Marissa Villegas

Marissa V.

Alsip, IL

About Marissa V.

Marissa teaches: Females 5 to 70
Males 5 to 65
Teaching since: July 2009
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

My musical journey started in high school when my algebra teacher saw me in the hallway, grabbed my hand and brought me to the choir room to sign up for The Sound of Music auditions. To this day I cannot believe my math teacher unknowingly sent me straight down a path that I would walk the rest of my life. After The Sound Of Music I never left music. I kept singing in high school by participating in the school musicals and different choir ensembles. When it came to college I started taking private lessons and music classes for fun until I realized this is my passion and I wanted to make a life of this. When you wake up everyday and the first thing you do is sing at that point there was no other way to live. There I started my journey with really learning the voice as an instrument and how it works. I found that I am a vocal scientist at heart believing you will go a long way as long as you know how to grow. Being a vocal scientist, I find it so interesting to know what exactly needs to happen when we sing in order sing in a healthy and beauitful manner.

While I was at Moraine Valley after I firmly choose music I felt I needed more of a diverse program so I can answer any possible music based question. I then went on to get my degree at VanderCook College of Music where they teach nothing but music education. Their program intensely teaches all the band and orchestral instruments on top general education classes and your major, mine being voice. While I was there I also took the time to study privately with our percussion professor to learn rhythms and with our sight singing and ear training professor to further develop my ear and knowledge. All in all I have been studying the voice for 11 years and counting. I do all this so that I could pass that experience down to you.






*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I like to teach vocal techniques such as raising your soft palate, correct breathing techniques, and a forward placement. These are the tools to help a vocal musician grow for the rest of their lives.

Another part of being a vocal musician that I teach in every lesson is ear training and or rhythm. These are things I wish I would have learned earlier on and are essential to being an independent musician.

I like to keep a more uplifting environment when teaching so although you should expect a push for success, you should always feel comfortable and not afraid to make mistakes.

***Schedule***
This section is updated regularly. I currently have regular open slots and every other week spots available. If you plan on every other week please messege me with the ask a question feature to see when those times are. Thank you!


*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the studio room, electric piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide literature and a music stand while the students should have a full length keyboard and or piano.

*** Specialties ***
I teach rhythm, sight singing and ear training, general musical terms, as well as specific vocal techniques.

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Experience

Professional Vocalist

Aug 2008 - Present
Vocalist

Hired to sing at various events including weddings, church celebrations, funerals etc.

Assistant Choir Director/ Cantor

Jan 2009 - Jan 2013
Good Shepherd Church

Voice Teacher

Aug 2011 - Jan 2012
Argo High School

Education

Bachelor of Music Education

Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
VanderCook College of Music

Music Performance/Education

Aug 2005 - Jun 2009
Moraine Valley Community College

Awards

Talent Award & Scholarship

Jun 2009
Vandercook College of Music

Spirit of New York Award

Dec 2005
National Singing Association

Gold

Sep 2005
IHSA Illinois High School Singing Association

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education

Aug 2009
NAFME

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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14 Reviews on Marissa V.

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J Flores Jun 13, 2016
Singing · In studio
Marissa is an excellent teacher. My daughter is very pleased with her. Marissa makes her feel comfortable and enthusiastic. Marissa is very patient and makes every lesson fun and productive. We are very glad we found her!
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Aisha M. Jun 3, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Professional and friendly.
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Micah S. Apr 17, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Very happy with Marissa. I have an 8 year old boy who had a hard time with his shyness. Marissa's demeanor and her way with kids helped him come out of his shell. I look forward to his next voice lesson!
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karys Feb 20, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Very nice to children
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DESTINY H. Feb 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Couldn't be happier my daughter loves it !!!! Glad Marissa is her instructor she truly does care and gives great detailed feedback exceeding my expectations!!!!
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Jennifer Feb 6, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Marissa was very helpful. She is helping me get ready for a play at my school. She is getting me to sing notes I never thought I could sing. Can't wait til my next lesson.
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Kevin Feb 3, 2016
Music Performance · In home
Marissa has been great in developing me as a singer and a musician. She's really easy to talk to and really knows what shes talking about! I can tell I'm getting better after each lesson! Marissa makes music fun!!!
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Yesenia Feb 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
She will forever be the greatest teacher I have ever had! She is beyond kind and helpful and very easy to open up to. She cares about her students and creates authentic bonds. I cannot speak highly enough of her.
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Jose V. Jan 31, 2016
Singing · In home
Marissa is an extremely enjoyable educator. In each of her lessons she takes her time to ensure students learn and retain the material provided. Marissa is driven to ensure students succes and ability to be the best they can be!
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Lori B. Jan 21, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Marissa is great! Professional, punctual, positive. She is a pleasure to work with.
My daughter took lessons with her and loved them. Thanks!
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