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About Kelvin L.

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Bolingbrook, IL

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About Kelvin
I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I str
ongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

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I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

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In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

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violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

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I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...
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Mike May 21, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
Kelvin is a great teacher. He understands and teaches in a way that makes sense to me. If you’ve played the Banjo you know the teacher needs a lot of patience and he does. He provides the right direction and more importantly listens to my questions. There is no doubt in my mind if you have to learn or improve your banjo skills Kelvin can help.
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Karl May 7, 2018
· Photography · Online
Very pleasant , very intuitive , and very encouraging. He cares and tries hard to accommodate and customize his teaching.
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Karl May 1, 2018
· Photography · Online
Kelvin is knowledgeable, patient, and has a good grasp of the subject. He communicates well and generates enthusiasm. His style motivates a great deal of interest. We developed a very good rap-ore
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About Dawn Z.

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Bristol, CT
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School librarian by day crafter for life. I'm an award winning embroider, quilter and knitter. I advise a high school sewing club as well as volunteer sew with Days for Girls and church prayer shawl ministry.

Students will find I'm passionate about needlearts and want to pass that along to all generations and skill levels.

I look forward to helping you exercise your creative side.
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Dawn Z.

Bristol, CT 06010
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$25 / 60-min

About Karla R.

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Ontario, CA

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About Karla
Hello! My name is Karla and I love all things artsy and crafty. I learned to sew when I was 9 and have been improving my skills since then by taking classes or just trying things out on my own. I'm currently taking classes to get certified as a Pattern Maker, which is another passion of mine linked to the fashion industry. I've also spent the last year and a half building my Etsy shop for custom designed clothing for women and children. Since I also have my degree in Theater and Dance I enjoy being a freelance costume designer for dance or theater companies; creating custom designs for their shows.
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Marisa Elsaesser May 3, 2018
· Sewing · Online
I signed up for this lesson because I had gotten stuck in my sewing project. I liked that we were able to jump right in to addressing the issue (as opposed to me spending a lot of time digging through tutorials online which never seem to answer my questions). Karla was able to get me unstuck quickly, which allowed time for us to discuss additional tips on the construction of my garment.
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Renee March 25, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Karla was extremely helpful. I liked that we didn’t have to use a set plan, but that she had lesson plans if I was interested. She could cater her teaching to specific questions I had or skills I wanted to learn. We used the camera to display what we meant and to assess my progress. Highly recommend!
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Simone January 24, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Lesson was great. Karla was very patient and explained everything in detail. Thank you so much and I will see you again for more lessons.
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About Renee D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Renee
I grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by a family of artists and designers. Following my career in fashion and costume design, I began making one of a kind silver jewelry. I have been working with fine silver for 8 years, selling my design pieces in art galleries and online.
I have always tried to share my passion for all things artistic with my two children. By volunteering to run art projects at their school, I discovered the joy of teaching. I decided to combine that with my sewing expertise to help children and adults realize their creative vision. I like helping students explore their ideas while making a project come to life on the sewing machine.
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shanteria September 21, 2016
· Sewing · Online
i don't have any experience but i do want to became a fashion designer and i don't know how to use a sewing machine so i hope we can have a great relationship together.
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Renee D.

Renee D.

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About Cindy S.

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Biloxi, MS
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I'm multi-media artist who offers various pottery, painting, fiber art (fiber processing, various types of felting, natural dyeing, yarn making, rug making, sewing, crocheting, knitting) jewelry, candles, and soap making and canning workshops in my art studio. We also have an onsite mini farm with llamas, alpacas, sheep and peacocks. We shear our animals annually and use our processed fiber in our workshops. Students learn the ancient traditions of naturally dyeing fiber with local plants and how to spin into art yarn with spindles.
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Cindy S.

Cindy S.

Online
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About Tokia C.

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Laurel, MD
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With over a decade of snatching microphones and captivating audiences, Tokia's (2Deep’s) resume reads like Who’s Who travel guide. From Cornell University to Ottawa University, American University to Penn State, United States to Australia, this German born-Alabama raised entertainer has spoken to crowds all over the globe. She’s opened for the late Gil Scott-Heron and performed for President Barack Obama’s first inaugural celebrations at the Washington National Cathedral. She welcomes a freshman class to American University annually and has spoken out against domestic violence on legislative floors in Maryland. She keeps busy hosting two monthly, sold out shows (ten years). Armed with a BFA & MFA she's more than equipped to speak her mind before a crowd & teach how you can do it too!
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Diane October 13, 2017
· Spoken Word · Online
Great first lesson! Looking forward to many more!
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Annette B. September 27, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
She is great cant wait for me next lesson
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Michelle September 5, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
She was awesome.
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Tokia C.

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About Larry T.

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Riverview, FL
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Hi All

I've been in the IT industry for 20 years and love learning and teaching/training others. I graduated with a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems at the University of Central Florida and was 3 credits short of a math minor.

I've worked for small to large organizations and helped with their database and report development. I've also had great success with performance optimizations and can teach techniques on how you can be great as well.

I like going to conferences and watching webinars to learn the most I can and apply it to my work/career.

I hope to work with you soon.

Thanks for your consideration,

Larry Tuch
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Brian March 28, 2018
· Computer Programming · In home
Larry is a great instructor, takes his time and works with you to explain the material in ways that are very easy to understand. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Andy March 7, 2018
· Computer Programming · In studio
Great teacher! I learned more than I ever could have studying on my own.
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About Katie L.

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West Hartford, CT
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About Katie
Hi! I have been a nurse for 17 years, and I love teaching! I have worked in all areas of healthcare, and have tons of stories to share. I got my PhD in nursing in 2009, and study innovative ways to teach students that are holistic and student focused. You come first.

I have 3 small children who keep me very busy. But somehow it's never busy enough for me! I always need to be doing something, and MAKING things is my passion. I do all the textile arts (knitting, quilting, sewing, etc), and love construction (electrical, plumbing, woodwork, and anything that involves power tools). I believe these are life skills for anyone, but especially for women who often didn't grow up learning all the "how to’s." I create a comfortable environment, and believe laughter is one of the best ways for learning to happen.

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Betty April 6, 2018
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Katie is a fantastic nurse. She is an extremely intelllgient, kind-hearted, compassionate woman!!
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Cara April 6, 2018
· Health Coaching · In home
Katie is wonderfully compassionate with a wealth of medical knowledge and experience. She integrates the medical aspect of health with holistic understandings about the human experience and how to care for our mind, body and soul.
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Lindsay April 6, 2018
· Alternative Medicine · In home
Katie has been such a big help to me in learning how to live a healthier, more natural lifestyle as I have become a mom. Her knowledge of complimentary medicine practices are strong. She presents practical information in a supportive way. I love working with her!
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West Hartford, CT 06110
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About Victoria O.

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Chicago, IL
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About Victoria
Hi my name is Victoria and I am a fiber artist focused on 3D floral designs and patterns. My fascination with needle lace in 2015 bloomed into a skilled craft I started to pursue full-time at the end of 2017.

I like to think of needle lace as the forgotten ancestor of knitting and crochet. Handmade lace is formed by creating a sequence of tiny knots using fine thread and tapestry needles. The result of using very fine thread gives the lace flowers a more delicate look.

My days are usually spent exploring new ideas to create original flower patterns. I spend lots of time going through thousands of experiments with different threads, wires, beads, and needles to understand what is possible in needle lace designs.

In the last few months I discovered a community of English speakers that wish to learn the art but had trouble finding
resources. Since then, I started to write a book on learning needle lace, invested in video equipment to create video lessons, launched my own website - Flowers in Threads, and partnered with a wonderful local/online craft store- Tatting Corner in Indiana, to teach at their workshop events. I currently meet locally with students in downtown Chicago, and offer online courses for those who are not in the Midwest.

Lacework by hand is a labor of love and skill. It requires good dexterity and patience to work with fine threads and needles. It is a great craft to try and can be meditative.
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Victoria O.

Online
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