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About Kathleen B.

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Menlo Park, CA
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German is a spoken language, so being able to speak it well is important. I work on building vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing. For students who are planning to travel in German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) we can also work on survival: basic words & phrases for travelers, and listening/understanding when spoken to.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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About Sheila S.

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Fullerton, CA
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I've been teaching German for 2 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to speak in simple conversations and as time goes on you'll be able to use German grammar. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Sheila
I have earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Redlands. As a professional singer, I have performed in numerous concerts and operas. I've sung in both choral and solo settings, as well as fully staged productions. Throughout my education, I have played piano and even participated in Certificate of Merit testing. These experiences have all helped shape me into a well rounded singer.

In lessons, I devote equal amounts of time to technique and repertoire. We will always begin by warming up, and working on some exercises. Then we will implement your new techniques into your repertoire, which I will tailor to your specific needs and wants.

Above all, though, I want to help you realize your dreams as a musician! Looking forward to getting started!

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Voice: I believe techniq
ue comes first and foremost, because it will free you to give everything you've got in performance! We will work on breath support, tone quality and proper placement, and then sing through your repertoire to put these techniques into practice.

Piano: Learning music theory goes hand in hand with playing piano. As you play your pieces, we will also explore the fundamental concepts of music theory (basic rhythm, treble and bass clef, major and minor), giving you a well rounded approach to mastering the piano. These skills will take you a long way in your musical path!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Stickers for little ones! I also bring repertoire books to share with my students.

*** Specialties ***
Classical singing technique, applicable to all styles of singing
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Ava M. January 31, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sheila is very kind and patient!
My daughter just loves her.
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Isabelle Y. October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
She is a great teacher
My kids loves her
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Mauricio A. March 8, 2016
· German · Online
Great Teacher!
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Sheila S.

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About Henry M.

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San Jose, CA

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40 years of German language knowledge, having lived and worked in both Cologne and Berlin. I'm a certified teacher with a minor in German, having taught at all levels internationally.

About Henry
Award winning journalist and teacher with international experience, having lived and worked in both Europe and the United States. Certified teacher with experience in all levels and with all ages.
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Alex October 26, 2015
· ESL · In home
The best ESL teacher EVER
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Daniel October 18, 2015
· TOEFL · In home
I highly recommend, the best teacher I’ve had. Responsible! Caring!

I took TOEFL perpetration classes with Henry. He is very knowledgeable and a great teacher. Because of his experience in journalism he has amazing knowledge in writing, reading, speaking, He worked on my general English skills first because I thought I had enough proficiency in English while I didn't, and after some classes he started TOEFL, he definitely knows what area of English I was weak in so, step by step, he lead me in the right direction. He's very responsible and carrying. I got a higher score than I was expecting.
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serra K. May 9, 2015
· ESL · In home
I hired Henry to teach English for my little daughter. The reason i have chose him was he was the only one on the list who accept half hour lessons. I wanted to see şf he is good. I was gonna rşse to one hour if i like. And his hourly rate was reasonable too. We met and he was perfect. After my daughter we have studied with him. He has provided fastest improvement on my special purpose of need. It is really not common to see this passionate teachers around. His academic approach to your need and support with newest material in the maket was excellent. I think he is ahead of others because of his major. A senior jounalist, a TV person... he helped me a lot for my journalism career too... So i definitely can call him An excellent career coach. While i was trying to be on time with my project in Los Angeles, i was the lucky one to meet him through takelessons.com. He gave me what i need only at three weeks. We together focused on my certain project's needs and after i was ready to move alone almost. He is great to teach on bussiness emails, phone conversations, expressing your basic work situation etc.
He is great on accent reduction too. While i wrote this review my concerns is he will see and will find anything to correct... But he also has taught me to be courage enough too... Thank you Henry for everything you have done. I am a freelance foreign journalist in LA. He did his best for me both as a teacher and colleague. And such a good heart... Even if you don't share same opinions on any affair he respect you and try to give his best and more than what you have paid. He is patient too.
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Henry M.

Henry M.

San Jose, CA 95113
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About Sal I.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Sal
- Certified German Linguist with more than 10 years experience in private tutoring
- Worked for Goethe Institute Summer Schools and American International Schools teaching German as a second language
- Certified Arabic Linguist, Teacher and Translator with the ability to translate English into German or Arabic and vice versa professionally
- Young, dynamic and able to tailor interesting language lessons for all ages, starting kids in preschool up to seniors
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Sal I.

Sal I.

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About Alyssa L.

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Frankfort, KY
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Being from Germany, I have a love for the German language even though it is sometimes forgotten. I can teach any level of German.

About Alyssa
Hello everyone! My name is Alyssa, I've been teaching for about 6 years. I am experienced in many forms of teaching from opera to ACT English, I have a unique teaching style that will be fun to any age! I've taught as young as 5 and as old as 62, you can learn anything you set your mind to! It'll be fun!

I went to East Florida University for my Bachelors and the University of Kentucky for my Masters, my degree is in Vocal Music Education and General Education. As a singer myself, I have traveled all over Europe and the US which means I have picked up quite a bit of languages which is fun to teach and learn. I'm very happy to teach you, don't hesitate to follow your dreams!
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Sarah March 14, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Alyssa taught me on general vocal instruction and it helped so much with the basic aspects of voice performance; diction, intonation, tonal memory, and sight reading
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Rachel M. March 29, 2016
· Singing · In home
Alyssa did a great job relating to my 14 year old and definitely has the gift of encouraging. Though she is young she is quite accomplished and has obviously been studying for years. Rachel came away excited about the lesson and even about her homework.
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Sydney February 25, 2016
· Music Performance · In home
Alyssa helped me get into my top school by helping me in voice performance and opera! She is the most talented teacher in Frankfort, she can sing wonderfully, she can speak many languages, she is very smart, and she cares about your performance! she is amazing, don't hesitate to make your dreams come true. Hire Alyssa!
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About Tatiana Z.

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Long Beach, CA
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I am a professional teacher of German and I have many years of experience teaching German to different ages and levels. I taught at the university in Moscow.
If you are looking for a fun, flexible, easy to get along with tutor for either German or Russian I am perfect for you. I have been travelling to Germany, Austria, Switzerland for fun and as an interpreter. I have Goethe-Institute certificate which proves my qualifications. German is my biggest passion ever!

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 H. January 21, 2017
· German · Online
Tatiana is a wonderful teacher. I look forward to our next lesson.
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About Daniela N.

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Each student has specific goals and preferences, and I am happy to tailor my lessons so to achieve those goals: exam preparation, improving reading skills, conversation, grammar, translation ...

About Daniela
Born in Vienna, Austria, raised and educated in French and perfectly bilingual. I studied Art History in Vienna, and later Art Therapy at NYU. I have often been employed as a translator and I have always enjoyed teaching languages in my free time - German and French. I am very attentive to each student's needs and preferences: building on students' strengths, addressing areas to improve, our work helps my students to fully realize their linguistic potential.
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Daniela N.

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About Sami H.

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"Ich bin ein Berliner” OR “Ich bin Berliner?” Take lessons with me & I’ll guarantee that you won’t be calling yourself a jelly donut like JFK did in his world-famous speech!

*Lesson Logistics*
-NO boring worksheets & practice problems
-FREE materials provided: instructional videos, learning guides,
infographs, cheat sheets, & more
-Practice routine given by the teacher
-1-3 lessons per week (1 lesson minimum to keep momentum)

*BEGINNERS* - learn what you want to learn; forget about the pre-made vocabulary lists. Whether you want to drink out of the sink or the firehouse, we’ll go at your pace! One thing I can guarantee across the board is: we’ll be speaking German from Lesson 1 & carrying full-on conversations with confidence by the Last Lesson

*INTERMEDIATE* - now that you understand the fundamentals, let’s expand your vocabulary base, strengthen your grasp on the language by drawing knowledge parallels, and create a solid practice routine for steady ...

About Sami
Love drives some to madness. But you know what love drove me to? German. Following a 6-month relationship with a German exchange student my junior year of high school, learning German became my life calling. I feel slightly guilty to admit my numerous hours spent religiously rehearsing different phrases, song lyrics, and grammar rules. Clearly my idea of fun was a bit skewed for a 16-year old hehe.

Spilling into my college years, my passion drove me to major in the German language and spend nearly 5 months in Germany teaching the youth about human rights and cultural understanding. My last month there, I was confused for a native on multiple occasions, which got me thinking - or dreaming, I should say. The dream that I'm working toward daily is to move to Germany and assist Middle Eastern refugees in assimilation, utilizing my Arabic a
nd German language skills. Step by step & day by day, I'm making my way to the beautiful Deutschland.
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Carter B. August 11, 2017
· German · Online
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Max August 10, 2017
· German · In home
I got to know Sami during several workshops for students of all ages in Germany and was impressed by his enthusiasim for the german language and his ambition of providing an intercultural, age-appropriate, learning experience. I strongly belief he is able to both advance your language skills, as well as the motivation to deep-dive into the culture and therefore fully recommend him as an instructor!
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Leon August 9, 2017
· German · In home
I was a co-trainer of Sami in Germany at a conference, no matter if we did sessions in german or english, Sami is awesome in both and has this extraordinary ability to make people comfortable learning something new.

From a co-trainer perspective I can only highlight Sami's competence to explain content and to choose the right method for every learner. And most important: Sami made me learn something new about my own native language German!
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About David M.

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I speak fluent German with near-native proficiency. Having spent a significant amount of time living in German-speaking Europe, I am aware of cultural nuances in the language and have gone through the process of mastering German myself. All levels are welcome! Whatever your goals for learning German may be, I will help you achieve them.

About David
Hi! I am a student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where I just finished a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance. In the fall I will stay here to begin a Master of Music degree. I am primarily trained in classical music, but have ventured out into different genres and styles and can help you meet your musical goals. I believe a strong foundation and technical ability is important in playing any genre of music, so lessons should normally be formed around cellistic development. I teach all levels and would love to help you explore learning an instrument.

I also teach German. I began learning German as a child, and after several years moved to Germany for a time with my family. There I was enrolled in the school system and learned to speak the language at a near-native level. I strongly believe that
anyone can learn a language, and regardless of what your goals are, I would love to help you in this process!
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David M.

David M.

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About Maria P.

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I lived many years in Germany, don't have an accent, almost a native speaker. Since I'm 4 I lived in Germany. I can teach you everything about the language and culture
I'm still in the University so no matter what level I can adapt and make the lesson fun for you! Kids as well as grownups

About Maria
Hello I'm Maria Clara,

I'm latin-american but I lived most of my life in Germany because of my mother's work. I love to travel around the globe, meet new people, experience new cultures and eat new food.
I'm very open as I grew up in an international environment. I value manners and respect.
My love for other cultures and people makes me a great teacher, I'm very tolerant and understanding. My creative side always kicks in when I want to explain or teach something.
Don't forget that discipline is a very important part when learning something, so I expect for you to be as excited as me about the topic. If not, I promise I'll try to make it less hard ( specially for kids).
Hope to meet you soon!
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Maria P.

Maria P.

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