Bachelor's in musical theater performance from Columbia College Chicago. Audition prep (acting/singing) and vocal technique for clients since 2007.
Master's in music therapy from NYU 2019. MT-BC, certified music therapist.
Voice lessons: My critique during your lesson is always honest, so you know when I give you a compliment it is well deserved. I especially love working with non-singers and helping them find their voice. I always start with an assessment to see where your work is currently at and where we can go from there. I keep notes during your lesson, send you home with your homework for the week, and I use those notes to think of personalized ways to improve your technique before your next lesson.
If honesty and results are what you're looking for in a teacher, I promise to be that teacher for you.
Music therapy: I come from an approach that is holistic and growth-centered. I work with you to set attainable goals while using active music-making and other music therapy techniques to process issues that are hard to talk about, find coping skills, and enhance daily life.
*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you're studying vocal technique or prepping for an audition with me, each lesson starts with an assessment. Then, we start with where you are at that moment and push your technique to the next level. Afterwards, I will send you an email with notes from the lesson and your homework.
My goal is cultivate your technique and discipline to take you to the next level of your performance.
*** Studio Equipment ***
-Large mirror (to see your technique)
-Various small percussive instruments
-Harmonic stringed instruments
*Please note, lessons and music therapy sessions are held in my office in my home. I have cats and small dogs that will *not* interrupt sessions, however the dogs may bark for a few minutes from another room when you first come in. Also, I have air purifiers throughout the house but those with severe allergies should keep this in mind.
*** Specialties ***
Beginner voice for non-singers, new singers, or singers that have been out of the game for a while.
Adaptive piano lessons for children and teens on the autism spectrum.
Music therapy for those diagnosed with mental health issues or those who need a creative, therapeutic environment to deal with life issues.
Audition prep for both film/stage acting and singing auditions. (Great results!)
Speaks Spanish, English
Musical Theater Performance from Columbia College Chicago
Really good lesson, Vanessa is very patient and encouraging.
This teacher is funny and solemn about her work. I recommend her as your teacher
Your so nice man
Vanessa is Knowledgeable and sweet. She made my daughter feel comfortable and uber excited about her next lesson.
Had a very good experience with Vanessa. Friendly and easy to get along with. Gave me some good exercises to build up voice strength. Would definitely recommend!
I took lessons with Vanessa for over a year or so and I can say she is amazing and truly devoted into helping her students become their best at singing!
great first lesson, very personable
She is the best
Vanessa is amazing. She is working with my 13-year old son and has him inspired and confident with huge improvements to his acting and singing ability. She has worked around our crazy schedule and seems to truly care about my son's success. We would definitely recommend her to anyone, were very lucky to find her on this site and have no hesitation in continuing lessons with her.Show More
She is super
Very nice and informative. Enjoyed the lesson.
vanessa is GREAT!!!!!!!
Love her <3
My 13-year-old daughter learned so much in just her first lesson, and she really enjoyed it!
Very good instructor. Able to keep me focussed and pick up on some things the change my chord construction and strumming. Very positive.
Vanessa is a great instructor! She has helped me improve so much. My tone of voice has improved a lot since I started my vocal lessons. Not only that, there are many songs I couldn't sing before and now I could sing them. Vanessa will provide you with all the tools and techniques you need to improve, however you have to put it hard work too if you want to improve.Show More
Patient, encouraging, and enthusiastic, excellent instructor my six year old son looks forward to!
My daughter had great time with Vanessa. Working with her on some new techniques , so really happy we went with Vanessa. My daughter is excited for the next session.
My name is Bella and I am 8 years old and I have been with Miss Vanessa for over a year now. She is a fantastic teacher and I have learned a lot and I really like her.
I enjoy every lesson and learn more about my voice each time. Vanessa is super helpful and very down to earth. I highly recommend her as a teacher.
she is excellent . My kids really enjoy her lessons. she makes is fun and interesting.
Vanessa is very professional, personable and relates to all ages. She has great vocal techniques and helps build confidence and improves the students ability. Thank you for assisting with my niece's 1st singing class!!
Vanessa is incredible. I look forward to my voice class every week, as she is not only fun, but also incredibly helpful. I have noticed not just my voice improve, but my confidence as well. I have had several voice teachers in my life, and I have never liked one as much as I like Vanessa. TAKE HER CLASS!Show More
Vanessa arrived on time which made a good first impression. She began by asking about my goals. I was amazed at all I learned in my very first lesson. Vanessa's instructions were clear and easy to follow. She gave me my homework for next week's session which I am excited to learn. She was very encouraging and reassuring. She made me feel like I had made the right decision in choosing takelessons and Vanessa as my instructor.Show More
She gives me confidence.
My 10-year old son loved his first session with Vanessa...He is looking forward to the next lesson already!
Vanessa is an AMAZING acting teacher/coach! She's very personable, motivating, knowledgeable, encouraging and professional. I'm so excited about what I've learned thus far and ecstatic about the level of acting I'll achieve once my lessons are complete.Show More
Vanessa is a very good teacher.
I studied with Vanessa for a year, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. She was everything I could have asked for in a voice teacher. As someone who had been too afraid to sing all her life, I never imagined I'd be where I am today. I walked into my first lesson filled with nerves, and left completely calm and excited to go back. Throughout the year Vanessa helped me grow as a singer, and a performer. I learned so much about myself and my instrument. She pushed me to trust myself and be confident in my voice. On top of all that, I had so much fun in every lesson; I laughed almost as much as I sang. Vanessa is truly incredible, and I consider myself luck to have been one of her students.Show More
It's always great
It's great every time . She is gooood
She is really , really good.
I am 9 years old, and I realy like Vanessa because she is very kind and she learned me alot of things, Thank u soooo much.
My daughter really liked Vanessa. She was very easy to work with and patient...looking forward to the next lesson!
Vanessa has an ability to recognize weaknesses in my voice and speech that affect my speaking voice. I am excited about working with her to improve speech. It's only been five classes, and I've recognized major improvement already!
Our 10 year old daughter enjoyed her first ever acting lessons. She was all smiles and very much looking forward to the next lesson. Ms Vanessa was kind, encouraging and friendly
I really enjoy her she is great, And Emily loves her. She really knows how to handle children..
Vanessa is a great teacher! She is dedicated to helping her students come out of their shell, be confident in their voice, and use their full potential. She is so encouraging and truly believes in her students' abilities!
Vanessa is great, I have always been singing by straining my voice on higher notes and after a few weeks we made a major breakthrough in figuring out how to correct the problem, something my previous teacher was never able to do! Highly recommend Vanessa as a voice teacher.Show More
Vanessa is a wonderful teacher! I just can't wait to see her again. She makes piano seem so easy!
My grand daughter was very excited and had so much fun..thank you so much Vanessa!!!
Very good instructor. If you want to sing, I suggest you contact Vanessa.
Vanessa is an excellent teacher, supportive and encouraging. She is knowledgable, friendly and makes each lesson comfortable and fun. The studio is conveniently located and professional. I highly recommend her and look forward to continuing my lessons in another series.Show More
Our daughter is very excited every week!
Vanessa is awesome. She unites technique with performance. She's really helped me with my confidence and skill development!
She's incredible and awesome. Incredibly talented and super teacher. Absolutely recommend!
Vanessa is a very positive and enthusiastic teacher. highly recommend Vanessa for music lessons!
JOURNEY IS JUST 4 YEARS OLD AND SHE LOVED HER FIRST LESSON. AND EVEN AT HER YOUNG AGE SHE LIKES TO PRACTICE!
Vanessa is absolutely awesome. I've been working with her for about 9 months now and I can see such an improvement in my voice quality, range, breath support, and most important, my confidence. I highly recommend her!
Absolutely amazing!! Love working with Vanessa. She guides me in the proper direction and let's me play with my voice so I can express myself freely. She accurately assesses my faults and corrects them in a way that makes most sense to me. She's just great!Show More
Vanessa is an amazing instructor! She manages to teach to the various levels of our daughters, who are nine and 15, so that both make progress and enjoy the experience. She is patient, pleasant and always encouraging. We really look forward to our weekly class, and want to practice at home so we deserve her praise. We're really having fun, and Vanessa is the reason. Thank you.Show More
Great instructor... we're having a great time!
Vanessa is so good with kids. My daughter, Abigail, likes her lessons a lot from day 1 and we saw immediate improvement on how she sings.
Vanessa is absolutely wonderful. She makes you feel so comfortable and excited to sing! She is flexible with schedules and always takes an interest in your journey to becoming a better singer!
Vanessa knows how to get the most out of me :) She makes me feel good playing, and vectors my energy to what I need to practice.
She's a natural!
Vanessa's teaching style and personality is perfect for our 9 year old son. After the lessons he announces that he loves piano! We don't even have to push him to practice.
Vanessa is awesome! She is talented, encouraging, good energy and really cares about the student's progress. My daughter is thoroughly enjoying her lessons and getting better each time. I would recommend Vanessa to anyone.
Vanessa is awesome! I hadn't gone on an audition for musical theater in a long time and she helped get prepped and ready to go in just a week! I left my most recent lesson feeling very confident and ready to get back into singing! Thanks Vanessa!
I Left My First Session SO EXCITED!!!
I didn't realize so much could be accomplished in an hour, but I left our first lesson with an understanding about where I'm at with my voice, what is special about my voice, and feeling really excited and encouraged with where my voice can go. Vanessa was VERY patient with me, as I'm very much out of practice, but it took her no time at all to pin point my trouble spots and she quickly had other suggestions if certain exercises didn't work for my voice. After our session, I drove away in my car just beaming and I couldn't stop singing. Can't wait for our next session!
Vanessa is such an amazing teacher. She goes above and beyond to help me. She is dedicated and knowledgable and a joy to work with!
I am so happy I found her!
I met Vanessa while working on a musical. She was teaching us the music and I knew by the end of the rehearsal she would be a perfect voice teacher.
I was able to set up a lesson and go to her house. Her voice studio is so cute and comfortable.
She was able to help me with a song I was working on for an audition and gave me really good tips. I went to school for musical theater so I know how a lesson should be run. She knows exactly what she is talking about. I ended up getting into the show and I know I couldn't have done it without her.
She is really good with beginners too! She knows the basics and her warm ups are great. I felt more confident and I cannot wait to have another lesson.
I recommend her for all ages and for any level.
Vanessa Really Helped Me Find My Belt!
I'd been out of practice for several years and was taking a voice class, but wanted a little extra help on the challenging solo I was performing for a Cabaret the class was doing. I came to Vanessa struggling to remember my technique and not quite knowing what to do with the way my voice had changed since I'd quit singing. She very patiently helped me work through where my break falls now and work around it. She greatly improved my delivery and the overall placement of the notes/sounds as I was singing. Her feedback made my performance successful and I can't wait to work with her again in the future! If you are seeking someone patient who can really bring out the best in your voice, Vanessa's the lady you are looking for!
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Using music theory text books and recordings to teach how to properly hear tones and rhythms.
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