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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 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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$60 / 60-min

About Steve S.

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Chicago, IL
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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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Haroon A. July 27, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Steve is a friendly instructor and he will work with you on areas that you need to improve, also his time management is great and I have been able to cancel or reschedule my classes with an hour before the class. His communication skill is also great and you can always have a meaningful conversation with him.
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Liudmila June 27, 2018
· Speech · Online
Steve is the best english teacher that I have had. He inspired me. He pushed me to take an job interview, when I thinked that I didn't not opportunity. Thank he, I'll have a second job interview. Thank he I did my first step and I started to feel more trust in myself. He make me better and try to show me how I can be more natural. I'm so happy! Maybe, without his advice, I would waiting for start yet. Thank you for anything Steve!
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jayaprakash June 27, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
I enjoy working with Steve, he is helping me a lot. He is very organized and has in depth knowledge in his subject, J recommend him.
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Steve S.

Steve S.

Chicago, IL 60660
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About Jimmy T.

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Chicago, IL

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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 and Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music in 2018. 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 Marie K.

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Chicago, IL
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I came recently to U.S. And I was tutoring languages back in my country for 8 years. I hope to build a good reputation here too with my students. I'm so patient toward kids, and I like to innovate methods to engage early learners (songs, stories, game...)
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Josiah O. February 24, 2018
· Arabic · Online
She is an amazing instructor! I have seen huge improvement immediately on my son. She makes learning so much fun so my 7 year old son is always looking forward to her class. He learned more with her in a few classes then he did in private school. Highly recommend her
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Shreya January 11, 2018
· French · In studio
Extremely patient and encouraging with beginning students. She makes the classes fun and interactive.
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Laura Youngberg October 7, 2016
· Arabic ·
Marie did a wonderful job working with our clients' children for an Arabic Language and Culture Camp at the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society. She was professional, organized, compassionate, and creative. She was very cooperative with me and children loved her. I would recommend her for any position she applies for.
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Marie K.

Marie K.

Chicago, IL 60614
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$20 / 30-min

About Kristina K.

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La Grange, IL
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About Kristina
I am energetic, easy-going person, eager to teach and learn with you.
I have a bachelor degree in Spanish philology.
I am really fond of learning new languages , so I speak Ukrainian,Russian, English ,Spanish , a little bit of Polish and German!
And I am here to share my knowledge with you!
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Kristina K.

Kristina K.

La Grange, IL 60525
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$17 / 30-min

About Meriem B.

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Chicago, IL
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About Meriem
Bonjour & bienvenue!

French is my native language and whether you're a beginner or experienced French speaker, I would be happy to:
1) Teach you French from scratch,
2) Enrich your vocabulary & conversational abilities, or
3) Polish your accent to make you sound like a real French person!

I moved from France to USA in 2011 and my main job is being a costume designer specialized in opera.

Besides that, I'm teaching French to a few students and I would like to share my love for this language and culture with more people through fun exercises and conversations! I also occasionally translate documents or help opera singers with their pronunciation & understanding of French lyrics.

A question I often receive: are you interested in teaching total beginners?
Of course!!! Actually, my students are mainly beginners. It's fantasti
c to follow their progress and it's interesting to adapt the class a bit differently for each of them according to their preferences and abilities.

I'm looking forward to meeting you online, in a coffee shop or at home (yours or mine, in Chicago).

À bientôt!
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RobN July 28, 2018
· French · Online
Great lessons, awesome teacher Will continue learning from Meriem!
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Rachel July 28, 2018
· French · Online
Truly second to none!!!
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Kevin July 28, 2018
· French · In home
I had a couple of sessions with Meriem during the transition between my French 1 and 2 classes. We went over rudimentary things that I didn't get in class and now everything makes so much sense. Good pronunciation is definitely the key and Meriem knows how to lead you there. I also really enjoyed the examples she gave based on songs lyrics. That's a great method!
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Meriem B.

Meriem B.

Chicago, IL 60640
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About Maha A.

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Im a medical graduate from Sudan which is an afro arab country. Arabic is my native language and having traveled often i can understand the challenges of learning a new language. Arabic is a difficult language to master but with patient teacher everything is possible.
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Maha A.

Maha A.

Elmwood Park, IL 60707
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$25 / 30-min

About Arami Z.

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Chicago, IL
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About Arami
你好! nihao~ Konichiwa!

I was born and raised in Mainland, China. I have lived in 6 different cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guilin, Hangzhou, and my hometown in Anhui. I also spent 3 years studying in Kyoto, Japan. I am fluent in Chinese, Japanese and English.

When I was studying in Japan, I also worked as an English tutor to teach Japanese people about English speaking. I enjoyed it a lot, and my students are very happy with my class.

If you are interested in learning either Mandarin Chinese or Japanese, pls free feel to contact me :) Xiexie! Arigato!
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Arami Z.

Arami Z.

Chicago, IL 60625
starting at
$29 / 30-min

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