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Theory is taught to piano, voice, songwriting and general music students.

About Crystal
Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Ark S.

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Basic Theory such as notation, note value, intervals and diatonic chodes, traditional harmony.
Intermediate Theory such as key signature, modal scales, etc.
Advanced Theory such as harmony with tentions, modal interchange, reharmonization including substitute cords, atonal harmonic concepts, etc.

About Ark
Over twenty years of experience in teaching classical and jazz piano technique and music theory to students of variety of levels.
I have taught vast variety of students from elementary school to adults, beginner to intermediate.
Offer tailored lessons according to the students’ level, progress and character.
Popular among students and parents for reliable, kind and pleasant character.
Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music.
Internationally acclaimed Jazz/classical pianist, composer and music director.
Instructor of Composition and Preparation for Competition at Yamaha Music School JACCC and Torrance in 1991. Five students received awards including the Grand Prix.

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I offer instruction of classical/jazz piano skills and music theory.
I help student’s school performance and/or music analys
is project as well, and open to music which student brings. (theme song from TV program or movie, pops, etc.)
I only travel (means I visit student's home for lessons, don't offer lessons at my home) and I expect student to have a acoustic piano or better quality electric keyboard at home.

*** Specialties ***
Classical and Jazz piano, theory, arranging and composition
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Daniel F. May 16, 2018
· Piano · In home
Ark was professional and his love for music showed in the way he was instructing my son. Looking forward to many more lessons. thank you!
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Priscilla B. June 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ark is an awesome teacher for my 8 and 6 year olds. He is patient, thorough, consistent, and manages to keep their attention! I have noticed my kids are more interested in music, and have been progressive more quickly with Ark. Great teacher!
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lydiaz September 12, 2010
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good learning experience

Ark is very patient and encouraging. I really enjoyed the learning process so far.
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Ark S.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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About Jeff S.

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Pasadena, CA

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I specialize in chord theory, i.e how chords are built from simple power chords to 7th, 9th, 11th , 13th major, minor , diminished and augmented chords and how you can recognize chord progressions and be able to tell from those chord progressions exactly which scale/mode to play with any chord progression. I will also teach you the characteristics of what each individual note from any scale is used for.

About Jeff
Hi, my name is Jeff. I received my Bachelors' in Music from Cal State Los Angeles and have taught music for over 30 years. I've played with the Drifters, Tower of Power, Brenda White, and Bobby Bradford. I have lead bands that have included alumni from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, Foreigner, Harry James, Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Yanni and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach in a wide variety of styles and have the experience and knowledge from my years of teaching and performing to greatly increase your knowledge about music and greatly improve your technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lessons to the want and needs of the individual student. From all my years of teaching I've beco
me a human jukebox and if I don't know a song that you would like to learn, I can figure it out for you note for note if you bring in the song on CD, iPod or anything else. Some students just want to play for their friends, family, church etc. and others want to learn how to improvise solos and learn a wide variety of styles. Whether it's rock, pop, jazz, blues, gospel, country or folk music I can and will teach you every scale, mode and chord known to mankind if that's what you need! It all depends on what YOU want to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a fender mandolin, yamaha electric bass, taylor acoustic guitar, a fender stratocaster and telecaster, a gibson blues-hawk, a guild hollow-body electric, a hohner classical-electric guitar a music man amp, and a wurlitzer electric piano. i will expect you to bring your instrument but everything else will be here at the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I cater my lessons to my students' needs. I mainly teach rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, and country,
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James A. July 12, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
My Aunty is turning 80 this weekend and I decided to learn how to play Happy Birthday on the ukulele as a surprise for her. Jeff not only helped me accomplish my goal but also got me started on other songs as well. His patience and enthusiastic personality made the lessons not ony productive but personable as well!!! 2 thumbs up to an awesome instructor!!!!!
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James A. July 11, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Jeff is an amazing instructor. He makes you feel so comfortable and tunes into your abilities to ensure he tailors your lessons to help you achieve the most out of your lessons. Would definately recommend him.
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Rich June 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I took lessons from Jeff years ago. He was a great instructor and tailored the lessons to my needs. I credit him with much of my guitar skill today.
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Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Mary Ann G.

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Learn theory in layman's terms. It should be fun not feared.
Happy to explain and put into practical use to make yourself well-rounded.

About Mary Ann
I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am a singer-songwriter-guitarist and performer. A native born Southern Californian, her life focus has always been music, from her beginnings as a little girl in the church choir to playing guitar in her first all girl band by age 12. She received her formal classical vocal training with Pollyanne Baxter at Cal State Los Angeles, where she received her BA in Music. Over the years she has performed her original music in coffee houses, and other venues. I have performed for Weddings, Church Services and Musicals. My latest endeavor is Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance! I also love writing music and working with collaborating with others.

CD. Her influences included, Denyce Graves, Jessye Norman, Ella Fitzgerald,The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Sarah McLaughlan, Eva Cassidy, Jane Monheit, and Led Zepp
elin.

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I have been teaching for a long time now and enjoy working with people. I structure the lessons to fit my student's needs and interests. Everyone learns differently and I like to make the lessons enjoyable while developing a solid foundation. I teach note-reading and incorporate music that the student wants to play or sing. I am very patient and teach all levels and ages.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Computer, Guitar, Uke, Amplifier, Microphone, Guitar and more. Everything you need to get started.

*** Specialties ***
Singing Lessons: Everyone can sing!!! I will help you develop your technique and expand your range, pitch and confidence! You will have a fun time learning about your instrument. I teach Classical, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country, Musical Theater, and Pop styles, even though I am Classically trained. The technique will crossover into all styles.

Song-writing: I will be happy to help you structure and develop your art. It's story telling at it's finest.

Guitar: Have fun learning songs you like and get a great foundation too. I teach finger picking, tab, theory, scales, note-reading along with music you like.
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Belinda L. July 14, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Mary Ann was very helpful and patient when teaching me how to play the guitar for the first time. She is also very funny so don’t worry about getting bored! I already know that she is an excellent guitar teacher .
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Alan W. June 4, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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Ron April 24, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Mary y Ann is a wonderful teacher who is very patient and begins at the level where the student is. Without reservation I recommend her to anyone who is interested in learning the guitar.
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Mary Ann G.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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About De'Anza P.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Lessons are tailored to each individual student and their goals! As a professional musician and artist with years of teaching experience I can help you get to the next level.

About De'Anza
As an active artist and graduate of Los Angeles College of Music, I believe that teaching is much more than a student learning to play their instrument. It's about creating a fun environment where students not only get a solid musical foundation but are also encouraged to express themselves creatively. I only take on a limited amount of students so that my attention is fully focused on each lesson.
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sara January 24, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Deanza is knowledgeable and patient !
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Ahmed December 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
De'Anza is super fun and friendly but professional at the same time! I improved my piano skills with her through a weekly lesson, now I'm more familiar with the piano keyboard , thanks to her!
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Karyne S. October 19, 2017
· Guitar ·
She is chilled cool patient helpful fun encouraging
Knowledgeable she will look for solution to any problem/challenges you have.
She is a great teacher and she knows a lot about soulful music, rythms, tone, styles, jams and how to bring something alive. She is taking my hand throughout the baby steps I have to surpass and she is just soooo patient with me! You will love her place energy and calm and pretty decoration in a clean environment!
Have fun!
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De'Anza P.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Mauricio O.

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Hawthorne, CA

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Contrary to what some people may say learning music theory does not reduce your ability to enjoy music. In fact you may enjoy music even more after you learn some theory because the more you know about how music works the more you will be able to do as a musician.

About Mauricio
Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and cre
ate long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Jack May 4, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
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Maria May 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We purchased a 12-lesson package for my daughter as a Christmas Gift. My daughter is 14 years old, and after completing these lessons her love for music has grown. She had only taken a beginner's level course in piano and guitar prior to working with Mauricio. My daughter looked forward to every lesson, and would come home to keep practicing and improving her skills. We plan to work with Mauricio again in the near future and would highly recommend him!
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Maria February 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
3rd lesson so far, and my daughter has learned so much!! She enjoys her classes with Mauricio and looks forward to each class. Mauricio has a small home studio with various musical instruments. His experience and skill in teaching music is quite apparent and much appreciated!
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Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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Fontana, CA

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Staff reading, Key Signatures, Time Signatures, Understanding song/piece structure from the ground up, etc.

About Shane
I am a graduate from Chaffey College with an associates degree in Arts & Humanities. I have been teaching summer camps and various classes through Musicstar and Creative Brain Learning for a little more than a year. I am currently attending Cal State San Bernardino as a Music Major with an emphasis on Music Education to obtain a Bachelors degree in the field. My main instrument is Guitar. I mainly play Jazz, Rock,(Metal, Classic, Punk, Reggae, Ska) and Classical.
I am willing to travel in the San Bernardino County, Riverside, Inland Empire and High Desert areas. Depending upon the length of travel I may just charge slightly more for the cost of gas.
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Grant July 6, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
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Eric June 29, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Excellent teacher! He is very upbeat and teaches at a pace that works best for you.
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LUIS March 18, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Very honest & great teacher. It was my first time taking guitar lessons & Shane was definitely very helpful & most importantly very patient & understandful. Works around your schedule & goes above and beyond to try & do his best to teach you. I would recommend him to a friend or family member.
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Shane H.

Shane H.

Pinon Hills, CA 92372
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Los Angeles, CA

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Learn the theory behind the music!

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Singing, Songwriting & Music Recording Lessons From a Berklee Grad
LESSONS IN PERSON OR ONLINE!

I'm Sloane, a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music now living in Los Angeles. I'm a musician, songwriter, and producer with 10+ years of experience. I'm fun loving, patient, and dedicated to helping my students reach their musical goals.

Rather than implementing a typical teacher/student hierarchy, I treat my lessons like a one-on-one collaboration. I guide my students through all the steps of music creation from general music theory to singing, songwriting, music production, recording, and mixing. I love giving my students the tools to express themselves musically.
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Emily A. January 3, 2018
· Music Performance · In home
Sloane creates a comfortable learning environment and is very understanding of/patient with her students. She demonstrates a genuine passion for music education, which is made evident by her dedication to cultivating personal and unique relationships with her students based on their particular tastes/interests and learning styles. 10/10!!
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Danny Boy January 3, 2018
· Singing · In home
Sloane is a very talented musician. She can sing, play guitar, produce, perform, and knows the business of music inside and out! She is also very patient and passionate. I could not recommend her more!
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Julia Maria January 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Sloane Skylar has an extansive knowledge of her craft and always cators to student’s interests. I truly feel that I’ve come a long way under her instruction!!!
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Sloane F.

Los Angeles, CA 90019
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About Nadav P.

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I'll help you get to know your scales/chords/intervals and their practical use in music. Be able to analyze a harmonic structure for songs to better understand the music you play!

About Nadav
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My name is Nadav and I have been a professional guitar player and teacher for most of my life now. I have a very extensive experience playing festivals and venues in the U.S and abroad and have been teaching beginner and advanced guitar/bass and musical ensemble classes for 15 years.

I always strive to make the lessons fun (otherwise, what's the point? (: ) all the while being educational and try to have the student start playing actual music (simple melodies/songs) from the very first lesson.

For more advanced students- I focus on many valuable technics for live playing/recording situations as well as theory/harmony and ear training and cover a very wide range of musical styles.

I also teach electric bass and Ukulele.

I have graduated from the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance (Jerusalem) with honors and was
a dean's list honoree while attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (NYC) I have been awarded with the America-Israel Culture Fund's "Exellence in Jazz Guitar" award as well as many scholarships for various prestigious musical institutions around the world.

I'm happy to teach at both my apt. in West Hollywood or the student's home.
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Bill T. February 7, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Speaking from the standpoint of a colleague of Nadav’s for many years and professional musician/educator myself, Nadav is the real deal. He is my top recommendation, without question, for anyone looking to study the guitar and/or music in general.

Nadav is an extremely gifted and skilled musician, composer, and bandleader with very deep understanding of playing the guitar. He has the experience and versatility to so in a multitude of different styles ranging from R&B, Pop, Funk, Jazz and Ethiopian groove music (check out his incredible band: Abbess Orchestra). He is also extremely kind, has a gentle yet “matter-of-fact” demeanor and is the consummate professional.

For anyone who has interest in learning the guitar and needs an instructor, no matter their experience level, it’s impossible to go wrong with Nadav. Just check him out and sign up!
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Eran February 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I was a self taught guitar player since a very early age, so when I met Nadav for the first time I already knew many songs and chords. But my technique was a mess.
Nadav helped me establish a healthy and meticulous practice routine that fixed my technique very quickly.
I would recommend him as a teacher for every level.
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Randy February 4, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Great teacher with good vibes! Nadav showed me great ways to practice harmony and soloing on the guitar. Highly recommended.
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Nadav P.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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I'm composer, piano player and vocalist. Through my studies for Composition for Film and TV at Berklee Valencia, and conservatory education, I can create a fun and practical class for Music Theory!

About Belen
I'm a music composer/songwriter originally from Ecuador, who is also a life-long ice figure skater. I graduated with a masters degree from Berklee College of Music Valencia, in the Scoring for Film & TV program. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Contemporary Music back in Ecuador, as well I I studied piano and Portuguese (as part of my love for Brazilian Popular Music).

I'm teaching again because I'd love to contribute with my skills and connect with new people in their learning experience.

Ice skating taught me discipline, patience and perseverance in life. As I my body reached injuries from years of skating, I'm not training anymore, I hope to translate my passion for this sport through teaching and supporting other skaters. All ages welcome!

My love for songwriting and singing is combined with languages. In our language cl
asses we will learn from culture, history and research of the customs of different south American countries. We can also develop project that involve learning songs in Spanish (and/or Portuguese). We can also practice a lot of conversation about your favorite topics!
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Alek P. July 3, 2018
· Film Scoring · In studio
Belen is patient, skilled, and friendly. She makes the class fun and practical. It’s an added bonus that she can explain musical concepts to me in both English and Spanish.
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Finn July 3, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Our boy Finn is beginning 5th grade and needs to continue practicing his Spanish with a native speaker. Belen was great with him and he's looking forward to his weekly sessions.
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Belen V.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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