Molly McLinden

Molly M.

Schaumburg, IL

About Molly M.

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Molly teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 2002
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

I have been teaching for 14 years: kids, teens-even beginner vocalists in their seventies! Rockers, an "Idol" finalist, church musicians, lapsed opera singers, preschoolers. ...these are just a few of singers I have worked with, in person, in the classroom, and ONLINE (I just love teaching singers all over the country and the world!) .

What you get in voice lessons with me: laughter as you learn! I have learned solid classical vocal technique from the very best . I have trained with respected opera singers who have performed with companies such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as leaders in vocal pedagogy. I believe everyone deserves the same useful tools- no matter what it is you like to sing!

I am patient and customize each and every lesson. Need more time on ear training? No problem . How about beginning music theory? I can help with that,too. Are you feeling more confident, and want to focus more on song polishing and getting into the heart of your songs? Let's do it! Confidence an issue? I am a pro with very shy people. I'll get you out of your shell, relaxed, and having fun right away so we can free that voice of yours! I have worked with many singers who have been diagnosed with anxiety: you're in good hands and you can trust me with your voice.

I am also a drama teacher who has worked with groups as well as individuals. I love working with beginning acting students! I'll assist with monologue prep, improvisation, voice for the stage, body awareness, and more. I love being on stage and want you to see how fun it is to jump in and let go,too!

If you're interested in beginner ear training or music theory, I'd love to help you with that as well. I present it in a no-nonsense and fun manner! I'll provide you with simple worksheets to increase your confidence in learning the language of music, as well as run you through increasingly challenging patterns and sight reading for the ear training. Don't be afraid: I make it easy and customize it all.

I have been singing for over 20 years. Performances with the Lira Ensemble and Opera on Tap Chicago, and in master classes with international opera stars Alan Held and Lorna Haywood. Coaching with Collaborative Works Chicago and Rossini Opera Festival. Additional studies in Rock Vocals, Voice Care, Improvisational Comedy, Holistic Voice, Acting, Foreign languages, Dalcroze, Speaking Voice for Singers, , Commercial Vocal Styles/Belting with Lisa Popeil, teacher mentoring workshop with Maestro David Jones. Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Additional workshops in Vocal Pedagogy with David Sabella-Mills, Jeannie LoVetri. Dr. Karen Prokop.

Certified CoreSinging Instructor- one of only a few in the U.S. trained by Meribeth Dayme, PhD, respected clinician and authority in vocal pedagogy and author of "The Singing Book".

My students do a variety of great things! One was a top 12 "American Idol" finalist. Current students perform in musicals, top rated choirs, and professional rock , jazz,and blues bands. Many have won awards for their singing at competitions such as NATS. Students of mine have also been accepted to prestigious performing arts high schools and undergraduate music programs.

I think if you can speak, you can sing. Everyone can and should sing! Don't let anything hold you back. I am a people person that is very passionate about music and singing, and want to be the teacher you'll trust with your voice. Come laugh and learn with me!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach in person (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago) and online via Skype or FaceTime.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sing and See Software. Additional materials I use: Funky n' Fun Vocal Exercises, Estelle Liebling Vocal Methods, Bona and Dannhauser for sight-reading.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner vocalists! Very shy singers. Children, teens. Lapsed singers,older beginners, and seniors. Experience in working with those with learning disabilities , special needs, and victims of abuse. Have also worked with transgendered .

Photos and Videos

Me in my studio! Hope you'll join me!

Experience

Music Teacher

Jan 2012 - Present
Private Studio

I teach vocal technique, music theory, ear training, and music history and appreciation to elementary and middle school students.

Music Teacher

Aug 2014 - Nov 2016
Sterling Education

I teach voice, music theory, composition, ear training, and music history and appreciation to middle and elementary school students.

Voice and Drama Instructor

Sep 2013 - Nov 2016
Boldly Me

I teach drama and voice to all ages and abilities in a fun workshop/class format to people from all walks of life!

Vocal Instructor

Jun 2014 - Oct 2014
Music Land School of Music

Vocal Instructor

Feb 2009 - Mar 2013
School of Rock Chicago

Vocal Instructor

Jun 2007 - Jul 2008
Dancenter North

Vocal Instructor

May 2002 - Sep 2005
Schaumburg Academy of Music

Education

Bachelor of Music- Vocal Performance

Jan 1999 - May 2002
Millikin University

Bachelor of Music-Vocal Performance

Aug 1998 - Dec 1998
Boston Conservatory

Languages Spoken

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

CoreSinging Teacher

Jun 2014
CoreSinging, Dr. Meribeth Dayme

Laughter Yoga Leader

Jan 2014
Laughter Yoga University

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader! I can lead LY workshops in churches, schools, community centers, corporate events.

Core Singing Experience

Dec 2013
CoreSinging

Awards

Teacher of the Month

Jun 2015
Sterling West Education

Concerto Competition Finalist

Feb 2002
MIllikin University

Affiliations

Music Teachers' Association of California

Mar 2015

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

New York Singing Teachers Association

Mar 2015
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NYSTA strives to provide voice professionals, both locally and globally, with the tools and inspiration needed for an increasingly informed and creative pedagogy. Immense advances in voice science, neurology, psychology, education theory, medicine, and mind/body healing offer new information and techniques from which voice teachers can draw. By making these resources accessible to our members, we foster twenty-first-century pedagogy, rooted in the great traditions of the past, incorporating the new knowledge of our time.

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Jul 2013
NATS

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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100 Reviews on Molly M.

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Gisela M. Nov 1, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Molly is a great singing teacher. She is encouraging and positive to help one learn and improve to be aware of their voice and how to sing. Definitely recommend.
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mei Oct 24, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful voice teacher who is very professional, know how to motivate young kids the love of singing and provide techniques that are age appropriate for each individual to improve.
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Eduardo Oct 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Molly is great. Very energetic and patient. Look forward to learn more from her.
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Cma A. Oct 13, 2016
Speaking Voice · In home
Verified Student
Great!
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alex T. Sep 24, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Just a few lessons with Molly will make you much better singer. She has the knowledge to make you a world class vocalist. And if you're already good, she can make you excellent.
After just one class I already felt that I had learned more than I ever did in college.
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Jennifer A. Sep 21, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Great first lesson. She is very patient and offers some great suggestions to make novice singers feel more comfortable.
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Len T. Sep 8, 2016
Broadway Singing · In home
Verified Student
Molly is one of the most vocal teachers I ever met she taught me the technique how to sing the low notes and use the lower part of the body not the upper while singing. Thank you so much Molly for sharing your talent. God bless, Len T.
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Stephanie Aug 25, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Molly is a patient and lively teacher. From the very first lesson she made me feel comfortable singing around her, which is great because I get self-conscious about my voice. She makes the lessons fun and I honestly have a good time every time I meet with her. Awesome teacher.
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Farrah Aug 24, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher, she knows exactly how to make class fun for young kids and bring out their best voice!
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Sharon Aug 17, 2016
Singing · Online
Molly has been great. I am completely new to any sort of singing lessons and she has been very patient. I am really enjoying my sessions with her and have already learned so much in a short time. As I am a beginner, I was really nervous but she has made the whole experience really great!
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