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About Margo L.

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About Margo
Are you ready to fall in love with your voice? Are you ready for something different? If your voice isn’t becoming to you, YOU should be coming to ME!

I know what it's like to be frustrated with boring exercises and processes that seem to take a lot of time but yield no results. That's why I decided to teach DIFFERENTLY!

I've invested a lot of time, energy, emotion and $$$ on big-name schools and "experts", only to be disappointed with what I was taught because a lot of the information or techniques they employed simply didn't apply to me or my goals.

Since 1997, I have perfected the K.I.S.S. methodology to improve sales, stage performance, professional advancement and overall quality of life. My effectiveness and willingness to guarantee my work sets me worlds apart from every other professional in my field. Furthermore,
I have been named "Top Producer" in EVERY sales and management position held and have won first place in every singing and speech competition EVER entered since 1991. However, with my accolades, I am humble, easy-going and take a light-hearted and humorous approach to my coaching sessions.

At an early age, I was taught the importance of working "smart" and not "hard." Efficiency and effectiveness were the order of every day.
As the daughter of a Master Herbalist/musician (mother) and bodybuilder/ musician/ policeman (father), wellness, discipline and the stage have always been the way of life.

As a child, I was fascinated by my mother's stories of performing with members of Earth, Wind and Fire and other famous musicians and marveled at my father's accounts of being a friend and colleague of Sergio "The Myth" Oliva (3x Mr. Olympia). These experiences piqued a strong interest in stage performance and resulted in years of training in fine arts, fitness and linguistics. I was constantly reminded that the best performers in any field are "complete packages", meaning that they are well-rounded and adept in multiple facets of their chosen field.

To become a complete package, I studied classical piano and vocal performance at Sherwood Conservatory of Music and VanderCook College of Music; martial arts (Hapkido) at Hyun's; Fashion Design and Merchandise Management at International Academy of Design & Technology; herbal medicine at The School of Natural Healing; acting and musical improvisation at ETA Theatre and The Second City; flag, rifle and sabre twirling with South Shore Drill Team and runway/print modeling at Barbizon and The Fashion Connection. I have also studied tap, liturgical, ballet, modern, salsa, ballroom and street dance; speech therapy; actively study psychology, anatomy and nutrition and am a NESTA-certified wellness coach.

*** Specialties ***
Pitch Correction
Whistle Register Development
Vocal Physiology
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Accent Reduction
Repertoire Selection
Concert and Competition Preparation
Public Speaking
Physical Maintenance of the Vocal Instrument
Overcoming Speech Impediments
Stage Movement
Studio Recording Techniques
Songwriting
Image Development
Vocal Range Enhancement
Post-surgical re-immersion
Students with autism, down syndrome and speech impediments

Group classes are also available.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is tailor-made to suit the student's individual needs. Custom action plan will be given to each student on a case-by-case basis. No instruments are used in my lessons, as I train the voice to be a standalone instrument. However, if you would like to accompany yourself with a guitar, piano or percussion instrument, you are very welcome to do so.

*Please note that 15-minute sessions are ONLY available online. In-person sessions must be a minimum of 30 minutes. 31 and 61-minute sessions are for whistle register training only.

Online Disclaimer:
When choosing online lessons, please make sure that your system is functioning properly, that you know how to use the platform, that you have a good internet connection and that you are logged in on time, as no concessions will be made for time used due to technical difficulties.

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Our time together is very valuable. If you are not on time for your session, the missed portion will not be made up at the end of the session. If I am not on time, I will make up the missed portion at the end of the session or alternate agreed-upon time. No exceptions or make-up sessions will be made for illness, weather, transportation issues (including car trouble), or any other short-notice reason. Rescheduled lessons must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance and must be made up within the calendar week of the original lesson. If it is not made up within that week, it will still count as a paid session and cannot be made up at a later time.
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Monica G. December 30, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
Very helpful and encouraging.
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Aleya December 14, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Margo was amazing! I went to Margo to improve my speech and speaking voice. Within a few minutes of talking to me, Margo diagnosed my problem and gave me execercises to do. I saw improvements in my speech after the first session! Her fun personality made the sessions enjoyable and I walked away with helpful excercises.
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Bridget B. August 18, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
I have been working with Margo for several months. She has helped me tackle some of my public speaking challenges with creative exercises. She is an awesome coach that builds up confidence in her students with each lesson. I high recommend Margo for any of your speaking or voical training needs. Margo is an expert in her craft and passionate about helping others.
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Chicago, IL 60605
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About Benjamin K.

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I have extensively studied vocal performance for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have a Master of Vocal Performance Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. I currently work for a recording studio (Sound Summit Studios in Naperville IL) where I teach voice and help singers record their music in the studio. I have previously taught at The School of Rock in Indianapolis Indiana. I have administered vocal lessons to every voice type at all different levels. Several of my students have recored albums and are currently performing all over the U.S.

I have a bachelors degree in biology with a minor in art. After graduating college, I was a full-time high school biology teacher, volleyball coach, and director of the school musical. As a high school teacher, I learned first hand the kind of pressure and expectat
ions that are placed on students in order for them to succeed. In college, I was the head student researcher on a two-year lab project. I took several upper level science courses including: biochemistry, calculus, organic chemistry, calculus based physics, cell biology, anatomy, and physiology. I studied marine biology in the Virgin Islands and am CPR certified.

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Voice lessons with me are fun and effective. You can expect to hear improved technique from day one, eventually reaching your long term goals. I begin every lesson aligning the students voice through various vocal warm ups and exercises. We then work together to pick repertoire that will suit the singer'€™s voice and they will enjoy singing. During a lesson we will also cover performance presentation, acting, diction, rhythm, musicality, style, and interpretation.

During tutoring you can expect a personalized plan based on your goals and aspirations. Since every student is different you can be assured we will come up with a plan that is designed just for you. I am a laid back tutor but will be sure to get the most out of you after our time together. Most students see at least a one letter grade improvement. My main goal for every tutoring session is student learning and comprehension.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, recording equipment, large collection of sheet music

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students find their true singing voice.
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Peigi L. January 12, 2019
· Singing · Online
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Emily October 29, 2018
· Math · Online
Benjamin is a great teacher and incredibly patient. Very fortunate to have found him.
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Andrew S. September 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Wonderful first lesson and we got so much accomplished. I feel prepared to practice and start working through content. Great experience.
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Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL 60613
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About Steve S.

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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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Rudra A. November 16, 2018
· Writing · Online
My son enjoys writing lessons with Steve and has improved writing skills just after 3-4 sessions with Steve. Before he used to hate doing writing at home but now he likes it which is a big change.
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Xena October 5, 2018
· English · Online
Excellent tutor!
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Kateryna K. September 25, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Very responsive, attentive and patient teacher! I loved our first lesson, it was exactly what I was looking for. I'm definitely going to keep working with Steve, and I don't have any doubts that eventually no one will even think about asking "what country is your accent from?" :)
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Chicago, IL 60660
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About Amadou C.

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I am a distinguished graduate from Illinois Tech with a bachelor's of mechanical engineering. I make it my duty to break down many of the complexities in math, science and engineering that have been plaguing students since the beginning of time. I have over 10 years of teaching experience teaching students of all ages math, science and ACT/SAT prep who have went on to make 180 degree turns in their grades. This field experience has allowed me to develop the patience and understanding that is crucial in producing stellar students.

As an engineering-inclined individual, I encourage an exemplary study ethic in my students as well as an organized and systematic approach geared towards maximizing student grades/scores. I also bring results by relating to my students by incorporating elements of the things that they like (sports, hobbies, m
usic, etc...) into their most challenging courses allowing them to even potentially develop a passion for their most difficult courses. I always make a conscious effort to work at each student's own pace and I make it my priority to decompose the most challenging topics into components that can be more easily internalized by my students, effectively increasing their grades and giving them the self-confidence and enthusiasm they need to get killer grades. I guarantee quality, commitment, and results!

Having lived in over 20 countries has also permitted me to maintain my patience, composure and sense of flexibility and open-mindedness when dealing with even the most extreme personalities. I believe that everyone has potential; however potential is worthless unless put in motion. And experts like me take pride in our abilities to give students that push, that jolt of energy that galvanizes them into pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps, allowing them to achieve academic excellence.
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SC November 4, 2018
· ACT Math · Online
Amadou is excellent!!
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Nancy N. July 20, 2018
· Geometry · Online
Great job
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Toby May 19, 2018
· Geometry · Online
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Amadou C.

Chicago, IL 60615
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About Randy S.

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I have a Masters degree in Theatre History and Criticism (Theatrical Critical Theory). I have teaching experience and have been exposed to many different types of teaching styles and locales, (i.e. classroom, studio).I have a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with a focus on acting.
I have always been an actor first, simultaneously I have believed that teacher's are born not bred. At the risk of tooting my own horn; I am both, an actor and a teacher with more than a few credentials to support those facts. Peace and Kind Regards
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Michael C. October 25, 2018
· Acting · Online
Randy is a genius and is very encouraging! I highly recommend!!
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Grant T. August 27, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
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Jeremy July 14, 2018
· Poker · Online
Randy is excellent. His character transcends the need for a review like this, but the fact is, he made it awesome to fight for my first poker lesson over the past two weeks. We haven’t gotten in the software yet, but his exemplary stewardship and expertise has proven a greater boon to me than the best intentions of my initial efforts.
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Randy S.

Mount Prospect, IL 60056
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I've taught both privately and in the classroom (in schools from Pre-K to college, and through workshops), and have been a working musician and teacher for more than 25 years. I have a degree in music from Columbia College Chicago (Summa Cum Laude). My students have included everyone from absolute beginners to working professionals like myself. Many of my students have gone on to careers in music as performers, songwriters and/or teachers.

My approach in private instruction involves tailoring the lessons to the specific needs of each student, while making sure that he/she has the knowledge and technique to succeed in their creative endeavors. Whether it's a hobby or a potential career, I leave nothing out. You will learn the entire instrument. In cases where a student works in more than one subject, one session can typically be applied
to all/both of them. I strive to help every student find their own creative voice, while building the skill sets required to work in any style of music.

I also offer group lessons for 3 or more students. For friends at similar skill levels, this can offer a fun and more affordable way to learn a subject. It also serves as an additional motivator as the students in the group feed off of each other for ideas and inspiration.

Please feel free to contact me with the "Ask Phil a Question" button on my profile here. This can include questions about my method, or regarding days and times for lessons. What you see in my availability here is based on my schedule away from TakeLessons. I have students elsewhere and perform shows regularly. I may have additional times available and tend to have some flexibility. I teach worldwide online. Just ask.

As soon as you're ready to book lessons, you can use the Green Button after selecting your area of study, day and time. I will receive a notification that you've signed up. I will then confirm with you and send a questionnaire regarding your lesson needs within 48 hours.

Thanks for your interest.

I look forward to working with you!
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Reenee H. January 9, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Just my first lesson but I enjoyed it and feel like I am learning the basics well.
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Mya A. November 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Very patient!
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Noah June 25, 2018
· Singing · In home
Phil is walking me through the theory and we are making progress so it’s goinf well.
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Phil C.

Chicago, IL 60626
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About John C.

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My name is John and I am a U.S. Candidate Master in Chess. I have been coaching chess since 2009 and have taught chess in over 30 schools throughout the chicago-land area. I love to work on thought process, calculation, tactics, and endgame. I am currently working on my degree in mathematics. I have been tutoring math for two years now. I am comfortable tutoring all elementary grade levels including trig, geometry, algebra, and calculus.
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Ilya September 23, 2018
· Java · Online
Not boring. We have fun. I am a lot more confident to do coding on my own for my classes. Wish I could do more than once a week. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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Anthony January 6, 2017
· Chess · In studio
Awesome! My daughter cannot wait to take his lessons. She seems to love it and have a great time.
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Katarzyna January 6, 2017
· Math · In studio
I am getting better grades because of Mr. John. He if very helpful and makes math understandable. I wish my actually teacher could do that. -_-. Thank You Mr. John!
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John C.

Chicago, IL 60625
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About Lydia H.

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I am a professional singer specializing in Gospel, Jazz, Blues, R & B with a classical training background. I am also a pianist, recording artist, songwriter, speech professor & etiquette teacher. I utilize all these skills to help my students become stellar singers. I have a B.A in Arts & Science, M.A in Communication & Training and another M.A in Education & Curriculum.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression. Additionally, I provide my students with training on song selection, soundscapes, stage presence and career building tools.

Whether you dream is to sing in p
ublic or to make singing your lifelong career; I am the person who will help you elevate yourself. The students I will accept must be willing to commit to a minimum of 5 lessons.
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Zellencia December 3, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Very encouraging, gives honest feedback. I left with good practice techniques and confidence in my voice.
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Rene July 12, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
My experience was great it exceeded my expectations. Linda was always well-prepared. She planned her syllabus towards reaching my personall goals. She made me feel very comfortable and at the end I was confident singing a solo. I'm looking forward to taking a lesson another lesson from her
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Beverly S. June 22, 2018
· Gospel Singing · In home
Lydia is very patient with me she make sure that I hit the right notes I am so impressed with her and I'm working hard and doing very well
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Lydia H.

Chicago, IL 60652
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I have always been a self-studier in my entire life. Being able to learn with just books and your brain is a crucial skill to have! However, I know not everyone (and sometimes even myself) have the discipline and motivation to keep going during hard times. This is where a tutor would come in handy.

I enjoy tutoring (doing it ever since I was in high school for my classmates) and helping other overcome problems that I have encountered myself because it enhances my own understanding and makes me happy that my self-studying is helping others. Sometimes, my students even bring up alternative ways of thinking that I have never thought of before!
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Jasmine November 21, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Had played piano when I was young, and missed playing it. Bill is an excellent motivator and helped me enjoy practicing again and playing new pieces!
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LT October 29, 2018
· Java · Online
Bill is very patient and breaks the material down in a simple way to understand. He's helpful and motivating. With his help, I was better able to understand my assignments and class material. Before his help, I was very confused about java concepts. I would definitely recommend him as a programming tutor!
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Lynette October 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Wanted to just learn to play my favorite song on the piano, but Bill ended up teaching me to play piano.
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Bill L.

Chicago, IL 60661
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Ahmed is a charismatic and influential young man, committed to impacting lives and making meaningful connections. He is in his senior year at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he’s finishing up his Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics and has already earned his Entrepreneurship degree. His tutoring agency, Saverr4Angels LLC, is his first real business venture, and it has been an incredible ride thus far! You should probably ask him to tell you more about that! Ahmed has also been the recipient of multiple awards and scholarships, including the Leadership Academy Certification for showing outstanding leadership ability. He wants to be a beacon to children all over the world.

Ahmed began his tutoring career at The Mathnasium, where he worked with over 500 students, from preschoolers to middle schoolers. He quickly discovere
d his gift for teaching kids math in a magnetic and intuitive manner that effectively engaged his students. In the past fifteen months, Ahmed has expanded his student base to struggling high schoolers in all math subjects, particularly algebra, precalculus, stats, and geometry. He’s now especially passionate about tutoring test prep and having the opportunity to enable his students to conquer their goals. He aims to not only help his students on a specific exam or class but also impact the rest of their academic career by giving them the tools to succeed. When tutoring, Ahmed explains difficult concepts using analogies and silly examples. “The analogies make the ideas more connected and concrete in the student's brain, which means they will understand it more deeply,” he says. He goes on to explain that these examples often evoke emotion from the students and, “since strong emotions create strong memories, my students are more likely to remember the material we discussed.” Additionally, Ahmed is a firm believer in the importance of developing a strong mathematical foundation to work off of. This year, he’s on a mission to help 723 students accomplish their academic goals in 2018, whether it be to increase their confidence, get an A in their class, or earn a 35 on the ACT.

In his free time, Ahmed's passions are weightlifting and bodybuilding, gymnastics, dancing, kickboxing, karate, and baseball. He can perform backflips, headstands, cartwheels, and breakdance power moves, such as spins and flares.
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Skokie, IL 60077
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