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I have been the private vocal coach for multiple contestants on American Idol, America's Got Talent, The Voice and several other vocal competitions spanning over 10 countries. I also train business owners, salespeople and those who are simply terrified to present themselves in the art of public speaking.
This is NOT your average coaching session! This is for those who are ready to finally
Get ready to present yourself, business, product or service with confidence, personality and effectiveness.
My lighthearted and humorous approach to seemingly stressful situations, especially in the public performance sector, have made me a highly sought-after coach for one-on-one and group training.
My approach is designed to train and condition the entire body as an instrument, not just the oral portion of the voice. My 5-octave vocal range makes allows me to easily instruct my students in developing their whistle register. I have been trained in (and teach) Classical, Appoggio, jazz/improv, Seth Riggs' speech-level singing and other methodologies of singing and speaking.
My method of assessing and meeting the needs of each student enables me to assist them in bringing out the very best in their capabilities. If you desire quality, effectiveness and noticeable improvement in your singing, writing, public speaking or overall performance, I am the coach for you!
Whether you are a beginner or professional, I make sure that you are comfortable and have a great time while learning. I am flexible with your needs so feel free to let me know what you want from your lessons and we can work towards your goal to your satisfaction.
Not only am I a coach, I’m a professional singer and public speaker, so I utilize and perfect my own techniques on a regular basis. I have the privilege of being a classically-trained pianist and vocalist, having studied at Sherwood Conservatory of Music, Vandercook College of Music, The Second City, University of Chicago, ETA Performing Arts Center and many other fine institutions.
Children love working with me because I make learning fun and they have a high retention rate of the techniques that I teach them. I am easygoing, funny and offer a minimalist, casual and relaxed environment for everyone. My adult students have a blast because our lessons feel more like a friendly visit with lighthearted humor.
*** Specialties ***
Whistle Register Development
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Concert and Competition Preparation
Physical Maintenance of the Vocal Instrument
Overcoming Speech Impediments
Studio Recording Techniques
Vocal Range Enhancement
Students with autism, down syndrome and speech impediments
Group classes are also available.
*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is tailor-made to suit the student's individual needs. Custom action plan will be given to each student on a case-by-case basis. No instruments are used in my lessons, as I train the voice to be a standalone instrument. However, if you would like to accompany yourself with a guitar, piano or percussion instrument, you are very welcome to do so.
I am available 24 hours a day for online coaching and as early as 7:00 am CST for in-person sessions.
*Please note that 15-minute sessions are ONLY available online. In-person sessions must be a minimum of 30 minutes. 31 and 61-minute sessions are ONLY for whistle register training.
When choosing online lessons, please make sure that your system is functioning properly, that you know how to use the platform, that you have a good internet connection and that you are logged in on time, as no concessions will be made for time used due to technical difficulties.
Our time together is very valuable. If you are not on time for your session, the missed portion will not be made up at the end of the session. If I am not on time, I will make up the missed portion at the end of the session or alternate agreed-upon time. No exceptions or make-up sessions will be made for illness, weather, transportation issues (including car trouble), or any other short-notice reason. Rescheduled lessons must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance and must be made up within the calendar week of the original lesson. If it is not made up within that week, it will still count as a paid session and cannot be made up at a later time.
· Singing · In home
· Singing · In home
· Speaking Voice · Online
I teach adults private music lessons in singing, piano, and theory. I teach dependable, responsible, well-mannered adults.
I’m good at teaching private music lessons. I know what I’m doing. I have decades of experience, but I keep my prices low. Why? Because I expect my stud
If this kind of straight talk offends you, you should probably just scroll on by. I promise to be friendly and jovial as soon as we get past the upcoming legalese. Before I talk more about myself, let’s talk about my students.
My students are willing adults capable of using email and the internet as our main form of communication outside of lesson time. This includes homework assignments and schedule changes.
My students use credit cards in their own names to pay for lessons.
My students have their correct email and phone number contact information on their student profiles.
My students do not bring pets or children to their lessons. One quietly observing guest is welcome with 48-hour notice.
My students know if they use too much fragrance, whether it be laundry scent boosters or hair treatments, they may be refused entrance into my studio. It's a big deal.
My students know that coming to my studio means you climb stairs to a high 2nd FLR walk-up.
My students recognize they pay for any lessons not canceled or rescheduled before the 24-hour deadline, whether they attend or not.
My students promise not to be around me when they are sick. My students ask me to forgive late cancellations caused by true emergencies, but know I don’t have to.
My singing students have a place to practicing singing, and promise to read the "Your First Singing Lesson" section found on each Singing or Voice Subject Page.
My piano students have regular access to an instrument that can legally be called a piano, including a damper pedal.
My theory students only need a pencil and something like a plastic recorder flute, a harmonica, or a toy keyboard, at least for the first lessons. A piano is better, of course.
Now, if you’re still around after all that, we may actually be a good teacher-student match.
I welcome you to consider me as your teacher for casual yet traditional private music lessons. As partners, the student and I build a plan, balancing current aspirations with traditional methods, keeping practical value in mind. I recommend a weekly recurring lesson appointment, but I also allow Schedule-As-You-Go. That means you may schedule a lesson when you want one, subject to availability, instead of holding a repeating weekly time slot.
Singing and Voice:
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. Ages 18-99. Singing and Voice lessons have to be at least 45min long, and are available in my office, online, and maybe off site. Ask about specialized "choir" lessons for individual sessions in choral technique and repertoire. See more details on each subject page.
Students can take Piano lessons, IF they already own a piano or minimally acceptable keyboard. For further clarification, please see the Subject Page. If all you have is an unacceptable keyboard, sign up for Music Theory and I can still teach you how to read and play KEYBOARD. Thinking it's possible to learn to play piano when you have no piano to practice on is merely a fantasy.
I teach beginning up to intermediate. Ages 18-99. Available only in my office or maybe off site. I don't teach piano online. See more details on each subject page.
Rudimentary and Beginning students only. Ages 18-99. This is what you should take if you want to learn to read music or play by ear and you don't have a piano. You can also take this for any general information music class, as long as you understand you’ll be learning it from the Music Theory side of things. Available in my office, online, and maybe off site. See more details on each subject page.
Prices for my office in Chicago near 800N/1600W, or online: (where available) 30min for $30, 45min for $41, 60min for $50. If you live within a mile of the Chicago Ave / Ashland Ave intersection we can discuss the possibility of me coming to your location for an additional $15 per lesson. You may ask about ages 7-17 or group rates for your location.
· Singing · In studio
· Piano · In studio
· Piano · In home
In addition to my background in music, I have a degree in Ballet Performance from the Jacobs Schoo
Thanks, and I look forward to working with you!
· Ballet · In studio
· Violin · Online
· Ballet · In studio
I believe that the theatre is an arena where we learn about who we are. Acting is being present in the moment and we learn how to live our lives more fully through this study. Each actor has his own unique voice and relationship to the material. It is my job to help each student find their own path.
· Voice Acting · Online
· Voice Acting · In studio
I am so happy I found her. She is a "pro' and she is super cool.
As a mentor, Preston's breadth of information, both stylistically and professorially will give an actor or student that extra edge they are looking for. Conversant in theatrical form: from Greek to Shakespeare to American Classic to Modern, and versed in a myriad of acting methods, her versatility and knowledge will inspire you!
Working with Preston always challenges me to go places I have never gone before. I have, under her tutelage, tried new acting techniques and acquired new tools that helped me to achieve the apex of performance. She will insist you are the very best you can be, and she will take the journey with you with humor and grace.
I highly recommend her as a coach, teacher and mentor.
· Acting · Online
I tell you this, because, with that kind of a background, nervous and yet SO excited to JUST TRY, I chose Christian as my teacher- my professor of Acting!
I am 3 classes in and Christian is very supportive, non-judgemental and extremely easy to learn with. I am impressed with his skills, his ability to immediately decipher something I'm trying to explain, and then how easy he makes it for me to put his constructive feedback into practice. The practice is not easy... because that stuff always takes hard work, but he explains it all so easily so I can start practicing and exploring the acting world. He is honest about the acting world, the people in it and the various steps it takes to get to wherever you are trying to get! So be honest with yourself and let this be an authentic and fun experience! Plus, it's so nice to talk to someone that actually gets what it's like to be dreaming!
· Acting · In studio
· Film Acting · Online
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