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About Kelly G.

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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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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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Sal C. January 1, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Miss Kelly has been an incredible help to my daughter in learning valuable vocal techniques as well as helping her learn music theory and helping her prepare to study music in college.
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Chicago, IL 60622
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About Dan P.

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I am a member of the Chicago Northwest Symphony Orchestra. I have been instructing students from kindergarten to high-school all over Chicago area for the past thirteen years. My highest accomplishment is having a high-school sophomore student playing first chair first violin on Chamber Orchestra and third chair first violin in Symphonic Orchestra at Maine Township High School, Park Ridge, Illinois. Other accomplishments are having students prepared for Granquist Memorial Music Competition, Geneva Illinois.

My lessons are always focused on adapting the violin practice to fit the character of the individual student. Besides learning good violin performance practices, the student will shape up character by developing strengthening the brain which will help in development of overall cognitive activity.

Learning to play violin not only
opens the mind for greater understanding of artistic expressions but also adds to the quality of experiencing life more complex otherwise not possible in absence of music.

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Lessons are based on the Suzuki school but adapted for the preferences and/or necessities of the student.

- Warm up exercises
- Quizzing student about difficulties met during practicing in the period between the lessons.
- Assessing the approach of addressing the difficulties while preforming the musical piece under study.
- Explaining how to fix problems and how to approach daily violin practice.
- Musical notions, musical theory.
- Musical notation reading/ Ear development exercises.
- Recap and assignments for next lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Violin, computer, microphones, keyboard, audio interface, speakers.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car

*** Specialties ***
Violin teaching.
Audio recording and editing.
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Steve April 9, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I am a current student of Dan's and have enjoyed his lessons. I can feel the improvement since starting. Initially I was self-taught and debated about taking private lessons, but now I am very happy I did. I would highly recommend Dan as a violin instructor.
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Rick March 17, 2017
· Violin · In home
Dan is very punctual and professional and friendly . We started playing violin for the first time this past month and he helped us prepare for our lessons and also make sure we have the proper instrument that fits our daughter well . He has good communication is on time and takes his time explaining new techniques in his lesson . We hope to have a long term relationship to get to a level that we want to be at . He's very kind and honest and displays competency in his instrument of interest
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Zachary S. January 22, 2017
· Violin · In home
Good experience for Zachary. Thanks!
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Dan P.

Dan P.

Des Plaines, IL 60016
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About Fernando L.

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Cicero, IL

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Hi there! My name is Fernando L. and I am looking forward to working with you. I have helped many students throughout my four years of private teaching. I am currently working with "Mariachi Oro y Plata", and had the honor to also work with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. I look forward to working with you and achieving your goals soon.

*Travel Equipment*
My violin, tuner, stand, metronome, and books. I expect the student to have his/her very own violin and stand.

*My Specialties*
Private or group lessons for all ages, competition/ audition preparation as well.

What to expect?
Expect to have fun and a learning experience. If you are determined, passionate and/or dedicated, what are you waiting for?
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Carlos S. June 12, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Very professional and patient with student. Can't wait to keep working with him.
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Fernando L.

Fernando L.

Chicago, IL 60629
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About Monica S.

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Harwood Heights, IL

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I have at least a little experience in everything performance related. You name it - chances are I've done it! The two areas I have the most experience teaching though are acting / audition coaching (I've been teaching this on and off for over 10 years), and vocal coaching / singing lessons. While I am a highly trained singer that can sing anything from Pop, to Broadway to Opera - I am NOT the best accompanist. As long as you are fine working on songs with a pre-recorded accompaniment track, or acapella - I'm the teacher for you! I'm also a former cast member of Walt Disney World and am a skilled puppeteer. I'm a funny / nerdy / silly teacher, so all levels of students will feel welcome. I look forward to teaching you!
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Cayla B. April 23, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Great instructor!
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Christopher April 6, 2017
· Musical Theater · In home
Monica was great! Very professional, full of knowledge, sweet, funny, prepared and thorough. My son enjoyed his lesson very much and is looking forward to the next.
Monica was a great choice to make as a voice instructor!
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Jean S. October 26, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In studio
I am so glad to have such an experience of voice lesson with her. She is very good, patient and also flexible with schedule.
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Monica S.

Monica S.

Harwood Heights, IL 60706
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$25 / 30-min

About Eric M.

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About Eric
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 from 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.

Chicago, IL 60645
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I am a passionate musician who is very active in the Chicago music scene in classical, contemporary and alternative music. I recently graduated with a degree of Master of Arts in Harp from the Royal Academy of Music as well as with my LRAM teaching certification. I received my bachelors from the University of Arizona. I currently am a harp instructor for the Chicago Harp Ensemble and formerly worked with the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble in Atlanta. I have a wide range of experience in teaching beginners as well as advanced students. I put a strong emphasis on technique and musicianship.
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Lauren H.

Lauren H.

Chicago, IL 60657
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$60 / 30-min

About Zack Z.

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I believe that teaching music has to be fun. Trying to force music theory or notated music on a student when they are not ready can be detrimental to their learning process. Students can become very uninterested with music if they aren’t getting what they want out of the lessons. I cater to the students wants, while still delivering to them what they need. Improvisation and groove is something that is both fun and educational, a great tool to keep students interested. Working in theory, is something that comes second, when the student becomes interested in the reason why things are how they are. I do believe, however, that a structured lesson path leads to better results, incorporating a little bit of everything to see how the students react.
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Zack Z.

Zack Z.

Palos Heights, IL 60463
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$35 / 30-min

About Oliver H.

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I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition.

I can also teach guitar, piano, drums, and voice. As a mulit-instrumentalist, jamming with my students is a priority. Being able to play with other musicians is one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience. I’m happy to take you there!

Recently, I helped one of my bass players to get a scholarship to go to Berklee Summer Camp to study music.

I am very excited to continue my teaching on TakeLessons. I look forward to helping new students to become the musician of their dreams.

I've been playing professionally in Chicago for five years. I am curren
tly co-manager, upright bass player, and singer for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I play upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group, 9 Worlds Ensemble, and Bowmanville.
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Lindsey July 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I worked with Oliver for over a year and saw his students blossom with both skill and confidence after just a few lessons. Oliver has a naturally calming presence and kids absolutely adore him. I could not recommend him enough. His multi instrumental talent and sweet personality make him a one of a kind, wonderful teacher.
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Karla July 19, 2017
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Oliver Horton os a naturally gifted teacher, passionate about sharing his love of music. Lovely person, talented musician, gracious and good humored teacher.
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Lucy June 28, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Oliver is a fantastic teacher! My daughter has been taking lessons with him for a few years now and loves it - she plays both the Electric and Upright Bass and Oliver teaches her both.
She loves his teaching style - he is very encouraging, and positive.
Can't recommend highly enough.
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Oliver H.

Oliver H.

Chicago, IL 60647
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About Mary R.

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Chicago, IL

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With 13 years experience in piano studies, 8 years experience in composing, and 5 years experience in teaching these skills, I am a warm, friendly, professional, and experienced pianist and teacher with excellent reviews and references!

My lesson plans are highly customized to each student's specific needs, learning style, strengths, and desires. Specific instruction is available in theory, chords, technique, composition, and more.

I make sure that my students are having FUN! Making music should be enjoyable! I believe this is one of the most important tools for helping children and adults learn.

100% satisfaction guaranteed!
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Ellen June 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mary is passionate about playing piano and teaching others her craft. She takes an individualized approach, tailoring each lesson to meet the needs of her student, carefully adapting her teaching style to what type of learner you are, which she will determine at the onset. What I love about working with Mary, is that she lets you choose what songs you want to learn and supplements those with materials at your level. She follows along at your pace, asking how many songs you want to work on at any given time. She is thorough, offering helpful critique and praise when due. She writes detailed instructions in a notebook, which she gives you to take home to refer to when practicing on your own. Mary composes her own music, and when you hear it you will be astonished by its beauty, her talent and skill. To be able to take lessons from such a gifted musician is an exciting thing! She is friendly and makes lessons fun. She takes personal interest in you from the start. Her rates are very reasonable,
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Jamie June 22, 2017
· Piano ·
I miss having Mary around! She taught me so much piano technique during just the few months when we lived in the same town. Wouldn't be able to read music at my church without her! I have ADHD and she was always so patient with me. I also have anxiety and she always knew how to keep me calm and relaxed with music. She is incredible, really sweet, empathetic, an awesome person and an awesome teacher.
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Raul June 22, 2017
· Piano ·
Mary is honest, reliable and very talented. Her technique is great and she is very fun to work with.
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Mary R.

Chicago, IL 60626
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About Grant R.

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I have studied with some of the finest trombonists in the world, have performed in the nation's top orchestras, and am firmly committed to excellence in the trombone field. Music is one of the most indescribably powerful and moving things in the entire world, and I want students to, above all, simply enjoy playing and experiencing this wonderful gift. The trombone is, of course, merely a means to an end in this regard; yet its rich, golden, and versatile sound is what particularly draws me to it. My approach to playing the trombone is simple: producing the most beautiful sound on every note, as easily as possible. I think it is necessary to have the best sound that you can possibly make on the trombone in your head from day one, and to this end, I strive to play as much as possible for and along with the student so that they may develop t
heir OWN ideal sound concept. I of course couple this with instruction on all the other fundamentals of trombone playing and music making (scales, rhythms, playing in tune, breathing, etc). But never forget that the ultimate goal is to perform the music the way it goes. By this I do not not mean playing all the correct notes, but instead performing the music in the correct style and context as the composer intended. Always remember that music is to be shared with others, and that making a statement with the music we play, in a way expressing our deepest emotions, is what this is all about!
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Alexa July 27, 2017
· Trombone · In home
My son needed some extra help with trombone. He was struggling in his school program and wanted to be better. After studying with Grant for a few months, his band teacher sent me an email about how quickly he is improving and he moved up from last chair to third chair. He is very approchable and my son loves him.
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Maggie July 24, 2017
· Trombone ·
Grant is an amazing musician. From the 2 years I’ve worked with him, he’s been very professional, great to work with and always plays with a beautiful tone. He is very passionate and knowledgable in both playing the trombone and the music he plays.
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Rachel July 24, 2017
· Trombone ·
Grant's ability to hear what each student's needs are makes him a great teacher for all levels of players. He likes to work hard while also having a good time, which really resonates with students. We worked together for 2 years and his drive to constantly make the highest quality music really makes him stand out.
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Grant R.

Chicago, IL 60660
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