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About Marsha K.

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Roseville, CA
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Struggling with writing? Reading? Getting your ideas and concepts out there for others to enjoy? Try a few lessons and see if your world doesn't open up!

About Marsha
The Recital was fabulous- thanks for all your work.

Goals: Since I am also a Life Coach, we really focus on how to accomplish our hopes and desires. We begin by weekly, then monthly and even a yearly goal.

Each week we also focus on something in my STUDENT PAL - mnemonic. Another is TECHNIQUE. Technique is the ability to have proper position, wrist-lifts and finger curve as well as Theoretic knowledge and application.

I started giving out lickable gold stars, you know, the old-fashioned kind? They are for those students who mark their lesson sheet and come prepared... They really seem to enjoy that, and I adore the nostalgia!

It is a great week when students are nearly all prepared and ready for their lessons. This makes both Coach and student more effective and the time together more enjoyable.

Perhaps you are reading
this with both a little excitement and a little concern. Finding the right person for your or your student can be intimidating. A short introduction follows so that you know a little about me and my philosophy which can assist you make an informed decision. If we are a good fit, lessons and learning progress more joyfully.

I have been teaching music, performing music and enjoying music since I was a tiny three-year old. My first piano lessons were at age seven. I have since taught the students of former students! How fun is that?

Music has blessed my life in countless ways and given me opportunities I'd never dreamed of. Teaching at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music; Singing in Carnegie Hall, Performing across Europe and teaching the best students for over 25 years has been a delight.

I believe strongly that those who spend their time and resources for musical education are some of the brightest and most intelligent people around. Each of my students have their own individual goals and reasons for taking music lessons, which we revisit monthly. I believe that my role is to be a support and tool for them/you to accomplish the goals set, working with music that delights and educates.

You want the best teacher, who offers information, example, practice and performance opportunities and then gets out of the way of the student's own "voice" (whether playing or singing) so that they can be free to create their own style.

*** Lesson Details ***
In our lessons, we work with a predictable schedule of balance. We have weekly exercises to make strong fingers and or voices, and technique and theory practice to hone skills that will improve our performances, whether they are for others or for our own benefit. Each student of piano can learn how to create and write their own music in time, choose their own pieces to work on, and have a say in their classical and performance goals.

We have a program of advancement, so you and your loved ones can visually see your progress and measure your skills, complete with awards and trophies.

What you learn, has everything to do with your commitment. Practice doesn't make perfect, Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

Learning the piano ought to be a JOY. I believe in playing the piano, not 'practicing' it. Enjoy what you do, and you'll do it longer and with celebration instead of duty.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano - upright; CD player; Music stands; Dozens of music books and lesson materials; flash cards; computer and music writing program; mic and mirror, syllabus.

*** Travel Equipment ***
No travel.

*** Specialties ***
Over the years I have dabbled in most methods, but finally come to use my own syllabus and musicianship. I can easily adapt to your favourite if that is your desire. I specialize in a total music education, not merely in learning notes. It is like looking in a mirror and only seeing eyes and skin. Music has many facets and we discover all of them.
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Jason August 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I was a student of Marsha’s for several years, and I have never had such a qualified instructor! Incredibly bright, positive, flexible, and experienced. Genuinely enjoyed my time learning from her.
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Hailey H. July 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Marsha is really nice. My daughter loves her and is looking forward to many more lessons
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sarah June 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Marsha is very knowledgeable and experienced. I highly recommend her to any person looking to expand there piano skill. -Robert
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About James B.

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Alameda, CA

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Writing (Creative, Essay, Report), Language Arts, Reading Skills

About James
I have 20 years of experience as a tutor. I have had my own private tutoring business. My area of expertise is math (basic arithmetic to“ pre-calculus); however, I have tutored in English (grammar and writing), Computer science (Word, Works, Windows OS, and other general computer problems), as well as other subjects. In addition, I also have 15 years of experience working with after school programs both as a tutor and as a recreational instructor. My recreational activities consisted of cheer leading, dance, computer science, graphic design, music (singing), and board games. I have worked with children of all ages.

NOTE: I'm trying to do more online sessions for my students. If you need in-home tutoring please ask before booking and give a the days & hours that work for you. ALSO, I DO NOT DRIVE!!! Please ask about my availabil
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*** Lesson Details ***
Tutoring sessions are 1 hour minimum to 2 hours maximum (depending on subject).

Basic sessions may consist of the following:
Review of current or past trouble spots
Homework help
Test prep and/or review
Extra practice exercises

Single and multiple subject sessions are possible depending on tutor assessment and availability.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Math (Elementary to High School)
Writing (Creative and Essay)
Music (Voice - Basics)
Computers (Basic Literacy & Various Programs)
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Pia November 10, 2015
· Arithmetic · In studio
James and I worked together for 4 months at an elementary school tutoring 3-5 graders in math and english. James is professional, intelligent, and creative. It was a pleasure working with him. He cares very much for the youth in our community.
We've stayed in touch via email and are developing a friendship I hope lasts a life time. He is good people.
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gregory N. October 30, 2015
· Singing · In home
james is a good voice instructor with many years of experience to share with you to get you to be the best singer you can be.
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Sherita N July 1, 2015
· Study Skills · In studio
James is an excellent instructor that has tremendous amount of patience with the most difficult students. He is also very skillful in academics especially English and language arts. He has the unquie ability to break the assignment or steps down for the student to learn on his/her individual level! A great pleasure to work beside him !
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James B.

James B.

Alameda, CA 94501
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About Marwan S.

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Redwood City, CA

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I understand the difficulties of learning English, especially when coming from a completely different language such as Mandarin Chinese or Cantonese. As I learn more about the Chinese language, I've learned how to break the communication and cultural barriers.

I'd love to help improve English speaking, writing, communication, and overall understanding of the English language, specifically tailored for native Chinese speakers.

About Marwan
I started playing piano when I was 3, and began writing music at the age of 6. I've taught music and piano for over 12 years, and tutoring other subjects for over 5 years.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I graduated from Cornell University in Electrical & Computer Engineering, with a minor in Music.

As a student, I was President of the Cornell Piano Society for 4 years. I spent much time teaching piano and music theory to fellow Cornell students, faculty, and staff. I've also organized many concerts, recitals, and events during my tenure.

After college, I went on to work for Intel & Apple as an engineer, while continuing to teach and tutor on the side. Later on, I founded my own startup company centered around Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, and unmet needs in the B2C market.

I typically travel
to each student's home for lessons. I travel all around the Bay Area: as far north as Richmond, as far south as Los Gatos, as far East as Livermore (and every place in between, including the Peninsula).
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Milun February 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
Wonderful teacher!!
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Kate R. January 22, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
Marwan has put a lot of effort both in and out of our lesson slot to make these sessions a great learning experience for our 14 year old daughter. His weekly recap emails are terrific, too.
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crystal December 4, 2017
· Python · In home
Marwan always has smile on his face. And I have the very first python lesson with him. He is a great teacher.
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Marwan S.

Redwood City, CA 94063
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About Erol G.

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Panorama City, CA

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I have studied English, directly, through my degree in the field and through continued training at the graduate and doctorate levels. I've taught several sections of first-year composition at a university. I have written short stories and poetry in formal environments and for presentation. I have tutored both adolescents and adults and stand out, by reviews, as a smart, caring, helpful teacher.

Possibly the only dedicated PhD for E-Learning on the TakeLessons server, I am member of the Association for Language Learning, located in Leicester, UK.

About Erol
***AREAS NORTH OF CENTRAL SANTA CLARITA ARE DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY/ ADDRESSES WITHIN REMOTE AREAS (no public transit or bicycle access) DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY***

***lesson cancelations and schedule changes need to be submitted through your Takelessons.com student website. It is difficult for teacher to handle multiple informal requests***

My style and attitude toward teaching is a balance between subject delivery and reflective, supportive interaction. I seek to enable current research on education for busy, yet goal-driven student interests. This is done through customized online lessons coordinating the experience with optimal resources and tools. Examples are helping ESL students to monitor their own phonic issues with dedicated software/feedback, guiding German students through conversational dialogues, and ta
iloring Excel and related productivity lessons for particular prerequisites.

Due to my limited funds, I do not have direct experience with the Adobe suite, but I have extensive knowledge of related, free distributions that are transferable. Possibly the only dedicated PhD for E-Learning on the TakeLessons server, I am member of the Association for Language Learning, located in Leicester, UK.
My most popular subjects are as follows:

North American English Pronunciation Practice for ESL (NAEPP-ESL) or Accent-Reduction:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 recordings, and about 50 GB onedrive folder for lesson files*****

Carefully following Burkkowsky's (1969) multi-media method, I have taught this subject for over five years for public and private causes, such as library, individuals, and language schools. My emphasis for pronunciation is a scientific, comprehensive overview and treatment of the various sounds, rhythms, inflections, and patterns the spoken language integrates. I encourage practicing and mastering both the sounds themselves, as well as how the sounds are connected and contextualized. I use contemporary sound recording and .wav editing software (acoustic waveform analysis) to enable dynamic feedback and self-monitoring .

Sources:
Burkkowsky, Mitchess. (1969). Teaching American Pronunciation to Foreign Students. New York: Warren Green, 1969.

Morton, H., Gunson, N., Jack, M. (2012). Interactive Language Learning through Speech-Enabled Virtual Scenarios. Advances in Human Computer Interaction. doi:10.1155/2012/389523.

German Language and Culture:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 Recordings and about 50 GB onedrive folder for lesson files*****

Microsoft Excel:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***

Typing:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***
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Samer September 9, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
I can not say he is the best instructor cause I didn't try another one. But certainly he is great. He is knowledgeable, articulate, his instruction is clear and have a very nice personality make his course interesting.
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Art August 29, 2018
· German · In home
Erol is a good German teacher and will work with you to accomplish your goals.
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SAMMY August 21, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
He is very patient and I really like he uses recording software (Goldwave) while he's teaching.
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About Jackie D.

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Chula Vista, CA
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This option is for English speakers in high school or college who are working on English literature. If you're looking for classes in English as a second (or third) language, pick the ESL option rather than this one. About me, I took AP English in high school and scored quite highly. I have studied English literature for several years and enjoy discussing it with students.

About Jackie
Hi! My name is Jackie, and I have nearly 20 years of experience in teaching. All of my students, meaning a perfect 100%, have improved their grades by at least one letter grade, if not more, and passed every one of their tests and exams. I help all my students reach their goals.

The feedback I often receive from my students is that I made learning an enjoyable experience—they want to work harder to advance quickly in their classes. All of my students agree that I have a lot of patience and turn even the most challenging lessons into ones of positivity and encouragement. I provide critical feedback in the most constructive of ways that help the students reach conclusions on their own. I enjoy being there to support and guide their experience.

Basically, I love teaching. I'm enthusiastic yet patient, and I absolutely adore helping kid
s and adults alike learn. It's such a sense of accomplishment when my students show off their terrific grades. I see the same look in my students’ eyes regardless of age—that pride that shines from within, that exuberant smile, like they can conquer anything. I want my students to keep that pride for a long, long time.

Right now, I’m working on self-publishing a Spanish conversation textbook for beginning students and am writing an intermediate-level Spanish conversation textbook. I've also written several academic articles published online. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy traveling, playing with my cat, and swimming.
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Jim G. February 19, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Jackie is an excellent teacher. I would recommend her to anyone who wishes to either learn Spanish or improve on the Spanish skills they already have
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· Spanish · Online
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Jean Charles November 21, 2017
· English · Online
Jackie is a very very good teacher. No comment!
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About Diane C.

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San Francisco, CA
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As someone who needed to learn other languages, I can assist anyone whose native language is not English to become more proficient, or gain better conversational skills.

About Diane
Bonjour! Hello!

I have been teaching on and off for many years, usually on a one-to-one basis; I taught teenagers and adults. I tailor my lessons to each student's individual needs and I am always ready to go above and beyond the basic lesson. I try to make learning a language fun and alive, through news, stories, and songs.

My method is to provide grammar (very important in French), vocabulary, conversation, reading, and translation in every lesson, and show how important each component is to the whole. I am overjoyed when my students start conversing without need for translation - even if there are errors!

My graduate educational background is in architecture, followed by an MBA in finance. My mother tongue is English; but I learned French at the age of nine when I attended my first French school. I have a French high school
diploma (Baccalauréat) and architecture degree.
I also attended high school in Germany, in a German high school, for several years. Learning languages was a necessity in my childhood, and I love learning, even if by now it is more difficult to become fluent in a new language. I think the fact of being a lifelong learner helps me better understand my students' needs.

As an avid reader since childhood, my spelling has always been excellent, and I worked as a proofreader. I look forward to helping my students reach their language goals.
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Don H. August 20, 2018
· French · Online
Diane is a very conscientious and competent instructor who is very easy to work with. She is especially effective because she understands both the French language and culture while having a complete understanding of English and American culture. I have had many French Instructors , all good, but none as helpful as Diane.
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Don H. July 31, 2018
· French · Online
Diane is succeeding in teaching me French where many before her have failed. As a teacher myself of many years, I am very pleased with her approach AND her patience.
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Daria July 20, 2018
· French · Online
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San Francisco, CA 94107
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About Milad S.

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San Diego, CA

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Learning English is not complicated anymore if you got a right teacher! Let's take the journey together!

About Milad
Hi! My name is Milad. I am a Ph.D (Doctorate level) in teaching languages at San Diego State University in California. I'd like to help you learn Farsi with my self-invented teaching strategies! I am the author of a book entitled" What makes you motivated to learn the vocabulary of a language".

I have written and published several scientific papers in leading language teaching/learning journals. Join my class today and enjoy learning Farsi or English with an experienced teacher!
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Samian N. September 18, 2018
· Farsi · Online
Great Great teacher
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Andrea V. May 21, 2018
· Farsi · Online
Milad is great! Very patient, understanding and clear. I’m learning more than I thought I would 3 sessions in. I’m excited to keep working with him!
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Tatiana S. May 10, 2018
· English · Online
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About Natalie T.

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我能够用中文和英文来提供你最好学英文的经验!

About Natalie
I've been teaching Mandarin for years, and my students consistently come back and tell me how uniquely I prepared them for their further studies! I am fluent in Mandarin, but I have a background in both English Literature analytics as well as Business Marketing. I've used my Chinese all around the world, from SanFran to Italy to Oxford to (of course) Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, etc.

What does this mean for you? It means that you'll have someone who has an extremely thorough understanding of BOTH languages build off what you already know (complete with personalized analogies, appropriate stories to help you remember, and specific tonal and pronunciation pointers).

I also just love the Chinese and their culture. I'm really spunky but dedicated, and I have an amazing work ethic. I'm so excited to learn with you!
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Claire August 6, 2018
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Natalie is a wonderful, caring person who will put in the effort to help the people she's working with and spend the time to get it right! She's absolutely great!
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Harrison August 3, 2018
· Business · In studio
Natalie was very patient and encouraging when it came to teaching me various business concepts. I always felt better after interacting with her. An overall great teacher because of her competency and enthusiastic personality.
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Jake July 31, 2018
· Business · In home
Natalie has an amazing mind and passion for learning! She understands difficult topics and explains them clearly. I'd highly recommend her!
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Hermitage, MO
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Taking English lessons with me is unique because you’ll be taking lessons from a certified High School English Teacher with three years of classroom experience.

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Hello! My name is Miss Yohn and I am looking forward to learning about you and helping you with your needs.
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Abby Y.

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About SUNESIS K.

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I grew up in a community where English was spoken even though it was not our dialect and also set as a requirement for learning. Therefore learning English became a necessity for gaining an education and being able to travel/trade outside of the community, this gives me empathy for those who do not speak English as a first language. I grew up with stories and a love for reading so bring a unique style to teaching and learning English easier and faster.

About SUNESIS
For as long as I can remember, friends and family have always described me as the girl with a book 📖 in her hands because I am almost always reading something. I love to read and write (creatively and even academically). My nieces and nephew started reading ahead of their class because of all the time we spent reading and learning words and sounds together. It’s always exciting to learn new things and open up yourself to a world of possibilities through books and other written materials.

I write poetry, manage my growing blog and crochet /Knit also. I try to reach myself something new as often as I can and hopefully we will be learning together.
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