Margo Lewis

Margo L.

Chicago, IL

About Margo L.

Background check: Last verified 11/14/2016
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Margo teaches: Ages 3 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 1997
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

Are you ready to fall in love with your voice? Do you want to have fun while doing so? If your voice isn’t becoming to you, YOU should be coming to ME! No bells, no whistles, just GUARANTEED RESULTS.

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 overcome the world’s #1 fear: PUBLIC PERFORMANCE.
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 ***
Pitch Correction
Whistle Register Development
Vocal Physiology
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Accent Reduction
Repertoire Selection
Concert and Competition Preparation
Public Speaking
Physical Maintenance of the Vocal Instrument
Overcoming Speech Impediments
Stage Movement
Studio Recording Techniques
Songwriting
Image Development
Vocal Range Enhancement
Post-surgical re-immersion
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.
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. 46 minute option is ONLY for 7:30 am Early Bird lessons at my Yale Avenue location Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 61-minute sessions are ONLY available for groups of 3 or more people in the same class session. The reduced rate is PER PERSON. Please contact me to inquire about when these sessions are available if you don't have at least 2 additional people to accompany you.

Online Disclaimer:
If you choose 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 technical difficulties.

Timing Disclaimer:
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.

Photos and Videos

My Jazz band: Pullman Jazz Society

Experience

Voice and Performance Coach

Jan 1997 - Present
Private

I help my clients achieve measurable results in improving singing and speaking voice. I also assist with creating a winning image and cultivating the overall health of the vocal instrument.

Choreographer

Apr 1989 - Aug 2002
Various Dance Troupes

Ballet, Flag and Sabre Twirling, Liturgical, Tap, modern, Hip Hop.

Education

Musical Improvisation

Oct 2011 - Dec 2013
The Second City

Musical Performance

May 1998 - Jul 2003
University of Chicago

Classical Piano, Music Theory

Apr 1987 - Jul 2001
Sherwood Conservatory of Music

Classical Voice and Piano

Oct 1992 - Aug 2000
VanderCook College of Music

Dance, Musical Theater

Jan 1993 - Dec 1993
ETA Theater and Creative Arts

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Certified Family Herbalist

Dec 2010
School of Natural Healing

Qualified to advise, create and administer holistic and herbal remedies for various ailments

Certified Wellness Coach

Oct 2010
NESTA

Qualified to advise on holistic nutrition, exercise and overall wellness

Awards

Artist of the Month

Jun 2012
Smooth 87.7 (Popular National Radio Station)

SoulSearch WInner

May 2007
Bombay Sapphire/ Soul 106.3

Affiliations

Broadcast Music Inc.

Mar 2012
BMI

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Jan 2003
ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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29 Reviews on Margo L.

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Bridget B. Dec 6, 2016
Speaking Voice · Online
Verified Student
The lesson went extremely well. I was surprise how much I learned in such a short amount of time. Margo was easy to work with. Very encouraging which boosted my confidence. I look forward to the next lesson.
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Gwen M. Aug 24, 2016
Gospel Singing · In studio
Verified Student
If you want someone fun, knowledgeable , encouraging and spiritually nurturing. Margo is the one for you. Time goes so fast. I feel that just this first week, she started me in the right direction and I will very soon be on my way to a stronger and more effective signing voice.
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Absalom B. Jul 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She has one job and she nails it, simply amazing
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Paris A. Feb 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing
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Teryn Jan 17, 2016
Classical Voice · Online
Verified Student
We had a very good first lesson. I had an online class so the only drawback is that there is a little limitation when trying to focus on head and neck placement specific to voice coaching with the distance learning. However Margo was Great! I'm looking forward to our next session.
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Stephen R. Jan 14, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Margo does a great job of tailoring the lessons to your needs. As a beginner and even having a much lower register than her, she's helping me make large strides after only a few lessons
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Nastassia Obazee Jan 6, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
What I like about Margo is that she will help you to relax, and she is very personable. She makes the lessons fun! While in conversation, she is able to help me not only figure out my vocal range, but made me use my diaphragm to put strength into it (and not sing from the the throat). If you want a teacher who is knowledgeable about technique and is dedicated to help you reach your potential, she IS that teacher!
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Connie Nov 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Margo'so an amazing vocalist. She's a polished and expierenced instructor who offers a very practical and fun approach to singing.

In three short weeks she's helped me understand the dynamics I need to implement to get the best out of my voice. As a result I'm already resonating with more power and clarity. Margo Rocks!! 🌟🌟
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Gabrielle F. Nov 10, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
First lesson and was taught many valuable points to master the National Anthem. Really enjoyed it and look forward to next lesson, Thank you Ms. Margo!
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Tammie T. Sep 20, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
I am looking for a voice coach that can work with voice quality in the spoken voice and I think Margo will be terrific. I will provide more follow up as I progress in the lessons ahead
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