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About Kay B.

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Cypress, CA

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I have been teaching Piano for 20 years now. I have taught students from age 2 1/2 - Adult. I was self-taught when I was a kid and begun taking formal lessons as a very young adult in my early twenties. I graduated from CSULB with my BA in Music with a concentration on Voice. As a Music major, you spend a lot of time at the Piano. I became a member of MTAC in 2004 and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota in 1998. I have a great passion for Music and a bigger passion for the Piano and sharing the wonders of how beautiful the Piano really is.

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In my opinion, piano is the hardest instrument to learn, but the most rewarding. If you can play piano you can pretty much play any instrument. I believe that a piano lesson should be fun. I'm a strict teacher with a smile and a giggle. I push my students to greatness while helping t
hem love the piano through the good times and the bad. I'm a very encouraging but honest teacher. I compliment when warranted and I assess incorrect performances in an honest, but encouraging manner. I always let a student know that, though their performance was not their best, they can and will improve. It's always only a matter of time. I use the Schaum and Nevin series depending on the student's personality. I teach Classical and Pop Music. It's important for a student to learn the Classics and gain the ability to play things they like. I find the happy balance between the two. I teach Beginning to Intermediate levels. I also like to incorporate Music theory into the lessons because understanding the mechanics of Music helps make playing and creating Music much easier to accomplish. A typical lesson will start off with a hand drill warm up. We then will move on to the lesson book and repertoire. Theory will be assigned as homework. I look it over at the beginning of the lesson and discuss it and answer any questions in the last five minutes of class. Baby lessons go as followed: 15 mins. of play time and 15 mins of Music theory. I like to keep structure in my lessons but sprinkle a little joy and laughter to keep the atmosphere light. It makes for a much more attentive Piano student.

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Kay B.

Kay B.

Cypress, CA 90630
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$40 / 30-min

About Marcel M.

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Monterey Park, CA

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About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
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Ems H. July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
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Thia S. January 22, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
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Marcel M.

Monterey Park, CA 91755
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Torrance, CA
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About Eric
Hello Fellow Chess Players and Game Enthusiast, I can certainly help you not only to improve your game whether you are a astute active tournament player (for rating under 1500), wanting to be able to play a good game with your friends and/or rival, and/or just to have fun with this game whether you play online or with a board and pieces.
I have been playing tournament chess for over 25 years and achieved a Life Candidate Master Title by the US Chess Federation since 1996.
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Vincent A. October 15, 2018
· Chess · In home
Eric is an incredibly talented chess player/instructor. His mastery of the game is only surpassed by his ability to teach it.
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Catt July 29, 2018
· Chess · In home
Eric truly enjoys the game of chess and shares his knowledge and love of the game with his students. He is patient, encouraging and makes learning fun.
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Jon January 29, 2018
· Chess · In home
Good teacher. Knows the game and the lines well and can relate to his students.
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Eric S.

Eric S.

Torrance, CA 90502
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$40 / 60-min

About Renee D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Renee
I love to sew! and have great joy in teaching the craft. I have been sewing since I was 7 years old, taught by my Grandmother.  A FIDM alumni, I worked in the garment industry designing jr. dresses and as a pattern maker, as well as a costume stylist for 14 years in film‚ television, and commercials.
Discovering the joy of sharing my love of sewing and years of experience, I started teaching children and adults. I enjoy the process of teaching and helping students explore their creative ideas while making a project come to life on the sewing machine.
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Heather November 4, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Renee is a fantastic teacher! She is great at what she does and I’m so thankful she was able to teach me. I have two little kids and just grateful about how understanding she was on some of the projects I’m working on. Im impressed with her background in fashion and so excited to put what I learned into practice!
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Brenda June 13, 2018
· Sewing · In home
I am re-learning after many years. Renee is very patient and very informative. She really understands my needs and lets me work at my own pace. She arrived on time and brought materials for me to practice on. I highly recommend Renee for beginners or people wanting to get back into sewing.
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shanteria September 21, 2016
· Sewing · Online
i don't have any experience but i do want to became a fashion designer and i don't know how to use a sewing machine so i hope we can have a great relationship together.
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Renee D.

Renee D.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
(3)
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$35 / 30-min

About Vinita M.

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Cerritos, CA
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About Vinita
Vinita has been giving individual and group sewing lessons since 2007and is currently available to teach lessons at her sewing studio. Vinita has helped students learn to make skirts, pants, shirts, costumes, as well as many accessory and decorative projects.
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Veronica Romero October 3, 2018
· Sewing · In home
She's very patient and friendly. Very good instuctor.
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Sophia June 21, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
She was so patient and mild that made it easy for my daughter to learn. We’ll be back for more classes for sure 😊
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larissa May 23, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Wonderful class!! Super nice instructor 😍
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Vinita M.

Vinita M.

Cerritos, CA 90703
(10)
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$15 / 60-min
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About Danial A.

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Santa Monica, CA
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I am a professional chess player that has traveled across the world playing in tournamnent representing the U.S on an international setting. I am also ranked top ten in the nation for my age and have played some of the best in the world including former world champion Viswanathan Anand. My USCF rating is 2368 and my FIDE rating is 2310 awarding me the titles of national master and FIDE master. (top 5%) I have taught for two years now in Chess camps across the state for kids and adults and currently have regular online students as well. After receiving many hours of coaching myself and improving to where I am today, I can guarantee I can help you get to the next level. If you are ready to improve your Chess don’t hesistate to shoot me a message!
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Aidan C. August 9, 2018
· Chess · Online
My son USCF rating 1400+ took a trial lesson with Danial. Danial is methodical and systematic in his coaching. He was quick to identify what my son needs to improve in order to get to the next level. The most important thing is that my son enjoyed his one-hour lesson and literally felt that the lesson time flew by as it felt like only 2 minutes long to him. My son gives Danial thumbs up and 5 stars.
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Dean December 19, 2017
· Chess · Online
As a high rated 1500+ player, Danial was able to teach many new things about my openings and how I ca imrpove. Great coach!
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Wilson December 17, 2017
· Chess · Online
Very good chess player! Definitely worth the money!
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Danial A.

Danial A.

Santa Monica, CA 90403
(6)
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$50 / 30-min

About Tuwanda C.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Tuwanda
Welcome future students! My name is Tuwanda and I want to help you learn how to recreate fabric based costumes of your favorite movie, video game or comic book character. I have 28 years of sewing experience and 11 of those years have been recreating cosplay costumes for clients.
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Ashlyn September 30, 2018
· Sewing · In home
My daughter had her first session with Tuwanda yesterday and had an awesome session! Tuwanda is very personable and they clicked very quickly. After they reviewed what my daughter had done in the past they began a new project. My daughter is very excited for her future sessions! Tuwanda was great!
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Tuwanda C.

Tuwanda C.

Los Angeles, CA 90057
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About Maria D.

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Downey, CA
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I am passionate about what I do! I am American but I have lived in Argentina most of my life. I have recently moved back to US. I worked as a Spanish Teacher at Buenos Aires University and as a Spanish and Literature Teacher at Saint Ciaran School located in Buenos Aires too. As a Spanish teacher for foreigners and natives I have developed strong teaching skills related to adults, teenagers and young students.

I have prepared creative lesson plans meant to reach them on various learning levels and used a variety of instructional strategies to provide equity and excellence to students (games, images, audio files). I also have more than 10 years of experience as a private teacher!
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Vicky .. November 9, 2018
· Spanish · Online
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Florence November 7, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Maria was a very good Spanish teacher in that she would pay attention to your weak points and make sure you understood your mistakes. She was also a very nice person.
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Natalia November 4, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
She is an excellent teacher and a great person!

She is patient with her students and very clear in her explanations. She also created a very nice environment in the classroom.

I learnt a lot in her classes and had a lot of fun as well!
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Maria D.

Maria D.

Downey, CA 90241
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$20 / 30-min

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Los Angeles, CA
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I’m Haley Solar, designer and owner of the label Junim Los Angeles. I own a boutique in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood. With 18 years fashion experience, in large and small scale fashion, I’m the ideal teacher for beginners consodering a career in fashion or advanced students looking to get past some of the road blocks on starting their own brand or looking for a promotion in garment production. I can help you become a faster, more accurate sewer or help you turn your favorite garments into patterns you can cut and sew again and again!
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Miranda November 6, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Haley is very knowledgeable. I have taken multiple classes with her (beginner/intermediate sewing and pattern making), she made the materials very easy to understand and has shared with me all the great techniques when it comes to creating a garment. The class took place at her spacious and beautiful store. Last but not least, Haley has such a pleasant personality and is very passionate about teaching, I plan to take more classes with her .
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Max October 29, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Love this class
Haley so nice , You will see from her eyes , she love what she do and that’s great
She’s an expert
We should learn from expert right?
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Julie October 27, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Haley is a great teacher! She’s an expert, and she breaks everything down so that even beginners get it. She’s a font of knowledge on fabrics, techniques, design, machines, you name it. Plus, you’ll probably want the session to last longer just to hang out with her!
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Haley S.

Haley S.

Los Angeles, CA 90041
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$34 / 30-min

About Tarince T.

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Pasadena, CA
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From an early age I was taught the game of Chess. It is truly a fascinating game to learn, but it takes patience to understand the various moves of each piece. I did not receive any instruction through school about the game, yet learned from my uncle. I simply wish to pass on my knowledge of this deeply intellectual game to someone willing to learn.
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Tarince T.

Tarince T.

Pasadena, CA 91104
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$20 / 45-min

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