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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.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
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

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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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Joe B. September 19, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Had a great experience with Kelvin. Looking forward to the next lesson!
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Joe B. September 18, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Kelvin was great! I learned allot in a short time. Thank you. Joe
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Hargeet September 16, 2018
· Violin · Online
Very patient!
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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About Karen J.

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Wheeling, IL
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I'm a life coach/counselor who'd love to help you get the most out of your life. Rev. Karen J. is an experienced and professional teacher, instructor, and counselor. An expert in Kabbalah, Karen is able to use ancient wisdom with modern techniques to help you to zero in on your issues in a fun, friendly, and helpful manner. She will assist you in resolving problems and gently steer you towards the unique and individual path that is right for you.

As an educator and library presenter, Karen was named one of 2008's "Best of the Best Presenters" at public libraries in the North Suburban Library System. She speaks to groups about Kabbalah, Feng Shui, Numerology, Dream Interpretation, Introduction to Meditation for Stress Reduction and Teaches Reading Tarot. She has provided the entertainment and expertise to help raise hundreds of th
ousands of dollars for charities over the years, including University of Illinois at Chicago G.I.L.D. and Hadassah. Karen is also available for Mardi Gras events and Corporate Holiday Parties.
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Linda P. April 28, 2016
· Meditation · In home
Caring and motivational
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Linda April 28, 2016
· Meditation · In studio
Excellent
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Karen J.

Karen J.

Wheeling, IL 60090
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About Joneide F.

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Rolling Meadows, IL

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About Joneide
Professional with ten years of teaching and administrative experience. High-impact communicator capable of effectively conveying information at all levels when dealing with young and adult students. Solid independent judgment, honorable work ethics, able to build outstanding working relationships.

My passion is to teach. Before moving to the U.S. in 2005, I was an elementary school teacher and coordinator in Bahia, Brazil. Creative and engaging; I hold a Bachelors in pedagogy and post-graduate studies in Teaching Methodologies from the University of Education in Bahia, Brazil. I also hold an Associate of Arts degree from Oakton College in Des Plaines, Illinois.

I like to utilizes my passion for teaching Portuguese to create a positive experience for the students.
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R.J. June 22, 2018
· Portuguese · Online
Joneide is a fantastic Portuguese instructor. She adapted all the classes to my specific needs. Very serious, hands on, and proactive! Definitely would recommend her if you want to learn Portuguese!
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Peter May 13, 2018
· Portuguese · In studio
Joneide is the best! Amazing at teaching the concepts behind the language as well as the overall culture! Truly an immersive learning experience and an amazing teacher!
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Andreina March 6, 2018
· Portuguese · In studio
Excellent teacher. She is able to identify your weakness and streghts. I really enjoys our aulas :)
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Joneide F.

Joneide F.

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
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About Georgina L.

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Downers Grove, IL
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An energetic and highly motivated individual dedicated to fostering personal and intellectual growth through foreign language teaching, via modern and eclectic methodologies of language learning, with emphasis on interaction, communication, and generating interest in foreign languages and cultures.
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Christopher March 14, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Georgina is a native speaker with a clear, concise approach and dives right in. So far so good.
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Eddie K. July 25, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Georgina is doing such a great job catering the Spanish lessons to the needs of each child per the goals that have been set. The lessons are fun and engaging and my boys really enjoy them.
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Moe T. July 12, 2017
· Spanish · Online
A great teacher who is enthusiastic, very smart and makes class fun!
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Georgina L.

Georgina L.

Downers Grove, IL 60515
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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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Leon J. December 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Britta was so encouraging for my 8 year old nephew who is just starting out on the piano. She's flexible (had to reschedule a couple of times) and kind which creates a comfortable learning environment.
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Emma September 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter had a good time at her first lesson !
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Tru September 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter was very happy with her lesson. She is excited to learn and grow with her skills.
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Britta Y.

Britta Y.

Round Lake, IL 60073
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About Christelle L.

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Bloomingdale, IL
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About Christelle
Bienvenido/a a mi perfil. Me llamo Christelle y soy profesora. ¡Encantada!

I was born in Argentina and spent the first half of my life there and then moved to Spain, where I lived until 2016 when I moved to Chicago area.

While I was still getting my Bachelor's Degree in English Philology in Barcelona, I started working in language schools teaching English to all ages.
I worked as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher for almost 7 years. I have experience with children as young as 1 y/o, one-to-one lessons, small and large groups.

I am currently working as a Spanish and Art teacher in a private school in Oak Brook, Fusion Academy. I work with high schoolers who struggle learning in conventional learning environments.
I also have a Spanish Teacher certification from International House Barcelona and I am an official DELE
(Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language) examiner certified by Instituto Cervantes.

Look for me in LinkedIn for more information about me and check my art portfolio Red Summers Tea at Carbonmade dot com.

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I can help you improve your current level of Spanish, help your children with Spanish at school, or teach you Spanish from scratch!

⋆ LOCATIONS
I live in Bloomingdale and work in the DuPage county area. I meet most of my students in local coffee shops like Starbucks or Panera, but at-home lessons are possible as well.

⋆ LESSON FREQUENCY AND LENGTH

It would depend on your goals. School tutoring usually requires less time because Spanish at school is extremely basic and it’s doesn’t really lead to fluency in the language. Anything else needs a greater degree of commitment! I meet my students for one hour once or twice per week AT LEAST.

⋆ TEACHING METHOD
For school tutoring I try to adapt to your school’s method. For other types of lessons, I prefer avoiding translation and memorization and make use of effective Spanish textbooks, technology, games and free conversation.

⋆ SCHEDULE / AVAILABILITY
I mostly teach Monday-Friday afternoons and weekends in the morning.

⋆ RESCHEDULING / CANCELLATIONS / PUNCTUALITY
I understand flexibility is convenient and appreciated, so I allow rescheduling and cancellations in case of emergency or with enough advance notice. I recommend students to stick to their agreed schedule if they want to achieve their goals, even if that means to meet at another time during that same week. If I am already on my way to your lesson and you need to cancel, I will charge for the lesson. If you’re going to be late, please let me know, and I can’t guarantee that I can stay later than our scheduled time.

⋆ FIRST LESSON
During our first lesson we will take time to go over any important information, set our goals and answer questions regarding nature of our lessons. We can talk about fees and teaching materials during this lesson as well.

For any more details or any questions, please don’t hesitate contacting me!
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Hang August 22, 2018
· Drawing · In home
We found Christelle on this website and could not be more thrilled. She was able to meet all of our requirements in an art tutor, speaking perfect Spanish to my daughter and always energetic during the lessons. My daughter cannot wait for the next lesson to come every week!
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Alicia May 30, 2018
· Spanish · Online
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Alicia November 1, 2017
· Spanish · Online
My son had a great first class and is looking forward to more classes!
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Christelle L.

Christelle L.

Bloomingdale, IL 60108
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About Mohammed B.

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Itasca, IL

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Passionate about teaching esp. teaching foreign languages. Happy to help!
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Elmos A. August 28, 2018
· French · Online
Mohammed is a great teacher. He went above and beyond during my lesson and provided valuable resources, tools, and advice. I would highly recommend his services.
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Mohammed B.

Mohammed B.

Itasca, IL 60143
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$35 / 30-min

About Jessie S.

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Des Plaines, IL
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I will teach you how to read and write spanish. I have alot of experience with bilingual classes. I took ESL classes from first grade all the way to eight grade. By the time i was in high school I was taking mainstream classes. Spanish is my first language so I know how difficult it is to learn another language. Especially speaking it without even knowing how to write it or even read it. I remember having problems with English in middle school. People used too make fun but I after a while i learned how to speak write and read both English and Spanish. By the time i hit high school I was bilingual and English became natural like speaking spanish at home with the family. When I enrolled in college I did not expect to use my bilingual skills. I will help students that needed help with assignments in English. Especially international students
. Being bilingual English/Spanish became natural for me. I was born in illinois but my parents come from a foreign country and I know how hard is to learn a second lenguage. Give me the chance to teach you how to learn spanish. I can teach anyone how to speak perfect spanish with examples to make it easy.
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Jessie S.

Jessie S.

Des Plaines, IL 60018
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$34 / 60-min

About Harold A.

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Glenview, IL
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About Harold
I am a retired college professor with 15 years teaching experience in the classroom, as well as, 15 years tutoring and teaching Spanish privately for different companies. I am a native speaker and can teach students not only how to speak Spanish, but also read and write Spanish. As a former lawyer and judge in the country of Colombia, I can also teach professional Spanish for anyone doing business in a Latin American country.
With over 30 years teaching and tutoring experience in the United States, I have had the luxury of working with college students, as well as, business professionals. When we lived in Colombia, I was a lawyer then a judge. So I can not only teach conversational Spanish, I can also teach business and professional Spanish.
I have experience working with college students and business professionals, but I am also a grandf
ather and have a ton of patience for young learners as well. Please reach out and contact me if you would like me to tutor you so you could speak like a native speaker.
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Harold A.

Harold A.

Glenview, IL 60025
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$34 / 30-min

About Antonio S.

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Lisle, IL

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Italian native, I moved to the US to earn an MBA at Shorter University thanks to a soccer scholarship. Currently employed in an engineering firm as a Business Analyst.

During my whole life, I have traveled throughout Italy to play for pro/semi-pro soccer teams. In 2016 I was offered a full soccer scholarship to play for a college in NW Georgia.
When I was very young I also started playing chess because of the passion my older cousins had with this game. I started reading books when I was 6, competed for official tournaments at 12 and became a regional champion at 15.

A last passion of mine has always been guitar too. I started playing it when I was 13 and underwent 2 years of weekly lessons of Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Country.
I'm glad I can teach kids how to approach music and this instrument!

Currently, I teach these 3 disciplines bi
-weekly in a school in the suburbs of Chicago. I will be glad to see your improvements as I see those of the students I am currently teaching!
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Attilio October 10, 2018
· Italian · In studio
Since my first lesson, Antonio has been an exceptional instructor. His experience playing for well-respected academies overseas validates his credentials as a soccer instructor and it is very evident with the ball at his feet. Antonio’s personality makes lessons fun while also being engaging . He is very patient throughout his demonstrations and would suggest his for any level/age group.
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Megan October 9, 2018
· Chess · In studio
Great lessons and very knowledgeable teacher! Definitely will continue with more sessions from Antonio.
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Antonio S.

Antonio S.

Lisle, IL 60532
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$24 / 30-min

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