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About Karen R.

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I teach all forms of literacy including listening, speaking, writing, and reading English. I teach grammar, phonics, word recognition and comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and effective, expressive, and creative writing skills. I have been an avid reader and writer ever since my elementary school days. At college, I received a perfect score on my departmental English exam. I have three education degrees: A double bachelor's in elementary education and music, and a master's in reading. I am presently a Mesa Laubach Literacy Council Board Member and Tutor. I love to help students become more proficient in the English language.

About Karen
Karen R. was born and raised in a musical family in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Karen has loved to sing and play instruments almost all of her life, and became passionate about music early in her childhood. She has played 7 instruments proficiently including piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trombone, recorder, and voice (also an instrument). As a child, Karen took private instruction in piano and classical guitar. She sang and played guitar in her first band in the fifth grade! In high school she played trombone in band, bass guitar in stage band, and sang in the high school choir and stage chorus. In high school, she also sang and played acoustic and bass guitar in a rock band called the 6 pack, who performed for school dances and community events. Karen was also the singer and guitarist, leading the Young Life group. Even though
Karen has had training in many instruments, she has had the most training in voice.

As an adult, Karen has sung extensively in church choirs, women's ensembles, and has been a featured vocal soloist at church services, Christian retreats, and women's ministry events. She was extensively involved in vocal music at Grace Community Christian Church, where she was the singer and guitarist leading and teaching songs to women Bible study groups, preschoolers at vacation Bible school, and Kids Praise Club for elementary aged children. For Kids Praise Club, she also taught the children the choreography for the performances. Presently, Karen is a Choir Director for the K-6 Choristers group at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Mesa, AZ., and also taught singing and choreography to the children at VBS at FPC. Karen also had a main roles as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man in April of 2013, and Mrs. Bucket in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in April, 2014, The Jailer's Daughter in Wind in the Willows, and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, Mrs. Darling and a Pirate in Peter Pan, performed by the First Players at FPC. Additionally. Karen is presently a substitute elementary school and music teacher at Grace Christian Academy, Bethany Christian School, and teaches General Music K-12 at Young Disciples Christian Academy part-time.

During Karen's college career, she was a voice major at Mesa Community College (MCC) and Grand Canyon University (GCU). At MCC, she performed in the Sun Valley Chorale (SVC) and Cadence women vocal jazz ensemble. SVC performed classical songs at the Mesa Arts Center, and Cadence performed jazz songs for MCC events. Karen was also involved in musical theater at MCC. Karen was an opera singer at Night at the Opera, and a Broadway singer at Broadway Bound, both at MCC. At GCU, Karen has been in the President Singers, Canyon Singers, Canyon Chorale, and Union Choirs. Canyon Singers were the honor students and ambassadors for GCU who traveled locally and out of state to recruit students for GCU. As a voice major, Karen has had 9 semesters (4 ½ years) of private voice instruction under the tuteladge of Dr. Cathy Hauan at MCC, and Dr. Sheila Corley at GCU. Karen has three degrees from GCU: A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, a Master's of Education in Reading and Curriculum, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Music is Karens passion and she desires to teach it to all ages and stages of people. Music is the universal language and creates joy and healing in the soul.

Presently, Karen owns her own home music studio called Starshine School of Music in which she teaches piano, voice, and guitar. Karen also teaches Take Lessons music students (an online music student placement company) piano, voice, and guitar in her home. Karen is also an active Mary Kay Consultant.

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Karen's teaching style is very patient, nurturing, encouraging, and fun-loving. Karen is a teacher who sets loving but firm boundaries and guidelines. She implements structure and organization, but is not overly strict and harsh. She believes in encouraging, loving, and imparting knowledge with her students so that they will maximize their potentiality and their inner musical stars will shine.
Karen teaches piano, voice, guitar, and music theory for beginning through intermediate (for voice she teaches beginning through advanced). The curriculum that Karen uses is varied according to the student's personality and learning level. She uses her vast knowledge and information from her education and past experiences, and also Alfred Essentials of Music Theory, Alfred's Instructional books, Hal Leonard Pro-vocal Series, Faber Piano Adventures for all levels, and other resources. She also uses an assignment lesson plan book so that each student will know her clear objectives, what is expected of them and so that communication is established with the student's parents if the student is under 18. Additionally, Karen uses incentives, a point system, and rewards for self-discipline, consistent practicing, musical accomplishment and growth, and a good attitude.
Karen's students learn and perform remarkably well because of her very loving, organized, and comprehensive teaching style. They progress in amazing ways on a weekly and monthly basis. They look forward to coming to their lessons because they are treated with such respect and care. They know that Karen has such a passion and love for music, which is so contagious and is passed on to them. Therefore, these music lessons are enjoyable and enriching for the teacher and student alike.

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*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar, Kimball piano, CD and cassette players, extensive music literature, Demo and Karaoke CD's.

*** Specialties ***
I have been classically trained as a voice major at college level. However, I have had so much musical experience (singing, and playing guitar and piano) in varied genres including rock and roll, Broadway and theatrical music, country western, Christian contemporary, folk songs, and children's music. I am very familiar with all kinds of music.
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corinne September 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Impeccable!
Looking forward to my next lesson!
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Lucy B. August 29, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Karen is terrific!
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David A. July 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Very punctual, pleasant and able teacher. Detailed-oriented instruction. Very helpful with theory as well.
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Karen R.

Karen R.

Mesa, AZ 85201
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About Bonnie P.

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Clermont, FL

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I home schooled my three children for 10 years and am familiar with the curriculum to help children learn how to read with phonics.

About Bonnie
Bonnie started piano at age 4, clarinet by third grade, and oboe in the 8th grade. In High School, she played oboe, bagpipes, and saxophone in the jazz band winning the Best Jazz Soloist Award. She also won the Young Artist Competition and played with the Tampa Symphony. While attending USF, she continued to perform with the Tampa Symphony and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then attended the University of Michigan and received her Master of Music degree and performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and many chamber groups in the area.

In 2003, she created the Pop Oboe series with 4 CDs, a member of the Recording Academy and had her cds on the Grammy Nomination list.

Now in the Orlando area, she is a freelance musician and has performed at Universal, The Museum of Art, The Winter Park Art Festival,and many mor
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In 2012, she created a piano curriculum that uses animals to teach note reading and piano. Creating this curriculum makes learning music FUN!

All along the way, she was teaching private music students, Kindermusik and also Homeschooling her three children for 10 years.
Using several curriculum for phonics, and reading, while Homeschooling, is why she is offering this service through Take Lessons.

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FUN and More FUN can be expected with the background of Kindermusik and Homeschooling! Bonnie has learned that students best respond to learning if the environment is FUN and engaging. Through homeschooling and her years of teaching background, your students can expect LOTS of PATIENCE because Bonnie relates to each student and how they learn best on an individual level. Every student has a different way they learn, and Bonnie quickly tunes in to their way of learning.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Oboe, Recorder,Bagpipes (chanter), Flute, Keyboard
Student should have their own instrument

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard for Piano
Student should have their own instrument

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, Classical
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Cheryl October 16, 2017
· Oboe · Online
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Cheryl October 9, 2017
· Oboe · Online
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Mia L. September 29, 2017
· Oboe · Online
Mia enjoys her lessons with Bonnie and is making great progress on her audition pieces!
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Bonnie P.

Bonnie P.

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About Cody W.

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Diamond Bar, CA

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I teach students how to read and how to increase their reading comprehension with different methods of acting out the plots and making them come alive with students.

About Cody
With my two Bachelor's degrees in Music Composition and Technology, I began tutoring students in piano, voice, and composition as it was part of my training. I also have experience writing and editing essays, books, and more for several independent clients. I have experience writing my own books as well. I have written two so far, but am getting ready to write a third. I am a copious editor and can catch grammatical and other errors with ease. This is why tutoring in English would be great for me.
I thought I would add basic math for those school-aged children that are having a little trouble with it in their classes.
Usually, I teach lessons in my home in Diamond Bar or online, but if the need arises, I could surely work out coming to the students' homes for one-on-one tutoring help. With me, most students click after a few lessons and
understand what they couldn't in the classroom. I help the students by teaching in innovative ways that will catch their attention more than standard teaching methods. Students should consider me for I can make learning fun and never a chore!

*** Lesson Details ***
I use a wide variety of techniques to sing, play piano and other instruments. Techniques include straight vowel singing (no words) to test how long to hold notes, using color to help people sight read, using improvisational techniques in order to play jazz, rock, classical and many other styles of music.
I use what they student has under his or her belt as a starting point to see what lessons we could start them on.
I also assist with online lessons to make transportation a thing of the past. If you've got a webcam or Skype, I can do long-distance lessons with you! So, I am here to help!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Alesis Recital Keyboard
Music sheets
Web cam
Mac computer (MacBook Pro)
Finale music notation software to help in composition and theory lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music paper for away lessons.
Finale for composition and music theory lessons.
Can use macbook for more elaborate teaching or demonstration if need be.

*** Specialties ***
I do teach classical composition with specialties in ensemble and chamber music. I also specialize in songwriting for pop and other media.
I teach voice and vocal techniques of sacred choral and vocal music.
I teach classical and jazz piano and improvisation. I also have the distinction in being able to teach students with special needs or learning disabilities as I have a mild form of cerebral palsy and understand what students with special needs go through.
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Cody W.

Cody W.

Online
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$25 / 30-min

About Maurice S.

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Phoenix, AZ
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Whether it's the words that are difficult to decipher, or the sentences that just don't draw a picture for you, I have specialized, proven techniques that will quickly transform your reading experience from frustration to enjoyment. You can succeed, and I can help you do so.

About Maurice
I taught special education in private schools for over 20 years, and then worked in the insurance industry for a few years before earning my teaching certificate and returning to teaching in the last 3 years.
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Matt May 30, 2017
· Algebra · In home
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Colin M. October 24, 2016
· Hebrew · In studio
Maurice is a blessing to my life and an answer to my prayers. If you are serious about learning Hebrew this man is the man to see. He is on time, good natured, and patient. His teaching method gives quick results.
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Kim Swenson August 6, 2015
· Math · In home
I am in my second year of homeschooling and had prayed specifically for a male teacher to come alongside us and assist in our homeschooling adventure. Although my son, who is six, is not having any difficulties at the moment, homeschooling is still new to me and I was hoping I could find someone who would keep us accountable and help fill in any gaps in my son's schooling. We have found Maurice to be just what we needed. He is engaging and encouraging and has been helpful in sharing strategies and teaching techniques that foster comprehensive learning and not merely memorization.
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Maurice S.

Maurice S.

Phoenix, AZ 85016
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Sun City West, AZ
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I have tutored student in the basics of reading as a college student. I can help you student overcome reading issues and be able to be fluent in reading.

About Susan
Ms. K. been teaching private lessons since 2000 in Michigan and she has recently move to Arizona to teach music in a public school. She is currently available and looking to teach lessons at her home studio. Ms. K. has worked with students of various ages and abilities and loves the one on one attention she can give to helping her students grow as musicians. She takes great pride in not only teaching how to play or sing, but also how to practice in a time saving manner.

Ms. K. received her training at Madonna University (a private university in Michigan) in 2009, where she received a Bachelor's degree (with highest honors) in Music education. She has had extensive training in music theory, piano pedagogy, piano, voice and organ performance - along with work in music theater. She has been a choir director and is currently a public sch
ool music teacher (K - 8). She looks forward to helping you achieve your musical goals.
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Holly March 30, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Susan is very patient and kind to my 13 year old daughter. My daughter loves going to her for singing lessons and we can see improvement already after only 4 lessons. It doesn't matter how old you are, Susan can help you improve you voice. I highly recommend her.
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Raina C. January 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson. We are doing Voice and Piano and she was able to accommodate both. Very pleasant.
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Stacy ( Michael ) H. September 19, 2016
· Vocal Training · In home
Its only my first lesson I was a little nerves but she was very patient and very knowledgeable. I felt relaxed I'm hoping she will be able to Improve my Vocal. She is Good and I look forward to learning more.
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Susan K.

Susan K.

Sun City West, AZ 85375
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Growing up, I always loved reading! I had a massive passion for it, reading at least a book a day as I went through elementary school and middle school. The teacher would call on me in class and I'd fly through the reading, enjoying every bit of it.

I can only hope that I can help inspire a student to read just half of a book per day.I know that reading betters a person in so many ways, and knowledge is just one of those ways.

I like to try to help students enjoy reading. A significant part of reading is understanding the structure of a story, pinpointing important points, like the climax and even predicting what may or may not happen in the story!

During my time with the 4th grade class, I would have small groups of students work with me to "popcorn" read, passing along the job of reading aloud and then I would have them discuss together about what happened, what the current scene is, and what they predict will happen in the future of the story.

About Tyler
My name is Tyler E., and I've always had a love for teaching!

When I was a child going through elementary school, I had a teacher in 4th grade who inspired me to get involved when I was older and help educate kids of all ages! I trained in ATA Taekwondo for years, even instructing students from brand new white belts, to veteran black belts! I spent part of a year as an intern, teaching students in elementary school. Guess what? It was a 4th grade classroom! The teacher I was working under reminded me so much of the teacher that I had when I was in 4th grade. The students looked up to him, and I always had hoped that the students looked at me the same way.

I went through a couple years of community college, then transferred to an elite aviation school where I'll become a Flight Instructor, teaching students how to fly.
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Tyler E.

Tyler E.

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Holbrook, NY

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I have extensive experience helping students develop effective reading, writing, spelling, and vocabulary skills.

About Dr. D.
Greetings!

I am a dynamic educator with comprehensive knowledge and experience in the education and business fields. I have extensive experience mentoring and helping students develop research, writing, critical and creative thinking skills, as well as to establish goals and determine plans for action in both online and face-to-face formats. I am a strong oral and written communicator, with demonstrated cultural competency skills and Spanish language fluency, ready to help you with study skills, transition to college and university studies, elementary and middle school math, Spanish, ESL/ESOL, TOEFL, reading, and writing, including attention to content, writing mechanics and implementation of APA Style.

I hold a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction. I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Techno
logy and Management and a Master of Business Administration.

Come Back here Often to Book Tutoring, Coaching, and Mentoring Lessons with me and I will guide you towards personal, professional and academic success.

Looking forward to hearing from you...All the best,

Dr. D.
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Tan October 2, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Dr. D. Was patient and engaging.
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Josephine September 18, 2017
· Spanish · Online
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Annette B. September 17, 2017
· Writing · Online
Dr. D was very nice and empathetic she liked my dog (as everyone should) and she was awesome i can see us having more lessons in the future .Thalia
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I've worked with many young students before and helped them be two grades above their class's reading average reading level. I teach by having a new book to read at each session, quizzing the student on reading comprehension, and focusing on words that they struggled with in the book. I provide worksheets and fun activities to help engage the student!

About Ashley
Hi! I'm Ashley. I've been a tutor for the past 6 years. I have 2 science degrees and I'm studying to be a nurse. Math and chemistry are my specialties. I like to develop a good relationship with my students so that they feel comfortable to openly discuss school with me and not be afraid to ask questions if they don't get the material the first time I worked through it with them. I have worked with students of all ages, from kindergarten to college students. Let me help you succeed!
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Rachel October 2, 2017
· PSAT · Online
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Alivia W. June 22, 2015
· Math · Online
First lesson. Ashley was very nice, made things easy to understand. So far really happy about my new tutor
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I have a master's degree in Reading. I will assess and determine the level that I need to start my instruction. We will then focus on the needs of the student whether it be comprehension, fluency and/or decoding. Reading will be assigned at home to help the student further his/her reading ability.

About Michelle
I have a bachelor's degree in special education, and a master's degree in reading. I teach special education at Valley Christian High School. I teach mostly math and science to children with special needs. I have 11 years experience in special education. I've taught Pre-Algebra (8th grade math), Algebra 1, and Life Skills Geometry. I have also taught Biology, Earth Science and Physical Science. I have taught English for 3 years as well. I really enjoy working one on one with students. Teaching is my dream and I am happy to say I'm living my dream.
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Michelle J.

Michelle J.

Chandler, AZ 85248
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Reading and Language Arts instruction for K-12 or college students from a MD certified teacher. Lessons are designed to improve academic performance, raise grades, and improve test scores in the are of reading and language arts.

About Kelley
Hi, I have been tutoring since 2013 and teaching as a certified teacher since 2000. I am currently available to teach lessons at your home, public facility, my home or online to help you meet your learning goals!!
I have helped students of all ages improve their grades, increase their learning confidence and increase national test scores.

I received my educational training at Johns Hopkins University. I have a Master's Degree in curriculum and instruction. My teaching style is engaging and centered on helping all students effectively master academic content for life long success.
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Kelley W.

Kelley W.

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