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About Kelly G.

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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 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 Rena S.

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Chicago, IL
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About Rena
Rena is a student majoring in Economics and Music at the University of Chicago. She has been playing the piano for over fifteen years, ten of which she spent at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. Rena continues to study piano at the collegiate level. She has experience teaching children, adolescents, and adults from absolute beginner to late intermediate levels.

Rena has nearly five years of tutoring experience in a variety of academic subjects. In her first year at UChicago, she taught an ACT Reading and Writing Prep course as part of a university outreach program.

Rena has guided numerous students through the sometimes nerve-wracking college admissions process. She regularly edits admissions-related essays, as well as written work for academic disciplines.

She is a native speaker of Russian and English and ha
s experience tutoring both. She is also an advanced speaker of Italian.
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Rena S.

Rena S.

Chicago, IL 60637
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$20 / 30-min

About Jeehyae D.

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Chicago, IL
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I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I spent my first 20 years in Korea. I earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. While completing my studies at NAU, I was the vice-president of the Korean club teaching college students the Korean language (reading, writing, speaking), and culture.

I have experience teaching Korean to students ranging in skill from beginner to advanced. Students can expect to learn not only the language but also Korean culture and how the language is actually used outside of textbooks.

I also worked at the international office at NAU and Ajou University in Korea. So because of this, I am very experienced in teaching and speaking to students who are either learning English or Korean, and have a strong ability to increase their learning speed.
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Krysten October 16, 2018
· Korean · Online
I have been taking lessons with Jeehyae for the past couple of weeks and have had a great experience! She is always very patient and adapts the lessons to my needs. She is very approachable so I'm comfortable asking her questions. She has helped me learn so much and grow in confidence with speaking Korean. I look forward to continuing to take lessons with her!
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Shakira October 16, 2018
· Korean · Online
JeeHyae is an amazing teacher! She’s extremely patient, super personable, and not to mention knowledgeable! She gets you speaking quickly, which means her lessons are interactive and welcoming, even to beginners like me! Jeehyae is also incredibly accommodating and encourages you to notify her if you are ever unsure about a specific topic. Once she notices that you’ve learned the section, then she allows you to move on, at your own pace, and ties all of what you’ve learned together in the next class.

I’d highly suggest taking lessons with Jeehyae! She has a natural ability to teach and I look forward to taking more lessons with her!
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Carla T. October 16, 2018
· Korean · Online
she doesn't rush me in stuff. Also, she is very nice and patient and helps me when i don't get something and she reviewes the work with me to see if i get it.
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Jeehyae D.

Jeehyae D.

Chicago, IL 60610
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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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Bill September 18, 2018
· Italian · In home
Great first lesson! We're building a house from the foundation up!
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Stefania P.

Stefania P.

Chicago, IL 60654
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About Jessie S.

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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 Diante C.

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Chicago, IL
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About Diante
I speak 4 foreign languages fluently: German, Spanish, French, and Japanese. I started my teaching career by teaching Spanish in daycares around Chicago. I've also taught English to students in Guayaquil, Ecuador. This includes a brief couple of weeks where I substituted in a University.
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Diante C.

Diante C.

Chicago, IL 60608
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$24 / 30-min

About Jo M.

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Chicago, IL
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Hi there! My name is Jo and I can't wait to meet you! I grew up in the Midwest and have lived all over the world. I studied journalism and theater at university and work in business management currently. I love helping my students master the English language and gain confidence in their abilities. I'm a charismatic and enthusiastic teacher and I like to personalize my lessons to my students needs. I look forward to working with you in order to meet your goals!
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Jo M.

Jo M.

Chicago, IL 60654
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$35 / 30-min

About Shulan S.

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Chicago, IL

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“Nihao” and “huanying” to Chinese tutoring!

As a student of linguistic anthropology at the University of Chicago, I specialize not only in teaching the communicative and grammatical aspects of Mandarin Chinese, but also its metalinguistic ones such as language ideology and language politics in contemporary China. A life-long lover of Chinese classical and modern literature, I'm also happy to introduce the historical and literary aspects of Mandarin Chinese to students who are interested in Chinese culture in general.

Prior to TakeLessons, I have 2 years of experience teaching Standard Mandarin Chinese at both beginners and intermediate levels in Beijing, China from 2011 to 2013. I also worked as a part-time translator of business documents, NGOs projects, and academic articles, from 2010 to 2013.

A little bit more about my personal
and academic life: I was born and raised in Kunming, China. I moved to Beijing in 2010 for college and transferred to the States to continue my undergraduate studies in anthropology in 2014. I graduated in 2017 with a BA in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I obtained my MA degree in the social sciences at the University of Chicago in August 2018.
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Matthew October 7, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
I started my first lesson with Shulan today and I can confidently say that I am very happy with my choice to learn Mandarin with her. Shulan is organized, thorough, attentive and a lot of fun! I figured she was going to be a great teacher based on her outstanding resume and I was frankly surprised that someone of her caliber was available for instruction here.

By the end of my first lesson I felt confident I made the right choice. Shulan is an amazing teacher and I'm excited for my next class! She is very open to questions, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Sign up with her and you won't regret it. I bet someday she might become a famous professor so now is your chance to learn from one of the best up and coming teachers :)

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Shulan S.

Shulan S.

Chicago, IL 60615
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$34 / 45-min

About Remoun S.

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I have taught Arabic for the students in Wisconsin University . I am a part of Fulbrigh which is interested in teaching foreign languages such as Arabic to the american students. My native language is Arabic
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Remoun S.

Remoun S.

Tinley Park, IL 60477
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