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About Tracy B.

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Berwyn, IL
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About Tracy
I have been teaching individual and group lessons for 12+ years. Many of my students have won trophies at the Granquist music competition and also play in local youth orchestras. My own youth string ensemble plays publicly at many popular local venues several times a year. I enjoy exposing my students to the finer points of being a professional musician such as the camaraderie, team work, creativity (creating harmonies, tailoring arrangements to fit student’s level) and of course, stage presence. I am very proud of my students. It is so gratifying to see their confidence build with each new skill they master.

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My approach to teaching is to combine fundamentals with “adventure.” I encourage students to experiment with their instrument and have quite a few budding composers. No two students learn in the same way, so
I don’t use the same strategy for each individual. I believe music should be fun and rewarding. I like to expose students to many different types of music, i.e.; jazz, pop, blues, folk and of course, classical. Students are more likely to practice music that speaks to their personality.

My teaching environment is very laid back. I expect my students to practice, but I don’t read them the riot act if they show up to a lesson not having practiced much the week before. I encourage them to practice more the next week and I give them strategies for how to fit practice time into their schedule along with the most efficient way to practice their pieces.

I encourage parents to sit in on their child’s lesson, but I don’t require it. The more a parent is informed about their child’s goals, the better they are able to assist, support and facilitate the student’s practice. Involved parents contribute greatly to a child’s success.

I love teaching adults too! It is never too late to learn an instrument and the rewards carry over into all aspects of life. As with children, music makes us all smarter. Research proves this. We learn complicated spacial and math skills without even realizing it; we’re having too much fun!

I have annual recitals for private students. I speak Spanish.

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Basement studio finished and separate from house

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Sometimes music. I can refer students to instrument rental or purchase places, but do not have instruments to provide. I can obtain music for the students if they prefer, otherwise I will tell them what and where to buy.

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I use Suzuki and other books for material, but my teaching is more traditional. I use actual bowhold from start. My own invention - pinky AND thumb houses. Music reading is introduced fairly early. A little at a time and it's painless.

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Frank I. January 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great so far!!!
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Naomi T. January 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My little one seems to really enjoying her lessons
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Dave M. September 25, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I’m an adult with a fair amount of previous musical experience but absolutely none with a stringed instrument. Tracy’s approach for that kind of beginner is ideal. She is firm about establishing sound fundamental technique from day 1 and building on it with practice pieces that provide just the right amount of challenge. She is encouraging and phenomenally patient. If technique problems or incipient bad habits arise as more complicated material is taken on, she is all over them and always has corrective measures to pull out of her (extensive) bag of teaching tricks. I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning a new instrument.
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Tracy B.

Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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About David H.

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Aurora, IL
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I am an Illinois licensed educator and have been teaching privately in academic and instrumental content areas since 1999.
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Sydney July 16, 2016
· Violin · In home
Great lesson ! Prompt! Knowledgable !
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Jacinda A. January 30, 2016
· Cello · In studio
David is a very good instructor. He really made my granddaughter feel very comfortable and she is very excited to learn to play the cello. I would recommend him to other students!
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David H.

David H.

Aurora, IL 60506
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About Georgina L.

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Downers Grove, IL
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An energetic and highly motivated individual dedicated to fostering personal and intellectual growth through foreign language teaching, via modern and eclectic methodologies of language learning, with emphasis on interaction, communication, and generating interest in foreign languages and cultures.
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Moe T. July 12, 2017
· Spanish · Online
A great teacher who is enthusiastic, very smart and makes class fun!
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Lilian August 11, 2016
· Spanish · In home
very good
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Tera August 2, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Georgina has been a great instructor. She's worked with me to design a lesson plan that's customized to my needs and non-traditional learning style. I specifically wanted to become conversational and gain more exposure to the Argentinian accent. She's given me strategies to help me gain confidence and be able to speak without a full vocabulary. Her lessons have been fun and engaging.
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Georgina L.

Georgina L.

Downers Grove, IL 60515
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About Nicole B.

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Chicago, IL

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Nicole is available to teach lessons for students of all levels. Beginning her singing career when she was 7, she most recently sang at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, was a winner of the international CS Competition in musical theatre, and is a Chicago F.A.M.E. finalist for Jazz and popular music. Combined with her training and professional experience, Nicole teaches singers to switch gracefully between multiple styles. She practices what she preaches: one night she might be singing Beyoncé, and the next morning she might be singing Handel's Messiah!

Nicole has been a young artist for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Metropolitan International Music Festival, and for Tiroler Opern Programm, under international instructors, including Elizabeth Bachman (from the Metropolitan Opera), Kim Josephson (Metropolitan Opera), Sharon Cheng (Caramoor),
Michael Fennely (Carnegie Hall), Wei-En Hsu (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra), and Candace Evans (Santa Fe Opera). Nicole earned her Associates in Theatre from Brigham Young University ('12) and went on to acquire her BM in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University ('14). Nicole obtained additional training from Boston University, Elon University, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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Nicole B.

Nicole B.

Chicago, IL 60640
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$35 / 30-min

About Britta Y.

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Round Lake, IL
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About Britta
My name is Britta, and I love piano and teaching! Music has brought great joy to my life, and it all started with the piano. I am eager to share that joy and power with you.

I started playing piano before I can remember and began lessons at age 5. I studied under my phenomenal teacher in Minnesota until I moved away when I was 18. I continued playing duets and quartets at her studio anytime I was back in Minnesota. I spent a few years living abroad and at college in Chicago. I taught first graders for a year at LEARN Excel Charter School in Chicago. Now I’ve relocated to Round Lake Beach, where I have a beautiful 80-year-old baby grand piano and a peaceful in-home studio.

When it comes to music, I think it's important to stay relaxed, push yourself, and have fun. Learning to play an instrument like the piano can be a very rich and
transformative experience for anyone. Whatever it is you're looking for in learning piano, I'm eager to help and share the gifts my teacher gave me.
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Alyson July 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
We tried a group of 5 lessons just to see how it went. By the fourth lessons he seemed to be enjoying them so I asked if she'd like more. She agreed right away but the truth came out later. Turns out that she's not entirely thrilled with piano but she loves the time with Britta.

Britta has a gentle way of guiding the lesson and has incorporated some of my daughter's song interests as well. It's helping to keep her interested and motivated to practice.

It's a win - win in my opinion!
Thanks, Britta!
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Kent June 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Britta is an excellent teacher, who is able to provide the basic skills and provide the associated understanding for what is being presented.
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Hedda February 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
She was very patient and went at the pace that was right for me.
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Britta Y.

Britta Y.

Round Lake, IL 60073
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About Jingjing W.

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Chicago, IL
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Hi, there! My name is Jingjing. I had been teaching Mandarin Chinese in University College Dublin in Ireland for 5 years before I came to US. I have extensive experience of teaching and tutoring Chinese face to face or online. I am warm and friendly and I can't wait to meet you and help you reach your goals and have fun in learning Chinese!
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Jonathan E. June 5, 2017
· Chinese · Online
Very good experience, very friendly, very understanding of my needs from early on. Looking forward to continuing with JingJing!
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Oleg February 21, 2017
· Chinese · Online
Very clear introduction to Chinese, looking forward to the next lesson!
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Jingjing W.

Jingjing W.

Chicago, IL 60611
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About Rena S.

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Chicago, IL
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Rena is a student majoring in Economics and Music at the University of Chicago. She has been playing the piano for over 15 years, 10 of which she spent at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division.

Rena has nearly 5 years of tutoring experience in a variety of academic subjects. She has also guided numerous students through the college admissions process. She is a native speaker of Russian and English.
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Rena S.

Chicago, IL 60637
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About jeison G.

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Evanston, IL
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I was born in Medellín, Colombia and began teaching myself English as a kid, learning from American TV, movies, and music. Soon I was helping my friends and classmates learn English too, and teaching languages has been my passion ever since. I have a master's degree in Spanish Pedagogy and over nine years of teaching experience, and I am currently working on a doctorate in Education focused on teaching Spanish.

I have taught a wide range of students, from children with special needs to business executives and diplomats. I adapt my lessons to the needs and interests of each individual, but my methods always focus on practical language skills that my students will really use. My classes revolve around conversation, not textbooks, and go beyond standard grammar and vocabulary to include the cultural elements that influence how people truly
use the language.

I believe that anyone can become fluent in a foreign language, regardless of whether they are able to study abroad or not. If you are serious about learning, I can design a program of study that will take you as far as you want to go with Spanish. Even if you have had difficulty with foreign languages in the past, I can help you overcome those roadblocks and achieve remarkable results.
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jeison G.

jeison G.

Evanston, IL 60201
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$50 / 30-min

About Victoria T.

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Burbank, IL
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Hi! I am a teacher, pianist, songwriter, and arranger. I spent the last two summers touring as the pianist for a Christian vocal group. I have recorded three separate albums both as pianist and vocalist. I am just entering my ninth year of teaching!

I received my Bachelor's of Education in math and science. This had been my goal since I was 14. I have loved these subjects ever since I can remember, and teaching them always Was a dream of mine!

Oddly enough, it was during my math and science studies that I really and truly fell in love with music. I have played the piano since I was 4 and can remember always singing in the car and around the house, but while in college, I was given countless opportunities to perform and improve my abilities. So, I decided to go back to school and finish my Masters of Music Education.

Once finished wi
th college, I took a job as a special education teacher. And I found yet another passion! I so enjoy teaching these special students! They are such a treat! My main focus with these students has been reading and math, but I have recently begun to give piano lessons to students who have been diagnosed with autism and Down's syndrome. This is possibly the most rewarding thing I have done! I have seen music become a lifeline to some of these students. A special skill that they can develop on their own at a pace they enjoy!

Regardless of age or skill level, I look forward to meeting you and helping you to further your education!!
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Victoria T.

Victoria T.

Burbank, IL 60459
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$15 / 30-min

About Alicia L.

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Chicago, IL

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I taught little kids in kindgarden about three years and had been Chinese tutor about 4 years while I was in college in WI. I have teaching experience with both little kids, young student, and even professional who would like to practice their Chinese skill. I can teach writing, listening, speaking, and reading skill for normal life use ; and also business chinese language skill for professional who wants dealing with Chinese clients.

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My hometwon is in Beijing. I speak the standard Chinese without any accent .I graduated with my master in DePaul back in 2015, working as IT auditor in a public company in downtown.
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Alicia L.

Alicia L.

Chicago, IL 60611
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$34 / 30-min

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