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About Rebecca S.

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Carlsbad, CA

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About Rebecca
Master of Music Education, University of Florida, 2019
Bachelor of Music, University of South Florida, 1997

20 years of teaching experience
Specialist in lessons for very young piano and voice students (ages 4-6)
2 recitals a year for students
Rebecca is an engaging teacher who makes lessons fun while your child is learning.
Customized lessons for the adult piano or voice student. My oldest student is 93!

More about Rebecca below:

An international performing artist, Rebecca has most recently performed in December of 2018 with the Genesis Opera's inaugural production of Amahl and the Night Visitors of Menotti as the Mother. Earlier in 2018, she performed with the Temecula Symphony Orchestra as Amneris in the Triumphal Scene from Aida by Verdi, under the direction of Maestro John Mario di Costanzo. She has been a feat
ured artist at the Etruria Opera Festival in Tarquinia and the Tuscia Opera Festival in Italy from 2009 to 2017 as well as performing recitals and concerts in the Southern California area. In November of 2014, Rebecca organized and performed in the Suor Angelica Project, a fundraiser for the San Diego Opera. This collaboration with the San Diego Symphony and members of the San Diego Opera Chorus raised over $7500 for the Opera.

Since 2009. Rebecca is on the faculty of the International Lyric Academy, teaching voice and Italian lessons to the American students who come over to Italy to participate and learn. She has also sung concerts and recitals in New York City, London, Edinburgh, and various cities in Italy as well as locally here in California and Florida. Rebecca received her Bachelor in Music degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She is currently working on her Masters thesis for a Masters in Music Education from the University of Florida. She has also studied at the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, the International Lyric Academy of Rome, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. She serves as the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carlsbad, California, and teaches voice and piano privately.

Rebecca has been a performer with the San Diego Opera and is a former member of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. She is featured on their 1996 release Christmas with the Master Chorale. Other recordings include Mahler VIII - Symphony of 1000 in the chorus with the late Robert Shaw. Other conductors and coaches Rebecca has worked with include the late Robert Shaw, the late Sir David Willcocks, the late Julius Rudel, Stefano Vignati, Dr. Robert Summer, John Mario DI Costanzo, the late Cesare Rufini, Annetta Monroe, Mary Mackenzie, Dianna Ruggiero, and Cecilia Valdenassi.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to the individual student's initial abilities. In all genres of music, it is important to breathe well, have breath support, communicate the emotion and character of the song, and eliminate vocal bad habits. These issues are different for everyone.

I teach a classical Italian technique of breath support and beautiful tone, and these techniques can be applied to all musical styles.

The student will be assigned and choose songs to learn and work on as we incorporate the techniques into the songs and vocal exercises.

Piano lessons and Italian lessons are also available from ages 4 and up. Piano lessons include music theory and recital participation. Voice lessons include recital participation. Italian lessons are available at my location, your location or online.

*** Studio Equipment ***
CD player, 7' Boston grand piano, digital recorder, ipad

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha keyboard, ipad

*** Specialties ***
Voice, piano, classical, pop, Broadway, opera, Italian, piano, music theory, audition preparation. I specialize in opera and classical music but sing many styles, including pop, classical, and musical theatre; I teach all styles in piano.
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Ksenia June 21, 2019
· Opera Voice · In studio
It was a pleasure to meet with Rebecca she is very knowledgeable in music, voice coach and has lots of experience. She is giving my 8 years daughter opera voice lessons and she enjoys it very much.
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Thomas May 7, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher. Great with kids. Very knowledgable and experienced.
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Liz May 6, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Rebecca is great! She worked with my 14 year-old daughter to become more confident in her singing. Rebecca is very encouraging and clear in her directions. Highly recommend!
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Rebecca S.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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About Trevor H.

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El Cajon, CA

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About Trevor
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After on
ly a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
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Michael M. May 10, 2019
· Guitar · Online
It was a good getting to know you lesson. Trvor's a good lislener. He has a good easy going style. I am looking forward to future lessons.
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lisa May 6, 2019
· Music Theory · Online
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Will January 11, 2019
· Music Theory · In home
Trevor is wonderful and sensitive to special learning needs.
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Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Enrique P.

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Escondido, CA
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About Enrique
I truly enjoy teaching and have many years of experience teaching students of all levels and ages.

I try to teach my students how important it is to listen to themselves play. When appropriate, I bring a guitar or bass (depending on the student's need) and help the student learn how drums relate to the rest of the music. I want all of my students to enjoy playing and to have music as a tool for life: one that helps them express themselves, think creatively, learn specific and technical skills, and grow musically. I believe all people can benefit from learning to play an instrument. If you or your child believe that music can provide a new way to find meaning and joy in life while learning a valuable skill, please contact me.

In addition, I have successfully taught many students who have had trouble in school due to lack of motivati
on and/or learning disabilities. Drum/percussion lessons have reawakened these discouraged students' desire to learn and I am happy to adjust my teaching style for any disabilities or difficulties a student may have. I am happy to provide references from parents whose children were struggling in other areas of life and who looked forward to a music lesson when all else seemed to be a chore.

More information: My recent recordings include top-selling Mexican pop artist Yuridia's newest album, Entre Mariposas, produced by his longtime collaborator Javier Calderon, and I have shared credits with Kenny Aronoff and James East.

Winner , San Diego Music Awards with the band Skelpin.

Percussionist of Manolito Gypsy (Gypsy Kings).

*** Lesson Details ***
Classes are 30, 45 or 60 minutes, depending on age and ability. I give lessons at your home or in my home studio.

I will start by talking to the student and/or parent about what the student would like to accomplish from the lessons and what, if any, musical background the student already has. It's OK if you don't have any experience at all.

The first class is when I focus on understanding how the student learns. Everyone learns differently and is motivated differently, so I make it a point to get to know what makes the student tick. During the first lesson, we will do some basic exercises so I can pinpoint where they are, and I'll assign skills to practice for the next class.

If the class is taught at my home studio, I record it for the student to refer to during the week. I assign exercises for every class, so please plan to practice at least 15 minutes per day while you are taking lessons.

Finally, I offer a recording opportunity for students who are writing songs and would like to learn recording skills. This is an option for advanced students, students who are looking to record a demo, or for young students who would like to preserve their new accomplishments on an audio file that can be given as a gift.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland TD-6 and Yamaha stage custom and acoustic drums. Full in-home studio. Machudo Cajons (Drum Box) Yamaha acoustic set, Sonar recording software,Box) Yamaha acoustic set, Sonar rec software,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will bring appropriate lesson materials to your home and we will work together to get the right practice materials for you within your budget.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching Latin percussion instruments including the drum set, cajon (DrumBox), bongos, dumbek and congas.
Spanish Music for kids
Spanish:Lessons for teens and adults, Spanish Music Program(Learn Spanish with songs, music age 8-9)

If you have a group of kids that play instruments but they don't know how to start a band I can guide them I have plenty of experience in this field.

Also I teach how to make and how to play with sequences and loops.

Latin rhythms, rock, world music beats, jazz, Latin Jazz, pop--the style is up to the student.
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JanetD May 1, 2011
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drum lessons made fun!

My son is taking drum lessons for the first time with Enrique. Enrique is friendly, relates to teenagers well and has cool ways to make learning fun!
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KennethP March 21, 2010
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Happy dad

Enrique is very good with my son Jordan. He is very patient and keeps Jordan interested and challenged. Jordan is learning quickly thanks to Enrique's ability to explain everything in a very straight forward manor.
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PatriciaA March 22, 2009
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Enrique was very helpful, instructive, and encouraging I would recommend him.
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Enrique P.

Escondido, CA 92026
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About Donna B.

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San Diego, CA
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About Donna
CA Standard Credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I have been tutoring and teaching students for many years. My goal is to reduce anxiety in learning a subject and to give students the tools and knowledge they need to study on their own.

Most of my students are tutored in math. Usually my students suffer from math anxiety. They believe that they are bad in math. I help them to use previous knowledge to build on the current material. By the end of the sessions, they feel good about themselves and their math abilities.

I also have a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. I help students prepare for college/career from grade 9 through grade 12. I help with standardized tests, entrance tests, college applications and federal funding.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all levels of math - from elementary to College Algebra.
My pri
mary focus is:
Algebra 1 and 2
Geometry
I've taught Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry and Statistics.
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Estefania C. February 18, 2018
· Trigonometry · In studio
Donna is a great teacher is helping me with my math issues
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Donna B.

San Diego, CA 92122
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starting at
$40 / 60-min

About Luis M.

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Chula Vista, CA

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About Luis
Graduated with a Degree in Music Education from San Diego State University. Presently, earning California State Credentials.
Graduated with a Piano performance diploma from Chula Vista School of Performing Arts division. I have taught several students in many fields including but not limited to: Spanish, Piano (Beginning to Advanced), Vocal Development etc. I am very friendly and personable, but also professional. When students come to me with problems, I will do what ever it takes to bring them to the solution. My motto is, a problem is just another opportunity for you to do your best.

- I have taught: 6 years. Ranging in many subjects such as Spanish, English, Vocal Instruction, Piano Instruction, Guitar, and Musical Performance.

- Choir Director/ Conductor Jan 2010 - Present
SDCOC
- I am a music director for the San Diego Chur
ches of Christ. I've taught the San Diego Church of Christ Fellowship for 9 years. I have led worship for even longer, and i love it.
- Worship intern May 2014 - Sep 2014
- Dallas/ Fortworth Church of Christ
- Led worship, produced music, directed choirs, taught assorted parts to part singers.
- I Speak 3 languages fluently
- I am a certified member of the National Association of Music Educators
- I have received awards in the fields of Voice and Piano for outstanding professionalism, & Excellency
- I am presently teaching ages 5-65, with the exception of one enthusiastic 67 year old.
- I love my job, and I am passionate, above all I will make you excited about the field of study you choose

*** Lesson Details ***
These details change depending on, whether you would like musical training or academic tutoring.
Musical:

Music is fun and the lessons should be as well. When it comes to practice I recommend that students do spend time (1/2-1hour daily) outside of the lessons practicing to ensure that they see results. If you choose to practice only while in the lesson you will get better but it will be at a slower pace.

- Start with quick warm ups (these work to increase students fluidity with their instrument)
- Work technique
- Assign repertoire depending on skill level.
- Work on assigned repertoire
- Work on technical aspect of the pieces.
Your student will learn much more about their capabilities and their instrument as they will learn many aspects of Music Theory.

I teach beginning- advanced piano lessons touching on posture, hand position, rhythm training, sight-reading, expression, and pop/jazz chord charts. If you want to learn how to play songs by ear that you hear on the radio, I can train you how to do that too! Once I feel that you have surpassed my ability to help you grow, I will be happy to pass you on to a more experienced teacher and attend all of your future recitals.

I teach voice beginner-professional, which includes classical repertoire and technique as well as Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, Standards, Country, RnB,...you name it. The best part is that you will learn to sing in a manner that will not damage your instrument and in fact will work to fortify your instrument.

Academic:
- Start with introduction to the standard.
- Work on problems with material.
- Present new methods to reach a solution.
- Work on all assigned work.
- Work on future work to give the student an academic advantage.

I am a hard working tutor that will bring the joy of the subject to our sessions of tutoring. I am strict at times, however, some of my students have referred to me as mellow. I will strive to bring your student up to speed and surpass even their own expectations. I love my students, and I want to see them succeed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Recording equipment etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Casio Keyboard Piano, sheet music, and much more equipment as needed.

*** Specialties ***
Classical & Jazz Piano, Classical & Contemporary Voice, English Language & Literature, Spanish Language & Literature
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Tim April 25, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I really appreciate Luis for the practice he's given me. We worked on lyric analyzation and flow. We focused on speeding up the meter to work harder in performing faster. I have become better with expressing my vocals in a volume where I can sing a long with the music bed. I highly recommend Luis for anyone who is working on improving their vocal training.
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Yasemin .. March 13, 2019
· English · Online
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Nathan Wakefield October 27, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Great lesson! Feel better equipped to order in Spanish now
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Luis M.

Chula Vista, CA 91911
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About Tania B.

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San Diego, CA
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About Tania
Hello everybody,

Do you want to become proficient or more proficient in French? Learn or brush up on french the fast and easy way with a native French speaker?

I am here to help you! My name is Tania I am 29 years old and I am a native French speaker. French is my native language. I love the idea of being able to help and teach students about this beautiful and complex language. I actually got most of my experience tutoring elementary, middle school and high school students and I have been teaching languages for 4years now. Studying different languages myself, I understand the obstacles that come with taking on a new language.

I can help if you simply want to brush up on practical usage for travel or to converse with friends -- or if you want to study grammar and more formal French for school or professional applications.

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he lessons are goal-oriented, creative and fun.
- Personalized instruction to meet your needs from beginner to advanced levels in all disciplines: reading, writing and speaking.
- The lessons are designed to make you familiar with the French culture and civilization.
- Specialized in tutoring students of all ages to improve their French skills for school, travel or competition.
- Lesson plans, class times and rates are based on individual objectives.

A bientôt!
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Ruby April 15, 2019
· French · In studio
Tonia came prepared and did a great job!
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Guillermo January 18, 2018
· French · In studio
Tania is a very easy going teacher. This helps the student remain relaxed during those difficult parts of the lesson. When it gets challenging for the student, it is important that no judgement be conveyed by the instructor. Only praise. I really appreciate this because learning a new language can be trying. Enjoying my progress so far. Thanks Tania!
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Marcio C. June 20, 2017
· French · Online
Tania is being a great tutor. My interest is to brush up my French after 10 years w/o any practice - focused on conversation. I am really appreciating the classes with her. She brings the right balance correcting what is needed but with encouragement and positiveness to keep you confident and engaged.
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Tania B.

San Diego, CA 92117
(9)
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$20 / 30-min

About Mariela Q.

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San Diego, CA
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About Mariela
I love teaching Spanish, especially to kids. I'm very experienced and patience is one of my many virtues as a teacher. I have experience introducing Spanish Language to kids as young as 5 years old and I have equal or more experience teaching this beautiful language to adults as well. It doesn't matter how old you are. I will make sure you learn at your pace and comfort level. I offer my expertise and knowledge to help you to reach your goals and expectations. I am background checked and fingerprinted by the Child Care License Department of Human Services.
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Thomas November 28, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Marie is the first and best teacher I ever had that taught me in a way that worked for my way of learning. She focused and engaged with me at 100% Spanish is now fun for me! I look forward to each lesson and can literally see great improvement each week.
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Mariela Q.

San Diego, CA 92117
(1)
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$17 / 30-min

About Jackie D.

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Chula Vista, CA
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About Jackie
Hi there! My name is Jackie, and I have nearly 20 years of experience in teaching. All of my students, meaning a perfect 100%, have improved their grades by at least one letter grade, if not more, and passed every one of their tests and exams. I help all my students reach their goals.

The feedback I often receive from my students is that I made learning an enjoyable experience—they want to work harder to advance quickly in their classes. All of my students agree that I have a lot of patience and turn even the most challenging lessons into ones of positivity and encouragement. I provide critical feedback in the most constructive of ways that help the students reach conclusions on their own. I enjoy being there to support and guide their experience.

Basically, I love teaching. I'm enthusiastic yet patient, and I absolutely adore helpi
ng kids and adults alike learn. It's such a sense of accomplishment when my students show off their terrific grades. I see the same look in my students’ eyes regardless of age—that pride that shines from within, that exuberant smile, like they can conquer anything. I want my students to keep that pride for a long, long time.

Right now, I’m working on self-publishing a Spanish conversation textbook for beginning students and am writing an intermediate-level Spanish conversation textbook. I've also written several academic articles published online. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy traveling, playing with my cat, and swimming.

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Jim G. February 19, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Jackie is an excellent teacher. I would recommend her to anyone who wishes to either learn Spanish or improve on the Spanish skills they already have
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· Spanish · Online
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Jean Charles November 21, 2017
· English · Online
Jackie is a very very good teacher. No comment!
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Jackie D.

Chula Vista, CA 91915
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About Matthew K.

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Chula Vista, CA

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I am a seasoned ESL teacher. I have taught overseas many years and in the US, especially colleges and universities. I am an expert in teaching all the language skills: speaking, reading, writing and grammar. I specialize in TOEIC preparation, IELTS and TOEFL. I also edit compositions.
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Robert October 24, 2018
· ESL · In studio
Matthew has been a great teacher for us at the American Language Institute, San Diego State University. He's worked with us for several years, and is always helpful, friendly and willing to take on whatever needs to be done. In the classroom he had a very good rapport with students-friendly, patient and always ready with a smile. Matthew is a great teacher. You will enjoy studying with him.
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Martin October 22, 2018
· ESL · In studio
Hello, I wanted to let ESL students know that I'll never have enough words to express my gratitude and appreciation to Matthew. He has interesting and helpful lessons and inspires me to work hard. He is always thoughtful, caring, and kind and an amazing teacher. You will be a lucky student to learn from him.
Your student, and friend, Marty
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Cheryl Garrett October 21, 2018
· ESL · In studio
Matthew is a great instructor with years of experience. He is creative and knowledgeable
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Matthew K.

Chula Vista, CA 91910
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$67 / 60-min

About Michiyo S.

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Vista, CA

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About Michiyo
I was born in Ishigaki Island, Japan. I grew up on the small oceanside Island. people there are slow and relaxed. I started tutoring foreigners in Japan in 2006. I have been tutoring here in the United States since 2008 and now I just started tutoring on this website. So far I have tutored college and high school kids, and also people just interested in learning as a second language. I love meeting people and sharing my countries foods and culture, not only teaching the language. I am a funny person and if you're reading this page and are interested in working with me and learning Japanese language and culture, please contact me.
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Michiyo S.

Vista, CA 92084
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$25 / 60-min

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