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Stephen T.

Chicago, IL

About Stephen

I'm a classically trained singer taking a hard left at the corner of classical technique and real-world application. I studied classical voice for undergrad, but I started work in pop and jazz voice during my Masters degree. As a result, I've turned out to be a very versatile instructor, well-versed in multiple genres and able to teach healthy technique to all.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tend to be pretty laid-back. You give me your time and commitment and I guarantee that I will push for you as hard as I can in order to help you achieve your goals. I have a few recommended books for student
s to purchase, but no set curriculum. I expect that our lessons will be an exploration of our shared musical tastes with an emphasis upon building a healthy performance technique. For younger kids, I tend to use a lot of folk songs and Disney.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room location, piano for assistance, computer.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring theory worksheets if I teach music theory. If I teach cello, student would be required to provide their own instrument or to rent one from myself. If there is a piano in the house, I am functional to provide limited accompaniment.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in foreign language pieces. Particularly French pieces. I specialize in diction coaching for voice.

Regarding theory, I tend to work with students who have had some music background, but need to solidify their theoretical understanding of music. I can teach anything from note-reading to more advanced part-writing and analysis.
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Alex G. April 13, 2013
Singing
Best lesson teacher I've had

Let me start out by saying something about myself. I have played saxophone for 5 years and bass for 3 But I never had any vocal training whatsoever until about 6 months ago when I started with Mr. Tanksly. I have taken lessons before but I have never felt as welcome or comfortable in a lesson as I have with him. He is very patient and encouraging which really helped me to become comfortable with my voice. Also he always has helpful analogies and ways to help me understand what he wanted me to do with my voice. Every time I walk into my lesson he is always bright and happy and ready to get started. With his help I have made huge improvements in my vocal technique. Overall Mr. Tanksly is an amazing lesson teacher and an amazing person that I would suggest to anyone.
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Bobby V. March 10, 2013
Singing
Really makes you think

I have been taking singing lessons for about 6 months now, but I have learned more than I ever thought I would. Mr. Tanksley is such an amazing teacher in so many ways. You can communicate with him what you want to work on, and he always seems to have a good strategy or analogy to help you in what you are having problems with. He is very laid back, and as long as you come to the lesson prepared, he will not disappoint.
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Stephen T.

Stephen T.

Chicago, IL 60660
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sarah W.

Chicago, IL

Want to get better at singing in general but don't want to be tied to a genre? Start with me. Sing what you love, and we'll work on the technique together.

About Sarah

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First of all, thank you for taking a look at my profile! I hope that we can work together to find your unique voice and style. As they say, "be yourself...everyone else is taken."

For that reason, I do not take the same approach for every student I teach. Everyone learns differently, and I want to make sure I am teaching you in a way that will make your learning experience the best it can be.

I do expect you to have goals of your own, but I do have a few goals for you. I want to help you:

1) develop a healthy singing technique that will bring longevity to your career or
hobby.

2) learn music efficiently and independently.

3) develop good practice habits.

4) learn basic ear training/sight singing.

Now, here's a little bit about me. I've been studying voice for 10 years and teaching consistently for over 4 years. I received my M.M. from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and my B.M. from Wheaton College. Since graduating in 2013, I have been working and performing in the Chicagoland area. Some performance highlights include but are not limited to performing with Light Opera Works, CCPA's production of the Chicago Premier of Daron Hagen's Amelia, and performing with the Grant Park Chorus.

I look forward to working with you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books. I expect my student to provide a piano.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in operatic singing. I received my training in opera; however, I also have training and performance experience in musical theater. I believe I am well equipped in several genres.
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Theresa C. June 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah is an excellent teacher. She is very intuitive and gives excellent constructive feedback. She is easy going and keeps lessons fun. I feel that my beginner skills have improved very quickly thanks to her.
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JD S. January 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah is a great voice teacher. She is kind, patient and a good instructor. I do not have much of a formal background and she has gone out of her way to make it easy for me to find music and help me understand and grow my vocal capacity. I look forward to many more lessons with her and highly recommend her to anyone and everyone.
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Phillip M. June 30, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Even as a subject matter expert, Sarah paced her lessons to match my beginner skill level. She was very flexible with her schedule and always very responsive to questions. Highly recommended.
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Sarah W.

Sarah W.

Chicago, IL 60657
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Wendy P.

Chicago, IL

Singing of all kinds begins with healthy vocal technique. Learning the correct warming up and use of the voice and breath is essential for a career in singing with any longevity. I use a combination of classical (bel canto) and contemporary styles of singing to bring out the best in each student's voice. We will work on breathing, range, voice blending, resonance, flexibility, projection and articulation. I am excellent at diagnosing and resolving vocal issues, as well as teaching students to connect to their material and sing with ease and expression.

About Wendy

I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For the past 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic roots band that performs an eclectic mix
of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. I also have a cabaret/art song project consisting or original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with many major theaters in the Chicago area, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater, Bailiwick Theater, and Prop Theater.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a classically trained singer I will instruct you in all aspects of singing technique, from breath control and support to improving your tone, range, flexibility and resonance. My familiarity with a variety of musical styles from pop/rock, R&B, and country, to musical theater, lounge and jazz makes me an ideal teacher for those interested in contemporary styles.

I have spent many years developing my own style of singing and instruction. I draw on my experiences and training not only in music, but theater and movement, (Linklater, Alexander Technique, Grotowski) to create a well rounded approach to singing and performing. As an instructor, I am most interested in helping students find their true voice and artistic style. I teach students to find expression through and with a foundation of technique, rather then in spite of it. I also am very interested in helping students deal with the mental/emotional aspects of performance, an all important area so frequently ignored by music teachers. My style is nurturing, yet disciplined, and sprinkled liberally with good-natured humor."

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio space is fully equipped with a piano, P.A. system with microphones, CD, MP3 player for tracks, and ability to record lessons if the student desires.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please have a piano (in tune!) or keyboard for use in your in home lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but I am very adept at teaching music in a wide variety of styles, including most contemporary styles of music including pop/rock, roots, swing, jazz and blues, country, r&b, and of course musical theater and cabaret. My band performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers in the roots rock genre, and I write music as well. I have many years of experience in the theater as an actress, and I coach acting technique and performance. I coach singer/songwriters, and all types of singers, of all ages. I have a workshop that specializes in helping people learn to perform better in front of an audience, and I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, which is a supportive opportunity to perform regularly! I also coach bands, to improve their vocals, harmonies, etc.
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Jessica September 1, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Wendy was the best instructor ever. Always very humble, sweet & honest. She truly teaches from the heart and genuinely wants one to do better than the lesson before. She knows what she is talking about and explains thouroughly what needs to be worked on. She not only corrects you but praises you when you have achieved something great. You will always have her support & knowledge that will take you a long way.
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Jessica August 31, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Wendy was the best instructor ever. Always very humble, sweet & honest. She truly teaches from the heart and genuinely wants one to do better than the lesson before. She knows what she is talking about and explains thouroughly what needs to be worked on. She not only corrects you but praises you when you have achieved something great. You will always have her support & knowledge that will take you a long way.
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A August 29, 2015
Vocal Training
She's great!
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Wendy P.

Wendy P.

Chicago, IL 60618
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sally O.

Chicago, IL

Sally is a professional classical singer in the Chicago area. An Atlanta native, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University and a Master of Music degree from The University of Arizona. A lifelong musician, she has experience in many styles including classical piano, classical voice, and Broadway-style voice.

Sally has been seen in numerous productions around the country, including Carmen, Candide, Annie, The Marriage of Figaro, The Wizard of Oz, Suor Angelica, The Grand Duke, and many others.

Lessons with Sally are always fun and engaging! No "mean music teacher" here! The skills that we learn through music study go well beyond playing an instrument or singing. Sally cultivates not only musical skill, but perseverance, working though problems, and self-confidence. Students will build their knowledge of music theory and sight reading through the repertoire. Vocal health is emphasized, but lessons are tailored to each students desires and interests.

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About Sally

Sally is a professional classical singer in the Chicago area. An Atlanta native, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University and a Master of Music degree from The University of Arizona. A lifelong musician, she has experience in many styles including classical piano, classical voice, and Broadway-style voice.

Sally has been seen in numerous productions, including Candide, Annie, The Marriage of Figaro, The Wizard of Oz, Suor Angelica, and many others.

Lessons with Sally are always fun and engaging! No "mean music teacher" here! The skills that we learn through mu
sic study go well beyond playing an instrument or singing. Sally cultivates not only musical skill, but perseverance, working though problems, and self-confidence. Students will build their knowledge of music theory and sight reading through the repertoire. Vocal health is emphasized, but lessons are tailored to each students desires and interests.

*** Lesson Details ***
A lesson with Sally will be engaging and enjoyable. As one who in their youth experienced the "mean music teacher" she endeavors to make each lesson a success in some way. Voice lessons will emphasize proper breathing and singing posture along with vocal technique. Sally believes that one can sing healthily no matter the style.

Piano students will receive classical instruction along with fun pieces to show off with. Music is fun, lessons should be fun too!

Beginning music students will receive a good musical foundation, from reading music into basic music theory, integrated into the lessons in a fun and interesting way.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my personal books for instruction with me initially, but students must purchase their own books and music. I expect students to have a keyboard or piano available for both voice and piano lessons. I do prefer to teach in an area that is readily accessible to parents.

I do have a professional quality recorder that I can bring, but students must provide their own SD card.

*** Specialties ***
Voice- Classical, Broadway, Pop
In teaching voice, my goal is to teach the student how to sing in their desired style while emphasizing vocal health.

Piano- Classical, Pop/rock
In teaching piano, my goal is to steer students toward what is rewarding and enjoyable for them. For some, that is playing Mozart and Beethoven, for others that is playing Billy Joel and Leonard Cohen.
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Meredith M. August 18, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Sally made my daughter feel right and home and made music fun.
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DimpleB March 6, 2009
She is a very nice teacher
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Sally O.

Sally O.

Chicago, IL 60640
(2)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Katherine C.

Chicago, IL

I have worked with classical singers, trained up and coming musical theater students, worked with those in bands (folk, cover bands). I enjoy all styles of singing!

About Katherine

I am absolutely thrilled to be returning back to Chicago full time and able to open my private studio again. In May of this year, I finished my doctoral degree at University of Michigan in Vocal Performance. It was a truly wonderful experience, filled with wonderful performing experiences and furthering my teaching skills by instructing students of all talent and age levels.

I have been teaching for full-time for the past six years and part-time for the last ten years. It is an absolute joy for me and I truly believe that it is a gift to share a student's musical journey with them. I ai
m to find how each student learns best and tailor their lessons to them.

Below you will find a more formal performance bio. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!

Katherine C. is an award-winning mezzo-soprano. In the past three seasons, Katherine has been featured in important role and company debuts across the United States, eliciting kudos for her “soaring, rich voice” (The Miami Herald), her “polished musical and dramatic characterizations” (Kurt Weill Newsletter) and her “fine coloratura technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

In the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, Katherine C. will debut the roles of the Komponist in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos (University of Michigan) as well as the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem (Chicago Community Chorus). As a winner of the coveted concerto competition at University of Michigan, in the fall, she will make her Hill Auditorium debut with the University of Michigan orchestra singing John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man in addition to performing the work with the Oakland Symphony in 2015. In January of 2014, she will return to Opera on the James to make a role debut of Julia Child in Hoiby's Bon Appetit as well as returning with the Toledo Symphony in April for the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

During the 2011 and 2012 season, Katherine C. performed with three time Grammy winning eighth blackbird to revisit Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man at the University of Missouri Kansas City as well as debuting with Opera on the James as Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore, with the Freeport Symphony as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with the Marion Symphony as the mezzo-soprano solist in Mozart’s Requiem, and returned to Toledo for Handel’s Messiah, and debuted with the Metropolitan Chorale of Waverly, Iowa for Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasia.

During 2010 and 2011, the singer returned to Syracuse Opera in her role debut as Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel; made her first appearance with Opera New Jersey as Siebel in Gounod’s Faust; performed as soloist with the eighth blackbird in John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man both in Chicago as well as at the University of Richmond; returned to the Toledo Symphony to perform in Handel’s Messiah and sang the world premiere performance of Vivian Fung’s Yushan Songs with Chicago based Fulcrum Point.

Auspicious operatic and symphonic debuts from recent seasons include roles as Stephano in Roméo et Juliette with Syracuse Opera (for which Calcamuggio was named “Artist of the Year” in 2009); a much touted Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Un Musico in Manon Lescaut with Florida Grand Opera; the Young Nun in the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good (available on the Naxos label); Aglaonice in Philip Glass’ critically-acclaimed Orphée with Glimmerglass Opera; and Inez in a concert performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore under the baton of Maestro Eduardo Müller with the Miami Concert Association. Calcamuggio has also performed as a featured soloist in a recital of Rossini’s songs titled Sins of My Old Age with Opera Omaha and in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Park Ridge Symphony.

The mezzo-soprano has received top prizes in the Palm Beach Opera, Bel Canto and Shreveport Singer of the Year competitions; and has awards from the Chicago Women’s Musician’s Club and the Anna Sosenko Trust. She is a former participant in young artists’ programs at Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, as well as the Aspen and Brevard Music Festivals.

Katherine C. holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University.

Katherine has taught at both the high school level (Loyola Academy, Regina Dominican, Elmwood Park and Dexter High) and the college level (University of Michigan and Northwestern University as part of her graduate assistantship). Her students ranged from beginning classically trained students to musical theater students.

*** Lesson Details ***
You will constantly be learning from me when you take lessons. I am an incredibly energetic, passionate and caring person which translates to a fun, open learning environment. Students will learn about proper singing technique with me including how to take prepare the body for singing, the proper breath and how to use the body to its utmost capabilities for the best produced sound. I also ask that students learn basic theory so as to help them with their singing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
You feel safe, relaxed and ready to learn in our apartment. Decorated with opera houses that we have performed in, surrounded by book cases with music scores and books and opera pictures, you will be inspired to learn while I sit behind our upright piano. Parents are welcome to stay and can wait in our living room or dining room while your son/daughter is learning.

*** Specialties ***
Being classically trained and being an active opera singer still, I am best suited and strongest in the classical field. However, all singing is based on proper breath technique and support, so I can teach many different genres for the voice. I also have taught musical theater!
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Colleen B. March 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Shining star

Katherine is a positive force to our daughter. She is really professional!
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MikeK1 May 7, 2012
Very good teacher who is very excited when you do well. I can not believe that I am willing to sign in front of anyone but she has made me feel very relaxed.Great Job
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KellyT1 April 29, 2012
Great teachers. My daughter really loves working with her.
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Katherine C.

Katherine C.

Chicago, IL 60640
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starting at
$35 / 30-min

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