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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement studio finished and separate from house

*** Travel Equipment ***
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.

*** Specialties ***
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 Kelly G.

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First Opera instructor to Laura Bretan, America's Got Talent 2016 GOLDEN Buzzer winner and youngest Opera Star.

I feel there is a great deal of talent in the youth of today, and that it is my job to provide a knowledge and understanding of how to best use that talent. I try my best to provide a comfortable atmosphere to help my students to develop, refine and heighten their talents. I love to teach performance techniques in voice, music, dance, and various other fine arts activities. I have been an aspiring performer my entire life and have enjoyed every learning experience I have come across. It is because of this that I feel I can help you reach your full potential. It is my goal to share my passion for performing arts with others so that they might become excited about their potential and future. I hope to empower others with t
he knowledge of using there instrument properly and efficiently so that they may utilize their talents to their fullest potential. Through lessons with me my students will enjoy and flourish in using their talents and become confident in doing so. Both learning and performing should be fun and exciting and that is what my students should know, that I am here to have fun and to help you embrace your natural talents and use them with ease and comfort.
What sets me apart from other teachers at Take Lessons?
Well, I am here to help you find how you learn best and what you feel most comfortable with. You will learn about yourself, your emotions, what makes you who you are, and your goals. Once we find that, we will use that to bring out your strengths and help you thrive in all areas of your life.
My training includes, but is not limited to;
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Sherman Oaks, CA- Fitness and Group Instructor Certification and Personal Training
Act One Studios, Chicago IL- Acting, and On-Camera, Commercial Techniques, Film and TV
Visceral Dance Center, Chicago IL- Modern, Tap, Jazz
Ruth Page Dance Center, Chicago IL- Ballet, Jazz, Pilates
Lou Conte Dance Studio, Chicago IL- Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Pilates, and Yoga
Oakland University, Rochester MI – Integrated Studies of Music, Theatre, and Dance, B.A.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI & Flint MI- Music Education, Dance , Vocal Performance, and Acting
Major studies and supplemental continued education in Health and Wellness, Nutritional implementation and lifestyle coaching.
Also, a professional athlete and fitness model with Ultimate Fitness Events Ontario, Canada.

Though I am your teacher, instructor, coach and I am also a fellow performer. I understand that everyone learns differently and I try to take various approaches to help the student get the most out of each lesson. I encourage my students to be open and honest with me about each aspect or their lesson so that we can, together, tailor a lesson plan that best fits each individual.

I am also CPR/AED certified- this is just one way to make sure your child or you are safe while taking lessons while me.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed to better the performances and techniques of a singer, dancer, or actor.
Techniques such as breathing, diction, pitch, tone, posture, rhythm, smoothness, and stage presence will be practiced. I do my best to develop lessons that are tailored to each student based on their individual needs. Lessons start simply with gentle vocal exercises based on humming and open vowel sounds. Each student can expect to be challenged through exciting a stimulating exercises. I also teach techniques to improve posture, poise and vocal performance. I enjoy using simple scales to improve pitch and volume while also working on clarifying the students voice. A students performance, whether they aspire to be a performer, teacher, or just enjoy performing should have a positive self portrait of themselves. We will work on building confidence so we as performers can take pride in ourselves and what we represent. My students are expected to practice outside of the lesson. I also encourage them to keep a practice journal of when and how long they have practiced. It helps the students to trouble shoot areas of their performance and take the opportunity to ask questions during the next lesson.
My students and I will strive to
- To develop an understanding of basic music theory.
- To take responsibility for their musical and vocal growth.
- To reach for improvement and not perfection.
- To work on the memorization of a performance.
- To try their hardest with each lesson.
- To come to each lesson with an idea of what they would like to achieve.
- To constantly sing correct pitches and rhythms in all songs/performances.
- To practice correct posture and breathe support.
Most importantly,
- To enjoy their performance and learn to embrace the natural talents they are given.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I work from a loft apartment, consisting of an area next to computer with a home recording studio area for music and keyboard. There is also seating for parents if they desire to attend lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I highly suggest the student have their own keyboard/piano. I do have a keyboard and music along with theory books and lesson plans, but would expect a quiet work environment for the student to pay attention.

*** Specialties ***
In dance I am well educated in every area but my strengths include: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern.
In vocal performance and technique: Opera, Musical theater, Lyric Soprano and Alto
Music: Classical, Contemporary, Rock, Pop, Christian, Country, R&B, Hip Hop
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Junie May 7, 2018
· Ballet · In studio
My 5 year old daughter has become a stronger dancer with Ms. Kelly as she builds up for her recital. We are truly lucky to find such a dedicated and talented teacher.
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Tracey January 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I was very lucky to have found Kelly. I had always dreamed of having artistic talent but I am not a naturally good singer. Within two years, I have gone from singing in the shower to having developed to stage performance. Kelly has taught me so much from the artistic expression of singing to the mechanics of turning my voice into an instrument. She has an incredible ability to listen to my voice and pinpoint the exact adjustment I need to make it sound great. She's such a fun person to be around that I always look forward to my next lesson. Her positive attitude and approach is also a testament to her high level of professionalism. She provides feedback that is positive. but also helps me improve She is the perfect combination of teacher and coach and I would highly recommend her for anyone interested in singing.
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Linda D. January 1, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Kelly has been my 15 year old son's acting instructor for the past three years. Kelly's broad knowledge of acting techniques coupled with her engaging and fun teaching style was a BIG win for my son's self-confidence. Kelly's can do attitude and positive outlook is contagious. She inspires you to want to improve your craft; having fun in the process. Kelly taught my son techniques that are useful in all aspects of communication; skills he can take into his adult life. I would recommend Kelly to anyone who is interested in acting, improv, public speaking or an overall tune up on how to read and respond to social situations. Thanks Kelly!
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Kelly G.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Steve S.

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Chicago, IL
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I have over 13 years of teaching experience at both the secondary and post-secondary level, and I have lived and taught for nearly 10 years in Japan. I have a graduate degree in education with a specialization in TESL/TEFL.

I prefer engaging in long-term professional relationships with students rather than one-time tutoring sessions.
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Haroon A. July 27, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Steve is a friendly instructor and he will work with you on areas that you need to improve, also his time management is great and I have been able to cancel or reschedule my classes with an hour before the class. His communication skill is also great and you can always have a meaningful conversation with him.
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Liudmila June 27, 2018
· Speech · Online
Steve is the best english teacher that I have had. He inspired me. He pushed me to take an job interview, when I thinked that I didn't not opportunity. Thank he, I'll have a second job interview. Thank he I did my first step and I started to feel more trust in myself. He make me better and try to show me how I can be more natural. I'm so happy! Maybe, without his advice, I would waiting for start yet. Thank you for anything Steve!
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jayaprakash June 27, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
I enjoy working with Steve, he is helping me a lot. He is very organized and has in depth knowledge in his subject, J recommend him.
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Steve S.

Chicago, IL 60660
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About Joneide F.

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Rolling Meadows, IL

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About Joneide
Professional with ten years of teaching and administrative experience. High-impact communicator capable of effectively conveying information at all levels when dealing with young and adult students. Solid independent judgment, honorable work ethics, able to build outstanding working relationships.

My passion is to teach. Before moving to the U.S. in 2005, I was an elementary school teacher and coordinator in Bahia, Brazil. Creative and engaging; I hold a Bachelors in pedagogy and post-graduate studies in Teaching Methodologies from the University of Education in Bahia, Brazil. I also hold an Associate of Arts degree from Oakton College in Des Plaines, Illinois.

I like to utilizes my passion for teaching Portuguese to create a positive experience for the students.
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R.J. June 22, 2018
· Portuguese · Online
Joneide is a fantastic Portuguese instructor. She adapted all the classes to my specific needs. Very serious, hands on, and proactive! Definitely would recommend her if you want to learn Portuguese!
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Peter May 13, 2018
· Portuguese · In studio
Joneide is the best! Amazing at teaching the concepts behind the language as well as the overall culture! Truly an immersive learning experience and an amazing teacher!
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Andreina March 6, 2018
· Portuguese · In studio
Excellent teacher. She is able to identify your weakness and streghts. I really enjoys our aulas :)
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Joneide F.

Joneide F.

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
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About Adriana R.

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Oak Park, IL
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About Adriana
Hola,

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile!

Spanish is my native language and I've always been fascinated by its grammar, its phonetics and beauty in general. But learning other languages has also being one of my passions. I am fortunate to be proficient in two languages (Spanish and English), but knowing a few others has given me perspective that became a tool for another of my passions: Teaching!!!

I strongly believe everyone is capable of learning Spanish. That's why I guarantee my students I can teach them not only what they want but also what they need.
Every student is different and that's why I personalize each of my classes. I have 15+ years of experience teaching adults, teens, children, big groups, families, etc., not only in the US but also in Mexico and other countries (online). My teaching method has
been recognized and awarded by organizations like the Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago, and the DuPage County Health Department.
I enjoy teaching because there is no better satisfaction that helping others to accomplish something they considered almost impossible; I will be happy to help you get there!
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Karen June 28, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Adriana was very well prepared and put me at ease. She focused on exactly what I needed!
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Valeri July 20, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Addy is awesome! Really made me feel like I can do this!
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cheryl July 13, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Lovely person and good teacher! Highly recommend!
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Adriana R.

Adriana R.

Oak Park, IL 60304
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About Yulia B.

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Chicago, IL
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About Yulia
I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015 and Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music in 2018. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
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Coleman M. May 24, 2018
· Russian · Online
Yulia is great! I was a little disorganized and Yulia proposed accommodations with ease.
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sara M. May 22, 2018
· Russian · Online
Wonderful , knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient teacher
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Amelia A. October 10, 2017
· Drum · Online
Great experience - my daughter really liked her first lesson, and came away enthusiastic. You can’t ask for much better.
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Yulia B.

Yulia B.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Ekaterina S.

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Chicago, IL
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About Ekaterina
Hello, my future students!
My name is Ekaterina and I’m going to teach you Russian! Why should you choose me?
I’m a native speaker and an experienced professional Russian language tutor. I have special teaching programs for any goal you have. But I correct it according to each student, his/her abilities and goals. In my opinion, an individual approach is a key to success in tutoring.
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Ekaterina S.

Ekaterina S.

Chicago, IL 60640
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$27 / 30-min

About Jeehyae D.

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Chicago, IL
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I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I spent my first 20 years in Korea. I earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. While completing my studies at NAU, I was the vice-president of the Korean club teaching college students the Korean language (reading, writing, speaking), and culture.

I have experience teaching Korean to students ranging in skill from beginner to advanced. Students can expect to learn not only the language but also Korean culture and how the language is actually used outside of textbooks.

I also worked at the international office at NAU and Ajou University in Korea. So because of this, I am very experienced in teaching and speaking to students who are either learning English or Korean, and have a strong ability to increase their learning speed.
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Karl T. July 26, 2018
· Korean · Online
Jeehyae is very flexible and and a solid instructor. One lesson down and I’m excited for the rest of them!
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Kierstin July 25, 2018
· Korean · Online
Jeehyae is a great teacher and teaches at the right pace so I can learn easy.
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Alyssa June 15, 2018
· Korean · Online
I am so happy to have finally found the perfect language instructor through TakeLessons! Jeehyae is incredibly patient and willing to help me understand Korean at my pace. I can always count on Jeehyae whenever I feel stumped and would like to review anything to improve my foreign language abilities. I can't wait for my next lesson :) Thank you Jeehyae!
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Jeehyae D.

Jeehyae D.

Chicago, IL 60610
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About Meriem B.

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Chicago, IL
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About Meriem
Bonjour & bienvenue!

French is my native language and whether you're a beginner or experienced French speaker, I would be happy to:
1) Teach you French from scratch,
2) Enrich your vocabulary & conversational abilities, or
3) Polish your accent to make you sound like a real French person!

I moved from France to USA in 2011 and my main job is being a costume designer specialized in opera.

Besides that, I'm teaching French to a few students and I would like to share my love for this language and culture with more people through fun exercises and conversations! I also occasionally translate documents or help opera singers with their pronunciation & understanding of French lyrics.

A question I often receive: are you interested in teaching total beginners?
Of course!!! Actually, my students are mainly beginners. It's fantasti
c to follow their progress and it's interesting to adapt the class a bit differently for each of them according to their preferences and abilities.

I'm looking forward to meeting you online, in a coffee shop or at home (yours or mine, in Chicago).

À bientôt!
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RobN July 28, 2018
· French · Online
Great lessons, awesome teacher Will continue learning from Meriem!
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Rachel July 28, 2018
· French · Online
Truly second to none!!!
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Kevin July 28, 2018
· French · In home
I had a couple of sessions with Meriem during the transition between my French 1 and 2 classes. We went over rudimentary things that I didn't get in class and now everything makes so much sense. Good pronunciation is definitely the key and Meriem knows how to lead you there. I also really enjoyed the examples she gave based on songs lyrics. That's a great method!
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Meriem B.

Chicago, IL 60640
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About Mohammed B.

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Itasca, IL

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Passionate about teaching esp. teaching foreign languages. Happy to help!
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Mohammed B.

Mohammed B.

Itasca, IL 60143
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