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These Crafts & Hobbies teachers are highly rated by students in the Shorewood area, including Elgin, Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Orland Park and Woodridge.

Kevin F.

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About Kevin

I have had a fairly diverse musical background, including playing with bands and orchestras, as well as participating in choral groups and opera. I have a master's degree in music performance for wind conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance.

I have taught private lessons for several years now and I love every moment with my students! I have a real passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with others, both failures and successes. I believe everyone has creative potential, and I believe music is a real universal art form that anyone can tap into if they want. Above all, making and creating music should also be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep my lessons professional but comfortable too. I don't yell at students for messing up or anything like that. I usually have an agenda b

ut am willing to adjust and compromise if the situation dictates. If you don't have a curriculum in mind, I like Alfred's piano courses, but will do my best to find one that fits you as a student best. My initial goals are to make sure the basics of reading music and performing are set so that no matter what musical avenue you want to pursue, you will be successful. I do specialize in classical music but enjoy creating and playing in other genres as well.

I now also offer lessons online, as well as tutoring in most math areas!

***CANCELLATION POLICY***
I kindly ask for 24 hour notice whenever possible if a lesson is going to be missed. Generally speaking, if I don't hear from a student and their lesson time passes I will mark the lesson as missed, but I am also usually more than willing to make up the lesson at a later time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano keyboard at my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have their own instruments as needed, as well as music paper, pencils, etc. I may be able to provide some of those materials on occasion as well as some books/recordings, but will by and large expect students to purchase those for themselves.

*** Specialties ***
I am much more familiar with classical styles and Broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.

***Blog Posts***
http://takelessons.com/blog/playing-the-piano-common-struggles
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October 5, 2019
Jake P.
May 4, 2019
Thomas
I waited after a few lessons to give feedback. Very pleased. Kevin is full of knowledge -both relevant to music and other random fun facts! He is patient and will move at whatever pace you prefer. I look forward to continuing to improve my skills under his direction.
May 19, 2017
Emily B.
He is a good instructor. Easy to talk to.

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Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

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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

*** Travel Equipment ***
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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October 13, 2019
William
My work schedule has interrupted my lessons for a while now, but Kelvin is a kind hearted instructor who truly believes in developing his students.

I will continue lessons with him as soon as I can.
August 11, 2019
Noah
Very patient with my 4 year old! Kelvin is very skilled beautiful pianist !
July 9, 2019
Anh H.

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Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL

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About Jovan

I am FIDE and national chess master with FIDE rating 2310.
I have been teaching chess in New York City schools and individually for past 20 years .
Chess game should be fun for kids if is presented the right way.
I will bring to students my expertise and understanding for the game;
Many of my students continued to play chess trough their college years.
Learning chess is long process of playing practicing and correcting own mistakes.
Chess will help to improve concentration, learn sportsmanship, competition and improve memory.

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Felicia A.

Chicago, IL 60643

(15)

About Felicia

I learned to sew in Vacation Bible School at my church when I was in 7th grade. I made my first pair of overalls and was on top of the world. That began my love of sewing and all things crafty. Today I love working as a special education teacher. But my first love is teaching beginner and intermediate level sewing to kids and adults. I have two children (1 in college and 1 in 10th grade) and when I'm not working or sewing I help my husband at his sports training facility.

My Crafty Table Sewing and Craft Studio teaches children how to use math skills to sew. All of our "leveled" projects are connected to national learning standards and offers a wide range of opportunities for all ability levels for kids 10 years old and up. Our local classes uses a children's sewing curriculum, while our online classes uses commercial patterns. Stud

ents learn hand and machine sewing, sewing vocabulary and techniques, and various equipment and and safety usage. We host a small, friendly, relaxed setting which is what I find allows children to have the courage to explore, make mistakes, and discover their talents.

My Crafty Table isn't just for kids! I welcome adults who are looking to learn to sew or enhance their current skills. Whether you are looking to create something to wear or something to beautify your home, we can teach you how to bring your ideas to reality. Our online and live classes utilize commercial patterns, sewing machines, and a variety of supplies based on projects being completed. We guide you every step of the way from selecting materials to recommending supplies. The only question you need to answer now is: SEW what"s next?
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August 25, 2019
Mandel
Very welcoming. Very patient. Answered all of my questions.
August 18, 2019
Kenya
Knowledgeable and patient teacher
August 7, 2018
larnell
Felicia is an great teacher. Her training room has everything you need and more. When I first started class, she greeted me with a smile that made me feel comfortable. Her knowledge and experience of sewing is remarkable. Great teacher and great class, if you dont take her class, you are missing out on a true talent.

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Felicia A.

Chicago, IL

(15)
About Austin

Hello! My name is Austin, and my personal life motto is: doing my best to help others realize and reach their best! I have been teaching a number of topics ranging from music, fitness, to technology, writing, and religious texts for over 7 years. Over these years, I have also worked a myriad of jobs to receive invaluable experience as well as learn how to interact with all kinds of people.

It has always been my deep passion and true joy to journey along with someone who is simply willing to learn the many gifts that life has for us to enjoy! I am currently studying for my masters at Western Seminary, interning at a church, and a certified teacher here at TakeLessons.

Time and time again, I have come to realize that life is about serving, teaching, and loving others with what we already have; teaching is such a simple yet profound

way to practice this!

I look forward to doing my best in order to help you realize, reach, and ultimately relish your best!

Best regards,

Austin
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April 4, 2019
Phoenix H.
My son enjoyed his first lesson with Austin and we hope there are many more to come!
October 22, 2018
Casey
Austin is an excellent instructor. He was very patient with me and helped me to work on the areas that I felt needed the most improvement, developing new techniques and skills to take my game to a higher level. I highly recommend!
March 27, 2017
Neha S.
I am an adult and absolute beginner in volleyball and was looking to learn some basics and Austin did a great job of teaching me.

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Angela C.

Chicago, IL 60643

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About Angela

I learned to crochet in grade school, taught myself to knit and learned to sew from my mother at a very early age. Teaching grade school children/students is my passion. I believe learning to knit and sew can help students learn a level of patience and persistence that will help them in their school work.
In October, I retook and passed the NCLEX, and I have restored my nursing license to active status. I would love to tutor nursing students of all levels. My professional background is in Pediatrics - especially Pediatric Critical Care. I'm especially passionate about helping nursing students that need help with basic math/algebra.

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August 23, 2019
Rasha
Very lovely and welcoming teacher. She asked my daughter about her goal and worked with her patiently to achieve it. We might come back again next year.
July 31, 2019
Margie DeTour
Angela was patient and very helpful.
Can’t wait to learn more
What a wonderful experience. Thank You!!
June 27, 2019
Dawnielle J.
Angela was a an excellent instructor! She was very engaged with staff as we had zero experience! Angela was able to incorporate mindfulness practices into our knitting session with my management team. I would highly recommend her!

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Angela C.

Chicago, IL

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Erin R.

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About Erin

I have been working with knitting and crochet since 2004. I am a craft yarn certified knitting and crochet instructor and have been teaching professionally since 2010. This includes locations such as Michaels Arts and Crafts as well as Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School.

As my student, you can expect to learn basic through advanced skills crochet skills, including making a slip knot, single crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, how to make a granny square, crocheting in the round, and how to read patterns. In knitting, you will learn the skills of casting on stitches onto the needle, the garter and stockinette stitch, how to knit in the round using circular or double pointed needles, and how to read patterns.

No matter what your level, my goal is to make you feel confident and experienced enough for you to complete and cre

ate your own projects. Knitting and crochet are my passions and I am excited to help you reach your crafting goals. I look forward to working with you!
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October 14, 2019
Natalie L.
Erin is an outstanding instructor. She is very, very knowledgeable. I have a pattern and it was poorly written. She was able to untangle it and explain it to me so that I can work on it independently. She is very patient. I would highly recommend her to anyone learning knitting, stuck on a pattern, or want to expand on their knitting skills. She has a lot of knowledge and can explain and impart this knowledge very well. She is a truly great instructor.
October 4, 2019
Shari Binkney
Erin is a great explainer and helps any way she can!
September 24, 2019
Tracey
Very knowledgeable. I think my knitting problem is solved.

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Erin R.

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I enjoy teaching people who has the desire to learn. I can teach you what you need to know in order to improve and expand your knowledge.

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Rodrigo Z.
"Great instructor! Sam's a fantastic and fun teacher and our kids love working with him. He's really good at what he does and he's a master player as well!
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Monica
"Mya Mya is helping my daughter alter her prom dress. Obviously, my daughter was anxious about it, but with her calm and relaxed personality, Mya Mya immed
iately put my daughter at ease and now my she feels happy and empowered about this project.

The sewing studio is beautiful, quiet, clean and welcoming. Perfect for immersing yourself on your sewing adventure. We are truly fortunate to have found Mya Mya."
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Veronica Romero
"She's very patient and friendly. Very good instuctor."
Anirudh
"The learning experience was great and very informative. The only minor problem that occurred was that the video kept freezing every three seconds, making
it difficult to understand what the instructor was saying. However, this may only be a website problem; my experience with Siddharth was enjoyable and educational."
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Gwendolyn
"Eric was wonderful. He had lots of patience, which I appreciated. And he was very polite and respectful."
Gina
"My first lesson with Josh was great. He is an amazing player and was very patient with me as I have not been playing chess for that long. He is very good
teacher! I look forward to my next lesson!"
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Laurie McGuire
"Eric has been super with my nephew Enzo. He is very knowledgeable, and is really good to work with younger learners. He is also willing to sit with the
rest of the family during the lesson so they can benefit from his knowledge as well!!"
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Patrick
"I'm writing this on behalf of my 9 year old son. His first chess lesson was AMAZING. Best Instructor he ever had. Sam made my sons lesson FUN as well a
s educational. He is looking forward to the next lesson. THANKS SAM!!!"
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Benita
"Extremely personable and a patient instructor for my beginner level. Really enjoyed my lesson and highly recommend!"

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