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About Lella L.

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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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About Tamari (Tamara) W.

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Torrington, CT

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About Tamari (Tamara)
Hi, there! I'm Tamara and I can't wait to meet you!

On social media and for those who are more familiar, I'm Tamari. We all learn in different ways; some are more visual; others, auditory; some, kinesthetic--I combine a number of different modalities in my teaching, including direct feedback-teaching--once you learn a concept or skill, teach it, as soon as you possibly can, to someone else! -- this reinforces your own knowledge of the skill or concept!
I've been teaching private lessons for many years and have loved helping my students acquire new skills, master new pieces, and prepare for concerts and performances. Over the years, my younger students have earned Blue and Gold ratings at the Young Musicians' Festival in Fairfield U., some of them earning gold cups: This is a statewide event to encourage long-term commitment
to the art, discipline and joy of music making.
I went to Indiana University's Jacob School of Music and earned a Masters in Piano Performance, and Composition in the '90's. I sang all types of vocal music as well as prepared singers with vocal coaching and voice development techniques 20+ years.
I'm fun loving, patient, and optimistic-- these traits carry through in my teaching style,
One Size does NOT fit all--I approach the lesson plans for each student tailored to your learning style.
Over the past 23 years, my life experiences have encompassed other disciplines and compelled me to learn and acquire many other skills: my liberal arts as well as fine arts education lent itself to helping me work administrative jobs and even expanded into sales and public speaking. I have coached after school and SAT preparation to High School and College age students, helped with the preparation of legal and analytical documents, creative writing and editing assignments; and even tutored computer, social media and Microsoft Office & iWork Suite of applications to older adults.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals
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Sylvia Corrigan May 13, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
It was a pleasure working with Tamari Witkin over the years that she was located in Milford and participated in the Schubert Club of Fairfield County. I am familiar with her piano performance, which was high level, showing fine musicianship and great sensitivity to the message of the pieces.
I have also sung with her; and again, she shows a high degree of musicianship!
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Nancy May 9, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
I had fun doing a demo for her piano promotional video. Tamari also gave me excellent practicing strategies as a beginner violinist. She is passionate about music and teaching.
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Kayleen May 7, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Had my first piano lesson today with Tamari. It was awesome! I learned so much and how to practice . She is very patient and made me feel like I can learn to play the piano at the age of 64!!!
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Torrington, CT 06790
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About Jordin P.

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Manchester, CT

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About Jordin
I have a PhD in French, as well as 6 years teaching experience . I have taught classes at the University level, as well as elementary, middle and high school education. In addition to this, I have also given private lessons in French, English as a Second Language, College Writing and SAT/ACT prep.
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Jamie S. February 6, 2018
· French · Online
Jordin is an excellent French teacher! She is very patient, and while she is quick to remind you about translated words or verb conjugations, she also encourages you to challenge yourself. Jordin and I have conversations in elementary French, and her approachable personality makes it easier to reach out and ask questions throughout the conversation.
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Luke S. September 21, 2017
· French · Online
I really enjoy my lessons with Jordin. She is an excellent teacher and very patient.
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Demian August 19, 2017
· French · Online
Jordin is a very responsible and magnificent French teacher.
Three months ago, my son started French for his upcoming freshman school year.
In the first 2 weeks, he was shy because of the complex pronunciations and alien words.
After that, he began speaking to us in simple French phrases and he is very proud of learning French with Jordin.
She never made any excuses to us.
We really need someone like her. A thousand applauds to her!
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Jordin P.

Jordin P.

Manchester, CT 06042
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About Veronica A.

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Islip, NY

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About Veronica
Hi, there! My name is Veronica Abrevanel and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2006 and have loved helping my students Learn Spanish , Improve ELA grades, and become proficient English speakers. I went to Walden Univeristy and earned a degree in Education in 2013. I'm a type A and very friendly person and my teaching style is Student based learning, My lessons are fun and engaging. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Michael April 9, 2018
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Wow!! What a tutor, she is extremely good at the task at hand.. She takes great details in the subject that she is tutoring I have seen excellent improvement on my kid learning habits. I would highly recommend Mrs Veronica you won’t regretted..
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About Kat F.

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Woodbury, CT

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How about a relaxed, fun and natural way of learning American Sign Language? Let's try some lessons together. I teach in an interactive and empowering way where discovering the beauty of this visual language and the valuable culture cherished by Deaf and Hearing Americans is part of every lesson.

I cater lessons to match your learning style and communication needs. Your classes will also have music, role-play, games and story telling. I have taught ASL and Deaf Culture to many different students and groups: K-12 students, families with special needs children, college students, interpreting students, professionals, families with Deaf children, adults, home schoolers, choirs, and dance troops.
I am a certified Interpreter with the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and have been a professional interpreter and ASL instructor
since 1991. I am a certified teacher in the state of Connecticut and hold an MS in education, a BA in Communications Human Relations/Interpreting.
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Amanda W May 8, 2018
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The best teacher on this planet earth. I feel so privileged to have been taught by Professor Kathleen, she is amazing. The plus was the introduction to ASL.

P.S: it takes a big heart to help shape little minds.
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Nina April 26, 2018
· American Sign Language · Online
Wonderful teacher and very helpful.
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Megan April 26, 2018
· American Sign Language · In studio
Very accommodating to students’ needs, helpful, will take the extra time to help others.
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Kat F.

Kat F.

Watertown, CT 06795
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About Clare K.

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Granby, MA

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After two years working as a translator/interpreter for a local government office in Kochi, Japan, I moved back to the US last year. Since then, I have been a private teacher of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 7 to mid-40s. I love to be a witness when my students suddenly "get" something new we've been working on for a while. Japanese is a fascinating, beautiful, and complicated language, and it's exciting to be a partner in my students' achievements and success!

I am highly experienced in teaching middle school and high school age students--including my own kids, whom I homeschool. My first visit to Japan was a semester study abroad in my senior year of high school, so I can give ample advice to students who are preparing to go to Japan. Along with my on-the-ground experience living and working in Japan in a fast-paced and hig
h-stakes environment, I hold an M.A. in Japanese and N1 (highest level) certification on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Native Japanese speakers have complimented me on my native-like pronunciation and syntax.

Contact me any time for more information or to set up your first lessons!
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John W. April 14, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Starting a new language can be intimidating, but this first lesson was great. Clare is friendly, welcoming, and patient; I’m looking forward to the next one!
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Reed March 1, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
When I was looking for a Japanese tutor, I wanted somebody who could help guide my studies and help me understand the subtle nuances that can't be gleaned from the dry instruction of a textbook. Clare really fit the bill, as she has deep knowledge of both Japanese and linguistics in general. We've been meeting for almost a year now, and my Japanese has improved tremendously (and at a great pace). She puts a lot of effort into the curriculum, and employs a variety of different teaching methods/exercises. I look forward to our every class.
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George K. February 15, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Clare K.

Clare K.

Granby, MA 01033
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About Diana H.

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Hi, my name is Diana and I'm a native German currently living in Connecticut. I have lived here for almost 10 years now.
I have experience teaching young children, teenagers, as well as adults and I would love to share my knowledge of the German language and culture with you. Please feel free to send me a message with any questions you may have.
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Alexia May 8, 2018
· German · In home
Diana was one of the best tutors I have ever had the pleasure of learning with. She is extremely kind and thoughtful, bringing something special to every encounter. She is also one of the most timely people I have ever met, never showing up less than ten minutes early. She encouraged me every step of the way and never made me feel as though I was learning at too slow of a pace. Her sense of humor is also amazing, making tutoring feel more like hanging with an old friend. Give her a chance to be your tutor and I can guarantee you will not regret it.
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Dan May 7, 2018
· German · In home
Very patient teacher, encouraging and friendly. Highly recommended.
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Diana H.

New Britain, CT 06053
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About Rebecca B.

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Brookfield, CT

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About Rebecca
I'm an artist and teacher. My main mediums are oil paint, cut paper, and fiber arts. When I graduated from Pratt in 2003 I received my BFA in Illustration and Art Education. After that I went on to grad school for elementary education. The perfect combination for helping people find themselves as artists while working on my own art.

After teaching in urban and suburban schools in CT, NY and Washington DC I moved to Germany where I taught English as a Native Speaker for three years. That's where I became fluent in German, learned a lot about myself, and worked on my cut paper bird series.

Over the years my students have grown tremendously. They have become creative thinkers and individuals. It brings me great pleasure to see them as they reach their goals and exceed expectations. Especially when it comes to students who I have helped t
o discover what type of learner they are so that they could finally reach their full potential. Once a person learns how to learn there is no stopping them.

I intend to continue working hard to help people reach their full potential. When you become my student you will have my full attention. I will give you the tools to reach your goals whether it's painting something you are proud of, having a conversation in German, or knitting a sweater.
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Ryan May 7, 2018
· Oil Painting · In studio
Rebecca is an incredible artist with a passion for bringing new information to people. She's excellent at helping students through problems with technique and is naturally skilled at working with people. Her patience, enthusiasm, and encouraging teaching style come across in every lesson. Rebecca is the type of instructor who maximizes the potential of everyone she works with.
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Alison April 22, 2018
· · In studio
During the time she was in Germany, she had worked as an English teacher at the school I attended.
She had an advanced class that another English speaker and I were in.
I had a great time and also learned new words that I did not know yet.
Thank you!
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Courtney April 12, 2018
· Acrylic Painting · In studio
Had a great time in class. It really helped me see art in a new way and exposed me to a new craft, i would definitely want to be in another class!
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Rebecca B.

Rebecca B.

Brookfield, CT 06804
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$25 / 30-min

About Lorenzo R.

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New Britain, CT
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Offering Spanish help to those in need or to those who are interested in learning a second language. I am flexible with my schedule so if you do not see an availability in my profile feel free to message me. I also am willing to teach via online.
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Lorenzo R.

Lorenzo R.

New Britain, CT 06053
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$34 / 30-min

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