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Review by Ryan
"Dope, very creative....and a gifted dancer and choreographer he takes great pride and makes you feel comfortable and not overwhelmed."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Kenneth Jordan M.
Review by Stephen
"Erica has an amazing gift for teaching. As someone new to acting, I was a little apprehensive when I first went to the studio. However, she was welcoming,
friendly, a good listener, and presented information and feedback in a clear and encouraging way. Taking lessons from her is a blast!"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by ilyse
"Amelia is brilliant, caring, and the real deal. I've never known anyone as adept at the classics, and in understanding how to make texts come alive."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Erica
"Grace is phenomenal! She's not only a nice person but she's serious about ballet. She encouraged me to push beyond my limitations and I'm excited about my
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Alex
"I loved how she taught me so much in just one session. She gave me more confidence but she was still a reality check for me."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Derya
"If you are looking for a coach who wants the best for you, think no more. Connie teaches you the meaning of artistry, passion, and professionalism, yet h
as fun doing so. My son, Jeyhan, loves working with her because she has a beautiful personality and feels very comfortable around her. Connie gives actors the confidence & skills to be their best and live their red carpet dreams."
I have been teaching for 14 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 leader
s 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. 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!
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 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.
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 and 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!
*** Lesson Details *** I teach in person (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago) and online via Skype or FaceTime.
*** 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.
*** Specialties *** Beginner vocalists! Very shy singers. Children, teens. Lapsed singers,older beginners, and seniors. Experience in working with those with learning disabilities , special needs, and victims of abuse. Have also worked with transgendered .
Gisela M. November 1, 2016
In home Verified Student
Molly is a great singing teacher. She is encouraging and positive to help one learn and improve to be aware of their voice and how to sing. Definitely recommend.
mei October 24, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Wonderful voice teacher who is very professional, know how to motivate young kids the love of singing and provide techniques that are age appropriate for each individual to improve.
Eduardo October 19, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Molly is great. Very energetic and patient. Look forward to learn more from her.
Bobbie, has been teaching dancing for over 15 years. She has taught at various dancing organizations. She is currently teaching dancing independently throughout the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs.
Visit me at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dance-Instructor-Bobbie/826447887421564
There is no such thing as talent. You simply need love and passion for what you want to achieve. My main focus is to get you excited about learning new things!
I am a professional software and web developer who is a chess expert and competes in table tennis tournaments on the weekends! There are many things I love doing but I am most passionate about meeting new people and getting them excited about learning new skills. I love waiting patiently and experiencing that moment with my student where they have their "aha" moment!
I have mastered skills in many different fields. My best skill i
s my ability to clearly communicate my ideas with the student and help guide them through their problems patiently. I have been coaching most of my subjects for over 6+ years now.
Whether your goal is to improve academically by getting A's in your classes, land that perfect job, or improve in sports, I am able to help you in your academic, professional, and athletic pursuits.
Andre M. August 30, 2016
Computer Programming ·
Online Verified Student
As a complete beginner in computer programming I had no idea where to start. Rafeh was able to help me gain a better understanding of the numerous languages and point me in the right direction. Awesome teacher and nice guy.
John August 24, 2016
Computer Programming ·
I have been working with Rafeh for 6 months and the results are far better than I could have imagined. When I started, I was a total programming novice. I began an online Coursera class in R programming and Rafeh’s help was the only way I could have completed it. He is a flexible and patient teacher. I found that he was committed to my full understanding of foundational concepts. He was not merely concerned with getting the answers right and getting through the class. Together, he guided me through several online courses using both Python and R. He has given me enough of a programming base to be accepted into a master’s program for analytics. This wouldn’t have been possible without his help.
Rafeh is a pleasure to work with. He has a friendly demeanor and is flexible with his scheduling. He is very knowledgeable in computer science, yet is able to explain to a total beginner. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
Bridget B. August 16, 2016
Microsoft Word ·
In studio Verified Student
This was the best experience!! Rafeh was professional, on time and know his stuff.
I have a Masters degree in Theatre History and Criticism (Theatrical Critical Theory). I have teaching experience and have been exposed to many different types of teaching styles and locales, (i.e. classroom, studio).I have a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with a focus on acting, Academia.com holds some of my work and I can certainly offer more. I have always been an actor first, simultaneously I have believed that teacher's are born not bred. At the risk of tooting my own horn; I am both, an actor and a teacher with more than a few credentials to support those facts. Peace and Kind Regard
Greetings, my name is Kay Sparling. I have been singing and acting professionally since the age of 8. I started in Broadway Musicals and am presently an Opera and Sacred singer. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Masters in Voice Performance. I have taught private voice lessons in New York City and southeast Wisconsin. My students vary in age from upper elementary to adult professional singers. These students are performing in schools, community theatres, professional dinner theatres, and professional stages in WI, Las Vegas, New York and L.A. The vocal technique I teach is un
ique and gives fast results. I love singing and helping other singers and actors reach their goals!
Abby October 3, 2016
Vocal Training ·
Taking lessons with Kay has been one of the best decisions of my singing career. She has helped me prepare for auditions across the United States, built my confidence as a multi-genre performer, and increased my range dramatically. She not only has the knowledge, experience, and skill set to help performers take their passions to the next level, she also has the caring heart of a mentor to help you make the decisions that are best for you and your performance goals.
Jessica September 30, 2016
Vocal Training ·
Kay Sparling is an excellent teacher and an incredible asset for any vocal student looking for an experienced talented instructor. She the best teacher I have ever worked with throughout my singing career. Not only is she a phenomenal singer & performer she is very versatile as a teacher and understands the mechanics of the voice. Kay also has an extensive knowledge of every genre of music including opera, musical theater, pop and jazz. On top of that she is a wonderful, kind person and wants the best for her students. Kay dedication to teaching and love of music make her an ideal candidate for your vocal coach.
Jacob September 27, 2016
Kay gave me the strongest foundation upon which I've been able to build my career. Now in NYC, I look back at my time with Kay and feel lucky to have had a teacher give me so much knowledge that allowed me to start my real journey in the arts.
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