Margo Lewis

Margo L.

Chicago, IL
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Are you ready to fall in love with your voice? Are you ready for something different? If your voice isn’t becoming to you, YOU should be coming to ME!

I know what it's like to be frustrated with boring exercises and processes that seem to take a lot of time but yield no results. That's why I decided to teach DIFFERENTLY!

I've invested a lot of time, energy, emotion and $$$ on big-name schools and "experts", only to be disappointed with what I was taught because a lot of the information or techniques they employed simply didn't apply to me or my goals.

Since 1997, I have perfected the K.I.S.S. methodology to improve sales, stage performance, professional advancement and overall quality of life. My effectiveness and willingness to guarantee my work sets me worlds apart from every other professional in my field. Furthermore, I have been named "Top Producer" in EVERY sales and management position held and have won first place in every singing and speech competition EVER entered since 1991. However, with my accolades, I am humble, easy-going and take a light-hearted and humorous approach to my coaching sessions.

At an early age, I was taught the importance of working "smart" and not "hard." Efficiency and effectiveness were the order of every day.
As the daughter of a Master Herbalist/musician (mother) and bodybuilder/ musician/ policeman (father), wellness, discipline and the stage have always been the way of life.

As a child, I was fascinated by my mother's stories of performing with members of Earth, Wind and Fire and other famous musicians and marveled at my father's accounts of being a friend and colleague of Sergio "The Myth" Oliva (3x Mr. Olympia). These experiences piqued a strong interest in stage performance and resulted in years of training in fine arts, fitness and linguistics. I was constantly reminded that the best performers in any field are "complete packages", meaning that they are well-rounded and adept in multiple facets of their chosen field.

To become a complete package, I studied classical piano and vocal performance at Sherwood Conservatory of Music and VanderCook College of Music; martial arts (Hapkido) at Hyun's; Fashion Design and Merchandise Management at International Academy of Design & Technology; herbal medicine at The School of Natural Healing; acting and musical improvisation at ETA Theatre and The Second City; flag, rifle and sabre twirling with South Shore Drill Team and runway/print modeling at Barbizon and The Fashion Connection. I have also studied tap, liturgical, ballet, modern, salsa, ballroom and street dance; speech therapy; actively study psychology, anatomy and nutrition and am a NESTA-certified wellness coach.

*** 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. However, if you would like to accompany yourself with a guitar, piano or percussion instrument, you are very welcome to do so.

*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 for whistle register training only.

Online Disclaimer:
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.

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.

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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Reviews (35)

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Tina S. Feb 18, 2019
Singing · In home

Margo is so talented, she is knowledgeable in techniques and has a special ability to know exactly
how to taylor your needs.

Monica G. Dec 30, 2018
Speaking Voice · Online

Very helpful and encouraging.

Aleya Dec 14, 2018
Speaking Voice · In studio

Margo was amazing! I went to Margo to improve my speech and speaking voice. Within a few minutes of talking to me, Margo diagnosed my problem and gave me execercises to do. I saw improvements in my speech after the first session! Her fun personality made the sessions enjoyable and I walked away with helpful excercises.

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Bridget B. Aug 18, 2017
Speaking Voice · Online

I have been working with Margo for several months. She has helped me tackle some of my public speaking challenges with creative exercises. She is an awesome coach that builds up confidence in her students with each lesson. I high recommend Margo for any of your speaking or voical training needs. Margo is an expert in her craft and passionate about helping others.

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Kara Apr 22, 2017
Singing · In home

I was very impressed with her. I know she will help my daughter achieve her goals.

Hessie D. Feb 7, 2017
Singing · In home

My first lesson today with Margo was great!!!

Bridget B. Dec 6, 2016
Speaking Voice · Online

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.

Gwen M. Aug 24, 2016
Gospel Singing · In studio

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

She has one job and she nails it, simply amazing

Paris A. Feb 29, 2016
Singing · In studio

Amazing

Teryn Jan 17, 2016
Classical Voice · Online

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

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

Nastassia Obazee Jan 6, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

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

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

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!

Tammie T. Sep 20, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

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

Rachman B. Apr 24, 2015
Singing · Online

Fantastic!

Novella M. Mar 27, 2015
Singing · In home

I must say that i am really impressed with the wonderful job that Margo has been doing with my grand-daughter from the very first lesson. Her skills are amazing and i know she will continue to do great things,and with each lesson there is always something new and exciting she has learned from her. My grand-daughter is so excited for each lesson she can hardly wait. Margo as a teacher you have everything we have been looking for. THANK YOU

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Silas D. Feb 3, 2015
Vocal Training · Online

Margo has been a great teacher, very warm and friendly and knowledgeable of her craft. looking forward to learning all I can from her to be the best I can be.

Yency V. Dec 2, 2014
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Let me begin by saying I have never EVER written a review for someone, nevertheless, had singing lessons. If you're looking for someone to expand your range, hit those high or low notes, make you laugh while subconsciously learning the material, make you comfortable while helping you reach you singing goal, and teach you strategies in singing-- Margo is definitely the person to do so. I am pleasantly impressed by her knowledge, singing, and teaching abilities. Definitely deserves more than five stars.

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Kayla P. Nov 20, 2014
Singing · Online

I enjoy working with Margo. She pulls me out of my comfort zone with ease. Margo's style of teaching makes it fun and interesting, yet I still feel that I am learning. I have only taken three lessons so far, and personally I hear and feel the improvement in my overall performance. She is great, and I look forward to continuing my lessons with her.

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James M. Nov 15, 2014
Speaking Voice · Online

I used to be terrified of crowds and speaking on front of large groups. I now have more self-confidence and poise when I give presentations after working with Margo. I am grateful to have finally overcome this fear.

Monica O. Nov 14, 2014
Singing · Online

My 8-year-old son and I both take lessons with Margo and we are beyond impressed! My range has expanded significantly and my son's voice is going through a transition so he's been nervous about singing and speaking in public. His voice is much better and he even has more confidence now. I recommend Margo to everyone I know and now two of my friends train with her as well. We are all very happy to have found Margo!

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Renee P. Oct 3, 2014
African Dance ·

I love Margo! She has a way with helping me understand my own voice in a simple way. She doesn't over-complicate things and working with her is a lot of fun.

Regina S. Sep 26, 2014
Singing · In home

Margo is a wonderful instructor who knows her craft extremely well. Her lessons are enjoyable and entertaining. I enjoy meeting with her. She has such a warm and beautiful personality.

Don P. Sep 22, 2014
Jazz Voice · In home

I have studied with many great teachers over the past 40 years, but Margo is the best in my book. Her methods are unconventional and they work. She's funny and makes you feel comfortable no matter your level of performance.

Debbie S. Sep 18, 2014
Opera Voice · In home

To say that my opera lessons with Margo have been miraculous would be an understatement. My family and friends had repeatedly encouraged me to pursue my singing and I wrote it off as hyperbole. When I finally decided to take it seriously I was afraid I was too old to start pursuing a career in the arts. Margo explained to me that some performers can be in their 30s or 40s before reaching full vocal maturity. She immediately took me under her wing which has resulted in near perfect pitch. Under her tutelage I have learned to evoke emotion from my audience thru both song and dramatization. Needless to say, her being multi-lingual has no doubt made her uniquely qualified to do so. If you want a disciplined, dedicated, no nonsense instructor, call her. You won't be disappointed.

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Caitlin D. Sep 17, 2014
Songwriting · Online

My writing was sub-par, to say the least. Margo helped me to paint a vivid picture with my words, and also create melodies to best express them. Now, I consult her every time I have a song or poem to write!

Christopher B. Sep 16, 2014
Stage Performance · In home

Margo has helped me increase my confidence while performing on stage. In the past I would get very nervous but Margo has taught me that its just me being anxious to do well on stage. If you have stage fright, please hire Margo and she will teach you the tools to own the stage! You won't be disappointed!

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Larry P. Sep 16, 2014
Singing · In home

This voice coach is a musical genius when it comes to getting the most out of her students. My son never really showed the enthusiasm for singing until Margo started working with him. In just a few short months, Margo has him singing with confidence and his vocals are off the chart! I give a lot of credit to her techniques and style of teaching. If you or someone you know is looking for a great voice coach, you'll want to employ Margo's services. Even today we call on her to tune up his voice and help him smooth out the rough edges.

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Deenya C. Jul 1, 2014
Gospel Singing · Online

Margo has been a GEM! I have tried vocal lessons in the past with 1 instructor and didn't stay longer than an month. I absolutely LOVE working with Margo. From the first lesson she brought me OUT of my comfort zone which was needed because where I was, was all wrong. She is teaching me how to use my voice, how to shape my face how to escape the issues I deal with for my allergies and still be able to use my voice and sing. These beginning lessons I have been having with her have been extremely valuable and I will be here to stay. Her style, approach and experience are definitely worth every bit that you will spend and more.

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Charrina C. Apr 22, 2014
Singing ·

Singing Lessons for My Daughter

My nine year old daughter has been diagnosed with ADD which is ADHD without the hyperactivity. So much of her trouble comes from people not understanding that although she is quite, she still struggles to maintain focus and so things such as following directions becomes a challenge for her. Margo was very relaxed yet firm with my daughter. She offered encouragement and support that allowed my daughter to feel comfortable but to also know this is a serious environment. Another thing Margo does is lessons via SKYPE which help with consistency anytime my daughter is away.

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Charlotte E. Apr 8, 2014
Singing ·

It was a great ffirst lesson

There are so many good instructors on this site it was very hard to choose one. I was somewhat nervous about my choice, not knowing how the "chemistry" would be. My first session with Margo was excellent. I found her to be very light in spirit. She is very pleasant and relaxed, and has great skill in helping you to relax. She has a wonderful sense of humor which makes the session not intense. In the first session she helped to reach notes that I have never been able to reach. I feel that my experience with her will continue to be very pleasant and that I will reach my goals. I would definitely recommend her to everyone.

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VERLENE W. Apr 8, 2014
Singing ·

I Am Learning How To Use My Voice Like An Instrument

Margo’s vocal training technique helped me to become a more consistent vocalist. I use to reach for notes when I was concerned about hitting the wrong note. She taught me where to place notes in my mouth by using my Jaw, head, body, etc. In addition, Margo taught me how to phrase the songs that I like to sing more beautifully.

Thank you :-D

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Jacqueline K. Jan 6, 2014
Singing ·

I've FINALLY found the TRUE ONE!!!

From my first lesson with Margo, she was able to reach parts of my voice that I never knew that I had. My experience has been a very positive one with her. She's taught me techniques that has helped me to reach my true vocal range, Margo is such a GEM and would be a valuable asset to ANYONE that she coaches. I have truly found my vocal match.

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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

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
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
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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