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About Oksana K.

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Beverly Hills, CA
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As a Russian Native, accomplished instructor with 20+ years experience, second generation educator, mother of a six year old boy and mentor to over 100 students, I know all the ins and outs when it comes to instilling a lifelong passion for this beautiful language.

My record shows fast results with my students, no matter which direction they decide to go with their training.

I believe in students really enjoying their lessons, and with me, they always look forward to coming back for more. I'm very knowledgeable with many methods on the market, and I create an individual approach to each of my students.

About Oksana
Hi!

I have taught piano for about 20 years, with great success. Some of my students are as young as 3 years old, some are in their 70s, and everything in between. I love to teach piano and Russian Language, it gives me great joy and personal satisfaction. I've traveled the world in concert, but after having my child, I have settled in Beverly Hills, CA where I perform for and teach many celebrities and their children.

I am very patient, caring and encouraging in my teaching approach.

I hope to hear from you soon, and to have you among my many happy students.

Oksana.

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My Musical and Education Background

I studied piano since the age of five. At nine I won my first international pian
o competition. I attended Saint Petersburg College and Florida State University where I graduated with honors in piano performance in 2001.

After graduating I embarked fully on my musical journey - since then, my music has touched many people around the world, including members of U.S. Troops and U.N. Officials throughout Asia and Europe. In 2003, I became the first Russian-American female pianist to travel overseas to entertain the U.S. Troops. I embarked on two world tours on behalf of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department (MWR) of the U.S. Navy.

I then continued on a solo tour to entertain the U.S. Troops in September 2003, which brought me to the countries of Italy, Spain, and Greece. In February 2004, I went to Asia, where I performed for troops in Guam, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Singapore with Navy MWR. Upon completion of my performance tours, I moved to Los Angeles, California.

My move to Los Angeles brought me to the heart of the Hollywood elite, as I was the weekly performer at the legendary Polo Lounge in The Beverly Hills Hotel from 2006 until 2012. Due to my interactions with individuals in the likes of Kardashian family, the Osbourne family, Mel Gibson, Sir Elton John, among others, I now continue to be in demand for private and charitable events. To date, I recorded eight CDs of original, classical, and popular music.

My “Free Floating” album won the “2010 Best Classical Album of the Year” on Solo Piano.com. In addition, I have collaborated with other international music artists for recordings, and my original compositions have been sought after by highly-regarded individuals.

As a music teacher, I provide students of all ages a means for artistic outlet. Teaching makes me feel more complete as an artist and more accomplished as an individual. Sharing the gift of music is my primary mission in life.

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A native of Barnaul in Siberia, Russia, and alumna of the College of Music at Florida State University, Oksana currently resides in Beverly Hills with her family. She continues to dedicate much of her time, music, and sales of CDs to charitable causes, including environmental concerns through Cool Green Fashion for Forests and children with cleft palate through Smile Train.

*** Lesson Details ***
I customize my teaching approach to each individual student. Having taught for 20+ years has taught me that every student learns differently - some do well with an easy approach, others with a more firm approach, while others with something in between.

I analyze each student's learning patterns, and structure their lessons in a way that gets the best results in the shortest time. I also have recitals so that my students can showcase what they have learned.

I am very patient, and also have experience teaching children with special needs. I aim at being not only the best teacher, but also a mentor to my students.

I prepare my students for Certificate of Merit and Competitions.
I'm also a proud member of Music Teachers of California.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baby Grand Piano, full size and mid-size keyboard, four acoustic guitars.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, pop, broadway, musicals, rock, new age.
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Amanda M. May 3, 2013
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Oksana is a wonderful teacher!

I played piano for many years growing up, but after taking a few years off, I recently started lessons with Oksana. She helped me get right back in and I am loving every lesson so much. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to take lessons!
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Oksana K.

Oksana K.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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About Regina G.

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Glendale, CA

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As a native Russian speaker, I focus on the basics of the Russian grammar and alphabet. Once the student knows and understands the basics, I move on to the intermediate and advanced parts of the language and structure. If the student's primary goal is effective communication, the lessons will primarily be focused on communication and speaking skills. I teach all levels of the Russian language and am really excited to teach students of any age!

About Regina
At the age of fifteen, Ms. Regina graduated with honors from the Z. Paliashvili Special Music Gymnasium for Gifted Children in Tbilisi, Georgia. As a student of a famous Georgian pianist, Tengiz Amirejibi, she presented her country in numerous competitions. (Tengiz Amirejibi was a student of Heinrich Neuhaus, a famous Russian teacher and pianist.)

As a child, Ms. Regina gave many solo recitals and concerts with the Georgian Symphonic Orchestra. Ms. Regina earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts with emphasis on Advanced Piano Performance from the Yerevan State Conservatory. After graduating, she worked with talented children in her alma mater for many years. Later in her professional career, Ms. Regina taught at the Tbilisi State Conservatory as well as the Moscow Music Gymnasium.

With more than eighteen years of professional teachin
g experience, Ms. Regina is able to offer her students a diverse range of educational resources. She specializes in teaching piano, performance, and music theory to students of all ages and levels.

Ms. Regina's teaching techniques are based on a combination of the famous Russian Music School (based on music giants such as Konstantin Igumnov, Daniel Barenboim, and Heinrich Neuhaus) and the American Music Education System. This combination allows each student to work at a pace comfortable for him/her, and helps all students make significant progress in the areas of sight reading, ear training, and performance skills.

***Teaching Schedule***
Ms. Regina teaches in her Glendale studio and the surrounding areas every day of the week except for Saturdays. She teaches in her Orange County studio located in Fountain Valley on Saturdays.

***Travel Area and Special Rates***
If the system shows that your location is out of my travel area, please contact me by messaging through TakeLessons! Also feel free to inquire for discounts for siblings!
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Karina G. February 6, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Regina was awesome can't wait for my next lesson!
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Hannah F. January 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Comfortable to be with.
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Kerry A. January 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Regina is wonderful. My son has only been playing for a few months and the ease with which she teaches and instructs leaves him feeling successful and motivated. I would recommend her to anyone.

Kerry
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Glendale, CA 91206
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About Olga C.

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San Mateo, CA

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I teach Russian diction for singers as well as appreciation of Russian art and folk music and literacy. I also have great experience in teaching Russian to kids using textbooks and materials approved in schools in Russia.

About Olga
I am very excited to share great news: 2 of my students took Certificate of Merit exam this spring. Both passed with honors. They also did 99% and 100% in their Music Theory tests.

You can see Olga perform role of Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly by Puccini with West Bay Opera (Palo Alto) in May 2016.
Described by critics as "flawless in her singing" (Cultural World Bilingual ), "natural singer with beautiful colors...sings wonderfully, communicating the excesses of passion and emotion, the quick contrasts of mood , with grace and conviction" (San Jose Mercury News); possessing “a pure, strong soprano with phrasing of sumptuous elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle), " dazzling high notes are piercing without being ugly" (San Francisco Classical Voice), "beauty of her voice is outstanding...it has power to set the theater ringing, but it
also has a wealth of color... Her stage presence...is magnetic" (Peninsula Reviews), "Her mezzo tones...evoked memories of Maria Callas' spell-binding rendition" (San Jose Mercury News),
Olga was announced the Best Leading Female Singer in North East in season 2006-2007 by Opera Online.
A native of Russia, she appeared on the stages of the Bolshoi Opera (Maria in Mazeppa, Prilepa in Pique Dame, Brigitta in Iolanta, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Musetta in La Boheme, to name a few), Kazan Opera Theater (Mimi in La Boheme), Stanislavsky Opera Theater (Micaela in Carmen), and Malmo Opera Theater in Sweden (Musetta) before emigrating to the U.S.A., where she appeared with Hawaii Opera Teater as Mimi in La Boheme, San Francisco Lyric Opera in title role of Aida, West Bay Opera and DiCapo Opera in New York in the title role of Manon Lescaut, Opera San Jose and Illinois Opera Theater as Tosca, and with Cedar Rapids Opera, Gold Coast Opera,Golden Gate Opera and Opera North as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, with San Francisco Opera Merola Program and Tampa Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. In autumn of 2009 she appeared in Cairo as Tosca and, in spring of 2010 debuted it Italy at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, where she returned following summer in the title role of Aida. From 2006 till 2010 Olga performed with touring company Teatro Lirico d’Europa all over United States in multiple performances of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida, Carmen,La Boheme, Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana. Olga appeared in title roles with local opera companies like Opera San Jose (Tosca),;; West Bay Opera (Manon Lescaut, La Forza del Destino), Livermore Opera (I Pagliacci), Martinez Opera (Madama Butterfly), Golden Gate Opera (Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana), San Francisco Opera Company (Aida)
Olga appeared with Orchestra Sinfonica Romana at the concert stage of Santa Cecilia in Rome and Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Verdi Requiem, Quatar with Gala concerts, Opera Santa Barbara in an evening of music by Giocomo Puccini, DiCapo Opera (Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini), in Russia at the Nizhny Novgorod Concert Hall for Bach’s Mass in B-minor, at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory for Mahler’s Sympony No. 4 and for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Moscow’s Cathedral Catholic Church for Bach’s Easter Oratorio, as a featured soloist for both the Notti Musicali Modenesi Festival and Costa Rica’s XIII Festival de Musica Credomatic; and as a featured soloist for the political-cultural event entitled “Days of Russian Culture in Bulgaria, jointly sponsored by the Russian and Bulgarian Ministries of Culture and attended by the presidents of both countries.
In 2002 Olga participated in San Francisco Opera Center Merola Opera Program for young singers and sang Musetta with Western Opera on tour.

Currently Olga devotes herself to voice teaching and performs locally."
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Jim F. May 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Too early to tell how it will go.
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Jason September 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Olga is a kind, patient instructor. We are glad to have her as our singing teacher.
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Connie C. July 21, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Olga transformed my technique completely! She's got a lot of experience and knows exactly how to help me find the right technique using various ways to explain, such as the physical and physiological side, as well as more imaginative and creative explanations that I could easily relate to. I enjoyed the lessons very much because I felt I was achieving something new every lesson. Will definitely take more lessons with Olga in the future!
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About Marina K.

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Baltimore, MD

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I help my students learn alphabet and start reading. It may be helpful if you are traveling to Russia and would like to be able to read street names. I introduce my students to Russian culture through movies, cartoons and nursery rhymes. Usually it is a very enjoyable experience. As a native Russian who lives in USA I understand and able to explain the cultural differences that are hard to pick up from reading books.

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Hi, my name is Marina. I have a masters degree in Math and I'm from Russia. So, I could help you with both subjects:). I love to work with you on your goals and help you to achieve things that you set for yourself. I am also flexible with time and different types of math support.
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Kevin June 9, 2017
· Geometry · Online
Great first lesson with my son, thank you!
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Uma V. January 26, 2017
· Algebra · Online
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Ahun V. January 19, 2017
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First class was good
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Marina K.

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About Anna N.

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Portland, OR

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I've been teaching Russian for more than 20 years for native speakers and foreigners. I am a highly skilled language teacher, I am able to apply variety of resources and instructional techniques. I have all tools for teaching Russian: textbooks, worksheets, games and more. I currently teach Russian at the Renaissance School of Arts and Sciences.

About Anna
I'm patient , reliable, desire to achieve my students' goals, and persevere to reach those goals.
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Sally March 16, 2016
· Russian · In studio
Anna is an enthusiastic, encouraging, and an inspiring teacher! Her lessons are engaging and delivered with respect. Her students would add that Anna is ready with a smile, a kind word or two, and adds a splash of humor to their time together.
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Justin March 13, 2016
· Russian · In studio
A great instructor. Trained in linguistics in Russia and very personable. What's most important is that she has multiple teaching methodologies and adapted to how I learned best.
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Tyler March 13, 2016
· Russian · In studio
Anna is one of the few Russian teachers that I have been happy with. She is very willing to help others learn her native language and always has a great enthusiasm. She has been my conversation tutor now for three months and I always leave confident in my Russian skills and definitely learn new colloquial and every day phrases/expressions.
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About Tatiana Z.

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Long Beach, CA
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I have a Ph.D. in Philology and am a native Russian speaker born in Moscow - the capital of Russia. Therefore, I can apply my knowledge of language methodologies to teach Russian. Also, I have tutored foreign students in Russian for many years already.

Russian is my native language and it is one of the most beautiful, amazing languages in the world; it is the language of great writers and poets, actors and artists, philosophers and scientists, musicians and humanists. Besides teaching I held lectures in theory of language, history of language, psycholinguistic, and sociolinguistics.

About Tatiana
I am a former German professor from Russia who currently lives in America and tutors full time now Russian and German.

I provide a variety of activities for my lessons so you will never get bored. For example, I will use games, interactive conversational lessons, fun warm up tasks, case studies, and even riddles. We will use authentic materials as well. You will learn conversational skills, formal writing skills, and test taking strategies all in a fun manner.

I have a background as as an experienced lecturer, teacher, and tutor in the field of linguistics (general linguistics, history of linguistics, psycolinguistics, social linguistics, gender studies). Since defending my dissertation, I have continued to do research in gender studies in the field of virtual communication and digital text, especially non-verbal communication, soci
al networks and gender-specific communication. However, I have found that my true passion is helping students in one-on-one lessons.
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Carmen June 2, 2017
· Russian · Online
In our first lesson we practiced the alphabet. I am a total beginner so that's where we had to start.
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Carol March 17, 2017
· German · Online
Lots of fun and very interesting.
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Mehrnaz H. January 21, 2017
· German · Online
Tatiana is a wonderful teacher. I look forward to our next lesson.
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Tatiana Z.

Tatiana Z.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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About Diana Y.

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San Jose, CA
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I have always had a passion for teaching languages, whether it was Russian, Ukrainian or English. Russian is my native language and I enjoy teaching it the most. Ever since I was in the middle school, I would come over and help my classmates in their struggle with complicated Russian Grammar rules, and later on I started giving private lessons to students of smaller age than me. Even though I majored in Economics in college (which I loved), linguistics would always remain my first passion. I continued with passing on my knowledge to other people, mostly foreign students in my native city Donetsk.

After I moved to the United States in 2015 I decided to pursue my Master’s degree in accounting, alongside teaching Russian to people around me. I take pride in some of my students who have achieved remarkable results for a short time.

About Diana
WHY spending money to buy programs on the computers, heavy workbooks or learning language alone? You could commute back and forth to a group class, taught by professor who doesn’t even know your name. OR you could find a real-life professional native speaker just minutes from you? One who comes straight to your home (or we can meet elsewhere) at the time that best suits your schedule? I’m here to help! Let’s make Russian Language learning fun!

I believe that each student is different, so I always do my best to adapt my lessons to your needs and your learning style. However, I don’t think it’s possible to teach “only grammar” or “only conversation”. I offer my students a lot of conversation practice, but also grammar, vocabulary, listening and reading exercises. I also enjoy sharing a whole lot of Russian traditions and specialties of th
e culture. Nelson Mandela put it best, but I feel EXCACTLY the same about the language learning process:

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
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Diana Y.

Diana Y.

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