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About Tracy B.

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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.

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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.

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Basement studio finished and separate from house

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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 Steve S.

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Chicago, IL
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I have over 13 years of teaching experience at both the secondary and post-secondary level, and I have lived and taught for nearly 10 years in Japan. I have a graduate degree in education with a specialization in TESL/TEFL.
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Milan P. February 21, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Steve has a genuine interest in working out how to best develop a self-reliance on any particular method.
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Sara P. February 10, 2018
· English · In home
He is very nice and very good teacher!!
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Julie December 7, 2017
· Essay Writing · Online
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Steve S.

Steve S.

Chicago, IL 60660
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About Georgina L.

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Downers Grove, IL
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An energetic and highly motivated individual dedicated to fostering personal and intellectual growth through foreign language teaching, via modern and eclectic methodologies of language learning, with emphasis on interaction, communication, and generating interest in foreign languages and cultures.
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Eddie K. July 25, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Georgina is doing such a great job catering the Spanish lessons to the needs of each child per the goals that have been set. The lessons are fun and engaging and my boys really enjoy them.
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Moe T. July 12, 2017
· Spanish · Online
A great teacher who is enthusiastic, very smart and makes class fun!
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Lilian August 11, 2016
· Spanish · In home
very good
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Georgina L.

Georgina L.

Downers Grove, IL 60515
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About Fernando L.

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Cicero, IL

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About Fernando
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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Max A. September 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
Fernando was fantastic with my 14 year old son. He asked what type of music he wanted to play to keep him engaged. He had a great 45 minute lesson with him. Fernando is passionate about violin and it shows. Looking forward to continuing with Fernando! Highly recommend him!
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Lucia A. September 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
Fernando was great with my seven year old daughter. He kept her engaged for 45 minutes. She enjoyed her lesson and is excited to continue lessons with him. Highly recommend him!
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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.

Cicero, IL 60804
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About Celeste C.

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Chicago, IL
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I am a graduate student in Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. Still, I have a wealth of experience in the classroom and in after-school programs. I have been a tutor for over ten years and have taught a wide variety of subjects to an array of different students.
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Ashley July 25, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Celeste was awesome during our first session!! Can't wait for the next one, she was super helpful & I definitely recommend her!
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Miles M. July 11, 2016
· Basic Math · In home
Highly recommend Celeste. My son said that he had fun learning which he hasn't really said before. He is excited about his next lesson.
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John B. August 25, 2015
· French · In studio
Celeste is very easy to work with and we got a lot done. I really enjoyed having lessons with her.
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Celeste C.

Celeste C.

Chicago, IL 60605
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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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Ninoy January 29, 2018
· Chinese · Online
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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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Jingjing W.

Chicago, IL 60611
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About Adan A.

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Chicago, IL
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Hello Students, I am Adán from México. I am a certified instructor with more than 8 years of experience in the Spanish language education. Many years working with young people has led me to develop a dynamic, interactive and entertaining teaching system. I supplement lessons with references to the culture, history and ways of life in the Spanish-speaking countries. I have extensive knowledge and studies in Grammar, Linguistics, and History of the Spanish language. I currently work for one of the most recognized languages Schools in the Chicago area. I am graduated from the University of Guanajuato in Mexico and I am a native speaker of the language.
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Mike December 28, 2016
· Spanish · Online
I've taken classes with Adan for over two years now--since the beginner level--and I couldn't be more pleased.

Adan is an excellent and conscientious teacher who genuinely cares about working with students to find the best approach for making progress. He has a gift for explaining things clearly, both the grammar and the idiomatic details that are important for developing conversation and getting a real feel for the language. The material is very well chosen, fun and productive; class is something I look forward to every week.

Learning a new language is a challenge and working with a good teacher makes a huge difference. Adan is a great choice!
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Rollen December 11, 2016
· Spanish · Online
I have been working with Adan for over 2 years and he is an amazing teacher!! He has taught me Spanish at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. He has helped me to learn the vocabulary, grammar and content that I need for my job. Adan draws upon a variety of engaging resources (e.g., Ted Talks, television shows, news articles) to expand my knowledge of Spanish and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Adan's classes are interesting and challenging and he makes me feel successful and motivated to learn more. I highly recommend him!
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Alison, Vancouver, Canada December 9, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Adan has been my teacher for the past year, and I only have great things to say. He is warm, patient, curious, present, and clearly loves to teach. Adan has a thorough understanding of English, so he is well aware of the difficulties English speakers face when learning Spanish. I find the one-to-one, structured, progressive grammar lessons work so well for me. As a beginner who doesn't speak any other languages, making the decision to learn Spanish was very intimidating for me, but now I look forward to my lessons...always!
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Adan A.

Adan A.

Chicago, IL 60605
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About Niki H.

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Chicago, IL

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About Niki
Your learning experience is about you. It is about personalized lesson plans, your learning style and aspirations. I look forward to working with you.

A little bit about me: I have sung and played the piano with many different professional bands (from rock and pop, to blues and ethnic). In addition, being a classical piano teacher for over a decade in preparatory schools (from pre-school to high-school), running my private piano/theory studio and currently teaching music majors in college (Northwestern University, New England Conservatory previously), I can confidently say that I have dealt with a large span of ages (3 – 45), personalities, cultural backgrounds and levels of students, especially aged 10 – 18.

My teaching style is enthusiastic, humorous and theatrical, always focused on each student’s interests and approachi
ng learning in an interdisciplinary way, incorporating singing, composing, movement and anything the student relates to. I believe in interactive learning and in giving the students the power to create their own curriculum. I will give you a solid technical jumpstart, you will learn to read and write music and we will have cross-genre playlists because we love all music.

As for my education and current professional life, I'm a classical composer, with a bachelor's degree in classical piano and theory, currently pursuing my doctoral degree in composition at Northwestern University. I previously obtained my master's degree in composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston. I also hold a bachelor's degree in pedagogy, musicology.
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Shila June 15, 2017
· Greek · Online
First Greek Lesson was great with Niki! Extremely patient with you which is really key if you are a beginner. Awesome person too!
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Angela W. May 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My teenage daughter was a student of Niki's until we moved. She builds rapport with the student, and her devotion to music and the pursuit of her own education as a gifted musician made her enthusiasm infectious. She is the product of serious and intense training from a young age, but I believe her personality and approach would allow for a solid connection with students of various abilities.
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Eugi April 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Niki helped me re-learn everything I knew about playing the piano, she taught me to improvise and thanks to her amazing way of making everything in music seem simpler, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes, I gained confidence in playing in front of an audience and I learned to sing while playing!

I definitely recommend her!
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Niki H.

Niki H.

Chicago, IL 60626
(7)
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$35 / 30-min

About Dorieh G.

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Chicago, IL
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Anyone who knew me growing up would have never thought that I would one-day love teaching. Let's just say that I was the popular kid in school and not the stellar student my parents wished. But if I was to study, I had decided it would be Communication in college-- learning to build long-lasting professional and personal relationships. I had the privilege of studying in Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland. Other than my native tongue of Persian (Farsi), I am fluent in English, and have an intermediate command of French. It wasn't until I was married, and my daughter was born that I had my first student. Now, I have more than 20 years of tutoring experience under my belt. Maybe it was my persistence (or rather my parents’ persistence) that finally helped me enjoy learning and sharing it with others. Or may
be because I was a difficult student, and had exceptionally patient and brilliant teachers trying to inspire and engage me in class that I learned how to be a great tutor. Regardless of the reason, I have become an extremely effective and experienced tutor. My daughter is now working on her PhD dissertation--surly I can take some credit for that too?
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Dorieh G.

Dorieh G.

Chicago, IL 60615
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About Rose P.

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Elmhurst, IL
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Hello! My name is Rose. When I was a teenage backpacker, I began teaching English to friends I made in different countries who are still my friends today. After over 7 years of traveling, teaching and experimenting with different methods and learner types, I found that the uniting quality in effective lessons is that they build confidence through fun, motivation and the exploration of new worlds that language opens up.

Learning a new language literally increases the size of your brain. When I was learning, I discovered a new part of myself and became a fuller person. Learning new languages has helped me find the courage to do many more things. Its helped me try acting, creative writing and eventually I gained the confidence to direct the scripts that I wrote. The friendships I gained also happened because I put in effort to know the lan
guage. My reality is totally different inside and out and I'm really glad for it!

I've tried all sorts of methods and have dissected military courses for language acquisition as well a experimental approaches. I have around 8 different approaches that I take for learners of a specific type and need. Everyone is an individual, so I customize lessons for each person's needs and interests.
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Arnaud February 12, 2018
· ESL · Online
Rose is a unique tutor with an amazing educational background. Rose didn't give me only grammar and vocabulary but also the cultural contexts. We dealt with a long list of topics that were challenging and interesting. More importantly she has this bubbly engaging personality that keeps lessons fun and always learning something new keeps me motivated. Thanks Rose
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Rose P.

Rose P.

Elmhurst, IL 60126
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