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About Kelvin L.

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Bolingbrook, IL

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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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Joe B. November 6, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Always great lessons with Kelvin!
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Joe B. October 30, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Great lesson! We got so much accomplished during this time! Look forward to next week.
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Joe B. September 19, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Had a great experience with Kelvin. Looking forward to the next lesson!
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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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 Dovile R.

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Villa Park, IL
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About Dovile
I began teaching while studying in Art Institute. My first students were 5 to 7 yr. old kids. It was very challenging, but also very rewarding. I was teaching them skills, they were teaching me patience. Later the age of my students grew, until I ended up teaching the same students I was in the same classes just 6 months ago. Again another challenge. I love challenges and even more I love helping others to overcome them.
My philosophy about teaching is that everybody can learn, it is only the way how we learn is different for different people. Another very important thing - I strive to be creative, respectful and approachable.
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Ratna June 22, 2018
· Jewelry Design · In home
Kept cancelling. Unresponsive to my texts. Not my type of teacher as she was very unproffesional.
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Riya June 22, 2018
· Jewelry Design · In home
Horrible. Kept on cancelling. Never got to see her.
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Gaye B. May 6, 2018
· Jewelry Design · Online
Dovile is knowledgeable and patient. She has showed me ways to improve what little I know and move forward.
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Dovile R.

Dovile R.

Villa Park, IL 60181
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$20 / 30-min

About Lily S.

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Provo, UT
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About Lily
I've been sewing since I was 13. I've sewn things over the years such as dresses, pajamas. I do a lot of tailoring things too. I just love to sew, and I love teaching people to sew too!

The way that I teach is to help the student develop their own style. I have students work on their own individual projects that they pick out while asking me questions that they might have while they are doing their project.

However, if they would like there is an option for me to develop lessons for the student on certain sewing techniques that the student could learn. Although, be aware that learning how to sew takes time and that all the techniques of sewing cannot be done all at once.

Then, there is the third option that the lesson could be a mix of the student doing what they want (choosing their own project) and learning some pre-designed
techniques.

My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson. I would like for all of my students within the first lesson to finish either of two basic projects (pajama pants or a draw string bag).

My lessons are not like videos you may find online. Meaning projects will take longer than you think they will. I will work with you to properly construct a quality finished project without too many frustrations and in a timely manner. I recommend buying lessons in 90 minute packages, since sewing always takes longer than expected.

THE BEGINNER SEWER

In these lessons we will go over the following, which can be adapted to how you want:

- Sewing safety and how to use a machine
- Learn about the sewing tools you'll be using
- How to read, cut out, layout, and follow a basic pattern instructions
- How to pin and sew a seam, finish seams and sew hems
- Learn to sew on an elastic band (to pajamas or for a tote).
- Learn how to unpick your projects when a mistake is made.
- Learn how to do a basic stitch and the gather stitch.
- TAKE AWAY PROJECTS:
- Pajamas
- Sewing Tote
- Basic Dress
- Pillow case

THE INTERMEDIATE SEWER
- Cement what you learned in the while a beginner.
- Learn to hand sew hems etc.
- Learn about different fabrics and when to use them.
- Sew a basic zipper onto clothes or bags.
- Learn about the different foots.
- Learn to do other stitches
-TAKE AWAY PROJECTS
- Intermediate Dresses/ Clothes
- Bags
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THE ADVANCED SEWER
- Work on your own projects you choose with help.
- Work with harder fabrics.
-Use a zipper foot to sew an invisible zipper.
- Learn to do advanced stitches
-Learn about pleats and darts.
- TAKE AWAY PROJECTS
- Prom dress
- Suits
- Formal Coats
- Backpacks

Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.

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Stella S. November 17, 2018
· WordPress · Online
Lily was great! Very helpful tutorials on starting in Wordpress. Highly recommended!
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Moriann November 16, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Great lesson! Very much a lesson about doing and having help along the way. Loved it because I already have a finished project!
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Judy November 10, 2018
· Japanese · Online
She is great and friendly.
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Lily S.

Lily S.

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About Hiro H.

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Schaumburg, IL
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About Hiro
United States Chess Federation (USCF) Expert (2000 rating)
I am ranked top 100 (out of 3,000+ players) in Illinois
I am also ranked in the 97th percentile in the nation (Over 65,000 players)

USCF Local Tournament Director
I direct USCF-Rated tournaments at the Schaumburg Library
Each tournament brings in over 30 players

Chess Instructor
For the past 5+ years, I have been teaching chess to all-ages.
My prized student is now ranked as the 25th strongest 8-year old in the nation.
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Bhawna March 3, 2018
· Chess · In home
Hiro is awsome with kids. He really puts in lot of efforts to explain things.
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CherRonne A. November 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
he is a rellay good chess teacher hook him up at hiro
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CherRonne A. November 8, 2017
· Chess · Online
HE SOUNDS LIKE A SMART GUY HE WAS GOOD
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Hiro H.

Schaumburg, IL 60193
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About Stephen M.

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West Covina, CA
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About Stephen
Currently looking for new students.
I teach piano, japanese, chess, go(weiqi/baduk), and meditation/self-improvement.
I am very proficient in all of the above subjects and have helped dozens of students reach their long-term goals over the years. I am also very patient and have taught children piano lessons for more than 10 years. As a learner I know how overwhelming new subject-matter could be and I tend to understand the pace that the student needs/wants to go at.
I feel a huge sense of accomplishment when I see my students improving. I also am constantly improving myself as a teacher so the lessons will only get better and the material should be easier to understand with time.
Let's master anything you want to work on, and have a lot of fun too :)
Thanks for reading!
-Stephen
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Ja'Quan September 7, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Awesome teacher man
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John Edward September 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Patient instructor. I'm super rusty and he was able to keep at my pace. He also made it interesting by using practical scenarios and alternating with cartoons or games. He watches anime as well so I was able to learn while talking about things I like. It helped practicing much easier.
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真修 September 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
日本語の理解が深い。四字熟語とかことわざとかもいっぱい知っているし、漢字も教えられるし、上級者でも授業を受けてもいいと思う。初心者を教えるところも見たことあって、わかりやすく説明してくれた。
I think that both advanced learners and beginners could benefit from taking one of his lessons.
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Stephen M.

Stephen M.

Online
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$15 / 30-min

About Ryan D.

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Vernon Hills, IL
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About Ryan
I've been playing and teaching the game of bridge for the past 24 years. I love this game, and I love introducing it to others so they can share in the joy of bridge. I've taught people from age 8 to age 75 and everywhere in between. My goal is to make the lessons fun because this is a game, and the only reason to play a game is to have fun.
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Mikie A. November 13, 2018
· Bridge · Online
Great instructor! I've really progressed quickly. Ryan is easy to understand and communicates really well. I liked him so much I signed up for a second session of lessons!
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Brenda P. November 5, 2018
· Bridge · Online
This was my first lesson and when we got a few bugs taken care of everything went very well...Have to study for next lesson looking forward to it Ryan is a good teacher.
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Richard B. September 14, 2018
· Bridge · Online
Fantastic teacher--would highly recommend Ryan!
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Ryan D.

Ryan D.

Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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About Celeste F.

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Oakland, CA
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About Celeste
Hello, fellow creatives!
I got into sewing when I was 17 years old after getting my first sewing machine (as requested) for Christmas. I really wanted to make my own raver wear and the first thing I made was butterfly printed pants. I loved being able to express myself thru the costumes I made and have been ever since!
I have made everything from traditional Halloween costumes (cheerleader, poison ivy, ringmaster, genie etc) to costumes for burning man for myself and all my friends including my boyfriends, to costumes for performers like professional hula hoopers, fire spinners, stilt walkers, dancers, and DJs. Basically, I help anyone who wants to have fun while they look fabulous in their own one of a kind costume.
Some of my more notable creations have been- Steampunk couple including steampunk toy gun, Mad hater that won a
costume contest, Derek from Zoolander, Sun goddess with headpiece, rainbow bright, His and hers Space cadet costumes and so many more!
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Celeste F.

Celeste F.

Online
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$34 / 30-min

About Diana S.

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Florissant, MO
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About Diana
Hello there- I'm Professor Diana Smith.

As a teacher, I have incorporated values just as a company sets values for their business. A few of my values is to give my students transparency, motivation, practical experiences and autonomy. I currently serve as a Business Communication Professor.

I get REALLY excited about a lot of things. Marketing, Business, Communication, and writing-- but also tacos & nachos, cosmetics, coffee, reading personal development books, practicing positivity and optimism by blogging and vlogging!

I am a creative, I write poetry, short stories and self help blog post. I love to create.

One of my best pieces of advice to anyone, is to read a book! There is so much peace you can find in reading.

My life is filled with sunshine because of my 9 year old son name Carter -who enjoys basketball and Fortni
te. He also enjoys spending all of my money on v-bucks.
For me- providing awareness and educating my students is a passion.

There is fun to be had in every classroom and every learning environment.

My #1 goal is to help you understand the dynamics of the modern business environment while understanding the way communication influences each business facet.
Anything you need, just ask. I may not have the answer but I will find the answer.
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Diana S.

Diana S.

Online
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$42 / 30-min

About Sergii N.

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Spring, TX
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I was born in Ukraine, started playing hockey at 3, chess at 4, still playing chess but not competitively anymore. I'm a junior at University of Houston and working towards my Engineering major, where I feel chess helped me great, especially with logic thinking and analysis. I've been teaching chess in high school library to kids who wanted to learn and then also played and taught chess in university to those who didn't know it yet. When I stopped playing competitively in chess at 15, my ELO was in around 1900. Currently I would say its around 1800-1900 based on chess players/programs that I play with.
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Sergii N.

Sergii N.

Online
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$50 / 30-min

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