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About Jillian V.

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Oakland Gardens, NY

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Ever since I was a child, I absolutely loved to write. During my sessions as creative writing tutor, I hope to foster that same love for writing. My students are challenged to stay true to their own voice while simultaneously considering craft, style, syntax, structure, and the myriad elements of engaging, successful writing. My sessions can be catered to a specific goal (standardized testing), or can be an open-ended experience invaluable to academic success.

About Jillian
I have a Master's degree in Music Therapy, am a nationally board certified music therapist (MT-BC); performer and vocal instructor (Bachelor's in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor and meditation guide (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional freelance writer and editor.

...I find joy in a lot of places! And often I find these areas of study inform and augment each other.

Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances and developmental delays as well as teens and adults with psychosocial issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, personality disorders, and more.

I incorporate my experience as a therapist into the educative setting.

As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.

I am a professional vocalist in NYC. I perform liturgical and classical music, as well as musical theater repertoire. I participate in professional operas, choral groups and other concert series. Performing gives me a sense of bliss and completeness that is indescribable.

As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout Westchester. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized classes offered to deepen your experience.

It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced.

Please feel free to inquire about any of my services!

*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session or lesson with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**

**Note: If you are interested in music therapy, please email me with a bit about yourself and your personal goals.
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Abid September 11, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Kathy T. September 8, 2017
· Music Therapy · In studio
Jillian is a phenomenal music instructor and therapist. My kids love sessions with her. We've been going for almost a year now and it has made a huge difference in their behavior most noticeabley their attention spans! Thanks Jillian!
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Peri L. August 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jillian I an angel. She is working with my daughter who never likes anything. Now she LOVES guitar..
Thank you Jillian❤️👍
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About Blake C.

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I provide College, High School, Middle School, Elementary School assistance and tutoring in writing with specialized expertise in the A.P.A. writing style.

In addition, I assist with business writing—proposals and presentations to reports and policy content.

About Blake
Hi, my name is Blake C. I teach guitar, singing, piano, drums, and bass online and at my Lowell, Indiana studio.

I also teach business, grammar, math (elementary, basic, pre-algebra) writing to include essay and professional business writing.

As a doctoral student at the University of New England, I am currently studying educational leadership with an emphasis on transformative leadership. In addition, I hold a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary located in Bismarck, North Dakota and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from WGU Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I have more than 26 years of experience as an executive and senior leader in the supply chain/logistics industry. Furthermore, I have nearly six years of experience consulting in business management, quality control, con
tinuous improvement, education, and training.

During the same 26 years of my business career, I have been a professional musician - session musician and teacher. I was formally trained at the American Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Musical College, both located in Chicago. I won the Presidential Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance at the American Conservatory of Music and another full-ride scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance to attend the Chicago Musical College.

My primary Classical Guitar Instructor at both institutions was Paul Henry. I also studied Rock Guitar with Dave Uhrich while attending both institutions and privately studied Jazz Guitar with Scott Reed. I studied voice with Audrey Evans at the American Conservatory of Music and Robert Long at the Chicago Musical College.

I have participated in Classical Guitar Master Classes with:
• Hubert Kappel
• Dale Kavanagh
• Eleftheria Kotzia
• Bruce Holzman
• Stephen Aron
• Raphaella Smits
• Richard Provost
• Nicholas Goluses
• William Buonocore.

*** Lesson Details ***

I design lessons individually according to the needs and "wants" of each student. I specialize in developing and correcting technique in technique to improve the student's overall skill. Students that dedicate the time and effort each week to practicing see rapid and sustained results.

However, if you have a busy life and merely want to learn guitar for personal enjoyment, I will design your lessons to develop your skill at a pace that works for you, which can fluctuate according to your schedule.

***Young & Special Needs Students***

I teach children as young as 13 years old and adults to the age of 70 years old. When teaching younger children and individuals with special needs, it is significantly beneficial for parents to attend each lesson - I have parent seating available. When parent(s) attend lessons, the parent can assist the younger student while practicing during the week at home.

In my experience, the overall musical development and progress of younger students improve considerably when parents are involved.

***Thoughts on Musical Talent***

Musical talent is a wonderful gift, but correct technique is not easily acquired without proper instruction. Your skill level eventually plateaus and your ability to learn and perform more complicated music is inhibited, unless you have a solid foundation in music theory as it applies to your instrument(s) as well as proper technique.

I can help you build this solid foundation and will guide you through the development of musical skills; correcting flaws in technique is my specialty.

*** Studio Equipment ***

GUITARS & BASSES: Gibson, Charvel, Fender, Peavey, Cordoba, Guild, Takamine, Yamaha

GUITAR & BASS AMPS: Blackstar, Egnater, Fender, Line 6, Peavey, Roland, and Behringer

MICS: Mojave Audio, AKG, Audio Technica, CAD Audio, Rode, Sennheiser, Shure, Studio Projects, and Yamaha

KEYBOARDS & SYNTHESIZERS: Korg, Roland, Yamaha, Casio

DRUMS: Pearl, Roland Digital

OUTBOARD GEAR: Universal Audio, JDK Audio, Alesis, Art, Audio Logic, Behringer, and Studio Projects

SOFTWARE: Cakewalk Sonar Platinum, Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad Flexi DSP, Soundtoys Bundle, Celemony Melodyne, Slate Digital FG-X, Steven Slate Drums Platinum, Antares Auto-Tune, Aspire, Antares Articulator, Choir, Harmony Engine, Throat, WAVES Waverider, OneKnob Series Bundle, CLA Artist & Kramer Signature, XLN Audio Addictive Drums, BBE Sonic Maximizer, Line 6 POD Farm 2.5 w/multiple packs

TakeLessons Articles I've Written:

Tips for Parents: Help Your Child Succeed in their Music Lessons
http://takelessons.com/blog/parents-help-children-succeed

Improving Guitar Technique
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-exercises-for-technique

Why Piano Theory is Important for ALL Musicians
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-theory-for-all-musicians

Guitar Basics: Technique
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-technique

How to Play the Song "Breathe" by Ana Nalick on Guitar
http://takelessons.com/blog/cool-songs-to-learn-on-guitar-breathe
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Stefano &. June 2, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Blake not only knows his stuff but he also knows how to teach. Phenomenal teacher.
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Antoinette May 11, 2017
· Singing · Online
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· Drum · Online
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About William N.

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Whether it's poetry or prose, we've got this.

About William
Whether you're an actor, writer or simply interested in expressing yourself through the power of the performing arts, I will help you tell YOUR STORY on stage and screen.

I'm the co-founder of The Gift Theatre Company of Chicago, and have worked at the Tony Award-winning Steppenwolf Theatre, Amazon Studios, and the acclaimed ABC/Disney Television show "Ugly Betty." I have Masters degrees in both Playwriting and Screenwriting, and extensive experience with script development.

In our lessons we'll set a working schedule for YOU to tell the stories ONLY YOU can tell. 

*** Lesson Details ***
Our lessons will establish reachable GOALS to take your project from the page to the stage.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I am able to provide a laptop with Final Draft Scriptwriting Software.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I am able to provide
a laptop with Final Draft Scriptwriting Software.

*** Specialties ***
William Nedved is the co-founder of The Gift Theatre Company of Chicago, where his play Body + Blood premiered in the summer of 2015. He is also a member of the Playwrights Union and the Skylight Theatre PlayLab, where his play The Avenue of Saints is being developed. Full-length play productions Northwest Highway (The Gift; 2011 Steinberg/ATCA nomination); Fact & Fiction (Elephant Theatre, Los Angeles; The Gift); crying, waiting, hoping (Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series); A Young Man in Pieces and County Fair (The Gift); The Three-Way(The Gift Sydney); The Two of You (The University of Iowa); and See Through You (Nuffield Theatre, England.) He also adapted Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author as‘6’ for The Gift. His short play Kid was awarded “Best Production” at Collaboraction’s Sketchbook 2009. Against the Grain was part of the 1997 Young Playwrights, Inc. Summer Festival. Fate, an original musical, was awarded the inaugural 1997 Leonard Bernstein ‘Learning through the Arts’ Interdisciplinary Scholarship through Scholastic, Inc. A Young Man in Pieces and the short plays American Idolatry and Father Nature are published by Heuer. He also contributed the screenplay for the 8 Players short All Tomorrow’s Parties (filmed in one, continuous tracking shot), which premiered at The ArtHouse Sydney and was screened at the 2002 Los Angeles Short Film Festival. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa; an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of New South Wales – Sydney; and an MFA in Film and Television Writing from the University of Southern California, where his MFA drama pilot thesis Hearts & Minds won the 2009 Josh Schwartz Award.
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Camilo Delgadillo July 20, 2016
· Creative Writing · Online
Feedback was great. I especially appreciate the criticism and suggestions - almost as though you have your own personal writing instructor at the end of your fingertips.Thank you so much for your time and services!
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Alexandra W. July 20, 2016
· Writing · In studio
I worked with William last year, and it was such an incredible learning experience. He is a fabulous teacher; I was always so inspired by his work and his passion.
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About Kelly M.

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Writing is one of my favorite areas of teaching! Throughout college and graduate school, I excelled in writing and developed a true passion for it. For a number of years, I have supported students to improve their writing skills in a wide variety of areas, including: business, academic and creative.

About Kelly
Kelly is a licensed bilingual ESL teacher who is excited to work with students who are motivated to improve their language and academic skills! With over 8 years of experience teaching children and adults around the world, Kelly's passion for education is evident throughout each of her lessons. Her teaching philosophy is centered around the ideals of: student-centered learning, student-teacher partnership, active engagement, and authentic learning.

After teaching in the Chicago and Indianapolis public school systems, Kelly decided to open a private bilingual education company where she works as a remotely-based teacher and education consultant. Kelly is bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English and holds a master's degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education from DePaul University. Additionally, she holds two bachelor's degrees fro
m Oregon State University and a CELTA from the University of Cambridge.

Kelly specializes in: bilingual education, authentic assessment, individualized curriculum design, language and literacy development, academic remediation, and writing. She is an enthusiastic, engaging teacher who is eager to design the perfect course to help you reach your goals!
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Lili L. September 17, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
I'm so comfortable having class with Kelly. She is just amazing!
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Ashvika D. August 27, 2017
· Writing · Online
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Carolyn August 24, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Great first lesson!
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About Larry P.

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Writing, whether it is creative or for essays and/or research, has structure to it - We will discuss the structure of what writing needs to be done, as well as the best way to go about doing it.

About Larry
***My Takelessons Blog Posts:***
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http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-have-stage-presence

My name is Larry, and I was born and raised in Chicago and now call the Phoenix, AZ metro area home. I have two Master's Degrees in Education (Higher Ed. and Teaching and Learning with Technology), and am working on another M.A. currently in History. I have a tutoring business of my own, working with excellent education partners like Takelessons.

My tutoring business is geared towards middle, high school,and college students, and my specialization is geared in three arenas:

1) The Humanities: History (U.S., European, Oriental, and World), English, Literature (with a special passion for all things Shakespeare), and Social Studies (including American Government and Political Sci
ence).

2) Papers: Research papers (and how to do the research for them), essays, creative writing - everything to do with papers you ever wanted to know.

3) Drama (the Theatre kind of drama, not life drama): Acting, directing, staging, analysis, including the aforementioned Will Shakespeare.

***My Promise to You***

I will treat you like an individual - that means that we'll find out how YOU learn best, and we'll work that way. I don't teach "to the test", I don't teach memorization. I teach by asking and answering questions, as well as providing information.

***My Expectation of You***

That you will come with an open mind, come with questions, come with not just the willingness to learn and have fun, but the expectation to do both.

***Lesson Details***

*The Humanities*
The reason so many people go screaming into the night when confronted with lessons in things like history, or government, or English for that matter, are all the names and dates to memorize. I don't teach that way. We begin with things you want (or need) to know. From there, we cover how those things affected other things, It's a huge world out there, and how we got here from where we started is a wonderful and complicated trip. History doesn't happen in a vacuum, and we learn who we are by knowing where we come from.

*Papers*
Obviously I won't write your paper for you, but I will show you how and where to start your research (and how to sort it as well). I will also proof-read for grammar and/or organizational errors and show you how to structure it in general terms.

*Drama*
I have acted, I have directed. From the community to professional levels. We will talk about character creation, about staging, about working with your director as well as your fellow actors. We will mostly brainstorm, and you will be able to experiment in vision as well as technique.
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Eric September 14, 2017
· Stage Performance · Online
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Monica August 21, 2017
· English Literature · Online
We've Been Working With Larry For Quite Some Time Now, And He Is A Real Professional. Excellent Communication & Very Patient. Larry Works With Our Schedule Anytime Something Unexpected Comes Up. Always Prompt, Always Kind, And A 100% Honest Man. A True Value To Take Lessons.com, And A True Value To Anyone That Has The Opportunity To Work With Him.
One Of The Very Best! You'd Be Lucky To Work With Him!!

Thank You For Everything Larry! :)
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Corissa August 3, 2017
· Test Prep · Online
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About Jillian K.

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Whether you're perfecting basic English and writing skills, a resume or cover letter, a college essay or application, or simply any piece of prose, I offer both online and face-to-face editing and tutoring services that will enhance your writing with structure, professionalism and creative flair. Before each lesson, I will discuss with my student his or her specific goals, issues, questions so we don't waste a single minute of the hour session.

About Jillian
We are what we know. Growing up, my mother was an English and grammar teacher. I'd sit with her at the kitchen table while she graded - her red pen a trusty sword shining in the midst of a stack of papers a mile high. She taught me her tricks and tips, her shortcuts and symbols, and as writing became a great passion of mine, I began to realize that tutoring was too.

Throughout high school and during my years as a communication major at Villanova University, I was always that girl with three of my friends' papers wedged into my purse. I was the one in the coffee shop scanning everything from Georgetown essays to Wilde vs. Whitman comparisons to thesis statements on speech pathology.

I am a published author, the winner of the National American Voices award at Carnegie Hall for my play "Lumos," and a judge of the National Scholast
ic Writing Awards.

I love assisting in creating that final product - the freshly printed, mistake-free masterpiece that is black words on a white page. After nearly five years of tutoring writers and editing papers, I decided it was time to go viral and edit for the masses.

The minute Peter Parker donned his red spandex, he became Spiderman. I may not have "spidey senses" or even spandex, but I do have a red pen. And as Red Pen Wench, I will fight off every grammar mistake, battle every boring word choice and conquer the evil that is anything less than a professional piece of prose.
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Caden December 11, 2016
· Essay Writing · Online
My writing has vastly improved after only a few sessions working with Jillian. Her ability to come up with extremely purposeful exercises coupled with her consistently useful feedback leaves no doubt in my mind that she’s the best tutor/editor you’ll find. She never misses a beat when revising a paper and is great at explaining areas for improvement. I haven’t met anyone with a greater command over a pen and a paper. She’s also easy to work with and no time is wasted during our sessions. As a freshman in high-school, improving my writing is a bigger priority than ever before. As long as I’m working with Jillian, I’m confident that my writing abilities will continue to steadily improve.
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Ava December 6, 2016
· Writing · Online
I LOVE the Wench:) Jillian is so, so helpful every time I'm writing a paper or professional letter or resume. She is fast and efficient and flexible. She doubles as tutor and editor and switches between the two based on my specific needs. I highly recommend her.
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Chase December 6, 2016
· Creative Writing · Online
Jillian personalizes every session based on my needs and creates assignments specifically meant to enhance my voice as writer, my creativity and my sentence structure. I've learned so much in such a short time! The convenience of tutoring online is also a plus.
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About David N.

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I teach resume writing, primarily. I work with both US job seekers and international students to create powerful and impactful resumes to land great jobs!

I work with your skills, accomplishments and job history to make you as marketable as possible! I will show you tools and techniques to create eye-catching resumes that translate into interviews!

I can also coach you on interviewing skills, interviewing techniques, question preparation, and much more!

I'd love to help you land your dream job!

About David
I use real world examples to explain the concepts that I am teaching. Everything that I teach, I have done professionally. Sharing my knowledge is a passion of mine, and I truly enjoy helping people gain knowledge.
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Parisa July 16, 2017
· Writing · In studio
David is very knowledgeable in writing and specially resume writing.Me and many other students in school have been advised by him for resume writing. He knows different helpful tools to use for making a very professional resume, like valid references to select the best fit words.
During the process of editing my resume he also taught me different methods to update and edit my resume by myself .He spends as much time as he thinks is required to have an excellent result. Also it was clear that due to his valuable experience he has a very wide horizon which leads to his ability of writing various writing texts.
Beside that, he is very passionate and generous to help others and definitely very active updated in the areas of his work. Truly, His nice character makes it really pleasant for anybody to work with him .
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Susy June 28, 2017
· Baking · In home
Dave has been very helpful and patient. As a busy mom that I am I had never had the time to learn and master any skill in the kitchen. He has share with me skills that I had been able to implement in my life to facilitate and expedite my time in the kitchen. My family is enjoying the cookies, and cakes and I am able to prepare myself.
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Laurine June 28, 2017
· Writing · In studio
I am a former employee of David's and I had expressed interest with updating and making my resume more advanced. He gave me some of the best advice, suggestions, and even referred me to a couple of websites that proved to be very helpful. During the review process, David first pointed out all of the good aspects I had on my original resume. On the parts he thought should be tweaked or edited, he gave advice and pointers in a positive manner. He also took his time really picking apart the resume, making sure he was giving me 100% of the information that he could. With confidence, I can say I am now very proud of my resume and happy with how my strengths really stand out, thanks to the help given from David.
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I have a B.A in Applied Linguistics and four years of tutoring experience. In high school, I got D's on my first Advanced Placement history and English assignments. I turned my grades around in less than a month, earning the highest marks in my class--I was that student my classmates sneered at for setting the curve!! I think anyone can improve their writing with a bit of practice and a little change in attitude. My writing skills have earned me scholarships, awards, and jobs. I work as a freelance editor on the side and as a paralegal during the week.

About Mariah
If you've ever been sitting at a desk or laptop trying to write an essay and thought "Writing sucks. This is the worst. I'm never going to finish this," then I sympathize. I have had a rigorous writing education, and it has included many ups and downs. I've had papers torn apart (literally and figuratively) in front of me. Writing is often stressful and cause anxiety. I won't lie, I've cried over a lot of papers in my life because I know I'm capable of solid, effective writing--but it takes hard work and a lot of energy. Results are not immediate so it can feel really pointless as times. But when you're writing with the help of someone who understands, who knows that part of the writing process is sometimes to just take a nap and start over in an hour, then it can feel much less daunting.
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