Serena Pomerantz

Serena P.

Chicago, IL
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether it's working on a new monologue, understanding the structures/rules of drama, or finding a new character, I can help you!

About Serena P.

Now teaching in-person singing, acting, and piano lessons in Ravenswood in Chicago, as well as online to anyone in the country!

Serena is originally from the New York City area and has been acting, singing, dancing, and playing piano since she was young. As a teenager, she attended the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While she was there, she realized her love of teaching when she tutored struggling piano and music theory students.

In Chicago, her credits include: Tony N' Tina's Wedding, Little Women, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Jersey Shore: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre of Women 6, Pirates of Penzance, Change the Night Owl, and two solo cabarets: "Should I Be Sweet?" and "I Don't Want To Be a Cliche."

Serena loves working with people who particularly share her love of Musical Theater and Shakespeare, but she finds all ages and levels exciting and fulfilling.

Serena also specializes in coaching high school students for their auditions for BFA or BA Acting or Musical Theater programs. She is completely informed about the audition process for each individual school and is able to help select repertoire to fit your needs.

Additionally, Serena has significant experience training people for unique singing and acting experiences, such as singing at friends' weddings, bar mitzvah singing, and corporate improv/acting. She helps people loosen up, have fun, and succeed to their highest potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a very good balance in my lessons of nurturing the student, but also pushing the student to his or her highest potential. I always remain encouraging and supportive. I spend about a third of the lesson on technique work and I always encourage students to bring in their own material that we can work on as well. You will get excellent vocal and piano technique from me, but you will also learn to have fun and appreciate the ease and relaxation of singing and playing piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
F/w keyboard, seating for parents - main room

*** Travel Equipment ***
n/a

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in musical theater singing, especially preparation for any auditions (singing or acting) for shows, college auditions, etc. Musical theater is my main passion, but I also focus a lot on pop music. I am especially experienced in introducing newbies to singing or piano.

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Camille P.
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Serena isn't only a talented pianist, she's a skilled instructor as well. She teaches everything you need to understand piano theory, improve finger strength and agility and acquire the best hand posture.

Serena tailors her lessons towards her student. Depending on my weekly progress, she recommended a detailed routine to consolidate my weaknesses and push me to improve.

Finally, Serena is eloquent and friendly. She explains things in a simple manner and does her best to understand you, your lifestyle and your objectives, all to provide the best experience . And she totally nails it.

Thank you Serena! :D

Posted Dec 8, 2019
Alexandria Franklin
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Serena is great. She is patient but pushes you just enough to see results. She helps you with singing technique as well as with techniques to make the song more genuine and authentic.

Posted Jun 16, 2016
Jackie J.
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She is a great teacher. She gave me several tips and exercises that were very helpful. She was very understanding when I had some computer glitches. Very friendly also. Highly recommend!

Posted May 11, 2016
Rebecca M.
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Serena immediately understood what I wanted out of lessons and gave me very useful on target skills to think about. I like how she teaches with the students priorities in mind yet delivering all her experience in knowledge. I hope to continue with Serena in lessons for a long time to come.

Posted Apr 15, 2016
Gates
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Serena is a great teacher. Super encouraging and patient. I feel I've already improved quite a bit after the first class and gained confidence. Can't wait for the next class!

Posted Apr 15, 2016
Peironnet B.
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Today was my first lesson with Serena. She was a great teacher - extremely patient.

Posted Mar 31, 2016
Harley
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Serena was FANTASTIC. I did a week of hour-long singing lessons with her to learn a very difficult song to sing in front of a crowd. Before the lessons, I had no singing experience (and practically sounded like I was tone deaf -- every time I tried karaoke, the sound booth would turn my microphone down so everyone didn't leave the bar). After 5 lessons with Serena, my singing was miraculously not only tolerable, but actually impressed everyone who heard it. Serena also gave me the confidence to get through the song without panicking from nervousness. I highly recommend her.

Posted Mar 29, 2016
Harley
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Serena was FANTASTIC. I did a week of hour-long singing lessons with her to learn a very difficult song to sing in front of a crowd. Before the lessons, I had no singing experience (and practically sounded like I was tone deaf -- every time I tried karaoke, the sound booth would turn my microphone down so everyone didn't leave the bar). After 5 lessons with Serena, my singing was miraculously not only tolerable, but actually impressed everyone who heard it. Serena also gave me the confidence to get through the song without panicking from nervousness. I highly recommend her.

Posted Mar 29, 2016
Harley
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Serena was FANTASTIC. I did a week of hour-long singing lessons with her to learn a very difficult song to sing in front of a crowd. Before the lessons, I had no singing experience (and practically sounded like I was tone deaf -- every time I tried karaoke, the sound booth would turn my microphone down so everyone didn't leave the bar). After 5 lessons with Serena, my singing was miraculously not only tolerable, but actually impressed everyone who heard it. Serena also gave me the confidence to get through the song without panicking from nervousness. I highly recommend her.

Posted Mar 29, 2016
Jordan J.
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I've been singing in choirs for over 6 years and was looking for a way to get into singing in college, and I found Serena by a lucky chance and have seen her weekly since January - not only have my vocal skills and techniques improved considerably since then, but I've become a lot more confident in singing other genres.

Serena is a fantastic teacher and is very flexible with availability - she always tries to make the lessons work on your time, and as a full-time student juggling two jobs, that was exactly what I needed. Every lesson is great - it's a healthy mixture of singing, genuine conversation, and discussion of techniques and ways to become better at something I genuinely enjoy.

I would definitely recommend her to beginners and returning singers alike - she is extremely passionate about what she does, and it really pays off when you can confidently sing a brand new piece after having worked on it for just a few lessons!

Posted Aug 11, 2014
Ruth J.

Excellent Teacher

Serena has been an incredible influence on my 11year old thespian. She is always on time, positive, and she clearly communicates any changes or needs in an effective and timely manner. My daughter has improved significantly from her time with Serena and I cannot recommend her highly enough!

Posted May 10, 2014
Kelly B.

A patient and skilled instructor

I was so nervous about taking up piano again. My experience as a child had been less than stellar. Serena was exactly the instructor I had hoped for - she quickly assessed my ability and was able to adjust her teaching style/lesson accordingly. I was a bit nervous at first, but her patience helped me relax and enjoy the lesson.

Posted Apr 7, 2014
Eva M.

Serena is a great teacher!

I learn piano and improved with the time as a student.

Posted Jan 14, 2014
Amal B.

Great Experience

Serena worked with my daughter for a few critical months when she was working on her lead role for the school musical. My daughter enjoyed working with her. She has outstanding professionalism not only when working with my daughter but also working with me on her scheduling. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for online singing lessons.

Posted Jan 11, 2014
Krystal A.

She is a great teacher!

I took Serena's lessons via skype and I wasn't sure what it would be like at first, but I loved the experience. I didn't even have to leave my house for voice classes. I really liked her because she really does try to help you out and makes the experience relaxing and fun. She has been in plenty of musicals herself and has lots of experience. I would definitely recommend her!!

Posted May 30, 2013
Aaron M.

Great lessons!

I had no singing experience or background at all and was very shy about trying it out, but Serena made the whole experience very enjoyable. She continually encouraged me and helped me feel more confident.

I highly recommend her as a teacher if you are looking for someone who is genuinely interested in making the lesson fun and engaging.

Also, props to takelessons.com for setting up such a practical, easy-to-use website.

Posted May 1, 2013
Trina C.

Such a difference

I feel she makes the atmosphere so relaxing such a difference from a former music teacher. This makes her approach on constructive criticism so easy to handle. She compliment your strong points. She has a very bubbly personality which makes lessons fun.

Posted Apr 22, 2013
Gary D.

I am learning a lot from Serna and it has been fun.

In just 3 lessons I have learned a lot and already have improved my singing.

Thanks Serena

Posted Feb 13, 2013
EdmundG

my Daughter

My daughter provides her lessons. Serena gives a lot of good examples to help her remember the lessons and her upbeat and bubbly personal make the lessons very enjoyable.

Posted May 31, 2012
ChristianeB

Thank you

Serena was a great teacher! She showed me technique, made it fun, increased my confidence, and overall made of these first five lessons the most. I loved the experience, will go back to her when ready, and highly recommend her in a heart beat!

Posted Feb 25, 2012
TriciaR

I highly and strongly recommend Serena for singing lessons and piano lessons (she also teaches piano). Serena has the PERFECT balance of patience (I'm a beginner) and encouragement and KNOWS her stuff. She's incredibly professional and polite and charming. I learned sooooo much from her. Her enthusiasm and positive nature made every lesson something to really look forward to during a busy work week. I will seriously consider getting piano lessons from her soon.

Posted Jan 11, 2012

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Education

BFA Musical Theater
Aug 2006 - May 2010

University of the Arts

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Promising Young Artist Award
Aug 2006

University of the Arts

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