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About Crystal S.

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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
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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.

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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
· 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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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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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Erol G.

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***AREAS NORTH OF CENTRAL SANTA CLARITA ARE DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY/ ADDRESSES WITHIN REMOTE AREAS (no public transit or bicycle access) DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY***

***lesson cancelations and schedule changes need to be submitted through your Takelessons.com student website. It is difficult for teacher to handle multiple informal requests***

My style and attitude toward teaching is a balance between subject delivery and reflective, supportive interaction. I seek to enable current research on education for busy, yet goal-driven student interests. This is done through customized online lessons coordinating the experience with optimal resources and tools. Examples are helping ESL students to monitor their own phonic issues with dedicated software/feedback, guiding German students through conversational dialogues, and ta
iloring Excel and related productivity lessons for particular prerequisites.

Due to my limited funds, I do not have direct experience with the Adobe suite, but I have extensive knowledge of related, free distributions that are transferable. Possibly the only dedicated PhD for E-Learning on the TakeLessons server, I am member of the Association for Language Learning, located in Leicester, UK.
My most popular subjects are as follows:

North American English Pronunciation Practice for ESL (NAEPP-ESL) or Accent-Reduction:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 recordings, and about 50 GB onedrive folder for lesson files*****

Carefully following Burkkowsky's (1969) multi-media method, I have taught this subject for over five years for public and private causes, such as library, individuals, and language schools. German Language and Culture:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 Recordings and about 50 GB onedrive folder for lesson files*****

Microsoft Excel:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***

Typing:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***
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Adel October 15, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Although I just took the first lesson with Erol, but I liked his systematic approach and curriculum. The way he explained that accent reduction is not only about training but also about understanding the new culture and creating a new personality, I just can say that I am excited:)
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Jonathan September 25, 2018
· Microsoft Excel · Online
If you need the basics of Excel, Erol is the professor for you!
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Samer September 9, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
I can not say he is the best instructor cause I didn't try another one. But certainly he is great. He is knowledgeable, articulate, his instruction is clear and have a very nice personality make his course interesting.
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Erol G.

Erol G.

Panorama City, CA 91402
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About Guner A.

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I can't wait to meet you!
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Rodrigo C. April 27, 2018
· AutoCAD · In studio
She couldn’t be any more patient. Would definitely recommend.
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Randi S. May 28, 2017
· Turkish · Online
Güner is so helpful and fun to talk to! I've learned very much from her.
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Michelle February 18, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
She took her time with me and made me feel like I knew more than I thought :) Great teacher !
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Torrance, CA 90504
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About Donna S.

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Yes, my resume is a bit quirky, not many people go from a career in computer programming to astrology but in essence what I've done is to take things I'm good at and turn them into a career I'm passionate about. My varied background might make me the right teacher for you.

I love teaching and learning. I love helping people discover more about themselves, their talents and abilities. I enjoy showing people how to trust their gut and to find their life's work. There's more about me below. Let me know if I can help you on your journey.

Donna has 15 years experiencing programming HTML. She's built dozens of websites using SEO principles, Google Adsense, Facebook Ads, and Amazon Affiliate Marketing. She's experienced on most social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. She also is experienced using Hoot
Suite, MailChimp, Aweber, YouTube, and Wordpress.

Donna is also an Astrologer and Feng Shui expert with more than 25 years' experience. She's the author of 13 books including Feng Shui Form and Chinese Astrology 2018 Year of the Earth Dog which is the best-selling Chinese Astrology series on Amazon.

Donna has given talks at the Women of Wisdom conference in Seattle and the Build Boston Architectural Conference. Recently she has lectured at Western Digital, Warner Records, the Rancho Santa Fe Water District, Brion Jeannette Architecture, Room & Board, and the San Diego Airport Authority. In 2018 she will be speaking at the United Astrology Conference in Chicago. Donna is on the board of the International Feng Shui Guild and the National Council for Geocosmic Research - San Diego Chapter.

Donna has done stand-up comedy on stages in California and Arizona and she regularly performs improv comedy.
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Esta March 5, 2018
· SEO · Online
Donna was so amazing. I look forward too continuing our lessons and learning from her with her knowledge and experience.
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Susan February 22, 2017
· Meditation · Online
I enjoyed my first lesson with Donna. She was informative and easy to talk to. I look forward to my next lesson! :)
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Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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About Denise P.

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Take lessons from an AWARD WINNING WORKING PERFORMER. Denise has over 15 years experience in public speaking, acting, modeling, and dance. Her full-time job is WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY. She will teach you what you REALLY need to know in order to succeed.

Denise has been teaching private lessons since 2008 and is currently teaches in Hollywood. All classes can be taught online as well except dance which is taught at the world-renowned International Dance Academy.

Denise is an award winning professional actress, and is also a hugely successful model. She started her own gogo dancing company in Canada from 2005-2011 and again in the USA in 2018. She has danced for events like EDC, ULTRA, and the World Olympics.

Denise has an extensive training background starting at a very young age in acting, singing, and dancing, and still
trains today! In 2006 she received a degree in acting. As an expert in performing arts, Denise looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.

Her teaching style is personal and catered to you, making sure you feel confident to go for your dreams! Lessons will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, but always in a nurturing safe environment. Work on YOUR goals and get one on one training made for YOU!
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Lenny July 7, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
Normally, I don't write reviews for teachers until a couple of months have passed, but I acquiesce as TakeLessons keep on spamming me to write a review. Unlike other reviews, I'm not going to act as an echo chamber for five-star reviews. This review is based on two months with her after ten one hour online lessons through Skype.

Let's start with the positives. Denise puts in a good amount of effort in teaching you. She's flexible with accommodating your schedule, and she tailors her lessons based on what your goals are. This is evident from her referring to her notes when beginning her lessons with me. She also isn't a clock watcher who makes sure your lesson ends straight on the minute unlike some other teachers.

Is she effective as a speaking voice teacher? So far, yes there has been some progress made. Her methodology might be a bit more different than other speaking voice teachers I studied under. Other teachers focus more on the phonetic sounds, while Denise linger more toward stretches probably due to her dancing background. If you don't like Yoga type of stretches, you may be in for a bad time.

Keep in mind that due to my focus on developing a voice for acting, I'm also not having a pure speaking voice lesson as my lessons are intertwined with monologue work too. If you wish to take speaking voice lessons for public speaking, your mileage may vary.

So why a one-star deduction? Denise at the start can be pushy with trying to sell you more lessons. I mean it goes without saying that of course you'll see improvements faster if you can devote more time to any class, but time and money are factors that everyone should always consider. Let's be frank, private lessons on TakeLessons aren't cheap (unless you're rich of course). I was annoyed when she repeated her tactic three times, enough that it affected my decision to nearly not renew my monthly lessons with her.

She did cease when it seem like I wouldn't budge. Nevertheless, the pushiness did leave my experience a bit tainted, which made me question her sincereness with her excitement and positive reinforcement at times. I continue to give her a chance though because I do feel there's an ongoing improvement with my speech and line delivery. Also because we get along despite being complete opposites in some ways (which seem to frustrate and intrigue her). Despite being my teacher, I see her as a peer in a way because of how close in age we are, but I digress as this review is about her effectiveness as a teacher.

I would recommend giving Denise a try if you’re an actor seeking a speaking voice teacher. In person lessons are still best, but she has proven to be effective as an online teacher despite being a tad pushy with having you buy more lessons from her.
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Ezra May 11, 2018
· Acting · Online
Denise did an amazing job. She had great energy and helped get me more excited about learning the proper skills. I wasn’t able to continue classes at the moment but when I do she is the only person I will learn from. Was understanding of my odd schedule and very flexible which I appreciated very much.
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Oscar Clausson May 2, 2018
· Film Acting · In studio
If you need an amazing teacher, Denise is the one you've been looking for. 100% the best teacher ever.
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Denise P.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Katherine V.

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I look forward to tutoring you. I teach Graphic Design, Adobe Creative Suite, Drawing, PowerPoint and more.

I graduated from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, CA. and later took some additional classes at UCLA. I taught graphic design and illustration at Woodbury University. I've worked for advertising agencies and large corporations.

I now have my own business and also enjoy teaching young students through adults.

Businesses and academic institutions around the world use PowerPoint. It is important at all levels to be an effective communicator and presenter.

I will use my academic knowledge joined with my new world digital technology skills, to make you able to express yourself.
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james P. February 16, 2018
· Adobe InDesign · Online
WOW! I'm learning a lot and can't wait until the next lesson.
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James P. February 9, 2018
· Adobe InDesign · Online
So helpful, I can't wait for my next lesson!
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Marianne September 7, 2017
· Graphic Design · Online
I hired Katherine to work on my logo design / branding of my company. I enjoyed her guidance in the development phase tremendously, as well as her ability to hear my needs. Her execution skills, time line and delivery of the product are assertive, direct and on time. I recommend her highly.
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Katherine V.

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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About Jessica B.

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I've always been an avid learner and a self-proclaimed bookworm; The Giver has been my favorite book since childhood. However, I am no stranger to struggling or just needing a bit of extra help in the classroom, and I believe this experience helps me excel as a tutor. I am involved in Biology Olympiad, Writing Fellows, Peer Mentors, Mock Trial, and I even helped found a non-profit community service organization. My main passion is research - right now I'm studying adolescent mental health. I am majoring in Psychology and Political Science at UCLA, and in my free time, I love to hike, travel, and make key lime pie!
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David N. October 14, 2018
· English · In studio
Excellent lesson. I had all my questions and concerns answered. I'll continue with her, for sure.
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Jessica B.

Jessica B.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
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About Christopher H.

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I was a screen printing and graphic design business owner and now work from home doing freelance graphic design.

I enjoy a healthy lifestyle and am passionate about the way we work and how I can improve the status quo.

I teach small business with the city I live in, as well as screen printing. School always made absolutely no sense and my questions seldom were answered. Now that I am 30, I can see how public schools assess students instead of prepare. In college, sales is not taught for a reason - corporations don't need more competitors. Personal finance is also not taught. So why are both parents gone from the home all day working for another? Why are the kids being raised by tax funded schools? How can we keep families together without the stigma of working from home?

First and foremost, teaching is a business just like mine.
Of course we want to offer value, but what is that value in the face of the debt acquired for a degree? Does it really liberate us to be financially free? Only in retirement after we have a mortgage and cars on credit. The origin of the word "mort-gage" means "death-pledge" and is related to the word "mortuary". Is that life?

Life grows from seeds and even after we eat from a seed, we can still plant a new seed. That is everlasting abundance and it is an entitlement. It's only when someone withholds natural resources and asks us to work for them to earn it, that the whole planet gets out of sync.

I have a personal story that fuels me. However, my personal story is one of many similar stories continuing today. I am here to teach what I can to change the world starting with me, my home, then my community and beyond. Which brings us here to TakeLessons.com where we can heal from the industrial era.

I hope we can meet and I can understand or discover why you are here on earth and how you can be in a better position to maximize your potential to share and earn.

Ps. Everyone should work, yes. If I want an orange, I must work to peel that orange. I shouldn't have to go work for a human, to get a check, then go to another human to turn that check into a green paper, that I have to go to another human to buy the orange. All to end up where we began - peeling the orange.
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Lainel August 4, 2018
· Business · In studio
Definitely the best business minded instructor I've learned under.
Christopher has really opened my perspective of business structure, and
as to how a business really operates.

My business approach has really sharpened since have been instructed by him at his former Bellflower location. This guy knows his stuff!
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Christopher H.

Bellflower, CA 90706
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Na’ilah Mu’ied (Nah-ee-lah Moo-eed) is an innovative and inspiring speaker, writer and artist whose life work revolves around the hands on study and application of the principles of Education, Spirituality, Psychology, and Creative Expression as applied to identity, human behavior, social systems, and relationships. The foundation of her work rests on working with individuals and organizations to recognize and shift paradigms; to turn away from us vs them, and turn toward Ubuntu “I am because we are”.

Making use of her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Multi-Cultural Community Clinical Psychology, she has over twenty years of experience working in education, psychology, and community organizations. She has worked for over 10 years as a speaker. Na’ilah is also writing a book on a new paradigm for education
. She developed and facilitated ‘The Rhythm of the Heart’ at Guidance for two years, ‘Healing Through Writing’ workshops at Bridges to Recovery, and produced ‘Agape Poetry Jam and Dance’ for three years. She has created a board game, and written five chapbooks of poetry.

As a world traveler she has directly experienced many diverse cultures and lifestyles. She has experienced six continents, eleven countries, at least 40 states, and countless cities. While engaging in all these activities Na’ilah has been successfully rearing two beautiful children to be loving, thoughtful, creative, and confident contributors to society. All of these experiences inform all that Na’ilah contributes.

Purpose: To be a channel of Inspiration.
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
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I'm a Data Analyst working for one of the best real estate asset management firms. I have my MBA in finance and Computer engineering background.

You will learn Vlookup, formulas, scenario analysis, Pivot table, what if analysis, data tables and etc. Also, you learn how to use each of them properly in the real world.

I have such a passion for Math, Algebra, calculus, computer programing and etc. I enjoy creating different types of analysis, models, data aggregation and problem-solving.

We will have fun learning Excel together.
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Beha B.

Culver City, CA 90230
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