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About Kelvin L.

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Bolingbrook, IL

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About Kelvin
I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I str
ongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

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I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

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In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...
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Joe B. November 6, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Always great lessons with Kelvin!
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Joe B. October 30, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Great lesson! We got so much accomplished during this time! Look forward to next week.
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Joe B. September 19, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Had a great experience with Kelvin. Looking forward to the next lesson!
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About Kathleen S.

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Saint Paul, MN
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Hello! My name is Kathleen and I'm excited to share the magic of paper folding with you! I've been folding since I was in Elementary school and teaching formally since 2004. I really enjoy helping my students find success in origami. If you are a beginner or looking to learn a certain skill or model, I can help you reach your goal.
I am also a licensed teacher and have a degree in teaching Spanish. Teaching and tutoring Spanish is another passion of mine! I'm creative, patient, flexible and understanding.
I look forward to helping you realize your paper dreams and/or Spanish goals!
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Allison October 9, 2017
· Origami · Online
Great first lesson. Kathleen contacted me in advance to find out what I’d like to work on and she was prepared with several options tonight. Her helpful tips on folding and diagram reading were just what I was looking for. We agreed on the next piece and I’m already looking forward to our next lesson. Thank you!
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Sarah christian October 5, 2017
· Origami · Online
Kathleen is a very pleasant person to learn from. She is patient and very willing to redo if you need a rerun on a step. She is very knowledgeable and has a lot of learning things to share. I love my origami lessons, looking forward to each new experience. Kathleen is a very nice person.
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William August 11, 2017
· Origami ·
I was looking for a boost to my new hobby with origami, and have had two lessons so far with Kathleen. I couldn't be happier with the lesson experience; her approach is detailed, clear, easy to follow along with and relaxed. She was even folding upside down from her point of view so that I could see from across the table. I was really impressed. There's nothing like learning from a real person. Definitely looking forward to more lessons in the future.
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Kathleen S.

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Saint Paul, MN 55105
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About Jeff R.

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Arlington, VA
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Jeff is now living in Arlington, VA, and is available for in-person teaching in the D.C./Metro area.

Jeff has been folding origami for over twenty years, and working as an origami artist and teacher for the past four. He is a teacher and artist with Taro's Origami Studio, and has independently taught origami at Manhattan Youth LAB Middle School in addition to workshops and private lessons to students of all ages. Jeff has also been hired as an origami artist for television commercials and live events.

Jeff is also an actor, musician, and theatre teaching artist. He trained at New York University, the Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre, and Circus Warehouse. Favorite professional credits include two seasons with the Texas Shakespeare Festival, composing and musical directing an award winning score for Libra Theater's "12th Night,
" and teaching/directing as an international guest artist with Burgh Healthy Hub in Helensburgh, Australia.

*At the moment I'm only listing Sundays for availability, but if you're interested in another time slot, please contact me and we'll figure something out.
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Eryn March 7, 2018
· Origami · In home
Jeff was such an amazing teacher. He came to our home and even brought the special paper with him. Our son who is 7 and his friends (8-9yrs) thoroughly enjoyed learning how to fold origami and it was a creative fun way to spend the afternoon. We hope to do it again soon.
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Jeff R.

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About neelam S.

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Fort Wayne, IN
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A tradition of empathy and healing” Neelam is a third generation Astrologer, Psychic, and Reiki Healer with over a decade of practical experience. She is especially talented at sensing the root problem that is causing you pain. She can help you clear away the spiritual weeds so that you can truly flourish as your best self. As a little girl in India, Neelam saw her father helping people. He had to fit serving others into the spare moments in the evenings and weekends when he wasn’t working his full-time job. She felt impressed by his dedication and skill. She sat in on sessions and observed her father work, and in time he taught her his craft. As an adult, Neelam pursued a career in fashion design. An intense feeling of disconnect and incompleteness plagued her though. Every day she would say to herself “Today is my last day. I’m telling
them I’m not coming in tomorrow.” But then she remembered pesky details like bills and stayed with her job. After moving to the United States ten years ago, she started doing readings and healing for friends. Word quickly spread and soon she was helping friends of friends of friends. She realized that using her talents and skills to help others gave her the sense of satisfaction that she had been missing in her fashion career. In 2012 she made the leap and began providing her services professionally. Now Neelam is much happier as she is able to help more and more people. However, her own experiences with feeling lost and far from herself were not wasted. They allow her a unique empathy and sensitivity. She is able to connect with you on very deep, intimate level and find out what’s holding you back. Because she understands the hurdles involved in getting back in alignment with your true self, she is able to gently guide you through them. If you are ready to let in a little light and nourishment let her help you, you can contact her here. This world is Beautiful.
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About Robert S.

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Saint Petersburg, FL
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How you guys doing my name is Robert Squires and I have been gardening for the last five years and I have learned a lot in my gardening now I use three different styles to come up with my own style of gardening first is the square foot gardening method the second is the Back to Eden Garden in style in the third is the Ruth Stout method of gardening now these three Styles combined to make something very special number one we learned about spacing number two we learn about keeping moisture number 3 we learn about compost and compost is very important in any Garden in style so take a journey with me and learn from me and you will grow some of the best tasting fruits and vegetables that you ever tasted in your life
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Robert S.

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About Matt C.

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Minneapolis, MN
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Hello! My name is Matt! I love teaching technology, whether it's setting up a Minecraft server on a Raspberry Pi, Cool hacks and shortcuts on mobile devices, or simply, how to be better with securing your information.

I have spent 10 years travelling the United States, teaching people how to understand regulations regarding IT security (HIPAA), as well as how to make their day better! When I have done training presentations, I love to give "real word examples" that keep people interested, such as showing people what an actual computer virus looks like. I strongly believe that training needs to be fun and entertaining, to be successful! I also cannot emphasize the fact that I am fully aware that people may need to ask questions that they may feel is "dumb". No such thing. I have spent years teaching nurses, where a lot of them do not ha
ve a lot of technical proficiency, but we have to keep in mind, I can fix a server, they can fix a human! I have taken the task of learning Python on my own, and finding real world examples, have been instrumental in learning, and others I have shared with that has had the same success.

I also believe in transparency. I will only teach what I am confident in. My lifetime has been spent trying to learn everything I can about all the area's of IT, I have become very confident in a lot of areas. If I do not know the answer to something, I find it. I get immense satisfaction in being able to help someone either learn something, they have really been struggling with, or fix something that no-one else has been able to do, and all that, with some laughter and smiles!

In all of my training's, I teach people very good ways to use resources to continue/maintain the area's that you are trained on.
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Minneapolis, MN 55427
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About Sarah M.

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South San Francisco, CA
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I can help with many projects to get you to the finish line wit patience and positive motivation.
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Sarah M.

Sarah M.

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$25 / 30-min

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