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About Farobag C.

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Orland Park, IL

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About Farobag
Music Director of the Chicago Philharmonia Orchestra since 1985, Farobag has also served as Managing Director of the University of Chicago Performing Artists Series from 1989 through 2002 and principal conductor of its resident professional ensembles. A skilled interpreter of Baroque literature as well, Farobag continues in his capacity as Artistic Advisor to the Baroque Masterplayers, a virtuoso ensemble that concatenates period performance techniques with modern instruments thus creating a unique voice within the realm of 17th and 18th- century repertoire.

A double graduate of the Eastma
n School of Music and the University of Rochester, Farobag studied under Anastasia Jempelis, a pioneer of Suzuki violin pedagogy in the United States. In addition to the Suzuki curriculum, he is also associated with the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program that sets a national standard of musical achievement in various fields.

Befitting his penchant for encouraging artistic interest amongst younger members of his community, Farobag is also the principal conductor of the Zoroastrian Symphony Orchestra that offers a unique mixture of young and seasoned professionals sitting side-by-side in a strictly professional setting. Since the year 2000, the ZSO has staged highly successful performances at various venues in Houston, Chicago, and Toronto. A New Year's eve performance in Los Angeles is scheduled for 2014.

Having also taken graduate-level coursework in educational psychology, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Chicago, Farobag offers tutelage in various areas of elementary and secondary education as well as in SAT, ACT and GRE test preparation.

Additionally, as a certified Reiki Master, therapeutic and/or educational sessions are also extended to those who may be inclined to alternative healing techniques.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sheer technique is necessary but insufficient to play an instrument well. Aural skills, that include the study of functional tonality and voice-leading are important factors that impart musicality. This is of great import if the prospective musician wants the audience to truly enjoy his or her performance !

Whether it be the 3 Rs or preparation in the performing arts, a remarkable instructor must go well beyond the subject matter at hand and help imbue the student with a spirit of wonder that, in due time, will foster enthusiasm necessary for excellence.

A child emulates and learns to communicate in his or her mother-tongue through a supporting and nurturing environment. Likewise, a student needs to be sufficiently motivated to embrace learning in a familiar supportive manner.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lesson take place in the living room. Driveway parking. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
None; I do expect a reasonably good piano / keyboard at a student's home.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional and Suzuki-based education. Performance and musicality training is open to all instrumentalists.

*** CD's***
Classical Energy, Triton Sound, TS 8501
Salut D'Amour, Triton Sound, TS 9014
Epiphanies1, The Halford Company
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Anonymous January 20, 2017
· Singing · In home
I have had the pleasure of taking vocal lessons from Mr. Cooper for about 2 years now, as well as starting Suzuki piano not too long ago. He is a gifted teacher who truly has a passion for teaching and love for music! Not only has he improved my aural skills, but he has helped me understand music on a much deeper level! My knowledge of technique and overall musicianship has improved drastically while taking lessons with him. Mr. Cooper has challenged me and broadened my musical horizons. He has helped me advance and learn new technique on the piano, as well as expanding my vocal range and performance skills. I would highly recommend him!
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Usman Akhtar September 20, 2016
· Algebra · In home
Excellent teacher he is
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Judy June 13, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In home
This was my first lesson. Farobag exceeded my expectations. Very patient and positive. Helped to calm my nerves and encouraged me to stretch myself. Looking forward to our next lesson. I would definitely recommend him!
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Farobag C.

Farobag C.

Orland Park, IL 60467
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About Sarah B.

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Chicago, IL
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I graduated from Missouri State University in December with a teaching degree in Elementary Education. I minored in Spanish. I recieved my Master's degree at DePaul for Bicultural Bilingual education with an ESL endorsement. I am currently a 1st grade ESL teacher at a Chicago charter school, as well as the director of the children's ministry at my local church. I have a lot of experience teaching and working with kids, between my teaching practicums, Sunday School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, substitute teaching, and more. I can't wait to hear from you!
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Hayley June 18, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · Online
She's very professional and non judgmental of my lack of singing abilities.
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Helen June 7, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
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Aubrey March 3, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · Online
My daughter enjoyed her first lesson and is looking forward to next week!
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Sarah B.

Sarah B.

Chicago, IL 60610
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About Lipeng C.

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Chicago, IL

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About Lipeng
I am a professional musician and educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.
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Paul C. March 7, 2017
Verified Student · Violin · Online
Very first lesson with Lipeng and I enjoyed it so very much. Lipeng encourages to listen to the music and then accentuate the notes to make it music, not to simply play them.
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Alexander R. March 6, 2017
Verified Student · Violin · Online
Was able to very quickly assess my skill level and provide exactly the right training to begin improving. Excellent concept communicator, and very encouraging. I learned so much so quickly that I'm really looking forward to my next lesson!
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Johselyn C. March 3, 2017
Verified Student · Violin · Online
I was classically trained in the Suzuki Method but it has been some years since I've played. Mrs. Lipeng, was very patient with me and helpful. I look forward to continuing lessons with her!
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Lipeng C.

Lipeng C.

Chicago, IL 60616
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About Jimmy T.

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Chicago, IL

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About Jimmy
My name is Jimmy. I have been teaching Spanish for about three years now. Currently, I teach at a private-school in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a teacher, my primary goal is to make sure the students have engaging and fun experiences while learning Spanish. I do not lecture on the nuts and bolts of the language but rather allow the student to perform the language in order to learn it.

I am always excited to teach someone this language I love so much.

¡Gracias!
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Sharie Q. February 26, 2017
Verified Student · Spanish · Online
Jimmy is a great teacher. After each session I have a higher level of confidence. I look forward to our sessions.
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Princetta April 20, 2016
· Spanish · Online
i had a great time with Jimmy. He was easy to follow and gave me information that would allow me to remember how to say the words needed. I would pick him again when wanting to take my next class.
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gracie April 11, 2016
Verified Student · Spanish · Online
Best teacher out there!! Makes learning fun and easy.
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Jimmy T.

Jimmy T.

Chicago, IL 60608
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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
Verified Student · 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 60605
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