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About Ian S.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I majored in Mandarin Chinese back in college (many years ago...) and also studied Chinese at Tunghai University in Taiwan. I have excellent pronunciation, and can help you also master Mandarin pronunciation, as well as grammar, sentence structure, reading and writing, etc.

About Ian
A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a staff music instructor at the Institute of Music for Children. With 28 years of experience on the guitar and 32 years on piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written, recorded, and produced over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.

Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Gove
rnor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.

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I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.

The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.

You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion

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I specialize in pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, fingerstyle (guitar), etc. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.
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Sissi H. July 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ian is the best , He give me a lot of confidence to start, and my English is not good he also very patient to understand what I said. In the beginning I don't have a guitar he give me a long list good for me and let me find out witch is I love, and lots of advice. Thank you Ian!
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Zhongkai July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Can't be better
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Vera March 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Excellent lessons! Ian teaches fun songs that engage kids but also about technique & theory in a very casual and relaxed manner. Highly recommended!
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Ian S.

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About Lin X.

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I have been tutoring students Chinese in bay area for years, helping them to explore Chinese culture and history, gain a deeper understanding of the nature of Chinese language, and make Chinese easy to learn!

I am a native Chinese speaker with a Master degree in Education as well as a high school teaching credential in China. I am experienced in customizing private Chinese lessons for both children and adults. I have been teaching students with a wide variety of needs - academic test, living communication, or business conversation.
Course benefits include:
- 1-on-1, or 1-on-more tailor-made executive private tutoring lessons
- Most flexible option and suited to busy lifestyles
- Having lessons on your preferred timetable
- Focusing solely on your learning requirements
- Offering both ‘living’ and ‘business’ lessons to best fulfill your Chinese goals
- Extensive discussions of Chinese language and its culture
- Selected topics and situations coming from real life ...

About Lin
I have been teaching Chinese and Violin in bay area for years. I am very experienced in customizing private lessons for students of different age. I have got my Master degree in Education in China, with a high school teaching credential. I have passed the violin performance exam Level 10 in China, and played in the first student orchestra in the city. I wish one day I could share all my learning and teaching experiences with you:)

My class is designed in a student-friendly way. I will always discuss your learning goals and expectations at the very beginning; I believe a mutual understanding of the big picture between the student and the teacher will serve a good start. I enjoy exchanging ideas with my students in the class and let them dig deeper through this two-way communication. In my class, you can learn with joy, making a steady p
rogress step by step. I will also introduce a most-fit textbook to you, with plenty of supplementary learning materials provided, as well as a customized teaching plan offered based on your goals and learning progress.
Course benefits include:
- 1-on-1, or 1-on-more tailor-made executive private tutoring lessons
- Most flexible option and suited to busy lifestyles
- Having lessons on your preferred timetable
- Focusing solely on your learning requirements and obstacles
- Opportunities to practice in the class with timely feedback

Now I am accepting new students in my private violin / Chinese class. If you have any question regarding my courses, please contact: lartstutor at gmail. I am looking forward to working with you:)
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Binbin March 23, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lynn is nice, respectful, patient and professional. My son has been learning Violin from Lynn for about 6 months now and helps with any questions he has and provides her tips to do it better. I highly recommend taking lessons with Lynn.
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Lilit M. March 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
I've been taking lessons for about a month now and I think Lin Is a great teacher. she gives constructive feedback and tells me exactly what I need to work on, why its important to know, how to improve that technique, and then she shows me herself how to do it. she also tells me what I am doing well. I'm enjoying learning from Lin, she is a really nice person to talk to, she is very friendly but firm also expects you to meet her expectations.
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Becca January 13, 2017
· Violin · In home
Lin was our daughters teacher for over two years. She is kind, patient, and so wonderful with children. Our daughter had never played violin before and Lin taught her so much, and also taught her to love the instrument. We have enjoyed her so much and are so thankful we got to experience her wonderful gift of teaching.
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Lin X.

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Belmont, CA 94002
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About Lella L.

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San Francisco, CA

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I am both patient and enthusiastic as a teacher. I speak Mandarin Chinese as my native language, and can help my students progress to a high level. Once I have determined the student's level, I work with them to help them improve according to their goals.

About Lella
I studied Musicology and Piano Performance at the Shandong Normal University School of Music, where I graduated with my BA in 2005. I taught music and established a band at a property management institute while a student there, and established my own practice after I graduated. I came to the United States in 2013, where I have continued to play piano and have joined a local band. I am happy to continue sharing my love of music with my students here.

I began tutoring Mandarin in January 2015. As a native speaker, I can guide you to a very high level, and help you learn to speak with a proper Chinese accent.

Please note: Online classes are available for Mandarin Chinese only. Piano lessons are only available in person.
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Mo March 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
5 stars' teacher
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Kayli September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We just had our first lesson and we hit a few bumps but my daughter has never had music instruction before so we're giving it another go next week to see if things go more smoothly. 3 stars above says meets expectations, and though it didn't, I just hesitate to give someone 2 stars based on one lesson.
Here are some details from class:
My daughter (K) just turned 5 but is pretty mature for her age and has expressed an interest in learning the piano so we signed up for individual lessons with Lella. At the start of class I mentioned again (I had noted it at booking time as well) that K has had zero experience with music instruction. Immediately Lella sat with K on the piano bench and started explaining treble clef sign, bass clef sign and what hands they relate to. Lella also has a thick accent as I was trying to follow along with her explanations with a little difficulty. She even asked if K speaks Chinese and I said "no" so she said "you're Indian right?" My daughter would look around from time to time while Lella was explaining at which point Lella would just keep seeing "Pay attention sweetie!" Then she asked my daughter to write the numbers 1-5 in a book and when she said she didn't know how to write the number 2, Lella laughed and said "you know, but you forgot right" so I spoke up and explained "no she has not been taught to write her numbers yet, but she can read/recognize them" to which Lella seemed very surprised, so I felt the need to say, "she's still in preschool. But if you write them she'll be able to tell you what they are." So then Lella switched to counts, explaining about the values of different notes. She asked my daughter if she had questions, to which my daughter said "I think I understand what you're saying, if it's just a circle that means four, but if it's a circle with a line..." And before she could finish her thought Lella said "no that's not a line, it's a stem". At another point when Lella asked if she had any questions, my daughter slowly said "yes... what's velour?" And when Lella looked confused I had to step in and explain that Lella was saying "value", the amount of counts for a note. By the end of the half hour lesson, Lella had reached her explanation of middle C, which she described to my daughter saying "this is middle C because it's in the middle, there are two black keys, then on the left is C. Can you find another one?" When K didn't respond right away, she repeated herself, and again another time. So I said "she really has had no previous music experience, I think you need to even explain to her that those are called keys, like there are black keys, white keys..." And Lella just looked at me confused.
At the end of the lesson I agreed to buy the theory book so we can practice that at home, and Lella asked if I can sit in on the next lesson to help explain things to my daughter, because she "doesn't really focus". I agreed to sit in on the lesson, for my own benefit so I can help her with HW since I also don't have music experience. But I also mentioned to Lella that her accent is quite strong and I think my daughter was having trouble understanding her, and Lella seemed surprised by that comment.
I don't know... it says on Lella's profile that she has worked with young kids but I can't really see how the class was any different from how she would teach me, an adult with no prior music experience.
Oh! I forgot to mention something so basic - when we met Lella she thought I was someone else so I re-introduced myself and introduced my daughter. Then as we were saying goodbye at the end of class I realized Lella had never introduced herself to my daughter, so I asked "oh, what would you like K to call you, Ms. Li, or Lella? Ms. Lella?" She said Lella was fine so I turned to K and said "Tell Lella bye K." It just hit me, I mean that's something about creating a relationship with a young student. Speaking to them directly, making that connection. Lella was really smiley which gave the impression she was friendly but she never really made a connection with K who is the student, not me.
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Marissa August 22, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Lella quickly recognized what I needed to practice and brought me a great book that helped me get back to where I was very quickly.
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Lella L.

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San Francisco, CA 94124
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About monique K.

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Pleasanton, CA

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Experienced Chinese teacher of 20 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of listening/speaking/reading/writing skills. I specialize in traditional style. I get along very well with students and I care about them. Please, send a message with your availability of days of the week/hour, your time zone. Hope to hear from you!

About monique
OVER 15-YEARS EXPERIENCE! IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS IN CHINESE LISTENING/SPEAKING/READING/WRITING. LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS, INTERMEDIATE, AND ADVANCED.

I HAVE LOTS OF PATIENCE! I get along very well with students and I care about them. Please, send a message with your availability of days of the week/hour, your time zone. Hope to hear from you!

超過15年的教學經驗,可以根據學生在聽說讀寫方面不同的需求和興趣設計課程的內容和教材,歡迎有興趣學習中文的同學跟我聯絡!
- 繁體字
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Eric June 5, 2017
· Chinese · Online
Had a great first lesson with Monique. She's well organized and has clear objectives in her lesson plan. She's also flexible and recognizes when to move on more quickly or spend a little time reinforcing a topic.
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Brittany H. January 17, 2017
· Chinese · Online
Monique is a very patient and thorough tutor. I've had three lessons with her so far, and I've learned so much each time. Wonderful Mandarin tutor!
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Lily M. December 28, 2016
· Chinese · Online
Monique is a very patient and kind teacher. She is very nice but challenging and makes sure that her student understands the concept before moving on.
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monique K.

Pleasanton, CA 94566
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About Haiyang W.

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I am a native Chinese speaker and speak Mandarin. I was born in China and lived there for 18 years. I am also fluent in English since I have lived in the U.S. for 7 years now. In our lessons, you will not only learn the proper pronunciations, vocabulary, and grammars, but also the way the actual Chinese people would talk. And everything covered in the lesson will be well explained in both Chinese and English!
I believed the fastest way to progress in a second language is to live in an environment that only speaks that language. If you are already familiar with Chinese but still would like to improve, we could have a practice session, in which we will be only using Chinese, so that it mimics a real conversation/situation that you may encounter in China.

About Haiyang
Haiyang Wang started learning musical instruments at age four. He began playing the flute at age eight and have won competitions from local to international levels including the 1st prize of the Second Asian Youth Music Competition in 2004. He studied at Shenyang Conservatory of Music as a flute performance major since his middle and high school years and had his first solo recital at age sixteen. Haiyang relocated to the US at age eighteen and continued his study in music. He is currently studying at University of North Texas, and his teachers include Prof. Terri Sundberg, Dr. James Scott, and Dr. Lee Lattimore.
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About Jasmine L.

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Danville, CA

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Hi all or 你好. My name is Jasmine and I thank you for looking into my profile. I am interested in teaching Mandarin Chinese, face to face or online, for all levels of learners. I moved to Beijing, China at the age of 8 and spent 10 years immersed in the culture. I believe language is learnt through practicing and would love to help you with it. Please reach out if you are hoping to learn some authentic Chinese. 谢谢!

About Jasmine
Hi. My name is Jasmine and I am thrilled to be able to teach Mandarin Chinese. I have spent 10 years of my childhood in Beijing, China, and am capable of teaching conversational Chinese - speak, listen, read, and write.

I am absolutely friendly, responsible, passionate, and motivated. Please reach out if you're looking to learn some authentic tasting of the Chinese language and culture!

I hope to build the passion in learning Mandarin Chinese in my students, while they will encourage me to teach better every day.
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Abigail July 17, 2017
· Mandarin · Online
Jasmine is great!
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Michael Q. June 28, 2017
· Mandarin · Online
Very kind and patient!
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Betsy M. June 9, 2017
· Chinese · Online
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Jasmine L.

Jasmine L.

Danville, CA 94526
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About Nancy L.

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Lakewood, WA

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"I've been teaching Chinese for 4 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of Chinese culture, Within the first few lessons, you'll start speaking simple sentences and as time goes on, you'll be able to conjugate like a pro! I also specialize in Chinese literature, typically use the Living Language books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: recording equipment, worksheets, textbooks, and more. I love working with students of all experience levels.

About Nancy
Hi, I'm from China, I graduated in China. I working in America.I am passionate about both learning and teaching! I have 4 years of teaching experience in China. I have a lot of hobbies. I like playing the Piano, cooking, watching movies. Do you want to take a trip to China with your friends? Do you want to understand Chinese movies? Are you Interest in the Chinese language and culture? Do you want to speak, read and write Chinese? I can offer you my One on One online lessons or Group online lessons by Skype! You will be able to learn in your spare time, on the coffee break, at any public cafe! I really would like to meet new students who interested in Asian culture and people who would like to share their lifestyles and hobbies. Hope to meet you soon :)
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Phong August 12, 2017
· Chinese · Online
Class is always interesting with new materials to learn.
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Phong August 5, 2017
· Chinese · Online
Always an interesting experience when having a session with Nancy, very attentive and patience with you.
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Diana K. July 29, 2017
· Chinese · Online
I just started taking lessons and have already learned so much! Such a great teacher and I HIGHLY recommend! :)
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Nancy L.

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$20 / 30-min

About Paige S.

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Hello! 你好!Chinese is my first language. I love to use creative way to teach my students.

About Paige
Pei-Jyun is a Native Taiwanese. She has performed in Taiwan, Japan, Canada and the United states. She is currently pursuing a Performance Certificate degree in Northern Illinois University studying with Professor Kelly Langenberg. Pei-Jyun received her M.M. in French Horn performance through studying with Professor John Fairfield with a full scholarship. Besides solo performance, Pei-Jyun is also very actively engaged in chamber music and teaching. In 2017, Pei-Jyun got accepted to University of Iowa as a student of Doctoral of Music Art studying with Jeffery Agrell. Pei-Jyun is also a painter that specializes in watercolors.
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Paige S.

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About ZHENG W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I like to make Chinese fun and interesting for my students.

About ZHENG
Hello future students,
I am from the City of Wuhan in Hubei Province. My major was International Trade and I graduated from Wuhan University. Since 2012 after I moved to Los Angeles. Because I was interested in becoming a Chinese teacher, I began teaching my son and continue to maintain his Chinese. Additionally, I encouraged him to participate in Chinese reciting and writing contests. Eventually, he was able to read Chinese novels. I have been teaching at West Los Angeles Chinese School for more than a year. Furthermore, I worked as a Chinese T.A. for a year at Broadway Elementary School, which has a Chinese-immersion program. I am looking forward to working with you. I’d like to use my skills and knowledge to help perfect your abilities in Chinese!
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About HaiBo S.

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About HaiBo
I taught Chinese with many foreigners in China and Indonesia and America.
I like to teach Chinese.

I am from China, I am a christian. I came to America almost one year now.
I am getting a certification in biblical counselling
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Rebekah August 7, 2017
· Chinese · In home
She is an amazing teacher. Very patient and kind! Excellent in every way!
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Maggie July 28, 2017
· Chinese · In home
Sharon is such an awesome teacher! She was sooo patient with me and gracious as she helped me learn new language and corrected my tones. I loved having her as my teacher!
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Becca July 21, 2017
· Chinese · In studio
She was an excellent teacher. Very patient but challenged me.
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