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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
rnor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.

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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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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 Lin X.

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Belmont, CA
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I have been tutoring students Chinese in bay area for years, helping them to explore Chinese culture and history, gain a deeper understanding of the nature of Chinese language, and make Chinese easy to learn!

I am a native Chinese speaker with a Master degree in Education as well as a high school teaching credential in China. I am experienced in customizing private Chinese lessons for both children and adults. I have been teaching students with a wide variety of needs - academic test, living communication, or business conversation.
Course benefits include:
- 1-on-1, or 1-on-more tailor-made executive private tutoring lessons
- Most flexible option and suited to busy lifestyles
- Having lessons on your preferred timetable
- Focusing solely on your learning requirements
- Offering both ‘living’ and ‘business’ lessons to best fulfill your Chinese goals
- Extensive discussions of Chinese language and its culture
- Selected topics and situations coming from real life ...

About Lin
I have been teaching Chinese and Violin in bay area for years. I am very experienced in customizing private lessons for students of different age. I have got my Master degree in Education in China, with a high school teaching credential. I have passed the violin performance exam Level 10 in China, and played in the first student orchestra in the city. I wish one day I could share all my learning and teaching experiences with you:)

My class is designed in a student-friendly way. I will always discuss your learning goals and expectations at the very beginning; I believe a mutual understanding of the big picture between the student and the teacher will serve a good start. I enjoy exchanging ideas with my students in the class and let them dig deeper through this two-way communication. In my class, you can learn with joy, making a steady p
rogress step by step. I will also introduce a most-fit textbook to you, with plenty of supplementary learning materials provided, as well as a customized teaching plan offered based on your goals and learning progress.
Course benefits include:
- 1-on-1, or 1-on-more tailor-made executive private tutoring lessons
- Most flexible option and suited to busy lifestyles
- Having lessons on your preferred timetable
- Focusing solely on your learning requirements and obstacles
- Opportunities to practice in the class with timely feedback

Now I am accepting new students in my private violin / Chinese class. If you have any question regarding my courses, please contact: lartstutor at gmail. I am looking forward to working with you:)
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Lilit M. September 24, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lynn is great teacher who cares about her students. She’s really vested in seeing her students succeed and takes pride in their accomplishments. My daughter loves her lessons, and is always excited to tell me about something new she learned that day.
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Binbin March 23, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lynn is nice, respectful, patient and professional. My son has been learning Violin from Lynn for about 6 months now and helps with any questions he has and provides her tips to do it better. I highly recommend taking lessons with Lynn.
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Lilit M. March 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
I've been taking lessons for about a month now and I think Lin Is a great teacher. she gives constructive feedback and tells me exactly what I need to work on, why its important to know, how to improve that technique, and then she shows me herself how to do it. she also tells me what I am doing well. I'm enjoying learning from Lin, she is a really nice person to talk to, she is very friendly but firm also expects you to meet her expectations.
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Belmont, CA 94002
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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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San Francisco, CA 94124
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About Gordon L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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You can expect to be assisted in whatever coursework you have, and be provided custom tailored lesson plans based on your learning preferences to help you achieve your goals.

About Gordon
Hello! My name is Gordon L. and I would love to help you or your child discover your passions and work towards reaching any academic or artistic goals!

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I am fortunate to have had an exceptional academic foundation. I attended Punahou School K-12 earning high marks and went on to graduate college from the University of California, Berkeley. I have a variety of expertise and tutoring experience in these subjects:

- Computer Programming
- Math
- Chinese
- Humanities
- SAT

Outside of school, I have also always been an artist and hobbyist, heavily investing myself in various forms of creative expression including:

- Dance (hip-hop/urban)
- Photography (DSLR, Lightroom/Photoshop)
- Card magic/Card flourishes (look it up :P)

Over the years, I have found that my enthusiasm for both people
and learning different things greatly enriches my life and those around me. If you're looking for someone who can introduce you to a variety of subjects, I'm your guy. I love learning about anything and everything and hope to encourage others to explore their passions. Furthermore, though my interests are many and varied, I have also committed years into training, have a solid grasp on their principles, and can confidently say that I am a qualified expert. I look forward to meeting you and helping you learn with me!
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Dave December 22, 2017
· Magic · Online
First lesson with Gordon and so far good. He knows his stuff and he is patient!
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Christie November 22, 2017
· Magic · Online
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Ryan August 25, 2017
· Magic · Online
We just had our first lesson. To my surprise, my usually shy 7 year old opened up quickly and started engaging right away. Gordon is great with young kids and we had a lot of fun. Nice experience and thank you Gordon!
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About Nan W.

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Redlands, CA
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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 Tracy Z.

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Language is the key to learn a new culture. There are a lot of fun to Learn a new language, to explore the new culture and to make the new friends. If you want and have the passion to explore it, you are on the track. Easy. Let’s start learning with fun!

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Ten- Year teaching experience and native language, caring, loving ,curiosity and creativity makes the teaching and learning with fun!
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About Emma C.

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I am a native Chinese, speaking Mandarin and writing Chinese. I received Chinese Mandarin Teacher Qualification in a Chinese professional mandarin school. This certificate allowed me to work in China as a Mandarin Tutor. And this certificate is also admitted in USA and lots of other foreign countries. Now I live in Bay area and have lots of kids and adults students. And I am also teaching my boy Mandarin as he was born in USA.
If you're looking for an organized, patient and experienced tutor, please feel free contact me. I will first make some time for you to talk about what I can do for you. My teaching goal is helping students to speak Chinese better from any level, and be interested in Chinese culture. Very hope I can get this chance!

About Emma
I was born and lived in China for over 25 years before I moved to the U.S., fluent in both languages and have experience teaching at a professional Chinese school for young students and adults, which I've learned to make teaching more interesting by using games and simple writing exercises.

I have tutored a lot of students and helped them improve their Chinese as well as my son. To correct their pronunciation, writing and know lots of Chinese characters. And I'll assess your current Chinese level and provide proper advice and materials. I will match your lesson plan according to your level and interest. Also, I will continuously monitor course quality to ensure your needs are being met.

If you're looking for an organized, patient and experienced tutor, please feel free contact me. I will first make some time for you to talk about what I
can do for you. My teaching goal is helping students to speak Chinese better from any level, and be interested in Chinese culture. Very hope I can get this chance!
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Emma C.

Emma C.

Fremont, CA 94536
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About Alexander B.

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I am a recent graduate of UGA (3.8 GPA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with majors in political science and international affairs to go along with minors in both Chinese and Japanese. Although I myself am not a native speaker of the languages I tutor, I have extensive experience in each and can identify with students of these languages who are just starting out on their language learning adventures or want to step up from the beginner level. With students, I bring in a variety of media (videos, music, articles, calligraphy) which not only help students become accustomed to the language but also the context in which it is used, a critical component of language learning (especially in East Asia). I have travelled to Asia multiple times (including studying abroad in Singapore) and can draw from my experiences to provide a better understanding of the area.

About Alexander
Hello everyone! My name is Alexander (Alex). I am a recent graduate of the University of Georgia (with majors in political science and international affairs as well as minors in Chinese and Japanese). Previously I have worked as a Mandarin Chinese tutor for elementary school-aged kids and enjoyed the opportunity to make my own lesson plans and teach what I want to rather than just helping classmates with random assignments or completing busywork. Outside of Chinese I am well-qualified to tutor students in other subjects as well, some of which include Japanese, history, geography, and even writing. I am an IB Diploma recipient, graduated near the top of my high school class, graduated magna cum laude from UGA and was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa.

I have always viewed helping people as one of the most important things I could do and my pe
rsonal philosophy is that any activity is worth doing as long as you learn something from it and enjoy it. To me, tutoring is the intersection of these two ideas and can therefore fulfill my desire not only to help people but to provide them with a chance to learn something new. With tutoring, I can become far more acquainted with the students than in a conventional classroom, learn about what works best for them, and use all of my available resources to create a unique as well as effective lesson plan. As long as a person is willing to learn, I am ecstatic to help them reach their goals and become a more globally aware person. As for my methods, I could be described as a "by the book" kind of instructor who makes use of numerous textbooks or related materials to form a well-rounded lesson plan. For example, one session may be just learning vocabulary or grammar and then another week may be spent learning about the origins of the language or making cultural arts and crafts. It is not out of the ordinary for lessons to include a bit of everything if time provides. I stress reviewing the material often and because of that I may create flashcards, give homework, or provide access to certain resources online which may help the student memorize the material between lessons. If something needs to be reviewed, I will make sure it is well-learned before jumping to the next topic so as to make sure the student does not become lost amidst an avalanche of unfamiliar terms. I also like to integrate videos or my own personal experience into the lessons so the students may see the real-world applications of the skills they are learning.
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