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About Kathleen B.

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Menlo Park, CA
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Extensive experience teaching Accent Reduction for non-native English speakers who need to be able to speak English clearly for business and academic purposes.

About Kathleen
I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my students as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach clas
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*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!
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Elizabeth (Betsy) June 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I took away a whole array of new strategies and techniques to help preserve my voice and to increase my range. What a surprise- I had no idea I could sing so high!! Kathleen is a wonderful teacher and a really super lady. I'll be back for more lessons in the fall.
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Nadia N. August 10, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My daughter is really enjoying her voice lessons. Kathleen is a talented, caring teacher and knows how to make the process effective and fun for my daughter. My daughter loves being able to choose the songs she wants to learn, and this collaborative process keeps her quite interested and inspired.
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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
· Singing ·
Excellent Voice Teacher

Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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About Zachary B.

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Brooklyn, NY
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As a singer, I pay special attention to accents and dialects of all types. My trained ear will help you sound more natural in conversation, improve speaking and/or singing voice, and your overall communication effectiveness. I operate these lessons a bit differently than other music instruction, but the main goal is still to be as holistic and fun as possible!

About Zachary
Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject
we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

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Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.

Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!

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Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
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Susan Y. September 14, 2015
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Zachary is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and really understands what he student want and need. Highly recommend him for a teacher
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wynoka J. August 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!
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Draaco A. May 19, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
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Zachary B.

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About Micah B.

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Dallas, TX

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There is more time available than what is shown on my calendar. Please email me to discuss your preferred time. 20 extra minutes during your first lesson to allow us to get to know each other better.

I use a specific curriculum to help you understand the phonetics and vowel sounds in the English language. There are so many different vowel pairs and learners of English must understand them all. Let me help you master English pronunciation.

I am professional, punctual, and always smiling!

About Micah
I have been a full time private English instructor for 9 years, primarily with professionals who need to improve language skills for working in the United States or working with Americans. This includes, slang, idioms, phrasal verbs, professional email writing, presentations, American culture, accent/pronunciation and more.

I have created The Bellieu Method, which is a specific way to learn languages, which is the most effective for acquiring a language.

I always use RELEVANT articles to read, TV shows to watch, books to read, radio shows to listen to, in order to incorporate English as much as possible in every aspect of the student's life.

I have had contracts with Hitachi, NTT Data, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Samsung, Ferrovial, Webber, Bluebonnet, Austin Bridges and Roads, North Tarrant Infrastructure, Trinity,
Mary Kay International, and many, many more international companies.

How I teach: I create customized classes for you. I teach you to SPEAK the language. Lessons are dynamic, fun and give you confidence, incorporating things you like: TV, radio, music, movies, current events, and much more.

One-on-one, small groups, company-wide programs, online, in person.

I am fluent in English and Spanish, proficient in French, beginner in Japanese. Because I have been learning languages for over 20 years, I 120% understand how to learn languages and therefore teach them.
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Karla December 30, 2017
· English · Online
From the beginning, Micah proved to be exceptional! She was the only teacher who took the time to answer my long list of questions. She was clear and honest. Classes are planned according to your specific needs. She makes you want to learn more, motivates you and guides you in the best possible way. She also has a lot of patience and knows how to explain the lessons properly. Her teaching techniques have been very useful to improve my English pronunciation and I enjoy doing homework (cause it's fun and doesn't seem like homework at all). I highly highly recommend her!

If you're looking for the perfect English teacher online, Micah is your girl!
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Lou December 10, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Micah is an excellent Spanish teacher! She is always prepared and uses a variety of resources to make it fun. She is also very patient and encouraging! I highly recommend Micah!
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Susan White February 26, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Lots of fun, still remembering time as a family, still remember songs we sang. Micah is always smiling, and flexible with needs.
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Micah B.

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About Isabelle S.

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There is no such thing as speaking a language with the right accent. I am happy to help you with this.

About Isabelle
I am a native French speaker born in France; I have lived in the USA since 2000 and speak English fluently. I teach both French and English as a Second Language (ESL). I am used to teaching/ coaching/ interacting with students of all ages (9-80+) and with professionals in a corporate environment. In fact I have worked in-countries and remotely with people located in France, Poland, India, Canada, Guatemala and Brazil. I speak some Spanish and German, and that might help you as well, depending on your background. I am happy to add a cultural dimension to the language support. For Life Coaching lessons, I draw from my experience and best practices. I will share simple yet highly effective tips and approaches to help you meet your needs.

For best results; I recommend a minimum of 2 (two) 45-minute sessions per week. I look for students
sincerely interested in making great strides and committed.

Happy to start any time soon. THX for visiting my profile. Questions welcome!
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Karen December 17, 2017
· French · Online
Once we returned to the US after living in France for several years, we knew we needed a tutor for our young daughter to maintain and expand her hard-earned proficiency in French. We have been with Isabelle for three years now. She continues to teach and challenge our growing daughter. One of positive aspects of the online environment is that oftentimes the lessons can continue when we travel. Merci Isabelle! xx
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Patty December 16, 2017
· French · Online
I highly recommend Isabelle as an expert in teaching French. She has great fluency in both French and English. Isabelle is from France and she regularly visits family there. Here in the United States, she and her husband have raised a family while she worked as an executive for an international company. These skills come forth beautifully in her style of teaching. For me, after one month of French lessons with Isabelle, I am much more comfortable with daily conversation, pronunciation, and verb conjugation. I enjoy our rapport and look forward to deepening my conversation skills with her.
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Christine S. November 22, 2016
· French · Online
Isabelle is very friendly, knowledgeable and easy to work with!
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Isabelle S.

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About Henry M.

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San Jose, CA

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Broadcast Journalist with more than 30 years speaking experience. CTESOL certified language professional with experience teaching all levels.

About Henry
Award winning journalist and teacher with international experience, having lived and worked in both Europe and the United States. Certified teacher with experience in all levels and with all ages.
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Blake H. December 29, 2017
· German · Online
The past five months spent with Henry teaching me my second language has been worthwhile. My decision to choose him as my instructor has paid off exponentially. He immediately immerses you in the language and steadily increases your exposure as you gain proficiency. This is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher, someone to push and challenge me to learn but also there when I was having difficulty.

As someone who has zero experience with the German language he definitely provided the firm foundation I needed to confidently continue my studies alone. I have no doubt when the time comes for more lessons I will revert back to Henry.

Er ist ein sehr guter Lehrer!
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Takekiyo August 19, 2017
· ESL · In studio
Thank you for your good lesson!
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Alex October 26, 2015
· ESL · In home
The best ESL teacher EVER
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Henry M.

Henry M.

San Jose, CA 95113
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About Devorah L.

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Fresno, CA
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Want to improve your American accent but don't know where to start? I will offer you affordable training to reduce your accent and sound like a "true American" ;) We will adjust the lessons to your preferred learning methods and work together like a team. Please contact me for more information-- I am excited to begin language journey together :)

About Devorah
California born and raised, I love languages, travel, reading, and music. I've dedicated the past year to understanding which methods of language learning work, and which don't. I come from a community with a large immigrant population, and I want to give back to similar communities, or any individual who wants to learn the English language as an immersive cultural experience, immigrant or not. I have experience teaching both adults and children. I teach in a personable, easygoing, but highly structured style. We will work together to personalize the lessons to your learning style and to benefit your personal language goals.
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Katie W. January 21, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
It was a great first class. Look forward to the next lesson.
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Boris T. August 6, 2017
· English · Online
Devorah is talented, hard working and dedicated tutor. She prepares well for the lessons, follows up with assignments and helps to solve challenges. Highly recommended for any student.
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Devorah L.

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About Shannon W.

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Elk Grove, CA
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As a classically-trained vocalist and Ph.D. of Communication Studies, Shannon teaches adults and teenagers accent reduction with speech science, linguistics, and American English Conversation.

About Shannon
Shannon helps teenage and adult clients discover their unique talents and cultivate their public speaking, writing, and communication skills. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching communication at public universities, ESL/EFL classrooms, and the non-profit sector. Her teaching philosophy is humanist, supporting her clients to speak and write their truths from varying perspectives, backgrounds, and levels of writing experience. Shannon doesn't just look at your writing, but she provides an integrative, whole-person approach to help you work through negative thinking, the complete writing process, and time management. She has referred to her specialized program as "mindful communications."
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Shannon W.

Shannon W.

Online
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$58 / 30-min

About Areni A.

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Northridge, CA

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I have a very refined ear and also very high body awareness. I can help you to form vowels and change the way you relate to the English language through songs, speech and vocal exercises and techniques.

About Areni
I am a professional singer, pianist, songwriter and composer. I love what I do and I also love teaching people and inspiring them.

I laugh a lot and I have been told that my happiness is contagious.

I graduated from UCLA and California Institute of the Arts. I also lived in New York City for 7 years and like to think of that as my doctorate degree in life and music.

I have worked and performed with a number of musicians over the years, touring in major jazz festivals. They include Tigran Hamasyan, Ben Wendel, Nate Wood (Kneebody), Sam Minaie, Alex Cline, Austin Wintory (composer of Journey the video game), Tony Malaby, Michael Gordon, Qasim Naqvi, Ann LeBaron, The Bambir, Artyom Manukyan and many more.

I have recorded for Verve and Nonesuch Records and am releasing my second solo album in 2018!

Although I have most
ly worked in jazz and experimental music, I sing all sorts of styles. I am an in-the-closet Broadway fan, as well as folk, pop and straight up classical art song. I also dabble in background vocals for rock bands sometimes.

I have also done intensive studies in Medieval chant particularly of the Armenian Apostolic church of Istanbul. I love early music!

Looking forward to meeting those who are interested and inspired to work with me soon! :)
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Amy January 10, 2018
· Singing · Online
My lesson with Areni was fantastic! She targets the areas I need work and has helped me to improve greatly in a short amount of time!
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About Marie M.

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Hollywood Film and Broadway Actress/Singer now in Silicon Valley has coached hundreds of students: performers, engineers and business people. A lot of patience, encouragement, and positive support with a splash of fun is the best environment to transform self-consciousness to self-confidence.

Uniquely as an Asian-American actress, many of my roles required me to speak many languages and to put on a foreign accent that would convince a global audience. Using the IPA, the international phonetic alphabet, I applied a solid technique in decoding an accent, and then applying it to my voice. Having worked with foreign-born scientists, engineers, and business people, I apply the same technique.

If you feel your English is holding you back and tired of people saying, “What did you say?”, I want to help and guide you. We will customize your lessons, finally hear and help you adjust your tongue and mouth precisely, and create a workout space where you can risk a thousand times without ...

About Marie
Marie is most known for her starring role in Warner Bros’ THE ART OF WAR as Julia with Wesley Snipes. Marie was handpicked by producer Cameron MacIntosh at her first professional audition for the Broadway show MISS SAIGON. Acting in films that have grossed over $400M, she has worked with Oscar, Tony, and Grammy award winning directors, producers and talent with companies such as Paramount, Fox and Warner Brothers. Has worked with talent with both Michael Mann and Oliver Stone twice each, Mark Wahlberg, and Ben Affleck.
Marie, as founder of VIVACE Conservatory for the Performing Arts in downtown LA, she taught voice to hundreds of children for 10 years. Hollywood studios often called VIVACE to find talent including Steven Spielberg’s Memoirs of a Geisha. Notable alumni include Monica Parales (Nickelodeon star, recording artist), Melis
sa Reyes (Who’s the Next Pussycat ) and Nikki Soohoo (Peter Jackson’s Lovely Bones).
Having studied linguistics at UCLA and with the best voice teachers in the country from the Berklee College of Music to the Cleveland Institute of Music, Marie has clear knowledge of the anatomy of the voice, the articulators, and the specificity in creating phonemes. Her undergraduate foundation in Engineering and graduate degree in Business uniquely positions her to coach clients working in those fields.
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San Francisco, CA 94112
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