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About Crystal S.

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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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About Graciela W.

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Seaside, CA
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About Graciela
I am a Spanish native speaker with a Bachelors degree in Bilingual Executive Communication. I have been tutoring kids and adults for 8 years. I can help you improve your skills in Spanish and English, as well as help you with homework from other subjects, test preparation and study skills to maintain or improve your score.
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Amanda May 29, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
I've been working with Graciela over the past 8 months to improve my Spanish grammar and conversational skills. Graciela is excellent at tailoring her teaching style to my evolving skills, and she's great at making sure I have the resources to practice on my own. For someone like me, who has low-intermediate speaking and comprehension skills, it's extremely valuable to have an instructor who conducts sessions almost entirely in Spanish (with only very occasional transitions to English to aid in my understanding of subtle points). Graciela's fluency in both languages makes her an ideal tutor for both beginning and advanced students. I'd absolutely recommend her.
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Richard M. May 3, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Well prepared, easy style to adjust to students abilities
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Jerry April 6, 2016
· Spanish · In studio
Best ever is correct. I felt comfortable and welcomed. I am looking forward to progressing my Spanish with Graciela.

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About Lily S L.

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About Lily S
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Dear all my future students and parents,

It is my pleasure to introduce myself!

I'm Lily. I am a professional concert pianist, traveling around the United States, Canada, and South Korea for orchestra concerts, solo performances, and fundraising concerts. I've been teaching for five years now and I just love meeting, working, and teaching new students!

Music is a magic language, and I would love to communicate with you!

I am the owner and artistic director of the Sunny Side Studio, where I am teaching as a piano and Korean teacher, working as a vocal and instrumental accompanist, and coordinating my private lessons for my students!

If you are interested in knowing about my studio, please talk to me! please message me! I will be more than happy to answer your questions!

I am
so looking forward to seeing you all!

Cheers to all of us,
Lily
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John Springer Foley October 18, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
My son, Dade has been taking piano lessons with SooJi for four years now and unfortunately we have to stop as she moved to a new city. She is an absolutely gifted and exceptionally talented pianist and teacher. As a parent, I am engaged in every lesson, observing what my son is learning. Even if when he is tired, not fully prepared, SooJi never stops being kind to him. She always gives helpful tips for effective practice and progress. My son never stops smiling and laughing. Sometimes I join the lesson and also learn stuff and both my and my son just learn tons of new stuff from her lesson. Under SooJi's coaching, my son already finished two solo recitals, 40 minutes each. It is a REAL progress and I was really proud of my son, as he didn't know anything about music before meeting SooJi, and now he is able to play simple songs for people without getting nervous!
I also teach so I know this for sure. Teaching is a natural gift. Someone can be really good at something but might not be good at teaching. SooJi is a total gifted teacher. She knows what to teach, how to teach, what to use, how to deal with students and conflicts, and she is able to solve problems that my son had during practice. Whenever she says something, my son is like " now I got it!" and he is so happy learning from her.
She is an exceptional talent in performing piano as well. I asked her to play in my and my wife's wedding few weeks ago and she played few songs and it was absolutely gorgeous. I am just really sad and disappointed that she is not able to teach him anymore and I can not have fun with them again. But I know she will be literally the best piano teacher ever in whatever years from now. When you see her, you will clearly feel this: she is very professional, yet kind and super funny and silly. She is super talented, yet so humble. She is really good with any kinds of students, she just knows how to treat them differently.
I can see SooJi has a natural gift of teaching, and I do hope she comes back and teach my son again later. Thanks for the four years of teaching SooJi! We love you dear!
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Anna Francis October 17, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
She was an outstanding teacher with an exceptional talent in piano performance and teaching. She is very knowledgeable. She stayed focused and she is passionate about the pieces and demonstrated a lot on the pieces. I can also tell she is a very good pianist because she was able to illustrate everything I had to know in such a short amount of time. Another thing I really appreciated was how quickly and fully she was able to communicate with me about the lesson times and any questions I had for playing. I am so thankful for her encouragement, smile, jokes, and all the tips she gave me in the lesson. She is a fantastic teacher for sure, and I definitely recommend her. She surely has a gift of teaching.
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Jenna Hummel October 5, 2017
· Korean · In studio
Dear SooJi,

You asked for my thoughts on you as a teacher, but I don't think I'll be able to explain those very easily. Your impact on my life is more than I can explain or show. Of all the things I've learned from you, I consider Korean to be of a lesser importance than the life lessons, friendship, and communication skills you've taught me, whether on purpose or not. I'm thankful for everything you've done for me. I'll never forget how understanding and compassionate you are, and I can only hope to grow up and be half the person you are now. In all honesty, you're the best teacher I've ever had, and now I can understand what people mean when they say "This teacher shaped who I am today" and I'll never forget on stop being thankful to them.
Thank you for being you<3 Thank you for being the best Korean/Life teacher <3 Thank you for being the most passionate, true, and honest teacher <3
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About Lucy W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Thinking about traveling to China? Want to learn how to order food in Chinese in a Chinese restaurant? Need help preparing for Chinese class or work? Whether it’s for survival skills, academic or business needs, or even personal enrichment, Lucy Wang can help you reach your Chinese language learning goals.

Ms. Wang’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing Normal University, and an Advanced Qualification of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the Han Ban/Confucius Institute. The additional experience of owning and operating a language training center in Beijing and being a homeschooling mother allows Ms. Wang to bring a lifetime of understanding and knowledge to her learners.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, a small group or an individual, Ms. W
ang can adapt a program tailored to your needs. She is patient and passionate. You can be sure your class will be delivered in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment that puts the learner first.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started! 上课吧!
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Lucy W.

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About Fulvia M.

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Roswell, GA
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About Fulvia
Hi, my name is Fulvia, I am a native Italian and I am a fun teacher with long experience, great sense of humor and you won't get bored with my lessons. You don't believe me? Well, I can prove it to you because you can easily get referral from previous students who have studied with me for years! Just try!
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Sam M. March 8, 2018
· Italian · In home
Fulvia is patient and believes in teaching the structure and fundamentals of the language as to learn more fluently. Grazie.
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Dora è Stefano February 28, 2018
· Italian · In home
Fulvia has been our teacher now for 3 years. We wanted to learn Italian because we travel to Italy often.
Each lesson is well prepared and thought through by the teacher. Fulvia uses many different ways to make lessons fun and the language more approachable.
They include books, videos and interactive games etc. There is always a bit of homework to do to help follow up with the weekly lesson. She always finds ways to help us understand subjects that are challenging.
That Fulvia is a native speaker of the Italian language is a big bonus.
Fulvia is a great teacher and we highly recommend her.
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Samuele February 15, 2018
· Italian · In studio
Early into lessons and have 3 remaining but, so far, so good. Fulvia is well prepared with learning materials and hand-outs. She is patient and thorough with each lesson and has followed up with emails in Italian to force me to translate. I have enjoyed and would highly recommend Fulvia.
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Hello , Hola , Bonjour my name is Itamar and welcome aboard on this new adventure of learning a new language . As a person who has gone through this process and with my knowledge you would learn new techniques and fun didactic learning methods so learning a new language becomes fun and a complete new world to discover .
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Itamar C.

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About Corine S.

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Great teachers empathize with Students, respect them,and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.
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Corine S.

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