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About Beckie E.

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Santa Clarita, CA

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About Beckie
Hi!
My name is Beckie and I have played music for all of my life. I play and teach many different instruments such as the Trumpet, French horn, Saxophone, Mandolin, Guitar, Clarinet, Voice, and Piano.

I graduated from Chapman University in 2010 with 2 degrees in music, Music Education and Music Performance on French horn. I am currently in my second year at UCLA for my masters in Music Performance on French horn.

When I first began teaching, I taught at an elementary school for 3 years as a brass coach for a Montessori Academy. This is where I fell in love with teaching. I have been teaching privately for 13 years now and love the one-on-one attention that I can give the students.

I have worked for many great organizations like the Los Angeles Philharmonic and California Philharmonic.

I currently am a freelance musician.
I perform regularly with the UCLA Philharmonia and UCLA Wind Ensemble-the top two performing groups at the music school. I also am in horn ensemble called the Thursday Horn Club. I have performed in such wonderful venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera house, in which I was able to premier a piece!

I look forward to working with you or your child in helping to start or continue a musical instrument!

*** Lesson Details ***
When I teach lessons, I like to go at the pace of the student. I am very patient but I expect the student to practice during the week. I will always work with a student as long as it takes to have them understand what is difficult for them musically.

For music, I try to find free options but books may be a better option. When we choose a book to play out of, I like to choose a book together so that the parent and the child are happy about the selection. Books vary based on what the needs are for each student. Books are to be purchased by the parent.

I usually play my instruments with the students, but being a freelance musician, I may need to save my chops for an upcoming gig. Not always, but happens from time to time :)

I also have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you are late for your lesson, I will try to accommodate the time but may have students or rehearsals afterwards so it will not always be a guarantee. If you are going to be late, please text me BEFORE the scheduled lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson space is in my home w/ seating for parents and music stand for students. I also have a cat and a dog, so if you are allergic, please let me know!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide the music books and their own instruments and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical genres of playing but I am able to teach all different styles of music.
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Joshua G. June 8, 2017
· French Horn · In home
I had next to no experience on the horn, and I had learned and improved greatly from the first lesson. From my experience, should you need to jump into horn from the bottom, Beckie is the ideal teacher because of her attention to detail and positive attitude that makes progress exponential.
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Yongsuk P. June 2, 2017
· French Horn · In studio
She canceled and rescheduled so many lessons due to personal reasons, such as playing somewhere, house construction, etc. When my wife sent her text because my son couldn't make a lesson, she didn't check and charged anyway for no-show. The she cancelled all the remaining lessons. I don't think she is very professional.

Sorry Beckie, but you need to set your priority before taking students. My son is not something you can give lesson whenever you feels like.
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Brodie F. March 14, 2017
· French Horn · In home
Becky was great! Kind and gentle teaching manner. Brody is excited to have homework and looks forward to next week!
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About Maria M.

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El Paso, TX

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Offering ONLINE Singing, Music Theory, English and Spanish lessons.

Classes taught in English or Spanish
*Clases impartidas en Inglés o Español.

Hello! My name is Maria. I am a Native Spanish speaker born and raised in the border between the US and Mexico. I am a Soprano singer with more than 10 years of experience, and I am also a Computer Systems Engineer, specialized on Web development and programming. Passionate about teaching! I really believe that knowledge is the way to success, and sharing it is the best way to learn.

Musical Background:
- Soprano singer with over 10 years experience.
- Singer of various musical genres including classical, religious, folk, rock and pop.
- Vocal coach in choirs.

Education:
- I'm pursuing my bachelors degree in music in the University of Juarez, Mexico.
- El Paso Conservatory of
Music, Music Skills Program.
- University of Texas at El Paso. Vocal Technique and Music Technology Courses.
- Private and Master Classes with recognized and experienced teachers.

Teaching Experience:
- I have been working as a Vocal director with a religious choir since 2012.
- I offer lessons for all ages, from beginners and Intermediate singers.

We will be building together your personalized program based on your specific needs.

Computer Background
- Computer Systems Engineer with Database Specialization graduated from the Technological Institute of Juarez City.
- 80% of Master of Science in Information Technology from the University of Texas at El Paso.
- I have been working as a developer, system tester and business analyst for important companies like HP and EDS.

Teaching Experience:
- Computer Teacher for kindergarten and elementary school kids. Also I have been working with teenagers, adults and seniors in private lessons.

I am a native Spanish speaker born and raised in the border between the US and Mexico. I offer Spanish tutoring including conversation, grammar, and correct phonetic pronunciation.
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Danielle F. July 31, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Maria is a wonderful Spanish instructor. I highly recommend her.
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Rabiya K. July 18, 2016
· Singing · Online
I disagree with whoever is commenting below me. Miss. Maria was having difficulties with the server that day (June 24th/June 25th) so she sent out an e-mail to let us know that and then had it back up and running. The website is totally available now and she replies to lesson scheduling stuff super quick

Miss. Maria is really patient and kind teacher. Lessons with her are very fun and she is also very bubbly. She is also very knowledgeable
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Myriam .. July 14, 2016
· Singing · Online
I had only one singing class with Maria, and it seemed just fine to me but then she didn't upload as agreed the material I was supposed to practice during the week so when we met again she wanted to give me the same class while we agreed on material to practice to move on... After that I tried to get in touch to change the time of a class and she never got back to me. She seems very busy, can never answer the phone and hardly answers emails, am not feeling am getting any personal attention. Am switching to another more available teacher.
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About Britta Y.

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Round Lake, IL
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My name is Britta, and I love piano and teaching! Music has brought great joy to my life, and it all started with the piano. I am eager to share that joy and power with you.

I started playing piano before I can remember and began lessons at age 5. I studied under my phenomenal teacher in Minnesota until I moved away when I was 18. I continued playing duets and quartets at her studio anytime I was back in Minnesota. I spent a few years living abroad and at college in Chicago. I taught first graders for a year at LEARN Excel Charter School in Chicago. Now I’ve relocated to Round Lake Beach, where I have a beautiful 80-year-old baby grand piano and a peaceful in-home studio.

When it comes to music, I think it's important to stay relaxed, push yourself, and have fun. Learning to play an instrument like the piano can be a very rich and
transformative experience for anyone. Whatever it is you're looking for in learning piano, I'm eager to help and share the gifts my teacher gave me.
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Emma September 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter had a good time at her first lesson !
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Tru September 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter was very happy with her lesson. She is excited to learn and grow with her skills.
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Gabi Z. August 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teacher ! 😀👍🏻
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About dan C.

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Redlands, CA
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I love teaching ASL so much for it is my passion. I am a fun ASL teacher and you will love how fast you learn ASL. Sign up now. You can find my youtube videos online. My background includes having deaf parents and daughters that are deaf so I have been using ASL all of my life as it's my first language and I am a CODA (child of deaf parents). I have taught k-12 deaf students for over 30 years. My favorite subject is teaching American Sign Language (all levels) and interpreting which I taught at the local college for over 20 years. I have lifetime teaching credentials for k-12 and community college. Presently, I interpret for the deaf free-lance. I have taught over 3000 students over my many years of teaching, it is my love.
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Gina February 5, 2017
· American Sign Language · Online
Dan is great! He made me comfortable in learning something that is so foreign to me. I look forward to my next lesson with Dan!
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Charlie B. July 11, 2016
· American Sign Language · Online
Dan was extremely helpful and experienced! He had prepared beforehand and gave me great ideas for my sign language presentation for next week. I learned new vocabulary words and he helped me with ASL interpretation! I am grateful!
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About Kat A.

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Silver Spring, MD

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Hi, there! My name is Kat and I'm so excited to be your tutor!
I've been teaching since 2009 and have loved helping my students improve their English proficiency. I have a BA in Literature and an MA in TESOL from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

I have experience teaching business English, academic writing, speaking, pronunciation and more. I'm a warm and supportive teacher with the content knowledge in English grammar, phonology, and structure to help you achieve your language goals.
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Emmanuelle August 14, 2017
· ESL · Online
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About Rachel T.

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Little Rock, AR
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About Rachel
Hello! 

Are you looking for some help with elementary level math or reading? Do you need assistance with writing or editing a high school or college paper? Are you interested in learning a language like English, Spanish, or Portuguese? Or do you just need some supplemental lessons to really help you understand your class material?

Then contact me!

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelors degree in International Studies, Spanish, and Global Cultures. While an undergraduate, I studied abroad in Ecuador. I also received a Certificate in Youth Development from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as a Certificate in Conversational Portuguese from Liberty University. I continue to further my education by taking Public Policy masters courses from Liberty University.

I am passionate about lea
rning, and I delight in helping others succeed in their academic and language pursuits. For over 14 years, I have been tutoring clients of all ages in various subjects. In Lithuania, I taught youth conversational English. While in college, I took several elementary education courses, assisted other college students with their homework, and tutored grade school students in math and reading. Following graduation, I continued to work with younger students in an after-school program setting, and for several years I have been teaching private language lessons to adults and children.

While I tutor several subjects, I really enjoy helping clients learn a new language. In this globalized world, I believe that learning another language is invaluable; being able to communicate in a non-native tongue not only improves your self-confidence, but it also helps you see the world from a new perspective. I love that knowing foreign languages has given me insight into other cultures and allowed me to form deep relationships with people who do not know any English.

In my language classes you will receive assistance with:
• understanding content
• clarity in writing
• vocabulary
• cultural comprehension
• grammar
• sentence structure

As a teacher, I delight in helping my students find success, and I strive to create a relaxed, fun, and happy classroom. I work with you at your pace and tailor lessons to your needs. It is my goal for you to have a better grasp of the subject matter and to equip you with the tools you need to succeed.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures, being creative, going on outdoor adventures, playing cards and board games, singing and dancing, reading, and watching movies.

Experience & Education: 
• 14+ years experience tutoring Spanish, Conversational English, ESL, Elementary/Middle School/college subjects, writing/editing papers 
• 20+ years speaking Spanish with experience living in a Spanish-speaking country 
• University of Wisconsin graduate with 3.9 GPA 
• B.A. in Spanish, International Studies, and Global Cultures 
• Public Policy masters courses
• Elementary Education courses 
• Portuguese courses 
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Joey S. August 21, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Excellent teacher !!!
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· Spanish · Online
Great to work with!
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Joey S. December 13, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Great job.
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About Orfilia W.

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Oxnard, CA
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About Orfilia
Degree in Hispanic philology, with more than 15 years of experience as a Spanish teacher, highly qualified to address any topic of grammar or spelling of Spanish.
I am quite disciplined and committed to my work.
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Ronald October 5, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Great first lesson
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Paula July 6, 2017
· Spanish · In home
After our first meeting, we have a better idea of what the expectations are. We now can set up a plan of action based on my knowledge of the language. I am thrilled to be able to learn one on one with Orfi. As a teacher, I think Orfilia will be perfect for me. She understands my ability and has an easygoing teaching method. Yeah, for me!
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Kaori Suzuki May 23, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
She was my Spanish teacher at Langland, TOKYO for about 5 years. I can't express how much I loved taking Spanish lessons with her. She is very professional but so funny you will never feel bored studying with her. I miss you Orfi!
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About Kathleen K.

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Arlington, VA
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About Kathleen
Hello!

Whether you are looking for practical German or a more academic learning experience I am here to help! My love for German, Germany, and other German-speaking cultures goes back to 7th grade when I decided I would take a German class my 8th grade year. Since then I have been to Germany several times, lived with a host family, continue to talk to several of my German speaking friends, and have even read several of the Harry Potter books in German - making this language a big part of my life! I enjoy teaching and am considering becoming a German professor as a full-time career choice, but am starting out on a smaller scale. I have informally worked with several students, at different levels, tutoring German, and have learned so much about second language acquisition as well as how each person processes the German language. I wholehe
artedly believe in a well-rounded learning process that utilizes listening, reading, writing, and cultural exercises. I look forward to developing a personalized learning plan to help you achieve your language goals, no matter your experience.
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About Alexandra A.

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Miami, FL
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About Alexandra
I love learning and teaching languages and although I studied law I really prefer teaching languages (I speak 5 languages) and love travelling and photography.
I will be happy to answer the questions which arise in between your one-on-one lessons. In short, I will do everything I can to increase your rate of language acquisition.

It goes without saying that I love to teach! I have an easy-going personality and a positive attitude. Learning such a beautiful and multifaceted language as Spanish will be fun with me. I love travelling, I have hosted many exchange students, so I have developed good communication and creativity skills.

I will encourage your interest and curiosity into the Hispanic culture by using amusing topics during the session, which will automatically improve your experience.

I am able to communicate with students
at a very personal level . I am very passionate and enthusiastic to get them to learn. I will also promote study habits.

I have a lot of nice material and is interested in what people have to say and their needs. I am friendly and kind; I try to correct students making sure they don't feel embarrassed. I makes people feel comfortable, and encourages them to participate and learn, -even the shy ones. I enjoy the class as much as you.
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Alex October 18, 2017
· Romanian · Online
I have only been Alexandra´s student for the past few months but I can notice significant development! I have already come a long way and improved more than every before, when I was studying by myself. I always look forward to our classes; they are very interactive and fun! I like it how She customises our lessons and personalises them to my level.
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Wendy October 18, 2017
· Russian · Online
I have been taking on-line lessons on and off for several months with this great Russian teacher. I did have some basic knowledge of Russian at the time. My teacher, Alexandra, has been great. She allowed me to go at my own pace and review material, if needed. I work in the medical field, and I received material and assignments related to this area, which was helpful..The most productive part of the the lessons were the times spent on conversing back and forth.

Having lessons on-line does take some self discipline, especially if you are working full time. However, it does encourage regular review of Russian so that you are ready for the next lesson. Alexandra is a GREAT teacher!!
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Anthony October 16, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Excellent tutor, teacher, friend! She is honest, patient and nonjudgmental. Her experience is obvious because she takes care to only speak with Spanish that you know and is very attuned to non-verbal cues. Her knowledge of Spanish grammar and cultural nuances is great not just because he speaks perfectly but she can articulate her knowledge well.

She is genuine in character and her goal is to help you learn Spanish at your pace. I have learned a great deal in the 9 months that I've been working with her and can't imagine that I would have gotten here as quickly with any other teacher.
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I am a Spanish engineer who just moved to new Jersey. During my years at university I was combining my studies with giving math, chemistry, physics and English lessons. I realize then that one of my passions was to teach people new things. Right now, I am studying a diploma in advanced coaching which is helping me understand how can I best help people. believe that everybody has the potential to learn and grow and when something is sawn as difficult is just because the way that is being explain is not the proper. Each of us have a different way of learning, as a teacher I will find the one that fit better for you.
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