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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

*** 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 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

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
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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Maxim L. July 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My son just completed 3 piano lessons with kelvin. He is enjoying his lessons so far. Kelvin is patient and very talented. He is very knowledgeable in all music. I am very excited to have found him and looking forward to working with him for many years.
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Jayden June 13, 2017
· Tennis · In studio
Very pleasant 1st time meeting and great tennis lesson with my son. Excellent style for teaching my 14 year old.
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Maryan June 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Good lesson today
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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$35 / 30-min

About Adriana R.

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Chicago, IL
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My name is Adriana, and I would love to meet you!. I have been teaching ESL since 2000 and Spanish since 2005. Through my years of experience, I have always been committed to guarantee my students would learn and will also enjoy taking my classes. Students must have fun while learning.
I have received awards from prestigious institutions like Erie N. House and St. Augustine College in Chicago for outstanding teaching performance.

I have taught Spanish and ESL in Mexico and in the USA to people of all ages. I enjoy making my students feel proud of themselves for their achievements. Patience, perseverance, and customized service are my standards of teaching.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals!.
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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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Whitney H. November 10, 2016
· Spanish · In studio
Adrianna is awesome! My daughter is 5 years old and loves coming to her Spanish lesson. She has been taking them for a couple of weeks now and Im excited to watch her progress. I would def recommend Adrianna to anyone!
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Adriana R.

Adriana R.

Chicago, IL 60639
(10)
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$25 / 30-min

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 60605
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$27 / 30-min

About Niki H.

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Chicago, IL

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About Niki
Your learning experience is about you. It is about personalized lesson plans, your learning style and aspirations. I look forward to working with you.

A little bit about me: I have sung and played the piano with many different professional bands (from rock and pop, to blues and ethnic). In addition, being a classical piano teacher for over a decade in preparatory schools (from pre-school to high-school), running my private piano/theory studio and currently teaching music majors in college (Northwestern University, New England Conservatory previously), I can confidently say that I have dealt with a large span of ages (3 – 45), personalities, cultural backgrounds and levels of students, especially aged 10 – 18.

My teaching style is enthusiastic, humorous and theatrical, always focused on each student’s interests and approachi
ng learning in an interdisciplinary way, incorporating singing, composing, movement and anything the student relates to. I believe in interactive learning and in giving the students the power to create their own curriculum. I will give you a solid technical jumpstart, you will learn to read and write music and we will have cross-genre playlists because we love all music.

As for my education and current professional life, I'm a classical composer, with a bachelor's degree in classical piano and theory, currently pursuing my doctoral degree in composition at Northwestern University. I previously obtained my master's degree in composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston. I also hold a bachelor's degree in pedagogy, musicology.
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Shila June 15, 2017
· Greek · Online
First Greek Lesson was great with Niki! Extremely patient with you which is really key if you are a beginner. Awesome person too!
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Angela W. May 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My teenage daughter was a student of Niki's until we moved. She builds rapport with the student, and her devotion to music and the pursuit of her own education as a gifted musician made her enthusiasm infectious. She is the product of serious and intense training from a young age, but I believe her personality and approach would allow for a solid connection with students of various abilities.
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Eugi April 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Niki helped me re-learn everything I knew about playing the piano, she taught me to improvise and thanks to her amazing way of making everything in music seem simpler, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes, I gained confidence in playing in front of an audience and I learned to sing while playing!

I definitely recommend her!
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Niki H.

Niki H.

Chicago, IL 60626
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About Rena S.

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Chicago, IL
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About Rena
Rena is a student majoring in Economics and Music at the University of Chicago. She has been playing the piano for over fifteen years, ten of which she spent at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. Rena continues to study piano at the collegiate level. She has experience teaching children, adolescents, and adults from absolute beginner to late intermediate levels.

Rena has nearly five years of tutoring experience in a variety of academic subjects. In her first year at UChicago, she taught an ACT Reading and Writing Prep course as part of a university outreach program.

Rena has guided numerous students through the sometimes nerve-wracking college admissions process. She regularly edits admissions-related essays, as well as written work for academic disciplines.

She is a native speaker of Russian and English and ha
s experience tutoring both. She is also an advanced speaker of Italian.
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Rena S.

Rena S.

Chicago, IL 60637
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$20 / 30-min

About Brittany B.

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Aurora, IL
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About Brittany
I majored in English and the rhetorical arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). I'm certified to edit by the University of Chicago. At UIC, I took a tutoring writing class which taught me how to tutor and how to listen to students. There were role playing skits and scenarios for how to approach different kinds of issues a student might have.
I have been tutoring students of all ages since 2012. All my students show improvement. I'm different from other tutors because I let the student determine what they want to learn. I plan lesson to lesson based on the previous lesson. This provides a certain amount flexibility for each lessons.
For tutoring the ACT, we do an in-class practice test so the answers (and reasons for choosing the answers) are fresh in the students' mind. After I understand how the student thinks, I can tran
slate the test in a way they understand. I also use this method for how to teach memorization.
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Brittany B.

Brittany B.

Naperville, IL 60564
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$29 / 60-min

About Beatriz C.

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Naperville, IL
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About Beatriz
I am an experienced IT professional and chef, during my career I have had the opportunity helping people to achieve their goals. I speak English, Spanish, and French.
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Beatriz C.

Beatriz C.

Naperville, IL 60564
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$30 / 60-min

About Neider Jose R.

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Chicago, IL
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About Neider Jose
I am a Colombian, I am a public accountant in my country, working with several auditing firms in my country, meeting in Chicago studying English and taking a diploma in the management of accounting standards in the United States.
I was professor of diploma in international standards in two universities in Colombia.
I am a calm person, kind and patient, I like to interact with new people and seek continuous improvement.
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Neider Jose R.

Neider Jose R.

Chicago, IL 60660
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$25 / 30-min

About Clara S.

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Chicago, IL
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About Clara
Hello!

My name is Clara. I am currently a second year medical student at Northwestern University. I graduated from Purdue University with honors majoring in Biology, minoring in Chemistry. I have experiencing teaching in many subjects, including Korean, Biology, Chemistry, SAT, MCAT prep, and Cello. Please contact me for any questions. I would be happy to talk.

Beyond my academics, I have also played cello for 14 years, and I have experience playing solo, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and in weddings. I have trained with a Julliard-trained cellist, and I have played in both my University Orchestra as principal cellist as well as in Europe alongside professional musicians with the Zurich Community Orchestra. Classical music and cello has always been a big part of my life and I would be happy to pass on this love for music to anyone
who wants to learn about cello.

Feel free to send me a message. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Clara S.

Clara S.

Chicago, IL 60611
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