Soulstream Music Studio of Contemporary Voice

Chicago, IL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Soulstream Music Studio stands out amongst other vocal studios because we are not about "one-size-fits-all" vocal instruction. First and foremost students get to be involved in their own instruction which means they have the freedom to choose the kind of music that they want to learn and that excites them to learn about! Students also get to explore their musical aspirations be they big or small, and to create goals that are realistic and customized to them as individuals.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I really enjoy helping people find their voice, not only in terms of their sound but in terms of their unique personality. I love to help people feel confident in what their own sound is; not trying to mimic other singers voices, but cultivating their own genuine voice. Singers who find their true voice find their confidence and find their artistic freedom.

Location

Chicago, IL 60630

Background check

Complete

Years in business

12

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

49

Reviews

17 Reviews
  • Nida A. Apr 17, 2017
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Soulstream Music is PERFECT for every learning level!!!
    I had an amazing experience with Michele! I've had no musical training, so I was starting from zero. Michele made me feel comfortable asking questions and her depth of knowledge is clearly evident. It's a no secret that she loves and has perfected her craft. Her passion for this art is contagious, and rubs off on you after just spending a few moments with her. I absolutely loved working with her, and recommend Soulstream Music to everyone! I hope to return soon :) Thanks Michele!!
  • Kate M. Feb 16, 2017
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Great voice coach.
    Michele a great teacher in technique, style/approach and repertoire. Have only been working with her for a few weeks and could see from week one that Michele is a true pro.
    Michele T. Apr 5, 2017

    Kate I'm so glad to hear that! Thanks so much for the review and I'm really enjoying working with you!

  • Maja K. Aug 8, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Michele its awesome! You cant ask for better singing Teacher ! I tried few in Chicago And none cant compare with her. Absolutely Love her ! Maya
    Michele T. Aug 16, 2016

    Thanks so much Maya! It was such a joy working with such a great student! You've got a lovely voice, and the greatest attitude ever! Can't wait to work with you more! :)

  • Maureen V. Jul 22, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I enjoyed my fist lesson with Michele Thomas. She is patient, encouraging, and I truly believe that my upcoming time with Michele will help me find my voice and realize one of my dreams. I am excited to continue working with her on my journey to becoming a singer!
    Michele T. Aug 16, 2016

    Thanks so much Maureen! We are going to have so much fun together!

  • Kyle M. Jul 13, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Michele is wonderful in all aspects of her service. She is extremely patient and encouraging. She truly knows her craft and this is very easy to see when you are with her. She has a balanced approach to learning how to not only use your voice but your ears as well. It's been a pleasure working with her. I would recommend Michele to anyone that is interested in vocal lessons.
    Michele T. Aug 16, 2016

    Kyle I just love your work ethic and focus! It makes my job easy when students are all in and eager to learn more. You've been growing steadily, and I can't wait to see you reach the next level in your musical goals! Just remember the days when you have "great focus" ;) and stay encouraged!

  • Zenophas G. Mar 25, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    She is awesome and amazing!! Beautiful spirit! I look forward to working with her this summer!
    Michele T. Mar 25, 2016

    Thank you so much Zenophas! :) I really appreciate it, and I'm looking forward to working with you too! Take care!

  • Dennis G. Jan 31, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Michele T. Feb 4, 2016

    Dennis thanks so much for the review! It's been fun working with you! :)

  • Jesus S. Jan 16, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Michele is very personable, patient and just flat out awesome to work with! I'd been meaning to take singing lessons for some time and finally got around to doing it. I've played music for years and studied Jazz/Classical guitar in college and could recognize right away that Michele is a true talent and knows what she's doing. By the end of the introductory class I knew I'd found the right teacher to help me develop my ear and my voice.
    Michele T. Mar 15, 2016

    Jesus, thank you so much for this review! I've had a blast working with you too! :)

  • Jim L. Dec 28, 2015
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Michele is a great teacher. I have been singing a long time, but this is my first lesson. She has helped me understand my voice and designed practice routines to strengthen it, as well as build a song list that I love to sing. She is very supportive. I always feel great after a session with her!
  • Louisa B. Oct 11, 2015
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Michelle is a really great teacher! I loved working with her.
  • Matt R. Oct 3, 2015
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Barely two weeks in with Michele and all I can say is She's awesome. She knows her stuff when it comes to the voice and she's bringing me to a level of understanding and control I never thought I could have with my voice. I highly recommend!
  • William S. Sep 29, 2015
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Michele is a very talented and passionate singer / instructor who carefully tailors lesson plans for students of varying skill level and genre. I strongly recommend!
  • Justin P. Jun 15, 2015
    Michele Is A Phenomenal Vocal Coach!
  • Jeff S. Jun 11, 2015
    Michele is an extraordinarily gifted performer and teacher who has helped me develop my own voice and repertoire in contemporary styles. She's motivating, patient, and supportive of my career ambitions and always generous with her insight. Having studied with her for close to two years I can confidently say I've had an amazing experience!
  • Jackie H. Jun 11, 2015
    Taking voice lessons with Michele for just over 8 weeks, my range has expanded and I'm gaining control. Michele is patient, encouraging and knows which exercises help me the most. Always on time & willing to give a little more. Thank you, Michele!
  • Amy T. Jun 5, 2015
    I have been studying with Michele for several years. She has helped me to better understand my voice and maximize its full potential. She has helped me to explore different styles and songs to challenge me. And she has helped me gain confidence for performance and recording. She's great! And an unbelievably talented vocalist!!
  • Lachelle W. Jun 4, 2015
    I've been working with Michele for the past two years. She is very knowledgable and resourceful when it comes to vocal health and technique. She does a great job at tailoring lessons to her student's specific needs and providing tools to use to improve upon your craft.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My continuing education has included level one certification in Somatic Voicework -The LoVetri Method - which is a program training vocal teachers and coaches in methods for Contemporary Commercial Music. I am also a member of The National Association of Teachers Of Singing which provides continuing research in the field of vocal science and education.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
It's actually not complicated at all. All monthly tuition payments are processed automatically each month by a pre-authorized credit card, debit card, or auto bank draft via PayPal.com. The payment due on the same day each month is for the current 30 days, meaning that the payment due on the 5th of September is for all lessons occurring from September 5th through October 5th. Please contact me for monthly rates.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I had been a choir director and vocal coach for more than 15 years when I decided to open my own teaching studio. I did it because there were so few studios and coaches focusing on anything other than classical and operatic singing. And I wanted to focus on teaching and coaching in the areas of non-classical music, or what is now known as Contemporary Commercial Music. But more than this, teaching is in my blood and I've always enjoyed doing it!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Everything I do stems from working with the singer holistically, so I am mostly coaching my students on their singing and the use of their voices; but often times I'm doing this in different settings. I have sat in on rehearsals and coached singers in their bands, I have coached singers in the recording studio making their demos, and I have coached singer/songwriters who are creating their original music. I have trained and coached full choirs and worked with small vocal groups as well. Currently I am working more in the areas of co-writing with beginner songwriters and vocal arranging.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I am very proud of our newest program, The Sound Initiative, that kicked off back in September of last year. The Sound Initiative goes far beyond the typical student recital and is made for serious aspiring artists who are looking to get in front of an audience and build their fan base. In the first year of this program, we featured six artists who performed a showcase of their music before a packed house at a local venue. It was a sold out show and an exhilarating experience for some very talented artists!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
My advice to people looking for a vocal coach or singing instructor is: Know that your music instruction should be a combination of inspiration, education and transformation; striking a balance between these three concepts is key. Because when you do strike that balance you will feel empowered and motivated in your music instruction and that is when you definitely see results in your development as a singer. That being said, finding the right teacher is key - and it's not unusual to have to try a few teachers before you find the right match. Give yourself at least a couple of months with a teacher to get a real sense of your compatibility.