Smith Music Studio

Smith Music Studio

5.0 (1)
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1 employee
38 years in business

About this pro

I am warm and inviting to children of all ages.  I keep current with vocal and piano trends.  I work diligently with students for auditions and contests.  I have former voice students who were chosen as finalists for The Voice and American Idol, and invited to Hollywood week. 

I am passionate about adolescents and music.  I love my kids and love seeing their excitment about their progress!

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Roscoe, IL 61073
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  • Lisa Stanislawski

    Cori is a great teacher and caters to each students learning style. My two sons have taken lessons from Cori for over 6 years and have thrived with her instruction. Her passion for music and concern for her students has instilled a love of music and given my children a strong foundation to continue with. I would highly recommend Cori for any new student!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Our first session is a meet and greet.  We have a longer time together so that we can find out a little about each other.  I focus on personality and learning styles.  We learn basics about the craft and work on a simple song so that some accomplishment has been made. 

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

I am college educated in both piano and voice.  Additionally, I have a BSN and work with children daily in the school setting. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My lessons in the Northwestern suburban area are in students homes.  I charge $34 for 1/2 hour lessons which includes a $4 travel fee as I will teach in your home.

In my home studio in Roscoe, I charge $22 for a half hour lesson. Voice lessons are normally 45 mintues. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started in college, after accompyaning groups in high school, my highschool choir teacher recommended several students to me.  I have been teaching ever since.  

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with all types of students, starting piano when students are either in kindergarten or can read small words and do basic counting.  I start vocal students at age 11.  Many of my voice students are active in the theater groups in the schools and community. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Group Christmas caroling at nursing homes.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

The student should be comfortable with the teacher's personality and should work with a teacher who can demonstrated the product.  The teacher should be open to customizing lesson to the student's preferences.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

The student should be ready to discuss how much time they would be willing to spend practicing outside of lesson time.  Also, bring suggestions for pieces to learn to the teacher, so that practice is more enjoyable. 

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