- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
We will work as partners to discover which vocal and physical exercises are best for your customized warm-up program. We will learn how "Proper Posture" and "Relaxed Support" are defined for you. Trained awareness of the physical mechanics of vocal production is only part of the foundation upon which we build the instrument. I can help you understand technical terminology such as "with the mask", "from the diaphragm", "use the soft palate" and "blending the breaks", but these terms don't explain why we sing. We sing for joy. We cultivate our voices so that we can share that joy.
Prospective Singing students of all levels MUST read the section Your First Singing Lesson, found on the subject page.
Singing is good for you. Healthy reasons to take singing lessons include deep breathing, balanced posture, relaxation, and abdominal strength. Additional benefits are confidence enhancement, cultural awareness, emotional expression, memory support, and stress relief. Some people sing to share spiritual joy.
/// Your First Singing Lesson \\\
• If you just want a few lessons for fun, tell the teacher.
• A singing lesson is like a private exercise class. Be prepared to move around, making weird sounds and stupid faces. Dress for physical activity, including appropriate shoes. Keep makeup light enough to touch your face and lips. Don't wear anything that covers your neck. Jewelry should not make noise. Keep all fragrances to a strict minimum.
• If you have never had a formal singing lesson, you are a beginning voice student. Formal lessons cover the importance of proper warm-ups and establishing a healthy singing routine. Microphones and stage apparel are not part of formal singing lessons.
• If you don't want to touch or be touched, say something right away. It is normal for a voice teacher to touch the student's shoulders, throat, face, knees, abdomen, or lower back. It is also normal for a teacher to ask the student to touch the teacher in the same places. You have the right to say no touching.
• Don't eat a big meal two hours before a lesson, and don't drink anything carbonated right before one. Get used to the idea of passing gas or belching during a singing lesson, because it's common. The teacher should have tissues ready for drooling or sneezing.
• If you don't practice at least 30 minutes every other day, you can still take lessons and learn music, but it will take much longer to become a better singer. To learn relaxation techniques and build strength, coordination, and muscle memory you have to actually practice. Singers can't buy our instruments; we learn to build, repair, and maintain our voices.
Show up to your first singing lesson in comfortable exercise clothes and no perfume. Have a way to take notes, and be willing to try almost anything. Good luck!
- Teaches students:
- Ages 18+
- Teaching since:
- September 1972
Dudeist Priest‘s approach to teaching music
(1) Singing student learns how own body functions as a musical instrument, on a flexible schedule.
(2) Student learns how other artists use music to communicate, advocate, heal, and grow.
(3) Student learns how to use music for self-discovery of artistic aims.
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.
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 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.
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.+ Read More
Geriatric patient Bob is going along with the program beautifully. Just keep doing what you're doing Melodie. Thanks
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.+ Read More
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!+ Read More
Makes you think in order to retain knowledge. Works off of existing knowledge well.
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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!
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!+ Read More
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.
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.+ Read More
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+ Read More
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.
Melodie is very experienced and funny. I've enjoyed every lessons so far !
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!+ Read More
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.