First things first: I'm here to help you sing YOUR music the best you
can. From the teaching studio to the stage and/or the recording studio,
I will work with you to make the best use of your voice - singing in
tune and with healthy technique.
My teaching method starts with the basics and then moves on to apply
these lessons to the repertoire the student wants to sing. Different
students have different needs, but - depending upon the student's needs
- I can work with each student to:
- Cultivate consistent breath support and build and integrate their
chest and head registers, developing range, power, and flexibility.
- Identify trouble spots in their repertoire and develop specific
exercises and approaches to develop the technique necessary to resolve
- Provide them with practical advice for live performance situations and
coach them through studio recording sessions, so that the lessons
learned in the teaching studio are not lost in the recording studio.
Here's what some of my students have to say:
"Ethan has taught me techniques that have enabled me to perform songs that
were inaccessible to me a year ago. He's taught me exercises to maximize
my vocal range and worked with me on the fine points of accurate phrasing
and melody. As a full-service instructor, he has also coached me on
issues of music theory, live performance and studio techniques. I would
recommend Ethan Sellers to anyone, novice to professional, who desires
to create or improve their vocal technique." - Bob Siebecker
"Lessons with Ethan have helped my singing voice tremendously. My support
and tone have become stonger and more full, and my range is greatly
expanded. When I came in, I had difficulty hitting an E over C, and now
there are sessions where I find myself hitting an A. Working on my own
compositions has improved my delivery and helped bring the meaning to the
forefront without sacrificing in the performance." - Tom Fort, vocalist for Cobalt
and the Hired Guns
"I'm a middle school English teacher, and I've been a musician my whole life. I've been playing guitar as my primary instrument for 16 years. I started singing only about five
years ago, but always ended practice or shows with a scratchy throat that took a couple days to heal. I needed lessons not only for the sake of my music, but my long-term
health and viability in a profession that relies on my ability to speak most of the day. When it came to singing and voice lessons, I'd always been pretty turned off by
traditional vocal instruction, as most teachers insisted I learn show tunes or Disney songs, or made me feel like I was in a kindergarten classroom. Ethan Sellers skips all
that. He isn't in to wasting your time, and he's not teaching just because he wants your cash. His instruction is purposeful and well thought. After only a couple months of
lessons I have not only developed better control of my vocal chords, but my vocal endurance is no longer a concern. From the standpoint of a professional educator, I cannot
recommend a better instructor for not only voice lessons, but for music lessons. The guy has a talent for teaching that is rare in music instructors, as he is both an excellent
musician and teacher." - Matt Wdowiarz, vocalist for Haymarket
"I have been taking voice lessons from Ethan for about four months. I
decided to take voice lessons because I had recently started singing lead
for a bluegrass and country band.
Ethan's lessons offered me a wide repertoire of vocal exercises, advice
from someone with extensive gigging experience, and a chance to feel proud
of myself when I started to notice progress. These days it takes much
longer to experience vocal fatigue when I am performing, and the exercises
we have been doing have allowed me to approach new material with
confidence and creativity.
Apart from the specifics, Ethan also offers very reasonable rates, takes
his work (and yours) seriously, and is good at making his pupils
comfortable even during exercises that would make anybody sound like a
drunken mule. I recommend him for singers at any point in their career,
and I recommend him for at least four or five month-long cycles so you can
get to appreciate his method and approach."
- Daniel Postilnik
E-mail for availability (time/location) during these hours.
To book a lesson, please provide your available days/times, preferred
location (my studio, your space), your cell phone number, and home address for
confirmation purposes. I will call/e-mail with proposed lesson times based
on my availability at your preferred location.
In-Studio (South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, near Hyde Park) rate is
$160/month. (4 hour-long lessons at $40/hr)
Lessons at your home or practice space are available at different rates for
different lesson lengths: $240/month (4 hour-long lessons at $60/hr) and
$160/month (4 half-hour-long lessons at $40/lesson).
I accept cash or check. Full fee is due at the first of each 4-lesson "block."
Cancellation and Promptness:
Students must give a minimum of one day's (24 hours) notice or more to re-schedule, or the
lesson will be considered missed. There will be no refunds for missed
lessons, and any re-scheduled lessons must take
place within 28 days of the pre-payment. Re-scheduling is subject to availability.
The lesson starts and ends at the scheduled times. If you're
15 minutes late, you still pay for the full hour and the lesson ends as scheduled.
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