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About Kelly G.

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About Kelly
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.

Kelly G.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Steve S.

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About Steve
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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Chris April 19, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Steve is the man you need if you need to improve your English, my experience with Steve make me a better English speaker
Thanks to Takelessons for introduced me to my teacher
Steve

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kubra April 17, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
He is the best!!
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Yohanna March 17, 2018
· ESL · Online
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Steve S.

Steve S.

Chicago, IL 60660
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$20 / 30-min

About Jimmy T.

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Chicago, IL

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About Jimmy
My name is Jimmy. I have been teaching Spanish for about five years now. I have taught all ages from kindergarten to adults.

As a current teacher, my primary goal is to make sure the students have engaging and fun experiences while learning Spanish. I do not lecture solely on the nuts and bolts of the language but rather allow the student to perform the language in order to learn it.

I do want to make clear that I do teach young children (ages 2-12) but I prefer to teach them in person and at least twice a week. I believe the experience to be more valuable that way.

Additionally, I ask that you and I talk for a while before signing up for lessons with me. I may not be able the person to give you what you need. I want to be sure your needs are met through Take Lessons and I may not be the person that can do that. So, please mess
age me often.

I am always excited to teach someone this language I love so much.

¡Gracias!
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Renee September 18, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Explains complicated language principles well.
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Michelle C. September 6, 2017
· Spanish · Online
I was so nervous last night, but Jimmy kept calming me and given me encouragement. He made it fun as I was learning, we laughed alot, I'm super excited to continue my lessons 🤣
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Vernon R. August 9, 2017
· Spanish · Online
I normally don't do reviews but had to for this one. Jimmy is an amazing teacher have a lot of patience with a great method of teaching I would recommend him to anyone.
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Jimmy T.

Jimmy T.

Chicago, IL 60616
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$15 / 30-min

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. Currently, I'm pursuing Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music. 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
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About Bill L.

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Chicago, IL
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About Bill
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 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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Andy May 19, 2018
· Computer Programming · Online
Excellent first lesson, Thanks Bill
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Patrick December 21, 2017
· Algebra 2 · In studio
Bill's tutoring made a big difference in my child's math grades. He simplifies math concepts and reinforces good study techniques
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Meg December 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
I thought piano was going to be impossible to learn for me because I have bad hand-eye coordination. Somehow Bill is able to motivate me to work with me despite my slowness until I am able to start advancing on my own.
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Bill L.

Bill L.

Chicago, IL 60661
(13)
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$29 / 30-min

About Kaylene C.

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Downers Grove, IL
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About Kaylene
I am a personal French teacher and tutor for students ranging in age currently from 4-47. My method is to make it as fun and relaxing as possible so students can learn with ease.

I love to travel and learn about other cultures. I've led student trips to France, Quebec, England and have visited Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. My travel bucket list is long and I hope I get to see all of them.

I graduated from the University of Dayton in 2002 with a BA in French and continued on to graduate school for International relations. I started teaching at a public school after graduating and stayed there for 5 years. I then had the opportunity to manage a foreign language school that taught French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Mandarin. After 6 years there I branched out on my own to have more personalized lessons.

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xpect to practice age appropriate French conversation and grammar structures from the first day of lessons.

I hope to work with you soon!
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Jennifer April 3, 2018
· French ·
My child enjoys taking the West Suburban French Tutor’s engaging one-hour group class sessions and is rapidly achieving impressive conversation skills. The strategy and resources used create an enthusiastic and respectful environment.
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Sabrina March 26, 2018
· French · In studio
Professeur Kaylene Costello is a fun and engaging teacher. My daughter and I are taking her 6-week French class and we are having a blast! We have played Twister and Simon Says in French. We have sung fun catchy songs in French and have had a lot of encouragement in speaking this beautiful language with the correct pronunciation. I feel like I have hit a gold mine of valuable French instruction with a patient and caring teacher. Thank you Professeur Kaylene!!
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Kaylene C.

Kaylene C.

Downers Grove, IL 60515
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$34 / 30-min

About Ranim S.

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About Ranim
Hi, my name is Ranim. I am from Romania, Craiova where I graduated Medical school. I am 26 years old. I would love to teach others Romanian language because I think it’s a very fun and interesting language to learn. Romanian (or limba română in the language itself) is a Latin-derived language related closely to languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. It has the distinction of being the only Romance language still spoken in Eastern Europe. There are lots of similarities between Romanian and Spanish or Italian which means that learning Romanian will open the doors to the “ Latin world” .
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Ranim S.

Ranim S.

Itasca, IL 60143
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$34 / 30-min

About Virginia L.

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I am Virginia, from Spain. Right now I live in Chicago because my Huband's Job, I try to improve my English every day. I am licenced in Social Work, so I like Work with people and I have experience teach and make activities.
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Virginia L.

Virginia L.

Chicago, IL 60605
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$34 / 30-min

About Stefania P.

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Chicago, IL
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I am Italian. I moved to Canada first and the US next in my thirties. I love teaching. I own a retail training and consulting company. I have taught Italian on and off over the years and have always loved doing it. I am very passionate about the topics I teach and have a clear understanding of the complexities of learning and most importantly remembering things that are new to us. Hence, my obsession with repetition and never move to the next lesson until prior ones are fully mastered. I use multiple tricks to make a lesson engaging, different and fun to attend.
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Stefania P.

Stefania P.

Chicago, IL 60654
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$60 / 60-min

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