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About Benjamin K.

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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.

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Piano, recording equipment, large collection of sheet music

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students find their true singing voice.
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Robin L. October 15, 2017
· Singing · Online
Ben Is a great instructor. Worked with my Boy over the summer. I would highly recommend him.
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Clayton M. September 19, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Ben is absolutely top-notch! Ben has helped me regain my tone, pitch, and performance after going through vocal changes and learning improper voice technique. Ben is extremely technical, spot-on, and professional! He has an impressive resume and his lessons are engaging and very productive. I highly recommend Ben if you want to work with a TRUE VOCAL COACH! Clayton Mann
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Jill S. August 23, 2017
· Musical Theater · Online
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Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL 60613
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About Molly M.

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I have been teaching for 15 years: kids, teens-even beginner vocalists in their seventies! Rockers, an "Idol" finalist, church musicians, lapsed opera singers, preschoolers. ...these are just a few of singers I have worked with, in person, in the classroom, and ONLINE (I just love teaching singers all over the country and the world!) .

What you get in voice lessons with me: laughter as you learn! I have learned solid classical vocal technique from the very best . I have trained with respected opera singers who have performed with companies such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as leaders in vocal pedagogy. I believe everyone deserves the same useful tools- no matter what it is you like to sing!

I am patient and customize each and every lesson. Need more time on ear training? No problem . How about beginning music theory? I can
help with that,too. Are you feeling more confident, and want to focus more on song polishing and getting into the heart of your songs? Let's do it! Confidence an issue? I am a pro with very shy people. I'll get you out of your shell, relaxed, and having fun right away so we can free that voice of yours! I have worked with many singers who have been diagnosed with anxiety: you're in good hands and you can trust me with your voice.

I am also a drama teacher who has worked with groups as well as individuals. Currently, I am the drama instructor at a Montessori School. I love working with beginning acting students! I'll assist with monologue prep, improvisation, voice for the stage, body awareness, and more. I love being on stage and want you to see how fun it is to jump in and let go,too!

I am a constant student in the world of theatre. I am currently taking many courses with the Drama Teacher Academy, and just received a certificate for monologue work ! Currently studying more improv and musical theatre techniques. I want my students to have as many skills as possible, no matter where their love for theatre or music takes them.

If you're interested in beginner ear training or music theory, I'd love to help you with that as well. I present it in a no-nonsense and fun manner! I'll provide you with simple worksheets to increase your confidence in learning the language of music, as well as run you through increasingly challenging patterns and sight reading for the ear training. Don't be afraid: I make it easy and customize it all. I used to be scared of theory,too- so I know what works!

I have been singing for over 20 years. Performances with the Lira Ensemble and Opera on Tap Chicago, and in master classes with international opera stars Alan Held and Lorna Haywood. Coaching with Collaborative Works Chicago and Rossini Opera Festival. Additional studies in Rock Vocals, Voice Care, Improvisational Comedy, Holistic Voice, Acting, Foreign languages, Dalcroze, Speaking Voice for Singers, , Commercial Vocal Styles/Belting with Lisa Popeil, teacher mentoring workshop with Maestro David Jones. Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Additional workshops in Vocal Pedagogy with David Sabella-Mills, Jeannie LoVetri. Dr. Karen Prokop, Melissa Cross (the queen of healthy scream technique!), Sheri Sanders (musical theatre auditioning), and Chicago Cabaret Professionals.

Certified CoreSinging Instructor- one of only a few in the U.S. trained by Meribeth Dayme, PhD, respected clinician and authority in vocal pedagogy and author of "The Singing Book".

My students do a variety of great things! One was a top 12 "American Idol" finalist. Current students perform in musicals, top rated choirs, and professional rock , jazz,and blues bands. Many have won awards for their singing at competitions such as NATS. Students of mine have also been accepted to prestigious performing arts high schools for both drama and music, as well as undergraduate music programs.

I think if you can speak, you can sing. Everyone can and should sing! Don't let anything hold you back. I am a people person that is very passionate about music and singing, and want to be the teacher you'll trust with your voice. Come laugh and learn with me!

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I teach in person (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago) and online via Skype or FaceTime or TakeLessons Classroom, of course!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sing and See Software. Additional materials I use: Funky n' Fun Vocal Exercises, Estelle Liebling Vocal Methods, Bona and Dannhauser for sight-reading, Full Voice workbooks for young and serious singers.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner vocalists! Very shy singers. Children, teens. Lapsed singers, and seniors. Experience in working with those with learning disabilities , special needs, and victims of abuse. Have also worked with the transgendered community. I also love to give workshops.
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Amy October 19, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Jacque October 18, 2017
· Singing · Online
Molly makes the lesson fun and exciting to learn!
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Deb October 15, 2017
· Singing · Online
Molly is incredible. She has amazing energy and style. Two of my girls are taking lessons with her and they vary in age and personalities - Molly's style is incredible to keep my older daughter learning and advancing, while also being able to connect instantly with my younger daughter, who is extremely shy. In only 2 lessons, both of my girls learned so much and are having fun in the process. We are thrilled we found Molly and so excited to keep the lessons going. She has so much experience and talent but more importantly, she has a gift for translating that talent and energy into customized lessons that engage the kids, meet them where they are, and keep them excited to learn more. We love Molly!
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Molly M.

Molly M.

Schaumburg, IL 60193
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About Erin M.

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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 Paul W.

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Chicago, IL

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I am a classically trained guitarist whose mission is to help my students reach their goals while inspiring a love and passion for music. Never picked up a guitar before? No problem! You’ll be playing your favorite songs in no time. Been playing for years but need a little help overcoming that next hurdle? Great! You’ll be playing better and with more confidence than ever before. In order to truly improve you need determination and dedication, and that’s why I try to keep things fun and inspired from the very first lesson.
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Loretta M. April 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Paul is a very talented educator. I am in a unique situation, needing to learn guitar for my job. After working with Paul, my lessons have become the highlight of my week. I am eager to practice and work on new techniques he introduces to my skillset. He works very hard, so I always appreciate when he is flexible with my changing schedule. Before Paul, I had a teacher who simply did not meet my learning style. Paul is incredible. Thank you so much. Learning guitar has become my new passion project and I enjoy my lessons so much!
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Lauren July 25, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In home
Paul is a fantastic guitarist and an even better teacher. My child had a fantastic experience learning from him, and came home playing a whole song on day 1! Couldn't recommend him enough.
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Kyle July 13, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Paul is a phenomenal instructor with the personality and charisma it takes to teach such a distinguished instrument. Whether you are trying to learn 3 chords to impress a special someone or you have a nerve racking collegiate performance, Paul will be able to help. There is a list of qualities that come to mind when I think of the best instructors I've had and Paul checks off all those things. He is extremely helpful, he is mindful of your wants and needs in parallel to your skill level, he has a gift for attention to detail, he is passionate about the subtle art of the guitar, and he pushes you as a musician in discipline and skill. Highly recommended and easily works with your schedule.
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Paul W.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Rebecca H.

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Rebecca's musical training began at the age of 5 on the piano. As her love of music grew, she began playing the violin at age 8 with the viola to follow a year later. Performing in multiple musicals in her early life, Rebecca's love of singing began. A graduate of Saint Xavier University with a music education degree, Rebecca taught in the public school system for seven years teaching both orchestra and choir. An active performer around Chicago, Rebecca is a soprano and featured soloist with Chicago’s Allegrezza Choir, performs with several orchestras, and frequently performs on piano in different venues. She has been featured on several albums of the recording artist Ross Crean. You can hear Rebecca sing and play viola on the soundtrack of Summerland, available on ITunes, for the LUMA exhibit in 2014 in Chicago. She has performed at m
ultiple sporting events around Chicago singing the National Anthem. Winning several awards for music composition and arranging, Rebecca enjoys creating the music for music collaborations. Her enthusiastic teaching style inspires her students to not only perfect technique but to love making music. A teacher of all levels of abilities, Rebecca engages her students through her own passion for teaching music.
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James C. July 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
The teacher had a nice rapport with my 5 year old grandson and we are looking forward to working with her.
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Olivia B. June 16, 2017
· Violin · In home
Olivia loved her first lessons and Rachel made it so fun for her. She can't wait for next week!
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Lynne R. May 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
I am enjoying my lessons thus far and I think Rebecca is a good teacher!
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Rebecca H.

Rebecca H.

Tinley Park, IL 60477
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About Michelle D.

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I am a cello performance major at DePaul University. I have played cello for 12 years, and I want to share my wealth of knowledge with the next generation of musicians now. I love teaching beginning and intermediate students on cello because I love my instrument very much and I love the energy new students bring to lessons. I teach the basics and essentials of music and musicianship, working with a variety of approaches that will build my students' foundations for years to come. I am patient and understanding. There is expression, emotion, and intellect put into playing the cello, which I will share with my students as they progress.
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Tom M. August 30, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Very good instructor. I only took a few lessons with Michelle but I really enjoyed how she structured the lesson and the way we went through the short piece of music. She showed me how to technically learn a difficult passage and then place it within the total piece. She was patient, listened to my thoughts on my ability, and then gave me instruction on technique to help me improve.
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Melissa R. October 24, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Get class, Michelle is very patient and loves teaching others
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fred May 28, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Michelle taught our daughter for about a year. She was always well prepared and very professional. She was able to work with our daughter on the specific areas needed, and gave her appropriate homework.

We would recommend her to anyone looking for private lessons.
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Michelle D.

Michelle D.

Chicago, IL 60614
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$25 / 30-min

About Phil C.

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I've taught both privately and in the classroom (in schools from Pre-K to college, and through workshops), and have been a working musician and teacher for more than 25 years. I have a degree in music from Columbia College Chicago (Summa Cum Laude). My students have included everyone from absolute beginners to working professionals like myself. Many of my students have gone on to careers in music as performers, songwriters and/or teachers.

My approach in private instruction involves tailoring the lessons to the specific needs of each student, while making sure that he/she has the knowledge and technique to succeed in their creative endeavors. Whether it's a hobby or a potential career, I leave nothing out. You will learn the entire instrument. In cases where a student works in more than one subject, one session can typically be applied
to all/both of them. I strive to help every student find their own creative voice, while building the skill sets required to work in any style of music.

I also offer group lessons for 3 or more students. For friends at similar skill levels, this can offer a fun and more affordable way to learn a subject. It also serves as an additional motivator as the students in the group feed off of each other for ideas and inspiration.

Please feel free to contact me with the "Ask Phil a Question" button on my profile here. This can include questions about my method, or regarding days and times for lessons. What you see in my availability here is based on my schedule away from TakeLessons. I have students elsewhere and perform shows regularly. I may have additional times available and tend to have some flexibility. I teach worldwide online. Just ask.

As soon as you're ready to book lessons, you can use the Green Button after selecting your area of study, day and time. I will receive a notification that you've signed up. I will then confirm with you and send a questionnaire regarding your lesson needs within 48 hours.

Thanks for your interest.

I look forward to working with you!
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Ingrid June 9, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Preparing for a performance at my friend's wedding. His experience has been vital in prepping me to anticipate variables and how to play through mistakes etc.
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CJ A. March 10, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
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Sunny H. January 31, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Phil is an absolute delight! We had a great time working with Phil learning the basics of Ukulele. He prepared a great lesson for us while creating a fun atmosphere for people of different musical backgrounds. Highly recommend Phil!
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Phil C.

Chicago, IL 60626
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About Grant R.

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I have studied with some of the finest trombonists in the world, have performed in the nation's top orchestras, and am firmly committed to excellence in the trombone field. Music is one of the most indescribably powerful and moving things in the entire world, and I want students to, above all, simply enjoy playing and experiencing this wonderful gift. The trombone is, of course, merely a means to an end in this regard; yet its rich, golden, and versatile sound is what particularly draws me to it. My approach to playing the trombone is simple: producing the most beautiful sound on every note, as easily as possible. I think it is necessary to have the best sound that you can possibly make on the trombone in your head from day one, and to this end, I strive to play as much as possible for and along with the student so that they may develop t
heir OWN ideal sound concept. I of course couple this with instruction on all the other fundamentals of trombone playing and music making (scales, rhythms, playing in tune, breathing, etc). But never forget that the ultimate goal is to perform the music the way it goes. By this I do not not mean playing all the correct notes, but instead performing the music in the correct style and context as the composer intended. Always remember that music is to be shared with others, and that making a statement with the music we play, in a way expressing our deepest emotions, is what this is all about!
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Alexa July 27, 2017
· Trombone · In home
My son needed some extra help with trombone. He was struggling in his school program and wanted to be better. After studying with Grant for a few months, his band teacher sent me an email about how quickly he is improving and he moved up from last chair to third chair. He is very approchable and my son loves him.
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Maggie July 24, 2017
· Trombone ·
Grant is an amazing musician. From the 2 years I’ve worked with him, he’s been very professional, great to work with and always plays with a beautiful tone. He is very passionate and knowledgable in both playing the trombone and the music he plays.
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Rachel July 24, 2017
· Trombone ·
Grant's ability to hear what each student's needs are makes him a great teacher for all levels of players. He likes to work hard while also having a good time, which really resonates with students. We worked together for 2 years and his drive to constantly make the highest quality music really makes him stand out.
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Grant R.

Grant R.

Chicago, IL 60660
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About Matthew R.

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I'm a multi-instrumentalist and composer with two degrees earned concurrently from Indiana University--one a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Arts and Sciences, the other a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the internationally renowned Jacobs School of Music.

My instrumental ability has allowed me to take professional tours both nationally and internationally as a sideman (Durand Jones and the Indications, Indiana Jazz Exchange), and my writing for large ensemble has been featured by multiple groups (Sean Imboden Large Ensemble, Liberation Music Collective).

I'm very passionate about helping people realize their own internal goals, no matter how far off they may seem to them. I already feel we can work together to help you do it, and we haven't even met yet! My mix of academic training, professional experience, an
d natural affability make the learning experience easy, stress-free and fun.

I can teach you how to:
1) play trumpet
2) play trombone
3) play drums
4) understand and internalize music theory
5) improvise, from absolute beginner to professional-tier tips and tricks
6) write music for all sizes of ensembles (solo singer-songwriter to 18-piece big band)

Styles I've got professional experience playing: rock, funk, soul, R&B, jazz (combo), jazz (big band), and classical.

Let's learn together!
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chauncey J. September 24, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Very patient and detailed with my 13 year old son
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Joey August 7, 2017
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Matt is an innovative player and writer who is always planning on "what's next". To help find what's next for you, visit Matt.
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Sean August 7, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
I've worked with Matt in a variety of settings over the past couple of years, from live performances, to recording sessions, to new projects, including having him write music for my new 16-piece ensemble. He is always incredibly professional, prepared, and highly enthusiastic about whatever he is doing. I'm sad to see him move, but I know that he will flourish in any environment he chooses. Matt's creativity is at a very high level. He is also an incredibly hard worker, and keeps things fun at the same time.
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Matthew R.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Maureen S.

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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.

Chicago, IL 60640
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