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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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About James
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop,
Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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JW February 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
Good experience.
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About Julie D.

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Tustin, CA
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Be the boss! Take control of your digital camera. Tutoring sessions with Julie can help you learn the mysteries of digital photography, can jump start your creativity, or guide you along your journey in photography,

Our online sessions are proving to be VERY effective with significant cost savings in travel time, effort and productivity.

Julie earned the Photographic Craftsman degree in January 2014 and Certified Professional Photographer in May 2015 from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) .

These degrees are not merely pieces of paper. It means that Julie has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. She was awarded the Photographic Craftsman degree in recognition of her service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor. The CPP designation demonstrates the knowledge and experience of a professio
nal who has achieved and maintains a higher standard.

Julie'™s degrees and all the expertise it requires ”illustrates her accomplishments and talent as one of a select few.

Join Julie as she takes the mystery out of digital photography!
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nigina August 28, 2017
· Photography · Online
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Lowell I. August 10, 2017
· Photography · Online
Julie is not only knowledgeable but has a very good sense for how to teach. She will work according to your speed and understanding. Highly recommend for novice photographers who want to get started and feel overwhelmed with info and camera choices.
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Diane August 4, 2017
· Photography · In studio
I have had the pleasure of taking several in class and online classes with Julie. Her knowledge of photography is top level. She can explain topics to me in a manner that is easy to understand and has answered my questions patiently. Looking forward to more sessions with Julie in the future!
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About Manhei C.

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Philadelphia, PA

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About Manhei
Lessons will be divided into three parts:

1.First a brief introduction to some basic elements in the language of drawing and painting on the pictorial plane
Including perception, color theories, perspective and pictorial design.
2.The second part of the lessons is practice, where the fun begins! Students apply what they learn into and develop their own practice.
3.Once the student is comfortable with the lessons introduced hitherto, he or she will be encouraged to develop his or her own voice, narrative and artistic vision.

. Nothing is more satisfying than hearing my students going home with new pieces of knowledge that he or she is unaware of before. Maybe a new idea, a new way of thinking, new perspective at perceiving.
.I had never ceased to be amazed by the creativity of my students as every single one of them is also my t
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. I should try my very best effort to live up to the standards and ideal I have set for myself.

Education
2013-2018 Bachelors of Fine Arts & Certificate, Painting Major,
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
2012 Summer Intern with Professional Painters at Beijing, China
2009-2013 High School Diploma, Visual Arts Department Major,
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School
1999-2008 Evergreen Studio in Hong Kong

Grands and Awards
2014 Merit Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
2014 Academy Scholarship
2013 National Congressional Award Gold Medal, 1st place in California’s 12th District
2013 Artistic Scholarship Nominee for Robert Squeri’s Fine Artist Award
2013 Excellent in Visual Arts Department, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

Exhibition
2017 PAFA North West Exhibition, PA
2016 Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2016 "Portrait of Kaitlyn Basta" Summer show at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2013 "Portrait of a Friend", Cannon Tunnel, US Capitol, Washington DC
2013 Senior Visual Arts Show, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School, SF, CA
2013 Painting "Hands" collected in the book "Umlaut", published by creative writing department of Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts
2012 Junior Visual Arts Show, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School, SF, CA
2012 "Self Portrait", De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2012 "Still Life", Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
2011 Student Exhibition, SFO, San Francisco, CA
2011 Sophomore Visual Arts Show, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School, SF, CA
2010 Freshman Visual Arts Show, San Francisco School of the Arts, SF, CA

Professional Experiences
2015-2018 Private Fine Art Instructor, Self Employed
2014 Art Instructor in a Summer Art Program
2012-2013 Intern at the San Francisco DeYoung Museum
2011 Participant of Hunters Points Shipyard Public Art Youth Program

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Website: www.manheicheung.com (under construction)
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Kai Lun Q. August 9, 2017
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Manhei and I have been colleagues for the longest time and he is by far one of the most exceptionally skilled artists that I have had the fortune to know. Both in his philosophical approach to teaching and his own art. He is very patient and will help you build your skill level in the arts to new heights. Definitely take this opportunity to study with him before he gets too expensive.
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Vito Cosmo July 21, 2017
· Abstract Painting · In home
Manhei was great. Very informative and kind.
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Zhou June 28, 2017
· Oil Painting · In home
He is a good teacher,very patient
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About Steven S.

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Jamaica Plain, MA
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I'm a recent graduate of the Boston Architectural College, and employed by a large architectural firm in Boston. I am currently teaching a Rhino 3-D course at the BAC I tutor in all aspects of architecture including portfolio design, writing, software tutoring, design critiquing, and overall academic guidance. For software, I specialize in the Adobe Suite, AutoCAD, Revit, Rhinoceros, and V-Ray. I've tutored students of all differing ages and skill sets, ranging from novice to advanced user. Further, I have numerous references and reviews about my services that I would be happy to pass along, as well as past design work that I have done both academically and professionally. Lastly, I have numerous resources students can use after tutoring sessions are complete such as reference manuals, tutorials, and websites to visit for additional learn
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Jackie Bregenzer August 31, 2017
· AutoCAD · Online
Steven was very helpful and I am looking forward to the next lesson! He made sure to answer all of my questions in a way I could understand.
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Mario August 16, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
Steve did a great job, was thorough and patient. He knows the program well and is equally adept at explaining the concepts behind what he's doing. That's a difficult thing for a teacher and Steve did an excellent job of it. Highly recommend!
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John August 3, 2017
· AutoCAD · Online
JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR
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About Christopher L.

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Long Beach, CA
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About Christopher
Hello! My name is Christopher and I am looking forward to meeting you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2010 and love helping my students learn Photoshop and other graphic software. I went to California State University, Los Angeles and earned a degree in Graphic Design in 1997. I'm a fun and outgoing person and my teaching style is both demonstrative and facilitative. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Catherine March 11, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Christopher is very knowledgeable and patient.

Thanks!!
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Buddy March 10, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Christopher is very knowledgeable with Photoshop ... I can't begin to say how patient he was with me and helpful he is with this program!!!
I had a very light background with PS but had not needed to actually use it until recently with my work.
I made contact with Christopher and asked for help (help!!!). We worked out a workable schedule very quickly and he had me hands-on in very little time.
I had no idea of all that was part of Photoshop yet Christopher got me up and running with the program with just two sessions.
Wow.
Thank you so much!!!
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Cory March 10, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Christopher was the best. I have been wanting to learn Photoshop for years but never had the never to try. He made it all seem so easy. He's very patient.
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About Gordon L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Hello! My name is Gordon L. and I would love to help you or your child discover your passions and work towards reaching any academic or artistic goals!

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I am fortunate to have had an exceptional academic foundation. I attended Punahou School K-12 earning high marks and went on to graduate college from the University of California, Berkeley. I have a variety of expertise and tutoring experience in these subjects:

- Computer Programming
- Math
- Chinese
- Humanities
- SAT

Outside of school, I have also always been an artist and hobbyist, heavily investing myself in various forms of creative expression including:

- Dance (hip-hop/urban)
- Photography (DSLR, Lightroom/Photoshop)
- Card magic/Card flourishes (look it up :P)

Over the years, I have found that my enthusiasm for both people
and learning different things greatly enriches my life and those around me. If you're looking for someone who can introduce you to a variety of subjects, I'm your guy. I love learning about anything and everything and hope to encourage others to explore their passions. Furthermore, though my interests are many and varied, I have also committed years into training, have a solid grasp on their principles, and can confidently say that I am a qualified expert. I look forward to meeting you and helping you learn with me!
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Ryan August 25, 2017
· Magic · Online
We just had our first lesson. To my surprise, my usually shy 7 year old opened up quickly and started engaging right away. Gordon is great with young kids and we had a lot of fun. Nice experience and thank you Gordon!
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· Adobe Photoshop · Online
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· Computer Programming · Online
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About Adrian L.

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Cleveland, OH

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Hi, there! My name is Adrian and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching since 2006 and have loved helping my students learn the basics of Drawing, Color, and Design. I went to Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, and earned a degree in Illustration in 2007. I'm a friendly and energetic person and my teaching style is a fun, involved, and patient. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Thelma A. September 5, 2017
· Drawing · Online
I like her 🌸she is encouraging and knows what to do🌈
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Ashvika D. August 26, 2017
· Drawing · Online
My Daughter enjoyed her drawing lesson with Adrian.
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Sheena D. August 23, 2017
· Drawing · Online
awesome!!!!!!!!!:)
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About Megan J.

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Glendale, CA
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About Megan
In my paintings I am drawn to the timelessness of the human figure. I find people to be my biggest source of inspiration. This appreciation extends also to the students I am honored to teach. I never quite know where the painting will take us and what skills will be honed to match the inspiration the student has, but on many occasions we both are wonderfully surprised by the results. As a teacher I feel I am most useful when the lessons inspire. The technique will come with time but it takes inspiration to get there!
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Derek June 14, 2017
· Acrylic Painting · In studio
I had three other painting instructors before I came upon Megan's class and I will say she is the best painting teacher I have had and that does not come easy because I am a professional sculptor that has taught and taken many classes in the art field. Simply put Megan is at the top of her game and her style of teaching is one that most anybody will benefit from her classes.
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Katherine June 13, 2017
· Painting · In studio
This was one of the best classes I have ever attended, in any subject, for the past 30 years. Megan is a brilliant and compassionate teacher. She made me feel like an artist. Thank you, Megan! --Katherine
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About Christopher F.

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Ridgewood, NY

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My strengths and skills lie in my work ethic. I teach with the same passion regardless of the pupil, but a completely unique style depending on how the student responds. I have been teaching software since I was very young, it has always just come intuitively to me. That being said, there are infinite learning styles, everyone's brain chemistry is a little bit different, so I adapt accordingly. A lot of this software and technical knowledge is difficult and tedious, and there are often many different means to the same end, but my teaching style is thorough and simplistic, and I will always explain things in a way that is cohesive to the student's learning process.
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Nancy July 18, 2017
· Photography · In home
I have worked with Chris on a number of photo editing projects and I have been guided through the process with ease. He has done professional product photo shoots for my business and edited images prior to posting to an e-commerce website and has the eye, layout and technical ability to produce stellar results. When I am in need of direction on how to get the most out of images I use for print or online applications, he is my "go to" person for guidance.
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David July 18, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In home
Chris was patient and extremely helpful in guiding me through the challenges of an unfamiliar program. His straight-forward approach and explainations are extremely easy to follow and remember!
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Alexandra July 17, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Chris is so nice and so thorough when explaining techniques. He is respectful and mindful of my skill set/speed. Never rushes through anything.
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About Zoe B.

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About Zoe
Zoe began her career as an artist at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Bent on pursuing her career, she returned to Ohio to achieve her art Degree. Eventually, she found her way to Los Angeles, working in the dark side of Hollywood, as a storyboard and concept artist in indie horror on such films as the “Hatchet” movie series and “The Collector.” A diverse artist, Zoe spent 8 years designing collectibles and creating original souvenirs for such notable clients as Disney, Hard Rock Cafe and Sea World. She finds a strange balance between making cute Disney characters by day and planning out slashing people to bits by night.

Zoe has always been an innovator of process and assisting peers, colleges and clients in more efficient ways to create art. Not your typical shy artist, she has been a regular of sci-fi, comic and similar circuit conv
entions as a panelist and fun teacher of acrylics for a Friday night Paint and Wine. Currently, she has returned home to SoCal and building new and exciting ventures in the art world.

She uses Illustrator and Photoshop nearly every day for the past 13 years along with her lifetime of skills as a traditional artist to accomplish a WIDE variety of tasks from more artistic to technical layouts.

...and you will have fun!
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