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Jocelyn H.

Chicago, IL

I have been acting and performing for over 10 years and have studied several different styles of acting techniques. We can work on monologues, scenes or prepare for upcoming performances and auditions.

About Jocelyn

I am currently a professional singer as well as a music teacher here in the Chicago area. While I am in Chicago the majority of the time working and performing, I do travel throughout the US and Europe for performances, which recently have included New York, Hawaii, Indiana, Toronto and Salzburg, Austria. I have studied singing privately for over 13 years in styles ranging from classical and opera, to pop, musical theater and jazz. I have also taken advanced classes on vocal pedagogy and the method behind teaching singing properly and healthily. In addition to singing, I have also studied several languages (Italian, German, French, Spanish), diction, acting/performance, music history, music theory and marketing, which all come together to create the entire package necessary when teaching ...

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DeloresW April 30, 2012
Jocelyn H.

Abigail loves her lessons; I suggested to her that she let you know she has a personal cordless microphone & amplifier. I thought the usage of microphone would be cool to use. Of course, this was only a suggestion, what do you think?
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ShilpaN January 11, 2012
Piano lesson

I have been taking lessons from Jocelyn for almost a month now. I feel very comfortable the way Jocelyn teaches. She is patient and explains the subject well.
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JunT December 30, 2011
Excenllent and Professional

I have learned a lots from Jocelyn. I very enjoy the lessons with Jocelyn due to her excenllent and professional teaching experience. She very understands what students need to learn and always helps students to have a solid gains in each calss.I would like to give 5-star to Jocelyn.
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Emmy B.

Chicago, IL

I've been a working actor and educator for over 10 years. I have had success both as an actor and an educator using elements of Practical Aesthetics and Viola Spolin's theater games to prepare for and understand script, character work and physical awareness. I work with children and adults to develop greater agility and have more fun on stage!

About Emmy

I'm a working artist with a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Arts. I have extensive professional experience as singer and multi-disciplinary performer and have worked as a teaching artist both in and out of classroom settings. *** Lesson Details *** I enjoy meeting one-on-one with students to set goals in their creative work, and to build fun and effective structures to meet those goals together. I enjoy working with beginners in voice, guitar and ukulele, and am happy to take students as young as age 6. Find your genius! *** Studio Equipment *** piano, guitars, ukulele *** Travel Equipment *** I expect all students to have a notebook and pencil, and for voice students to wear comfortable clothes to move in. Ukulele students should provide their own instruments for ...

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Jacqueline B. April 27, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Emmy is professional, insightful and fun. I've very much enjoyed my first lesson with her and look forward to continuing to work with her!
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Janice H. December 30, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Emmy is very nice. Our ukulele lessons are chill which is what I wanted. And she sings really well.
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Steven T. September 20, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Emmy is a brilliant teacher. Her approach towards teaching is very light handed and caring. She makes suggestions that not only solve an individual trouble spot or problem, but can be applied across multiple angles of singing. Her expertise in vocal training is abundantly evident.

I genuinely look forward to each lesson, eager to hear her feedback and input on the various pieces we are working on. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a great vocal instructor.
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Wendy P.

Chicago, IL

Acting students will receive instruction customized for their individual needs and skill level, drawing on a variety of techniques, including Linklater (physical and vocal work), Stanislavski, Meisner, and Grotowski, Shurtleff, among others. Students can work privately on audition skills, including monologues and cold reading, as well as scene work, character building and basic principles of acting. The first step to great acting is a free body and voice, allowing full expression of of emotional life of the character!

About Wendy

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 the past 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic roots band that performs an eclectic mix of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. I also have a cabaret/art song project consisting or original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with ...

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Brenda M. February 27, 2015
Speaking Voice · In studio
Verified Student
I enjoy working with Wendy, very kind and and understands my desire to work towards my goals.
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Ron W. August 8, 2014
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Wendy is well connected to the theater in scene in Chicago. She currently helping my son prepare for college theater programs. Her knowledge, experience and flexibility are very helpful.
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Claire E. January 21, 2014
Singing
Professional, Effective, and Challenging Lessons

Wendy is probably the most professional and talented voice teacher I have worked with in my time singing. She was able to quickly diagnose and help me begin to address difficulties I was having, but was also very proactive in helping me find repetoire that I enjoyed and that meshed well with my voice and my musical interests. She is extremely knowledgeable about the mechanics of singing, as well as the interpretation of song, and really challenged me to think through my singing in a way I hadn't before. Thanks!
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Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL

I have been involved in several productions, and have extensive acting experience. I am able to help my students study their characters, and realize a wide range of acting choices.

About Benjamin

My expansive breadth of interests has led me through years of experience in the arts and natural sciences. I'm a voice instructor, math tutor, and biology teacher. Now, I'm pursuing a career in opera and vocal performance. I have extensively studied vocal performance and opera for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have been in many operas and musical theater productions. I am currently enrolled as a second year masters student at the Chicago College of Performing Arts studying vocal performance. I have studied other vocal genres, such as jazz, rock, and pop. 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 ...

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Jeff W. May 20, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Benjamin is my second instructor I have had on TakeLessons, I stopped with the first when I did not think it would be a good fit. I have only had two lessons and I can already see that Benjamin has high attention to detail and is very skilled. I want someone to teach me the fundamentals, point out my bad habits and teach me methods to correct them - no compromises. I am confident that Benjamin will get me on the right track and intend to continue on with him.
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Mitch M. May 18, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Benjamin has improved my vocals beyond words. Within the first 2 months I increased my range by an octave more on my chest and head voice, dramatically increased my control, and learned how to sing with much less stress and tension then before. His teaching approach deals with logic and anatomy which resonates more to me then memorizing a million stupid little tricks like with my old teachers. I have Benjamin to thank for my dramatic increase in vocal sound and confidence. I will continue to take lessons with him until i run out of money!
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Will G. April 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ben is an excellent teacher! His experience and patience allow for a great experience no matter the student's experience. His lessons focus on the mechanics of singing and provide a concrete foundation on which to build your skills.
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Beth F.

River Forest, IL

I've been teaching acting for 20+ years and my students have gone on to perform on both amateur and professional theatre. Within a few lessons, you'll be able to improve your performance, and over time you'll be able to build on my technique. I specialize in public speaking & theater, typically using scripts or speeches my students bring, but I have a library if needed. Lessons typically do not require any additional equipment. I love working with students of all ages & experience levels.

About Beth

Beth F. is available for in-home, in-studio, and online lessons worldwide so you can access more than 25 years experience to improve your audition, public speaking and acting in any context. Her background includes professional stage acting, movement and training in Los Angeles, and directing plays in Chicago and Los Angeles and working directly with Paul Sills in improvisational theater. She also directs musicals/plays with ages 10-21. Her focus is on making sure audition pieces are appropriate, showing the range of the actor within the requirements. Beth coaches the entire presentation from entering the room to exiting the room, carefully and thoughtfully planning together with the student. Her love of acting translates into engaging, fun and challenging lessons that cause the ...

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Julia W. May 12, 2015
Acting · In home
Beth has directed the Broadway Shows at our local middle school, where I teach music, for the past two years. She has superb rapport and teaching skills. She goes the extra mile, coming in to school at all hours to work with kids who need extra help. She always has practical ideas and acting exercizes that bring out the very best in our students. She has a gift for blocking and transitions. I can't recommend her highly enough!
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Sonia G. May 9, 2015
Acting · In home
Beth is the best! She worked with my son to help him prepare for an audition and coached him to excellence. She was patient and kind, and gave him some clear instructions on how to do his best work. She has insights that one only gains from years of experience, and she teaches those beautifully to her students. We look forward t o working with her again as I really think she can make the difference in any audition or performance.

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