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La Habra, CA
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All ages, all levels. Music fundamentals, concepts, composition, orchestration, arranging, etc.

About Fernando
Hello there! My name is Fernando, and I bring lots of profession playing and teaching experience to the table. I am an active musician in several local bands of various styles and genres, including jazz bands, Latin jazz bands, sax quartets, church groups, and musicals. I have played across southern California, several other states including Nevada (Reno Jazz Festival), Portugal, and Mexico.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, from CSUF. I also hold a valid California Teaching Credential, which I completed through CSUF. I also hold an Associate of Arts degree in Music from Fullerton College. I am also currently working on my Master's Degree in Music Conducting.

I am the Instrumental and Choral Music Teacher at Buena Park Jr. High School, in the city of Buena Park, where I teach band, orchestra, percussion
, and choir.

I have also taught woodwinds for various high schools across southern California, as well as a marching/visual coach for marching bands.

I front and lead my own Christian Contemporary Band. We've recorded two albums, of which I have composed the original music/lyrics, and produced both albums. We are currently working on our third album.

I can teach everything from jazz, to classical, rock, blues, Latin genres (salsa, merengue, bolero, mambo, etc.), and even contemporary Christian music in both English and Spanish.

I mix all of these experiences and knowledge into a big melting pot, and apply it very efficiently and wisely so that my students can positively benefit from a wonderful and exciting real-world musical journey!

*** Lesson Details ***
I base my lessons around the student's needs for musical growth, and their own likes and dislikes. If there is something specific that the student wants to learn, as far as a style/genre or piece of music, I foster that and I help encourage musical growth and enjoyment around that.
I am constantly encouraging my students to listen to as much music as possible, or better yet, to watch and listen to as much live music as possible. I strongly believe that this nurtures musical growth and serves as a role model.
I am very patient and laid back, but I do expect the student to have fun while staying constant with individual practice. There is no substitution for perseverance, consistency, and hard work, but it doesn't mean that we will not have fun while we make music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
An upright Yamaha acoustic piano is available, along with a Korg and Kurzweil digital keyboards, music stands, computer music software for studying repertoire (music), a large collection/library of books containing scales, exercises, music, etc. I also can make copies or print something for you if necessary. A sound system is available for listening to something is necessary. Flute, saxophone, and clarinet students must provide their own instrument, but I can point you in the right direction in terms of acquiring an instrument either for purchase or rental from a local music retail store.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must provide their own instrument, except piano if student comes to my home for lessons. Student must also provide books (as assigned), and metronome for practicing at home. I can carry with me things such as: saxophone, clarinet, flute, a portable music stand, metronome/tunes, pencil, paper, and any other book(s) or materials as needed.  

*** Specialties ***
I can teach classical, jazz/contemporary, funk, latin, blues, contemporary Christian, improvisation and music theory at very advanced levels.
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Michael S. May 18, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
every lesson i learn a lot more about techniques and i can hear a differene in the sound i make and it is staritng to sound like music.
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Ethan August 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My boys love learning from Fernando. He is very patient and explains things in an easy to understand way. They can't wait for their piano lesson next week.
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Claudio Martinez July 17, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
My first class was a very pleasant experience, I'm looking forward to my next classes to see how much I learn with Fernando, I'm confident it will be a lot!
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Fernando P.

Fernando P.

La Habra, CA 90631
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About Frank V.

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Riverside, CA

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from basics of identifying the music staff, reading clefs, time and key signatures, rhythmic counting, reading melodies, chords, etc, scale chord tones and progressions, music analysis, modes, conducting and writing scores for for all instruments, Theory Homework help from grades 6 - college.

About Frank
ABOUT MYSELF
I started late on the guitar in a family of musicians. I picked up the guitar when I was 18 years old when I found an old acoustic at my grandfather’s house. From then I was self taught listening to Punk Rock, New Wave, and learning from friends. My love for the instrument and music drove me to really apply myself to really learning how to play. I would sit and just be creative, writing my own songs and putting little back yard bands together with my cousin and friends. Then, it was time for college and had to make a decision on what to study. Music was my passion and I never really taken a lesson before. I prepared myself by studying with Stephan Ferrara-Grand in San Clemente,CA for a short time to audition into the music program. I passed! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the San Diego State University School of M
usic and Dance in 1999, and I studied jazz guitar with international guitarist/violinist Art Johnson and theory with David Ward-Steinman. From the time I graduated, I have been playing professionally and recorded five releases of my own as well as made appearances on others and have toured the country several times playing my own original music. My bands have opened and/or toured with the likes of Dee Dee Ramone, Blink 182, Green Day, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Jimmy Eat World, Ten Foot Pole, Big Drill Car, and Leeland. I also play for Day 7 and Revival Christian Fellowship where I shared a stage with Greg Laurie, Franklin Graham, Raul Reis, and Jon Courson.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching music for over 10 years. I love my lessons to be laid back, light, yet focused. The lessons are tailored for the students needs/levels. For the beginning student we start from the basics. for example, tuning, vocabulary on the parts of the guitar, to basic chord shapes and strum patterns. Almost from the beginning, I introduce music theory to the student. I believe it is important to the musician, because music is a language that is spoken through the instrument and also read by the musician. Not just piano or band instruments, but guitar too! Guitarist always seem to get left behind in this. I teach it hand in hand with the guitar and it comes naturally while learning. Some students want to learn songs and/or to write songs. This is what I have been doing for many years and enjoy it! As the student progresses, I love to pull the creativity out of the students. Music is also art and a passage for the individual to express him/herself. It is a joy to see and help a musician to mature on the instrument!

*** Studio Equipment ***
amps, cables, tuner.

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting, Music Theory, Performance, Technique, Learning Songs
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Michael W. January 27, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I just had my 1st lesson and I can tell I'm going to learn a lot from Frank. He's really nice and easy going, and he really knows his stuff.
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Bella W. December 14, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Nice teacher
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Jim Juengel October 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson was more of a meet and greet. Frank and I went over where I am and where I would like to go with my guitar playing. Frank was very nice and easy to be with. I think he will be a fine instructor.
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Riverside, CA 92503
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About Connie E.

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I tutor beginner and intermediate music theory for students of all ages.

About Connie
I love teaching, and enjoy passing on that joy, knowledge, and experience to my students! I tailor lessons according to the student's goals, abilities, and preference in musical styles. Whether you're wanting to learn the violin to be a virtuoso or just as a personal hobby, I believe you should enjoy the learning process!

I am passionate about music and enjoy teaching aspiring students! I am active as a violin teacher, performer, chamber and studio recording musician in the greater Los Angeles area. I hold a Masters of Music Degree in Violin Performance from California State University, Long Beach and have been playing the violin since the age of four. I've enjoyed teaching private lessons for the past 18 years and have experience in teaching group and private lessons to students of all ages, coaching string orchestras and string ense
mbles. I have a broad education in music with knowledge of classical, modern, and world music, as well as advanced training in music theory which I incorporate in private lessons. I have also studied conducting, music analysis, music history, voice, and advanced piano.

*** Specialties ***
While I specialize in classical music, I help my students discover what genre of music they're passionate about learning, including classical, jazz, pop, and fiddle. Lessons include scales, technique, ear training, sight reading, music theory, solos, duets, music performance and the option to prepare for auditions and youth orchestras. I tailor the curriculum I use depending on the need of each individual student. Please contact me for up to date lesson availabilities!

***Repertoire***
Beginner to intermediate students use method books such as Essential Elements, Suzuki Method, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. For young students, I also use the Sassmannshaus Tradition, and the Violin Fun Book series. Intermediate to Advanced students learn technique using Carl Flesch scales, and studies from Shradiek, Sevcik, Mazas, and Kreutzer to name a few. Solo pieces including from composers such as Mozart, Franck, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Seitz, Bach, Handel, Beethoven and Vivaldi. I also encourage my students to explore other styles of music that interest them, such as pop, fiddling, Celtic, and movie music.
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Patricia September 29, 2016
· Violin · In home
Connie was great! Looking forward to continuing lessons.
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Thomas Attaway March 2, 2016
· Violin · Online
Wonderful violin teacher, the best I have ever had. Very patient, although I am an adult student, re-beginning to play. Showed me things that I have done wrong for years in one session.
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Patricia H. September 28, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Connie is a teacher who really concentrates on the positive. She is a teacher who gives positive feedback in every lesson. She knows the material inside and out. Connie has a lot of joy in her teaching. She is a joyful and lovely person. I find her an amazing teacher!
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Lakewood, CA 90713
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About Alex T.

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Corona, CA
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About Alex
I was trained abroad & has performed to a variety of audiences of different cultures. My experiences helped me understand music as a passion & as a genre. It has inspired me to share those skills & experiences to students, musicians, actors and music enthusiasts to professional artists. Some of my students have joined competitions, talent shows and reality shows; performed on tours as a professional; and entertained in front of family gatherings and in the shower! If you are preparing for a performance, an audition or you just want to learn music and have fun, then I may be able to help you...

*** Lesson Details ***
The most important lesson is to enjoy and have fun. I am a product oriented person, I use techniques and drills to achieve your goals. In 3 to 6 months you should already be seeing improvements that will make you skilled
and eager to learn more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with an upright piano and seating for parents or companions

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
Pop Music, Broadway, Classical, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Contemporary to World Music
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Angie July 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alex is very passionate about music and other art forms. He quickly evaluated my strengths and weaknesses. He seems to detect a certain talent that I possess and wants to help me reach my potential. I was very impressed.
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Elliott K. June 30, 2016
· Singing · In studio
He's Good.
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Anthony S. September 19, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Great with my kid very patient ...and fun!
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Alex T.

Corona, CA 92880
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About Cody W.

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Diamond Bar, CA

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I break down music theory concepts into bite sized chunks so that students can understand how composers write what they write. I have even begun my own book on Music Theory due out in the near future. I have taught music theory to schools in Pomona and Diamond Bar. I have synesthesia (seeing colors with notes) which can help people see music theory in a different way.

About Cody
With my two Bachelor's degrees in Music Composition and Technology, I began tutoring students in piano, voice, and composition as it was part of my training. I also have experience writing and editing essays, books, and more for several independent clients. I have experience writing my own books as well. I have written two so far, but am getting ready to write a third. I am a copious editor and can catch grammatical and other errors with ease. This is why tutoring in English would be great for me.
I thought I would add basic math for those school-aged children that are having a little trouble with it in their classes.
Usually, I teach lessons in my home in Diamond Bar or online, but if the need arises, I could surely work out coming to the students' homes for one-on-one tutoring help. With me, most students click after a few lessons and
understand what they couldn't in the classroom. I help the students by teaching in innovative ways that will catch their attention more than standard teaching methods. Students should consider me for I can make learning fun and never a chore!

*** Lesson Details ***
I use a wide variety of techniques to sing, play piano and other instruments. Techniques include straight vowel singing (no words) to test how long to hold notes, using color to help people sight read, using improvisational techniques in order to play jazz, rock, classical and many other styles of music.
I use what they student has under his or her belt as a starting point to see what lessons we could start them on.
I also assist with online lessons to make transportation a thing of the past. If you've got a webcam or Skype, I can do long-distance lessons with you! So, I am here to help!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Alesis Recital Keyboard
Music sheets
Web cam
Mac computer (MacBook Pro)
Finale music notation software to help in composition and theory lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music paper for away lessons.
Finale for composition and music theory lessons.
Can use macbook for more elaborate teaching or demonstration if need be.

*** Specialties ***
I do teach classical composition with specialties in ensemble and chamber music. I also specialize in songwriting for pop and other media.
I teach voice and vocal techniques of sacred choral and vocal music.
I teach classical and jazz piano and improvisation. I also have the distinction in being able to teach students with special needs or learning disabilities as I have a mild form of cerebral palsy and understand what students with special needs go through.
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Cody W.

Cody W.

Diamond Bar, CA 91765
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About Rodrigo R.

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Long Beach, CA
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Musical concepts to understand your sheet music.
Modern Tonal Harmony

About Rodrigo
With an associates degree from El Camino, and lots of musical studies in Mexico, I have been fortunate to tour through the States and through my country. My lessons include real working tips for the real life, keeping it fun as the material is created for your specific needs. I am a multi-instrumentalist that will pass as much knowledge as you can practice...
Let's work together...

*** Lesson Details ***
We'll cover music basic theory and the most part of your lesson will be the music you want to learn, saving a small portion of the time to repertoire that I consider will help you grow musically.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sibelius, Logic, apple, Kala ukes, U-bass, vihuela, charango, piano, keyboard, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, panflutes, boss fx, amps, mics, and more.

*** Travel Equipment ***
instruments and books needed
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*** Specialties ***
mariachi, Catholic music, Andean music, Latin rhythms
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Miguel July 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great introductory class, covering the basic fundamentals of singing the right way with confidence.
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Warren Croft September 16, 2016
· Accordion · In studio
Rodrigo is very thoughtful and methodical in his teaching. He taught me just the right amount to keep me busy without being overwhelmed. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Earnest G. February 3, 2016
· Accordion · Online
Very knowledgeable about music theory and very likeable.
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Rodrigo R.

Rodrigo R.

Long Beach, CA 90805
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Pico Rivera, CA

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Whether it's help with intervals, building major/minor scales, harmonic analysis, rhythm, etc., I can help. Sharing and teaching music theory is one of my favorite things about music Understanding theory makes you understand music as a whole.

About Kristin
My name is Kristin R. and I am a music major with an emphasis in education at Cal Poly Pomona University (Senior standing). I play a variety of instruments from piano, violin, ukulele, drums and percussion to gigging around Los Angeles and being apart of various musical projects and fronting my own band where I play synth and sing lead vocals. My music project is Todavia. I am incredibly passionate about music and love to share the idea and love for it with others. I have tutored peers with theory at my university, have tutored college students with disabilities such as Autism, taught drums to middle schoolers at my former middle school, and have taught beginning and intermediate piano to kids through takelessons and Musicland in Fontana, CA. I have a strong emphasis in theory and fundamentals and will go the extra mile in teaching so
that the student is not only well rounded in their desired instrument but in the general ideas in the art of music. I will design a lesson plan based on your goals as a student or parent of a student. Please feel free to message me with your questions and I will be happy to answer any and all of them.
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Jason C. March 29, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I was expecting a Christian teacher but even she is
Not she was so nice with my son and she is going to to be able to learn Christian songs for my son.
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Nia D. March 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our first experience was great. Nia really took to Kristin. We look forward to continuing her lessons and hope she becomes a great piano player.
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Alex W. May 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
We have really liked our experience so far. Kristin is very patient with our 4 year old and he really enjoys his lessons.
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Kristin R.

Pico Rivera, CA 90660
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About Marcel M.

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Altadena, CA
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Reading scores. You can have the feeling and you are able to play music without scores and or you are able to read them. Trust me, there is a beauty in reading scores.

About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
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Ems July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
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Thia S. January 22, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
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Altadena, CA 91001
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Music fundamentals, to advanced tonal harmony. Including rhythms, notation, musical analysis and part writing.

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*available to travel near my home location as well*

I have played Clarinet for 15 years, and taught for 2. Currently I am pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Performance at California State University-Long Beach. My previous instructors include Mr. Paul Bambach at the University of California-Santa Barbara, and Dr. David Lopez at Cerritos College. Currently I study with Dr. Michael Grego at CSULB.

Outside of Cal State Long Beach, I also am an active member of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir.

Over the years of my own private instruction, I have been taught in manners which promote self analysis, the standard development of technique and control and keep the experience enjoyable and fun. This is a method I try to implement when teaching clarinet, or music theory to a student.
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Ismael M. March 31, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
He was very professional and knowledgable of the Clarinet. Very nice and helpful, especially with advanced playing. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Janet C. August 18, 2015
· Clarinet · In studio
Jason is one of the best when it comes to clarinet instruction. His knowledge of the clarinet and of music is exceptional, as well as practice technique. I highly recommend him to anyone who has the desire to learn and become better as a musician of clarinet.
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Los Angeles, CA 90022
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In my lessons, you will learn about key signatures, common practice period, SATB writing, proper voice leading, secondary function chords, modulation, etc.

About Michelle
My name is Michelle Ranalli and I am an Opera student at Azusa Pacific University. I am a Soprano, and have been singing classically for five years. I previously studied at East Los Angeles College, where I received my AA degree in Music.

If you take lessons with me, we will go over technique fundamentals, IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) for singers, and classical repertoire. Additionally, I offer lessons in theory, musicianship, and Spanish. I am eager to begin working with you!
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Gloria June 18, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Michelle is a tutor who cares about her students. She is honest, musically educated and is very knowledgeable. She helped me with my voice and piano. I enjoyed taking lessons from her because she was flexable with my type of music.
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Adam June 13, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Michelle is a very polite, fun, and knowledgable. She was always patient when helping me practice my Spanish, and now I am able to hold a reasonable conversation with fluent Spanish speakers in Mexico! Couldn't have done it without her help.
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Beatriz Tasha June 13, 2017
· Ear Training · In studio
I immediately knew she was trained in this area. She made it simple to understand and enjoyable. I appreciated her patience too. Looking forward in continuing my lessons.
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Michelle R.

Azusa, CA 91702
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