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About Ian S.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I majored in Mandarin Chinese back in college (many years ago...) and also studied Chinese at Tunghai University in Taiwan. I have excellent pronunciation, and can help you also master Mandarin pronunciation, as well as grammar, sentence structure, reading and writing, etc.

About Ian
A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a staff music instructor at the Institute of Music for Children. With 28 years of experience on the guitar and 32 years on piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written, recorded, and produced over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.

Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Gove
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I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.

The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.

You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.

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Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion

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I specialize in pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, fingerstyle (guitar), etc. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.
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Sissi H. July 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ian is the best , He give me a lot of confidence to start, and my English is not good he also very patient to understand what I said. In the beginning I don't have a guitar he give me a long list good for me and let me find out witch is I love, and lots of advice. Thank you Ian!
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Zhongkai July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Can't be better
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Vera March 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Excellent lessons! Ian teaches fun songs that engage kids but also about technique & theory in a very casual and relaxed manner. Highly recommended!
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About Sandy Q.

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Vista, CA
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I've been teaching Chinese for almost 8 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of Chinese language, culture and more! Within the first few lessons, you'll start learning and speaking simple practical Chinese characters and sentences and as time goes on, you'll be able to write and speak Chinese fluently.I typically use worksheets, living textbooks,Chinese songs, role play and more. I love working with students of all experience levels.

About Sandy
Having taught Chinese Language Skills in the private sector, primary, secondary and college institutions for a number of years in China, has not only given me great confidence to teach in a classroom setting, but has inherently brought an instructor comfort that feels natural to me.
In addition, finding an opportunity where I can assist the kids, middle school and high school students and adults who love to learn Chinese college staff while maintaining my teaching proficiency in traditional or simplified Chinese characters is both welcome and rewarding to me.

I'm certain that my rich knowledge and years of experience in classroom practical application of Chinese Curriculum / Culture coupled with my love to teach make me a professional, responsible and patient teacher.

In addition, I can teach you Chinese in your location which
is no more than 10 miles away from Vista where I live. I can also teach you how to play badminton and cook delicious authentic Chinese food.
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Nolan M. October 13, 2015
· Mandarin · In studio
Ms. Qi is a very accessible and diligent teacher. My son can be difficult, but she found ways to quickly connect with him and get him to open up. She accommodated his need for assistance with his regular work, but encouraged us to "start again" with Chinese which is probably a good idea. Very much appreciate her experience and enthusiasm.
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About Lipeng C.

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Chicago, IL

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I've been teaching Chinese for over 10 years and my students have developed a deep love of Chinese culture. I helped students who study, work, and travel to abroad in mainland of China, Hong Kong, and Tai wan! I teach daily speaking , listening, and writing.

About Lipeng
I am a professional musician and educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.
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Charlyn B. August 4, 2017
· Violin · In studio
The best instructor for my daughter.
Will recommend to friends and family.
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Audrey July 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lipeng is very patient and encouraging for my beginner 11-year-old, using the video format well to demonstrate the songs and watch the student. She has been a good fit for a player who is motivated to improve but can complain a little bit about practicing everyday.
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Paul C. March 7, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very first lesson with Lipeng and I enjoyed it so very much. Lipeng encourages to listen to the music and then accentuate the notes to make it music, not to simply play them.
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About Lella L.

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San Francisco, CA

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I am both patient and enthusiastic as a teacher. I speak Mandarin Chinese as my native language, and can help my students progress to a high level. Once I have determined the student's level, I work with them to help them improve according to their goals.

About Lella
I studied Musicology and Piano Performance at the Shandong Normal University School of Music, where I graduated with my BA in 2005. I taught music and established a band at a property management institute while a student there, and established my own practice after I graduated. I came to the United States in 2013, where I have continued to play piano and have joined a local band. I am happy to continue sharing my love of music with my students here.

I began tutoring Mandarin in January 2015. As a native speaker, I can guide you to a very high level, and help you learn to speak with a proper Chinese accent.

Please note: Online classes are available for Mandarin Chinese only. Piano lessons are only available in person.
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Mo March 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
5 stars' teacher
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Kayli September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We just had our first lesson and we hit a few bumps but my daughter has never had music instruction before so we're giving it another go next week to see if things go more smoothly. 3 stars above says meets expectations, and though it didn't, I just hesitate to give someone 2 stars based on one lesson.
Here are some details from class:
My daughter (K) just turned 5 but is pretty mature for her age and has expressed an interest in learning the piano so we signed up for individual lessons with Lella. At the start of class I mentioned again (I had noted it at booking time as well) that K has had zero experience with music instruction. Immediately Lella sat with K on the piano bench and started explaining treble clef sign, bass clef sign and what hands they relate to. Lella also has a thick accent as I was trying to follow along with her explanations with a little difficulty. She even asked if K speaks Chinese and I said "no" so she said "you're Indian right?" My daughter would look around from time to time while Lella was explaining at which point Lella would just keep seeing "Pay attention sweetie!" Then she asked my daughter to write the numbers 1-5 in a book and when she said she didn't know how to write the number 2, Lella laughed and said "you know, but you forgot right" so I spoke up and explained "no she has not been taught to write her numbers yet, but she can read/recognize them" to which Lella seemed very surprised, so I felt the need to say, "she's still in preschool. But if you write them she'll be able to tell you what they are." So then Lella switched to counts, explaining about the values of different notes. She asked my daughter if she had questions, to which my daughter said "I think I understand what you're saying, if it's just a circle that means four, but if it's a circle with a line..." And before she could finish her thought Lella said "no that's not a line, it's a stem". At another point when Lella asked if she had any questions, my daughter slowly said "yes... what's velour?" And when Lella looked confused I had to step in and explain that Lella was saying "value", the amount of counts for a note. By the end of the half hour lesson, Lella had reached her explanation of middle C, which she described to my daughter saying "this is middle C because it's in the middle, there are two black keys, then on the left is C. Can you find another one?" When K didn't respond right away, she repeated herself, and again another time. So I said "she really has had no previous music experience, I think you need to even explain to her that those are called keys, like there are black keys, white keys..." And Lella just looked at me confused.
At the end of the lesson I agreed to buy the theory book so we can practice that at home, and Lella asked if I can sit in on the next lesson to help explain things to my daughter, because she "doesn't really focus". I agreed to sit in on the lesson, for my own benefit so I can help her with HW since I also don't have music experience. But I also mentioned to Lella that her accent is quite strong and I think my daughter was having trouble understanding her, and Lella seemed surprised by that comment.
I don't know... it says on Lella's profile that she has worked with young kids but I can't really see how the class was any different from how she would teach me, an adult with no prior music experience.
Oh! I forgot to mention something so basic - when we met Lella she thought I was someone else so I re-introduced myself and introduced my daughter. Then as we were saying goodbye at the end of class I realized Lella had never introduced herself to my daughter, so I asked "oh, what would you like K to call you, Ms. Li, or Lella? Ms. Lella?" She said Lella was fine so I turned to K and said "Tell Lella bye K." It just hit me, I mean that's something about creating a relationship with a young student. Speaking to them directly, making that connection. Lella was really smiley which gave the impression she was friendly but she never really made a connection with K who is the student, not me.
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Marissa August 22, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Lella quickly recognized what I needed to practice and brought me a great book that helped me get back to where I was very quickly.
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About Shuai R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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With the bachelor degree of Journalism from Renmin University of China, I have a wide and deep knowledge in Chinese language and culture. Chinese isn't that hard. As long as you have the resolution, you'll get it! Learning Chinese with me is fun. No matter what age you are, where you're from, being a Chinese speaker isn't a dream anymore :)

About Shuai
Shuai Ren is a Chinese musician based in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Renmin University of China and her Master's Degree of Public Policy from University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently studying film scoring in UCLA.

Shuai started playing piano and singing since age 5. She has been participated in many large scale events, especially in organizing choirs to perform in and outside China. Her chorus used to perform in National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Beijing National Indoor Stadium and China Central television.

Shuai has composed music in a wide range including documentaries by China Central Television since she was in high school and over 100 songs including choral songs, A Capela and pop songs. Shuai has also arranged many classic songs such as “My heart will go on” and “You raise me u
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Jeff. B November 10, 2016
· Piano · In home
Learning piano with Shuai is such a great experience! I'm getting better and better playing piano thanks to Shuai!!!
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Sara November 7, 2016
· Chinese · In studio
Shuai is an amazing teacher! I enjoyed taking lessons with her. Very patient and explains everything super clearly.
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About Nan W.

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If you want to learn Chinese and know about Chinese culture, I am ready to be your guider. Your Chinese lessons will never be boring. I have been living in China for 22 years before I came to the US, I want to help every students who wants to learn Chinese or want to improve their level of Chinese.

About Nan
I started to learn the violin since I was 3 years old. My mom chose this beautiful instrument for me, she thought it's convenient to carry. I came to America after I finished my music education degree in China, then I studied two years in the US for my Master's degree in violin performance. After I got my Master's degree, I found out there are still a lot more space I want to improve, so I came to California to continue my violin study and I got my Artist Diploma in violin performance. I played hundreds of concerts, including chamber and symphony concerts. I have given 5 violin solo concerts in the past years. I have been playing with the professional symphony orchestras. For the violin, no matter which area you want to improve, I can give you the most useful and effective suggestions to help you improve fast.
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Aleena M. August 25, 2017
· Violin · In home
Nan related very well to her 4 year old student (who is shy with strangers). She is excited about her teacher and learning to play the violin.
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About Guifang X.

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Durham, NH

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I am a native Chinese speaker. I can speak five languages. I have years of languages (Chinese & English) teaching experience. I am certified to teach in public schools in China. I believe interaction and immersion are effective approaches to learn a new language. Learning a new language with a native speaker is ten times efficient than learning from language apps. Lessons are customized. Communicative language and Chinese culture would be prioritized while making lesson plans. To learn a new language, it's not simply about the language itself. The more you know about the culture, the better you appreciate the language.

About Guifang
I have more than eight years of language teaching experience. I have learned five languages over the years in China and overseas. I started tutoring Chinese students (age 8-16) English and Chinese when I was 19 and I founded my first summer camp in China when I was 20. Students who had registered for my summer camp increased from 25 in 2010 to 86 in 2016. I've gained very valuable skills and perspectives in teaching, not just as a teacher, but also as a student--students are my teachers too--I've learned there are always places that I can improve and better help them learn languages. Students' "needs" and "wants" are prioritized. It helps students achieve their goals while combined with students' "lacks" in lesson planning. Students should get involved in the lesson planning process.

Interest is the best teacher. When I taught non-nati
ve Chinese speakers (in China, South Korea and the U.S) Chinese, it seemed it stimulated their curiosity and interest to learn Chinese when cultural elements were introduced--such as characters' origin and visualization, historical contexts and cultural traditions. I hope that approach can also bring you an enjoyable experience learning a new language!

To help you be able to use Chinese, our language learning is mainly through interactive and communicative approaches. Talk! Talk! Talk! Please don't be shy. It's okay to make mistakes. Learning from mistakes is also a very effective way to learn a new language. We can make more contextualized dialogues based on whatever textbook you are using now. Or we can produce functional conversation based on everyday topics that you are interested. Lesson plans are customized and they can be flexible.

Ready to get on the boat and sail on the sea of Chinese? :)
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Tim January 10, 2018
· Chinese · Online
Great teacher! She takes the time to tailor each class materials for my 6 yr old son. She is very patient and well prepared for the lessons. In just 3 weeks, my son has became interested in learning Chinese.
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Ting August 14, 2017
· ESL · In studio
I went to Miss Xue's summer camp and learned English from her for two years. She was very nice and patient. The knowledge and skills that she told us were very helpful. My English grade increased from 60s to 80s. I really appreciated with her help.
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Mike July 28, 2017
· Chinese · Online
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About Chensi T.

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Natick, MA

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I am a Chinese musician in Boston. I come from Beijing, China, and move to US since 2008. I am able to speak perfect Mandarin. From my lesson, I will assist you with perfect Mandarin pronunciation, read, hand writing, Chinese history, legend, story rhyme, poem and more. Both of my parents are professors (My dad teach chemistry, my mom teach Chinese history), I have read lots of Chinese books. I really enjoy teaching and welcome for all lever students!

About Chensi
I am a professional musician and a music teacher, joined New England Symphony Orchestra as principal viola in 2015. I gained my Bachelor and two Master degrees from Manhattan School of Music. My BM and First MM are on Music Performance; while my second MM is on Orchestra playing.

I start teaching sine 2012. I am a passionate, serious, traditional teacher, and I really enjoyed teaching. I always encourage my students to think, to learn, and to explore the music in their way. For children, I do ask the parent to stay in their lesson if possible, only because the parents will be a great help for their kids' practice after the lesson.

Here are some more information of my music background:

Performance:

United States:
- Carnegie Hall, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra Concert, New York
- Manhattan School of Music Borden Concert Hal
l, New York, Guest performance with American String Quartet
- Viola Recitals and Graduation Recital (2009, 2011, 2013)
- Chery Hills Community Church, Chamber Performance, Denver
- St. John’s Church, Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey

Canada:
- National Art Center, Chamber Concert, Ottawa
- Queen Elizabeth School, Chamber Recital, Moncton

China:
- Shanghai Conservatory invitation for String Quartet Recital, Shanghai
- French School, String Quartet with School Chorus, Beijing
- Central Conservatory Recital Hall, Viola Recital, Beijing

Scholarship and Award:
- Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY
Manhattan School of Music Scholarship, 2008-2016
Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition Winner, 2008-2015
Hugo Kortschak Award, For Chamber Music accomplishment, 2014
- Third Prize, MSM String Concerto Competition, 2011
- Second Prize, 5 Towns String Competition, 2010
- Third Prize, Heida Hermanns String Competition, Westport, CT 2014
- Special Award, Bled International Viola Competition, Bled, Slovenia, 2006
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Lisa Gutting November 2, 2017
· Chinese · Online
Chensi is very professional and a patient and cheery instructor. Her lesson was well-prepared and she was clear and attentive in her explanations and in monitoring my understanding. Her follow-up after the lesson helped me to practice effectively until next lesson.
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Anna October 12, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Excellent teacher! Very professional and patient. Highly recommend!
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Ruby October 10, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Chensi is very helpful in teaching me read music. As a beginner, read music was the most difficult part, since it would slow down the practice pace. Chensi is very skillful in reading music through a faster way, which letting my progress efficient.
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About Lucy W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Thinking about traveling to China? Want to learn how to order food in Chinese in a Chinese restaurant? Need help preparing for Chinese class or work? Whether it’s for survival skills, academic or business needs, or even personal enrichment, Lucy Wang can help you reach your Chinese language learning goals.

Ms. Wang’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing Normal University, and an Advanced Qualification of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the Han Ban/Confucius Institute. The additional experience of owning and operating a language training center in Beijing and being a homeschooling mother allows Ms. Wang to bring a lifetime of understanding and knowledge to her learners.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, a small group or an individual, Ms. Wang can adapt a program tailored to your needs. She is patient and passionate. You can be sure your class will be delivered in a relaxed, fun and ...

About Lucy
Thinking about traveling to China? Want to learn how to order food in Chinese in a Chinese restaurant? Need help preparing for Chinese class or work? Whether it’s for survival skills, academic or business needs, or even personal enrichment, Lucy Wang can help you reach your Chinese language learning goals.

Ms. Wang’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing Normal University, and an Advanced Qualification of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the Han Ban/Confucius Institute. The additional experience of owning and operating a language training center in Beijing and being a homeschooling mother allows Ms. Wang to bring a lifetime of understanding and knowledge to her learners.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, a small group or an individual, Ms. W
ang can adapt a program tailored to your needs. She is patient and passionate. You can be sure your class will be delivered in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment that puts the learner first.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started! 上课吧!
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Los Angeles, CA 90045
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