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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.
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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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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Wemi A. August 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very lovely person to work with and willing to work with different music styles. Lessons are fairly structured and Emmy offers good advice on improving voice control and breathing.
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!
Serena P. Chicago, IL

Whether it's working on a new monologue, understanding the structures/rules of drama, or finding a new character, I can help you!

About Serena

Now teaching in-person singing and acting lessons in Chicago, as well as online to anyone in the country! Serena is originally from the New York City area and has been acting, singing, dancing, and playing piano since she was young. As a teenager, she attended the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While she was there, she realized her love of teaching when she tutored struggling piano and music theory students. In Chicago, her credits include: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Jersey Shore: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre of Women 6, Pirates of Penzance, Change the Night Owl, and two solo cabarets: "Should I

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Jordan J. August 11, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've been singing in choirs for over 6 years and was looking for a way to get into singing in college, and I found Serena by a lucky chance and have seen her weekly since January - not only have my vocal skills and techniques improved considerably since then, but I've become a lot more confident in singing other genres.

Serena is a fantastic teacher and is very flexible with availability - she always tries to make the lessons work on your time, and as a full-time student juggling two jobs, that was exactly what I needed. Every lesson is great - it's a healthy mixture of singing, genuine conversation, and discussion of techniques and ways to become better at something I genuinely enjoy.

I would definitely recommend her to beginners and returning singers alike - she is extremely passionate about what she does, and it really pays off when you can confidently sing a brand new piece after having worked on it for just a few lessons!
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Ruth J. May 10, 2014
Broadway Singing
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

Serena has been an incredible influence on my 11year old thespian. She is always on time, positive, and she clearly communicates any changes or needs in an effective and timely manner. My daughter has improved significantly from her time with Serena and I cannot recommend her highly enough!
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Kelly B. April 7, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
A patient and skilled instructor

I was so nervous about taking up piano again. My experience as a child had been less than stellar. Serena was exactly the instructor I had hoped for - she quickly assessed my ability and was able to adjust her teaching style/lesson accordingly. I was a bit nervous at first, but her patience helped me relax and enjoy the lesson.
Natalie S. Chicago, IL

About Natalie

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to check out my teaching profile! A bit about me: I am a working Chicago actress originally from Indianapolis, IN. I graduated from Ball State University with a B.A. in Acting. For three years I lived in Los Angeles pursuing opportunities in film and television. I am a member of SAG/AFTRA and with the help of my agents and manager, I worked on many t.v. shows including Numbers, Commander and Chief and McBride (starring John Larroquette). After realizing how much I missed being on stage, I moved to New York City. I spent two years performing off Broadway before finally landing in Chicago to attend graduate school. This past spring, I earned my M.F.A. in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Currently, I am a

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David S. February 3, 2014
Acting
The warmest teacher around

Natalie helped me with monologues for audition season this year and it's made all the difference! I feel more confident in the product I'm putting out there and more comfortable in the moment of the audition. She has a unique ability to be both creatively nurturing and extremely effective. She'll always be my go to acting coach!
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Jorge N. February 3, 2014
Speaking Voice
Verified Student
Very helpful

I needed help with projecting and emoting with my voice for a reality TV shoot. Natalie was very helpful in teaching techniques to connect my breath and voice, relax and eliminate tension, and thoroughly warm up. These were very helpful. I went from being anxious on camera to having fun and looking forward to more. Highly recommended!
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Thomas M. February 2, 2014
Acting
Supportive and dynamic acting coach!

Natalie coached me on my monologue for a grad school audition, and she was wonderfully responsive. She cultivates a teaching environment of comfort and productivity right from the start with a full vocal and physical warm-up. When I began working with my prepared piece, I felt relaxed and supported. Natalie's suggestions were growth-oriented and ensured my performance communicated a meaningful journey. Her follow-up emails after each session built upon the work done in studio with reminders and actionable tactics.
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 performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat at the Booth Tarkington Theatre. I was a finalist in the MasterWorks Festival concerto competition. I have studied other vocal genres, such as jazz and pop. I have administered vocal lessons to every voice type at all different levels. I use the appoggio technique of breathing and believe all singing should be produced in a ...

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Andrew T. February 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ben is a great teacher and makes each lesson a valuable learning experience. I was able to notice improvements in my voice right away after just a couple of lessons. I highly recommend him!
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Olivia A. February 5, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
I have only had a few lessons with Benjamin so far, but I'm happy to say that each one was fun and educational. In past vocal trainings I focused on my chest voice, but Benjamin is helping me to discover and control my head voice in ways that I didn't think I could. At first I was worried I wouldn't find a teacher who could help me with college audition preparation, but sure enough, Benjamin went through the process and had plenty of great tips that I can use this coming year.
Thanks Benjamin! :)
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dan B. February 3, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I'm a 31 year old singer in a Indie Rock band called Readen Roark. I have had little to no training prior to practicing with Benjamin. I was looking for someone to help me find my voice and help me figure out how to actually sing. After many years of trying it on my own and listening to vocal dvds, I bit the bulllet and swallowed a little bit of my pride and found Benjamin through takelessons.com. I immediately found results as far as realizing how I WAS singing isn't suppose to be how I AM to sing. When you sing, the feeling should be somewhat easy. Ben is helping me find that spot and easiness. I am eager to see my improvement as time moves on. Not to mention Ben makes the lesson enjoyable and easy going. It is something I look forward to and hope to continue for a long time to come. I am even tempted to bring him some of my band embers and work with the band as a whole. When the next album is ready for vocals, I will definitely try to have him there. Highly recommended.

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