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About Drew P.

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Pleasanton, CA

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As a recent recipient of a Master's Degree in Flute Performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, Drew Powell is a promising young flutist and highly sought after flute teacher. For 15 years, he has participated in numerous music competitions, festivals, and performance opportunities, both as a soloist and part of ensembles, and actively continues to do so. He is an advocate of the arts and passionate about spreading the gift of music, which has lead him to teach over 30 students (and counting!) in just the past 3 years.

Drew won the 2017 Myrna Brown Artist Competition (an international competition with no age limit) hosted by the Texas Flute Society. He was recently invited to be a guest artist at the 2018 Texas Flute Society Annual Convention, where he taught several masterclasses and gave solo performances.

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**My Vision***
I seek students who share a love of learning. I am not looking for the finest musicians or highest IQ's, because those gifts are not required to learn and grow. My greatest experiences as a teacher have come from when I work with students who just want to learn more.

***My Requirements***
I hold my students to high expectations when it comes to practicing. Each week, I give students individual assignments that I know will improve their learning and playing abilities, and I expect those assignments to be fulfilled by the next lesson. A failure to do so will result in frustration for both myself and my student.

However, I know that nobody is perfect, and I myself have had my share of weeks where life happens, and I simply don't progress as much as I would like. As a teacher, I understand this perfectly, and I will always strive to listen to my students, and work with them through their difficulties or struggles.

***What To Expect From Lessons***
I bring a lot of energy to lessons! I am very passionate about teaching and helping students grow, and I make sure to bring that to every lesson. I give concise, direct feedback to students, making sure to give them the information they need to understand how they can achieve their goals and grow.

I am very perceptive of students' feelings, and I take care to be sensitive to their needs each week. My worst fear as a teacher is to cause hurt feelings, so I will do everything in my power to avoid that!

I am an expert in the field of music and the flute, so you can be rest assured that the quality of instruction will be the highest.
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Alka S. December 7, 2018
· Piano · In home
My two kids have now had five piano lessons with Drew and we have booked further.
My impression on day one had been that he is highly motivated, energetic and professional. His relative youth combined with authority makes him a great teacher for teens. First impressions were correct.
My kids like him a lot and they are already playing recognizable tunes. :)
I heartily recommend Drew for Flute and Piano.
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Ananya S. November 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
Excellent first impression. Drew came across as friendly, motivated and in control enough to manage my younger one. With the elder one he was great too.
Look forward to the lessons. Will post am update after a couple of weeks.
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Kathy August 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Drew was very knowledgable patient & helping me understand everything. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Drew P.

Drew P.

Pleasanton, CA 94566
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About Marie M.

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San Francisco, CA
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A native Californian, Marie is most known for her starring role in Warner Bros’ THE ART OF WAR as Julia with Wesley Snipes. Marie was handpicked by producer Cameron MacIntosh at her first professional audition for the Broadway show MISS SAIGON. Acting in films that have grossed over $400M, she has worked with Oscar, Tony, and Grammy award winning directors, producers and talent with companies such as Paramount, Fox and Warner Brothers. Has worked with talent with both Michael Mann and Oliver Stone twice each, Mark Wahlberg, and Ben Affleck.

Marie, as founder of a performing arts conservatory in downtown LA, has taught voice to hundreds of children for 10 years. Hollywood studios often called the conservatory to find talent including DreamWork’s Memoirs of a Geisha. Notable alumni include Monica Parales (Nickelodeon star, recording
artist), Melissa Reyes (Who’s the Next Pussycat ) and Nikki Soohoo (Peter Jackson’s Lovely Bones).
Having studied linguistics at UCLA and with the best voice teachers in the country from the Berklee College of Music to the Cleveland Institute of Music, Marie has clear knowledge of the anatomy of the voice, the articulators, and the specificity in creating phonemes. Her undergraduate foundation in Engineering and a graduate degree in Business uniquely positions her to coach clients working in those fields.
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Roman October 12, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
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Sirus October 3, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
she is money oriented/CLOCK WATCHING and concern about filling the time than having any usefull teaching content. On the first lesson she told me 3 times that she is raising money for her new LCD and I wanted to help!! Who does this!!

She bragged about her skills in accent reduction and 3 days she spent on analysing. BS. She is lying to your face when she didnt even spent 5 minutes.

I had an emergency on my first session, and she did nothing to make it up. Instead, she marked it as missed, and txt me that she doesnt know how to override it!!!! ( she could have not mark it as missed!!!! In first place) . Then she told me on second session, there is nothing she can do about it( really!!??? U cant even do a gesture offer to spend some time!!??). Then she is telling me she is working on amillion dollar deal, and she doesnt need 36$ :)))) and right after she asked if I wanted to help on lcd fund raising!! We had 10-15 min on actuall lesson which has no content. total BS.

I feel future students need to know about this. If she want to interpret this that im being a herk thats totally fine. Thats my civil duty to put it out there what my experience was.
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Maria August 31, 2018
· Accent Reduction · In studio
Marie is an amazing instructor! I really enjoy her methodology. Also, she is patient and cares about my progress.
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Marie M.

San Francisco, CA 94112
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About Erika C.

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San Jose, CA

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I am from Chile and grew up in California. I received my Master's Degree in Spanish and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from San Jose State University. I teach Spanish and English, all levels and abilities. I love foreign languages and writing.

I have studied Spanish literature, culture, history and linguistics. I have also studied English literature, writing, advertising and editing. The best teachers and mentors I have had, have made learning fun and exciting. My goal is to always create an atmosphere where learning comes alive and becomes an enriching experience for the student.

A creative writing instructor I had years ago once said, "anyone can write." Well, I believe that with the right guidance and tools, a student can achieve the desired goals in writing, in learning a foreign language, and in any other subject or field.
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David May 13, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Erika is great!
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Erika C.

Erika C.

San Jose, CA 95126
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About Kristen O.

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San Francisco, CA
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About Kristen
I live in a remote part of Northern California where the redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean. I have 2 son's 16 and 4 who I've homeschooled off and on throughout their lives. My 16 year old graduated high school early and is now pursuing a degree at College of the Redwoods. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on photography and digital art.

I am a teacher by trade and profession. I've always had a natural ability combined with patience and understand thats allows me the to excel my students further beyond what they've thought possible. I've been a teacher of Arts at many private schools in Northern California for the last 20 years. Recently over this last year I have discovered the joys of teaching ESL online for a few large companies. I am really looking forward to working more one on one with my students as I feel this can
be very beneficial to those looking to really excel further in the english language.

Art is my passion
Learning is my journey
Teaching is in my DNA
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Melanie P. October 2, 2018
· Photography · Online
We had some challenges finding some things, but we worked it out. Very nice lady.
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Avi July 28, 2018
· ESL · Online
Kristen is a wonderful teacher! She is teaching me and a friend at the same time and we both love the classes.
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Kristen O.

Kristen O.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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$30 / 45-min

About khora E.

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Oakland, CA
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As a teacher, I teach you to tap into your natural talent and cultivate the highest version of yourself.
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khora E.

khora E.

Oakland, CA 94612
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About Chen S.

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Stanford, CA

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About Chen
Hi,

My name is Chen. I teach Mandarin Chinese to non-native speakers of all ages and levels, remotely and locally at Stanford. I received my bachelor's degree in International Relations from Renmin University of China and my master's degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE). After that I went on study for my second master's degree in Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. After finishing all my coursework at the University of Chicago, I moved to Stanford and is currently working on my MA thesis while translating an anthropology book from English to Chinese.

I am a language learner and lover myself. I have learned French back in high school, and Latin and Greek in College. I have also learned some Danish when I studied as an exchange student in Copenhagen, Denmark. Languages bear upon not only a
group of voices and words, they are the lenses through which the world is perceived and communicated. Learning languages thus equips me with additional perspectives and enriches my understanding of others and myself.

Besides learning languages, I am also passionate about tutoring and find it especially fulfilling to help others achieve confidence communicating in another language. I started tutoring language-related courses in College, such as Mandarin Chinese, Chinese poetry, and English (GRE and TOEFL).

With several years of experience teaching Mandarin Chinese to second-language leaners, I know well the importance of individualized teaching. During our first session, I will ask the student about his/her learning goals and expectations, and tailor my teaching resources to their needs.

I can help you with:
-Test preparation (HSK, among others)
-Overall Mandarin Chinese improvement for any level and all ages (listening, speaking, reading, writing)
-Mandarin Chinese in specific fields (business, tour, the subject you study, etc.)
-Translation from English to Chinese and/or proofreading of Chinese writing
-Introduction to Chinese culture, cuisine, music, history...and all
-Any combination of the above

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any question or need any clarification in any information listed above, or book me if you are ready to get started!

Cheers,
Chen
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Chen S.

Stanford, CA 94305
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$34 / 30-min

About Emma T.

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Union City, CA
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Emma T.

Union City, CA 94587
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$42 / 30-min

About Shinobu K.

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Berkeley, CA
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About Shinobu
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KONNICHIWA!

I am very happy to hear that you are interested in learning Japanese.
I have been teaching Japanese children to adult, beginners to advanced.
I had a request to teach Japanese to 3 years old girl last year before she moved to Japan in order to attend to a Japanese kindergarten smoothly. So I thanked her that I learned to teach Japanese from 3 years old. Now I can accept a student from 3 years old to any age.

My tutoring is not just teaching Japanese language to a student. I want to teach more than language, such as our culture and traditions. So I add cooking, Origami (folding a paper), Japanese calligraphy, singing, story telling into the lessons. We need "FUN" to learn the second language and I believe it is the best tools for the learning it even adult. I teach both formal and casual in speaking, writing. So
you can communicate and exchange conversations or responses with Japanese smoothly because my teaching method is not like a text book at school.

If you faced to the wall and struggling, try to change the method to learn Japanese. The text book Japanese at school is good for the test and business, but the proper Japanese is just like the Japanese animation films or movies you want to understand and watch. Moreover, the language is alive, so I add to teach new things including slang which may be not in your text book, to understand recent movies and animation films.

I sometime work for a Japanese company in Japan. Currently, I am working with a project for 2020 Tokyo Olympic.

If you have any question, please contact me. I am looking forward to seeing you soon.

Arigatou.
Thank you,

Cancel policy: If you need to cancel your lesson, please contact me at least 24 hours before. Please remember if it was less than 24 hours, it is non-refundable.
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Shinobu K.

Shinobu K.

Berkeley, CA 94704
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$42 / 30-min

About Joy A.

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Joy A.

Joy A.

San Jose, CA 95112
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$17 / 30-min

About Grayce B.

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Livermore, CA

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Hi! I'm Grayce, and I LOVE the Japanese language. It makes me so happy to teach new learners all about its cool features. I began learning Japanese as a kid when I was lucky enough to take courses in middle school. I continued to study through high school and college, garnering academic awards in the subject and consistently being at the top of my class. Currently I am preparing for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, N2, later in 2019.

I also love to ride horses and play with my two little dogs, as well as creative writing.
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Grayce B.

Grayce B.

Livermore, CA 94551
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$30 / 30-min

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