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Ready to Unleash Your Creativity? Discover a unique approch to VOICE lessons!

Unleash the true potential of your voice with a transformative program that blends your the music your love with an exhilarating learning journey. Dive into an innovative fusion of technology, artistry, and skill enhancement designed not just to instruct, but to inspire. At Clarendon Hills Music Academy, our dedicated voice coaches are driven by a singular vision: to nurture your passion while crafting a tailored learning blueprint just for you. Dive in, and let us guide you on a captivating voyage of vocal discovery, where every note becomes a step towards your ultimate potential. Embrace the harmony of growth and joy with us.

Is this Voice Lesson Program a good fit? 

Dive into a vocal training program crafted for everyone—from the budding voices of 7-year-olds to adults of all ages. Whether you're just starting out or an accomplished singer aiming for unparalleled mastery, our customized methodology meets you where you are. Embark on a captivating musical journey designed not only to enhance your skills but also to reignite that intrinsic love for music. Join us, and watch your vocal abilities ascend like never before!

Top Advantages You'll Gain from OUR Voice LESSON PROGRAM

  • Tailored to You: Voice lessons meticulously crafted to resonate with your unique vocal aspirations and level of expertise.
  • Passionate Instructors: Dynamic and approachable educators dedicated to amplifying your love for singing and ensuring a memorable learning experience.
  • Fresh Perspective: A harmonious blend of engaging activities and skill-amplifying drills that keeps your enthusiasm burning bright.
  • Tech at the Forefront: Modern techniques, including professional-grade recordings to track progress and professional sounding backing tracks to elevate your vocal sessions.
  • All Ages Shine: A versatile curriculum designed for eager vocalists from ages 7 to adult, catering to every step of their musical journey.
  • Excellence in Focus: A distinct, adaptive teaching approach that prioritizes captivating instruction while championing remarkable progress.
  • Weekly-Updated Detailed Practice Plan: Stay on track with a modern roadmap for consistent progress and tangible results.



Jennifer S.

"My kids have played piano here for about 5 years. We love Derek who is their teacher and the owner. He mixes things up so they don’t get bored and lets them choose their favorite pop songs to play."

Karyn V.

"My CHMA Instructor has been such an encouraging teacher and I have really grown as a musician over the past 5 years. I would highly recommend him. He is a phenomenal piano player and knows all of the theory to back that up. My lessons have been customized to meet my needs and interests over time. My instructor has helped me get up to speed when I joined a blues/rock band. He came up with creative ideas for me to become good at comping and soloing in my jazz combo group. Most memorable is when I needed to learn about 20 songs in a short amount of time and he helped me come up with a practice plan and a way to tackle the songs so that I was ready for the gig on time and not just winging it."

Rory S.

I took lessons with CHMA for a little over a year. Every lesson was brilliant because we went over old stuff, learned new stuff and I was able to bring in questions and songs I wanted to learn. If my teacher didn't know the answer (rarely), it became a learning opportunity for both parties.

CHMA is really in touch with technology, My instructor's passion for his craft, and you as the student, really is a great motivator to practice and be able to learn something new every lesson. Fantastic experience and I'd happily go back!

Tristan R.

I’ve been playing piano for about 13 years I think, but I have never made more progress than I did within my first few months at CHMA. They perfectly cater their curriculum to each individual student, focusing on their specific strengths and interests. They balance typical ‘by-the-book’ learning with more interesting learning in a way that makes learning any topic fun and engaging. This is the place to go to if you want to advance in any way musically!

Jackie E.

Best in town. Best around. The CH Music Academy team is amazing. All ages are welcome. They really take care of Their clients and community. Highly recommend!!! 

Hannah S.

I've been taking lessons at CHMA for six years as a voice student, piano student, guitar student, and a member of the Recording Artist Academy. I had tried many different music institutions before coming here, and I've never looked back. I grew as a student, a performer and as an artist in my time at CHMA. Thanks to Derek and the crew at the academy I was able to release my original music on all streaming platforms and have since gotten several hundred plays on my music! Clarendon Hills Music Academy has been a home for me for the past six years and I intend on going back whenever I'm home from school!

Sonja G

My daughter took both voice and piano for a few years with CHMA. I honestly can't say enough good things about it. From the time she was 7 until 10, she grew so much, both musically and with her confidence in singing. Her instructor was a wonderful teacher who never pushed her (unless she wanted to be pushed), and really bonded with her about music.
The staff was amazing, VERY easy to communicate with, and very understanding if schedules change. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

Ander Iturralde

Clarendon Hills Music Academy is a truly wonderful place. It is one that has had a deep impact on my life. If you want to dive deeper into your musical interests, and potentially further develop yourself as a whole, it is absolutely the place do it. Its owner, Derek Berg, sets the highest standards not only for himself but for the academy overall, putting together a selection of consistently excellent teachers. Previous to coming across it, I had had very little formal musical exposure, yet the growth that I have experienced thanks to them has been amazing. Whether it'd be piano, voice or almost anything in between that you want to learn or improve on, no matter your age, CHMA is a decision that you will be happy you made.

Jamie Shifley

My daughter has been with CHMA for years. Most recently, she is doing the Recording Artist Academy. This endeavor has helped her grow her skills dramatically. She has developed her voice, but has also learned to write her own songs, and is discovering what her own music style truly is. She looks forward to her lesson each week and excitedly sends me recordings of her own songs. It’s a wonderful program

Steve Loan

I wanted to play piano, but thought that being in my 40's was too late in life to learn. CHMA proved that it is never too late to learn, even if you have no music experience! Derek had me learn with the styles of music I enjoy-Jazz and Blues. After a short while I was playing songs and reading sheet music. He worked in lessons on music theory which really strengthened my understanding of how music is put together. CHMA is a fun, relaxing environment and I can attest that with lessons here, anyone can learn to play no matter what your age.

Suzan Ganzer

I learned so much here about music and recording a song and had a blast!! The instructors are super smart and talented. Great care was taken by the team here in recording my original song to make it the absolute best it could be. Anyone wishing to learn about music / or the recording process would benefit greatly going to this awesome music academy. I know i did! If I could live there I totally would!! Fun, educational, and inspirational. Thumbs up, they rock!!!!

Rita Nelson

I first started taking piano lessons at CHMA when I was really young, and I remember finding it so cool that I got to play music I listened to on the radio. The lessons were really entertaining because not only do you get to learn basic techniques, but also how to improvise and play along with chords and music. You get to basically choose your path and create your own experience. The coolest part about CHMA though is the recording artist program. I’ve loved writing songs since before I can remember, and a few years ago I wanted to start recording and releasing them on platforms. I went back to the academy and started recording, and honestly it’s the highlight of my week as well as a great way to get high quality recordings and work on your own original compositions. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a way to get their music out there or learn an instrument in a more modern way.

Ben Waverley

The best part of CHMA is that the lessons are designed completely around the students’ preferences. The idea that a student can walk into a room and name a tune and instantly have an expert start working on it with them that day is something you don’t find at other music academies. For the most personalized lesson experience, whether it be traditional music lessons or producing a video with the Music Project Lab program that the academy offers, CHMA is the way to go.

Kate Buikema

I’ve been doing CHMA for a year and it’s been amazing having this great creative outlet. The instructors are so passionate about music and helping and encourgaing you in every way they can. I’ve really appreciated all the coaching and it has helped my work so much. It’s a super unique experience and definitely worth doing!


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Embark on a melodious journey with Charltanae Ridgell, whose symphony of skills has been finely tuned over a decade of classical training in the artful realms of singing, songwriting, and piano mastery.

Her passion led her to the prestigious halls of the Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts followed by the inspiring grounds of Visible Music College, where her talent blossomed across a spectrum of genres. From the heartfelt stories of country to the vibrant beats of pop and the timeless grace of classical music, Charltanae embodies the spirit of a versatile performer who cherishes a holistic approach to music education.

In her teachings, Charltanae weaves a tapestry of healthy vocal techniques, ensuring that each note is not only sung but also cherished and preserved. She cultivates a nurturing environment where individuality isn't just celebrated—it's a fundamental chord in the melody of learning. Her aim is to kindle a flame of passion that dances in harmony with skill, shaping musicians who are as confident as they are competent.

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Ellie, originating from the Chicago suburbs, seamlessly fuses her role as an exceptional singer-songwriter with her dedication as a vocal instructor. Ellie's depth of knowledge in varied genres —Jazz, classical, musical theatre, pop, R&B, country, folk, and rap — anchors her years of experience in one-on-one vocal coaching, as well as influence her original compositions. Ellie currently has 43.3k monthly listeners on Spotify, 370k+ followers on tiktok, and 60k+ followers on Instagram.

Ellie’s lessons, while rooted in technique, also emphasize the importance of dynamic performance and confidence-building. Tailoring her methods to align with each student's unique needs, Ellie ensures a nurturing and progressive learning environment. Open to guiding students aged 6 and up, Ellie is eager to be an integral part of your musical exploration.

In every melody she creates and in every student she guides, Ellie Banke shines as a dedicated force in the world of music.

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Ryan brings a rich background in vocal performance and an expansive knowledge of various musical genres to his voice lessons. His journey began in childhood with theater training, which not only enhanced his vocal range and dynamics but also ingrained a deep understanding of character and expression in his singing. This foundation, combined with his disciplined approach to songwriting and instrumentation throughout his teenage years, has allowed Ryan to develop a versatile and emotive vocal style, influenced by vocal powerhouses such as Aretha Franklin, Mike Patton, and Stevie Wonder.

Ryan is passionate about sharing his expertise and believes that everyone has a unique voice that deserves to be heard and cultivated. His teaching methodology is characterized by patience, care, and a personalized approach, ensuring that each student's individual needs and goals are addressed. Ryan's voice lessons are designed to help students of all ages and backgrounds explore their vocal potential and express themselves through music. By drawing on his broad range of influences and professional experience, Ryan equips his students with the necessary skills to develop their own voice, style, and confidence, no matter their starting point.


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