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 welcome you to consider me, a teacher with decades of experience, for casual yet traditional private music lessons. My residential studio is near the Ashland & Chicago intersection. I teach private lessons in singing, piano, and music theory. 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. All Singing and Voice students must read the section Your First Singing Lesson, found on each subject page. Ages 12-99. Adult singing 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.
DO NOT BUY A "PIANO" with reduced size keys. The width of seven white keys is 16.4cm, and you should also have weighted keys and a sustain pedal. DO NOT try to teach your fingers to play piano on anything that has "full size keys" (which is a LIE) that measure 15.9cm. The retail store person is probably clueless, so take something to measure the keys with. I teach beginning up to intermediate. Ages 12-99. Available only in my office or maybe off site. I don't teach piano online. See more details on each subject page.
Rudimentary and Beginning students only. Ages 12-99. 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 $25, 45min for $36, 60min for $46. 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 7-11 or group rates for your location.
SOME IMPORTANT DETAILS TO CONSIDER:
- My home is not child proof.
- The apartment is a high 2nd FLR walk-up.
- If you use too much fragrance of any kind I will refuse to breathe in your vicinity.
- Unless you are that person's legal guardian please do not purchase a surprise gift of a new student lesson package with me. Adult students need to make the decisions for themselves to begin lessons with me specifically.
- If you don't have a place to practice singing, don't take singing lessons. If you don't have regular access to a piano, or at least a minimally acceptable keyboard, don't take piano lessons. You can take beginning theory lessons with a plastic recorder flute, if that's all you've got, but a polytonal keyboard is much better.
You, and all students, must ACCEPT THE STRICT CANCELLATION POLICY. There is no makeup, rescheduling, or refunding of any lessons no-showed or cancelled later than 24hrs prior. Students can provide excuses (like acute illness) and request forgiveness for late cancellations, but expect no mercy for no-shows. Officially, if you have a lesson scheduled in less than 24hrs and you haven't already changed or cancelled it, you are paying for it unless I'm the one that changes it.
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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.