Monica Szaflik Wachholder
Harwood Heights, IL
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Monica Szaflik Wachholder

Monica S.

Harwood Heights, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been working with children and young adults for over 20 years, and have been directing / teaching for over 10 years. I have taught youth acting classes at a local park district and beginning piano students. I also directed up to 40 students aged 7-18 with a children's theatre company that tours and teaches throughout the mid-west for 3 seasons. I try to keep sessions light and funny, so the older students are more comfortable, and the younger students forget that they're actually learning! I have even helped several students prepare audition material for college entry interviews for theatre department admissions. I look forward to working with you or with your child! :)

About Monica S.

I have been a professional Singer, Actor and occasional Dancer for the past 16 years with a Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre. I love teaching just as much as I love performing. I have at least a little experience in everything performance related. You name it - chances are I've done it! The two areas I have the most experience teaching though are acting / audition coaching (I've been teaching this on and off for over 10 years), and vocal coaching / singing lessons.

While I am a highly trained singer that can sing anything: Pop, Rock, Church Songs, Broadway, Opera, etc. - I am NOT the best accompanist. As long as you are fine working on songs with a pre-recorded accompaniment track, or a capella - I'm the teacher for you!

I'm also lucky enough to be a successful working actor and have been a paid musical theatre performer in the Chicago-land area for the past 16 years. That being said, I will occasionally have auditions or rehearsals. Because of this, (and my lack of accompaniment skills) I try to keep my prices affordable in exchange for a flexible teaching schedule.

I'm also a former cast member of Walt Disney World and am a skilled puppeteer. I'm a funny / nerdy / silly teacher, so all levels of students will feel welcome. I look forward to teaching you! :)


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15 Reviews
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I just had my first lesson with an acting teacher besides a high school theatre teacher. I didn’t know what to expect but I’m glad I decided to try. I’m excited to see where I can go from here.

Posted Jul 7, 2020
Christopher M.
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It was very fun and good and even tho it has only been 1 class. I have already learned so much

Posted Jun 24, 2020
Madalynn F.
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Loved it! Very talented and knew exactly what she was doing! Very Helpful!

Posted Jun 23, 2020
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Monica has been working with my 10 year old daughter over the past year to help prepare her for musical vocal performances. My daughter is quite picky and introverted and simply LOVES her voice lessons with Monica! In addition to vocal technique and hygiene, they discuss and practice telling a story and dissect the emotions behind the song. Monica is so warm, positive, engaged, and can make anyone feel comfortable, seen, understood, and more confident in their performing ability. The hour lesson flies by for my daughter and Monica makes her feel special to boot!

Posted Mar 11, 2020
Glenn F.
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I took my first lesson with Monica and everything was great. I have a lot to learn, and I think she is giving me the proper foundation so that I can eventually become a decent singer.

Posted Dec 1, 2018
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My daughter loved it! She is looking forward to continuing to work with Monica.

Posted Nov 14, 2018
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My (very shy) 12 year old just completed her first voice lesson with Monica and I could not be more impressed. Monica was perfect for her. She acted just the right amount of goofy to break the ice and make my daughter feel at ease. As I listened in the next room, I could already hear progress being made in daughter’s voice. Monica seemed to give excellent advice and has already assigned a homework assignment designed to focus on my daughter’s weaknesses. I am really looking forward to seeing exactly how far Monica will be able to take my daughter in the next few weeks.

Posted May 29, 2018
Frank H.
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Great instructor

Posted May 26, 2018
Rod M.
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Monica is an excellent instructor. She makes you immediately feel at ease with her patient and friendly approach to singing. She encourages input, and she tailors her lessons to the individual. I’ve only had one lesson, but I learned quite a lot in one hour. Monica is awesome!

Posted Feb 13, 2018
Dan D.
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Great lessons! Monica has really helped me realize my strengths, as well as to know what I need to work on. She is fun, friendly, and a great singer with tons of knowledge and experience to back up her talent. Highly recommended!

Posted Nov 11, 2017
Cayla B.
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Great instructor!

Posted Apr 23, 2017
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Monica was great! Very professional, full of knowledge, sweet, funny, prepared and thorough. My son enjoyed his lesson very much and is looking forward to the next.
Monica was a great choice to make as a voice instructor!

Posted Apr 6, 2017
Jean S.
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I am so glad to have such an experience of voice lesson with her. She is very good, patient and also flexible with schedule.

Posted Oct 26, 2016
Justin Vidovic
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I've worked with a number of voice teachers and have always really struggled. The fact is: just because someone can sing and has been trained to sing, doesn't mean they can teach. Monica is a teacher almost as much as she is a performer. She THINKS about pedagogy ALL the time, like real teachers do. When she is learning, she is thinking of ways to pass on that knowledge to her students. She puzzles about EACH of her students, crafting lessons for THAT particular student, starting where that student is, and moving them forward in the way that particular student needs to be moved forward. There is no cookie cutter progression of lessons from Monica. This natural spirit of a teacher also shows in the balance she has between real passion to see her students improve (and so the desire to push her students) and TOTAL supportive patience as they move at their own pace. That is a rare skill. Finally, for me, as an actor, I see singing primarily through the lens of the stage and my theater career. Other teachers have TRIED to take that into account by occasionally mentioning it, but Monica ONLY thinks as a stage performer and so EVERYTHING she does is with auditions and performances in mind. This means we don't waste time on songs I can't use or on vocal styles I can't use, and we're always dealing with the practical application to the work I want to do. Monica cares, loves what she does on stage and while she's teaching, SEES her students for who they are and has never yet lost her curiosity for understanding what stands in my way as a singer and how she can best help me overcome it. I'm so grateful that I met her and for the progress as a singer she's helped me attain.

Posted Jan 12, 2016
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Great directions and very patient.

Posted Jul 7, 2015

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Musical Theatre
Sep 2001 - Jun 2005

North Central College

Musical Theatre
Sep 2001 - Jun 2005

North Central College


Irene Ryan Nomination
Jan 2003

Irene Ryan Scholarship / Kennedy Arts Centre Program

National Chorale Award
Jun 2001

Ridgewood High School

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