Linda’s passion for music has been with her for as long as she can remember. She attributes her love of music to her mother, who exposed her early on to opera, ballet and musical theatre. She progressed from having organ lessons in her early years, which led to piano, and then guitar.
Having written songs for over 30 years, her music is romantic, soulful and earthy; her lyrics and melodies weave colorful stories of intriguing people and curious places. In addition to her rich career as a singer/songwriter, Linda is passionate about sharing her vast musical experience and knowledge with those who wish to embark on their own personal music journey.
Her musical genre focuses mainly on singer/songwriters with folk, country and rock roots. Her warm and inviting style along with 20 years of teaching guitar at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago as well as private lessons in her home studio, offer a nurturing environment in which to learn guitar, live performance, vocal techniques and songwriting.
Twice a year, a student performance is held at a Chicago music venue. It’s completely up to the student if they wish to participate. Most folks do because it’s too much fun! Linda’s home studio is located on the Northwest side of Chicago, easy on/off access from I/90 and I/94.
"Music is a universal language of emotion; a vehicle for memories, healing and connection. Perhaps songs, lyrics and chords are their own forms of saying hello, and offer a powerful motivation to improve ourselves and to improve society."
(In person or via Zoom)
$50 / hr
VOCAL / PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUE
$60 / hr
$60 / hr
For information, please contact:
Linda Marie Smith
$220 Vocal/performance technique & songwriting
$424 Vocal/performance technique & songwriting
BEGINNING GROUP GUITAR
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
$150 for 6 consecutive lessons (70 min. each)
Wednesday evenings Jan. 12th - Feb. 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Limit: 5 people
She promised we'd be playing real songs after the first lesson and she was right!– view more
I highly recommend Linda. She will tailor a program to meet your specific needs and help you achieve goals you never thought possible!– view more
I've gone from a complete beginner to feeling confident playing and singing in front of others, soloing, and even arranging ... she is an empathetic teacher who truly cares about each and every one of her students– view more
Taking guitar and vocal lessons from her has been a life changing experience and one of the best decision of my life.– view more
Linda demystified the process for me, giving me the guidance, confidence, and technical instruction that enabled me to stick with it and achieve my vision.– view more
Linda helped me find my range, my style and my confidence ... Her instruction played into my strengths and challenged me to try new methods.– view more
Linda is a very talented pianist/guitarist and we have covered many genres with her great skill for arranging and accompaniment.– view more