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About Daniel A.

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Hillside, IL

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In addition to teaching music, I have also worked as a special education assistant and wrestling/track coach at Lake Zurich Middle School South and an assistant Kung Fu/Tai Chi instructor at Green Mountain Arts in Logan Square, Chicago, Illinois. Jazz piano, Voice, and Composition are my main areas of expertise. However, I have also been recording, and playing guitar almost my entire life. I fully believe in music education not only for entertainment and personal enjoyment, but for many other means.
Beyond its capacity for being used as entertainment, music aids in learning, helps develop advanced motor skills, increases memory function, and many other purposes for a well rounded education. It is my goal to help educate the next generation in traditional music practices as well as incorporate new techniques that are relevant to our
current day and age.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson plans vary from person to person. I always make it a point to get to know the student's existing musical knowledge, goals, and background before I create a personalized lesson plan. All important concepts are covered as they are needed so students can understand theoretical concepts based upon actual application and usage. In short, I teach in a way that students can "dig in" right away and play, create, improvise, sing and/or compose freely and naturally. I always encourage students or parents to contact me with their goals, previous musical training, etc., and discuss what they really want out of lessons so they can get the most out of taking me on as an instructor.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic and Electric piano, Digital Recording Studio, Extensive library and teaching resources

*** Specialties ***
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Nick November 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Really enjoyed the first lesson. Daniel made it fun and im excited to learn more.
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Kristin S. April 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Daniel adapted throughout the course of the hour-long lesson to understand what I already knew and find appropriate ways to fill in the gaps of my knowledge. He also started me on the process of learning a new approach when looking at and learning to play new music pieces.
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James L. November 14, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Daniel was very patient with me with our first lessons. I would highly reccomend daniel to anyone who likes a teacher who will patiently guide them to become a better singer and person.
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Daniel A.

Daniel A.

Hillside, IL 60162
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$20 / 30-min

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.

Kelly G.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Hanna M.

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Chicago, IL
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A dancer for most of her life, Hanna found the stretching and strengthening aspect of yoga to be an excellent complement to her dance training. It wasn't until she began classes at CorePower Yoga that she was able to find a deeper connection within herself and truly fell in love with the practice. A movement enthusiast, Hanna was immediately drawn to the physical challenges presented through creative Vinyasa flow sequences. Shortly after, she felt an energetic shift begin to impact her life in the most positive of ways. Hanna received her 200-Hour Yoga Teaching Certification in 2014, and now teaches yoga, dance, and helps lead yoga teacher trainings. Hanna’s yoga classes incorporate a focus on breath and alignment in order to flow seamlessly through postures, hoping that her students will find the same moving meditation that brings her to
her mat every day. Hanna is thrilled that she is able to make a living doing what she loves by helping her students find their bliss. 

Hanna graduated from Columbia College Chicago where she received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and Arts Management. Hanna's focus has shifted to teaching yoga primarily, but she continues to train and perform throughout the Chicago dance community. Hanna loves teaching dance and fitness class to students of all ages and experience levels. Hanna believes that if you’re not moving, you’re not growing and everyone can reap the benefits of a happy and healthy body, mind, and spirit.

Hanna caters her private lessons to the individual goals and needs of her students. What are your goals? Let's work together to achieve them!
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Alex S. March 3, 2017
· Yoga · In studio
Hanna is the best!!!
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Michael March 22, 2016
· Meditation · In home
Hanna was great ! Very knowledgeable about meditation. Made me feel comfortable.
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Joan February 14, 2016
· Dance · In home
Hanna was excellent, and the lessons were individualized to fit my needs. Hanna provided wonderful choreography ideas for my upcoming music concert.
Thank you so much!
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Hanna M.

Hanna M.

Chicago, IL 60618
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$60 / 45-min

About Tessa C.

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Chicago, IL
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I am a recent graduate from Northwestern University, and will be attending Northwestern for Graduate School next year. I have experience in various subjects, specializing in swimming lessons, piano lessons, math (pre-algebra to AP calculus) tutoring, SAT tutoring, college essay writing, AP English, and youth lifestyle/fitness coaching.
My rates are very reasonable, and I am willing to travel to you.
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Mrini srivastava July 10, 2016
· Swimming · In home
Very patient and thorough. Tessa took the time to review the skill levels of our kids and planned the first & next sessions accordingly.
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Tessa C.

Tessa C.

Chicago, IL 60612
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$25 / 30-min

About Liz A.

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Sycamore, IL
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Liz A, born and raised outside of Chicago, IL, began dancing at the age of 7 training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical. She has since expanded her vocabulary to include Modern, Contemporary, Jazz Funk, and Hip Hop, to name a few. She moved to Los Angeles in '11 to continue to pursue her dance career in the entertainment industry. She has performed in many cities in and outside of the US. She has worked with various artists some of which include Beyonce, KC & the Sunshine Band, Kat Deluna, Serayah McNeill, and Chonique Sneed.
Her love for dance goes beyond performing. At the young age of 15, with the eagerness to share her love for dance, Liz began teaching. To be able to share her knowledge, experience, and passion of the arts with students of all ages was an opportunity she could not pass up. She has taught in many cities throughout th
e US, Mexico and overseas in China. Knowing the positive impact dance had on her life, she plans to spread that same positive force with students all around the world.
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Liz A.

Liz A.

Dundee, IL 60118
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$35 / 45-min
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Chicago, IL

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About Gisselle
MissG was born and raised in New York City. She has received training in NYCs prestigious Broadway Dance Center and Steps, among others. In 2004 she founded Alight Movement and has already made a mark within the dance community through events, dance competitions, shows and workshop tours. They were recently seen on BET's 106 and Park, where some of MissG's choreography was displayed.

MissG has recently relocated to Chicago from Florida. She has choreographed and performed as a backup dancer for various local venues in South Florida including television shows and music videos. Her most recent sighting is in Step Up Revolution. Her choreography was also recently seen on BET's Spring Bling Invitational Showcase in Venice Beach,CA. She has trained artists in development for major recording companies and continues to inspire her students, f
rom all walks of life, to aim high in their endeavors. One of MissG’s students, artist Joselyn Rivera, appeared on the third season of The Voice.
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DAvid October 9, 2017
· Hip Hop Dance · Online
First lesson as went as hoped and expected. Very helpful. Good pace. Learned a lot. Looking forward to next lesson.
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· Hip Hop Dance · Online
My first lesson was great! She made me feel very comfortable!
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Amelia S. July 31, 2017
· Hip Hop Dance · Online
She is so nice. I'm so excited for the next lesson!! Thanks MissG it was a great experience!🤗🤗
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MissG M.

Chicago, IL 60625
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$35 / 30-min

About Tamara S.

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INTERNAL ALCHEMY meditation is an intuitive life-force-energy practice that Tamara has been utilizing and teaching since 1986. Basically, It's practiced to balance, clear, unify, strengthen & uplift mind-body-spirit. While it is TECHNICALLY Qi Gong = Life Fore Energy Practice, it is not of Chinese lineage, and is not to be confused with 5000 year old practice, Nei Gong. This Internal Alchemy is rather an intuitively granted practice that Tamara began receiving as a child outside of Detroit Mi in the 80s, a time and place where only the tangible was considered valid. Tamara utilized the work to heal of severe chronic illness and broken bones with out meds, surgery or pain killers.. Internal Alchemy is strung subtly through all of Tamara's teachings and practices. It taught as primary focus to those who are seeking to open the pow
erful mystery school within and whom are willing to do the internal work and practice on their own. It is a way of SelfActualization and deepened conscious connection to Source.

FLEXIBILITY, YIN YOGA & VINYASA
Tamara trained in dance (ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical) from 1985 - 2003 and performed, choreographed and taught for several years. This has cultivated strong experiencial understandings in the ways of proper alignment and safe building of flexibility.
Tamara began practing yoga in 2005 and completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Asheville Yoga Center in NC - 2009.

QI GONG
Tamara began practicing Chinese QiGong in 2003 after discovering it's similarities to her intuitive practice, Internal Alchemy. She was strongly intrigued by this energy practice with over 5000 years of passed down teachings. Tamara soon trained at Kun Yu Shan Academy of Martial Arts in China in 2006. She then studied the rudiments of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Dragon Rises College, 2009-2010.

SKATING
I have been skating (ice & roller) since I was a toddler and I've been rollerblading since 1994
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Leah November 6, 2017
· Yoga · In home
I went to Tamara for Yoga to just feel more present and to become more flexible, but I got so much more. A problem with my neck and shoulder I had for so many years that I forgot it was always there , is now gone. It was locked up for years & it's now loose. It gets stiff on occasion, and when it does I now know how to release it. And it works! It took time and practice, but it got there! It's more like a therepeutic, transcendental session of magic wherein I'm learning how to do the magic on my own. So good!
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Jon September 27, 2017
· Yoga · In home
Excellent in every way
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Tamara S.

Tamara S.

Chicago, IL 60626
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$130 / 60-min

About Ron P.

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Burlington, WI

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American Tai Chi and Qi Gong Association Certified Master Instructor Ron has been actively teaching a diverse population of tai chi players since 2006. Ron also guides a group of local instructors, most who attend his lessons regularly. There are ongoing classes for the Kenosha Moose Lodge (Yang 24, TCA, TCE) and a Saturday morning TCA class at the Kenosha Senior Center with lessons sponsored through the Kenosha Unified School District. Ron's ongoing relationship with the University of Wisconsin Parkside Kenosha is where he's involved in community outreach through the Mini Course program.
Master instructor Ron Pfeiffer has also been teaching Taiji Zen and the 13 Essential Forms for several years now and believes in the Beauty and Depth of this particularly powerful Tai Chi Chuan set developed by Jet Li in China.
Ron's journey into Healt
h Fitness began in 1978 with various martial arts. In 2014, he was honored to be recognized through the International Sungjado Association for his over 35 years with a Doctor of Philosophy in Martial Science Degree.
All 30 minute lessons are designed for individual participants. Your goals are my guide.
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Greg September 12, 2017
· Tai Chi Chuan · Online
I love that Master Ron says that my clunky awkward Tai Chi isn't wrong - its just my Tai Chi. And my Tai Chi in 3 months may be better or worse than my Tai Chi today - but it's still my Tai Chi.
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Donna September 7, 2017
· Self Defense · In studio
I have been a student of Ron's since 2011. I am learning both Kenpo Karate and Tai Chi. Ron is very knowledgeable in both venues and is passionate about the health aspects of each. He is a great teacher - caring and disciplined.
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Necie August 29, 2017
· Tai Chi Chuan · In studio
I am a new student and Ron Pfeiffer is my instructor.

I am so excited that I made the decision to join.

I joined because I wanted to learn how to reduce chronic pain without the use of opioids. I highly recommend that everyone learn about the healing benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong.

Ron is very passionate about helping everyone enhance their overall well-being. All the other students are warm and engaging. Great environment ; no judgement.

There are other Tai Chi Studios but only one Ron Pfeiffer. Why settle for the rest when you can experience the very best at Midwest Tai Chi.

In the past I experienced Tai Chi by someone in another state whom was not Certified and didn't know what they were doing. It was not a good experience for me. Stay away from people whom are not certified and properly trained!

Which is why I praise Ron because he is professional, certified and his training has impacted my health very positively. I am learning about proper balance, deep breathing techniques, mindfulness, clarity and focus. My sleep is also improving. Which is an added benefit that will help me to continue to heal.
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Ron P.

Ron P.

Burlington, WI 53105
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$30 / 30-min

About Rod L.

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I've followed a passion for health and fitness since my childhood days. It has led me through the individual and team sports which fostered exploration of taking my pursuing a better version of myself. I've been fortunate enough to share this experience by coaching boys’ soccer for 12 years.
My pursuit continued in the years that followed with the achievement of a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Again, I've been privileged since I currently teach Tae Kwon Do to children and adults.
My experiences with Tae Kwon Do fueled a passion to explore additional arts including Tai Chi, Qigong and meditation practices. I currently teach the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi and Qigong as a Qigong practitioner and certified Tai Chi instructor. My offerings include the long, short and simplified forms in the Yang Style Tai Chi. In addition, I offer
chair Tai Chi as a certified instructor. Teaching since early 2014, I continue to update my skills and teaching offerings through my attendance in seminars and workshops.
My mission is to apply these ancient arts to everyday life that will benefit your health and well-being. Join me in the pursuit to put the mind, body and spirit in harmony to yield the best version of you.
No experience necessary, no special equipment, and beginners are always most welcome.
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Rod L.

Woodstock, IL 60098
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$67 / 30-min

About Rush F.

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I'm hoping to get to work with students who want to dive right into mastering their camera and all it has to offer, whether we're shooting on film or digital, both of which I can offer instruction in. Learning to be in absolute control of your camera and how your settings will affect your photos is key to creating your images & making sure they come out exactly the way you envision them. Our time together will be a full immersion into light-writing. Over the years, I have had approximately 4 years of cumulative formal instruction on the subject, and have been freelancing since 2011, for events such as weddings, anniversaries, baby/bridal showers, graduation and engagement photos, live concerts, and just about anything else you can think of. Previously a Photography student of Daytona State College in Florida, I made the move up to Chicago
in 2015, and am currently studying at Harold Washington College. In the spring I will graduate with my Art Studio AFA. I genuinely look forward to any time spent with someone with a desire to hone their craft, and hope to bring more inspiration to those wanting to bring forth their vision. Aside from photography, I also teach a handful of other subjects that you or someone else may be interested in!
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Mike October 2, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
guitarist in a local Chicago band LOOMS. a year ago we asked Rush to design a flier for some of our upcoming shows. we were so in love with what he made for us, that I ended up reaching out on my own to ask for photoshop tips. we did one "formal" lesson (this was before he was registered on the website) and man we covered a lot in 45 mins. i was surprised when rush told me he is still in school. you would have no idea from the way he conducts his lessons.
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Mallory L. October 2, 2017
· Photography · In home
As a seasoned takelessons teacher myself, I was enthralled with Rush's professionalism and deep understanding of photography.
Many of my own students are adults who now finally have the time to learn something they've always wanted to do. So, I decided to follow my little long-term dream of learning more about photography, and boy am I glad I did! Rush is kind and patient, and has a knack for lesson personalization. I can't wait for our next lesson!!
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Rush F.

Chicago, IL 60608
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$20 / 30-min

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