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About Francis R.

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San Diego, CA

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About Francis
Hi everyone! I'm a hard-working musician with a background in live performance, songwriting, composition, and home recording. I want to help you perform the music you love, whether you're playing to your family, your webcam, or a 15,000 seat arena. I have been teaching private music lessons since 2007.

I am a graduate of UCSD, where I completed my bachelor's degree in music theory and composition. I have taken years of private lessons, played bass, guitar, and mandolin in local and touring bands, and my music has been featured on at least 7 albums. I want to make your goals accessible, and I want to help you find your sound.

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I focus on making lessons fun for my students. I emphasize the importance of practicing on your own and building confidence by performing live and/or writing your own songs. I love to hel
p people get better at sounding like themselves.

During lessons from me, you can expect to play, sing, clap your hands, and become completely immersed in the music you love. Whether your goal is to perform in front of an audience, record albums, or just play for fun in your living room, I'll help you make that happen.

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Music room, seating available, street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I only teach students who provide their own instrument. I am willing to provide a loaner guitar for the week if a student's instrument needs to be repaired or is not accessible for any reason. I also provide homework when necessary :)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching confidence in performance practices, technique, singing and playing, and good microphone habits for singing, speaking, recording, and songwriting. I teach based on student needs, and I find each student benefits from a different curriculum.
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Bruno L. March 25, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Overall awesome teacher Francis knows a lot and is very passionate for guitar, and he’s very patient!
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Quinn January 15, 2018
· Singing · In home
super cool dude, and incredibly capable teacher. Super stoked about the lesson.
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Janelle E. January 14, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In home
Francis is an incredibly personable, professional, and informative instructor. He helped me hone my speaking voice for performing spoken word poetry, and offered really tailored, constructive feedback along the way. I'm so glad that I committed to taking speaking lessons. The entire process has been positive.
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About Dawn Z.

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Bristol, CT
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About Dawn
School librarian by day crafter for life. I'm an award winning embroider, quilter and knitter. I advise a high school sewing club as well as volunteer sew with Days for Girls and church prayer shawl ministry.

Students will find I'm passionate about needlearts and want to pass that along to all generations and skill levels.

I look forward to helping you exercise your creative side.
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Dawn Z.

Dawn Z.

Bristol, CT 06010
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$25 / 60-min

About Betty E.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Robin April 27, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
She was wonderful, funny and made the lesson very enjoyable !
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Mara January 15, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
So far, so good!
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Susan C. December 30, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
My first experience sewing at 56 yo was my lesson with Miss Betty. She is just a fantastic instructor. The time flew by - i left feeling like I can take on any project. Betty totally personalized the lesson. Couldnt be happier.
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Betty E.

Betty E.

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About Michael G.

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Oakland Gardens, NY

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I am passionate about teaching. I am well-informed in my areas of expertise, and truly enjoy imparting knowledge to my students. I have a variety of interests and areas of study and have had a lot of life experience. When dealing with my students I am kind, compassionate, and sensitive and I strive to make each lesson meaningful and fun. I am comfortable working with children, teens, and adults of all ages and backgrounds.
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Dan Underwood March 20, 2016
· Poker · Online
Great first class, left it at four stars to give him something to shoot for on next classes. :)
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Eric Kumasaka January 4, 2016
· Poker · Online
Michael is patient with my "noob" questions and he seems genuinely happy to teach others. Glad to have him as a teacher!
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Andy G. November 13, 2015
· Poker · Online
Michael is a great teacher!
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Michael G.

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About Kathleen S.

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Saint Paul, MN
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About Kathleen
Hello! My name is Kathleen and I'm excited to share the magic of paper folding with you! I've been folding since I was in Elementary school and teaching formally since 2004. I really enjoy helping my students find success in origami. If you are a beginner or looking to learn a certain skill or model, I can help you reach your goal.
I am also a licensed teacher and have a degree in teaching Spanish. Teaching and tutoring Spanish is another passion of mine! I'm creative, patient, flexible and understanding.
I look forward to helping you realize your paper dreams and/or Spanish goals!
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Allison October 9, 2017
· Origami · Online
Great first lesson. Kathleen contacted me in advance to find out what I’d like to work on and she was prepared with several options tonight. Her helpful tips on folding and diagram reading were just what I was looking for. We agreed on the next piece and I’m already looking forward to our next lesson. Thank you!
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Sarah christian October 5, 2017
· Origami · Online
Kathleen is a very pleasant person to learn from. She is patient and very willing to redo if you need a rerun on a step. She is very knowledgeable and has a lot of learning things to share. I love my origami lessons, looking forward to each new experience. Kathleen is a very nice person.
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William August 11, 2017
· Origami ·
I was looking for a boost to my new hobby with origami, and have had two lessons so far with Kathleen. I couldn't be happier with the lesson experience; her approach is detailed, clear, easy to follow along with and relaxed. She was even folding upside down from her point of view so that I could see from across the table. I was really impressed. There's nothing like learning from a real person. Definitely looking forward to more lessons in the future.
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About LILY Q.

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New York, NY
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I am a fashion designer/instructor and former social worker. I am very patient with students and passionate about sewing. I get excited watching students build skills gradually from basic through advanced level techniques.
Also, I am one of the few teachers in the country who teaches the exclusive "Freehand" sewing, which is sewing without ready-made (commercial) pattern, like our grandparents did.
As a social worker, I taught participants in a homeless shelter, how to make various items geared towards independent living. For six years now, I've been teaching at a fabric store in East Harlem where patrons sign up for group sewing lessons as well as private lessons. I teach garment construction, alterations, home decor, and various sewing projects.
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Melissa January 17, 2018
· Sewing · In home
SHe was absolutely the best! Kind and patient and definitely went above an beyond the call of duty!
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juice November 30, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Love having Ms. Lily give me lessons in my own home. My understanding of the lessons taught is very valuable.
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Shirley S. September 20, 2017
· Embroidery · In home
Omg such a pleasure to work with. Great personality and very patient. Love her teaching. Will def. Request her again.
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LILY Q.

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About Jeff R.

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Astoria, NY
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Jeff has been folding origami for over twenty years, and working as an origami artist and teacher for the past four. He is a teacher and artist with Taro's Origami Studio, and has independently taught origami at Manhattan Youth LAB Middle School in addition to workshops and private lessons to students of all ages. Jeff has also been hired as an origami artist for television commercials and live events.

Jeff is also an actor, musician, and theatre teaching artist. He trained at New York University, the Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre, and Circus Warehouse. Favorite professional credits include two seasons with the Texas Shakespeare Festival, composing and musical directing an award winning score for Libra Theater's "12th Night," and teaching/directing as an international guest artist with Burgh Healthy Hub in Helensburgh, Australi
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Eryn March 7, 2018
· Origami · In home
Jeff was such an amazing teacher. He came to our home and even brought the special paper with him. Our son who is 7 and his friends (8-9yrs) thoroughly enjoyed learning how to fold origami and it was a creative fun way to spend the afternoon. We hope to do it again soon.
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About Katie L.

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West Hartford, CT
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Hi! I have been a nurse for 17 years, and I love teaching! I have worked in all areas of healthcare, and have tons of stories to share. I got my PhD in nursing in 2009, and study innovative ways to teach students that are holistic and student focused. You come first.

I have 3 small children who keep me very busy. But somehow it's never busy enough for me! I always need to be doing something, and MAKING things is my passion. I do all the textile arts (knitting, quilting, sewing, etc), and love construction (electrical, plumbing, woodwork, and anything that involves power tools). I believe these are life skills for anyone, but especially for women who often didn't grow up learning all the "how to’s." I create a comfortable environment, and believe laughter is one of the best ways for learning to happen.

I look forward to meeting you, an
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Betty April 6, 2018
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Katie is a fantastic nurse. She is an extremely intelllgient, kind-hearted, compassionate woman!!
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Cara April 6, 2018
· Health Coaching · In home
Katie is wonderfully compassionate with a wealth of medical knowledge and experience. She integrates the medical aspect of health with holistic understandings about the human experience and how to care for our mind, body and soul.
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Lindsay April 6, 2018
· Alternative Medicine · In home
Katie has been such a big help to me in learning how to live a healthier, more natural lifestyle as I have become a mom. Her knowledge of complimentary medicine practices are strong. She presents practical information in a supportive way. I love working with her!
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West Hartford, CT 06110
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About Rebecca B.

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Brookfield, CT

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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
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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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About Tuwanda C.

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About Tuwanda
Welcome future students! My name is Tuwanda and I want to help you learn how to recreate fabric based costumes of your favorite movie, video game or comic book character. I have 28 years of sewing experience and 11 of those years have been recreating cosplay costumes for clients.
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Tuwanda C.

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