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About Tracy B.

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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.

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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.

*** 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 Maria P.

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Chicago, IL
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With a BS in nutrition and many years of experience as a nutritionist, Spanish tutor and yoga instructor I can help learn new skills and be healthier! I always like to adapt the lessons to reach each person's goals.
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Melody Bromma February 28, 2016
· Cooking · In home
Terrific! Very helpful.
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Melody January 2, 2016
· · In home
A wonderful chef, very informative, organized and professional. Great recipe and Maria adapted everything to suit my smallish kitchen and not too equipped cupboard. Very knowledgeable. Super delicious. Highly recommended!!
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Maria P.

Maria P.

Chicago, IL 60613
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About Rachel M.

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Chicago, IL

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About Rachel
I am a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. I hold a B.A. in French. I have an extensive background teaching and tutoring others, especially in ESL, English, French and special education. I also have additional experience tutoring many other subjects, such as Spanish, elementary education, biology, pre-calculus, essay writing and history.

I have a true love of tutoring and helping others. I work well with children and adults of all ages. Thank you for sharing your interest in learning!
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ed February 2, 2017
· Microsoft Office · Online
Excellent instructor--answered all my questions. Topic of lesson
was editing documents by using "tracking changes" feature of
Microsoft Office.
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Linda November 29, 2016
· Microsoft Word · In home
She is so easy to talk to and made me feel at ease learning about word skills . Im looking forward to my next lesson.
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Evelyn November 1, 2016
· Microsoft Word · Online
My teacher and I spoke by phone for my first lesson, but her phone had poor reception so I was not able to get the benefit of a full lesson. The second and third lessons were unsuccessful as well I need an alternative so that I can work with another teacher locally. I am not familiar enough with this on line process to be successful with my lessons. I have paid for lessons that i have not received. Please advise.
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Rachel M.

Rachel M.

Chicago, IL 60626
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About Lipeng C.

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Chicago, IL

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About Lipeng
I am a professional musician and educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.
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Audrey July 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lipeng is very patient and encouraging for my beginner 11-year-old, using the video format well to demonstrate the songs and watch the student. She has been a good fit for a player who is motivated to improve but can complain a little bit about practicing everyday.
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Paul C. March 7, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very first lesson with Lipeng and I enjoyed it so very much. Lipeng encourages to listen to the music and then accentuate the notes to make it music, not to simply play them.
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Alexander R. March 6, 2017
· Violin · Online
Was able to very quickly assess my skill level and provide exactly the right training to begin improving. Excellent concept communicator, and very encouraging. I learned so much so quickly that I'm really looking forward to my next lesson!
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Lipeng C.

Lipeng C.

Chicago, IL 60616
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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
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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 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 Drew P.

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Evanston, IL

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Drew is a flute student in rigorous preparation for a future career in classical music. For 15 years, he has participated in numerous music competitions, festivals, and performance opportunities, both as a soloist and part of ensembles, and actively continues to do so. He is an advocate of the arts and passionate about spreading the gift of music, which has lead him to teach over 20 students (and counting!) in just the past 2 years.

Drew graduated with a BM in Flute Performance at Brigham Young University, and continues his studies at Northwestern University, where he is projected to earn his MM in Flute Performance in 2018.

***My Vision***
I seek students who share a love of learning. I am not looking for the finest musicians or highest IQ's, because those gifts are not required to learn and grow. My greatest experiences as a tea
cher have come from when I work with students who just want to learn more.

***My Requirements***
Learning comes at a price, though. I hold my students to high expectations when it comes to practicing. Each week, I give students individual assignments that I know will improve their learning and playing abilities, and I expect those assignments to be fulfilled by the next lesson. A failure to do so will result in frustration for both myself and my student.

However, I know that nobody is perfect, and I myself have had my share of weeks where life happens, and I simply don't progress as much as I would like. As a teacher, I understand this perfectly, and I will always strive to listen to my students, and work with them through their difficulties or struggles.

***What To Expect From Lessons***
I bring a lot of energy to lessons! I am very passionate about teaching and helping students grow, and I make sure to bring that to every lesson. I give concise, direct feedback to students, making sure to give them the information they need to understand how they can achieve their goals and grow.

I am very perceptive of students' feelings, and I take care to be sensitive to their needs each week. My worst fear as a teacher is to cause hurt feelings, so I will do everything in my power to avoid that!

I am an expert in the field of music and the flute, so you can be rest assured that the quality of instruction will be the highest.
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Katie June 1, 2017
· Flute · In home
My daughter had Drew as her first teacher for the 2015-2016 school year. He was excellent at explaining concepts and techniques to her as she began to learn the flute. He helped her to have fun as she learned. He is patient, knowledgeable, positive, and communicates concepts and expectations well. We would have loved to have him stay in the area and continue as her teacher.
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Sarah March 25, 2017
· Flute · In home
I had the privilege of having Drew as my private flute teacher for the 2015-2016 school year, and I would have loved to remain his student if he hadn't moved. He's incredibly patient, thoughtful, and hardworking, and he helped me correct problems that previous teachers never even noticed. I improved in so many areas in a short period of time, including overall tone, physical technique, performance psychology, practice habits, and applying musicality to my performance. Easily the best teacher I've ever had.
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Drew P.

Drew P.

Evanston, IL 60208
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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.

About me,
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

About Clara S.

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Chicago, IL
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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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$25 / 30-min

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