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Kimberly L.

Lombard, IL 60148

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About Kimberly

I have taught voice lessons for almost 20 years to children and adults of all ages, abilities, and musical tastes. I received my Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Florida State University, and a degree in English from Knox College. In 2013, I sang as a soprano soloist at Carnegie Hall, as part of a performance of Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass."

Students have come to me to improve their singing in many different styles, from pop music to musical theater to classical. I have taught experienced musicians as well as people who have never taken a lesson before.

Whether you're looking to improve your karaoke chops, prepare a solo piece for church, or just try something fun and different, I would encourage you to give voice lessons a shot. I truly enjoy teaching and would love to help you achieve your individual vocal goals!


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I am a very patient teacher. I use various teaching methods and tailor each lesson to the individual needs of the student. We discuss breath management, the release of unwanted tension, good performance practices, as well as diction and general musical concepts. Studying with me will remind you that singing should be fun, and will boost your confidence and skill level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My living room studio has a piano and seating for parents who wish to sit in on the lesson. There's also a table in the adjacent kitchen where younger siblings can do homework. Please bring a notebook or paper to take notes, as well as recording equipment if you wish to record the lesson.

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Classical voice is my specialty, but I have worked with students on everything from Metallica to Mozart.
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August 12, 2019
Tracy
Kim was my singing teacher for a few months before I went to college. As an excellent and knowledgeable singer herself, she always had the right input and guidance on anything I wanted to sing. Lessons felt self guided and relaxed, which helped me come out of my shell to do my own performances.
August 12, 2019
Francesca
Highly recommended! The singing and performance instruction I have received has exceeded my expectations. Kim is an amazing vocal coach and positively encouraging. I've learned so much about my voice, stage presence and importance of telling a story. Whatever your genre Kim makes music fun. Pure joy!
August 25, 2014
Karen H.
Both of my daughters, one of which has Asperger's, really enjoyed taking singing lessons with Kimberly over the past one and one-half years, and I would highly recommend her. They each received individualized lessons plus were provided immediate feedback and encouragement. I never heard a "do I have to go" when it came time for their lessons which says allot, especially in the summer when I often hear this about other things.

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Kimberly L.

Lombard, IL

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Charis B.

Woodstock, IL 60098

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About Charis

I have a B.S. in Music Education. I have worked with several disabled students patiently guiding them, finding creative ways to make music accessible to them. I believe it is not about me or the parent, but the student. I work with children of all ages believing that we can find a way that works so that in a few months you see results. Anyone can learn to sing or play but not everyone is going to enjoy it without the right approach and teacher. I don't want to hear a student say that the teacher didn't listen to me, they wouldn't entertain my ideas.
In my studio I have a studio piano and a keyboard. We have monitors and microphones and the ability to record. I encourage the composer to the pop music player, from the classical artist to the Broadway singer.
Currently, I have several students that compose their own music, helpi

ng one of those students to become a copyrighted artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
For the child I have had the most success with the Bastien method and for the Adult pianist I usually use Alfred's method books. I constantly have access to musicnotes.com to download any current or older hit in addition to the method books. I want you to learn to note read and then to play by chords. I never want the student to lose their creative, artistic ability. They should feel welcome at all times to add input to the lesson. I want you to have fun learning and find the ability in you to make music. Please contact Takelessons if a time does not suit your availability. I may be able to work something out.

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I own my music studio w/ piano, seating for parents. I have vocal equipment, microphones and monitors

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I will have a music bingo game with me and whatever else is needed to supplement the lesson

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I teach any style and method that is needed,but prefer Bastien, feeling it doesn't drag the information out. I teach note reading and playing classical music to playing by chords and learning how to split the voicing
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March 30, 2019
Alexa B.
Great teacher! She was able to teach my daughter in 3 lessons what her band teacher couldn’t do in 6 months. My daughter walked away after her first lesson excited and couldn’t wait for her next lesson. You can tell Charis loves what she does.
August 23, 2017
Darla Mills
excellent lesson
August 18, 2016
Olivia H.
The lesson would have been better if I were not so nervous and played better.

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Charis B.

Woodstock, IL

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Teresa L.

Ingleside, IL 60041

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About Teresa

I am a graduate of Northern IL University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. I have 22 years of teaching experience where I have traveled to the homes. Students enjoy my passion that I have with the instrument.

I started teaching in 1991 and have been teaching several students since then. Attending teacher workshops keep me at a current updated level and I want to help the students learn to the best of their potential.

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I am very thorough in my teaching, which includes lesson, theory, technique, and performance
methods. I use a very easy, flexible approach when it comes to the kids and their personalities. I expect a lot out of my students, yet still want them to learn and have fun.
After three months with me, they will have learned how my teaching style is and will be able to play several

children's songs.

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I don't provide any equipment when I travel except their books for the first lesson. I would expect the student to have a well tuned piano or a basic keyboard. The student also needs a notebook so I can write their homework down for them as well as myself to keep track of where the student is in their progress.[

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching Alfred, Bastien, and Faber and Faber. I teach General Music, Classical, Jazz, and Popular. I teach mainly through the method books, and then use other supplementary materials as well..
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June 10, 2019
Valentina M.
My daughters had their first piano lesson today with Terri. I can honestly say that I’ve never met anyone so patient and sweet natured and professional like Terri. The first time I spoke to her on the phone reflected her nature in person. Shes very knowledgeable with the piano music. She knows how to level herself with my 7 year old and specially with my know it all 5 year old. After the lessons she updated me with their progress and commented on my kids strengths and weaknesses. She just didn’t talk to me as her client but she talked to me like a friend. Her smile radiated through the music she teaches. We all loved her.
January 18, 2018
Owen
My son is a spitfire - Teresa has been patient with him while tapping his potential and challenging him!
October 14, 2017
John G.
Great job and has the patients required to teach.

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Teresa L.

Ingleside, IL

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Jeremie W.

McHenry, IL 60051

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About Jeremie

I'm a self taught guitarist who has been playing for nearly 20 years. I have played professionally in numerous bands and ensembles ranging from jazz to folk to rock, and I've been writing music for the same length of time. I currently perform with one of my students from TakeLessons named Mackenzie O'Brien.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2014 with a BA in Music Composition. I studied under composers: Drew Baker, Kenn Kumpf, Ilya Levinson, and Marcos Balter. I've performed and worked with members from the groups, Del Niente and Chicago's Composer's Collective.

I build my lesson plans around each of my students based on their interests. I'll try to incorporate music they enjoy into their music regime. I keep lessons pretty relaxed, but will challenge a student who is looking for something m

ore difficult. I go at the pace you learn best at!

Bass guitar, ukulele, song-writing, counterpoint, orchestrating, arranging, music theory, and composing are subjects I'm well versed in and love to teach to other people.

I'm experienced with all kinds of music software, such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, FL Studio, Finale, Sibelius. If you want to learn how to write, record, mix, and master your own music, there's never been a better time to learn.
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November 9, 2018
Danny
Jeremie is a great instructor. He moves and a good pace, really knows the details of what he is teaching, and caters the lesson material to you to keep it interesting. Would highly recommend!
October 27, 2018
Anoop A.
September 22, 2018
Danny
Jeremie is knowledgeable and easy to work with. He caters the lesson to your goals and I have no doubt I will achieve what I want if I stick with it! Would definitely recommend!

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Jeremie W.

McHenry, IL

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Grace C.

Carpentersville, IL 60110

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About Grace

I started piano lessons at the age of 3 and continued through middle school. I played the flute in the high school band and continued to pursue my love of music in college where I joined the Piano Ensemble and received a degree in Music from DePaul University. I graduated in 2015 with high honors. I have been teaching music and piano for several years. I love, enjoy, and welcome students of all ages. I enjoy teaching all styles of piano music and I believe in catering teaching styles, methods, and pieces to the individual student. I strongly believe that music lessons can be happy, fun experiences. Learning an instrument provides academic, mental, physical, and emotional benefits and strength, but it can also be a truly enjoyable experience to anticipate each week! I look forward to meeting you!

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May 26, 2019
Valentina M.
The teacher seems like she’s always in a hurry. She leaves a few minutes before it ends. She’s friendly but doesn’t make real conversation with the parent to update about my child’s progress. Knowledgeable though coz my daughter learned fast. She. Would’ve been perfect if she had a great personality
May 1, 2019
Jocelyn E.
Grace was very sweet and great with my 7 year old daughter.
September 2, 2018
Mikayla S.
My daughter loved her first lesson. Grace is a great instructor. Thank you!

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Grace C.

Cary, IL

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Candace W.

Carpentersville, IL 60110

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About Candace

Hello!
I started private violin lessons myself when I was nine, after begging my parents for two years to let me try. They finally caved, and I was in love!
I learned through the Suzuki Method until completion when I was 14, then I moved on to more difficult repertoire. I took lessons all through high school and eventually graduated from college with a Bachelor's of Music degree in violin performance.
My teaching philosophy has always been that anyone, child or adult, can learn to play an instrument. It isn't so much talent as it is hard work! Throughout the years, I've grown to realize that not everyone learns the same way, and so I have continuously tailored my teaching approach to each individual student and I challenge them based on what their goals are.
My favorite part about teaching is watching a student's face light up when they'v

e been struggling through something and it suddenly clicks. It's the most beautiful thing, and so satisfying! When a student of mine realizes that they can make music, and that their hard work has paid off to make good music, that's when the magic happens, and they unlock so much potential.
This inspires me to keep doing what I love, and I hope to share it with as many people as possible!
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Candace W.

Carpentersville, IL

Brad W.

Elgin, IL 60120

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About Brad

My name is Brad, I’m a professional improviser who trained and worked with “The Second City” for 3 years. Now I do musical theater along with stand up comedy and teaching improv to kids with CYT (Christian Youth Theater). I’ve been doing improv comedy for 8 years and musical theater for 13 years! I’ve played roles such as:
Alex the Lion in Madagascar
Mr. warbucks in Annie
Bert in Mary Poppins
Roger in Rent
William Barfee in Putnam spelling bee
Beast in Beauty and the Beast
Bobby Strong in Urinetown
The Cat in The Hat in Suessical
And most recently
Jesus in Godspell!

If you have any questions please let me know! I’m looking forward to working with you!

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October 19, 2019
JC L.
Brad was really well prepared for the lesson. He took the time to understand the goals and gave helpful feedback afterwards.
July 7, 2019
Chris Huff
Brad was really fun to work with, has a true teaching gift, and taught a huge amount of information in a small amount of time.
July 3, 2019
Nick
I’ve gone to Brad before the last 3 auditions I did and he has helped tremendously. He’s very knowledgeable when it comes to understanding a monologue. Brad cares about this art form and thinks far beyond just saying lines with an emotion and it shows. I highly recommend you ask him for help on your next audition.

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Brad W.

Elgin, IL

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Michael D.

Belvidere, IL 61008

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About Michael

I am a voice teacher and professional opera singer from Rockford, Illinois. I earned a Bachelor's degree in music education and a Master's degree in vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and since then, I have been fortunate to work for many opera companies including San Francisco Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. I am currently based in Northern Illinois where I teach private voice.

Although my primary interests as a singer are opera and musical theater, as a teacher I enjoy working in every musical style. I believe that every person in the world has a beautiful voice inside them waiting to be unlocked, and I have learned through my years of singing and teaching how best to help students find that voice for themselves (as I continue to work to unlock my own)!

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September 1, 2019
Ray Fanara
Michael taught me a wonderful support/breath technique that I have successfully implemented into my singing. After just an hour with him I have felt vast improvements in my technique. In short, 1 voice lesson will save you months of working through bad habits. I highly recommend.

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Michael D.

Belvidere, IL

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