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Daniel A. Schaumburg, IL

Writing is one of the most important skills you can have in our current society. My personal instruction includes, critical thinking skills in writing, philosophy, structure and form. Students will learn by evaluating many different levels of text. They will then progress to developing their own techniques and expanding their current vocabulary.

About Daniel

In addition to teaching music, I am also 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 ...

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Haeley G. September 26, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Daniel is awesome!! He really knows how to customize the lesson to your skill level and makes it so that it's easy to learn. I'm already memorizing and learning things that I didn't think I would be able to. I'm really enjoying my lessons and so glad that I signed up. Looking forward to many more lessons from Daniel!
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Mary R. August 11, 2014
Piano · In home
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My daughter enjoys taking lessons with Daniel. He takes his time with my daughter and she enjoys practicing what he teaches.
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Mary D. February 28, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Daniel is a highly skilled piano teacher.

I have been very impressed with Daniel's instruction abilities - he is patient, tuned-in to whether or not I 'get it', and has opened the door to a whole new way to re-learn piano for personal enjoyment.
Tina B. Apple Valley, CA

Writing is my passion and I love working with those who are just as passionate about learning how to fully express themselves with the written word.

We will go over structure, grammar and vocabulary. Students will be given writing exercises designed to make them stronger writers. These writing assignments will be critiqued and the student will rewrite the assignment, as many times as necessary, until they have a strong paper. I taught creative writing at a charter school and found that this is the best way to learn the process that goes into becoming a strong writer.

About Tina

I started singing professionally at the age of fourteen. I have had leading roles in semi-professional theatre productions since I was seventeen. I have also been assistant director, musical director, choreographer, costumer and writer for many productions from West Side Story to My Fair Lady to Camelot. In the theatre I have worked with and trained children and adults of all ages. I have also conducted summer camps that were theatre workshops for children. I was a school teacher at a Charter school for eight years and I taught music and drama to children from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I have been giving voice lessons for more than twenty years. I tailor my programs based on the needs of my students. I am passionate about music and I love being able to share that with other ...

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Nhien L. May 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Tina is the best singing teacher in the High Desert! My daughter loves coming to her lessons, and has vastly improved. She has had 3 other singing teachers prior, but they did not teach breathing and vocal techniques. Ms. Tina coaches and critiques without being overly critical. She challenges my daughter with different genres of music, which has helped her not only widen her interests in music, but also improved her vocal abilities tremendously.
So if you're looking to sing better just for fun or for a competition, Ms. Tina will help get you there!
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Yolanda P. February 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Best Vocal Teacher Ever!!

Ms tina is an excellent vocal coach, her ability to cover the most important aspects of vocal instruction is very impressive. My experience with her has been extremely beneficial. I had been singing 5 plus years and after taking vocal lessons with Ms.Tina I realized I was singing the wrong way and damaging my vocal cords. After working with Ms tina for a little over 1 month I was able to identify correct breathing tecniques, pronunciation, as well as being able to stay on key. Ms tina is extremely professional, patient, reliable and very passionate about helping her student's reach their goals and aspirations in music.
Any direction that my signing career goes, I would love to keep her as a vocal coach!
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Monika W. December 19, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Awesome Teacher

Our Daughter has not stopped glowing after placing 2nd in a local talent competition! Tina helped bring the personality and confidence out of our Daughter. She is patient, understanding and knowledgeable. Our Daughter looks forward to every lesson and learns more each time. Thank you Tina for all you have done...you are a hidden gem of the desert!
Allen P. Miami, FL

We use Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) and The Lost Tools of Writing (CiRCE Institute) to teach the mechanics and style of effective communication through writing and expression.

About Allen

I am a University of Miami School of Music graduate with extensive experience in music education, theory, songwriting and arranging. As a winner of the Florida State Concerto Competition at 17, and having performed with some of South Florida's best singers and musicians, I offer a wealth of knowledge about how to connect music theory with music practice. *** Lesson Details *** I specialize in creating individual lesson plans - no 'cookie cutter' methods, and no lectures about practicing! My teaching style is free-flowing and relaxed. I'm very willing to adapt to any and all situations in order to make music education work for YOU. We offer group lessons that help young students learn socially and with fun activities. Our music reading curriculum teaches "easy success", in a ...

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Val C. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
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It's been a real pleasure!!!!!!!! Can't wait to get back!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!

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Linda L. Tucker, GA

I currently tutor and provide homework help to students in grades K-8.
I enjoy writing, and have an excellent understanding of English grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, vocabulary, and writing style.
I also understand and am sympathetic to the various difficulties that students may experience with writing. I am patient, always willing to listen and answer questions, and always eager to help each student express him/herself well in writing.

About Linda

*** Travel Equipment *** I do not typically provide any equipment - but I am willing to select and purchase books for the students to learn from (cost of books to be reimbursed by the student/parent) when requested to do so. I am also willing to provide stick-on note-names for the keyboard, for young children. The students must have their own instruments, music stand, paper and pencil, and provide a folder for sheet music and notes/instructions. *** Specialties *** On guitar, I specialize in the following styles: jazz, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and children's songs. Piano: I prefer electronic keyboard to acoustic piano, but am happy to teach beginning students on a regular piano as well. I teach note-reading, playing by ear, and theory. When using an electronic keyboard, I

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Jack March 25, 2015
Elementary Math · In home
Verified Student
Linda is very patient with my Asperger's/ADHD son. She has offered several different ways to approach his math work and clearly was thinking about new approaches between visits. She is a kind, gentle woman and having her help with the work has been so helpful. She even spent extra time to show him some guitar, in case we want to take lessons (upon my request because we're interested in that). Linda has offered advice on several resources that I didn't know about for my journey to assist my son with his challenges. We have been very happy with Linda.
Lucas G. Los Angeles, CA

I have years of experience teaching in elementary, middle and high schools so consequently, I have a lot of experience with various subjects and the methods used to properly teach them.

About Lucas

Hello! My name is Lucas and I am a very smart guy who is also nice. I have years of experience teaching and have an enthusiastic passion for it. *** Travel Equipment *** I would provide my own instruments, instrument stands, music stands, music paper and writing materials. I would expect/prefer students to provide their own instruments and musical listening equipment (CD player, iPod, etc) *** Specialties *** I can teach a wide range of styles including but not limited to rock, jazz, blues, funk, classical, country, and different 'world' music styles. Some examples are Latin/salsa and African guitar and percussion. I also specialize in teaching musical improvisation, songwriting, composition, and production. I use student-specific musical instruction texts and programs

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Michelle B. March 23, 2015
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Lucas is an experienced vocal teacher, and it shows. I had a lot of fun during my lesson, and I would highly recommend him. He's great!
Cymbaline O. Fullerton, CA

About Cymbaline

Cymbaline has been performing all her life. She began dance training at age 5, singing on stage at age 7, piano instruction at age 8, and flute at age 9. She has pursued the performing arts in her training, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Vocal Performance and Education) from Azusa Pacific University, as well as a Masters in Education from Grand Canyon University. Cymbaline has been seen on stage in many musical theater productions, including playing Marian in The Music Man, Anna in The King and I, and the Blue Girl in Shout! She has also done theater and film, including playing Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. She has taught voice, piano, and flute privately, as well as voice and musical theater classes. She has a great desire to pass on the knowledge she has gained

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Lara M. April 15, 2014
Piano
Very professional and patient

Ms Olsen has been giving my daughter piano lessons for a year. She comes to our home and is very professional, timely and patient. My daughter has made great progression with her piano, she looks forward to her lessons and practices without me having to remind her. It's so convenient that she comes to our house, and she communicate with me . I would highly recommend her.
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Haley R. April 1, 2014
Vocal Training
Voice Has Never Been Better

In my now four years with her, Ms. Olsen has been an amazing, kind, and awesome teacher to have and work with. If it wasn't for her, my voice wouldn't sound as beautiful as it would have sounded without her teaching me. Going from classical songs to Italian songs to now modern/pop songs, my voice has gone through many different techniques to help my singing become better, which it has. Overall, I have learned a bunch from Ms. Olsen and I wouldn't want a different teacher either way. I am really happy my mother asked me if I wanted to take voice lesson. Thank you Ms. Olsen! :)
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David W. April 1, 2014
Singing
A shining star

Cymbaline Olsen is a shining star. Her talent and energy is boundless. Her ability to calmly listen, to sculpt, and to mold vocalists of all ages, ranges and abilities is second to none. Many acclaimed vocalists have minimal strengths in terms of "coaching-up" less competent vocalists. Cymbaline, however, is a natural teacher. She is a rare talent in that regard. Cymbaline's strength is teaching and performance. Her expertise in music theory, vocal phrasing and vocal scales is extraordinary. Cymbaline can teach you that Yes...you Can Sing....And Yes, you will!
I highly recommend Cymbaline for your Vocal Lessons.

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