I have books of musical theatre, classical, jazz, and pop repertoire to choose from. I mainly teach musical theatre, pop, jazz, R&B, and classical singing. I focus on breath support, placement, musicality, music theory, resonance, rhythm, and acting through song.
I recently graduated with a BFA in Acting from the theatre program at Syracuse University (SU). During my time there, I studied at the Globe Theatre in London, in addition to spending a semester taking classes with Broadway and TV/Film Casting agents in New York City. I've done a few musicals in regional theatres in New York. And currently, I am a working actor in and around the city of Chicago. I have experience music directing, directing, choreographing, and teaching acting and voice throughout the year for an elementary/middle school theatre program called Bravo Performing Arts Academy in O
ak Park, IL as well as Marquee Youth Theatre in St. Charles, IL. In the fall/winter, I music direct and teach private voice lessons for an adult a cappella group in Chicago. I studied voice, music theory, piano, acting, and dance within the SU theatre program and have been teaching for over 7 years. In addition, I taught music and theatre to special needs adults for all four years of college.
*** Lesson Details *** I am energetic, positive, and specific. In lessons, we will focus on properly using your breath and body, so as to have the best technique possible. Singing is easy and fun and I hope to instill that in all my students. I like to get work done while still smiling and laughing. Between 1 to 6 months, you can expect to have a stronger and fuller voice/sound, feel more confident singing/acting, and perform with more ease. We will stretch your vocal range so you begin to sing even higher and lower than before! I like to start the lesson with warm-ups and vocalizations and then work on repertoire. I have many repertoire books and can help you choose songs that best fit your age, gender, and personality. However, you can also have the option of bringing in pieces you need to work on for auditions, shows, or just for fun! I encourage students to record the lesson so that you can practice between lessons and record notes if you are learning a song. I think music and theatre allows people to express themselves, gain confidence, and use their creativity. And while great technique is vital to be a healthy singer/dancer/actor, those three aspects of theatre are just as important.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a keyboard.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a keyboard.
*** Specialties *** Voice - Alexander technique (relaxing of the muscles/release of unnecessary tension) Dance - Modern, Jazz, Broadway, and contemporary Acting - Meisner, Stanislavsky, Viewpoints, Physical Theatre
Olivia A. October 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
Olivia loved it; Mara has a great personality and was very engaging...
I played in various theatre roles growing up including Kenickie in Grease and Lieutenant Buzz Adams in South Pacific.
I am a professional musician who enjoys helping young people reach their musical goals. I perform regularly as a solo act and play with a band at various hotels in Chicago. I went to Millikin University in Decatur for music where I toured the country and played and sang in the top ensembles. I also studied at the Music Industry Workshop in Chicago for music production and engineering. My goal is to help you learn the songs you love and show you how to make the technical side of music more fun than you ever imagined!
*** Lesson Details *** You can expect a laid back atmosphere that is v
ery productive. I use a custom curriculum that is catered to the needs and desires of the individual. Whether you would like to be a concert pianist, a jazzy horn player, or someone who wants to rock out to your favorite tunes, I have resources and experience to help you reach your goal. After three months you can expect to competently play a couple great songs and have greater fluidity and technique on your instrument.
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lessons are taught in a recording studio which includes music stands, keyboards, piano, amps, acoustic guitar, and seating available. Parking on the street.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students will need the instrument of their study and their purchased study materials. If the student is taking piano, they will need an 88 key weighted keyboard or a piano.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in jazz, but can teach classical, pop, rock, funk, blues, salsa, bossa nova etc.
Alex E. November 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Eric was a perfect match for my 13 year old son. My son liked the fact that Eric could show him cords to practice immediately.
Margie H. September 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
He has a nice approach that makes you feel comfortable. Very patient and professional.
Ilia D. August 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
He has been great so far. Making good relation with my son. Glad to have him as his piano teacher.
Lessons include exercising that lower register which is so important for the "Broadway belting" quality, as well as upper register work to balance that big lower sound. Repertoire incorporates pretty much anything that is performed in musical theater.
ABOUT PENNY R.
I graduated from college in Virginia with a Bachelor of Music Education degree as a voice major, and minored in piano and violin. My teaching certificate was for vocal, instrumental and general music, grades K - 12, and I graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Graduate school brought me to Indiana, where I earned a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. Migrating up to the Chicago area from there, I taught at a private music school (voice and small ensembles, as well as many faculty performances) before staying at home to raise our children, and teaching voice lessons privately in
my Studio. After 30 years of teaching, I'm still at it, and I still love it!
I am a Permanent Professional member of Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA), Illinois State Music Teacher's Association (ISMTA),West Suburban Chapter of ISMTA, as well as a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing. Most of my students are high school aged, but I have taught from ages seven through 70. My students regularly achieve MTNA's Music Achievement Award, are selected for District Choir and All-State Choir, as well as receive leading roles in high school and community musicals.
I believe that singing does something to words which nothing else can--it puts feelings to music. Everyone has feelings, and everyone can be musical. Those who pursue their vocal education can be rewarded with confidence in their ability to sing. The goal of my Studio is to promote the study of music, and to create a musical environment at each lesson so that every person's individual potential can become realized - all while having fun!
My Studio provides a nurturing environment for all singers, from beginning to advanced, children to adults. I will help you develop and maintain your vocal health, expand your vocal range, and develop your musicianship. You will learn to integrate a coordinated process of breath, pitch and tone, while exploring your vocal potential in a wide range of contemporary and classic musical styles. Teaching proper vocal technique is my primary goal with every student: fixing what is being used incorrectly, and enhancing what is already done well. I will work with you on any style of repertoire you desire: classical, opera, Broadway, jazz, folk, etc. I love it when a student wants a variety of song! And if your music theory skills are weak, we'll take care of that, too!
Children eighth grade and younger should sign up for half hour lessons; students high school and older should sign up for 45 minute lessons.
I am so excited to share the joy of making music with my new TakeLessons students! We get right into breathing, first thing. Once that is right, we can turn our attention to what's going on with the throat and mouth. All the while, we are learning songs by which we can practice whatever we're working on in the exercises. Everybody's different, with different tensions, both proper and antagonistic. We isolate the muscular tensions that are interfering with your perfect sound, and go from there!
*** Lesson Details *** Come prepared to make a lot of noises with which you don't normally sing! We will explore every sound you are capable of - there's something to learn from most of them! Obviously, we'll concentrate on the ones we really want to sing with, while using a myriad of vocal exercises.
My studio brochure will explain many of the nuts and bolts of our lessons, and any expectations regarding practicing, keyboard ability and access, and how we work home practice when you don't know how to play piano. Generally, we spend about half the lesson time on warm ups/exercises, and half the time on songs. Sometimes we memorize them; sometimes we polish them; sometimes we just learn them quickly and move on to new things. Each lesson is a little different, depending on what I'm hearing from you that day.
I'm always happy to help you with school/church solos, audition material, choral parts, etc. Otherwise, we will choose repertoire together, taking into account your goals and interests, along with what makes good teaching material. Come join the fun and make some music!
*** Studio Equipment *** My basement rec room serves as my teaching studio, so there are stairs with which to contend. Parents may stay either in the studio, or up in my living room to wait. The fully equipped studio contains a piano, audio-visual equipment for recording and play back, music stands, stools, a comfortable couch, and even a sink for quick water drinks! (Singing can make you thirsty!)
*** Specialties *** In my 30+ years of teaching private lessons, I've amassed quite a toolbox of eclectic musical resources. That said, I still find muscle manipulative exercises while vocalizing to be the quickest route for most students to have success in building their long term voice. So I utilize those techniques frequently. With proper, healthy vocal production, a student can sing in any genre they choose. I am very concerned about producing a healthy voice with a free tone, particularly for children, so that all students can go forward into whatever style they choose with good vocal production.
Stephanie E. September 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, extremely patient and works well with teens. Recommend!
Jen July 24, 2015
Penny is an amazing instructor! She is 100% focused during every minute of your lesson! My 12 year old daughter has taken lessons with her for almost a year. She really focuses on technique which I feel is so important! I see progress in my daughter during every lesson!
Carla B. June 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
Penny is awesome. She's not only talented as a singer but talented as an instructor. Highly recommend!!
Experienced vocal teacher of 10 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of music theory, sight reading, technique, and stylistic skills. I specialize in classical and musical theatre, typically use Music Theatre Anthology and Schirmer books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: piano, extensive musical library, iPad with YouTube and numerous other musical apps, quarterly group lessons, bi-annual recitals.
Classically trained pianist and singer. When it comes to piano, I have over 20 years of training under my belt. Majority of my experience deals with classical and accompaniment but have also studied jazz and contemporary. In the way of singing, I am a classically trained singer who majored in Opera Performance in college. I have plenty of performance experience from being on the stage in operas and musical to performing with choirs and solo recitals. In voice lessons a student can choose to specialize in opera or if they were to take standard voice lessons, they could expect a wide variety
of music focusing on multiple languages and genres including musical theater.
With every musician, Music Theory is crucial. All students will learn the basics of reading music and those who choose, can go beyond to learn the structure of music and why music is the way it is with Music Theory lessons.
I am qualified to teach all levels of piano, opera, and voice.I take a real hands on, active approach to teaching, going beyond just the lesson books.
I am also able to offer tutoring services. I have been tutoring since high school. In high school as part of the National Honors Society, we were asked to tutor once a week and it continued into college when I decided to double major in Psychology taking an interest in adolescence psychology. My strong suits and reading and math but I am more than happy to help in any subject.
I do have dogs in the house so please be advised if you have allergies.
*** Lesson Details *** Our sessions will be laid back and easy going. I expect the students to do their work and practice and as long as they are showing progress, we can continue with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. I am patient with my students, and do my best to develop teaching methods unique to each student to give the best experience and set them up for the highest level of success. I don't push students to perfection but rather assist them in reaching their personal best. As long as they are having fun and learning, I know I am doing my job. Music is to be enjoyed and that is my goal with each student.
For voice and piano, students will learn a wide variety of music. I also believe strongly in the power of sight reading. Students will also learn music theory in their lessons. Piano students will follow a lesson book curriculum along with learning scales and sight reading. Voice students will sing from all major languages (English, French, Italian, and German) and practice sight reading skills.
Students should bring a notebook to lessons where notes will be taken on what we accomplished in our lessons and what needs to be worked on for the next lesson. This will usually include a theory sheet, technique work, and songs.
Twice a year I hold a recital where students get to show off to other students and family what they have accomplished in their lessons. With piano students, you will prepare and memorize usually one song. For voice students, you will prepare and memorize two songs, at least one will be in a foreign language.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lower level for studio, piano, seating for parents, on site computer for easy reference and music samples.
*** Specialties *** I have an Opera performance degree. I am a classically trained singer and pianist.
Skye M. June 11, 2014
In studio Verified Student
She is so so helpful and she knows how to really teach me how to develop my singing skills.
StephanieM1 December 19, 2011
Sarah is a very smart and rewarding teacher in music. She encourages the student in their learning to sing ability. She goes the extra mile by informing her student ,my son, that she will teach him to read music also.
SeannaK November 18, 2011
Ella loves her singing lessons with Miss Sarah. She makes Ella feel very comfortable.
Let me help you develop your REAL VOICE and hone your skills as a performer.
About Michelle Kei
Michelle Kei I., a soprano of Japanese and American heritage, "uses her strong dramatic soprano to slice through the orchestra" in a varied repertoire that encompasses Verismo to Broadway. Possessing a captivating stage presence and praised as "superb," "gifted," and a "constant breakaway from the rest of the vocal pack," she has entertained audiences on stages around the world.
Those are the first two sentences of my professional biography. I thought I'd use them to get the ball rolling.
Ever since I can remember, I've always been a performer. I come from a very musical family. I was al
ways singing! I sang at home, in church, in show-choir and musicals at school - basically anywhere I could find an audience!
When I decided to go to college to study music, I chose the prestigious School of Music at Indiana University. I wanted to sing Broadway, but my father encouraged me to study classical singing first, so I'd have the foundations for a bulletproof technique that could endure a long and demanding career. I'm so glad that he did!
Who would have thought that I would learn to LOVE opera?!? It had everything that Broadway did, and so much more! Plus, I learned to fill a theater with the sound of my voice and soar over the orchestra WITHOUT A MICROPHONE!!!
Would you like to learn how to do that? I can show you how.
Let me help you find your REAL VOICE!!!
What you can expect from me:
- I will provide a supportive and effective work environment.
- I will make recommendations on repertoire based upon your goals
- I will provide you with an individualized regimen of study based upon your strengths and development, not a standardized format of study.
What I expect from you:
- Learn the musical selections we choose. Your lesson time should be used for improving your technique, not learning your music.
- Leave your outside life at the door. It will be waiting for you when you leave.
- Enjoy the process. Experiment. If it doesn't work, try something else. Take constructive criticism as an opportunity for improvement, not as a personal attack.
- Commit yourself fully! Be engaged. The benefit you receive is equal to the work you put into the process.
Monica November 18, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Michelle was fantastic! I started taking lessons with her my sophomore year in high school and she really helped me find my voice and become more confident throughout my range. I wish I could have studied with her longer, but she gave me a great foundation to further my studies in both classical and broadway techniques.
Carey November 14, 2015
I worked with Michelle on several occasions. She was always completely professional and prepared. her insights have helped me on a personal level as a singer and on a professional level as an elementary music teacher. You will be in great hands (and great voice!) with Michelle guiding you!
George and Joselyn November 12, 2015
Classical Voice ·
My husband and I are both musicians and have studied music for many years. We were looking for a qualified voice teacher for our daughter, to prepare for an important audition. She wanted to sing opera and did well learning the arias and studying various opera singers on You Tube; but sometimes her throat would hurt. She needed to learn healthy vocal techniques.
Michelle immediately, gave her several exercises to develop her breathing, an increase her volume, and worked on her diction in Italian, French and German; always enthusiastic an encouraging. Michelle went above and beyond to help our daughter gain the confidence that she needed and to bring out the best in her.
Students are raving about their Broadway Singing instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Cj
"i recently came out of an audition and I sang my musical pieces better than I've ever done them before! The auditioner sat me down at the end and said he
loves my voice. He said, based on how much he liked my pieces and how well I did that he would like to extend an early invitation for callbacks for the program! I really have Patricia to thank for that. She has helped me improve my voice by leaps and bounds in the time that i have been working with her and its amazing to get such immediate and rewarding results. I CAN NOT THANK PATRICIA ENOUGH! SHE COULD NOT HAVE PREPARED ME ANY BETTER AND IM SO GRATEFUL THAT I GET TO WORK WITH HER!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Kathy
"I received classes from Rosita a couple years ago. Her methods that she has taught me followed me. Now that I live in New York her voice is still in my he
ad. I know that sounds a little creepy but it's like having your mom's voice in your head before you do something. Through her classes I'm definitely more confident not only in singing but in myself. Out of all the teachers I have had and if you live in LA she is the only one I will recommend. Book her now! She teaches more than just singing, she teaches you how to be you and not be scared about it! Thanks Rosita for everything!!!!"
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Review by Cheryl
"I thought I would be shy singing in front of another person but Mary has made me feel comfortable from the start."
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Review by Laura Petracco
"I have had a few voice teachers over the past couple of years and Stacey is by far my favorite. She is patient and dedicated to making her students better
. She is very good at explaining the techniques that are vital to singing correctly - breathing, jaw placement, posture, etc. In my case, she has helped me immensely with my confidence in auditions. I have landed two roles since I have been studying with her! She's fun, funny, welcoming, super easy to work with and sing in front of! Take from her!"