Voice Lessons Chicago

ABOUT OUR VOICE & PIANO SCHOOL

Cantabile School of Voice and Piano was established to provide talented amateurs and aspiring professional students with an exceptional musical education. Our voice & piano school is a warm, supportive environment. As music programs in our schools are downsized, and often cut altogether, the level of musical literacy in our communities has plummeted.  Additionally, young professional musicians frequently suffer from a lack of trustworthy resources needed to hone their craft. At our voice and piano school, we strive to fill these gaps. We offer comprehensive vocal, piano and technical training with talented, real-world professionals to students of all ages, backgrounds, proficiency levels and socioeconomic status.

Director Erica Schuller has been a successful performer and passionate educator for fifteen years. She holds degrees in vocal performance and music education from The Eastman School of Music (B.M.) and San Francisco Conservatory (M.M.), and has performed extensively throughout the continental United States. Bringing to bear all of her experience, she has directed her attention to opening Cantabile School out of a profound desire to meet the needs she sees in her students, and to address the lack of resources for the young professional musician.

VOICE & PIANO SCHOOL STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“I highly recommend Erica as your next voice teacher! She has an extensive knowledge in the field of singing, and applies it effectively. She is incredibly smart and caters her expertise to your needs. Erica also creates an environment that allows you to feel comfortable exploring your voice no matter your experience level. When I first started, I was SO uncomfortable hearing myself (and the obvious mistakes I was making). I never felt judged or pressured in our lessons. She has actually given me the confidence to share my singing with others…something I never thought I’d say again! Virtual learning can definitely come with some challenges, but because Erica is a skilled teacher there hasn’t been a misstep in our training. She quickly evolved her teaching style to accommodate the change! ”

Ashley Bain, 2021

“I’ve been studying voice with Erica since 2014. She’s a fabulous teacher!!! She explains the mechanics of singing rather than just saying, “support with your diaphragm” or “place the sound here,” like other teachers I’ve had. My singing has improved so much, which is important in my work as a music therapist. This past year with the pandemic, I’ve been able to continue online lessons which has been wonderful! Thank you Erica!!!”

Angie Glueckert, 2021

Sarah has an attention to detail that encourages me to sing with intelligence. Her sharp perception has helped me to clarify and address inconsistencies in everything from diction to singing habits. It is this sensitivity that makes her such a valuable coach and accompanist. She is committed to the collaboration, putting in the time until the product is polished.”

Ashley Armstrong, Mezzo-Soprano, Opera Santa Barbara, Sarasota Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, 2018

“I have had the pleasure of working with Sarah for several years. In my time coaching with Sarah, there are fundamental concepts and ideas that she has implemented into my practice that has made me a better singer and musician. She is keen to style, history, language, and poetic intent in her coaching and always challenges me to think more musically and purposefully in my singing. I am constantly engaged while working with Sarah, and I always find that I am challenged and encouraged to work harder. Simply put, I would not be the musician I am today without the motivation and awareness I have acquired while working with her.

Marissa Howard, Chicago College of Performing Arts, 2017
See what our voice & piano school students are saying.
Ava Jones
Ava Jones
May 2, 2022.
I have been training vocally for 8+ years and worked with several great voice teachers, and in my experience there is nobody that has done more for the healthy development of my voice more than Erica Schuller. Beyond vocal technique training, she has assisted me with picking flattering and interesting repertoire that I utilize for auditions and workshops, she has provided resources for filming self tapes, and assisted me in finding accompanists. She helped me TREMENDOUSLY through the college audition process and is undeniably part of the reason I received entrance into several prestigious collegiate vocal performance programs, such as Boston University and Berklee College of Music. I currently attend New York University for Vocal Performance and am endlessly thankful for the various skills, technique, and etiquette I learned through Erica. She is such a gifted teacher and is able to truly listen and understand my voice beyond my comprehension. In addition to her wonderful teaching, she is unbelievably kind and supportive and any amount of time spent learning with her is time incredibly well spent.
Travis Gidado
Travis Gidado
April 27, 2022.
As both a teacher and a human being, Erica is simply exceptional. Although I was a nontraditional student in many ways, Erica was willing to bring me under her tutelage and provided incredible instruction. I could feel the command over my voice improving with each session, and our time together was a cathartic opportunity to do something I love with the guidance of an extremely knowledgeable, gifted, and empathetic teacher. I could not recommend Erica more highly if I tried, and I'm grateful that I was able to learn from her for as long as I did.
Adam Cartwright
Adam Cartwright
April 27, 2022.
Erica is an amazing voice instructor. When I saw a video of her performing, I knew she was the right person for the job. Not only is she a great singer, but has the right people skills to train others to be better singers. Cantabile School Of Voice & Piano is a talented group of people who have dedicated their lives to music, and have the classical training and education to back it up. Music students will benefit greatly from their voice and piano lessons.
Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly
April 27, 2022.
Erica is a wonderful and truly gifted teacher! I decided to start voice lessons as an adult (which is slightly terrifying), and am so glad I did. I've improved my voice, gained confidence, learned some life lessons, and had a lot of fun along the way. Two things that stand out to me about Erica: (1) She is an EDUCATOR. Erica has a degree in Vocal Performance AND Music Education, and it's very clear she is an expert in both content (voice) and process (learning pedagogy). She is incredibly intentional in her selection and pacing of vocal exercises, concepts, and techniques to ensure they meet me where I'm at as a singer and learner. She encourages open dialogue about the learning process and we make adjustments to meet my learning needs and style along the way. I have confidence that she could teach anyone at any level. (2) She creates the perfect environment and conditions for learning. Singing in front of others is scary for me, but I feel totally comfortable trying new things, making mistakes, asking questions, and expressing how I'm feeling about the learning process with Erica. She makes it fun, interesting, and infuses a lot of joy into our lessons. Very highly recommend Erica and the Cantabile School (I hear the other instructors are fabulous too)!