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About Azuri M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Azuri
Learning is one of my main pursuits. My name is Azuri and I have studied music for over a decade and have my degree in guitar performance from musicians institute. I've had the gift of studying many artistic crafts and spend my time today trying to further my own study, while sharing what I've learned with my students.

Art is one of the most important tools we have as a culture and contains in it a shared history, tradition and the keys to future ones. Whether it be through the primal qualities of music or the impulses of dance, the records of drawing or descriptions of writing, these are the tools for our expression. I have had the great fortune to study, in many different settings, a small piece of these traditions and sharing them is paramount in respect to receiving them. I love sharing knowledge and I hope to elevate yours as a st
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Teaching Philosophy -

My teaching philosophy is built on well rounded communication, explanation and examples. So, that a student can truly understand and learn a topic, surrounded in a very humorous, light and supportive environment.
Along with being provided good information, a student learns better and feels more motivated to learn when there is a balance of positive support and confidence building accompanied by constructive criticism and examples/information that can help a student assess what ever walls they may be meeting in their musical growth.

I understand that all students/artists have different goals they wish to achieve. So it is very important to me to accommodate each individuals needs and wants to help them grow in the fields they wish too; However, In that I have played music for a long time, I understand there are certain things that a student may not have been exposed to yet; It is important that while focusing on a students artistic goals they respect and are open to the suggestion and guidance of their teacher.

I truly believe music has an amazing influence on the world and has the ability to change peoples way of thinking. Therefore, I try and keep an open awareness to all music, so that I can understand all different musical languages utilized to communicate to people, and I don't believe I will ever know them all. I hold it to attention to influence my students somewhat similarly so that they can shape the landscape of how we communicate musically in the future.

I also try and be very patient with my students. Knowing that when I feel rushed, it makes information more difficult to comprehend, remember and allocate. I love watching the gears run in my students head, so I try and provide information that pushes a student but is within their abilities.

HUMOR is very important. I like to break people out of their shell by telling a joke and hopefully getting one back, so they feel more comfortable and free. One of a Artists worst enemies are nerves. Keeping things light-hearted and maybe even a little small talk can be very helpful to a students development and growth on a topic. After all, Art is meant to be fun and we should enjoy every moment of it, in fact we should enjoy every moment in life period.

I understand music requires focus and discipline and I have certain expectation of a student to understand that and practice. You can't buy chops, you can't buy music theory etc. you can get help but eventually your the one who must understand it and play it.

I am here to help you. Based on what I know and what I have extensively studied, I will do all that I can to help you achieve your musical goals. I am here to answer your questions and help you grow. I love teaching because I love sharing knowledge; As long as your seek it, it is here for you. Otherwise, I'd still love to hear some jokes.

Education -

MUSIC
_Bachelors in Music - 2016 - Guitar Performance (Musicians Institute, CA)
_Associates in Music - 2011 - Guitar Performance (Musicians Institute, CA)
_Major in Music - (Academy for Visual and Performing Arts) - 2008
_Garden of Angels - 2003 - Performance Academy

DANCE
_Krump, Pop-n-Lock - 2012 - (Xtreme)
_Break Dancing - 2011 - (Fun.Krew)
_Traditional Brazilian Dance & Samba - 2014

MARTIAL ARTS
_Capoeira - Current - (Capoeira Batuque with Mestre Amen)
_Wing Tsun - 2013 - (Johnny from the Emin Boztepe School)

ART
_Graffiti - 2011 - (Fun.Krew)
_General Art - 2008 - (AVPA)
_Painting - 2003 - (Garden of Angels)

Much Love,
Azuri Zen M.

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I'm very disciplined but am also very light hearted. It's important for me to assess things seriously, so that one can understand a topic or piece of information.

I generate my lessons based on the individuals needs and therefore draw from various curriculums, sources and examples, such as : MI curriculum for ear training, Theory, Single string Technique, Reading, Rhythm guitar, Ted Greenes Chord Chemistry, Berklee Guitar Method, as well as The Real Book, other artist books(Eric Clapton, etc.) The Guitar Players Hand Book, Bach pieces and self developed curriculums, relative to the topic at hand and students personal goals, amongst many others.

-Beginning students within three months of consistent lessons should have the ability to solo and playing chords to songs that they are interested in and songs provided in the lesson along with a basic understanding of the major scale and its relationship to all of the diatonic music.

-intermediate students should have an elevated understanding of scale and chord patters along with the theory that explains modal relationships and use of these concepts.

-Advanced students should learn all of diatonic scale shapes and modes assuming they don't already know them in which case their specifically situation will be assessed

-Professional students I expect to have specific questions therefore where they grow should be largely subjective.

Overall, in a short amount of time on a scale of 1 - 10 I expect to in three months at-least elevate a students musical abilities one full point if not more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio in home in private room with guitars, amps, piano, and seating.
Em's studio is family owned cafe with studio in finished basement with an office, recording equipment, and teaching space for acting and guitar.

*** Specialties ***
As a Musician I try and play as many styles and be proficient in as many as possible and therefore can play most. However, in the fields of blues, jazz, funk, flamenco and Latin I excel.
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Dylan September 19, 2017
· Graffiti · Online
Very patient and gave a nice introduction to the basics for my 9 year old.
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Juan G. April 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
Azuri is great, l recommend it to anybody. THANK YOU!!!
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Juan G. April 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
You not will be disappointment. He is very professional. My first lesson and l like the way he teach.thank you azuri.
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Azuri M.

Azuri M.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Morris S.

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Beverly Hills, CA
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I can teach you Table Tennis the right way and the fast way. I know the needs of each person and will teach them accordingly. I will also teach you the right technique. Ping Pong has been shown to improve hand eye coordination and prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and above all it's fun. not everyone is qualified to teach Table Tennis. I am a professional ping pong player and very good at teaching it. I have 30 years of experience . I only coach ping pong , that is my specialty. I do not teach many subjects , only Table Tennis . look at the pics closely and see if you can recognize any of my students!
I have also trained actors for many movies and TV series with Table Tennis in them , among which are Drake and Josh , iCarly , Blakish , The Big Bang Theory , and the latest Ray Donovan , etc .
I also specialize in CGI and metro
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Pernilla April 21, 2016
· Table Tennis · In home
Great teacher. I had fun and learned so much. I highly recommend Morris! 😀🏓
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Scott F. April 7, 2015
· Table Tennis · In home
great instructor!!
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mike S. July 21, 2014
· Table Tennis · In home
I am so pleased i came in with virtually no Table Tennis experience besides a few weeks in high school PE, and I am now rallying with coach Morris throughout the entire lesson. interestingly enough I am also noticing my volleyball skills improving! I think what's happened is that I'm training my brain to stay focused on the ball and not take my eyes off it as i hit it.
My game has improved much faster than I expected, and I attribute that to coach Morris not only correcting my technique, but helping learn how to self-correct. this guy knows his stuff and if you listen to him you will improve rapidly as well.
Anyway I feel like I get my money's worth and genuinely enjoy taking lessons with coach Morris. he is always prepared and ready to play. he is full of useful advice and drills to work your week spots.if you really want to learn the game and improve, then Morris is your man.
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Morris S.

Morris S.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(5)
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$65 / 60-min

About Dragana M.

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Torrance, CA
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I am professional swimming coach, ex professional swimmer and have Msc in sports science. I have American Swimming Coach 3rd level certificate and American Red Cross lifeguard certificate. Teaching and coaching swimming almost 16 years. I am very friendly, positive, understandable, motivated and patient swimming coach. Be sure that I will motivate you to give your best at swimming lessons.

As ex triathlete I can make programs and train re-creative, novice and professional triathletes.
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Dragana M.

Dragana M.

Torrance, CA 90505
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$50 / 30-min

About Marcel M.

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Altadena, 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 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.

Altadena, CA 91001
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$35 / 30-min

About Gerardo R.

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Santa Monica, CA

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About Gerardo
My name is Gerardo. I am 25 years old and grew up in Cancun, Mexico as well as Los Angeles CA. Fluent in both Spanish and English. I have played professional soccer in Mexico and currently play for Santa Monica College, where I study Kinesiology with an emphasis on coaching and physical therapy. I am young and extremely passionate about both my language (Spanish) and soccer! and I am certain that I can help you to become your best at either one of them.

Looking forward to work with you and have a great day!
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Jan W. July 20, 2015
· Soccer · In studio
Gerardo was fantastic. The soccer lesson was for my 12 year old great nephew. My own nephew, the 12 year old's father, was also there. From Gerardo's opening "hello" we knew that we were with an incredible teacher. First, Gerardo is a true master of soccer. He plays for SM College. His ability is impressive. Second, he knows how to teach. Many great players are not great teachers. Gerardo is. He knows how to motivate and bring out the best in the student. He is friendly, bright, respectful, and a true joy to work with. My nephew is a soccer manager and coach himself, and he was thoroughly impressed with Gerardo. I recommend Gerardo enthusiastically and without hesitation. If you need a soccer lesson, you will not find anyone better.
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Gerardo R.

Gerardo R.

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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About Julian R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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While I do love to joke with and tease my students, I am very serious about helping you become your best. With me, there is no too fast or too slow. We'll go at your speed. Our goal, quite simply, is to be better today than we were yesterday. If you have trouble learning something I teach then I’ll find a way to teach it so that you can learn it. And no that doesn't mean we'll scrimp on form, so there won't be any arm punches here. I've worked with short, tall, athletic, clumsy, big, small, young, older ;) , and just about everything in between. My only criteria is that you come prepared to learn and give me your best.
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Julian R.

Julian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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$75 / 60-min

About Lindsay B.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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Hey there! My name is Lindsay. I truly enjoy teaching everything in the realm of physical activity. I grew up dancing at Mark Spivaks Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. I studied under a Russian Prima ballerina. I played soccer. I swam. My lifestyle at a young age has reflected in my work as an adult. Nowadays I love yoga, hiking, running, art, and being a big sister! If I have one goal in my professional life it would be to inspire active living in today's youth. I completed my 450 hour pilates certification which compliments my teachings in every field due to the anatomical approach. Currently I work as a dance teacher, pilates instructor, yoga teacher and flexibility coach. My passion for movement will inspire you to achieve your goals. I love to make any positive difference to a client: in their day, in their body, in their out
look. I look forward to meeting you and reaching the finish line- whatever that may be!

I am enthusiastic about teaching online lessons as well. I find that online training works amazingly well, and is extremely convenient for people with busy schedules.

For Dance - Lindsay teaches ballet, social club, and basic hip hop and tap
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Wes October 2, 2017
· Flexibility Training · Online
I traditionally strength train and consistently utilize HiiT training so as you could imagine I've developed some imbalances in my body. Thanks to Lindsay she was able to recognize this and help out tremendously in the flexibility and core aspects of my training. I'm stronger than I've ever been and my ROM Has increased significantly. I strongly recommend using her expertise and training in this area.
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Spencer September 16, 2017
· Pilates · In studio
I'm new to pilates so I can easily get confused. Not with Lindsay! She is so specific with the movements, I know exactly what to do next! Not only that, but how she articulates which muscles to work and how to make the most out every single exercise. Guaranteed to burn out your muscles, but then with her stretches, you leave feeling great. How a teacher speaks has always been a deal breaker for me. Lindsay's voice and her demeanor is so pleasant, encouraging, and fun! Also, her body is GOALS! I will follow her to whatever studio she goes to! Thanks Lindsay!
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Kellie August 21, 2017
· Flexibility Training · Online
My daughter wanted me to find her a flexibility coach to help her with dance. Because we live in a rural community, this type of instruction is not available. I did an online search and was very fortunate to connect with Take Lessons and Lindsey. She takes a 30 minute lesson twice a week and has seen considerable improvement in her flexibility. Lindsey is not only a great teacher but a great person. Her and my daughter have developed a personal relationship. Lindsey is very knowledgeable, encouraging, and kind. She has been taking Lessons from Lindsey for 11 months, and we plan to continue with classes because of the excellent instruction she has received.
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Lindsay B.

Lindsay B.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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$30 / 30-min

About Grace M.

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El Segundo, CA
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Grace has been teaching private lessons since 1996 and is currently available to teach lessons at her studio, online and in your home. Grace has helped students learn dance in a nurturing and effective way. She enjoys teaching students of all ages. Her clientele have included dancers who are visually impaired, have autism and other special needs.

Grace holds a B. A. in Dance from UC Irvine and M. A. in Dance from Ohio State University where she was a Dean's fellow. She has choreographed competitive programs and taught off – ice ballet for figure skaters including 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel and US champion Ryan Bradley. She's the owner of Athletic Grace Dance Studio in El Segundo, where she teaches ballet, tap, salsa, and ballroom. She is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Bo
oty Barre and Zumba instructor.

Grace looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. .
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Vanessa May 18, 2016
· Ballet · In studio
I always look forward to my next lesson with her, she makes class fun and engaging!
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Erica T. May 12, 2016
· Ballet · In studio
Grace is phenomenal! She's not only a nice person but she's serious about ballet. She encouraged me to push beyond my limitations and I'm excited about my next lesson!
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Grace M.

Grace M.

El Segundo, CA 90245
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$35 / 30-min

About Athan S.

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Santa Monica, CA
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- Yale MBA and Cornell BA
- Expert in international business - have built 7 businesses myself, around the world
- Former Cornell Varsity tennis player
- Former professional poker player
- Fluent in Spanish and proficient in French

I've been tutoring since I was 8 years old (yes, 8 years old!). I love my students and helping them achieve their dreams!
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Athan S.

Athan S.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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$70 / 30-min

About Lance D.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am the head Muay Thai Instructor at Robot Fight and Fitness in West Los Angeles. I love sharing my passion and knowledge of the sport with students who are willing to learn. I aim to improve lives mentally and physically through Muay Thai and kickboxing. I feel truly grateful to be able to surround myself with the sport I love most.

I have multiple Regional, State and US titles including the IFS Light Welterweight Title, IAMTF Welterweight Title and a US Welterweight Title. I am also the winner of "The tournament to Bangkok" and have trained in Thailand.

My main purpose is to help improve peoples lives through Muay Thai and Kickboxing by training hard and having fun!
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Lance D.

Lance D.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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$84 / 30-min

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