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Learn how to learn English, have fun, and accomplish more than you would in a class.
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
Piano and Ukulele
I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Are
Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.
Philosophy of Learning
Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.
I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.
I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.
Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)
*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
My studio is equipped with:
*Multiple Music Stands
*Vocal and instrument microphones
*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo
*Two guitar amps and a bass amp
*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set
*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set
*An electric piano console
*A MicroKorg Synthesizer
*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute
*An extensive physical and virtual music library
*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to
*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
· Trumpet · In studio
· Japanese · Online
· Trumpet · In studio
CTESOL certified teacher with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. Emmy Award-winning writer with experience in all aspects of language and culture, including business, economics, law, government, theology, history and primary education. I speak three languages and I'm learning Polish, enabling me to take the learner's perspective. I've taught all levels and all aspects of the language, including pronunciation, business english, English for Special Purposes, TOEFL and SAT.
· ESL · In studio
· ESL · In home
· TOEFL · In home
I took TOEFL perpetration classes with Henry. He is very knowledgeable and a great teacher. Because of his experience in journalism he has amazing knowledge in writing, reading, speaking, He worked on my general English skills first because I thought I had enough proficiency in English while I didn't, and after some classes he started TOEFL, he definitely knows what area of English I was weak in so, step by step, he lead me in the right direction. He's very responsible and carrying. I got a higher score than I was expecting.
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I received a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) in 1986 through UC Berkeley Extension and taught for a time at Galileo High School in San Francisco. I also tutored advanced students from 1986-1988 and taught in Mexico for several months in 2005. In 2011, I came to the International Refugee Committee and for 3 years taught ESL to level 1 students, many from African and Middle Eastern countries who spoke no English at all when they enrolled. I currently run an intermediate level ESL conversation group at the local library. I speak fluent Spanish if necessary.
· Piano · In home
· Piano · In home
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I have over 5 years of teaching and tutoring experience. I specialize in input-based learning using English print and electronic media. I've published my own web-based English curriculum on my website.
I use SRS (spaced-repetition-software) to help students permanently memorize lots of new English on digital multimedia flashcards.
I help students overcome poor study habits that slow down learning. Every student should be able to learn to speak English like a native speaker in 1-3 years.
I have taught English to children and adults for over 5 years in Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and online. I am also a writer, researcher and web developer. I run my own online English tutoring website, which I will give you full access to when you start your lessons. On my website you can find lots of useful information, articles, study tips, and flashcards to help you learn English faster.
My Study methods
I will teach you to learn English at your MAXIMUM speed. I will support your learning both during and after the lesson. You get full support from my the tutorials on my website and a digital flashcard system.
All my methods are based on the study-habits of polyglots, people who can speak many languages fluently. YOU CAN LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH LIKE A NATIVE SPEAKER IN LESS THAN 3 YEARS.
My method of studying English is very fun! You will learn from English movies, TV shows, videos on the internet and comics! You will never get bored studying English with me.
Why I love teaching
I enjoy teaching because I love to learn. I read LOTS of books. I know about many things. I love to learn from other people and share my skills.
I hold a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Prior to earning my masters degree, I was a bilingual educator for six years. In addition, I have conducted research in language acquisition and have been trained using research based learning strategies.
I hold a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Prior to earning my masters degree, I was a bilingual educator for six years. In addition, I have conducted research in language acquisition and math and have been trained using research based learning strategies. I also hold a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked six years in this field.
I work with students all ages. I am available for homework, homeschooling, and enrichment activities. Before meeting with my students, I gather the ne
I have worked with students with special needs including, learning disabled, ADHD and gifted and talented. When planning my lessons, I make sure that the activities included are appropriate for the student and use students feedback in future planning.
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I am a native English speaker who has worked in many work environments that require communication with persons who speak other languages or English as a second language. I am very patient and easy going. Want to learn English now is your chance!
I have held professional positions that require interaction with people of diverse backgrounds and culture's. This experience has aided me in communicating with people who speak all sorts of languages. If you wish to get started in speaking English or are just looking to sharpen your skills I'm exited to help you on your journey!
· Essay Writing · In studio
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