Eric Walker

Eric W.

Rockford, IL
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Eric delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 6 to 65

Teaching since:
September 1990

For over 20 years I've helped students of all ages to maximize their vocal potential. Embracing a variety of vocal styles, from classical to contemporary, my students have excelled in musical theater, aced college auditions, traveled as lead singers with rock bands, recorded music videos and reached the higher levels of American Idol auditions.

I hold both Bachelors and Masters degrees in vocal music and have directed vocal groups traveling internationally to more than 20 countries on four continents. I've personally produced more than 20 full-scale musical/theatrical productions with casts of over 200 and ticketed audiences of up to 10,000. I've also promoted concert events for more than 40 nationally known artists including Randy Travis, Chris Tomlin, Aaron Schust, Jeremy Camp and Mercy Me.

My lessons blend solid vocal technique, while reflecting the unique needs and goals of each student. My passion is to enable those I work with, beginner to advanced, to maximize their vocal potential. I currently teach from my home studio in Rockford, Illinois.

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Experience

Voice Instructor
Aug 2009 - Dec 2014
The Music Academy of Rockford

I served as a private voice instructor at the Music Academy of Rockford for 4 years.

Voice Instructor
Aug 2008 - May 2014
Rock Valley College

I served as a member of the voice faculty at Rock Valley College for 6 years working with 10-12 students each semester.

Director of Music and Worship
Jul 2002 - Aug 2007
First Evangelical Free Church of Rockford

First Free is a church of around 2000 located in Rockford, Illinois. While on staff, in addition to leading weekly contemporary and traditional worship services, I produced and directed 15 full-scale musical/theatrical productions for Christmas, Easter and 4th of July Celebrations with up to 10,000 in attendance. I also booked and promoted over 40 nationally known artists for our Summerwood Concert Series.

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Music/Tour Director
Jun 1985 - Aug 1993
Continental Singers and Orchestra

I traveled for five summers as a Music/Tour Director for the Continental Singers and Orchestra, a contemporary, choreographed, Disney-esque touring choir, during the summers of 1985-88 and again in 1993. With 40 college age musicians per each 3 month tour, we traveled extensively performing over 400 concerts for audiences up to 6,000 throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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Education

Master of Music (Voice Emphasis)
Aug 1993 - May 1997
Southern Seminary - Louisville, Kentucky
Master of Divinity (Biblical Studies Emphasis)
Aug 1986 - May 1989
Regent University - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Bachelor of Music Education (Voice Emphasis)
Aug 1977 - Aug 1980
University of Northern Colorado

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Public School Teaching Certification - Music K-12
Sep 2008
State of Illinois

Awards

Academic Scholarships
Aug 1986
Regent University - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Vocal Scholarships
Sep 1975
Pepperdine University - Malibu, California

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13 Reviews

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John T. Jan 20, 2017
Singing · In studio

Good lesson I'm just starting out at 26 and so far lessons are going good

Leah Jul 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

Seriously such an incredible instructor. He understood where I was beginning from (the absolute minimum) and taught me accordingly. I still value everything I learned from him, and the techniques have come in handy in various areas of my life. As someone who officiates weddings, is an entrepreneur that predominately uses videos to share my business, as well as being a busy aunt of 4 incredible nieces and nephews and has to project my voice-I use gold nuggets of what Prof. Eric Walker taught me on a daily basis. I STRONGLY recommend him-even if it is for a short while! Note-I had him for one semester and grew so much.

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Emily Feb 13, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio

For five semesters I studied voice with Eric Walker at Rock Valley Community College. He took the time to show me the basics of using your voice properly in singing. Mr. Walker was patient in teaching me how to breathe deeply which has helped me in my singing today. Also, he taught me how to have more forward resonance when singing. In addition, he prepared me well for my college auditions. I was able to walk into my auditions confidently and sing with clarity.

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Brandi Jan 29, 2016
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I took lessons from Eric when I was about 18 years old. He is a very good teacher and is patient but also expects growth with every rehearsal. It really paid off especially with me singing so much and traveling. I use every technique that he has taught me!

Alicia Jan 15, 2016
Singing · In studio

I took lessons with Eric for a few months before moving out of state and enjoyed learning from him. He took time to choose songs that I enjoyed singing but also songs that would stretch my ability as a vocalist. He provides a friendly and relaxed environment for learning and is passionate about seeing students succeed!

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David A. Jan 15, 2016
Singing · In studio

Eric is one of my favorite voice instructors I've had during my time in college. I studied under his practice for 3 years. During that time I was juggling voice performance through school as well as being a front-man of a music group. He recognized my style in both departments and where my voice would fit in each and helped my develop a balance between the two. I learned proper diction in five languages; Italian, Latin, German, French, and English which I discovered my weaknesses and he helped enhance all the languages to my fullest potential. Eric has become one of my greatest mentors and still is apart of my everyday life by using his guidance he gave me to reach to my best abilities. I will always be grateful for his teachings and friendship.

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Tyler H. Jan 15, 2016
Audition Prep · In studio

...Eric is a wonderful voice instructor and helped me so much in finding my true, authentic voice. In June, 2015 I auditioned for the hit television show American Idol. Out of 5000 contestants that showed up to audition for American Idol, I was one of 100 contestants who made it through the round. The producer told me that my vocals were spot on and that I was a good entertainer. I was given a blue ticket that looks exactly like the golden ticket you see when contestants go to Hollywood. God blessed me with a lasting memorable experience but without Eric coaching me beforehand on finding my authentic and original voice, and giving me the confidence and encouragement to pursue something this big, I honestly don't know if I would of made the pre audition round of American Idol. I would highly recommend Eric to any one who has a true passion for singing and who wants to pursue music in their life or for people who just like to sing and want to improve their voice, Eric would be the perfect mentor to do just that! A really great Voice instructor!

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Michael S. Dec 14, 2015
Singing · In studio

In just a year, Eric has helped my daughter increase her skill and confidence in singing unimaginably! She has nailed each audition she's undertaken, and has had a blast doing it! Eric makes her lessons both appropriately challenging and fun. Our house is filled with singing, and I wouldn't recommend anyone else!

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Sabrina Dec 12, 2015
Audition Prep ·

I have been taking voice instruction with Eric for three years and couldn't be happier with the progress I have made. Eric is my third vocal coach over a period of many years in my adult life, but the only one I have continued to study with for this length of time. I have learned so much from him as a voice teacher and it has been exciting to finally start "hearing" the results of all of his hard work of teaching me. He gives great instruction to detail, explains things so they are easy to understand, has a vast knowledge of a variety of music, is very patient and kind, and is great at "pep talks". He has been a wonderful encouragement for every show I have auditioned for, and is always very helpful in my audition process. I would highly recommend Eric as a Voice Instructor. I look forward every week to my voice lessons,

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Darcey Dec 12, 2015
Singing · In studio

Eric taught both my children voice and also audition prep. He chose songs that were appropriate for their ages and voice ranges. If they wanted to expand their range, he did it safely in a way that would not strain or damage their voices. He was kind and encouraging yet very professional. His music knowledge and level of talent was top notch. I would recommend him to anyone.

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Mary Ann Dec 11, 2015
Singing · In studio

Eric Walker is my favorite voice instructor. He really helped me with using the right techniques for singing. I have taken two semesters of voice lessons from him so far and planning to take more lessons from him in the near future (will be trying for voice) What I really liked about him was that he not only focused on Classical Western but also Contemporary music. He has knowledge (and is open) to all forms of music. Taking classes with him really helped me with my posture, range, performance and technique. I would highly recommend him and I learned a lot from him!

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Deb Dec 11, 2015
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.“When my daughter came to me and said she wanted to take voice lessons, I wanted to find someone who would give her the best opportunity possible. I was very grateful to have found someone who did just that. Not only is Eric very professional about his teaching, you could tell that he loves to teach. When my daughter first began her training with Eric, she didn't have a lot of confidence. Eric was able to open her eyes and see the talent she had, as well as help her develop it in a very positive way. With encouragement, she auditioned and received a lead role in a local production of Les Miserables. You can tell that he truly believes and cares for each of his students. “

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Kaitlin Dec 8, 2015
Singing · In studio

I studied voice with Eric for nearly two years at my junior college. With Eric's help my voice improved dramatically. In our lessons we focused on proper vocal technique and worked on a wide range of music. My lessons with Eric were never dull. Eric is open-minded and friendly, which made lessons with him very enjoyable. He is encouraging and truly cares about his students and their success. Thanks to my lessons with Eric, I was given a top music scholarship when I moved on to a four-year program and was placed in the top choirs in said program. I learned so much from my lessons and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to work with him.

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