Star Music Studio

Star Music Studio

5.0Exceptional(8 reviews)


With over 15 years of experience and a Masters Degree in music education, I offer instruction in a wide variety of styles. I am also a professional vocalist and actress in Chicago and bring my decades of performing experience to my lessons.

I love the process of unlocking each student's unique and powerful voice - both musically and artistically speaking.


Hired 1 time
1 employee
23 years in business
Serves Evanston , IL

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Emma S.

From Emma (student):
Colette has a great voice herself, so its easy to hear the correct way to sing because she models it.
She really encourages me and makes me want to get better.
She can coach any type of vocalist!
From Mom:
My daughter felt comfortable with Colette right away. She has learned so much about placement, support and tone from Colettes instruction and example. Colette is a working professional herself, and she has been very helpful in preparing my daughter for auditions.
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June 28, 2017


Spencer R.

Colette is so welcoming and makes me feel comfortable. She always makes certain I understand what she is teaching me and has so many great tricks I still use to this day!
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June 28, 2017


Willow S.

Ive been going to Colettes studio for quite a few years now, and shes always such a big help. From brushing up on technique to audition prep, I know I can always rely on her advice to make me sound my best.
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June 28, 2017


Kayla K.

Colette has become an irreplaceable resource for me as a young woman in my first years in the Chicago theatre community. Whether it be consistent lessons working on technique or a last minute session for a callback, I always leave her studio feeling more confident and prepared. She has helped me find my unique voice! And on top of all that her scheduling system is easy and flexible.
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June 28, 2017


Kara P.

Working with Colette Todd has helped me overcome several vocal challenges. The tone and quality of my voice was very different in high and low registers with a very definite break. She helped me smooth out the break, gain more control and have a good consistent sound no matter what note I am singing. She taught me a new way to think about breathing that has given me breath support like Ive never had before. She has given me the tools I need be able sing many styles of music including safely belting. Artistically, she has helped me significantly, giving me tips, techniques and concepts to think about while coloring my song. This has lead to better interpretations of the music and a higher level of performance I just didnt have before. Since my technique has improved, instead of worrying if the notes will come out right, I am confident they will and I can focus on performing the heck out of the music.
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June 28, 2017


Kyle I.

Colette has been an amazing instructor and coach. Not only is she a wonderful teacher, able to work technique and explain methods in multiple ways to get through to her students, but as a working actress in Chicago she is able to provide valuable insights into the minds of the staff of many theatres and help tailor auditions for them. Colette has definitely helped me achieve the successes I have had so far at the beginning of my career.
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June 28, 2017

Frequently asked questions

At a first lesson, we will discuss your goals and any concerns you may have about your voice. We wil then start vocalizing and technique work. Finally, we will select some repertoire that is specifically chosen to strengthen your voice and meet your goals.

Colette received her own musical training at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with High Honors, and her Master's Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). 

In addition to her teaching, Colette works across the Chicagoland area as a proud member of Actors' Equity (AEA) and as a critically acclaimed actress and soprano having performed with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Marriott Theatre, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater, Theater at the Center, Mercury Theatre Chicago, Light Opera Works, Illinois Opera Theatre, and Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre. 

30 min lesson - $40
45 min lesson - $60
60 min lesson - $70

Early in her career, she established herself as a music teacher and choral director in the public schools, teaching for over a decade at both the elementary and high school levels. Since then she has served as an Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Carthage College, and was the founding director of the Carthage College Vocal Jazz Ensemble at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Colette has also taught music within the Theatre Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. 

Find a teacher who you 'click' with. Studying voice is very personal. An instructor's training is equally important but the trust in the relationship between student and instructor is equally important to make real progress. 

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