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About Donny D.

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Donny is a professional recording artist, drummer, guitarist, electric and acoustic bassist, and pianist. He's had an impressive performance history touring around the nation with many notable artists. Donny pursued Jazz Studies and the Commercial Music Program at both Middle Tennessee State University, as well as Jazz Studies at Belmont University. He's also had the privilege to study under Alabama's Dixie State Pianist Ms. Sue Payne Ried for 10 years.
Donny's training and experience has led to many accolades including winner of the All-State Piano and Percussion Competitions. He has been teaching privately for over 10 years, and he's enjoyed every bit of it - he's known to have a keen ability to connect well with students of all ages. Donny's teaching styles include contemporary, pop, blues, jazz, classical, funk, R&B, country, fusi
on, latin, rock and swing.Donny also attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for graphic design.
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Red March 29, 2017
· Ear Training · Online
Susannes comment makes me wonder if theres a very intimate or personal relationship between Susanne and Don! Is this story true??
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Suzanne January 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
Found Donny in my driveway taking cocaine waiting for my son and I to come back to the house. Absolutely horrifying. Do not work with this person. He was always on his phone as well during my son's lessons and would cut lessons short.

DO NOT WORK WITH HIM!
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Will K. April 19, 2015
· Piano · In home
Donny is a great teacher. I really enjoyed my first lesson and can't wait until next week. I would highly recommend him!
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About Kim K.

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Ridgewood, NY

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For creative people and makers, crafting is like going to the gym. You will find great fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment if you set aside time on a regular basis to nurture this very important part of what makes you who you are. Think of me like a personal trainer. I will encourage and inspire you while you develop your skills and express yourself through a variety of textile based media.

Private and group lessons or classes are provided in locations around the NYC area, in my space or via webcam. My focus is on providing an entertaining, relaxing and enjoyable experience as you learn a leisure time activity. I am extremely patient and detail oriented. When you let me know what you would like to learn or make, I will guide you through everything from selecting materials to fine tuning your technique. Take a lesson with me to fi
nd out why my students love me.

Teaching is a wonderful extension of my work as a professional crochet and knit designer and technical editor. A web search will reveal some of my published work over the last decade. As a craft teacher in the NYC area for over 8 years, I have worked with individuals, groups and classes of all ages and skill levels. Most of my experience focuses on working with older adults and people with special needs. Minors must have a supervising adult present. I do not work with groups of young children.

I have studied the history and mastered the skills to make and teach a vast variety of textile techniques. Please see my experience.

If you are using this site without the assistance of a TL Rep, I recommend the schedule as you go option. I often have openings in my calendar sooner than the site allows. After we make contact, we can choose the best date and time.

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Please let me know what you would like to learn or make before your lesson so that we may be fully prepared with any materials, tools, equipment, books or handouts. Students are expected to provide all their own tools and materials unless other arrangements are made.

Recommended duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes. A surcharge may be added for travel outside of areas accessible by one MTA fare or expected travel time exceeding 90 minutes.

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Textile based crafts including crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, patchwork, plastic canvas, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, bobbin lace, historic textile and costume conservation and storage, and more.

I also love to research and develop craft projects for classes or master techniques students would like to learn.
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Amy August 20, 2017
· Crocheting · In home
It was a pleasure to take my first crochet lesson from Kim. She is knowledgeable, patient and shared technical instruction in a way that was easy to understand and follow. I'll definitely be scheduling more lessons with Kim!
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Candice August 2, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Thank you Kim! Amazing as always!
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Stephanie July 17, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
Best instruction ever (seriously). So easy to follow and makes class fun and easy to follow.
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About Julia A.

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Would you like a Try-Out lesson before booking a package? I understand the hesitation before making an investment, which is why I offer shorter 20 minute lessons specifically for hw help, test prep or just a compatibility check. Send me a message if you are interested - I will be happy to suggest a time frame best for your individual needs!

Whether you are interested in one lesson or a recurring schedule, student satisfaction is extremely important to me.
From my time tutoring at high school learning centers, college tutoring centers, and childhood elementary academies, I have implemented and developed my own method of teaching for my students, which includes personalized lesson plans, alternative views to math, as well as implementing a visual and contextual approach to unfamiliar subjects with the positive benefit of increasing the
student's self-esteem and confidence, and his/her ability to learn efficiently.
I do not only teach what you need to pass your next exam - I teach thoroughly and patiently with the goal of helping you manifest your unrealized potential!

With a Bachelors Degree in Physics and Minor in Math from Hunter College, Julia has over 9 years of experience tutoring students of all ages in all subjects.
Her clients find her patient, professional, courteous, and reliable.
Julia is located in NYC and teaches lessons online and over Skype or FaceTime.
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Kate July 27, 2017
· Algebra · Online
Julia creates her own curriculum which is better than anything my daughters receive in their schools.
I see marked improvements in their grades for this past year, and my eldest is actually skipping fourth grade as a result of lessons. I am astounded as to my girls' progress, and greatly appreciative of our tutor's expertise.
Her patient, methodical approach to teaching is why I see us remaining with her for all of our educational instruction. She has already taught arithmetic to my youngest (3rd grade), and algebra to my eldest (starting 5th this sept!), and is proceeding with more advanced math with no issue whatsoever. I cannot recommend her enough.
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Monica July 25, 2017
· ACT Math · Online
I'm in a fast paced trig course at my uni, and we've covered things I never did in high school. I did 5 lessons over skype with Julia, and know I've found a keeper. She sends stuff to practice on in advance and has me work with her like I would with my professor. She comes up with practice based on my weakest areas and never shortens time. I don't even have to ask for review material because she assigns hw to work on, and basically, I'm a master at graphing now.
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Elina July 25, 2017
· Physics · In studio
I did regents prep with Julia for my high school honors physics class back in 2011. I am now back with Julia for my calc-based college physics course! Her teaching style saves the day and I'm already better understanding my course material. She goes over each topic with her own notes and examples. I do what she assigns me first before I move on to my actual hw, and it brings me great results. I feel extremely confident about my upcoming midterms. Thank you!!!
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About Austin Y.

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Milpitas, CA

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Hello! My name is Austin, and my personal life motto is: doing my best to help others realize and reach their best! I have been teaching a number of topics ranging from music, fitness, to technology, writing, and religious texts for over 7 years. Over these years, I have also worked a myriad of jobs to receive invaluable experience as well as learn how to interact with all kinds of people.

It has always been my deep passion and true joy to journey along with someone who is simply willing to learn the many gifts that life has for us to enjoy! I am currently studying for my masters at Western Seminary, interning at a church in Milpitas, and a certified teacher here at TakeLessons.

Time and time again, I have come to realize that life is about serving, teaching, and loving others with what we already have; teaching is such a simple y
et profound way to practice this!

I look forward to doing my best in order to help you realize, reach, and ultimately relish your best!

Best regards,

Austin Ying
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Neha March 27, 2017
· Volleyball · In studio
I am an adult and absolute beginner in volleyball and was looking to learn some basics and Austin did a great job of teaching me.
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Samuel February 25, 2017
· Weight Loss · Online
It was a treat to have Austin guide me toward my personal goals of losing weight while gaining muscle. He displayed constant knowledge and patience. I really enjoyed each session and have learned a great deal from him! Really great tutor to have!!!
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· Acoustic Guitar · In home
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About Art S.

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Bedford, MA

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I have done many things in my life and as the sun is setting I would love to share those experiences in a manner that would be helpful to those who are finding their way in their own life. I am all about connections, how two boards are nailed together, how two people find each other and build a life together. I have had careers as a submarine sailor, a counselor and admissions administrator at the Boston Architectural College, a partner in an architectural practice, a partner in a psychotherapy practice and the last few years as a residential designer builder. Mostly however I love people as people never cease to amaze me. So fragile, so strong all in one package. Together we can make a difference!
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TJ May 4, 2017
· Carpentry · Online
Art is truly a teacher worth knowing.
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Dorothy October 28, 2016
· Carpentry · In home
Art designed a bathroom renovation for me to include an accessible shower; a corollary to the project was the design and installation of a second floor laundry area. Art understands the needs of older clients who have accessibility issues. His work is careful and his team is very respectful of the client's home. At the end of a work day, all is clean and in good order.

Above all, Art is extremely responsive to the client's wishes. He is flexible, willing to change course if necessary, and always ready with suggestions to make the project go more smoothly. He anticipated many of my needs, before I was able to articulate them. I am very pleased with the results of his work.
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Allan October 19, 2016
· Carpentry · In home
Art designed my addition, which is beautiful. People admire the design from the street and love the space once inside. Art's technique was to learn about me and my family, understand our living style, and prioritize our needs. He worked with us on the design and the result was something unique that perfectly fit our needs. We enjoy and appreciate the addition every day.

To make the addition affordable, I decided to build the deck myself. Art agreed to be my teacher. This was no small project -- this was an extensive hardwood deck that transformed the common area of my house into an impressive indoor / outdoor living space. Art taught me how to align the joints, how to ensure structural integrity, how to create interest and visual appeal, how to solve problems and do jobs on my own, how to use all the power tools safely and how to work with wood. Working with Art, our vision was transformed into a design, a plan and a finished product that looks fantastic.

My house is not a building and my desk is not a weekend project. My house fits my lot, connects with the land and enhances my lifestyle. My deck is a bridge to the outdoors that seamlessly integrates indoor / outdoor living. I don't just live in these living spaces -- I experience them, every day. Art helped me and my family create a space where we are comfortable, mindful and connected with our community. Working with wood is a metaphor for working on life.
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About Autumn N.

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Hello, my name is Autumn Renae!

As a child, I was very creative and artistic. I come from a long line of entrepreneurs of business and design, and it's safe to say I new my passions at an early age!

I teach both Sewing/Design and Beginner Piano - two passions of mine that I absolutely adore!

For me as a teacher, I want my students to know the correct way of doing things but I also put a heavy emphasis on the student finding their own artistry!

For a student to have the fundamentals, but have an artistry true and unique to themselves is quite a phenomenon.

I genuinely want to see each student succeed and want to also help them find their own unique passion!
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About Vena H.

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New York, NY

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My name is Vena. I'm a fashion designer, tailor, sewer, enthusiastic craft lover. I had worked at major fashion brands in NYC for more than 7 years with a fashion design degree from Parsons. My specialty is in sewing, patternmaking, draping, tailoring and fitting. I have a great passion in teaching and extremely patient. I provide the best quality and hands on sewing skills that we use in the industry. If you would like to learn how to draft a pattern from scratch to make your own clothes or alter your clothes that fit you, I will show you how to achieve that. The courses will design and cater to your needs. I look forward to having a great sewing time with you.
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Urvi August 22, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Vena is a phenomenal teacher. She really ensures that you understand the concepts fully when teaching and doesn't rush through anything to fit it within a certain time frame. In our first day, she helped me learn the semantics of patternmaking and sewing and apply it visually to a dress form! For any beginner or someone who needs to solidify their foundation, Vena is a great instructor!
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Nina B. July 28, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Had my first lesson today and Vena showed me many tips on how to lay out the pattern properly on the fabric and reviewed what the pattern symbols mean. I learned things I never knew and, as we went along, she gave me the reasons why things are done a certain way which is good so it'll make sense and I won't be as likely to forget them. I'm very happy and can't wait for Lesson 2.
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About Mathew M.

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I have been coaching chess for 2-3 years. I am the founder of Martello Chess Academy. I have been passionately studying the game of chess for 13 years. I am currently a 1939 USCF player (Class A player). My highest rating was 1983. But I am committed to go to 2200+ USCF player (National Master player). I have won several chess tournaments as well.

I am currently coaching 7 students to go above and beyond their expectations. If you hire me as your coach, I will take you above and beyond your expectations in the game of chess. My coaching style is hands on, which means that I provide move by move feedback. My coaching philosophy is grounded in encouragement and meticulous game review. My one student that I have been coaching for 2 years went from never playing chess to a 1350 USCF chess rating.

I graduated from Kutztown University of
PA in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology: Molecular/Micro/Cell with two Minors in Mathematics and Biochemistry. I have such a passion for math, science, and chess. And I try to live with that passion everyday and show that passion to people everyday.

Please come visit my personal website: www.martellochess.com.
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Steve Atlee August 4, 2017
· Chess · In studio
Matthew is very knowledgeable of the game. He is easily approachable and has the ability to connect with students of all skill levels as well as multiple generations. My teenage son was comfortable with him immediately and he is not always receptive to learning if the setting feels awkward to him. As for my own experience I received valuable insight into my own games after reviewing score sheets from tournament games and isolating those ever present blunders that seem to lurking on every chess board just waiting to be discovered. Anyway I give a hearty two thumbs up to my millennial friend.
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Rachele July 26, 2017
· Chess · In home
Great teacher!

Matt is honest. If there is something he doesn't like about your chess game, he will definitely come out and say it. His criticism allows you to focus on that part of your game. You will be able to improve your flaws on and off the chess board.

Matt is also very competitive. If you beat him in a game of chess, it's like you've beaten him in a game of life. The day you've accomplished this, you will know the grasshopper has become the master.

If you're new at taking lessons, you need to start here, with Matt. I would highly recommend him to any chess player who is seeking to improve their game, beginner or advanced.
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Jake July 26, 2017
· Chess · Online
Matt is more than a teacher and mentor. He is like a brother to me. Over the course of the last two years, I've taken weekly lessons from Matt. I have not only developed a strong teacher-student relationship with Matt, but I have also developed my game through his guidance. Matt's approach to teaching is fun and engaging. I would recommend him to any aspiring chess players.
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About Vijay S.

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I am 18 years old, currently working at Parish Summer camp in Dallas, Texas. Then heading to Boston to pursue my Undergraduate degree at Northeastern University.
My plan is to pursue Political Science and Economics as a double major and one day become an exceptional Lawyer.

I spent the last four years teaching origami to kids like you at schools, events and being interviewed for my work. I donate all my proceeds to charitable foundations. last year I invested in Milaap. A microfinancing platform for individuals, I was able to provide 72 people with a new home, better sanitary, electricity for their village and got 10 children from that pool educated. You could be making a difference folding those papers. You're​ not only bringing your own origami models to life but helping someone in return as well.

I was born in New Jersey and then shi
fted to India. I grew up in a multicultural society and it has shaped me the person I am today. It has given me a strong entrepreneurial work ethic and to always strive for more.

My work may seem simple and supposedly easy, trust me once you fold those triangles I will blow your minds right off
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Hello My name is Coco Monet-Martin. I am a fashion designer/tailor and I have done some costume designing. I started taking sewing classes in 2007 where I was encouraged to make it a career. I went to fashion school and it been a passion ever since. I want to know teach others my skills and hope give others that boost to follow their goals and dream; no matter how small or big it is.

I am teaching beginning and intermediate level sewing. You learn the your sewing machine, fashion term and how to construct garments.

Hope to part of your journey of sewing!!!!
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