Melodie Fox

Melodie F.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Piano lessons differ from Classical Piano lessons by being more about what the student wants to learn, instead of following a scholarly path toward becoming an accomplished pianist. Read my profile carefully before you sign up with me. There will still be technical exercises, but they might be tailored to the goal of playing a certain style.

I can teach a little bit to beginners about playing by ear and using lead sheets, but My Thing is the old fashioned, old lady piano teacher you probably imagine. There are reasons that the traditional methods became traditional. They work.

Students can take Piano lessons, IF they have regular access to a piano or minimally acceptable keyboard. Regular access can mean three or four times a week at a friend's house, or a church, or a library. If all you have is an unacceptable keyboard, sign up for Music Theory and I can still teach you how to read keyboard music, and play scales, chords, and songs by ear. Thinking it's possible to learn to play piano when you have no piano to practice on is merely a fantasy.

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 damper 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.

If you want something a little less traditional, ask me about the method of Sight Reading I teach. It is a programmed learning approach to train the hand-eye coordination reflexes required to play keyboard music the first time you see it. It's very different. You have to take an hour lesson every week, and you're not supposed to practice the method alone for at least 8 lessons, maybe 12, while the Programmer (the teacher) is programming your responses. This non-traditional method also works, if reading keyboard music is important to you.

I teach Beginning up to Intermediate. If you're already an intermediate piano player, which means you can perform a Clementi sonatina or a Beethoven bagatelle, you need a more advanced piano teacher.

About Melodie F.

Student GOALS
(1) Student learns how other artists use music to communicate, advocate, heal, and grow.
(2) Student learns how to use music for self-discovery of artistic aims.
(3) Singing student learns how own body functions as a musical instrument, on a flexible schedule.

I am Miss Melodie F, a highly experienced private lesson teacher of voice, piano, and theory. Please read my profile carefully before you sign up with me. Complete beginners are welcome. Advanced lessons are available for singing and voice only.

Are you an adult who misses the love of music you enjoyed before life responsibilities took over? If so, you are like most of my recent students.

I teach adult students private music lessons. My specialties and approaches are
(1) blending what the student wants with what the student needs,
(2) classical vocal technique from a body awareness perspective,
(3) how to sight-read keyboard scores, and
(4) music theory translated into something that makes sense.

If you don't practice that's not a deal breaker, but admit it so I can modify the plans to give you your money's worth.

You may schedule a lesson when you want or can afford one rather than being forced to take a lesson at the same time every week; that is the Schedule-As-You-Go option where lessons have no recurring schedule slot. I have weekday office hours available on a Schedule-As-You-Go basis which you won't find on the general availability information here on this profile.

Singing and Voice
Singing and voice lessons have minimum 45min duration. Do you want to do the physical work it takes to become a better singer? Do you have a place to practice? Have you read the "Your First Singing Lesson" section found on each Singing or Voice Subject Page and still want to take singing lessons with me? If you can’t say “Yes” to all of these things I can still work with you. Sign up for Music Theory lessons instead, tell me what you want to learn, and we can go from there.

Piano
Do you have regular access to a “real” piano, with weighted keys and a damper pedal? If all you have is an unacceptable keyboard sign up for Music Theory and I can still teach you how to read keyboard music, and play scales, chords, and songs by ear.

Music Theory
Music theory lessons are the most flexible option for general curiosity. You don't need much more than pencil and paper to start music theory lessons. Tell me what you’re interested in and I’ll teach it from a Music Theory perspective.

The current fee for a 45min lesson appointment in my studio is $41. Online singing and theory lessons are the same price. Lessons must be prepaid, with a strict 24hr cancellation deadline.

My teaching studio is a residential office in a high second floor walk-up near the intersection of Chicago and Ashland. I might be able to travel within East Village / Ukrainian Village / Wicker Park / Noble Square for an additional $15 travel fee. If I travel to your location we can negotiate younger ages and group fees.

Upfront deal breakers:
• I have a problem with fragrances. If I can smell something on you I may not be able to work with you. We could discuss online lessons as an alternative.
• One quietly observing adult human guest is welcome with 48-hour notice.
• If you are a singing student you need a place where you can practice and you must read the Your First Singing Lesson section prior to your first cancellation deadline.
• If you don’t have regular access to something that can legally be called a piano, including weighted keys and a damper pedal, don’t take Piano lessons.

Ask me a question using the Ask-A-Question feature. Watch my videos and think about it. I'm a good teacher. I sincerely appreciate the time it took you to read my profile. Thank you.

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Laura M.
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My very first singing lesson ever was informative, eye opening, well articulated with good imagery I could relate to, challenging, and fun. Melodie’s good coaching made me aware of both things I was doing somewhat well and tips for improving on them, and simple errors that we worked on in a very encouraging and corrective manner. I’m looking forward to practicing and my next lesson.

Posted Mar 4, 2019
Bob
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Geriatric patient Bob is going along with the program beautifully. Just keep doing what you're doing Melodie. Thanks

Posted Nov 29, 2017
Marisol
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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.

Posted Mar 27, 2017
Ben
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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!

Posted Mar 16, 2017
Jeff B.
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Makes you think in order to retain knowledge. Works off of existing knowledge well.

Posted Jan 25, 2017
Andrew M.
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Great lessons!

Posted Jan 19, 2017
haju L.
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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.

Posted Nov 14, 2016
joseph
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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.

Posted Oct 3, 2016
Mark C.
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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!

Posted Mar 30, 2016
Carla E.
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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!

Posted Aug 20, 2015
Raquel N.
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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.

Posted Aug 4, 2015
Larry
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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.

Posted Jul 23, 2015
Jayne-Marie A.
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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

Posted Jun 10, 2015
Luke H.
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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.

Posted Jun 9, 2015
Z Z.
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Melodie is very experienced and funny. I've enjoyed every lessons so far !

Posted Jun 9, 2015
Dale M.
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My lessons with Melodie are everything I hoped they would be. I had the goal of finding my vocal range, defining what type of singer I could be, and developing my voice. She has exceeded all my expectations and I am learning quick. She's very patient, teaches in an easy to understand method, and has a great attitude. Best of all, we have a blast together! I look forward to each and every one of our lessons. Melodie clearly is a practiced instructor and it seems that she would be able to find an effective way to teach anyone. I definitely recommend Melodie!

Posted Dec 6, 2014
Miguel D.

Great results!

I've have a number of other voice teachers in the the past and have had mixed results and made some progress. Since I started working with Melodie, I have grown so much as a singer and musician. She has greatly improved my vocal intonation, breath control and vocal range. When we work on a particular piece of music her input for better interpretation has always been right on the mark and I am better able to convey the message of the music. in short working with Melodie has allowed me to find my true singing voice. I will be forever grateful to her for her superb musical guidance.

Posted Feb 14, 2014

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Experience

Self-employed musician
Aug 1972 - Present

Self

My teaching experience began when I was the Junior Choir director and summer organist at my family church as a young teen. Armed with a Coe College Bachelor of Music and a Performance Certificate in Vocal Performance from 1981, I chose to work in Costa Rica 1982-1984 before calling Chicago home in 1986. My musical endeavors in Chicago have included over eighteen 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

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish (not really)

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Performance Certificate
May 1981

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

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