Ms Lorraine is a most wonderful music teacher. My children responded magically to her calm, loving approach. She balances a combination of practical and theory work with the children, that serves to keep them engaged and advance their understanding of the music. She expertly keeps the kids invested and excited about music in general. Even when the kids would struggle, she always points out the value in hard work and the virtues associated with it.
The benefit of Ms Lorraine's instruction exceeds the mastery of music, it lends itself to the establishment of work ethic, fortifies the substructure of self-esteem and nurtures the goodness of spirit. That is truly unique.
~ Amanda B. from Park Ridge, IL, February 2013
Lorraine has been really a wonderful tutor who focuses and adapts to the changing needs of my son French lesson requirement. My son is very happy with Lorraine and she motivates my son to want to do better in French. She is definitely a great asset and would recommend her 100%.
~ Jen I. from Glenview, IL, September 2012
Invaluable resource, a pleasure to work with!
Lorraine has been an invaluable resource in helping me to recapture my French. I learned to speak French as a child but had lost it as I aged and was not using it often. Lorraine organized a lesson plan focused on my specific needs and timing. The lessons are done using Skype which works wonderfully. On a recent trip to France I was able to apply my new learnings and spoke with a lot more confidence. I would highly recommend Lorraine to students of all ages. She is a pleasure to work with.
~ Alain R., Saint Charles, IL, January 2012
Thanks for everything! You are a fantastic teacher!
~ Marcy S., Chicago, IL, December 2011
French conversation is geared towards your particular needs
Lessons with Lorraine are like meeting a friend for coffee. She makes the conversation geared to your particular needs and does so with such ease and humor that sometimes you forget it's a lesson! I highly recommend her for those who are interested in taking their French conversational skills to the next level.
~ Denise C., Lincolnwood, IL, August 2011
After just 8 weeks, I am amazed at how well both play
Initially I was looking for a piano teacher for my daughters for the summer. I saw that Lorraine was also a French Tutor, so I asked her to tutor my high school daughter for review/get ahead prior to returning to school in the fall. It worked out great. In terms of piano, for my younger daughter (8 yrs), Lorraine recommended manageable lessons and songs that allowed her to progress quickly (she was playing songs with both hands by 7 weeks). For my older daughter, she also added music theory, which I also liked. After just 8 weeks, I am amazed at how well both play. My older daughter also took an hour of French lessons in order to brush-up/enhance her french prior to taking French II in the fall. Lorraine took a lot of time to assure my daughter understood the verbs, conjugations, etc. What I also liked, was that she worked with her on conversation, not just talking to her in french, but assuring she uses the correct verb/tenses and correct pronunciation. This helped her a lot in her confidence. Lorraine is very patient, enthusiastic, able to work with a broad age of students, and clearly enjoys tutoring. I would highly recommend her.
~ Jennifer M., Lincolnshire, IL, August 2011
Patient ~ fun ~ effective
My son Jakob, age 7, has been a student of Miss Lorraine for just over a year. Jakob has an inherent love for music, but Miss Lorraine is helping him to understand the guidelines, meanings, history and proper etiquette behind the music. He is a very energetic child, but manages to digest the things she teaches and suggests. She is able to laugh with him and put things into perspective for a 7 year old, but also teach him with a firm yet gentle approach. We enjoy her lessons every week & look forward to having her work with our other boys as they grow.
~ Joanne T., Des Plaines, IL, April 2010
Patient and encouraging!
Lorraine is wonderfully patient and encouraging to my daughter, Nicki. We have had problems in the past with teachers who were frustrated and unkind. Lorraine is someone we look forward to seeing each week and hope to continue Nicki's studies with Lorraine for years to come!
~ Amy A., Des Plaines, IL, January 2010
Positive and encouraging!
My children age 6 and 11 have been taking lessons with Lorraine for a year and a half. She is extremely positive and encouraging. Lorraine motivates them to do their best. They love taking piano and practice daily because of Lorraine's teaching style. We strongly recommend Lorraine Manifold.
~ Maureen and Finbarr D., Park Ridge, IL, January 2010
Our former teacher kept cancelling the lessons which caused my kids to become uninterested in piano. When I switched to Ms. Lorraine, they started to enjoy lessons again. She is an outstanding teacher. I really like that she helps with technique and doesn't just let them play the notes.
~ Carla K., Park Ridge, IL, December 2009
Learn from the best and choose Lorraine!!
Lorraine is the absolute BEST French tutor that there could ever be. She is a complete and
perfect NATIVE SPEAKER which means that if you choose her, you will be starting out at the
top. But that’s not all- Not only is she fully able to speak and interact with the language,
but she can also write it and understand it phonetically. After only being tutored by
Lorraine for one month, I was able to reach advanced proficiency in speaking according to
the Oral Proficiency Interview, a college interview for becoming a French teacher. This
tutor is the ultimate choice for you because she also will answer ALL of your questions
and assist you completely. Moreover, Lorraine is fun and upbeat and she will help you to
reach your full potential!!!
~ Cindy S., Arlington Heights, IL, July 2009
My kids love Lorriane! She is passionate about teaching music and has both of my children
hooked! She makes it fun for them while providing me with great feedback on their progress.
She is reliable and flexible to our ever-changing schedule. I am very grateful to have
found such a wonderful teacher the first time around!
~ Ginger F., Chicago, IL, November 2008
My daughter is 13 and just starting voice lessons. Lorraine is incredibly encouraging.
She is teaching my daughter techniques which after three lessons, I already see huge
~ Dayna W. , August 2008
Confidence booster for my daughter!
Lorraine has been very encouraging and patient with my daughter. I really like that
she acknowledged my daughter’s current skills which added to my daughter’s confidence.
~ Christine J., August 2008
I started piano lessons with Lorraine, and she was fantastic! I so enjoyed my lesson and
felt like I learned so much. She was patient and she moved at my pace. I can't wait for
my next lesson!
~ Kerry E., Des Plaines, IL, July 2008
I think Lorraine is great. She was willing to take on 56 year old woman. Many won’t do that,
she is fun to work with and her [vocal] technique was great. I would highly reccommend her.
~ Janet S., June 2008