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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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Marla November 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Melissa is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient. She ensures that I understand the fundamentals. It has been a very enjoyable and educational experience.
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nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
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Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
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Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Sarah L.

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San Bruno, CA
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About Sarah
Hello, and thank you for visiting my page! I have been an artist for my whole life and I am passionate about sharing my love of creativity with others. I earned an MFA in Costume Design from UCLA in 2007 and have been a freelance costume designer, college professor, photographer, illustrator, and jewelry designer.

As much as I love to create, what I really love is to help somebody learn to do something they love and create something they can be proud of! I am happy teaching all ages, and I specialize in helping each student find his or her unique vision.

I can teach sewing by hand and on a machine, including how to read and understand the instructions in commercial patterns. Bring your project and I'll help you make it happen! I am highly skilled at teaching life drawing, as well as marker rendering and watercolor fashion illustr
ation. Photography is my other passion, and I look forward to helping you understand how to use a camera's many features, and your eye, to create art.
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Ken May 27, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Sarah was on time and she did her homework! She uses a Cannon and have have a Nikon, she read the owners manuel prior to the first lesson, very impressive. She answered all my questions and looking forward to the next lesson.
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Brandon February 10, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Sarah is amazing, I truly enjoyed learning from her. She opened my eyes to the sewing world in general, and specifically to what I was interested in. I am grateful for the experience and am better because of it.
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Clifford December 17, 2016
· Photography · In studio
Working with Sarah has been great! She has shared her knowledge freely, has a keen, artistic eye, and provides lots of creative solutions. I hope to enlist her services again in the future.
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Sarah L.

San Bruno, CA 94066
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About kaneshia A.

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Arlington, TX

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About kaneshia
My name is Kaneshia Andrews and I started sewing in 2004, mainly sewing as a hobby. Over the years, I started sewing professionally for my online store fierlessfashion.com, friends and family. In addition to sewing, I also make jewelry. I am affiliated with a national sewing organization such as ASG of Plano. I’ve taken online classes with Stratford Career Institute, Burdastyle University, Crafty classes and in-studio with Petit Atelier.

It is widely known that sewing is fun, educational, and practical. Learning to sew is a wonderful hobby for all ages.
 Sewing is a wonderful medium of empowerment
 Sewing is great for devolving problem-solving skills, strong motor skills, attention to detail, and enhances focusing skills
 Sewing not only helps people to learn a hobby that is fun and artistic, it teaches math, critical thi
nking, and spatial awareness
 Confidence building
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Shaquana March 21, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
I enjoyed working with her! She is amazing! I had surgery so I took one month break! I can't wait to start back!!! She is very patient!
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MARYANNE L. December 9, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
It was outstanding.
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Holli W. October 23, 2016
· Sewing · Online
Kaneshia started me off with valuable trade secrets in the first lesson. I've been really excited to get the to the next lesson and can foresee my future forming around the knowledge she has shared with me.
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kaneshia A.

kaneshia A.

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$40 / 60-min

About Harvelyn G.

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Tampa, FL
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About Harvelyn
I'm a mother of two, grandmother of nine. I've been sewing since I was 10 years old. I have my own sewing and alterations business that I operate from my home. I love to re-invent clothing and push my creativity to its end.
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Harvelyn G.

Harvelyn G.

Online
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$34 / 30-min

About Mathew M.

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Norristown, PA

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About Mathew
I have been coaching chess for 2-3 years. I have been passionately studying the game of chess for 13 years. I am currently a 1939 USCF player (Class A player). My highest rating was 1983. But I am committed to go to 2200+ USCF player (National Master player). I have won several chess tournaments as well.

I am currently coaching 7 students to go above and beyond their expectations. If you hire me as your coach, I will take you above and beyond your expectations in the game of chess. My coaching style is hands on, which means that I provide move by move feedback. My coaching philosophy is grounded in encouragement and meticulous game review. My one student that I have been coaching for 2 years went from never playing chess to a 1350 USCF chess rating.

I graduated from Kutztown University of PA in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology: Molecula
r/Micro/Cell with two Minors in Mathematics and Biochemistry. I have such a passion for math, science, and chess. And I try to live with that passion everyday and show that passion to people everyday.
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Shan April 23, 2018
· Chess · In studio
Dedicated and passionate chess guide. Great working with him.
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Mallik April 23, 2018
· Chess · Online
Matt is very good instructor. He works with the pace of the student at the same teaching new techniques. Would recommend to anyone learning chess at any level
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marion February 7, 2018
· Chess · In home
Matt is amazing. My husband and I never played chess before and after only four lessons we knew all the basics and could play a game. We were so delighted with our progress that we signed on for more. Matt is fun, friendly and a pleasure to learn from.
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Mathew M.

Mathew M.

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About Richard S.

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Aurora, CO

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I'm a chess master who knows what it takes to become good at this game. I've competed against some of the nation's top players and did alright. If you work with me, I'll do everything I can to help you to improve your chess level!
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Richard S.

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About Keesha J.

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Norfolk, VA

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Hello my name is Keesha James!

I have adapted hula hooping as my means of staying active and getting my daily exercise in! I teach a hula hoop workout class to all ages. This fun for the entire family! Hula hooping is a great way to stay fit and have fun while doing so. Hula hooping can be done indoors or outdoors. Hula hooping has great benefits here are a few:

It's a low gentle impact workout
It increases your spines flexibility
It increases your heart rate
It Improves your posture, balance, & coordination
It works over 30 of your core muscles
It improves joint flexibility
It increases blood circulation
and did I mention it was fun!
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Jermone April 23, 2018
· Hula Hoop · Online
Hoop play at home is amazing. You should try it.
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About Ruhi A.

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Sunnyvale, CA
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I believe necessity brings the best in you.i will try my best to help you with improved healthy cooking.
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Ruhi A.

Ruhi A.

Sunnyvale, CA 94087
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10 Sewing Tips From a Sewing Expert

Want to improve your sewing skills? In this guest post, Yesterday's Thimble blogger Lisha Vidler shares 10 sewing tips to help you take your seamstress skills to the next level... Whether you're new to sewing or just looking to improve, there are things you can do to take your skills up a notch. Don't let your garments look "Becky Home-Ecky," as Michael Kors would say! Even if you aren't a professional dressmaker or crafter, you can aim for a more professional look. Here are 10 tips to he … Read More

10 Sewing Tips From a Sewing Expert
Want to improve your sewing skills? In this guest post, Yesterday's Thimble blogger Lisha Vidler shares 10 sewing tips to help you take your seamstress skills to the next level... Whether you're new to sewing or just looking to improve, there are things you can do to take your skills up a notch. Don't let your garments look "Becky Home-Ecky," as Michael Kors would say! Even if you aren't a professional dressmaker or crafter, you can aim for a more professional look. Here are 10 tips to he
The Beginner's Guide to Basic Sewing Stitches [Infographic]
Before you can sew your own clothes, create crafts, and take on sewing projects, you have to learn the basic sewing stitches. From hand-sewing stitches to seam finishes, sewing instructor Cathy G. is here to help you master the basics...  Modern sewing machines have all but eliminated the need for hand sewing. Gone are the days of constructing a garment by hand with a needle and thread. That being said, there are still many places where hand-sewing stitches are necessary for a high-qualit
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10 Fun, Festive Holiday Sewing Projects
  As the holiday season approaches, these holiday sewing projects will help you get into the spirit! So whether you're looking for some festive holiday decor or some DIY gift ideas, make sure to bookmark these fun, festive holiday sewing projects... Craft Sewing Projects   Lovely Scissor Holder   There’s no point in starting your holiday sewing projects without an organized sewing kit. Otherwise, you’ll never be able to find what you need. This DIY scissor h
How to Hem Jeans: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners [Infographic]
Looking for advice on hemming jeans? Finding a pair of jeans that fits just right can be a challenge. Sometimes, in order to get the perfect fit, you have to go to a tailor and if you have multiple pairs of jeans, alteration fees can add up! Wearing jeans that are too long or too short is always uncomfortable, and oftentimes unflattering. But there are many easy ways to hem jeans to get the look you desire and in this blog post, we'll share a few of them. Whether you're taking sewing less

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