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About Tracy B.

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Berwyn, IL
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About Tracy
I have been teaching individual and group lessons for 12+ years. Many of my students have won trophies at the Granquist music competition and also play in local youth orchestras. My own youth string ensemble plays publicly at many popular local venues several times a year. I enjoy exposing my students to the finer points of being a professional musician such as the camaraderie, team work, creativity (creating harmonies, tailoring arrangements to fit student’s level) and of course, stage presence. I am very proud of my students. It is so gratifying to see their confidence build with each new skill they master.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching is to combine fundamentals with “adventure.” I encourage students to experiment with their instrument and have quite a few budding composers. No two students learn in the same way, so
I don’t use the same strategy for each individual. I believe music should be fun and rewarding. I like to expose students to many different types of music, i.e.; jazz, pop, blues, folk and of course, classical. Students are more likely to practice music that speaks to their personality.

My teaching environment is very laid back. I expect my students to practice, but I don’t read them the riot act if they show up to a lesson not having practiced much the week before. I encourage them to practice more the next week and I give them strategies for how to fit practice time into their schedule along with the most efficient way to practice their pieces.

I encourage parents to sit in on their child’s lesson, but I don’t require it. The more a parent is informed about their child’s goals, the better they are able to assist, support and facilitate the student’s practice. Involved parents contribute greatly to a child’s success.

I love teaching adults too! It is never too late to learn an instrument and the rewards carry over into all aspects of life. As with children, music makes us all smarter. Research proves this. We learn complicated spacial and math skills without even realizing it; we’re having too much fun!

I have annual recitals for private students. I speak Spanish.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement studio finished and separate from house

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sometimes music. I can refer students to instrument rental or purchase places, but do not have instruments to provide. I can obtain music for the students if they prefer, otherwise I will tell them what and where to buy.

*** Specialties ***
I use Suzuki and other books for material, but my teaching is more traditional. I use actual bowhold from start. My own invention - pinky AND thumb houses. Music reading is introduced fairly early. A little at a time and it's painless.

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Frank I. January 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great so far!!!
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Naomi T. January 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My little one seems to really enjoying her lessons
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Dave M. September 25, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I’m an adult with a fair amount of previous musical experience but absolutely none with a stringed instrument. Tracy’s approach for that kind of beginner is ideal. She is firm about establishing sound fundamental technique from day 1 and building on it with practice pieces that provide just the right amount of challenge. She is encouraging and phenomenally patient. If technique problems or incipient bad habits arise as more complicated material is taken on, she is all over them and always has corrective measures to pull out of her (extensive) bag of teaching tricks. I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning a new instrument.
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Tracy B.

Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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About Jane H.

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Chicago, IL
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I am a graduate of Lawrence University with a BA in Music (Piano) and German. I've played piano for almost 20 years, but in college performed more with voice. In college as a BA candidate I was able to take a variety of lessons, including classical piano (my major), jazz piano, classical voice, and jazz voice. One of my favorite projects in college included a recital comprised of all the types of music I love playing and learning about such as a solo piano piece, a few piano duets, a piece where I sang and accompanied myself, a vocal jazz small group, and a few others.

I'm currently working in a jazz trio with a guitarist and trumpeter playing (and singing) tunes from tons of different genres, such as Erykah Badu's "Window Seat", Thom Yorke's "Eraser", Incubus' "Anti-Gravity Love Song", Ceu's "Cangote", a handful of different jazz sta
ndards, and much more. The trio project is a good example of all the types of music I love to sing and teach.

My goal for the next year is to complete a 12 track album with my trio. Just thinking about it is exciting!!

Taking lessons with me I can teach you specifics on classical voice or piano and jazz voice or piano, but we can also work on combining them!

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Lessons with me will be laid-back but focused. Each student will receive an individualized curriculum based upon their needs/wants from their lessons. Believe me, I've had some bone-dry teachers in the past, and if you're not having fun and liking what you're doing, you're most likely going to forget the lesson you just had. We're going to learn by having fun and doing what I love most!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room, full-sized live-action keyboard, two chairs and bench, mirror, room for parents wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need to have a piano or a full-sized keyboard on which to practice or have lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Personally I am interested in many different genres of music (classical voice, jazz voice, classical piano, jazz piano, accompanying), and in college I was able to take many different kinds of lessons to fulfill my needs. As a result, I feel very comfortable teaching others about all sorts of different genres of music.
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Alaina T. October 14, 2015
· Piano · In home
Jane is VERY patient and super fun! Our daughter is a tough cookie, but she absolutely adores Miss Jane and has done her best piano work since starting with her. I highly recommend her! And the ability for lessons to be in the home is just beyond convenient.
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Lily T. September 16, 2015
· Piano · In home
We had our first lesson with Jane last night. Lily is a tough cookie, but Jane handled her REALLY well. Also LOVE having the lesson in our home. With our busy schedules, it's nice being able to keep my daughter in lessons but not have to trek her to a school.

We're looking forward to a long relationship with Jane (hopefully)!
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Annelouise B. January 25, 2014
· Singing ·
This Instructor is like Comfort Food and Exercise. ...!

Ms. Jane H. is the ONLY instructor Ive ever had that has made me feel so comfortable and confident with learning myself in my singing abilities. .. (of which I THOUGHT was minimal to say the least) . I didnt think the talent im learning to grasp and manipulate was in me until I met Jane..
Ive listened to her talent on YouTube, and I know for sure Jane will get me to the big leagues with my gifts..
If your looking for an Instructor that nurtures with fun your latent potential to full blown "Talent"..; Start Here with Lady Jane H..
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Jane H.

Jane H.

Chicago, IL 60639
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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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Kelly G.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Teresa K.

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Arlington Heights, IL
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LICENSED SPANISH TEACHER FROM LATIN AMERICA

I'm a current Spanish teacher in public school.
I grew up in Argentina and also have work experiences with native speakers from Central America in CA & Texas for 5 years.
I graduated high school and college in Argentina and completed graduate teaching certification program in US.
I have been teaching students from basic to advanced native level and helped hundreds of students to improve their Spanish level and gain confidence~!
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Iris December 11, 2017
· Spanish · In home
It was a pleasure to meet such a dedicated and outgoing teacher. Teresa was warm, friendly and undertstanding. Her initial request for us to try and only communicate in spanish, finding my spanish definitely limited, she assured that I should at least try and get across as well as I can words that dont come to me easily. she will always help me through it. This calmed my recall anxiety and made me feel more confident that in addition to her patience she is the teacher to assist me in achieving one of my goals in 2018 to reclaim my idioma, eventually become fluent, and go on to either help other persons trying to achieve the same goal or by working parttime in a position where I can provide good communication in customer service.
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Pepe May 19, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
I loved Ms Kim's class. I had lots of fun. I got kicked out of the class but that's ok.
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Shane May 19, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Miss Kim was my favorite teacher EVERRRRRRRR!!!!!!! SHE IS THE BEST AND I LEARNED SO MUCH!!!!
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Teresa K.

Teresa K.

Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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About Cyrus S.

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Chicago, IL
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I am a bilingual professional with the organizational and instructional skills to move you towards your goals. Holding degrees in Political Science and Spanish, I have experience teaching language and communication since 2012. I began teaching ESL to refugees and immigrants with the Columbus Literacy Council. After advancing to lead instructor I assumed a post with the Peace Corps in Guatemala where I specialized in program development and implementation.
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Mary March 6, 2017
· Spanish · Online
I look forward to my lessons!! Little things are beginning to click now. I feel more confident that this is something I can accomplish, in time. Cyrus is very prompt for our classes. He gives me encouragement and answers my questions. This is something I have wanted to do for really no other reason than because I want to. He is very patient and uses many resources online to allow me to feel like I'm in a classroom setting such as google hangout, google documents and sheets. I didn't even know these tools were available. If you are wanting to learn Spanish, I would not hesitate to recommend Cyrus.
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Mary February 6, 2017
· Spanish · Online
I have now had a second lesson with Cyrus. Tonight's lesson was very valuable as he introduced a dialog in Spanish. I have never studied Spanish, ever! I have had 2 classes with Cyrus and I can now greet someone in Spanish already. I can say some very basic phrases, such as "good morning" or "nice to meet you, my name is Mary, what is your name". Tonight we used google documents, it was a very effective. He has listened to what I'd like to achieve and is using that information as a basis on which he builds my lessons around. His plan is geared specifically around my expectations. That, I think, is pretty awesome!!!
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Mary February 5, 2017
· Spanish · Online
This was only my first class, but I was impressed with the set up. Cyrus was on time and very easy and friendly to communicate with. I really look forward to our next class. Gracias, Cyrus
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Cyrus S.

Cyrus S.

Chicago, IL 60640
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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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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 60657
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About Jingjing W.

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Chicago, IL
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Hi, there! My name is Jingjing. I had been teaching Mandarin Chinese in University College Dublin in Ireland for 5 years before I came to US. I have extensive experience of teaching and tutoring Chinese face to face or online. I am warm and friendly and I can't wait to meet you and help you reach your goals and have fun in learning Chinese!
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Oleg November 7, 2017
· Chinese · Online
It is really fun to learn with her!!!
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Jonathan E. June 5, 2017
· Chinese · Online
Very good experience, very friendly, very understanding of my needs from early on. Looking forward to continuing with JingJing!
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Jonathan E. June 5, 2017
· Chinese · Online
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Jingjing W.

Chicago, IL 60611
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About Drew P.

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Evanston, IL

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Drew is a flute student in rigorous preparation for a future career in classical music. For 15 years, he has participated in numerous music competitions, festivals, and performance opportunities, both as a soloist and part of ensembles, and actively continues to do so. He is an advocate of the arts and passionate about spreading the gift of music, which has lead him to teach over 20 students (and counting!) in just the past 2 years.

Drew graduated with a BM in Flute Performance at Brigham Young University, and continues his studies at Northwestern University, where he is projected to earn his MM in Flute Performance in 2018.

***My Vision***
I seek students who share a love of learning. I am not looking for the finest musicians or highest IQ's, because those gifts are not required to learn and grow. My greatest experiences as a tea
cher have come from when I work with students who just want to learn more.

***My Requirements***
Learning comes at a price, though. I hold my students to high expectations when it comes to practicing. Each week, I give students individual assignments that I know will improve their learning and playing abilities, and I expect those assignments to be fulfilled by the next lesson. A failure to do so will result in frustration for both myself and my student.

However, I know that nobody is perfect, and I myself have had my share of weeks where life happens, and I simply don't progress as much as I would like. As a teacher, I understand this perfectly, and I will always strive to listen to my students, and work with them through their difficulties or struggles.

***What To Expect From Lessons***
I bring a lot of energy to lessons! I am very passionate about teaching and helping students grow, and I make sure to bring that to every lesson. I give concise, direct feedback to students, making sure to give them the information they need to understand how they can achieve their goals and grow.

I am very perceptive of students' feelings, and I take care to be sensitive to their needs each week. My worst fear as a teacher is to cause hurt feelings, so I will do everything in my power to avoid that!

I am an expert in the field of music and the flute, so you can be rest assured that the quality of instruction will be the highest.
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Katie June 1, 2017
· Flute · In home
My daughter had Drew as her first teacher for the 2015-2016 school year. He was excellent at explaining concepts and techniques to her as she began to learn the flute. He helped her to have fun as she learned. He is patient, knowledgeable, positive, and communicates concepts and expectations well. We would have loved to have him stay in the area and continue as her teacher.
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Sarah March 25, 2017
· Flute · In home
I had the privilege of having Drew as my private flute teacher for the 2015-2016 school year, and I would have loved to remain his student if he hadn't moved. He's incredibly patient, thoughtful, and hardworking, and he helped me correct problems that previous teachers never even noticed. I improved in so many areas in a short period of time, including overall tone, physical technique, performance psychology, practice habits, and applying musicality to my performance. Easily the best teacher I've ever had.
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Evanston, IL 60208
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About Karin M.

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Chicago, IL
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Hi – I can help all aspects of English, including critical reading, persuasive writing, comparative literature, public speaking and ACT/SAT/AP test strategies. I have a Creative Writing MFA, a Communications BS, and write professionally. I've taught and lectured at universities, schools and with individuals around Chicagoland as well as in the Bay Area. I customize study plans with learners and their advocates to utilize existing abilities and add new techniques to reach personal and scholastic goals. My students have said: "she really knows how to get us engaged and how to pique our interest; she teaches and explains aspects of literature well;" "very alert about the world, knows about almost everything;" and “I just wanted to thank you for all of your help and guidance. I was totally lost, a poor reader, and short on time. With your hel
p, I polished my writing skills, became a better reader, and also a better quick-thinker and formulator of thoughts. Thank you for all of your encouragement and support.” Please contact me to create a personalized tutoring package, and good luck with your educational aspirations!
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Karin M.

Chicago, IL 60657
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About Rebecca G.

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Evanston, IL

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Viola performer and teacher, and a new Chicagoland resident!

I hold Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Viola Performance and have taught privately since 2013. In addition to my private studio in Evanston, I also maintain a viola/violin studio at two area high schools and enjoy teaching group classes at Chicago's Merit School of Music.
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Rebecca G.

Rebecca G.

Evanston, IL 60202
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