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About Amanda P.

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Chicago, IL
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About Amanda
Amanda's melodic voice can be described as angelic, transforming and powerful. Since the age of 4, she enjoyed singing in programs and choirs and since then monthly conducted a 27 voice/ 60 piece orchestra, studied and performed jazz, opera, pop, spirituals, gospel and more. Amanda has sung for several artists, including R&B and Broadway sensation Heather Headley, Multi-GMA Dove Winner and Grammy Nominated Natalie Grant and rising gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds, to name a few.

As a paid songwriter, some of Amandas' vocal and musical influences are Whitney Houston, Ce Ce Winans, Lauryn Hill, John Mayer, The Beatles, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Eta James, Nat King Cole, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, and David Foster. “Their music is rich, timeless, full of details and has often had a beneficial purpose to it,” she says.

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"As a rule, I teach to help a person find "their voice"- it's when timbre meets technique, skill marries sound and a person is free to execute their gift well...consistently!!!"
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“Amanda …I think your amazing… the total package.”
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“I think you blew everybody away. You nailed every one of those notes and not an easy song to do. You look great, sound great. Congratulations!”
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“ [Vocally]…you set the bar!”
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“{Ms. Amanda} is magnetic and inspiring. She is definitely one to watch ... She is It and has It."
Deborah Olivia Brown, NBC5 Chicago

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Our time together always start with an orientation. We talk, learn expectations and most importantly I hear where you're at and then lay out a plan to get you where you say you want to go. Our space and time together is safe, intentional and productive. We will have a BLAST mainly because I'm hilarious but primarily because I guarantee visible, measurable results and there is nothing more fun then seeing yourself do well in an area you love. Currently, I am mainly accepting students interested in the flex plan.

I truly look forward to meeting you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide a depth of knowledge, piano, some online material and book references. Students provide a good attitude, sometimes the internet, notepad, and digital recorder.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, CCM, Gospel, Classical, Broadway/Cabaret, Pop, Ballad.
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Jackie January 20, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
She is inspiring and excellent and what she does and his she explains how things with songwriting should work.
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Jacqueline January 16, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
great motivator enthusiastic and I am leaning a great deal abut songwriting. I loving it Jackie W. Chicago
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Antonio D. May 28, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
When upon arrival very entergetic and welcoming. Amanda helped me get to a comfort zone that I didn't thought existed. I'm so looking forward to our future sessions, and really recommend anyone that's looking forward to getting to the next level.
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Amanda P.

Amanda P.

Chicago, IL 60615
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About Loretta M.

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Chicago, IL

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About Loretta
I have always been fascinated with how music is created and who works behind the scenes of performances and recordings. I started playing the flute in elementary school, piano in junior high school, and singing in high school. Once I got to UMASS, Dartmouth I chose the Music option for my major. I then moved on to NYU. I have been teaching for over ten years now. Working with students both in person and online has been amazing. With online lessons I am able to work with students who love the convenience of being at home and in person I can show students what it is like to really grow! I love my students of all ages, and can only hope to show others how amazing music can be. I have worked with a handful of students with special needs and am comfortable teaching in a non-traditional style. I am currently preparing to complete my certificat
ion in music therapy. Those who can do teach, and those who can teach totally do!

*** Lesson Details ***
You will set the pace for your lesson. I want you to enjoy your time in music, so your lessons will be completely customized. We will develop a goal plan for you so that our time together is interesting, fun, and we make progress! In 3-6 months, you will have a stable technical program and have started a portfolio of music for performances, no matter what level you are. We can share sheet music in person or online (I can even email you great links to amazing performances). Just let me know where you want to be in music, and we'll work together to make it happen. I can't wait to meet you!

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First - YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT FOR PRACTICE AT HOME BEFORE BEGINNING LESSONS!!! Consistency is very important for learning, and weekly lessons ARE NOT enough for growth. My home studio is in a private music room. Parents can relax in our family space with coffee or tea and enjoy their children's learning at their leisure. My studio includes a 88-key keyboard, technology setup with an iMac, microphone and stand, a mirror for posture and musical instruments. I carry books for the lessons themselves (not for practice at home), and we can download or print out music as desired. If you take lessons online, I can email you links and sheet music as needed. Feel free to bring any additional equipment music you would like to share. I have some great recommendations for music books designed for both children and adult learners.

*** Specialties ***
jazz, contemporary, classical (instrumental), original, computer music composition
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Brandon G. March 20, 2018
· Piano · Online
I have participated in Loretta's TakeLessons online Live group classes recently and I have not been disappointed. Loretta takes her time to introduce new material and ensures that her students understand the material. She is very easy going and demonstrates the skill set of what a pianist should be able to do. I would highly recommend Loretta as a private teacher or recommend her TakeLessons Live group classes.
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Amber February 26, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
Loretta is an amazing teacher! She makes it a joy to study music theory and piano.
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Victoria September 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Loretta has been a very patient and open-minded voice teacher. She uses a holistic approach, listening to student needs and fears while continually, gently encouraging growth. I've never felt uncomfortable with her style of feedback and her approach has really helped me to find and unlock my voice.
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Loretta M.

Loretta M.

Chicago, IL 60641
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About Kristin A.

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Willowbrook, IL

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Let's get you started on your musical path! My name is Kristin, and I cannot wait to begin this journey into music with you. I have been teaching private lessons for nearly a decade, and have taught music and choir in the classroom since 2011. I specialize in working with beginners of all ages.

Music has been my passion for my entire life. From singing to playing in band and everything in between, I ultimately achieved my degree in Music Education. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top ten of my class from VanderCook College of Music.
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Hsiang-Ming February 17, 2018
· Piano · In home
Kristin is a great teacher. She is professional and have patience in teaching little kids. She also has excellent teaching techniques and the ability to motivate. My eight-year-old developed a love of music after taking a few month of piano lessons with her and improved significantly since she would practice every day on her own.
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Jason M. February 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Kristin has worked with my granddaughter for over a year and has done a wonderful job. She is patient with my young granddaughter and teaches her theory as well as how to play the piano. Kristin has also help my granddaughter learn hymns to play at church on special occasions. My granddaughter really looks forward to her lessons with kristin.
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Rachel Urquhart June 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kristin is a great teacher for my daughter! Lenna started lessons at five and had very little attention span, bit Kristin is able to keep her focused through the lesson, and I'm amazed at how far Lenna has come in just six months of lessons.
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Kristin A.

Kristin A.

Willowbrook, IL 60527
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About Molly M.

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Schaumburg, IL

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I have been teaching for 15 years: kids, teens-even beginner vocalists in their seventies! Rockers, an "Idol" finalist, church musicians, lapsed opera singers, preschoolers. ...these are just a few of singers I have worked with, in person, in the classroom, and ONLINE (I just love teaching singers all over the country and the world!) .

What you get in voice lessons with me: laughter as you learn! I have learned solid classical vocal technique from the very best . I have trained with respected opera singers who have performed with companies such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as leaders in vocal pedagogy. I believe everyone deserves the same useful tools- no matter what it is you like to sing!

I am patient and customize each and every lesson. Need more time on ear training? No problem . How about beginning music theory? I can
help with that,too. Are you feeling more confident, and want to focus more on song polishing and getting into the heart of your songs? Let's do it! Confidence an issue? I am a pro with very shy people. I'll get you out of your shell, relaxed, and having fun right away so we can free that voice of yours! I have worked with many singers who have been diagnosed with anxiety: you're in good hands and you can trust me with your voice.

I am also a drama teacher who has worked with groups as well as individuals. Currently, I am the drama instructor at a Montessori School. I love working with beginning acting students! I'll assist with monologue prep, improvisation, voice for the stage, body awareness, and more. I love being on stage and want you to see how fun it is to jump in and let go,too!

I am a constant student in the world of theatre. I am currently taking many courses with the Drama Teacher Academy, and just received a certificate for monologue work ! Currently studying more improv and musical theatre techniques. I want my students to have as many skills as possible, no matter where their love for theatre or music takes them.

If you're interested in beginner ear training or music theory, I'd love to help you with that as well. I present it in a no-nonsense and fun manner! I'll provide you with simple worksheets to increase your confidence in learning the language of music, as well as run you through increasingly challenging patterns and sight reading for the ear training. Don't be afraid: I make it easy and customize it all. I used to be scared of theory,too- so I know what works!

I have been singing for over 20 years. Performances with the Lira Ensemble and Opera on Tap Chicago, and in master classes with international opera stars Alan Held and Lorna Haywood. Coaching with Collaborative Works Chicago and Rossini Opera Festival. Additional studies in Rock Vocals, Voice Care, Improvisational Comedy, Holistic Voice, Acting, Foreign languages, Dalcroze, Speaking Voice for Singers, , Commercial Vocal Styles/Belting with Lisa Popeil, teacher mentoring workshop with Maestro David Jones. Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Additional workshops in Vocal Pedagogy with David Sabella-Mills, Jeannie LoVetri. Dr. Karen Prokop, Melissa Cross (the queen of healthy scream technique!), Sheri Sanders Rock the Audition training), and Chicago Cabaret Professionals.

Certified CoreSinging Instructor- one of only a few in the U.S. trained by Meribeth Dayme, PhD, respected clinician and authority in vocal pedagogy and author of "The Singing Book".

Currently studying John Henny's Science of Singing course in anticipation of certification.

My students do a variety of great things! One was a top 12 "American Idol" finalist. Current students perform in musicals, top rated choirs, and professional rock , jazz,and blues bands. Many have won awards for their singing at competitions such as NATS. Students of mine have also been accepted to prestigious performing arts high schools for both drama and music, as well as undergraduate music programs in the US and Europe.

I think if you can speak, you can sing. Everyone can and should sing! Don't let anything hold you back. I am a people person that is very passionate about music and singing, and want to be the teacher you'll trust with your voice. Come laugh and learn with me!

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I teach in person (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago) and online via Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime or TakeLessons Classroom, of course!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sing and See Software. Additional materials I use: Funky n' Fun Vocal Exercises, Estelle Liebling Vocal Methods, Bona and Dannhauser for sight-reading, Full Voice workbooks for young and serious singers.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner vocalists! Very shy singers. Children, teens. Lapsed singers, and seniors. Experience in working with those with learning disabilities , special needs, and victims of abuse. Have also worked with the transgendered community. I also love to give workshops.
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Katie April 17, 2018
· Singing · Online
I learned so much in 45 minutes, and can already feel the difference! Can’t wait for my next lesson!
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Jose Antonio Romero April 7, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
Very excellent. I am very happy with that
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Jose Antonio Romero March 24, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
Excellent first session with Molly. She gave me great tips from the first lesson about to improve my voice.
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Molly M.

Molly M.

Schaumburg, IL 60193
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About Susan L.

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LOVE TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN AS WELL AS ADULTS
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Tess M. September 5, 2016
· Piano · In home
Timely
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Marty D. July 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kind, down to earth, relatable to kids and adults and a GREAT teacher!
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Erica B. March 24, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Susan is very friendly and makes you feel comfortable, great teacher!
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Susan L.

Palos Park, IL 60464
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About Eric M.

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Chicago, IL

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I am a classically trained professional opera singer in the North Chicago area. I received my bachelor's degree in vocal performance at the University of Miami and my master's degree at Northwestern University. I have lived, performed, and taught in the Greater Chicago area for two years and am always looking to take on students of all ages who are interested in classical, musical theater, or pop/jazz singing. I can also teach beginning to intermediate piano skills. Let me help you unlock your most beautiful sound!
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Curt G. March 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
My wife and I took 2 months of lessons from Eric and they were all great! We were both basically beginners (I had some memory from lesson that I took as a kid) and Eric helped us get started and off on the right track. He has a great/fun personality and is a great teacher. Unfortunately we were unable to keep taking lessons with him due to a conflict in scheduling. I would totally recommend him as a piano teacher though.
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Kathy February 6, 2016
· Piano · In home
Positive reinforcement, patience with first-time piano student.
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Ian L. January 8, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In home
He had a great personality, very encouraging, and was a good fit for my son who's striving to be a pop/broadway singer.
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Eric M.

Eric M.

Chicago, IL 60645
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About Josh G.

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Evanston, IL

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I am an avid clarinetist, energetic performer and enthusiastic teacher. My dream career is to be a soloist like Martin Frost, to play in an orchestra, or compose and perform my music.
My passion for teaching is similar to my passion for performing, and I have experience teaching privately since 2013 and in front of large groups, as a staff member for a high school marching band.
My teaching style is all about fundamentals as I try and break down the things you need to know about playing into easy to understand fundamentals that can be applied to all future playing.
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Sterling S. April 21, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Another fantastic lesson with Josh. He noted that my son tends to play his notes in a more "jazz" style which is great because I was hoping he would join jazz band in middle school! He is always positive and provides very constructive feedback to my 11 year old son to help him improve his playing. We are very pleased! (and my son is very comfortable with his teaching style... Love his tips and suggestions and his help with improving on songs he is playing for school.)
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Carrie S. March 24, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Very approachable, explains things clearly, friendly, and helped my son (very beginner) work on notes w/o squeaks, scales and other great tips to help him progress. Looking forward to our next lesson!
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Kim January 24, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Josh is a great teacher, and I highly recommend him as an instructor for both adults and youth. I took clarinet lessons many years ago as an elementary school student. I have long had an interest in returning to the instrument, so I recently signed up for a series of lessons with Josh. Although it had been several decades since I first played the clarinet, Josh helped me get comfortable with the instrument again and provided terrific instruction on all aspects of the clarinet and clarinet performance.
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Josh G.

Josh G.

Evanston, IL 60208
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About Hunter D.

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Chicago, IL

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My primary teaching philosophy revolves around the ideas of creativity and cooperative problem solving. I believe that all musicians should be actively training their ears as well as their abilities on their instrument. I focus on all elements of basic musicianship while incorporating improvisation and composition in an inspiring way.

I grew up playing jazz, soul, R&B, folk, reggae, ska, funk, and classical music. I feel very comfortable working within all of these genres in both performance and educational atmospheres.

Regardless of age, learning a new instrument or art form can be daunting, so I like to include some sort of entertaining activities to keep tension low and inspiration high.
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Cash April 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
very engaging
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Sloan November 15, 2017
· Flute · In home
Exceeded our expectations! He was engaging, smart and fun with my daughter. She loved the time with him and can't wait for her next lesson.
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Keely July 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Excellent first lesson. Hunter is a fun, knowledgeable teacher. I look forward to more lessons.
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Hunter D.

Hunter D.

Chicago, IL 60608
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About Matthew H.

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Chicago, IL

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Music is something all of use as a form of vitality! It's something that humanity universally enjoys and participates in; whether it's through listening to music, attending a concert or actually playing, you are part of music.

I've always believed that anyone can develop musical talent once the correct learning environment is set up. Growing up learning the Suzuki Method, I combine these concepts with the many other vital ideas in violin pedagogy. When teaching, my responsibilities include inspiring the child and advising the parent so our goals can be accomplished during the week. I adapt my teaching style to suit the needs of each student, so I can keep my students interested in playing and motivated by their own accomplishments.

Learning the violin is dynamic and full of creativity and problem solving. We are at the same time d
isciplinarians, cheerleaders, poets, psychologists, and violinists. As a performer myself, I demonstrate frequently in front of my students. In fact, I will often choose passages that I can't play perfectly myself but that I am able to greatly improve right in front of their eyes. My goal in doing this is to show them how in a relatively short amount of time, but with immense focus, one can solve a problem.

Whether the violin is an interest, hobby or something you want to pursue professionally, I'll always give you the best advice and training to achieve your personal goals.

My current private students have had great success in studio recitals, auditions and becoming confident in their own musical ability. I'll always bring a positive and encouraging attitude to tackle any obstacle in your playing.
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Matthew H.

Matthew H.

Chicago, IL 60640
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About Corie E.

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Corie began the violin at age 4 in Sacramento, California. Some of her accomplishments include winning Colorado’s Loveland Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Wyoming Festival for Strings Concerto Competition and being two time winner of the Utah State University Concerto Competition. In 2010, Corie took first place at the MTNA Regional Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. She went on to compete at Nationals in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she represented the Southwest Region of the U.S. Corie received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Utah State University, where she studied under Rebecca McFaul of the Fry Street Quartet. She sat Concertmaster of the USU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductors Sergio Bernal and Craig Jessop. She graduated with her Master of Music degree from the Bienen School of Music at
Northwestern University, having studied under Blair Milton, violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Corie enjoys playing solo, chamber, and orchestral music and has performed with a number of orchestras across the country including Washington Sinfonietta and American Festival Orchestra.

Over the years and with varying chamber groups, she has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hermitage Museum Amsterdam, Kasteel Amerongan, Caine Performance Hall, and Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall. As former first violinist of one of Utah’s premiere young chamber ensembles, Corie’s international debut was made with the Tribeca Quartet at Zeistermusikdagen in The Netherlands in 2016. With Tribeca, Corie has received instruction from renowned chamber ensembles including the Emerson, Alban Berg, Jerusalem, Brentano, and Pacifica Quartets. During her studies at Utah State University and Northwestern University, Corie received instruction from the Fry Street and Dover Quartets, respectively.

Corie grew up in Colorado and Utah and has a deep love and appreciation for the mountains. She enjoys skiing, hiking, backpacking and canyoneering. Besides being in the outdoors, some of her hobbies include playing tennis, reading, and cooking with her husband.
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Lexi March 13, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Corie is not only a world class musician, but also a world class teacher. Her approach is very thoughtful and she will tailor your lessons to best fit your child's needs and growth (and she teaches adults too). Her warmth, personal investment in the student, and great sense of humor makes lessons both engaging and fun. She loves kids of all ages and is someone you can count on. If you are ready to work hard and want a teacher that will be able to open all sorts of amazing musical opportunities to you, this is the teacher for you. Studying with Corie is a great opportunity and I wholeheartedly recommend lessons with her!
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Nicole February 8, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Corie was my daughter's first private violin teacher, and she was the perfect foundation for not just the love of the instrument but also the precise technique and skills needed to develop a true musician. Even years later, my daughter's current teachers are impressed with the solid foundation she received under Corie's tutelage. Corie made learning a challenging instrument fun at an age-appropriate level without giving up on any high standards. Whether it was learning to read music, developing ear and intonation, or perfecting a bow hold, Corie had multiple ways to teach, to address habits and difficulties, and to share experiences with the larger studio in group lessons. We still use her teaching reminders and phrases during practices sessions. With Corie's violin lessons, you get more than just basic instruction; you get a well-rounded introduction to true musicianship.
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Jesse February 1, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Fantastic experience working with Corie. She is intelligent, patient and a beautiful musician. Couldn’t recommend more highly!
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Corie E.

Chicago, IL 60640
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