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About Karen R.

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

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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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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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Larry Sindle February 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Karen is very a very good Teacher, she has patients, very helpful, and makes you feel comfortable.
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Karen R.

Karen R.

Mesa, AZ 85201
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About Maurice S.

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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 85015
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About Anabelle C.

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When did you begin playing [instrument], and why?:

I've been singing since I was about 8. I began to play piano when I was a teenager, because many of my classmates were very skilled at the piano, and I became inspired to be like them.

What are your personal goals as a musician?:

I love opera, and my goal is to compose my own. I plan on working closely with the librettist, since I'm a poet as well.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you'll remember forever?:

I never knew what perfect pitch was until I was much older. I also didn't realize I had perfect pitch until a professor at an audition made me aware of my ability. Since then, it's become a wonderful tool.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:

Being compassion
ate with a student will allow them to fearlessly open up to their potentials.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:

In the winter months, my body feels tight and cold, and sometimes this causes tension during playing or singing. That's why to me it's important to work in a warm environment, do proper daily stretching, and have a healthy lifestyle (good diet, exercise, proper sleep).

What is your biggest musical achievement?:

Composing a fugue.

Favorite thing about teaching?:

I love sharing my passion for music with other human beings.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:

If at first you don't succeed, try try again. Music is meant to be fun, enjoy it!

Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):

In 2015, I composed the music for my sister's walk down the aisle (wedding piece). Additional compositions underway, member of American Composer's Forum, member of Contemplum (composition club at Temple), participant in the Oticons Film Score Contest.

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About Anabelle...

Anabelle has been involved with sounds and music from an early age. Her greatest forte is her hearing. When she was young, people thought she might become a voice actor, because her skill at replicating voices was quite apparent. Still, she loved to sing and had been regularly involved in choirs. She dabbled in violin in the fifth grade, but she didn't feel a "click." Without despairing, she tried her luck with piano and felt instantly in sync. She knew this was the right instrument for her. During her piano studies, she continued to work on her voice. In addition, she studied the workings of a sound board, and was head sound chief at her high school. At the college level, she began to pursue composition, while still continuing with piano and vocal studies. She holds an A.A. with a music focus (piano performance), a B.M. in music theory, and a M.M in music education from Boston University. She has been teaching music since 2006 and has worked with a wide range of ages and various group sizes. Her joy is working with people in a field that she is passionate about. Her interests include music (jazz, classical, opera, new age), ballet, composition, yoga, meditation, going to the gym, hiking and camping, scuba-diving, sailing,Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, cooking and baking, film-editing, sound engineering, poetry, reading good books, building websites, and watching documentaries.
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Anabelle C.

Anabelle C.

Chandler, AZ 85224
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$35 / 30-min

About Trang N.

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About Trang
I like to teach kids, students, and adults, one-on-one to help them reach their goals whether it's Fitness, Music, Math, Spelling, Chemistry, or Spanish.
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Vincent W. February 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
Trang was wonderful, she is great with children and all ages. Highly recommend Trang to anyone! I couldn't be happier and she willing to work around my schedule which is a plus. Her rate is great and affordable. My kids love it!
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Aubrey M. October 19, 2016
· Algebra · In studio
I was disappointed that the instructors page stated she would be able to meet in my home and she is not. Trang was flexible with her schedule for us to meet at her home, but that does not suit our needs at this time. Otherwise, she was kind and accommodating with her willingness to help teach.
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Isla August 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My daughter really enjoyed her class and can't wait for more lessons!
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Trang N.

Tempe, AZ 85282
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$15 / 30-min

About Marina O.

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About Marina
I am a software engineer who has over 10 years professional experience. I have expert knowledge of the Python, Java, PHP, HTML and Javascript programming languages, as well as the MySQL relational database, CSS and the MVC architecture. I am a native Russian speaker and am fluent in the Hebrew language (read, speak, write); have experience teaching both and translating to/from them.
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Marina O.

Marina O.

Phoenix, AZ 85085
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About Jeehyae D.

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About Jeehyae
I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I spent my first 20 years in Korea. I earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. While completing my studies at NAU, I was the vice-president of the Korean club teaching college students the Korean language (reading, writing, speaking), and culture.

I have experience teaching Korean to students ranging in skill from beginner to advanced. Students can expect to learn not only the language but also Korean culture and how the language is actually used outside of textbooks.

I also worked at the international office at NAU and Ajou University in Korea. So because of this, I am very experienced in teaching and speaking to students who are either learning English or Korean, and have a strong ability to increase their learning speed.
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Amber August 28, 2017
· Korean · In studio
Always so helpful and attentive- answers my questions throughly and checks for understanding - easy to reach at all times and flexible - the best I've ever worked with
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Morgan July 3, 2017
· Korean · In studio
Jeehye was amazing! She was extremely patient and helpful. I didn't know much Korean before jeehye taught me but she really took the time to work with me and make sure I knew what was being taught before moving on. I love learning Korean from her!
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Connor July 3, 2017
· Korean · In studio
Jeehyae was also an excellent teacher to me. She was always prepared with lesson materials and ready to answer all of my questions. Would recommend her to anyone looking to learn Korean!
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Jeehyae D.

Jeehyae D.

Phoenix, AZ 85032
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About Laura S.

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About Laura
I am a professional singer, artist, voice artist, and actress. I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors of Music, and a Professional Studies degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, both specifically voice performance.

Voice and music students will work weekly to improve their vocal technique. I teach students to use the proper foundational breath and tension-free techniques to find their individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

Art, acting, and other students will learn the basics in their subject and professional level advice and training.
I teach music and art students of all different ages and backgrounds.
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Laura S.

Laura S.

Phoenix, AZ 85023
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$17 / 15-min

About Jahara J.

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About Jahara
Just some information on me and my language background:

I am a graduate from the University of Arizona, majoring in East Asian Studies. That major included a focus on the Japanese language and culture, as well as a Minor in Mandarin Chinese. I have been studying the Japanese Language for 9 years now, and 4 of the years include a formal university-level education, 2 of them being in Japan.

I lived and studied in Saitama, Japan for 6 months, graduating from the Japanese Studies Program at Tokyo International University in the Fall of 2012.

I later worked as an ESL (English as a second language) Teacher in both Elementary and Junior High Schools; 5th-9th grade; in Japan. While I was there, I taught ESL classes as well as cultural classes. I also selected and coached 4 students in a city-wide English speech contest where 2 of my students p
laced 1st and 2nd in their divisions.

My career path is focused on teaching English and Japanese as second languages, as well as encouraging studying abroad during higher education. I have also completed a minor in Mandarin Chinese, which means I have 2 formal years of study. I also speak basic level Korean and Spanish.

I believe that language is a strong, lucrative tool in today's society. Not only does it improve one's credentials in the competitive job market; highlighting you over others; but it also allows one to expand his/her mind by making the cultures of other nations accessible. It is a social tool that enables a person to be able to work well with others in an array of environments, including multicultural.

On top of it all, learning a language is fun. I truly truly love it, and I believe that anyone who sets their mind to it, with the proper tools and resources, can do it. Whether that just be some survival phrases for your upcoming vacation (which Ive done) or you're looking to master the language. That is what I am here for. I want to be a resource for students of ALL ages, and assist and support them in their language journey.

From a teaching standpoint I believe that lessons should be interactive and fun I worked with incoming college freshman as a mentor, working with my colleagues to organize and execute fun and educational events that would encourage the students to get excited about learning. I actively created games and fun interactive activities and worksheets for my younger students in Japan. The best learning is the kind you do without realizing it.
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Jahara J.

Jahara J.

Avondale, AZ 85392
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$15 / 30-min

About Elodie F.

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About Elodie
Bonjour,

My name is Elodie. I am a native French Speaker. I come from Lyon, France.
I have been teaching French for almost 20 years now and I still enjoy it very much!
I have a certificate in Teaching French as a Foreign language. In July 2017, I took a professional training in France to learn about new teaching techniques, particularly the use of multimedia.
I can teach any level, beginners to advanced. I am comfortable with any group age; children, teenagers or adults. I can teach any student to speak French fluently.

I live in Phoenix, Arizona but I love to travel. I also go visit family and friends each year in France.

I am looking forward to meeting you and helping you learn the beautiful language of Moliere.
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Elodie F.

Elodie F.

Phoenix, AZ 85020
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$34 / 30-min

About Michael H.

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I'm an Arizona State University Graduate with a Bachelor's in Finance, and an MBA. Something most people don't guess about me is that I'm bilingual in Spanish, I enjoy playing the piano, doing origami, and am surprisingly good on the basketball court! :)

I have worked as a private tutor on the side for over ten years with subjects ranging from Spanish, Chemistry, Calculus, Economics, Supply Chain Management, and my favorite from my personal line of work, Microsoft Excel.

I've worked with students ranging from junior high through graduate school, and into the professional workplace. I have a passion for teaching and relating to students' learning styles. I have a knack for taking "complex" subjects and making them relatable and understandable, and giving students their breakthrough moment. I just began teaching again after a short b
reak and my goal is to find more enthusiastic students that want to take their learning to the next level. If that is you then don't be shy and reach out to me!! :)
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Alexis September 17, 2017
· Microsoft Excel · In home
Although Michael did an amazing job as an instructor for Microsoft Excel, he also helped me get through graduate school, tutoring me in Finance, Statistics, and Economics. He was knowledgeable, personable, and was always dependable. He was an extremely reliable tutor.
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Michael H.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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