Erin Watt

Erin W.

Chicago, IL

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Erin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 4+

Teaching since:
March 2006

About Erin: After completing my Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at North Park University in Chicago, I moved to NYC in 2010 to pursue my loves of music, acting, and education. During my time in NYC, I worked as a Teaching Artist through Wingspan Arts, acted in short films, and sang in concerts, operas, and musical theater productions around the city. I even spent my final few months there working in a Manhattan Talent Agency. Now, I am back in my hometown of Chicago continuing my work near friends and family! I have been teaching acting, modeling, music, voice, and piano to children and adults of all ages for the last seven years. My goal is to professionally fuse my passion for music, theater, and education while continuing to learn, grow, and share the beauty and magic of the arts with others.

In my free time I enjoy movies, board games, geeky TV shows, rock climbing, and swimming with sharks!

Fun Fact: I know every word to every Disney Princess song, forwards and backwards. Can you guess my favorite?

Professional Performance Credits include:
*Christine "Phantom of the Opera in Concert" NYC
*Gretel "Hansel and Gretel" NYC
*Barbarina "Marriage of Figaro" NYC
*Lucy "Beggar's Opera" Chicago
*Bebe "A Chorus Line" Chicago
*Little Red "Into the Woods" Chicago

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For kids and adults alike, learning either voice or piano, I believe that you learn a lot more, and a lot faster when you feel comfortable and are having fun. With me, you will find an instructor who is patient, professional, motivating, challenging, and above all, encouraging. And fun. Did I mention fun?!

For voice students I like to use a mix of Broadway, Classical, and Popular music, depending on your needs and desires as a singer. I always assign a "teaching song" (a song that is good for training your voice) and a "fun song" (a song of your choice that you would like to sing just for fun!).

For piano students I like to use the Piano Adventures series by Faber & Faber. These are fun musical pieces, most of which are adapted from familiar classical works that have been arranged to teach you a certain technique. If you prefer your own materials that you've been working with, you may certainly bring them in!

For both, I always incorporate a balance of technique, music theory, and creative interpretation.

And for the brave: PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES!!

Each lesson will likely involve warm-ups, games, reviews, new concepts, rehearsal, coaching, assignments, and rewards.

During our lessons, we will set short-term and long-term goals based on what you want to accomplish as an artist, what you expect from me, and what I feel you should be working on.

Each one of the you has your own unique voice, hands, and ideas of what music means to you. My job is to get to know you and your musical self, and then design exercises and songs that will specifically fulfill your needs as a musician. Skill and technique are extremely important when learning to sing or play a musical instrument, but we must never forget what drew us to music in the first place! While we work on technique, we will also be discussing creativity, and the art of self expression, and have tons of fun in the process!

Did I mention I'm a bit of a music geek? Check out my blog article here! http://takelessons.com/blog/songs-with-classical-composer-ties-z06

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Experience

Teacher and Quality Manager
Oct 2014 - Present
The Music Playhouse

Chicago, IL

I lead early childhood music classes involving songs, dancing, rhythm, instruments, and education for young children and their parents.

I also review and train the other teachers.

Private Instructor
Jan 2008 - Present
Studio of Erin Noelle W.

New York City, NY
and Chicago, IL

Private voice, piano, and acting lessons to students ages 4 to 63!

Junior Assistant
Apr 2014 - Jul 2014
Henderson Hogan Agency

Henderson Hogan Agency is a highly successful Talent Agency in Manhattan that represents clients in various TV Shows, Films, and Broadway productions. During my time there, I would assist in general office work and help select new talent.

Teaching Artist
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
Wingspan Arts

New York City, NY

I created and taught various after school arts classes to elementary aged students. Classes include:

Broadway Bound
Mini Mozart
Music to my Ears
Poetry Slam

Private Voice Instructor
Oct 2011 - Jun 2013
Acting Out!

Brooklyn, NY

I taught private voice lessons to kids of all ages and prepared them for school auditions. I also taught voice classes to younger kids.

Teacher, Coach
Apr 2006 - Sep 2010
Royal Model Management

Chicago, IL

I taught acting classes to kids ages 4 to 24. I also prepared and coached kids for the IMTA competition in NYC and LA.

I also assisted in running auditions for Talent Agents and Casting Directors in NYC, LA, and Chicago.

Private Piano and Voice Instructor
Aug 2009 - Aug 2010
Allegro Music Academy

Lemont, IL

I taught private piano and voice lessons to school aged children. I also taught group piano classes to young kids.

Education

MM Vocal Performance and Pedagogy
Aug 2006 - May 2010
North Park University
BA Communications: Theater, Acting, and Media Studies
Aug 2001 - Dec 2004
Wheaton College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

1st Place: Team Sing
Jul 2009
International Model and Talent Association

Affiliations

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Jan 1989

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

Photos & Videos

This is my demo reel for acting!  There aren't many samples of me singing, but you can check out my Audio Demo!
This is a demo of my singing!  It contains 3 short audio clips of me performing songs from Broadway and Disney musicals over a slideshow of photographs.  Enjoy!
Master of Music Graduate Recital

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Erin as Lucy Lockit in "The Beggar's Opera"

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Erin as Lucy Lockit in "The Beggar's Opera"

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Actor Headshot

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23 Reviews

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Deborah R. May 16, 2015
Piano · In studio

I highly recommend Erin. She is very passionate about music and sharing her talent with her students. I am thrilled to say that in five lessons I have learned the notes of the piano. I am planning on continuing my lessons with Erin:)
She also provides a very friendly, comfortable and professional setting for her students.
I am so looking forward to my continued lessons.

Please let me know how I can make arrangements to continue my lessons.

Thank you.
Sincerely,
Deborah

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Adina Mar 31, 2015
Piano · In home

Patient, fun and kept her attention. Great first day!

Mate G. Mar 10, 2015
Piano · Online

Erin is a great, young, but experienced piano teacher! She provides a very positive and encouraging environment for learning and gives a really great structure for the piano lessons. She is also great with the small things: always on-time, gives plenty of homework and remembers to check each one at the beginning of the next class.

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Blanca D. Jan 11, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Erin was an absolute joy to be around. She was very encouraging, very professional, and was able to get a very shy child to develop her passion! We would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a positive experience.

Richard S. May 29, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio

She is a good coach and does make the lesson very enjoyable.

Angelica A. May 15, 2014
Singing · In studio

Erin is very talented all around. I came to her never taking a voice lesson before and was amazed at all the information she had to give me. Every lesson we would build and I learned so much in so little time. Unfortunately, I moved back to Florida and was unable to continue to take lessons with her :(. Wish I could have brought her with me ! She is excellent she even made me CD's to bring with me to continue my practice. I give her a 100 on a scale from 1 to 10.

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Laura B. Mar 8, 2014
Singing ·

Wonderful experience!

I started taking lessons with Erin a few months ago, after balking at the idea for a while because I'm shy. So glad! Erin is incredibly vibrant and motivating. Every lesson is a lot of fun, but also very productive. I can't wait to continue!

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Martha E. Mar 6, 2014
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Best Teacher Ever!!

Erin is a great teacher. I have learned a lot and feel that I have improved so much as a singer because of her. She makes you feel comfortable, and every class is loads of fun. I look forward to Mondays because it means I get to go to singing class. You can't find a better teacher than Erin!

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Aegina B. Mar 4, 2014
Piano ·

"She's the best! She's the best!"

Well, that's what my daughter started shouting when I asked her what she thought of Ms. Erin. I tend to agree -- Erin shows a wonderful combination of rigor and fun, allowing the kids to be kids but not get away with wasting time. She also hits the right balance between teaching theory and teaching practical playing technique. My daughter loved piano lessons so much that last year, she started studying voice with Erin, as well. We've been with Erin for a few years now, and if my daughter has her way, we will be with her "forever." :-)

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Blanca D. Mar 4, 2014
Singing ·

Empowering Young Adults

I just wanted to say that the confidence that my daughter has in her singing ability is awesome. I love Erin, her personality, her youthfulness and the way she makes my daughter feel special. Thanks so much for bringing us together TakeLessons! :)

Blanca

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Helbert R. Dec 9, 2013
Piano ·

Great Teacher

Erin is very friendly and knowledgeable. She's gives clear explanations and makes it fun to learn. Its been a great experience so far.
I would definitely recommend her to anyone.

Cindy D. May 3, 2013
Singing ·

Excellent Voice Coach

Thanks to Erin my daughter is coming out of her shell more and more each day. Her singing has improved & she has gained SO MUCH CONFIDENCE in herself! I look forward to cheering her on at her 2nd recital this year. Erin is very warm and has a very friendly personality which makes my daughter feel comfortable when singing. I highly recommend Erin :) THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Shenzhan L. Feb 13, 2013
Piano ·

Great learning experience with Erin

I am a real beginner and Erin makes learning piano really accessible for me. I certainly look forward to continue learning with Erin.b

Rita H. Sep 6, 2012
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Erin is very friendly

Take lessons is a nice way out , i don't have to think about it
from the payments to the squedules.

alexandrap May 10, 2012
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Erin made my daughter's first experience learning piano so much!! She has a very warm and friendly personality that endears her to children and parents alike.

KazunaT Mar 15, 2012
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Erin gives my 5 1/2 old son, fun lessons!We love her energy!She has a keyboard instead of a piano, that's the only downside for me, but my son doesn't mind, so that's OK.

ThankamV Mar 4, 2012
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Erin is the best teacher my daughter has ever had. She does a great job in teaching and at the same time makes it enjoyable for her students. She is the best teacher you can possibly get.

AmiC Feb 14, 2012
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Great Teacher

Erin is a very patient and understanding, not to mention FUN voice coach. She loves her work and it definitely shows in how she treats her students. It also helps that her voices is quite beautiful and I for one will not be surprised if she's on Broadway doing a Legit production. Seriously, if that happens I want front row center seats so that I can say "she's my voice teacher!".Definitely worth the time and money!Ami

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HarrietH Jan 31, 2012
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Erin has a wonderful and effective teaching technique. She makes the student feel at ease with her patient and upbeat manner. My son is very happy!

BeritT Oct 31, 2011
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Erin is a great piano teacher! As a beginner at 27 years old I was really nervous about starting piano but Erin made me feel comfortable right away. She is patient and I love the step by step introduction to new material and concepts. Our one hour lessons are interesting and fun.

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JohnP2 Oct 25, 2011
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Erin has been wonderful. She's has a great way with children making lesson fun and interesting and teaching them at the same time. I feel I've made the right decision in choosing her to teach my children and couldn't be happier with how they're progressing.

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WayneJ Sep 19, 2011
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Great piano teacher!

Erin is a great teacher. My daughter is very happy with her teaching approach and style. Erin has made playing the piano a joyful experience. I highly recommend Erin.

NormaB Aug 1, 2011
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Very nice person good with kids happy that my daughter has her as a instructor :-)

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