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About Lella L.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Lella
I studied Musicology and Piano Performance at the Shandong Normal University School of Music, where I graduated with my BA in 2005. I taught music and established a band at a property management institute while a student there, and established my own practice after I graduated. I came to the United States in 2013, where I have continued to play piano and have joined a local band. I am happy to continue sharing my love of music with my students here.

I began tutoring Mandarin in January 2015. As a native speaker, I can guide you to a very high level, and help you learn to speak with a proper Chinese accent.

Please note: Online classes are available for Mandarin Chinese only. Piano lessons are only available in person.
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Mo March 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
5 stars' teacher
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Kayli September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We just had our first lesson and we hit a few bumps but my daughter has never had music instruction before so we're giving it another go next week to see if things go more smoothly. 3 stars above says meets expectations, and though it didn't, I just hesitate to give someone 2 stars based on one lesson.
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My daughter (K) just turned 5 but is pretty mature for her age and has expressed an interest in learning the piano so we signed up for individual lessons with Lella. At the start of class I mentioned again (I had noted it at booking time as well) that K has had zero experience with music instruction. Immediately Lella sat with K on the piano bench and started explaining treble clef sign, bass clef sign and what hands they relate to. Lella also has a thick accent as I was trying to follow along with her explanations with a little difficulty. She even asked if K speaks Chinese and I said "no" so she said "you're Indian right?" My daughter would look around from time to time while Lella was explaining at which point Lella would just keep seeing "Pay attention sweetie!" Then she asked my daughter to write the numbers 1-5 in a book and when she said she didn't know how to write the number 2, Lella laughed and said "you know, but you forgot right" so I spoke up and explained "no she has not been taught to write her numbers yet, but she can read/recognize them" to which Lella seemed very surprised, so I felt the need to say, "she's still in preschool. But if you write them she'll be able to tell you what they are." So then Lella switched to counts, explaining about the values of different notes. She asked my daughter if she had questions, to which my daughter said "I think I understand what you're saying, if it's just a circle that means four, but if it's a circle with a line..." And before she could finish her thought Lella said "no that's not a line, it's a stem". At another point when Lella asked if she had any questions, my daughter slowly said "yes... what's velour?" And when Lella looked confused I had to step in and explain that Lella was saying "value", the amount of counts for a note. By the end of the half hour lesson, Lella had reached her explanation of middle C, which she described to my daughter saying "this is middle C because it's in the middle, there are two black keys, then on the left is C. Can you find another one?" When K didn't respond right away, she repeated herself, and again another time. So I said "she really has had no previous music experience, I think you need to even explain to her that those are called keys, like there are black keys, white keys..." And Lella just looked at me confused.
At the end of the lesson I agreed to buy the theory book so we can practice that at home, and Lella asked if I can sit in on the next lesson to help explain things to my daughter, because she "doesn't really focus". I agreed to sit in on the lesson, for my own benefit so I can help her with HW since I also don't have music experience. But I also mentioned to Lella that her accent is quite strong and I think my daughter was having trouble understanding her, and Lella seemed surprised by that comment.
I don't know... it says on Lella's profile that she has worked with young kids but I can't really see how the class was any different from how she would teach me, an adult with no prior music experience.
Oh! I forgot to mention something so basic - when we met Lella she thought I was someone else so I re-introduced myself and introduced my daughter. Then as we were saying goodbye at the end of class I realized Lella had never introduced herself to my daughter, so I asked "oh, what would you like K to call you, Ms. Li, or Lella? Ms. Lella?" She said Lella was fine so I turned to K and said "Tell Lella bye K." It just hit me, I mean that's something about creating a relationship with a young student. Speaking to them directly, making that connection. Lella was really smiley which gave the impression she was friendly but she never really made a connection with K who is the student, not me.
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Marissa August 22, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Lella quickly recognized what I needed to practice and brought me a great book that helped me get back to where I was very quickly.
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About Wojciech M.

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Summerville, SC

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About Wojciech
Wojciech (pron. Voytek) is the newly appointed Music Director of the Summerville Orchestra in Summerville, SC. He was selected from an international field of 63 applicants, and is actively working on growing the music scene in the Summerville community.

Prior to his arrival in Summerville, Wojciech spent four years in New Mexico, working as a professional musician and completing his graduate degree at the University of New Mexico, where he studied Orchestral Conducting with Dr. Jorge Perez-Gomez, Piano & Opera Coaching with Dr. Kristin Ditlow, and clarinet with Prof. Keith Lemmons.

At UNM, he was the Assistant Conductor of the UNMSO, and the first Music Director/Co-founder of the Health Sciences Center Orchestra (HSCO) of UNM. Other conducting engagements apart from UNM have included work as a guest conductor with the Albuquerque
Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director with Landmark Musical Theater.

In addition to conducting, he still maintains an active performing career – he has performed professionally on both piano and clarinet with organizations such as the National Broadway Tour of “Wicked”, New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, San Juan Symphony, and the Roswell Symphony. In Albuquerque, Wojciech also served as the accompanist/pianist at the First Unitarian Church of ABQ, and has worked with Opera Southwest in various capacities.

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Chantell S. March 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
He seems to be a very nice instructor
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Ava P. August 5, 2015
· Piano · In home
Today was our daughters 1st lesson with Wojciech and she connected with him immediately! He made learning fun, and really helped her understand technique. He really has great energy and is so patient. We'rw excited to see our daughter's piano skills grow with his instruction!
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Karl H. June 13, 2015
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Wojciech is a professional in every aspect. He is superb teacher, well read, inquisitive, an excellent musician, and a tireless worker with a gracious and winning personality. In four decades of university teaching he was one of the most outstanding students I have encountered.
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About Yoojin K.

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New York, NY
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Hi guys! My name is YooJin. I'm from South Korea and I came to America 2 years ago. Before I came to America, I lived in Japan for 7 years. I like to study language and teach. When I studied in Japan, I taught Korean to Japanese people, which was a very valuable experience for me. I was able to meet many wonderful people and make many new friends.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing the Korean and/or Japanese languages with you. If you're looking for enjoyable language study to meet your goals, you've found the right person!
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Rick August 8, 2017
· Korean · Online
Yoojin, is an excellent instructor! She is always in a good mood, promoting a great learning atmosphere. She presents the material in such a way that makes learning fun. One of the best instructors I have ever had.
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Meredith August 4, 2017
· Korean · Online
She is very nice and easy to learn from. She explains everything so great and if I have any questions or need her to slow down she adjusts to fit my needs! She's the best!!! I've only had one lesson from her so far and I can't wait for my next lesson. She makes a difficult language to learn simple and clear.
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Nina July 11, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Yoojin is a fabulous teacher! Very thorough and makes learning fun!
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About Yuexin C.

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Colorado Springs, CO
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About Yuexin
Hey, I am a rising junior at Colorado College, studying Comparative Literature and Music. I am originally from Shenzhen, China. Currently living in the States, I'd lived in Brazil for 2 months, and will be studying arts in Finland for a semester soon. I play the banjo, do all kinds of arts (mostly drawing and stained glass), and travel.

I have taught people of all ages Chinese. The 4 main parts of a language are reading, writing, listening and speaking; let me know which is your most interested area and we will knock it down. My teaching style is encouraging and well-organized, and yes! I cook Chinese and could teach you some recipes.

Let me know if you have any questions, I will be more than happy to answer them. :)
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Yuexin C.

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About Andry M.

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Hello, I’m a native Spanish speaker from Venezuela and I have teaching experience for more than 4 years with kids, teenager, and adults. I worked in my country in High School teaching Natural Sciences. Since I came to Davis, 2 years ago, I have been working as a babysitter, where also I taught Spanish to the kids. By own experience, I know the challenges and difficulties that people face when learning a different language. Considering not only language related things such as grammar, pronunciation or writing but important things like getting involved with the culture and be committed and perseverant. I’m very excited to start teaching and helping you in this new adventure in a comfortable and friendly environment.
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Davis, CA 95616
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About Robyn H.

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Provo, UT

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I love teaching Spanish! It is a delight helping my students unlock their language abilities. Unlocking their language abilities also unlocks the world around them to learn a language. Whether you want to learn Spanish as a beginner or to brush up your current Spanish skills I'm excited to work with you. I enjoy helping my students improve from where they are.

I have a Master's Degree in Spanish Linguistics and am fluent in Spanish. I have taught in the classroom and one on one. I also have a minor in ESL and experience in teaching English as a second language.

I can provide lessons or tutoring in Spanish or English in person in Provo, Utah or online.

I took some time away from my career to stay home with my children. But, I'm back and excited to gain new students!

Language learning is a fun, social experience that I love sh
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Robyn H.

Robyn H.

Online
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About Erick R.

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Jersey City, NJ
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About Erick
Hello! My name is Erick. I just started teaching private lessons this year, but I have four years of classroom experience. I love helping my students with conversation, grammar, pronunciation, reading and writing. I tailor all of my lessons to my students' ability and try to make them fun.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and have a TESOL certification from American TESOL Institute. I love traveling, sports and movies. I've lived in a few different countries and love learning about other cultures through their language, their music and their movies. I love seeing my students succeed in school, work and life because of the help I was able to provide.

I look forward to helping you achieve your goals! See you soon.
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About Virginie L.

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About Virginie
I am 41 years old, and proud Mum of two teens!
My son will be a freshman at Napa High in August 2017 and my daughter, a 6th grader at River School.
My family and I moved in August 2016... guess why? Wine industry of course! 😉
French is my native language, and I have a french baccalauréat specialized in French Literature.
I used to be a tutor for kids during my university studies.
I was a Social Working Teacher those last 8
years. I'm comfortable with adults, teenagers and kids.
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Virginie L.

Virginie L.

Napa, CA 94558
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