Melodie Fox

Melodie F.

Chicago, IL

About Melodie F.

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Melodie teaches: Ages 18 and up
Teaching since: September 1972
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Overview

Label me Traditional, or Classical, or even Persnickety, but we all transcend labels. I can perform opera, simplify unifying concepts, teach folk singing, direct a church choir, suggest country repertoire, coach performance charisma, and even officiate a marriage ceremony as a Dudeist Priest. I also bake a mean pie.

I teach adults private music lessons in singing, piano, and theory. I teach dependable, responsible, well-mannered adults.

I’m good at teaching private music lessons. I know what I’m doing. I have decades of experience, but I keep my prices low. Why? Because I expect my students to be dependable, responsible, well-mannered adults. That kind of minimizes the marketing demographic, doesn't it?

If this kind of straight talk offends you, you should probably just scroll on by. I promise to be friendly and jovial as soon as we get past the upcoming legalese. Before I talk more about myself, let’s talk about my students.

My students are willing adults capable of using email and the internet as our main form of communication outside of lesson time. This includes homework assignments and schedule changes.

My students use credit cards in their own names to pay for lessons.

My students have their correct email and phone number contact information on their student profiles.

My students do not bring pets or children to their lessons. One quietly observing guest is welcome with 48-hour notice.

My students know if they use too much fragrance, whether it be laundry scent boosters or hair treatments, they may be refused entrance into my studio. It's a big deal.

My students know that coming to my studio means you climb stairs to a high 2nd FLR walk-up.

My students recognize they pay for any lessons not canceled or rescheduled before the 24-hour deadline, whether they attend or not.

My students promise not to be around me when they are sick. My students ask me to forgive late cancellations caused by true emergencies, but know I don’t have to.

My singing students have a place to practicing singing, and promise to read the "Your First Singing Lesson" section found on each Singing or Voice Subject Page.

My piano students have regular access to an instrument that can legally be called a piano, including a damper pedal.

My theory students only need a pencil and something like a plastic recorder flute, a harmonica, or a toy keyboard, at least for the first lessons. A piano is better, of course.

Now, if you’re still around after all that, we may actually be a good teacher-student match.

I welcome you to consider me as your teacher for casual yet traditional private music lessons. As partners, the student and I build a plan, balancing current aspirations with traditional methods, keeping practical value in mind. I recommend a weekly recurring lesson appointment, but I also allow Schedule-As-You-Go. That means you may schedule a lesson when you want one, subject to availability, instead of holding a repeating weekly time slot.

Singing and Voice:
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. Ages 18-99. Singing and Voice lessons have to be at least 45min long, and are available in my office, online, and maybe off site. Ask about specialized "choir" lessons for individual sessions in choral technique and repertoire. See more details on each subject page.

Piano:
Students can take Piano lessons, IF they already own a piano or minimally acceptable keyboard. For further clarification, please see the Subject Page. If all you have is an unacceptable keyboard, sign up for Music Theory and I can still teach you how to read and play KEYBOARD. Thinking it's possible to learn to play piano when you have no piano to practice on is merely a fantasy.
I teach beginning up to intermediate. Ages 18-99. Available only in my office or maybe off site. I don't teach piano online. See more details on each subject page.

Music Theory:
Rudimentary and Beginning students only. Ages 18-99. This is what you should take if you want to learn to read music or play by ear and you don't have a piano. You can also take this for any general information music class, as long as you understand you’ll be learning it from the Music Theory side of things. Available in my office, online, and maybe off site. See more details on each subject page.

Prices for my office in Chicago near 800N/1600W, or online: (where available) 30min for $30, 45min for $41, 60min for $50. If you live within a mile of the Chicago Ave / Ashland Ave intersection we can discuss the possibility of me coming to your location for an additional $15 per lesson. You may ask about ages 7-17 or group rates for your location.

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Miss Melodie says, "Hi," on April 17, 2017.

Experience

Self-employed musician
Aug 1972 - Present
Self

My first paid music job was in my early teens, directing the Junior Choir and being the summer organist for my family church. I continued to be very active in church, community, and school music as a singer, pianist, and flutist.
Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) and Performance Certificate from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA, 1981
When I lived in Costa Rica 1982-1984 I continued my private vocal studies, taught private piano and voice lessons, taught music in school classrooms, and sang with choral ensembles of both Costa Rican national universities, and in the Lyric Opera Chorus. I was musical director for a community production of Anything Goes and a high school production of Sound of Music, and I played piano for an elementary school production of Sleeping Beauty. I taught group seminars in choral technique to church choirs, and performed a half-recital.
Since moving to Chicago in 1986 my musical endeavors have included over seventeen years of private lesson teaching, seven years of sight-reading Episcopal High Mass as the soprano section leader, five years in semi-pro choral chamber ensembles, playing in a volunteer flute orchestra, occasional professional classical singing "gigs," participation in Sacred Harp singing, one full classical vocal recital, and one shared program of classical & theater songs & duets.

Education

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
Aug 1977 - May 1981
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish (not really)
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Performance Certificate
May 1981
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

15 Reviews on Melodie F.

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Marisol Mar 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
So far I've only had one lesson with Melodie and she really cares to help you achieve what you're trying to accomplish. We went through a few things such as posture, how to breathe, humming, vowels, position of tongue and other things. About myself: I don't know how to sing and this is my first singing lesson.
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Ben Mar 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My lessons with Melodie have been great! She is extremely knowledgeable. I'm a new piano player, and she has been very patient with me as we work our way through the basics. She is great at explaining the theory side in a way I can understand. And the out of class work she suggests not only drives home what we worked on in the lesson, but it also has me playing some basic songs...which is encouraging and keeps practice fun!
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Jeff B. Jan 25, 2017
· Piano · In home
Makes you think in order to retain knowledge. Works off of existing knowledge well.
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Andrew M. Jan 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great lessons!
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haju L. Nov 14, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Ms Melodie is a great teacher-caring, funny, empathic, and enthusiasitic. she is a good listener, too. this is our fourth week. and she evaluates my progress weekly and revise her teaching material to make sure i understand the concepts and practice for improvement. she is fun to be around and has high expectation for her student, which motivates me to try hard.
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joseph Oct 3, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Ms. Melodie F is an excellent teacher who displays such a enthusiasm for voice teaching and eager to share her experience and knowledge as a voice teacher. today was the first day of our lessons and i and my wife are glad to have Ms Melodie F as our voice teach and can't wait to see her for our next lesson.
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Mark C. Mar 30, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Great first lesson, very thorough and a lot more fun than I imagined a singing lesson would be. Looking forward to my next lesson already!
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Carla E. Aug 20, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I just finished my third lesson with Melodie and couldn't be happier. She is patient and accommodating while being knowledgeable and resourceful. I am very much a beginner and Melodie has been able to adjust my lessons accordingly. I am looking forward to my next lesson already!
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Raquel N. Aug 4, 2015
· Singing · In home
We did a lot of breathing exercises that's going to help me be a better singer. We also did some exercises that'll eventually help me hit the notes I want to hit. I'm liking it so far.
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Larry Jul 23, 2015
· Music Theory · In home
Melodie is a life-long musician whose deep knowledge and experience I enjoyed the benefit of while I was studying music theory in college. She had a knack for picking the perfect example and explanation to help understand concepts. She also made music come to LIFE when she would sing! Quite honestly, her talent and skills intimidated me - but she always was willing to share her JOY OF MUSIC without judgement. She always encouraged me to not just play music, but to FEEL the music, and pass that feeling to the audience. She doesn't just do this for a living. It is her passion - and it shows in the ongoing quality of her work.
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