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Since my birth, my life was influenced by music and my father's passion to sing. My sense of music started not with understanding of lyrics, but of melodies and rhythms. As matter of fact, the first language I learned was music!! How is this possible?! Well, because of my hearing disability, I did not speak fluently and very well until I was in 9th Grade!! But with God's grace, I understood the language of music first!!
At the age of 10 months, I was hit with a deadly disease: Spinal Meningitis. But thank God, I survived. Because of the disease, I became legally deaf (profound-severed) in my left ear and hard-of-hearing (severed) in my right ear. I currently use a hearing-aide device on my right ear. Regardless of my hearing disability, I ha
ve the gift of playing music, understanding music, and living musically. I have learned and played music since I was 8 years old.
Piano was not the first instrument I learned. I started off with playing drums which is my secondary. I decided to make piano as my primary instrument and loved playing the piano ever since. My parents noticed my gift of music and agreed to take me to private piano lessons weekly.
After multiple years of private piano lessons from age of 8 to 14 and taking music classes in High School, at the age of 16, I joined the full band in a local church as the lead keyboardist. Of 19 years - and counting - with experience of performing and playing piano with a band locally and out of towns, I've had the privilege for 2 years as the Director of Worship & Music Ministry at Victory Outreach Sacramento (Spanish). Victory Outreach International granted me an opportunity to perform the instrumental piano background at the 2011 Victory Outreach International/World Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, California.
In that same year, I enrolled into the full 2 1/2 year program at Life Music Institute (Instituto Vida Musik). The Director of Life Music Institute noticed my passion for music and the desire to create a Deaf Music some day; we became very close friends. He invited me to participate with 70 member choir at a local Sacramento Festival 2012. Saving the best for last, I was honored to lead in front of 3,800 people of the final special song "En Una Sola Voz" (In One Voice) in American Sign Language.
Currently, I am excited and honored to be the Worship Leader & Music Director at Elevate Life Church in Sacramento, CA.
Not only I play piano and drums, I play guitar as well! I loved acoustic guitar and decided to pick up a guitar and starting learning. Now, the guitar is my third instrument.
Besides living and playing music, I teach also! By numerous peers, families, and friends, I've been told that I have the gift of teaching. I love teaching!!
I felt compelled to start teaching piano in 2010 at home. Loud n Clear Musik was founded. I've been hired by Southgate Recreation & Park District in Sacramento, CA as a Special Interest Instructor and taught there too.
My teaching experience did not start there however. I first started teaching at the Sacramento City Unified School District as the Teacher Assistant from 2001 to 2004 at Sacramento High School and J F Kennedy High School. It was an unforgettable experience teaching the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing, and disabled students. I returned to the Sacramento City Unified School District as an Instructional Assistant I & II in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Special Education Program and worked there making a difference from 2012 to 2016.
While seeking a way to further serve the Deaf Community at a greater scale, I received a surprise message from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from a high reputation non-profit organization called Norcal Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has heard about me and watched me volunteered and witnessed my ASL poetries in different events. In within 20 hours, I got hired on the interview. I am now serving the greater Northern California as a Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Deaf-Blind Client Advocate. In Fall 2016, I helped launch ASL Community Classes for the community with NorCal.
NorCal has me lead the ASL Community Classes for over a year now and I’ve taught over 100 students. It is still counting!! I've taught and teach students who are therapists, audiologists, government officials, teachers, educators, college and university alumni, families and members, elders, late deafened, dancers and performers, and fellow neighbors to help them better communicate, understand, and connect with the deaf community, Deaf culture, and their peers. I communicate in ASL non-stop with all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind. I can teach ASL effectively, fitting the students and class level with ease, and with lots of fun!! I also communicate (and speak) very well in two other languages: English and Spanish.
From time to time, I participate, volunteer, or get invited to share my unique gift of performing poetry in ASL and dance. I also volunteer to interpret for any service as needed. I have performed the National Anthem at the Sacrament Kings game and at the Democrat vs Republican in Sacramento Rivercats stadium.
I've taught, communicated, and worked with infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. I have even taught and worked with special needs students, co-workers, and clients who has cerebral palsy.
I volunteer my time and used my gifts in special and social events to share and inspire students, friends, families, and peers. Many times, I always encourage others to witness, support, and participate as well, especially at Deaf Camp Grizzly. I'm often asked to perform in different events.
I believe that music is not our life. Our life is music. You ARE a music. I'm looking forward to help you have a musical life!!
(Please note! It is important and required by law that licensed or professional services must provide an interpreter or a Certified Deaf Interpreter for their deaf clients' appointments or for deaf clients receiving professional services. Taking ASL lessons will and does help you communicate and connect with the deaf clients and culture, but by not being a fluent or native signer or are new in learning sign language - it does not excuse the requirements for obtaining professional and licensed interpreters for deaf clients. Please support, cooperate, and protect their rights for communication access. Thank you.)
*** Music & ASL Lesson Details *** (NOTE: ASL, Piano, and Guitar lessons are available now!)
My approach is play music or sign first, then read and write music or understand ASL structure along the way. Just like an infant would speak first, then read and write later. It is more effective and smarter. Lessons are for all ages and are started off with songs based on their familiarity and strengths. Then progressively, I build on their weaknesses and expand their instrument and performance or sign language skills. The finally, when students are ready, I clearly explain and reveal on the music theory or sign language structure and grammar. There, their ‘whys’ are answered and ‘oohhhh-that-makes-sense’ are uttered. Lessons are progressive and it's not strict on my plan, but on the students' progress. Through patience and encouragement, my students enjoy succeeding learning how to sign American Sign Language or play music on their choice of instrument.
During the first lesson, I care about my students and their parents first; I want to be a friend to both of them. At the same time, they'll have a strategical, knowledgeable, and wise teacher. I start off with lots of comfortable questions about my new students, parents, and their interest. I even encourage my students to ask me questions too!! I move on in empowering my students to feel more at ease, confident, and fearless - and to enjoy!! Can a student learn without believing in themselves? Can a student have interest and passion without having fun or with a smile on their face? I encourage those important factors.
After noting down key strengths and weakness, their culture and daily environments, goals, examples of lessons, their preference of topics, needs, styles and songs, and creating a song list together, through excellence rapport and communication, I'll get the feeling of the students’ expectations, needs, and what they enjoy.
My style of teaching is very interactive and for anyone to learn. I had a 6 year old student who learn her first song, "London Bridge" on her first day. One adult student, who supposedly could never be on tempo, finally achieved this from tempo #50 to tempo #150 in 3 lessons. Other students who can play 'well' now improve their flexibility playing Major Scales with two hands with up-beat rhythms. Others can now fully understand the theory and rules of Major Scales, Minor Scales, Major and Minor Chords, Diminished and Augmented Chords, and fill out the exercise charts without hesitation. Surprisingly, another student now performs comfortably in front of their friends and family just for fun!! For sign language, students are always enjoying in learning to sign and my humors. Plenty of ASL students would be so encouraged and wants to pursue in becoming a professional interpreter or get a degree in Deaf Studies. These are just few examples of techniques, lessons, skills, theories, success, and new endeavors that students experience through my passionate teaching. I love what I'm doing!!
Each student learns in different ways. I am flexible and have access to many outside resources to ensure that my students' lessons are effective. My personality is lovely, fun, patience, peaceful, funny, kind, and friendly. From time to time, shy and timid private and group students are now confident and courageous. One very young student came up to me on his second lesson and said, "I really like you, Mr. Eddie!! I always enjoy seeing my student smile and laughing learning how to play music or learning sign language.
***Requirements*** Strong internet is required. The stronger the internet, the smoother and clearer the lessons will be. A quiet area is required for effective teaching and learning.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in contemporary, alternative, soft pop, pop-rock, R&B and uniquely gifted signing songs in American Sign Language with dance. But I am flexible in different genres. I enjoy all kinds of styles and genres. But more importantly, I study students' preference of genres to teach them basic fundamentals and go from there to more complicated fundamentals and techniques. I focus on teaching the students thoroughly of 3 elements of music: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythms - whichever is easier and more enjoyable for students to start with. Dynamics also are taught as well to add another important dimension to the music. Students do not have to sign songs if they just want to focus on communicating in sign language. Not a problem.
To achieve in understanding and performing or signing with all these elements, I highly implement them through visual, reading, writing, listening, and playing or signing. Lessons are hands on, active, thorough, and with common-sense examples and clarifications. Also, I enjoy teaching through many life examples to 'open their eyes' to the music language. I make sure that all their 'whys' are answered in a timely manner.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to meet you!!
Eddie is a brilliant intuitive instructor who adapts his lesson to his students needs. He is relentlessly understanding and compassionate. He is hilariously funny yet serious about careful ASL study. I'm honored to learn from him.
Bonjour, I am a French native speaker from the France's Loire Valley, who holds a California Teaching Credential K-12. I have been teaching in different capacities for over 15 years and French for the last 6 years with my own business involving after school enrichment programs, tutoring and adult conversation groups. I have taught French to people with different language backgrounds not just English. I teach in a compassionate and fun environment. I like to use games to promote conversation but I can use different programs that are available to us. Best regards, Roselyne
My son already spoke a few words after his first class, which he enjoyed very much, and is looking forward to his next class. Roselyne is an excellent teacher.
October 16, 2019
My son loved Roselyne’s lesson and is looking forward to the next one!
September 27, 2018
My son loves Roselyne and he dislikes most people, seriously! She is great with kids and she did a great job keeping up with my wild child. It might help to speak slower to him to separate the words more.. Other than that, it went so great! Very happy to try and extend the lessons to be 45min or 60min long.
2019 Grand Prix London International Music Competition, First Place Winner, London
2018 III Future Star International Piano Competition, 3rd Prize Winner, Young Master Division, New York
2018 North International Music Competition, 1st Prize winner, Solo Piano XI, Sweden
2018 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, New York Young Artist, 1 st Prize Winner; Senior Piano Duo, 1 st Prize Winner
2015 23th American Open Music Competition, Oakland, CA Young Artist, 1st Place; Bach advanced, 3rd place Beethoven Sonata advanced 1st Place; The HIGHEST PERFORMING ARTS AWARD: OUTSTANDING DIAMOND AWARD
2014 MTNA Piano competition, Young Artist, Honorable Mention, Columbus OH
2013 OhioMTA GRAVES PIANO COMPETITION Senior solo, 1st Place; Adult Duet, 2nd Place
2013 Women i
n Music Columbus Music Audition, 3rd place
2012 National Teacher Association State Competition, senior division, Honorable Mention
2011 CCTV Piano and Violin Competitions in Beijing, China, Semi-finalist
2011 Asian Young Artist Piano Competition, 3rd Prize
2009 Schumann International Piano Competition, Asia Pacific Division, 2nd Prize
2008 The 14th Oberlin International Young Artist Piano Competition, Finalist
2009 Asian Open Piano Competition in Hong Kong, 2nd Prize in the Chinese Work Category
2009 Asian Open Piano Competition in Hong Kong, 3rd Prize in Junior Division
2007 The 6th Asian Youth Music Competition in Singapore, Finalist
2005 TOYAMA Asian Youth Music Competition, 2nd Prize
2005 National Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition, Preliminary in Tianjin, 1st Prize in
JINGCI, native of Tianjin, China, is currently pursuing her Professional Studies Diploma (PDPL) at the Mannes School of Music of the New School under the guidance of Bulgarian-American pianist Pavlina Dokovska. She is the recipient of President’s Scholarship, Supplemental Scholarship for Graduate Student and Schoenberg Pianist Scholarship.
Most recently, Jingci won the first prize winner of The 2018 North International Music Competition in Sweden, and Third prize winner of The III Future Star International Piano Competition in New York.
In summer 2018, Jingci won the first prize of Young Artist and Senior Piano Duo Divisions of 2018 Golden Classical Music Award Competition. Meanwhile, she has been invited to perform the winner’s recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as her debut on October and November, 2018. Also, on this coming December, Jingci is participating the Closing Ceremony of “2018 Mannes Sounds Festival” as a featured artist at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.
Jingci has been appeared multiple times as a soloist at the Mannes Sounds Festival and Mannes Piano Cantabile concert series at the premiere venues in New York City, concerts including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Ernst C. Stiefel Hall at arnold Hall ,Steinway and Sons Hall in NY, German Consulate General NYC, Bohemian National Hall, the Metropolitan Club, etc.
Jingci received Bachelor of Music Degree with cum laude from the Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, May of 2016. The Capital University awarded her with the Global Ambassador award Full Scholarships and twice-winning outstanding keyboard department student. During her years in Ohio, Jingci has performed Mozart Piano Concerto K.466 with Capital University Orchestra under the baton of Grammy Award nominee conductor, William Boggs and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with Barry E. Kopetz. She has been featured soloist multiple times at the “Now Festival” for commissioning new music with Orchestra and Symphonic Band. As well as the Lancaster Mostly American Festival.
Jingci is a prize winner of many national and international competitions. She received the First Prize of the Young Artist, Advanced Baroque and Advanced Beethoven Categories in the “23rd American International Music Open Competition” in Oakland, California.
President’s Scholarship for Graduate, Mannes School of Music 2018-2020
Dean’s Scholarship for Graduate, Mannes School of Music 2016-2018
Schoenberg Pianist Scholarship for Graduate, Mannes School of Music 2017-2020
Supplemental Scholarship for Graduate, Mannes School of Music2016-2020
The Perrini Award, Outstanding Sophomore Music Major, Capital U. 2014
The Kenneth R. Keller Award, Outstanding Freshman Music Major, 2013
The Karen Jeanne Foster Keyboard Performance Award, Capital University, 2013
Global Music Ambassador -Full Scholarship, Capital University, 2012-2016
My 4.5 year old daughter had her first piano lesson with Jingci. I had learned how to play piano when I was a kid, so I could tell Jingci knows how to teach the basic foundation very well. She's firm yet patient and got my daughter to follow her instructions even though her attention span isn't that great at her age.
April 13, 2019
Ms. Liu is so kind and patient. Great to know her and study with her.
I am a Licensed Court Interpreter, native Romanian, and I love sharing my knowledge with students! Proper pronunciation, correct grammar, and rich vocabulary are essential elements to attaining fluency in a foreign language. Multiplication, division, the order of operations, decimals, fractions, measurements and more, will no longer be a challenge! I have considerable experience working as a linguist for the US Army, as a translator, and substitute teacher as well. Learning will be fun and rewarding!
A very good lesson with focus on pronunciation, grammar, and spelling. Very helpful!
July 25, 2019
A good and promising beginning lesson.
June 7, 2019
I'm biased on this tutor because of a previous opportunity to serve our nation together. Anisoara was the most reliable member of Romanian interpreters when military missions required our role in international encounters. She is patient, articulate, intelligent, and very respected in the USA interpreters community. I highly recommend her to teach you the language and culture of the old Dacia (now Romania).
I was born in Fukuoka, Japan and moved to the US when I was 18. I studied ESL then got a degree in marketing and worked in Real Estate and Finance for many years. I learned English from scratch when I moved to California and am now completely fluent in English, so much so that people can’t believe I’m not from here. My work takes me back and forth between Japan and the US, and I am so grateful to have a deep understanding of both the Japanese and Western way of life and be able to celebrate the two.
Masaki fosters a learning environment where he takes all of the hard work of learning a new language transforms it into fun. He has a bright personality, and the ability to not only translate the language, but the language in the context of the culture. He doesn't just teach you to speak Japanese, but how to be Japanese!
Talking to Masaki you would never know that English was not one of his native languages... I'm still shocked that he didn't begin learning until he was already an adult!
If you are wanting to learn Japanese, or if you are Japanese and you want to become as a native English speaker, you have found your guy!
August 24, 2019
It's hard to believe Masaki could become so fluent at a second language when he only started learning at the age of 18. It makes him a great teacher for adults because he himself started a second language as an adult.
His teaching style is so fun and so tailored to each student I highly recommend him as a language teacher, both in Japanese and English!
I am part of the Caribbean my passion is to speak much langue. My first language is the creole and second French, English and now I start learning Spanish. I choose to share my language with you because I know the need for a language especially when traveling. With my patience, I want to help.
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