space with coffee or tea and enjoy their children's learning at their leisure. My studio includes a 88-key keyboard, technology setup with an iMac, microphone and stand, a mirror for posture and musical instruments. I carry books for the lessons themselves (not for practice at home), and we can download or print out music as desired. If you take lessons online, I can email you links and sheet music as needed. Feel free to bring any additional equipment music you would like to share. I have some great recommendations for music books designed for both children and adult learners.

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jazz, contemporary, classical (instrumental), original, computer music composition
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Shieka May 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Loretta is so cool!
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Victoria May 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
patient and open to different approaches
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Rikiah Downie March 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She was really nice and very supportive! Can't wait for the next lesson.
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Loretta M.

Loretta M.

Chicago, IL 60641
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About Michael H.

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Park Ridge, IL
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Michael H.

Michael H.

Park Ridge, IL 60068
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$30 / 30-min

About Robert T.

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Arlington Heights, IL

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About Robert
As a native of Chattanooga, TN, I have been hailed by critics as a “sonorous-voiced” bass-baritone with “rich tones” who creates “a solid foundation for the entire performance.”

That’s the first sentence of my professional biography. I thought I'd use it to get the ball rolling.

I wasn’t always a performer. In fact, I’m what you’d call an introvert, but I always loved music. In high school, I was pressured into auditioning for the school musical and I actually got a lead role! From that moment on I was hooked and the trajectory of my life was altered forever!

I went to Berry College for my Bachelor of Music Education degree. My voice teacher taught me how to fill a theater with the sound of my voice WITHOUT A MICROPHONE! He nudged me onward to get my Master’s degree at the prestigious School of Music at Indiana University, wh
ere I met my wife, Michelle Kei Ishuu, who is also a great performer and teacher. We often teach together, so you get twice the benefit in your lessons!

We have lived in San Diego and New York City. We’ve performed on stages across the country and throughout Europe and we’ve worked with some AMAZING artists over the years who have graciously shared their gifts with us. Now, we have the pleasure of sharing what we’ve learned with our students.

Do you want to learn a bulletproof singing technique that can be easily modified to sing anything from Opera to Broadway? I can teach you. Do you need someone to help you become a better performer and realize your full dramatic potential? I can do that, too.

The goal of learning to be a better performer is to perform better. Through our partnership with Southminster Presbyterian Church, we can offer you the added benefit of a supportive space to try out your new skills. When you’re performance-ready, you can perform for a live audience in one of our scheduled recitals or even as a special musical guest for one of Southminster’s regular church services.

Let me help you find your REAL VOICE!!!

Questions? Just ask. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Katie Coughlin July 10, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
I absolutely adore working with Robert in preparation for my future in the voice and music industry. His technique and approach for both the voice and music theory is not only helpful but also fun. Under his instruction I'm both able to learn both technique on how to better my sound and the anatomy behind it. I enjoy going to voice twice a week and I always look forward to my lessons as they approach. I truly feel I am being prepared in the bests ways possible for my future as well as the most fun learning environment voice teachers have to offer.
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Jessica July 9, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
I highly recommend Robert as anyone's vocal teacher! I'm very ambitious when it comes to what I want to accomplish with each lesson, and Robert has been very dedicated to helping me achieve my goals every week. He also pushes me to do better at each lesson, which is definitely a great motivator to keep up my practice and reach my goals faster! Whether you're at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level, Robert will meet you at the level you are at and train you to become better!
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Danny J. May 16, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
A little background about myself - I'm a mid-twenties male with a musical background but zero singing experience. Singing is something I've always to learn and after finally pulling the trigger on lessons, I really could not be happier with choosing Robert and Michelle. As he often teaches with his wife Michelle, you’re essentially getting two professional vocal instructors for the price of one! They’re both extremely talented singers and teachers with a great sense of humor. More importantly they’re just really good people. I was extremely nervous before starting lessons, but right from the first lesson, they put my worries at ease and created a safe and encouraging learning environment for me which leads to each lesson not only being incredibly fun, but also very rewarding. They will teach you the proper technique for healthy natural singing and give you many laughs along the way. Even though I haven't been taking lessons for long, after each lesson I'm floored to hear and feel how my voice is changing – I'm eager to hear how my voice develops over the coming months. Can’t recommend them enough!
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Robert T.

Robert T.

Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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About Eric J.

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Elgin, IL

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About Eric
Hi.
I'm Eric and I own a Music Lesson Studio in Elgin, IL.

I specialize in working with beginners of any age as well as advanced students who are interested in taking their playing to the next level. Here are some of the things I like to focus on.

Child beginners: Learning to read music. Building confidence and self esteem through learning to play guitar. General music education. Teaching children songs they enjoy to listen to.

Adult Beginners: Learning to play popular rock songs. Chord strumming. Having a nice, relaxing, no pressure lesson.

Advanced students: Learning to read music at a professional level. Lead guitar. Jazz improvisation.

I'm a professional, full time musician and educator and my guitar has been paying my bills my entire adult life. I have real world, professional experience playing and teaching guitar
as well as bass guitar, drums, piano, mandolin and more on countless gigs here in Northern, IL. I teach between 30-50 private students per week. I have taught hundreds of students in the past 12 years how to reach their musical goals. I've played tons of theater. I played guitar, mandolin, and drums as a swing musician for the Chicago Production of Jersey Boys at the Bank of America Theater in 2008. In 2014 I played a lot theater gigs for local productions such as Little Shop of Horrors (bass), Hands on a Hardbody (Guitar, Steel/Slide) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (guitar). I grew up as a gigging rock n roll/blues guitar player, but my heart is in jazz. I am confident and fluent in, and have gigged most styles of guitar playing.
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Rob April 24, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
He did a good job making guitar interesting.
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Josh August 4, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My son is thrilled. Eric was friendly, funny and patient. Josh is so excited for his next lesson.
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J.R. M. June 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I met with Eric at his studio in Elgin, and he was extremely friendly and welcoming. He gave me a very good and informational lesson on some specific musical questions I had about progressing in my saxophone career. He gave me specific instructions on places to visit, useful websites, and names of people. This information may seem trivial, but I was at a personal stopping point on some issues, and Eric provided the tools for me to continue. I highly recommend Eric to anyone looking to learn what it means to be a professional.
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Eric J.

Elgin, IL 60120
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About Madison S.

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Chicago, IL

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Hello! My name is Madison, I'm currently a working director and serving as the Artistic Director and co-founder of a small store-front theater company called Death & Pretzels (check us out at www.deathandpretzels.com) we make our permanent home at Nox Arca Theatre in Ravenswood, also the home of my acting studio. I am a graduate of the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film, where I received double degree emphasis in Directing & Management and Performance, as well as a specialization in Play-writing. I've also taken a year of specialty classes at Second City. I specialize in training for auditions, monologue and scene performance, as well as movement tutoring, speech and spoken word training, improv short form and sketch writing and performing. I had previously been working as a nanny and am more than comfortable working with actors fro
m the ages of 8 and older. I'd love to meet with you to work on some pieces! Directing Resume available upon request.
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Jill March 7, 2016
· Speaking Voice · In home
Madison is Terrific
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Lexi August 11, 2015
· Acting · In home
I cannot praise Madison Smith enough for being a wonderful acting coach. I was lucky enough to get the chance to act in a play she was directing, and also sought out her help for monologues for various auditions I had coming up at the time. She not only was over the moon thrilled to help me with my pieces, but she also was extremely approachable, listened to my concerns and questions, and truly helped me work my pieces until I felt comfortable and confident in them. As a young performer myself, it is really important to have a solid level of trust with the person coaching you, and Madison gave me exactly that. She has my highest recommendation!
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Laura August 5, 2015
· Theater Acting · In studio
Madison directed me in a play called The Dybbuk last year and had the very difficult job of teaching me to act possessed. I was having trouble inhabiting the idea of possession physically while also reciting very heightened language in unison with another actor. Madison coached me by allowing me to explore creatively and making adjustments based on what she saw. Her ability to communicate what she wanted while also making sure I was comfortable was really amazing, considering it could have been frustrating for all of us if anyone got impatient. I ended up being very proud of my performance in that play, and without Madison's coaching I don't think I would have been.

During that play she was also able to direct a large cast and overcome many of the obstacles fledgling theatre companies face with good humor and quick thinking. I would recommend her as a teacher and director to anyone.
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Madison S.

Madison S.

Chicago, IL 60613
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About Cate H.

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Naperville, IL

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You learn more than just how to play the flute when you study with Dr. Cate Hummel. Students learn to set goals, manage their time, solve problems, build effective habits and succeed. These are important skills not only to for being a great flute player, but for life and a career in as a professional in a wide range of fields. Provided a student practices regularly as instructed, you will see more progress in less time and advancement to higher ensembles in school at an earlier age.
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Lise September 29, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Very good experience. I am restarting the flute and Cate provides Lot of great advice. I strongly recommend Cate!
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Cate H.

Naperville, IL 60563
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About Alessandro T.

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Chicago, IL
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Hi, my name is Alessandro. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from DePaul University School of Music and I have been teaching lessons since April 2015. I am currently studying for my Master's Degree at DePaul as well. I think there are two important parts of taking clarinet lessons: learning the fundamentals, and having lots of fun. I focus on basics like embouchure, air, and tone to help you develop good technique. I will also work with you to select music that you like and that you will be excited to play.
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Matthew B. December 17, 2016
· Clarinet · In home
Very good instructor. He only had a few lessons with our son so far but we can already see a lot of progress has been made. Highly recommended!
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Alessandro T.

Alessandro T.

Chicago, IL 60614
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$20 / 30-min

About Cassidy M.

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Naperville, IL
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I am currently a music major at Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts studying under members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I have played in Symphonies, such as Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra as a Fellow, and I have performed across Italy on a tour. I have been teaching the cello for 5 years with students ranging in age from 8-adult. I have much experience in audition preparation, as my students have always auditioned and made the advanced orchestras in school. As music is a passion of mine, I strive to instill that same joy in my students!
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Cassidy M.

Cassidy M.

Naperville, IL 60563
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$30 / 30-min

About Cristina C.

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Chicago, IL

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I love working with students of all ages and stages of learning. Anyone can learn to be a better singer!

A classically trained singer in voice and opera with degrees from Wheaton College (BM Vocal Performance) and University of Southern California (MM Vocal Arts), I have been teaching private voice lessons and beginner piano lessons since 2009. I teach by engaging students fully in the study of their voice through movement, exercises, and creative imagination, and my students consistently discover themselves growing in confidence, imagination, and creative reasoning. More importantly, they find an increased capacity for the enjoyment of music itself.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my profile. I hope I have the opportunity to meet and work with you!
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Abiola July 17, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
My first lesson was so great. Cristina helped me to understand the basic exercise and stretches for breathing when Singing which has really worked for me.
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Martin March 15, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Cristina is a phenomenal vocal artist specializing in vocal pedagogy, vocal performance, and music history. If you are serious in discovering and developing your voice, contact Cristina - you will be amazed.
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Cristina C.

Cristina C.

Chicago, IL 60640
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About Martial G.

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Chicago, IL
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Martial is one of the best bass player of is generation
More than 20 years of experience
He worked in Africa, Asia, South Korea and China
Moved to USA to settle down with his wife ( us citizen)
He ready and available to share his music knowledge and experiences
Funk, smooth jazz, reggae, Latin, pop, country, gospel, Christian worship.
He got a lot of stuff to teach you!
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Martial G.

Martial G.

Chicago, IL 60626
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$43 / 30-min

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