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Jeff F.

Chicago, IL 60651

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About Jeff

I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies.

*** Lesson Details ***
With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance. The mind learns quicker than the body, so focused

practice will help train the body and bring it to the mind's level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished Basement studio: drum set, snare drum, small mallet, xylophone and electric piano, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide sticks and mallets and purchase a book that we will work out of weekly.

*** Specialties ***
I feel comfortable teaching all levels of percussion. I have experience teaching a variety of styles Jazz, rock, classical, and world.
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September 27, 2018
Dan Carmona
Jeff is very good and thorough. Works hard with you to do the excercises right. Definitely would recommend him
April 25, 2018
Matt
Jeff provided a great overview for my daughter. Wonderful first lesson.
July 14, 2016
RIo
Jeff has been great with my 7 year old son learning Djembe and Bongos. Jeff gives clear concise instructions and practices the skills with him to work on during the week. My son is easily distracted and Jeff is very flexible and listens to what he has to say, using is as a way to teach and redirects. My son can't wait to go to class every week!

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Jeff F.

Chicago, IL

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Jill K.

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About Jill

I have been studying the singing voice for 18 years, and am highly trained to teach all voices, now including transgender singers! I recently attained my Masters of Music in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy, as well as certification to teach contemporary styles from Shenandoah Conservatory’s CCM Vocal Institute. I have a growing voice studio online and at my home, and I teach most genres, including musical theatre (including belting), pop, rock (including scream/distortion), R&B, jazz, folk, classical/opera, and choral. With 10 years' experience as a music educator, I've taught a wide range of music, including private voice lessons, children’s group classes for voice and piano, directing summer music and Glee! camps, directing youth and adult choirs, directing and accompanying worship music, and vocal directing musical theater shows.

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ve to help my students achieve their musical goals; some accomplishments include: get cast in lead and paid roles for musical theater shows, prepare for choir performances and college auditions, qualify for Regional and All-State Choirs, and how to belt out your favorite karaoke song without strain! I truly believe that a strong technical foundation not only makes singing in any genre possible, but ensures healthy singing habits for life. I am committed to helping my students find their unique voice and share that voice with the world.

I only work with singers of ages 12+ in my private voice studio because I believe that younger children receive the most benefit by singing in a choir with their peers, rather than taking private lessons for their young, under-developed voices. Better instrument options for private lessons for younger children are piano, violin, or guitar - which in order to play, require finger coordination and theory comprehension. I assign music theory and ear-training exercises to my voice students during lessons, as being able to read music well is essential to becoming a well-rounded, independent musician.
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May 7, 2012
MariaW
Jill does a wonderful job with my 8 year old daughter. She has a bubbly personality, and is always encouraging my daughter. My daughter always enjoys her lessons, and has an upbeat personality when she leaves each lesson.
April 21, 2012
GeorgenaT
Jill Is A wonderful Teacher!

Jill has been a perfect teacher for me. She motivates me with her positive attitude. She works well with adults and helps me with my disability. She comes up with ideas to help me every week. She always has a smile, even when I mess up!
February 4, 2012
RosiC
Learning piano late in life!

It has been such a pleasant experience to take lessons from Jill. She is very positive and easy to understand in her instruction. I am a beginner in piano, and I feel I have learned a lot after only 3 lessons. She would be a wonderful piano teacher, no matter what your age!

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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.”

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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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Farobag C.

Orland Park, IL 60467

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About Farobag

Music Director of the Chicago Philharmonia Orchestra since 1985, Farobag has also served as Managing Director of the University of Chicago Performing Artists Series from 1989 through 2002 and principal conductor of its resident professional ensembles. A skilled interpreter of Baroque literature as well, Farobag continues in his capacity as Artistic Advisor to the Baroque Masterplayers, a virtuoso ensemble that concatenates period performance techniques with modern instruments thus creating a unique voice within the realm of 17th and 18th- century repertoire.

A double graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, Farobag studied under Anastasia Jempelis, a pioneer of Suzuki violin pedagogy in the United States. In addition to the Suzuki curriculum, he is also associated with the Royal Conservatory Music Devel

opment Program that sets a national standard of musical achievement in various fields.

Befitting his penchant for encouraging artistic interest amongst younger members of his community, Farobag is also the principal conductor of the Zoroastrian Symphony Orchestra that offers a unique mixture of young and seasoned professionals sitting side-by-side in a strictly professional setting. Since the year 2000, the ZSO has staged highly successful performances at various venues in Houston, Chicago, and Toronto. A New Year's eve performance in Los Angeles is scheduled for 2014.

Having also taken graduate-level coursework in educational psychology, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Chicago, Farobag offers tutelage in various areas of elementary and secondary education as well as in SAT, ACT and GRE test preparation.

Additionally, as a certified Reiki Master, therapeutic and/or educational sessions are also extended to those who may be inclined to alternative healing techniques.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sheer technique is necessary but insufficient to play an instrument well. Aural skills, that include the study of functional tonality and voice-leading are important factors that impart musicality. This is of great import if the prospective musician wants the audience to truly enjoy his or her performance !

Whether it be the 3 Rs or preparation in the performing arts, a remarkable instructor must go well beyond the subject matter at hand and help imbue the student with a spirit of wonder that, in due time, will foster enthusiasm necessary for excellence.

A child emulates and learns to communicate in his or her mother-tongue through a supporting and nurturing environment. Likewise, a student needs to be sufficiently motivated to embrace learning in a familiar supportive manner.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lesson take place in the living room. Driveway parking. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
None; I do expect a reasonably good piano / keyboard at a student's home.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional and Suzuki-based education. Performance and musicality training is open to all instrumentalists.

*** CD's***
Classical Energy, Triton Sound, TS 8501
Salut D'Amour, Triton Sound, TS 9014
Epiphanies1, The Halford Company
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May 19, 2019
Anginetta
Very good instructor
April 12, 2019
Ellen
Learned a lot, very pleased with my first session.
March 28, 2019
Dot K.
Truly loves to teach. Kind , patient. Loves children and it shows. Remarkable how Mr. Cooper can bring out the best in his students.

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Farobag C.

Orland Park, IL

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Derrall M.

Sugar Grove, IL 60554

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About Derrall

I like to dance and play with computers.

I do workout/dance at the gym 3-4 nights a week, and go out dancing every weekend. I am very active and would love to teach any individuals anything that I've learned along the way.

I can help with most computer problems, from software to hardware and i love office products. I use them, with vba to make quizzes which i can share with you, and/or teach you how to make them yourself.

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January 31, 2018
Susie
What a super teacher! We stayed on task and worked hard which is how I used to teach. I am ready for the next lesson, he really is a great teacher, he made it fun but still a workout, I learned so much!
August 4, 2016
Catherine E.
He is sure to make the experience helpful and fun. He made me feel at ease and he was super patient and encouraging.
August 4, 2016
Catherine E.
He is sure to make the experience helpful and fun. He made me feel at ease and he was super patient and encouraging.

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Derrall M.

Sugar Grove, IL

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Josh L.

Chicago, IL 60647

(8)

About Josh

Hi, there! My name is Josh, and I can't wait to meet you! I am fairly new to private teaching and am looking forward to helping my students get a good solid start with either piano, or improvised theatre. I studied theatre in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts, and I trained at the IO theatre in Chicago for improvised theatre. I studied jazz piano with Dr. Joe Utterback in Stratford, CT. I've been performing in Chicago as an improvisor and mucisian for about 4 years. I'm a relaxed and friendly person and my teaching style is very much based on what you want to accomplish, though I'd be happy to make suggestions. I really look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Best!

Josh L.

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November 30, 2017
Charlie M.
My 10-year old son Charlie had a great first lesson with Josh. He accomplished a lot in his session and Charlie is excited for the next lessons. Josh is very patient and kind.
July 18, 2016
Alexa
Alexa was excited to take lessons with Josh and really enjoyed them!
March 19, 2016
David
Josh was very helpful for a beginner like myself. He got me started on my path.

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Josh L.

Chicago, IL

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About Ny

Hello ♥

My name is Ny! Here to help you grow on your life's journey! My experience includes 15+ years in professional and community theatre projects. Also, I'm a professionally trained gospel, contemporary, and classical singer for over 20 years.

Educational Background: B.A in Psychology, minor in theatre, training at Second City in scene study and improv.

My coaching style is a mixture of holistic and faith-based to connect mind, body, and spirit. Every day is a learning experience and another chance to follow your dreams! Let's continue to grow together. Looking forward to getting to know you!

-Ny

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July 30, 2019
Armayia ..
It’s very comfortable talking with and learning from her!
October 9, 2018
Madison J.
Ny is kind, firm and encouraging! I'm really enjoying our lessons so far.

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Ny Y.

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Casey E.

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About Casey

**During the lesson, three HD webcams are used to offer every angle possible. After each lesson, students receive a private link to watch the recorded lesson of the instructor's webcams in 1080p HD, which the student can keep forever.**

From magic to music, and from theater to rock and Roll, Casey has done it all. For over 20 years, Casey has traveled the country performing for audiences from 1 to 20,000. He has a life-long history of experience with stage productions, live sound, and stage lighting. He has been an award-winning magician since he was the age of 7, and he has taught for over ten years.

Casey has an extensive magic "workshop" from which he teaches. He always keeps up-to-date with the new magic tricks, lectures, and trends. Casey can “perform” many of the current magic tricks on the market or on TV to help the st

udent decide the area in which he or she wants to focus.

Many elements make a good magician and a memorable magic show. Casey can help find the best ways to achieve the student’s goals in magic, all the way up to full-scale magic shows suitable for thousands.

For beginners, Casey can teach the fundamentals of magic, mentalism, sleight of hand, and any other form of magic, illusions, or trickery.

For intermediate students, Casey can do all of the above, as well as help shape and mold the student into the performer of his or her desires. Casey can teach advanced magic tricks, theater and live show "how to's," and much more.

Advanced students will appreciate the technical portion of Casey's background. He can teach all aspects of live sound and lighting, and work alongside an already seasoned performer to tweak specific “moves” or scripts.

Each student will progress at his or her own pace.
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October 1, 2019
Qigan
March 19, 2019
Sree
November 6, 2018
Oz
My son loved his first lesson with Casey! He looks forward to his next classes.

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