Marissa Villegas

Marissa V.

Midlothian, IL
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Opera is such a beautiful genre that I love to sing! As with any student you learn all vocal techniques. Attention to detail is what sets this genre apart so we explore challenging concepts and tools to really help your instrument reach it's fullest potential. We cannot stop at just a good vocal sound however, the full performance is explored from musical tools to acting through the song and staging/gestures.

About Marissa V.

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 beautiful manner.

While I was at Moraine Valley after I firmly chose 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 13 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 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.

Expression (including body movements, hand gestures, facial expression, and musical expression such as accents and dynamics) are a large part of performing as a vocalist and are definitely things we prepare as well.

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.

▪Performance opportunities▪
Studio vocal recitals

▪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, expression, and specific vocal techniques.

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Kristin
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Marissa is amazing. She has been guiding my daughter through improving vocal techniques, building confidence, preparing for auditions, and navigating the ups and downs of life in the performing arts for a few years now. She is a wonderful teacher and mentor.

Posted Aug 1, 2020
Michelle
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What a dedicated instructor! Cares about her students and goes above and beyond!

Posted Mar 11, 2020
Anay
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Great and very understanding teacher . My teenage daughter has been going to private classes for years . Every time private class is over she’s singing away .Marissa you truly have made a difference.

Posted Mar 10, 2020
giuliana
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marissa is the best ever!!! i’ve been going with her for almost a year, and my voice has completely changed, and i can’t believe the things i have accomplished because of her!

Posted Mar 10, 2020
Kara M.
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Very friendly. A great lesson.

Posted Sep 13, 2019
Keischa
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Marissa is a wonderful teacher. I have never had singing lessons before. My first experience was remarkable. I love how comfortable she makes me feel when I go to practice. She has so much patience, which is another thing I love about her. I would refer the world to her if I could. I will definitely be referring my cousin.

Posted Apr 23, 2019
Alan
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I was surprised at how comfortable I was to sing in front of someone. She made it easy for me.

Posted Apr 18, 2018
Tez V.
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Glad to pick Ms Marissa as my daughter voice teacher, she's awesome!!!!

Posted Oct 16, 2017
Tim
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Marisa is great! She is a very nice and easy going person. Very happy with my lessons.

Posted Apr 8, 2017
Jacqui
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Marissa is a wonderful and talented voice instructor! My daughter loves working with her and looks forward to her lesson every week. We are so pleased to have found her!

Posted Mar 20, 2017
J Flores
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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!

Posted Jun 13, 2016
Aisha M.
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Professional and friendly.

Posted Jun 3, 2016
Micah S.
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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!

Posted Apr 17, 2016
karys
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Very nice to children

Posted Feb 20, 2016
DESTINY H.
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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!!!!

Posted Feb 19, 2016
Jennifer
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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.

Posted Feb 6, 2016
Kevin
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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!!!

Posted Feb 3, 2016
Yesenia
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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.

Posted Feb 1, 2016
Jose V.
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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!

Posted Jan 31, 2016
Lori B.
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Marissa is great! Professional, punctual, positive. She is a pleasure to work with.
My daughter took lessons with her and loved them. Thanks!

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Lynette W.
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Marissa is a great instructor. She is very patience in her teaching giving feedback and great tips on how to improve when practicing at home to continue to grow. She does not hesitate to ask how the lessons are going so, if needed, she is able to adjust accordingly to aid with the learner meeting the learning outcomes to benefit all parties.

Posted Nov 17, 2015
Haley M.
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Marissa is awesome! She has taught me a lot of things that I need to learn so that I can sing better.

Posted Jul 19, 2015
Ray S.
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While my son has only taken a few lessons with Marissa, we highly value her instruction. She's prepared, focused, and personable. My son isn't only learning to sing a song. He's learning the art of vocal training. It's amazing to hear his development in only 3 lessons so far. Marissa is definitely a great teacher.

Posted Jan 24, 2015
Tracy Z.

Excellent singing teacher

Marissa is an excellent singing teacher. She has a calm and warm approach with her students and is very patient. She loves what she does and it shows!

Posted Jan 25, 2014

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Experience

Voice Director
May 2018 - Present

The Potter's Hourse

Teach all leads and ensembles their music as well as vocal techniques and expression.

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
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