What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I have a Ph.D. in Education and have been teaching for 25 years. I teach music theory, composition, Jazz, classical, popular, saxophone, composition, flute, clarinet, piano, violin, trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, baritone, oboe, songwriting, recording, children's music.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Please bring all of your materials to your first lesson. I can assess where you are and what materials you will need to purchase to get you there. I teach all ages: 3 to 103! I am a member of the MTAC and
teach all levels - beginners to professionals!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
While getting my Master's degree, I went to the career center. I took a personality test that said I was very similar to a teacher. So I continued being a teacher and never stopped. I am interested in seeing YOU be successful!
What do you love most about your job?
I love seeing students get better and better. I especially like teaching
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Stephanie King-Myers and Nancy Bigley founded Bottle & Bottega as a fun, artistic space where guests could, as King-Myers phrases it on their website, “feel like they’re having a party in their living room.” Established in 2009, the guided painting emporium has already expanded to seven main locations in three states that offer private and corporate events alike.
Lynette Martin helms the Evanston branch, which extends from Rogers Park to Northbook. After years of dabbling in styles of art that ranged from pottery to ballet, she swan-dived fully into her creative leanings and left the corporate world to launch a Bottle & Bottega franchise. Lynette, along with a slate of local artists, encourages participants of any artistic level to unleash their creativity onto the canvas, creating their own versions of famous paintings that they can hang in their living rooms or over their bathroom mirrors in an attempt to be famous themselves.
At each Art & Elixir painting event, artists of all skill levels, especially beginners are welcome to explore their creative sides. Instructors guide participants through each event allowing up-and-coming artists their own “intentional composition decisions.” During events, the owners–who are skilled artists themselves–give students step-by-step instructions on how to recreate the evening’s featured painting. But it’s up to the artist to decide how to interpret that work. Using paints, brushes, aprons, canvases, and easels provided by Art & Elixir, guests can paint fields of lavender with bright red acrylic paint. The only rule during these casual two–three hour sessions is that painters (aged 15 and older) enjoy themselves. Events take place at venues such as Lone Oak Grill and Gold Nugget Tavern & Grille, where guests can snack on food and drinks available for purchase.
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Not only a safe, encouraging environment for kids to be creative, KidzArt is also a place where anyone from age 2 to adult can build confidence and learn to see the world in a new way. With a variety of kids' classes, as well as painting and drawing for adults, artists of all ages can express themselves, explore new mediums, and bring out their inner Van Gogh by painting it a bouquet of blobby sunflowers.
The idea behind Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio is a remarkably simple one: art improves life. Operating under the principle that exercising your creative muscles can reduce stress, the studio hosts art-centric parties, classes, and open studio hours. Grown-up painters can sip coffee or BYO wine in Coffee & Create sessions, while art camps and sensory art experiences awaken the creative spirit in kids and teens.