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About Joao M.

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Irvine, CA

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About Joao
I believe that anyone can learn an instrument and, even more importantly, that everyone can enjoy the process of learning music.

I lived in Brazil, Portugal, Netherlands, Germany, and in Boston before moving to New York. Moving around so much has brought me in contact with all sorts of people and cultures and has allowed me to grow as a musician and a teacher.

My teaching philosophy draws from different traditions: Socratic teaching method, Buddhist techniques of intense focus and self-kindness, Frederich Wieck school of lyrical expression, and the detailed science of Body Mapping.
As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, I place great emphasis on relaxed technique, ear training, and the use of contemporary repertoire along with classical pieces.

My first degree was in English and French linguistics and literature. I later ded
icated myself to scholarly research and completed a master’s degree in History at the University of Amsterdam.

Eventually, I decided it was time to do a rigorous program at one of the best music schools in the world so that I could perform and teach music at a high level. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with degrees in Performance and Film Scoring.

I teach online and normally in my Brooklyn studio. I am currently in Orange County, CA while at University of California - Irvine.

Some of the highlights of my time in New York:

I was awarded an arts grant from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for my performance and composition work.
I was commissioned by the organization MyFace to develop and implement a program for artistic expression through music, movement, and storytelling for children and adults with facial differences.
I worked as an accompanist and music director for shows and dance classes at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Whatever your goals are with music, I can help you get there! Get in touch any time to tell me about your goals and aspirations.
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Alex & Jessica August 30, 2018
· Piano · In home
If you're reading this, you are very lucky because you've just found the most amazing music teacher!
Our son has studied piano with Joao for the past four years. He started with Joao when he was six and continues to this day. He loves Joao. Joao is a patient, intuitive and adaptive teacher that provides incredible instruction, in any music genre. He honed in on our son's musical interests early on, making learning piano fun and interesting. We often say, Joao is not just teaching our son piano, he is giving him a music education, introducing him to an array of amazing pieces from different genres. He's a rare talent both as a teacher and musician. We feel incredibly lucky to have found him. You will too!
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Michael August 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
I studied jazz piano with Joao for over a year. In my time working with him, I learned a tremendous amount. Joao is both an extremely talented musician and a skilled instructor. He clearly cares a great deal about his students and their progress. He was always patient (especially during weeks when my practicing had been slow) and both encouraging and supportive of my efforts to master new concepts in jazz. Joao has an excellent sense for what his students want to accomplish in their musical explorations, and an ability to tailor his lessons to the student’s unique goals. He has an impressive knowledge of both the history of jazz and music theory which makes him an incredible resource for learning about the jazz idiom. Last but not least, Joao was very personable and fun to talk to, and I always a enjoyed working with him. He is an outstanding teacher.
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Margaret August 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
Joao is an amazing piano teacher. I would highly recommend taking lessons with him!
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Joao M.

Irvine, CA 92612
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About Rosita R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Rosita
I have been singing and studying voice for over 23 years since I was a child! I hold a Bachelors from Musicians Institute and other accomplished degrees from American Musical Dramatic Academy to conclude my quest for vocal excellence and the ability to sing in multiple languages ( English, Spanish, Japanese and Italian) I have been lucky enough to study with some of the top teachers in the country and now I bring the experience I have gained directly to you!

I am proud to share my student's vast array of musical successes. From being cast on short anime films and musicals to being accepted into prestigious performing arts academies to conquering the Karaoke scene. My passion for multiple languages and love of music is the desire driving me to share the gifts for teaching young children to open the door to their own musical abilities an
d hidden artistic desires. I am currently writing a musical which will be debuting in 2020. I'm currently the vocal coach/Trainer and choir director at Iglesia Elim Central.

I will make sure my students have fun and help them get in the right track to their musical goals.

Also, I constantly upload videos on Singing, The Spanish Language, and Japanese! So keep Checking in! It ranges on tips and answering the most common questions on those particular subjects!

Also There are discounted rates for worship teams and church choirs. For more information please contact me through the "Ask a Question feature"

*** Lesson Details ***
I do my absolute best to create a positive atmosphere for my students. Even when the students feel frustrated or stressed, it is important to inspire them and give them the fuel that they need. Though I am strict when it comes to homework and their about their studies. Every lesson at the beginning I will review what we learned previously and test them.
then begin with proper breathing technique exercises, the cornerstone of all vocals. We move on to vocal exercises to condition the voice. Then we work on the songs that you are eager to sing!

I will use a piano when doing vocal warm ups and conditioning exercises. Students that play other instruments and accompany themselves when performing (such as a guitar) are encouraged to bring that instrument to their lessons. My goal is for them to gain the knowledge that they need to help reach their artistic goals.
With all my lessons every student will be taught a basic run down of Music Theory. My students will always progress in what they do. They will have the discipline that they need and yet have fun and be filled with inspiration. Which is the most important thing, to be Inspired to do better.

*** Studio Equipment ***
iMac, condensing mic...performing mic, keyboard, mixer...living room of apartment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do have a portable keyboard. Though I do expect the student to have their own recording device and karaoke tracks. At Home I do have a studio, and if the students has an iPod or an Mp3 player I can attach it to a device where all of us can hear the tracks. I do have a recording studio as well.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Musical Theatre, and Pop rock genres. When I teach my students I always have them learn a song of another language whether it's Spanish or Japanese. It helps with diction when they learn a song outside the English Language. Also It helps them to learn another Language at the same time. Also I give them a little anatomy class when they are learning how to sing. I give them a model of the vocal Chords and different areas of the Larynx and which part works for the chest voice and the head voice.

Special packages now Available (Not Available Online for purchase! Please call Takelessons for booking)

If you can Speak you can Sing- Always wanted to learn how to sing and learn a new language? In this package we will do both! With 4 singing lessons (30 minutes each for kids 60 minute each for adults) to learn the proper technique to improve the voice and 4-languages lessons (English, Spanish or Japanese, 30 minutes each for kids 60 minute each for adults) ) to learn the grammar structure and get you conversing with a native speaker! Plus you will learn how to sing a song in the language you chose! This will be 2 classes a week or 2 classes every other week. This means one singing lesson a week and one language lesson a week. If you have kids this is perfect for the summer!

$225 for 30 minute lessons.
$300 for 60 minute lessons.

Let's Sing Anime! Do you love singing to those openings and Ending theme songs when watching your favorite Anime? I do! What can I say I'm an Anime Nerd. With this package you'll get 4 Singing lessons (30 minutes each for kids 60 minute each for adults) and 4- hour Japanese lessons (30 minutes each for kids 60 minute each for adults) ! Let's learn how to sing those songs right and know what they mean without reading those subtitles!

$225 for 30 minute lessons.
$300 for 60 minute lessons.

If you will like more information Click "Ask a Question" and all questions will go directly to me!
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Norman January 3, 2019
· Spanish · Online
Necesito un nivel mas alto . Puedo hablar un poquito pero no fluentemente . Puedo leer las noticias en espanol
Rosita R esta muy amable
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Shelly December 29, 2018
· Singing · Online
Rosita is the bestest kindest koolest most awesomely amazing most perfectly perfect teacher in the world πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• she has helped me in so many ways πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œ she’s helped my confidence so much she has helped me not be so scared πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ she is a true angel she has the kindest sweetest heartπŸ’•πŸŽΆπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• I’m so glad Rosita is my teacher πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œ she’s taught me so much I’m so very thankful and blessed to have her as my teacher πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—she truly is the best πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œ
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Christine December 7, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Thank you so much!! Great instruction and enthusiastic instructor!
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Rosita R.

Rosita R.

Irvine, CA 92614
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About Jay D.

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Irvine, CA
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Hi. My name is Jay, and I am from sunny San Diego. There are so many things I can tell you about myself but I will just say that I am a very active and goal oriented person. I love being disciplined and focused on everything I do whether it's going to the gym, running a marathon, teaching my students, etc. I believe that everything I do daily brings me closer to my ultimate goals. For this reason, I take self-development seriously. I love tutoring various students because it gives me a chance to meet many like-minded individuals who constantly want to work on themselves and get better. It is very rewarding for me to work hard and see my students grow and achieve their goals. A comfortable and friendly environment is the most important part of my teaching. If you are looking for someone who can motivate you to learn English and stay on tas
k, you found the right girl! :)
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Nadiyah Saleh September 23, 2018
· English · In home
I look back upon that time as so important in the development of the person that I am today, Teacher Jay changed my whole aspect on my learning. She taught me more than I could have imagined, both about academics and about myself, I wouldn't be where I am today without her. I am so glad to have her in my life , without her I couldn't pass my Ielts Exam, and I have no doubt it was her help that made the difference. She has a strong background about Ielts, Tofel, and others, her techniques and strategy are amazing, she has an excellent resources. I never really believed that I could do well in Ielts, She opened my eyes to what I could be, what I could do in a way that I've never thought possible. Jay tough me meaningful things Such as make a smart decision, never be a fraid to make mistakes, give respect. She tought me that I could achieve more than what I or other people thought that I was capable of. I still remember one lesson where she told me about her hopes for her future, she also told me about her successes, and for some reason, it all resonated with me, and I started to relize that anything really is possible. we became friends and we still keep in touch.
To teacher Jay:
Thank you for staying behind to help me, even I know there are lots of other places you'd rather be.
Thank you for explaining things until I understand.
Thank you for being my teacher and my friend.
Thank you for your kidness and respect.
Thank you isn't really enough to express my gratitude to you.
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Omar September 21, 2018
· ESL · In home
I learned a lot from Jay’s classes, she helped me with all the linguistic difficulties that any student who doesn’t speak the English Language as thier native language may face. She understand the linguistic barriers of the the non-native English speakers and she knows how to deal with them. The best part of her way of teaching is how she gradually and smoothly moves the ESL students from a basic English level to a higher one!! Challenging the students to give thier best and more for learning purposes is really difficult specially when teaching students from all over the world with huge cultural differences but it is not difficult for a Skilled teacher as Jay!!
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Joy September 20, 2018
· ESL · In studio
Jay is an excellent teacher! I was with her on my IELTS and got a quite good grade which enabled me get into the graduate program. She is such a great teacher who always motivates me and encourages me to do better and better. Jay is not only a teacher for me but also a mentor in life and a good friend as well. She is the best teacher I’ve ever met!
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Jay D.

Irvine, CA 92620
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About Javier D.

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Riverside, CA

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Hola, cΓ³mo estΓ‘s? I am a certified native teacher. I was born in Madrid, Spain (Europe), and I live in California since 2014.
I love teaching, and have all my life.
I have a lot of experience; I know how to teach Spanish in the best way, mexican style and any latin style as well.

With effective lessons, with patience and with speaking slowly and clearly. You will learn grammar, the best proper pronunciation, the differences of our languages, our expressions, slang, etc ... with a profesional tutor who knows exactly what is doing due to his academic preparation and experience.

You will be able to speak with great accent, emphasys, positions of the mouth ... and more options of the language that it is advasible to be taught by natives teachers.

We will learn by enjoying and practicing, through one to one conversation, exerc
ises, repetitions, movies, books, songs ...
By practicing with all these forms, you will feel success in a few classes.

Should be great as well to take lessons with 2 students or session groups. Works really good and itΒ΄s cheaper. The lessons are more fun because we can interact, so the student learn faster and better.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve excellence in your studies!

Nos vemos ! :) (See you guys)

Javier
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Debby S. December 28, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Speaks a bit too fast- not very punctual and very impatient. I asked to spend less time on pronunciation and more time or actually conversing and speaking out loud in conversation, but he gave me a bit of a hard time about this- I don't feel he has prepared anything for me specifically... he just goes off on tangents as we speak. I would like to focus more on conversation and grammar .
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Jasmin October 20, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Javier is great! I really need help speaking Spanish and Javier has lots of teaching tools to help with pronunciation and also for memorization. 8 lessons in and I'm hooked, I look forward to my classes and the fact that I feel like I'm improving and having fun while doing it.
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Fay October 12, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Great teacher! And when were doing the lesson it’s very enjoyable!
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Javier D.

Javier D.

Riverside, CA 92507
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About Elena T.

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Lake Forest, CA
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My name is Elena. I am very pleased to welcome you to my French lessons! I have been teaching French for all age groups (beginning from 3 years old kids to the adult advanced level) for more than 20 years and I am really happy to provide my students with the experience and skills I have acquired for all the years.

I have worked with the kids of all the age groups creating cooperative learning, hands-on and minds-on approach. I also participated in "Write-to-Read" program in California and used these methods to encourage reading/writing at home, parent involvement, and listening/speaking/writing skills. I always try to create an individual approach to every child to develop his/her unique language skills and personal perception.

I am a professionally credentialed and certified teacher from California state and I am happy to share my
experience and my love for French with all students and their families.

Sincerely,

Elena
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Dylan October 12, 2017
· French · In home
She goes above and beyond! My son is autistic, and Elena is perfect with him. She's punctual and understanding.
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Elena T.

Lake Forest, CA 92630
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About Christina P.

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Upland, CA
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Christina is a multi-talented musician, producer, singer-songwriter and has been actively involved with music throughout her life. She began learning classical piano at the age of three and naturally fell in love with singing at a young age. Gifted with perfect pitch, she has excellent ability to play songs by ear. Christina has been teaching private piano and voice lessons since 2008. She is very passionate and motivated to help her students reach their fullest musical potential. Students can expect professional and quality lessons from Ms. Christina. Her teaching style and method is fun, laid back, and flexible while she emphasizes students to have a strong foundation of music theory. Christina will determine a personalized lesson plan for each student depending on their skill level after their first lesson assessment. Her goal is for s
tudents to enjoy each step of the learning process and most importantly, make significant progress during each lesson.
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Angel S. June 8, 2018
· Singing · In home
Angel loves her. Very happy with her first vioce lesson class and looking forward for moreπŸ‘πŸ‘
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Mikayla M. April 17, 2018
· Piano · In home
Patient, easy going and professional with her teaching, definitely appreciate Christina!
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Donna R. January 27, 2018
· Singing · In home
Teacher is very personable and puts the student at ease. Her advice was helpful and did make a difference. I was pleased.
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Christina P.

Christina P.

Upland, CA 91786
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$40 / 30-min

About Kimberley A.

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Rowland Heights, CA
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We've been teaching English for over 30 years and have helped students feel comfortable with using English in conversational, academic, and professional settings. Whether you are a beginner English learner, or just need some improvement on spelling and grammar, we will tailor the lesson to your needs.

To show you we are committed, we continue to improve our craft by attending ESL conferences all across the United States and have also taught abroad in other countries to expand our knowledge on other cultures.
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Kimberley A.

Kimberley A.

Rowland Heights, CA 91748
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$50 / 60-min

About Narmeen J.

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Newport Beach, CA
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I have worked as a private tutor and translator since 2009 I enjoyed teaching kids and adults of all ages I have a passion for teaching love meeeting new people from different cultures I have traveled all over the world MLB to start teaching in my area very soon please contact me if you have any questions thank you
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Narmeen J.

Newport Beach, CA 92660
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About Heidi N.

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Chino Hills, CA
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Hi my name is Heidi,
I am a mother of 6, Elementary school teacher, Visual Art teacher for 20 yrs, and I've always had a great passionate for cooking. I'm a professional cake designer and baker of old fashioned goodies and candies. I'm a "Sugar Angel" and bake custom cakes for terminally ill children.
I have always enjoyed teaching others of all ages. Let me help you explore your creative side and teach you how to perfect your skills. I'm available for children's parties, catering and private lessons, including pioneer cooking, homemade from scratch cooking, American cuisine, some international cuisine, candy making, cake decorating, pie baking. Let the joy of cooking begin!
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Heidi N.

Heidi N.

Chino Hills, CA 91709
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About Purnima R.

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Redlands, CA

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Hello

My name is Purnima, and I love to teach ASL. I am a TASL (Teaching American Sign Language) graduate student at the University of Northern Colorado. I also teach at the local public and private school as an ASL instructor and Teaching Assistant for almost three years.

Anyone who likes to learn about American Sign Language, you came to the right place. I can teach you ASL in all aspect of the lessons including ASL discourse.

My teaching style is very flexible, comfortable zone and adapt to any learning styles to your needs to learn ASL.

I'll look forward to meeting you!

Purnima
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Maria H. January 17, 2019
· American Sign Language · Online
I love learning from Purnima! Not only a I getting fully immersed in language, I get to learn about Deaf culture. Purnima makes learning vocabulary easy, and takes the time to answer questions if something doesn't makes sense. She is so sweet and kind, and I would recommend any classes with her.
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Ramon January 17, 2019
· American Sign Language · Online
this is the best asl class here in my opinion. it covered a lot. and helped me review and remember some stuff i forgot from not being active in the Deaf community here.
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Leticia January 17, 2019
· American Sign Language · Online
Her patience, sweet demeanor and attempt to answer every question yet keep on task is impressive.
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Purnima R.

Redlands, CA 92373
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