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Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 16 years, and teaching for the past 10. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Musicians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach
40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I love playing in as many bands as possible. The main one I play in is called Quel Bordel. Some of the bands I've played in have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a full time musician and performer, I'm typically out gigging anywhere from 2-5 a week. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.

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My goal- To get you to become better than me. I find myself as an easy going teacher, and can provide that push when I see students getting more engaged in their lessons. I typically teach out of two main books, and it's optional for students to have their own copy of my recommended method books. I emphasize heavy chord vocabulary and steady rhythm. I believe that in order to be a good lead player, you would have to be a great rhythm player. As we develop technique, you can expect me to incorporate theory as to maintain an even share of the HOW's and WHY's. Moreover, expect to DO something with our lessons. Repetition is the mother of learning, and sometimes it comes down to the idea of 'monkey see, monkey do' before we can have in depth conversations about the application of your lessons in real situations. To me, music is very creative. So I'm a big believer on improvisation with both chords and scales. I believe in practical application when learning the songs you want to learn. So every student will have a unique way of learning the fundamentals only necessary to their personal goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small practice amps, cables, method books (personal copies), extra picks, extra guitar, music stand, blank sheet music/tabs for notes, extra strings, music stand, metronome, tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, extra guitar (if needed), blank staff/tab paper, tuner, metronome, battery powered amp, cables, extra strings (if needed), picks

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I primarily use Hal Leonard method books for beginners when it comes to reading and basic technique. For those who want to learn at the intermediate/advance level, I use the book called Jazz and Pop Guitar (chords and progressions) and Scales and Modes in the Beginning which can cover all aspects of chord theory and improvisation. I model my curriculum off of my prior lesson plans from my teachers ( based off of Berklee and GIT) My genres specialize in rock, funk, jazz, indie rock, folk, country, blues, pop
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Hannah M. March 9, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
My daughter is very shy which is why she won't try new things very often. However, after her first lesson with Allen she was excited. She said he made the lesson very fun and made her very comfortable. She learned her first two chords and is eager to practice transitioning between the chords and is looking forward to her next lesson with Allen.
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Lincoln G. February 7, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Allen is terrific!!!! Patient and clear he does a great job of connecting with my 7 year old. They are making ALOT of progress.
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Ryan C. April 22, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Allen's an awesome teacher. He definitely knows his stuff and he's a well-rounded guitar player. He's really easy going and doesn't ever make you feel intimidated or dumb asking questions. He's really helping in bringing my guitar playing to the next level.
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Allen D.

Allen D.

San Diego, CA 92104
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About Tiffini L.

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Studying for AP Music exams? Curious about the "how and why" music works? We will work together using exercises, looking at examples, listening to music and fun interactive games. Learn to conduct and take your compositions to the next step. In the last 15 years, many of my students have become Drum Major, and gone on to graduate with degrees in music.

About Tiffini
I offer a fun, interactive teaching style that encompasses more than 20 years of performing and 15 years of teaching experience. As a performer I have worked as a professional singer, actor, musician, and dancer. I have always had a passion for teaching, directing, and composing. While my love for performing has lessened over the years, I have found my true calling: teaching, directing, and helping others to find their passion for music and the performing arts.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a special emphasis in music, theatre, dance, and psychology. I am a graduate candidate working on completing my thesis as my final requirement for a Masters of Arts degree in Music at San Diego State University.
Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), California Association of Profession
al Music Teachers (CAPMT), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

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Good technique, styling, and musicianship are VERY important but you have got to have FUN learning and performing! I channel and encourage each student'€™s creativity while helping them to learn to use their gifts as expertly as possible. My students can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, in commercials, in the movies, and in professional regional theatre throughout the United States. I have proudly seen many of my students go on to pursue higher education and careers in music, theatre, and dance.

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Studio/Office: desk, piano, mirrors, sound system, chairs, extensive collection of sheet music and arts related books.

Parents can sit in on lessons.

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Voice: Speech Level Singing, Broadway music, Popular music, Classical, Speaking
Piano: Classical, Improv, Harmonization, Songwritting
Acting: Theatrical acting, Acting for the camera, Voice over, Comedy, Improvisation
Other: Conducting, Ear Training, Performance Coaching, Audition Coaching, Music Theory
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Adriana M. June 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Tiffini is an amazing teacher she is super nice but yet doesn't sugarcoat what you need this is my first time taking singing lessons i am 27 years old and im very excited to learn and having her as a teacher makes things easier ..
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Cailean August 26, 2015
· Acting · Online
Tiffani was interested in the knowing what I wanted to learn about. I am looking forward to more lessons!
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Taylor August 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson with Tiffini!
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Tiffini L.

Escondido, CA 92025
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About Kevin T.

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San Diego, CA

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Music Theory Lessons

From Beginner to Advanced - All Ages

Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

Understand the music theory behind all styles of music: Rock, funk, jazz, country, blues, fusion, folk, R&B, and classical

About Kevin
Kevin T. is a music professor at MUM, Vice president of the San Diego Songwriters guild, and CEO of Songwriting Planet. He is an instructor of guitar, bass, voice, piano, songwriting, composition, orchestration, jazz arranging, music theory, ear training, production and engineering, and music business and career development. He graduated from Musicians Institute with a performance certificate, received his BA degree with honors from Berklee College of Music with a dual major in Songwriting and Performance, and received his Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.

Kevin has written and performed myriad and diverse styles of music which include everything from jazz, rock, funk, country, blues, fusion, R&B, and classical, to world music and avant-garde. Kevin has recorded CDs and has be
en the songwriter, arranger, and bandleader for several original music groups. Stress Factor Zero combines rock with funk and jazz. Cloud Ex is an acoustic group combining Afro Cuban and Peruvian percussion with folk rock songs. His most recent band Stratosphere is a modern rock and funk band for artistic rockers and visionaries. They blend diverse styles of rock music with a fiery blaze of Latin percussion, sensuous saxophones, and poetic melodies with a message. Their first CD received radio airplay on over forty stations across the U.S. and Canada, and they are currently working on their third CD. Stratosphere performs throughout Southern California and is currently setting up several short tours in various cities across the U.S., Europe, and South America.

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Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic piano, full keyboard, 4 guitars, bass, amps, microphones, Pro Tools recording equipment, and seating for parents

*** Styles ***
Rock, funk, jazz, country, blues, fusion, folk, R&B, and classical
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Cameron June 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
We didn't play much guitar but Kevin was patient enough to walk through some beginner theory to gauge where my knowledge was and from there we built a plan and I'm already working on new ideas etc...looking forward the next one
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Judith M. June 4, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Thank you Kevin for your patience and understanding with our granddaughter. She has enjoyed lessons and guidance with you for the last year.
Thank you,
Judy McKown
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Zayden M. May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Kevin was calm and patient and clearly knows how to teach children. We were very pleased with our first lesson and are excited to continue learning the guitar with Kevin.
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Kevin T.

San Diego, CA 92117
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About Camille H.

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We tutor at all levels of theory helping out college students and preparing others for state testing.

About Camille
I graduated from Berklee College of music with a voice performance degree in 1993. I'm trained in all methods of teaching from classical to Suzuki, Kindermusic, Harmony Road, and many others. I've directed children's choirs of 100+. I've directed over 15 musical theatre productions and I own a studios in Enconitas where I ha river 12 teachers and a recording studio for students to learn how to record music. To date we've put out four albums! We host bi-yearly recitals with over 150 performers on all instruments.
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Gloria G. September 14, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I loved my first lesson, I can tell I'll be taking more than just voice lessons here. Very friendly staff, and Camile is solid, knowledge and creative teacher. SHe's just what I was looking for.
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Camille H.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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About Aldo B.

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Lessons in music theory are available to help both beginners and intermediate students have a better understanding of how chords, chord voicings, scales, modes, and keys come into play for guitar players.

About Aldo
Aldo is a San Diego native with over 9 years of professional performing, and teaching experience. His musical path started at a young age in middle school and was initially self-taught on guitar. Throughout his early years he learned as much as he could on his own to be able to perform and did so and began performing in bands at the age of 18. Once he began his performing career, he also began studying music at Mesa College. During his years in school, he studied Music Theory as well as Classical Guitar under the guidance of George Svoboda and Jude Weirmier. As he was studying music and performing, he wanted to pass on his knowledge to others to help prepare others for the "real world" of musicianship. Aldo started his teaching career at Music Central at the age of 20 and was offering lessons to students of all ages, from beginners to ear
ly intermediate.To this day, Aldo continues to perform locally around San Diego in several bands as well as he runs his own independent record label to help promote other local musicians. He has never stopped teaching throughout the years as it is has been and always will be a true passion for him. Aldo is completely immersed in music on a daily basis by being an active musician, teacher, mentor, and overall lover of music. Aldo's knowledge of guitar touches every genre and style imaginable, from Bach to rock, jazz, metal, you name it! His goal is make you succeed and excel at your instrument.In his spare time, Aldo enjoys skateboarding. 

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My lesson plan is very simple. First of all, it revolves all around you and what you want to do with guitar. It doesn't matter if you want to master your skills before you hit the recording studio, prepare for the stage, learn the song you have always wanted to play, or just learn the instrument because it has always been your dream. I can help you. My approach is very relaxed and encouraging and I will always provide feedback to make sure you are going to hit your goals.After determining your goals, I will cater your lessons to help you reach them. Students who would like to read music will go through method books and supplemental material. Those who would like to start playing right away will start off with chords, understanding charts, counting rhythm, learning tablature, and reading simple sheet music. Intermediate to advance students can expect to focus on areas where they need help. New techniques can introduced or improved such as sweep arpeggios, tapping, speed picking, and performance tips.For Classical Guitar, I can help students from a beginning level to an early intermediate level. I will help them work on their sight reading and technique along the way. My classical guitar lessons will have a strong emphasis on the performance of the pieces assigned. 

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Aldo's studio is fully equipped with practice and performance amplifiers. A spare electric guitar is available for students if they happen to forget theirs. Recording equipment, drums, bass guitar, and bass amp is also available for accompaniment. Repair and maintenance tools are also available for quick adjustments or restringing a guitar.

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rock, pop, blues, metal, classical, speed picking, finger picking
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Erik K. August 1, 2013
· Guitar ·
Aldo is the best guitar instructor I have ever had

Now granted, I haven't had too many. Half a dozen at most. But let's be real, here. Most guitar instructors are terrible. They don't have any kind of cohesive lesson plan, or they show up to the lesson high, or they spend the whole half hour "showing you what you will eventually be able to do" by jamming on their own, while you watch.

Not Aldo.

Aldo is like the quintessential guitar instructor. He shows up on time. He has lessons prepped, including printed AND digital sheet music (courtesy of an excellent iPad app). He carefully monitors your progress and updates the lesson plan accordingly.

But my absolute favorite thing about taking guitar lessons from Aldo is that he teaches you EVERYTHING. Technique, Chops, Chords, Music Theory, Improvisation, he knows it all. Also, literally any song you bring in to him, asking him to learn how to play, he will be able to learn in 5 minutes flat and teach you, at least the basics, in half an hour.

I was a student of Aldo's for 2 years, and in that time my skill as guitarist grew by leaps and bounds, and I looked forward to Thursdays at 5:30 more than any other time of the week. I seriously cannot recommend him enough, and I hope you get to take a lesson from him soon.
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Aldo B.

San Diego, CA 92111
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About Alan Z.

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San Diego, CA

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Jazz, Latin-Jazz, Classical, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Popular/Contemporary. I use traditional methods for Classical, history of music and personal history of the major composers. I've also devised applications of the Suzuki method concepts into Jazz. For the study of the Great American Songbook, I enrich the student with history & context of the music, investigating its origins, like what part of a play or movie it was. Also in depth study of meaning in the lyrics.
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Alan Z.

San Diego, CA 92130
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About Masashi Alex N.

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El Cajon, CA

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Music Theory.

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I've been teaching/tutoring music since 2007 with experience teaching music theory, aural skills, piano, and guitar. I can help students with a variety of musical tasks. The program I was enrolled in at SDSU ensured that I had a good grasp of a wide variety of instruments.

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Piano students can expect to be started with Faber Piano Adventures. Guitar students may get Alfred's Guitar Course or a book on classical guitar depending on the maturity/level of the student.

After a few months, beginning students should expect to have gained a firm grasp of the basics of understanding music notation and should be able to play at least basic pieces.

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Living room f/w keyboard seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own instruments, especially piano, and
amplifiers and cables if applicable. If I am teaching recording then they should have their own workstation with computer, interface, and either monitors or 2 sets of headphones. I expect students to have their own copies of any relevant books/materials as instructed.

I will bring my own writing materials and guitar if necessary.

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Piano - classical and rock/pop.
Guitar - rock/pop, classical, and jazz. I prefer to start students with classical when possible as a means of getting hands to start finger-picking early.
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Miranda D. September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great lesson
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Rylee July 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Masa is great. I think he will provide the structure, while having a bit of fun, that my daughter needs.
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Octavia P. August 14, 2015
· Piano · In home
I am currently taking piano lessons from Masa and can highly recommend him as a bright, talented, sensitive, and competent teacher. With great confidence, I encourage anyone interested in piano lessons to contact Masa.
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Masashi Alex N.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Andrew M.

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Music theory can be a very useful tool! Let's learn how music works!

About Andrew
I grew up in a musical family and have been surrounded by music my whole life. It was at the age of 12 that I took my first steps toward becoming a musician, and I'm very glad I made that decision! I would like to help others who are taking their first steps towards music and show them just how rewarding it can be! I've been working as a musician in the San Diego music scene since I was a teenager. 

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I want students to have fun during their lesson, and I want them to learn music that THEY want to learn. But I also want students to know the importance of dedication and practice because this is what leads to progress on ones instrument. Students can expect to learn theory, read music, read chord charts, and create a repertoire.
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Mary H. August 14, 2015
· Upright Bass · In home
Andrew is very knowledgeable, professional, and a fun instructor. He taught me fundamentals, a little bit of music theory, and even playing style tips. I very much enjoy his lessons and strongly recommend him.
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Joshua P. January 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I learned a lot from Andrew! I came to Andrew knowing nothing about music or about guitar playing, and he was very patient and explained things in a way that was easy for me to understand. When my son gets a little older I'll be sending him to Andrew so he can start learning too!
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Omar A. November 24, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Andrew is a very talented musician. He knows how to teach the instrument as well as incorporate theory into the lesson. He motivates me constantly and pushes me to improve. He is very professional and you will immediately sense his passion for music. I highly recommend Andrew to teach you music theory, technique, and share his love of music.
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San Diego, CA 92105
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About Nader T.

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Music theory has been a fascinating and ongoing subject for the major portion of my life, since I was working on my Master's degree and Doctorate degree in composition. I teach music theory with clarity, demystify dark spots, remove any ambiguity and offer my musical life experience to my students.

About Nader
I am a violinist and composer. I have trained more than 400 students in more than twenty five years of teaching.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson includes scales, arpeggios, etudes and a new piece of music. I emphasize on correct intonation, accurate rhythm and strong vibrato for better expression and thorough musicality.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio at my home is a spacey room that is properly ventilated and well lit, possessing enough chairs available for both my students and possible guests. There are two music stands and an electric Suzuki piano, which can be used for accompaniment in our lessons, especially in preparation for upcoming concerts.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a 2012 Toyota Corolla car, with a trunk that has ample space to house and carry my instruments and music stands as they are needed.

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Patience and communicating in an effective way and encouraging students to practice without regarding such a task as a chore.
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Efat S. March 18, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I AM SO Lucky to have Mr.Nader as a teacher, Trust me he's the Real deal He's very authentic and patient, Mann he taught me a few tips that made love the violin even more , I'm so eager to learn more and more from him
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E. Hafezi May 6, 2016
· Cello · In home
Nader is well experience and professional cello teacher.
I'm recommending Nader if you guys looking for cello teacher.
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Erin H. August 26, 2014
· Violin · In studio
Mr. Nader is a wonderful teacher who truly cares about his students. He is kind, patient, and funny. When I first started taking lessons from Mr. Nader, I didn't know how to read the notes, let alone play the violin. But through his patience and encouragement I have drastically improved and have come to really enjoy playing the violin. Mr. Nader is very well educated and knowledgeable about a variety of different kinds of music and the history of music. I am very fortunate to have found such a wonderful instructor.
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San Diego, CA 92121
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About Marian J.

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Great opportunity

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I am patient and friendly. Before teach I finished my studies in psicology and music in Spain.

I be able to trainer students for exams and interviews.

contact with me if you are interested.
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Marian J.

Imperial Beach, CA 91932
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