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About Oksana K.

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

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

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

About Oksana
Hi!

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

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

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

Oksana.

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My Musical and Education Background

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oksana K.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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About Regina G.

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Glendale, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kerry
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Regina G.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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About Marina K.

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Baltimore, MD

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

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

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About Katya S.

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I know very well what difficulties english and spanish speaking students may face to and how to avoid it. You will have an individual program, depending on what is your goal: to chat with your wife's mom, to read Dostoevskiy without dictionary or to negotiate with you business partner. I will show you that Russian is not so difficult as you may thought.

About Katya
I got my first students in high school when I helped teachers and gave classes to the kids from primary and since that time I've been teaching different people different things.
I graduated as economics specialist & teacher of economic theory
and it gives me a great knowledge of how to build classes what method to choose etc but I prefer to teach more practical and useful things.
I enjoy sharing things I know to help others live better simpler life. It's so exciting to see how my student starts practicing things she learnt and how it influences her life. Small excel tip helps to finish tasks in 5 minutes instead of hours of work. Yoga asana which gives you joy and balance for the whole day. Receipt of healthy no-sugar dessert which is more tasty than anything in Cheesecake factory. Small things change your life.
I'm friendly and ea
sy-going person and I know how to make classes efficient and interesting.
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Diane May 29, 2017
· QuickBooks · Online
Katya was wonderful, very helpful and clear and knowledgeable- I look forward to working with her for more sessions.
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scott January 27, 2017
· QuickBooks · Online
Very good instructor.
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Jesse November 28, 2016
· Microsoft Excel · In home
Great instructor! Very Knowledgeable using excel and extremely polite. Couldn't ask for a better instructor.
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About Tatiana Z.

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

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

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

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

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

Long Beach, CA 90802
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About Alisa R.

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Oviedo, FL
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Private Russian Lessons: Personal approach and Stunning Result.
Beginner Level: Alphabet, Letters and Sounds, Pronunciations, first 1000 words vocabulary, Simple reading.
Intermediate Level: Simple sentence structure; Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives and Cases, Grammar rules, 1500 new words vocabulary. Reading, Typing.
Advance Level: Deep learning Verbs and Cases, Dialogs, Conversations, Family/Travel/Business vocabulary.

About Alisa
Hello! My name is Alisa. I am an experienced Russian language tutor, native Russian.
I have been tutoring my English-speaking students for over 10 years, in private settings (NJ and FL), and over the internet. I have Master's degree in Russian Linguistic.
Many of my students have Russian family members, or they travel to Russian speaking countries, and it is very important to them to have a comfortable and clear communication. I am happy I was able to help bring those people together and make their life easier, and their communication enjoyable.
What I realized during past 10 years of teaching, that learning Russian is a challenging task, especially for English speakers. So, to ease that task, I always create an individual plan for every of my student, depends on his/her goal. Some students take only 15-20 lessons to learn just c
ommon phrases and pronunciation. Others stay with me for over 2 years because they want to achieve the advance level of knowledge. It all depends on your ultimate goal.
For my tutoring I use various textbooks, and also my own materials. I provide all those materials, so students don't have to buy anything. All they need to have is a computer, internet, and a printer.
I am pretty flexible, so we can set up lessons at a time convenient for you.
There is nothing to hold you back from trying my lessons and reach your goal.
So go ahead and click the green button to set up your first lesson.
Hope to meet you soon.
Sincerely,
Alisa.
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Ricardo. November 5, 2016
· Russian · Online
I was very fortunate I found this teacher. I was preparing for a trip overseas and needed to take Russian lessons. During 4 months studying with Alisa I learned and understood more, than during a year of learning the language with Rosetta stone software. Alisa was very patient with me, and now I can speak a little Russian, and more importantly I understand a lot when listening to Russians. Thank you, Alisa.
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About Elena T.

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Lessons involved cooperative learning, language experience approach, hands-on/minds-on experiences, and interdisciplinary teaching.
Worked with "Write-to-Read" program and used these methods to encourage reading/writing at home, parent involvement, and listening/speaking/writing skills.

About Elena
My name is Elena Tikhonova. I am very pleased to welcome you to my French lessons! I have been teaching French for all age groups (beginning from 3 years old kids to the adult advanced level) for more than 20 years and I am really happy to provide my students with the experience and skills I have acquired for all the years.
I have worked with the kids of all the age groups creating cooperative learning, hands-on and minds-on approach. I also participated in "Write-to-Read" program in California and used these methods to encourage reading/writing at home, parent involvement, and listening/speaking/writing skills. I always try to create an individual approach to every child to develop his/her unique language skills and personal perception.
I am a professionally credentialed and certified teacher from California state and I am happy to shar
e my experience and my love for French with all students and their families.

Sincerely,

Elena Tikhonova
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Elena T.

Lake Forest, CA 92630
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$25 / 30-min

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Conversation and culture are two things I enjoy when it comes to Russian. I am a native speaker of Russia. Because I have been working with people from many different cultures, I can give you unique cultural insights about Russian language and Russian culture.

About Elena
As a current teacher at an intensive English program in Georgia, USA, I have taught grammar, reading, writing, listening, or speaking to students raging from 18 to 60 years old. Most of my current are preparing to apply to colleges in English-speaking countries or are improving their English to return back to their home countries better qualified for professional growth. Due to the nature of what I have been doing recently, I am very comfortable working with students who have academic and professional goals such preparation for TOEFL or IELTS, practice for business presentations, or technical writing. However, I have had experience and am also pretty comfortable working on more general goals such as daily conversation, US culture, reading for content, etc.

Here is my philosophy is teaching in a very very brief form: I am a big believer
in needs analysis and diagnostic. Before any goals are set, it is imperative to understand the student's background, aspirations for the future, and proficiency level. Additionally, I believe that setting tangible goals drives improvement and increases motivation and is necessary for both teachers and students. Finally, feedback, feedback, feedback! Intonation or vocabulary usage, personalized and specific feedback is what my students get and love.

As far as methodology goes, I am pretty eclectic. Again, methods and approaches are chosen based on students needs. Sometimes you we just have to work on drilling sounds and intonation or some simple grammar concepts like “do/does”, while at other times open conversation is the best way to practice the same content. One key component that doesn’t change is the focus on the student. I work hard on planning my lessons so that my students do most of the work during class. I also strive to contextualize everything around real life by choosing materials that are recent and relevant.
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Doyi August 16, 2017
· ESL · Online
Elena is my best teacher. I would like to share my experience with other students who are struggling with writing essays.

First, as far as an academic part is concerned, I learned how to brainstorm for starting to write an essay quickly and fast.
Like other students, I don't waste a lot of time on brainstorming and making up for supporting details. However, Elena taught me ways of generating ideas quickly as well as making supporting examples of the ideas more stronger.
Therefore, I can write essays in 30mins which are needed in TOEFL Also, in other section in TOEFL such as speaking, I can save my time to do brainstorming by using the same method that I learned from Elena.

Second, as a teacher, Elena has advised me with patiently.
I am not good at expressing my opinions to teachers much. However, whenever I challenged learning English as a second language and was depressed of too slowly building my English skills, she spent time with me, listen to my problem carefully, and encourage me to study hard. Thus, I could get back my confidence.

Through Elena's tutoring, because I can feel that she supports me academically and emotionally, I would like to say my best teacher is Elena.
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Marcella August 16, 2017
· ESL · In home
Lena is a fantastic ESL teacher! Thanks to her I got my 112 score on TOEFL.
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Elena E.

Elena E.

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$15 / 45-min

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