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Lake Stevens, WA

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About Matthew
Hi.. My name is Matt. I'm a very energetic, friendly, understanding & passionate music coach who has worked with students & clientele throughout the US. Possessing more than 25 years of music training & music industry experience, I've been able to take people's Playing to amazing levels.

In my musical travels I've networked or shared the stage with many famous NW music legends:
1.) Roger Fisher- Heart-2013 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
2.) Lynn Sorensen- Paul Rogers/Bad Co/KZOK's Spike & Impalers
3.) Donny Evola - Geoff Tate/Former Queensryche/Foghat
4.) Jeff Kathan- Paul Rogers/Bad Company/Montrose
5.) Doug Mcgrew- Geoff Tate/Former Queensryche Singer/Operation Mindcrime
6.) Update - For the last year I have been playing off and on with Rudy Parris from NBC TV's "The Voice". Season 3 - Team Blake. He is an incredible music
ian and I'm proud to call him and his manager my friends. His new album coming out is nothing short of amazing.

In fact everyone I've mentioned above are pro all the way and great guys as well. I"m honored to have played with them.

I challenge my students to view music more than just as a "skill", but also a tool to communicate effectively and to combat life's obstacles.

I have had many guitar teachers myself including one true Famous Rock Star legend here in Pacific NW. Congrats Rog. U Earned It, & inspire myself, & others everyday.

You got to know the rules 1st, before you can then break the rules. This is how you develop your own unique style. And it's what separates the Pro Players from the rest of the pack.

But even if you don't want to play professionally, maybe you just want to learn a few chords, licks, songs, for yourself, or to impress friends. That's okay too!

I welcome every level and style. I always learn something from my students.
That's what music is all about. Learning & trading tips and licks from other musicians.

Bottom Line Is... I can help you learn and progress on your instrument faster...

Let me be the Music Coach to get you there!

*** Lesson Details ***
The most important thing in a lesson with me is to learn while having FUN! I am a very laid-back teacher who wants to focus on music making you smile. We will choose material and a pace of learning that will keep you excited to rehearse and return the following lesson improved!

PERSONALIZE your guitar lessons by learning techniques used by your favorite artists in "their" songs.
FEEL FREE learning in a comfortable atmosphere where you can excel successfully as a musician!
CONQUER shyness and insecurities by unleashing the dynamic performer in you!

Most All Styles/Genres/Experience Levels Taught - We go over everything systematically. Music Theory, Songwriting, Chords, Scales, Determining Key Of Songs, Performance, etc

After 3 to 6 months, you should expect to be playing some of your favorite songs and artists accurately

Be sure to check out some of my you tube demos. Let me be the Music Coach to get you there!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Sound Proof Pro Recording Studio, PA System, guitars, basses, amps, drums, recording gear, mics, mic stands, strobe & lights, fog machine, seating for parents.

Sorry No Disco Ball Yet.. You Can Bring Your Own If You Want Though.
I've Got Some Bell Bottoms Somewhere Around The Studio Here.

*** Travel Equipment ***
*** Brand New*** Now Offering Music Lessons Online (From My Recording Studio To Your Home via Skype)
I'm really excited to add that to offer lessons online through TakeLessons! It's a great thing to get to work with students all over this country and I'm looking forward to help pioneer the future of music lessons!

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*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

My Unique Specialty - is teaching students the rudimental basics 1st, & then how to copy your favorite artists off the CD, radio or iPod, almost note for note. Believe me, it can be done. You just have to know what to listen for..

Brand New - MEASURE your success by recording your music progress along the way. I do own a recording studio, so we can record students progress via audio or video and then post to my YouTube channel.
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Bradley S. August 7, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Mathew is very patient, flexible, and great at differentiating lessons to ensure the success of his students (in this case, my 5 and 7 year olds). He challenges them but does overwhelm them; they strive to do their best for him!
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Kourtney S. August 7, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
"I like Mr. Matthew because he's a good bass player, he's very nice, he teaches me new songs that I don't know, and he's kind because he lets me use his amp."
-Bradley, 5 years old

"Mr. Matthew is a really good teacher because he waits for me when something is really hard and he has taught me some new, really cool songs. I used to think guitar was boring, but he has made it fun. He is very patient and now I LOVE guitar!
-Adalyn, 7 yrs old
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Adalyn S. July 31, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Matthew is very patient and wonderful with kids! My kids are LOVING the lessons!
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About Julissa F.

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Parkville, MD
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I am a freelance tutor and translator. I have been tutoring for more than 8 years. I am very friendly, patient and professional. I tutor college students and children. I got my Associate in Arts and Sciences - Psychology from Union County College in NJ. On my sessions I apply constructivist teaching techniques which have proven excellent results. I am an avid observer of details which helps me determine the student's strengths. My classes are fun as playing a game! I am also a Therapeutic Mentor in Catholic Charities. In order to be accepted I had to get a full background check because I deal with very special and unique children.
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Ronda August 11, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Thank you so much for your patience. I truly enjoy my classes with Julissa. I am learning so much.
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Ronda July 11, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Julissa is the best. Patient and intuitive.
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Ronda June 6, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Very patient
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About Jenny C.

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Valencia, CA
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About Jenny
Hi. I'm Jenny.
I am Korean and I used to teach Korean language at high school for 5years.
I graduated from university in Korea and my major was Korean language education.
So, I think I have a lot of knowledge about Korean language and know well how to teach the students.
Also, I'm very interested in teaching Korean to foreigners and hope to be a friend with someone who is interested in Korean or Korean culture.
I can teach you not only the language but also culture like food, drama, history and kpop, if you want.
My English ability is intermediate or advanced, so I can teach and explain it in English as well.
I really appreciate your interest in Korea and it makes me to have a pride of my country.
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Hannah T. September 2, 2016
· Korean · Online
Hannah enjoyed it a lot.
She is excited.
Thank you
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Kychante P. November 11, 2015
· Korean · In studio
She is very nice and shes very patience i am very glad that i picked her to have gotten her as a teacher thank you jenny chang
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Julia W. August 13, 2015
· Korean · Online
Jenny is extremely patient and helpful. She is eager to not only share the Korean language but Korean culture as well. She always there to help me reach my goals.
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Portland, OR

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I'm patient , reliable, desire to achieve my students' goals, and persevere to reach those goals.
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Sally March 16, 2016
· Russian · In studio
Anna is an enthusiastic, encouraging, and an inspiring teacher! Her lessons are engaging and delivered with respect. Her students would add that Anna is ready with a smile, a kind word or two, and adds a splash of humor to their time together.
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Justin March 13, 2016
· Russian · In studio
A great instructor. Trained in linguistics in Russia and very personable. What's most important is that she has multiple teaching methodologies and adapted to how I learned best.
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Tyler March 13, 2016
· Russian · In studio
Anna is one of the few Russian teachers that I have been happy with. She is very willing to help others learn her native language and always has a great enthusiasm. She has been my conversation tutor now for three months and I always leave confident in my Russian skills and definitely learn new colloquial and every day phrases/expressions.
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About Austin Y.

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Milpitas, CA

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Hello! My name is Austin, and my personal life motto is: doing my best to help others realize and reach their best! I have been teaching a number of topics ranging from music, fitness, to technology, writing, and religious texts for over 7 years. Over these years, I have also worked a myriad of jobs to receive invaluable experience as well as learn how to interact with all kinds of people.

It has always been my deep passion and true joy to journey along with someone who is simply willing to learn the many gifts that life has for us to enjoy! I am currently studying for my masters at Western Seminary, interning at a church in Milpitas, and a certified teacher here at TakeLessons.

Time and time again, I have come to realize that life is about serving, teaching, and loving others with what we already have; teaching is such a simple y
et profound way to practice this!

I look forward to doing my best in order to help you realize, reach, and ultimately relish your best!

Best regards,

Austin Ying
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Neha March 27, 2017
· Volleyball · In studio
I am an adult and absolute beginner in volleyball and was looking to learn some basics and Austin did a great job of teaching me.
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Samuel February 25, 2017
· Weight Loss · Online
It was a treat to have Austin guide me toward my personal goals of losing weight while gaining muscle. He displayed constant knowledge and patience. I really enjoyed each session and have learned a great deal from him! Really great tutor to have!!!
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· Acoustic Guitar · In home
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About Janis Y.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hi there! I'm Janis, a recent graduate from the University of Southern California. While at USC, I studied neuroscience, but beyond my science curriculum, I took many literature and music classes.
I love learning about all types of topics and people, and I want to bring this energy to my students. From a very young age, I have loved creating lesson plans for my younger siblings. This developed into more formal tutoring and mentoring roles through middle school, high school, and college.
I have experience teaching everything from beginner piano to young children, to science presentation skills to international teaching assistants.
Using passion, compassion, and a positive energy, I would love to help you achieve your learning goals! :)
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Briana D. August 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Our 5 y.o. daughter just took her first lesson with Janis and she much enjoyed the lesson. Our daughter is excited to learn to play the piano and Janis made the lesson fun and enjoyable. Our daughter is off to an excellent start with Janis. Janis left homework for our daughter until she returns for the next lesson. We are very pleased with Janis. She is very pleasant and patient and our daughter much enjoys her company.
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Alisha August 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
We moved recently to LA from London and Janis is a fantastic teacher. My two boys are very much enjoying their lessons now and even practice without me having to ask. She discovered how best to motivate each child and customized her approach. Janis is much better than the previous two teachers in London.
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Lulu July 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have a 4years old boy. He loves taking piano lessons with Janis. You know how hard to let them listen to you, but she did it!
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About Julie B.

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Chattanooga, TN
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I am an artist and an educator. I am running lessons in arts and German language for children and adults. I bring many years of professional experience in various areas of child and youth work, including day care and nursery, up to the management of kindergartens. From 2002 to 2010, I have led a kindergarten in Germany. From 2010 to 2015 I have lived in Shanghai, China. 2012 I have founded my own company and did countless arts workshops with adults, youth, children, families, NGOs, academia, other artists and fashion designers. In 2013 I have supported a first-year pupil with Auditory Perceptual Disorder in reading and listening skills and dealing with aggression, in cooperation with his mother. From 2014 to 2015 I have taught German to Chinese children. Since January 2016 I live in Chattanooga and work as a teacher. I have three own chil
dren. I love to live my work and like to do things, and not just to see it as a job. I would be very happy to be your teacher!
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Julie B.

Julie B.

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About Orfilia W.

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Oxnard, CA
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Degree in Hispanic philology, with more than 15 years of experience as a Spanish teacher, highly qualified to address any topic of grammar or spelling of Spanish.
I am quite disciplined and committed to my work.
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Paula July 6, 2017
· Spanish · In home
After our first meeting, we have a better idea of what the expectations are. We now can set up a plan of action based on my knowledge of the language. I am thrilled to be able to learn one on one with Orfi. As a teacher, I think Orfilia will be perfect for me. She understands my ability and has an easygoing teaching method. Yeah, for me!
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Kaori Suzuki May 23, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
She was my Spanish teacher at Langland, TOKYO for about 5 years. I can't express how much I loved taking Spanish lessons with her. She is very professional but so funny you will never feel bored studying with her. I miss you Orfi!
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Woodbridge, VA

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Currently, I am an assistant teacher for the local public school system. I have 20+ years of experience in teaching grades k-8 and 5 years experience of teaching Spanish.
Spanish students can expect to improve week to week in areas such as vocabulary, grammar, and constructive conversational skills.
I teach my students to understand and embrace the beauty of Latin culture which then creates a large appreciation for loving and learning the language. Spanish, now more than ever, has become essential in the workplace and more and more people are seeking opportunities to learn this growing language. Even children are excited to learn Spanish!
I am excited to work with grades k-12 and can help if you are a college aged+ and trying to learn Spanish!
Some of my passions are teaching, traveling, and sitting on the beach and listening to waves
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If you are someone who wants to learn a new language or want help for you children to learn, I believe that with my expertise and your dedication we could reach your goals of achieving and mastering a new language!
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Patricia D.

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