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About Wendy P.

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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.

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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."

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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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Eileen August 24, 2018
· Acting · Online
Best teacher.
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Daniel G. April 6, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Great
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St James November 27, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
She's great!
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Wendy P.

Wendy P.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Jeff F.

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I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies.

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With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance. The mind learns quicker than the body, so focused
practice will help train the body and bring it to the mind's level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished Basement studio: drum set, snare drum, small mallet, xylophone and electric piano, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide sticks and mallets and purchase a book that we will work out of weekly.

*** Specialties ***
I feel comfortable teaching all levels of percussion. I have experience teaching a variety of styles Jazz, rock, classical, and world.
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Dan Carmona September 27, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Jeff is very good and thorough. Works hard with you to do the excercises right. Definitely would recommend him
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Matt April 25, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Jeff provided a great overview for my daughter. Wonderful first lesson.
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RIo July 14, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Jeff has been great with my 7 year old son learning Djembe and Bongos. Jeff gives clear concise instructions and practices the skills with him to work on during the week. My son is easily distracted and Jeff is very flexible and listens to what he has to say, using is as a way to teach and redirects. My son can't wait to go to class every week!
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Jeff F.

Jeff F.

Chicago, IL 60651
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$35 / 30-min

About Benjamin K.

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Chicago, IL

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About Benjamin
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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Andrew S. September 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Wonderful first lesson and we got so much accomplished. I feel prepared to practice and start working through content. Great experience.
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Elfego S. September 10, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Benjamin is a great instructor who knows his stuff, will make sure you get it right, and push you to be your best.
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Michael September 4, 2018
· Music Performance · In studio
Very helpful and informative!
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Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL 60613
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About MissG M.

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Chicago, IL

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***CURRENTLY LOCATED IN CHICAGO***

60 AND 90 MINUTE CLASSES ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST 5 LESSONS.
PLEASE BOOK EITHER 30 OR 45 MINUTE LESSONS FOR YOUR FIRST PACKAGE OF CLASSES.

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 r
ecently seen on BET's Spring Bling Invitational Showcase in Venice Beach,CA. She has trained artists in development for major recording companies and 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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Brenda August 15, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · Online
Our Grandson Caleb had his first Hip Hop lesson with Miss G last week. I highly recommend Miss G. She makes learning fun and interesting. She keeps things lite and low key and is able to keep Caleb focused. Miss G interacts with children exceptionally well. Caleb can't wait for his second lesson!!
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Brenda G. August 8, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · Online
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olivija June 21, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
My daughter is 9 years old and had her first class with Gisselle today! She had a blast and learned a lot! She can’t wait for her next lesson:)
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MissG M.

Highland Park, IL 60035
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About Megan W.

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Chicago, IL
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Hello! I am a passionate private vocal instructor looking for students who love to sing, whether as a hobby or as a profession or anywhere in between. I am currently working on my masters in Vocal Performance at Indiana University. I believe in my students success and love to watch and provide support as you grow as a musician and singer. I am a classical singer who uses classical singing technique to inform my teaching of other genres. If you have any questions about the nature of voice lessons, please contact me!

I can help your singing move in any direction that you would like to go! There are no limits on what can be done, and I want to help you achieve your goals, whatever they might be! My past students have had varied interests, and I have enjoyed working with all of my unique students in their own artistic areas of intere
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Theresa July 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Megan was a wonderful voice teacher! She helped me improve my range and my breathing. Megan paid so much attention to me while I sang and she always had great techniques for improving my sound. She also chose many songs that fit my range well and that challenged me. Megan not only taught me important skills and songs, but she also was very kind and patient. Megan helped me learn songs that I brought to her, even if she already had something planned for the day. Megan was a great teacher and I would highly recommend her!
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Jessa June 22, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Megan is a very patient and fun teacher who helped me to have confidence singing for church and singing in front of a small audience. My vocal range has grown a lot since I began working with her. I look forward to continued lessons and learning more about vocal technique!
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Rebecca G. September 18, 2015
· Vocal Training · Online
she is already helping me learn how to breathe and stretch my range
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Megan W.

Megan W.

Chicago, IL 60657
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About Josh L.

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Chicago, IL

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Hi, there! My name is Josh, and I can't wait to meet you! I am fairly new to private teaching and am looking forward to helping my students get a good solid start with either piano, or improvised theatre. I studied theatre in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts, and I trained at the IO theatre in Chicago for improvised theatre. I studied jazz piano with Dr. Joe Utterback in Stratford, CT. I've been performing in Chicago as an improvisor and mucisian for about 4 years. I'm a relaxed and friendly person and my teaching style is very much based on what you want to accomplish, though I'd be happy to make suggestions. I really look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Best!

Josh L.
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Charlie M. November 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
My 10-year old son Charlie had a great first lesson with Josh. He accomplished a lot in his session and Charlie is excited for the next lessons. Josh is very patient and kind.
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Alexa July 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Alexa was excited to take lessons with Josh and really enjoyed them!
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David March 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Josh was very helpful for a beginner like myself. He got me started on my path.
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Josh L.

Josh L.

Chicago, IL 60647
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About Ny Y.

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Chicago, IL
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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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Madison J. October 9, 2018
· Gospel Singing · In studio
Ny is kind, firm and encouraging! I'm really enjoying our lessons so far.
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Ny Y.

Ny Y.

Chicago, IL 60613
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$15 / 30-min

About Felicia B.

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Dundee, IL
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I graduated with a bachelors in music education at Western Illinois University in 2012. At the university I received talent grants to play in the symphony orchestra as a violinist, I also sang in the school of music top choir. After graduating I immediately was offered a position at a music studio in Geneva and have been successfully working for them for the last 5 years. For the last 3 years I have worked at a middle school in Elmhurst as a choir director and also was the vocal director for 3 musicals and head director for 2 plays. I have background with special education students from ages 5-13.

Although I am primarily a violinist and vocalist I also teach up to intermediate in piano, viola, cello, and acoustic guitar at the music studio. I believe that it is important for the student to be able to learn music theory at their skill l
evel, problem solving, and also enjoying what they play. Beginning lessons will give students a strong foundation of their instrument but adding on solo music.
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Alyson June 18, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Felicia is a great teacher! We work well together, she asks how I want to learn and she helps me to understand what I’m learning! As an adult learner, it helps that she can modify my lesson to suit my specific needs. I think this will be a great partnership!!
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Autumn March 18, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Felicia has truly helped me improve on the viola. From spotting my wrong bow hold to making sure that I am absolutely positive on where the fingerings are for the key, she has most definetly improved my playing over all and is helping me advance past most of my peers in my school orchestra.
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Shelly February 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son has really been enjoying his lessons. He just started in the fall and was able to pick up a new song and play it a home. I’m very impressed with what he’s learning from Felicia. She creates a warm encouraging environment for him to learn in. I highly recommend her for lessons
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Felicia B.

Felicia B.

Dundee, IL 60118
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About Evan K.

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Lake Geneva, WI
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Ballet | Tap | Jazz | Hip Hop | Musical Theatre

Dance Masters of Wisconsin & Chicago National Association of Dance Masters Certified by examination
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Evan K.

Evan K.

Lake Geneva, WI 53147
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$42 / 45-min

About Gail H.

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Chicago, IL
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I am currently a dancer with the Ruth Page Civic Ballet in Chicago Illinois. I graduated from Northern Illinois University with my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance in 2017.

I specialize in teaching ballet and pointe. I started ballet at the age of 3, and have been on pointe for 9 years. I love working with dancers to help them find their own unique personality. I am currently teaching some weeknights in a studio setting ages 8-18, and have experience teaching all levels and all ages.

I am available to work on regular private lessons focusing on your goals, petite allegro, pirouettes, flexibility, etc. I am also able to work on refining and setting choreography/ variations for performance, competitions or just for fun.

I believe that every great dancer has strong ballet technique and knowledge of ballet terminology. I
can help you train smarter, not harder and reach your goals.
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Gail H.

Gail H.

Chicago, IL 60640
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$34 / 30-min

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