True Muse Music & Performing Arts
True Muse Music & Performing Arts

True Muse Music & Performing Arts

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Introduction: TRUE MUSE MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS is a company dedicated to bringing music into the lives of as many people, young and old, as possible. We perform and educate. The True Muse Studio is located in Skokie, IL, and we are also available for online instruction. We help our students find their inner muse, their own voice, no matter what style they are interested in. We learn how to read music, music theory, how to practice - in a relaxed, creative and focused atmosphere. METHODS LINDA SOLOTAIRE has been teaching burgeoning artists for decades and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association. She teaches all ages and specializes in engaging very young (starting at 5 years) beginning piano students, and serious vocal students from 13 years old and up. PIANO: For very young beginning students, I typically start with Alfred's *Little Mozarts* series - the children love Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear - and spend equal time exploring the piano and working in their workbooks. Most children progress quickly though the books - getting excited as each milestone is reached. I start children a little older with the Faber & Faber's *Piano Adventures* pedagogy. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I introduce supplemental materials that may include solo repertoire, Hanon exercises, scales & arpeggios, etc - depending on the students needs and interests. I use the the *Journey Through the Classics* books for almost all my students, as well. Adults, and older beginners begin with *Piano Adventures* for Older Beginners or Adults. I believe teaching theory in tandem with technique is crucial, and have found that my students do best when they understand the theoretical underpinnings of a new work they are learning. VOICE: The voice is my principal instrument and I prefer to take on only serious students no younger than 13. A first lesson always begins with a discussion about how the voice works, how do we sing, and what makes up all the parts of the body engaged in that practice. We learn proper breathing techniques, and do physical exercises to relax the body and mind so that we can perform at our best. I use various vocal exercises, and especially like the *Hear It, Sing It, Exploring Modal Jazz* book by Judy Niemack. Students bring 3 or 4 songs that they are interested in learning - after listening to them together, we choose one to begin with. Students work from the music, and with recordings. I believe in authentic interpretation, and use my background in acting to help students find themselves in the work they are doing. We do not seek to emulate our favorite singers, but rather to discover our own voice. * * * Linda Solotaire is the owner of True Muse Music & Performing Arts, she is also a vocalist, bandleader, curator and teaching artist. Linda was classically trained in music and theatre, and began her career as an actress in the late 1970s in New York. As a vocal artist, she has been most deeply influenced by Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Sheila Jordan, and Judy Garland. While the Great American Songbook is at the heart of her repertoire, she strives to infuse her straight-ahead jazz sets with more obscure, contemporary and original songs. Linda studied dance, voice, music, and acting from an early age, beginning with the violin at 7. She was a student of William Hickey’s at HB Studios in NYC and studied voice with Typhanie Monique and Carol Loverde in Chicago, among others. Linda received my BA from Columbia College Chicago. With a background in theory, classical, and 20th-century music, she has enjoyed roles in musical theater and in-studio session work, and collaborated on original works with artists including conductor/composer Carmen Helena Téllez, playwright/composer Thomas Weber, new music composer Christopher Preissing, NON:op Opera Company, Small Fish Radio, Local Infinities creators Meghan Strell & Charlie Levin, and poet/composer Everette Howe.

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Faris E.
Dec 12, 2020

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Linda has been a wonderful teacher and musical guide so far. She breaks down concepts in ways that are so easy to grasp. Not only is she helping me build the knowledge and technique required to play the piano, but she is helping me build my confidence in my playing. Thank you, Linda!

Details: 18 - 25 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training • Jazz • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Gena R.
Oct 5, 2020
I highly recommend Linda and True Muse Music & Performing Arts! Linda is not only a knowledgeable piano instructor, but she has brought out a true love of playing in my daughter! She is fun and creative and my daughter is excited for her lessons each week, even via Zoom!
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Chantal H.
Apr 2, 2018

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Voice coach Linda Solotaire was very organized and provided practical exercises that help with singing and breath support. She is ready to assist in me in achieving my goals. I am confident that I will achieve my goals and look forward to more lessons with Linda of True Muse Music.

Details: 45 - 64 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 2 - 4 yrs of formal training • Pop • 45 minutes • As recommended by teacher • Within the next 1 - 2 weeks • Conducting initial research • The voice coach travels to me • I travel to the voice coach

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Juli L.
Jul 6, 2020
Ms Linda has been teaching both my children for over 2 years. Kaylie is now 6 and Anabelle is 12. I was originally a little worried about how the Zoom lessons would work, especially for the younger child but it has been amazing so far. Ms Linda has been able to give clear instructions as well as keep the kids engaged and passionate about music even virtually! She also make sure the kids work on their theory, scales, techniques and music scores, making sure they understand music thoroughly. I truly love her and so does my kids and she comes highly recommended!
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Laura T.
Oct 7, 2019

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Perfection! Linda was so easy to work with and she knew exactly what I wanted from the minute we spoke. The group delivered an impeccable sound for my birthday party. The music selection was beautiful and her voice and Diana's voice were the definition of music to your ears. I highly recommend True Muse Music, you will not be disappointed.

Details: Birthday party • 26 - 50 guests • 31 - 50 years old • 51 or older • Band • Vocals • 3 - 5 • Other • Outdoors

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    •True Muse Music & Performing Arts offers a 10% discount to students who pay for a month in advance. •All fees listed are before the discount and assume the student is enrolled in weekly lessons that meet at the same time each week. •Lessons should be paid on the last lesson of the month for the upcoming month of lessons, unless other arrangements are made in advance. Make-up lessons can be scheduled in advance for lessons occurring on national holidays.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    At our first lesson, we discuss the student's goals, interests, and past experience. We then work on material to assess the student's abilities, technique, and understanding of the overall material. We make recommendations for study materials and talk about practice expectations and process. For piano students, it is imperative that the student has an instrument on which to practice regularly. Voice students (singing, voice over and public speaking) should have some way of recording lessons & rehearsals, and a computer or other device for playback of recordings.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I started in theatre as a child, and did my professional apprenticeship at a LORT theatre when I was 13 years old. I studied violin for 7 years, ballet for 15 years, jazz and modern for 8+ years. I studied acting privately & in class with various teachers, including William Hickey at HB Studios in NYC. I've studied voice in classes, and workshops with notable organizations like the Greg Smith Singers, and privately in NYC and in Chicago with Carol Loverde, Typhanie Monique. I received my BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Columbia College Chicago - where I studied contemporary dance, acting, 20th century music performance and moving image. I received my Actors Equity card in 1985 after touring internationally, and working for the season at a LORT theatre in upstate NY.

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