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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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 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.

Students can take Piano lessons, IF they already own a piano or minimally acceptable keyboard. If all you have is an unacceptable keyboard, sign up for Music Theory and I can still teach you how to play chords by ear.
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 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. 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.

- My home is not child proof. I am not prepared to welcome children into my home.
- 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. 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.

Check out my links, and make some decisions. I might be the instructor you're looking for.

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Self-employed musician
Aug 1972 - Present

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.


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

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish (not really)
Limited Proficiency


Performance Certificate
May 1981
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

13 Reviews on Melodie F.

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Jeff B. Jan 25, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Makes you think in order to retain knowledge. Works off of existing knowledge well.
Andrew M. Jan 19, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Great lessons!
haju L. Nov 14, 2016
Verified Student · 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.
joseph Oct 3, 2016
Verified Student · 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.
Mark C. Mar 30, 2016
Verified Student · 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!
Carla E. Aug 20, 2015
Verified Student · 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!
Raquel N. Aug 4, 2015
Verified Student · 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.
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.
Jayne-Marie A. Jun 10, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Melodie does a great job of teaching techniques and warm ups that work for me and my style. She's very knowledgeable and has no problem explaining technique in a way that is always understandable. Plus she is very pleasant to work with, great personality. Enjoyed these lessons very much
Luke H. Jun 9, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Melodie has helped me a lot in my singing development. She is knowledgeable and can adapt to any level, I now enjoy singing much more after taking a few months of lessons.
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