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About Crystal S.

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About Crystal
Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Crystal S.

Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Clifford K.

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San Gabriel, CA

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About Clifford
'Dr. Cliff,' a part-time college/university professor, teacher and tutor with 5 master's and 3 doctoral degrees in a variety of topics: Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, MBA, Leadership, Education and Administration. He has always used proven educational techniques to instruct undergraduate students, graduate students and school children/teenagers (K-12). In addition, Dr. Cliff is a Certified Tutor by American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association (Math); he holds California Teaching Credentials in Math (CSET I,II,III), Business (I,II,III), and Educational Technology/Computers (I,II); he is a Sylvan Certified Teacher in Math and Arts/Language K-12.

Dr. Cliff believes that, although many professors and teachers do an admirable job in the classroom, many students
and children do not learn well in traditional institutions. Many students and children don't respond to the assembly line nature of most institutions. He believes that a student's or child's strengths and natural abilities need to be the foundation of learning. Dr. Cliff often warns against a "cookie cutter" approach to educating students, teenagers and children. You or your child is seen as an individual, and natural strengths are identified and built upon. Therefore, individual one-on-one tutoring or help is the key approach to each student who has any challenges difficulties in a given subject.

In today’s environment and economic challenges, with shorter budgets for the education, larger classes sizes and pressure of performing well in all kind of standard tests, I often see many students lacking true knowledge and skills in a given subject, since they cannot get individualized attention during the class session. That’s where a tutor comes into the picture, not only uncover major “holes” in students’ knowledge set but also teach students how to study, how to learn and through proper guidance “fill” those knowledge and skills holes.

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*** Travel Equipment ***
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ACADEMIA
California Southern University: Member of the Faculty Senate, Member of the Curriculum Committee, Member of the Personnel Committee, Member of the IT Committee, Core/Lead Faculty, Business & Management.
Northern University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2008-2013, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau.
California Institute of Advanced Management: Guest Lectured and Honored Speaker, MBA programs, May, 2012, El Monte, CA.
Pacific State University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2007-2012, China and Singapore.
California American University: Commencement Speaker; 2004-2009, China.
California Southern University: Commencement Speaker, Graduation Ceremony, 2011, Irvine, CA.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013.
DETC Evaluator – The Distance Education and Training Council, 2012.
ACICS Evaluator – The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Scools, 2012.
BPPVE Auditor – California’s Bureau for Private, Postsecondary and Vocational Education, 2000.
Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: CSET Math (I, II, III), Business (I, II, III), Preliminary Education Technology (I, II), 2010-2012.
Certified Site Reviewer/Auditor, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2002.
Certified Professional Tutor, American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association, 2011.
Educate, Inc.: Sylvan University – Certificate of Mathematics Content Proficiency for Directors of Education; May, 2010
Tier I California Preliminary Administrative Credentials, 2006.
University of Southern California, Graduate level courses (master’s) in Systems Engineering/Management, 2005-2006.
Certified School Director, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2004.
California Community College Lifetime Teaching Credential, 1993.

INDUSTRY
HIMS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems), CPHIM (Certified Professional Healthcare Information Management); 2013.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013.
Security Innovation, Certificate in Enterprise IS/IT Security – part of the CISSP prep; 2012.
L. A. County: Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) training; 2012.
Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012.
Harvard Business School, Certificates in: Leadership & Management, Creativity and Innovation, Global Business and Technology, Business Acumen, Communications, Marketing, Strategy, Technology, Leading Change; 2010.
Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University/ESI, 2009.
Disney University, Training and Certificate in ITIL Service Management; 2009.
ESI Int’l Executive Education in: Contract Management, Business Analysis, Information Systems Security, Business Intelligence, IT Service Management/ITIL, ROI Methodology, Intercultural Management, Internet/Digital Marketing, Sales Force Management, Supply Chain Management, Leadership, Negotiations, Business Process Management, Business Sustainability, Enabling Technology.
George Washington University Master’s Certificate in Project Management, through ESI classes, 9/2009.
CMU/SEI, S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, 2006.
Delivered College/Corporate Training: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Systems Engineer (MCSE), Professional/Application Developer (MCPD/MCAD), Solution Developer (MCSD), IT Professional (MCITP); 2004-2007.
S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, CMU/SEI, 2006.
Member Board of Directors, National Management Association, 2005.
Scrum Alliance: CSM, CSP and CST, 2010.
Project Management Institute - PMP certification., 2010.
Malcolm Baldrige and Balanced Scorecard training; Software Cost Estimation training; Developing Software
Architectures for Multi-platform and Network Centric Environments/Operations training, 2005.
Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, JPL, 1996-2002.
Certified Information Systems Auditor, Information Systems Auditing Association, 2000.
Certified Project Manager, American/National Management Association, 1999.
Certificate in Supervisory and Management Skills, National Management Association, 1991. Extensive PMP teaching.
Certified Quality Analyst, Quality Assurance Institute, 1990.
Certified Computer Programmer, Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals, 1989.
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Leighton R. August 20, 2017
· Grammar · In home
amazing professor easy to work with and is understanding
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Josethine L. August 24, 2015
· French · In home
Very detail and nice, my daughter love it.
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Clifford K.

Clifford K.

San Gabriel, CA 91775
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About Farangis S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Farangis
I'm an enthusiastic tutor of my native Persian/Farsi with 5 years of professional experience. I also have 2 M.A. degrees in Writing and Literature. Farangis@gmail.com or call me 3108838292
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Fiera July 8, 2017
· Farsi · Online
Farangis have been teaching my teenagers Farsi for the last 9 months, within the first three weeks, they were able to make conversations and we were all excited, she always brings entertainments and different activities to the classroom and it made my teens more interested and engaged. They can now read and write low intermediate and speak high intermediate, communicating with their grandparents and watch Iranian movies with them. She is a great teacher :)
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John July 8, 2017
· Farsi · Online
Farangis have been teaching me Persian for the last two years. She makes learning fun, and her energy and enthusiasm encourage me to attend her classes. Farangis always tries something new to engage and teach me Persian and I appreciate her method and her efforts.
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Farangis S.

Farangis S.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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About Emily J.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Emily
Hi, there! My name is Emily and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2011 and have loved helping my students learn Spanish, Calculus, and Psychology (among other things). I went to the University of Southern California and earned a degree in Psychology in 2016. I'm a diligent, constructive, and patient person and my teaching style is engaging, demanding, and fun. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Emily J.

Emily J.

Los Angeles, CA 90089
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$20 / 30-min

About Susan M.

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Irvine, CA

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I was born in Iran where I got my two years college education before moving to Paris France when I was about 20 years old. I got two BA of Arts and Photography at the University of Paris. My two kids were born in France. I lived and worked in Paris for 25 years. We moved to the States 10 years ago. I started teaching French since we moved here.Teaching this beautiful language that I consider as my native language is my passion and my joy.
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Susan M.

Susan M.

Irvine, CA 92606
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$30 / 30-min
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About Mariana P.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Mariana
Hi, I'm Mariana! I graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in Criminal Law and the Conservatory of Music of Buenos Aires with a Bachelor's degree in Music, specialized in vocal performance and piano.

When I teach piano or Spanish, I encourage students to challenge themselves. To play instruments in public or to speak a foreign language regularly with other people will definitely help them get over the fear of 'looking ridiculous'. You don't have to be at a very advanced level to communicate with an instrument or a language.

I've spoken Spanish natively my whole life and played the piano since age five. My first Spanish student was my Minnesotan husband!

I love teaching both kids and adults. You are more than welcome to write me and we can discuss your goals ahead of time so we can start learning right away wh
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Mariana P.

Mariana P.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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$40 / 30-min

About ZHENG W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About ZHENG
Hello future students,
I am from the City of Wuhan in Hubei Province. My major was International Trade and I graduated from Wuhan University. Since 2012 after I moved to Los Angeles. Because I was interested in becoming a Chinese teacher, I began teaching my son and continue to maintain his Chinese. Additionally, I encouraged him to participate in Chinese reciting and writing contests. Eventually, he was able to read Chinese novels. I have been teaching at West Los Angeles Chinese School for more than a year. Furthermore, I worked as a Chinese T.A. for a year at Broadway Elementary School, which has a Chinese-immersion program. I am looking forward to working with you. I’d like to use my skills and knowledge to help perfect your abilities in Chinese!
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ZHENG W.

ZHENG W.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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$42 / 30-min

About John K.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Hi, my name is John Kim, and I am an experienced native American English teacher. I am a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel with American diplomatic certifications in Japan and Korea. I have taught myself to be proficient in 5 languages. I taught Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced TOEFL English levels formally in school classrooms of 10-17 students. And of course, 1-on-1 private lessons also. You know that the four dreaded skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking are required in English schools, and you have already heard it over and over in your previous school lessons. Now, let me show you and share with you a different level of learning...called the "Art of Communication".
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John K.

John K.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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$50 / 60-min

About Jamie O.

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Beverly Hills, CA
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I am a native German with a B.A. in German Literature from Pepperdine University.
I teach beginning to advanced German to many students of all ages.
I am a passionate educator and love helping students find success in language learning. I believe that the key to learning German is to make the learning experiences both challenging and fun. I always customize the lesson to each person's needs with an emphasis on proper grammar and practical phrases. I look forward to working with you!
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Jamie O.

Jamie O.

Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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$42 / 60-min

About Shakira K.

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Carson, CA
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About Shakira
Hi! If you're looking for an experienced and enthusiastic teacher that will build your speaking confidence, I'm right here! I'm a USC graduate, TESOL-certified, Spanish and English-speaking, pre-Master's of Linguistics student. I've been teaching languages for 3 years, and I'm passionate about your progress. I have experience teaching children, teenagers, college students, and business professionals. I've taught in the US, abroad, and online. Are you here to learn basic vocabulary in Spanish? Business conversation in English? A mixture of both? Then I am the perfect instructor for you. Let's go!
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Shakira K.

Shakira K.

Carson, CA 90745
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$25 / 30-min

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