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About Crystal S.

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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.

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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
· 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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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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Crystal S.

Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Megan A.

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About Megan
I worked at a Kumon math and reading tutoring center for three years. I love helping children with their schoolwork, especially those in the elementary grades. I have worked one on one with students and with small groups of students. I recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona as a Liberal Studies major and I am continuing my education to attain my Multiple Subject teaching credential. I would like to become an elementary school teacher in the future. I have tutored students as young as pre-K all the way through the eighth grade and I am very passionate about helping others.

Elementary Math
I have tutored high school students in math outside of the tutoring company I work at. I have taught students between the ages of 4 to 10 through both one on one instruction and group instruction. I have also taken classes at Cal Poly Pomona tha
t include Mathematical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers: Number Systems, Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Viewpoint: Algebra, and Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Viewpoint: Geometry. I am currently tutoring a second grader in adding and subtracting, two third graders in multiplication and division, and two sixth graders in pre-algebra. I have also tutored an eighth grader in math before.

Elementary (K-6th)
I am qualified to teach students at the elementary grade level because my Liberal Studies major at Cal Poly Pomona has given me the necessary background and skills to become an elementary school teacher. I have taken math classes at Cal Poly Pomona that are from a teacher's viewpoint. I am currently enrolled in classes that will go toward earning my teaching credential. I have worked with students between the ages of 4 to 10 in both math and reading through one on one instruction and group instruction. I have tutored many students at the elementary level. I have taught and tutored a three year old, two second graders, two third graders, one fourth grader, and four sixth graders. I have a very positive relationship with both my students and their parents. I like to have feedback from parents and be informed of how my students are doing in school. Many of my parents have told me about the heightened confidence they see in their children. When I tutor students, I like to bring in extra material for them so they can really understand whatever they are working on. I have many reading books, worksheets, and flashcards that I provide for my students.

Phonics
I am qualified to teach phonics because I have worked at a reading tutoring center for three years and have been able to help students between ages three to ten improve their reading skills. I taught a three year old to recognize all of the letters of the alphabet out of order and we are currently working on understanding all letter sounds. I use a lot of worksheets and repetition so students can recall what they have learned very quickly. I also like to use hands on activities and games.

Reading
I am qualified to tutor students in reading because I have worked at a reading tutoring center for almost three years. I have helped students learn to read by working with them through both one on one and group instruction. I have worked with reading students between the ages of three to 13. I really enjoy teaching students in the lower grades and seeing them grow from learning their ABCs, to knowing letter sounds, and then blending sounds to form words. Each of these steps is important for students to master so they can form a strong foundation and confidence in reading.

Study Skills
I am qualified to teach study skills because I have always been a very good student in school and have been able to maintain a high grade point average. I have learned how to manage my time and how to study for tests. I have never turned in a late assignment as I know my limitations and how to distribute my time to the tasks that need to be completed.

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Each lesson changes as students learn new material. For some of the students I have tutored, I have helped them sharpen their skills by revisiting topics. For other students, the lessons have been for test preparation or homework help. I like to use a lot of repetition because I feel that repetition allows students to really learn and understand what they are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I provide my students with many worksheets, resources, and books that will help them achieve their learning goals.
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Daphney V. July 17, 2015
· English · In home
I tried different learning centers and other similar programs through the school to help my child meet her academic needs and improve her school performance, but she was still facing a lot of difficulties. I can honestly say that I prayed for a tutor/teacher like Ms. Megan. She is simply the best. She has such a positive and encouraging approach to teaching. This wonderful unique individual thinks outside the box. She was able to identify the areas that my child was having difficulties in right away. We dreaded the school year before meeting Ms. Megan. At the end of the school, my child received not only the usual attendance award, but I 'm so happy and proud to say that she also received 3 academic achievement awards. Ms. Megan truly has a gift for teaching. I Thank GOD my prayers were answered. :)
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Ava M. June 25, 2015
· Reading · In home
Megan arrived on time and was well prepared. My 11yr old was pleasantly surprised how friendly and "nice" she was, which is my daughter's #1 requirement. I appreciated the review of their reading progress as well as what is store for the next reading session. We look forward to my daughters 2nd lesson.
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Ava M. June 25, 2015
· Reading · In home
Megan arrived on time and was well prepared. My 11yr old was pleasantly surprised how friendly and "nice" she was, which is my daughter's #1 requirement. I appreciated the review of their reading progress as well as what is store for the next reading session. We look forward to my daughters 2nd lesson.
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Megan A.

Megan A.

Chino, CA 91710
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About Anosh O.

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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I am currently a math major and I have finished math classes all the way to transformation geometry (proof-based). Currently, I'm enrolled in number theory. I have gotten mostly A's and B's in my math classes. I am able to help out students of any age up to Multivariable Calculus 2. I am also able to travel at most 15 miles out of my city (Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino) and am very patient when it comes to teaching math, as I understand it can be a difficult and frustrating subject.
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Karina D. February 13, 2016
· Basic Math · In home
Explains really well, very patient and knowledgable
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Anosh O.

Anosh O.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
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About Catalina O.

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Glendora, CA
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About Catalina
Loving what I do is what makes me an effective and popular Spanish Teacher/Tutor. As a Native Speaker of the target language, I had to learn English. Having had that experience, has helped me to relate to the difficulty involved in language acquisition and to become more compassionate with my students and their needs.
I have been teaching / tutoring successfully for over 15 years now. I have worked with students from elementary school - college level ( Undergrad/Grad). I have a Certificate in AP Spanish Literature, which is the highest level of High School Spanish. I have also worked with adults who wanted to increase their knowledge of the language and culture for both leisure and business reasons.
Keeping in mind the needs and goals of my students, each class is designed to cater to the individual's needs. !Buena Suerte con su
aprendizaje del idioma!
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Jason April 26, 2016
· Spanish · In home
The teacher is very helpful. She uses all types of resources to help you gain knowledge of the Spanish language.
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Joy December 13, 2015
· Spanish · Online
Ms. Catalina is an excellent teacher. I was worried about taking Spanish online, and she made me feel comfortable from the first day. She is very patient, and her tutoring helped me to gain more confidence in my ability to understand and speak Spanish.
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Chaka December 11, 2015
· Spanish · Online
Ms. Catalina is an excellent Spanish teacher, she was very helpful in tutoring me in Spanish. because of her I am able to understand a great deal of Spanish.
I would recommend her to any one who want to learn Spanish.
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Catalina O.

Catalina O.

Glendora, CA 91740
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About Glenn D.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Glenn
Glenn has been teaching private lessons since 2005 and is currently available to teach lessons on Skype, at your home in the Los Angeles-area, at Glendale or Pasadena College or a College near you. Glenn has helped students with French, Dutch, ESL, European History, Drama, Acting, Speech and Public Speaking both in the US and Europe.

Glenn received his training in Europe and in California where he received a BA degree in Education and an AA in Acting. Glenn is a certified language instructor.

As an expert in his field, Glenn looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Glenn's teaching style is dynamic, student oriented and professional.
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Jan January 10, 2016
· Dutch · In studio
Glenn is a great teacher and has been for as long as I know him, about 4 years.
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Michelle January 7, 2016
· French · In home
Glenn is a wonderful instructor. His work with our 15 year old daughter, who's a 3rd year French student, has been extremely helpful as he provides a richer, more enjoyable learning experience. She has gained so much from his patience and dedication to the finer points of the language, which has made a notable difference in the classroom. Thanks so much!!
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Cham January 3, 2016
· Dutch · Online
Glenn is an awesome teacher for elementary level students. My son learns Dutch language from him, Glenn is not only dedicated and thorough but bring joy into my son's learning experience. My son is 7 years old and non native dutch learner. Thank you for your effort.
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Glenn D.

Glenn D.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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$22 / 30-min
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About Tatiana Z.

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Long Beach, CA
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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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Gala Nedialkova October 2, 2017
· German · Online
Very good very interesting exactly what I was looking for
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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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Tatiana Z.

Tatiana Z.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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$17 / 30-min

About Michelle R.

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Azusa, CA

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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.

Michelle R.

Azusa, CA 91702
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$25 / 30-min

About ZHENG W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About ZHENG
Hello future students,
I am from the City of Wuhan in Hubei Province. My major was International Trade and I graduated from Wuhan University. Since 2012 after I moved to Los Angeles. Because I was interested in becoming a Chinese teacher, I began teaching my son and continue to maintain his Chinese. Additionally, I encouraged him to participate in Chinese reciting and writing contests. Eventually, he was able to read Chinese novels. I have been teaching at West Los Angeles Chinese School for more than a year. Furthermore, I worked as a Chinese T.A. for a year at Broadway Elementary School, which has a Chinese-immersion program. I am looking forward to working with you. I’d like to use my skills and knowledge to help perfect your abilities in Chinese!
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ZHENG W.

ZHENG W.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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$42 / 30-min

About Paul G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am a Tenor, Opera Singer in training. I am still developing my voice.
I Started singing since I was 6 years old. After that my voice turn to an Operatic Style. In 2008 I Joined to a Scenic Program in Mexico where I started singing as part of the voices group in a Theater located in Mexico. In 2011 I started auditioned to a Private Opera Company in Morelos, Mexico where I joined to a great group of Opera singers directed by a Professional Soprano who performs in the National School of Music and who also studied in the National Conservatory of Mexico. I learn mainly about classical singing Technic and breath support. I participated in Operas and many concerts as part of the chorus and soloist. Nowadays I am joining to a many different genres, exploring my voice. I have worked with groups of people and individuals as a vocal coaching, (In
person and even online). I try to help singers to find their right voice and to understand the vocal projection.
I am very glad to help as much as I can to anyone who loves singing and would love to have help from a Classic singer.
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Shila Kim August 5, 2017
· Spanish · In home
I was very confused about my Spanish pronounciation, but I was helped to read and talk with a very neutral accent in spanish, that was awesome, now I have a huge knowledge of how to speak better and read in a better way. Paul was very kind and patient.
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Paul G.

Paul G.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
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$42 / 60-min

About Maritza M.

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About Maritza
I specialize in Tutoring students in Mathematics and Spanish. It is my favorite subject and I truly do enjoy teaching and learning math. I am able to tutor all elementary and middle school subjects. I also am a fluent Spanish speaker. I took four years of Spanish in high school and have been speaking Spanish all my life. I am capable of helping Spanish students with reading, writing, listening, speaking, or conversational speaking. I have worked with students of all ages and am very comfortable working with all age groups and personalities.
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Maritza M.

Maritza M.

Upland, CA 91786
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