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About Ilona M.

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Pompano Beach, FL

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Teaching English to Other Language Speakers

I have MA in TESOL from Florida Atlantic University (2012)

About Ilona
For my tutoring sessions I use skills that include goal-directedness, I teach how to organize learning in small steps and how to set them up; I always strive to motivate and engage my students to make the learning interesting and fun; I also use self-control skills to teach how to avoid distractions and I use different focusing strategies. I use positive mind set skills to teach how to use failures as a learning opportunities.

I have a Master's Degree (2012) in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and Bachelors in Music Education (2010), both from Florida Atlantic University, as well as degree in violin performance from Poland.
I studied piano in Poland for 10 years & taught both piano & violin for over 20 years. I also teach flute & cello for the past 5 years, as I studied them during my Music Education program.

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teach music for over 24 years using the traditional and Suzuki methods. I am a fan of the Essential Elements 2000 for string instruments, and the Alfred's Piano Library for piano. Alfred's piano library can be used for any age as they also have books especially made for adult learners. I also like their music flash cards.
For teaching music theory I mostly used Master Theory.

I personalize every lesson, and always set goals for my students. Most of my violin students are members of the Florida Youth Orchestra as well as Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and my piano students participate in Pompano Beach competition and the annual Piano Guild auditions.
I teach any age and any level, and always stress that learning a new instrument is very similar to learning a new language, it needs a lot of patience, persistence and repetitions. My lessons are customized to my students needs, and are work in progress as they needs may change over time. I always remind my students that music can give them instant gratification when they learn to play favorite songs.
I always encourage my students to tell me about their music preferences, so I can incorporate them in their music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
All my tutoring sessions include reviews of previously learned material and if possible the use of technology. I use students books but often bring extra study materials if necessary.
All my lessons include: technique: I like to use the Finger Power for piano students and Essential Elements for my string students, and scales for both.
music theory: I use Master Theory or other books such as Hal Leonard's Piano Note spellers & Piano Music Theory books for younger ages, music flash cards to support learning notes and musical terminology, and of course the fun part performance.

Besides Essential Elements 2000 for strings I also use String Tunes and Fiddle Runners to add more fun to the lessons. For piano students I use Holiday Treats book, which comes in 2 different levels: Beginner & Intermediate, so my students have a new songs for a specific holiday.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I always bring violin with me to be able to show what I teach.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students needs to have their books and assigned material ready for tutoring. Instrumental students needs to have their music books & instrument available as well as a pencil. I always stress with my students to be organized and prepared for their lesson, this way they will be able to focus better during the lesson. I bring my violin with me. I also ask that the room where the lesson takes place to be free of any distractions, such other siblings or any other noise. The quiet environment helps in faster learning.

*** Specialties ***
I tutor most K-12 subjects and prepare students to take ACT, SAT, GRE tests.
Music genres: Classical, traditional, Suzuki, Popular, Celtic, fiddle, Blues
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Denise L. September 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
wonderful and fulfilling! I enjoyed learning and will continue.
Ilona very patient and makes learning fun .
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Michelle W. April 15, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ilona is very nice and very knowledgeable. I look forward to learning a great deal from her.
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Sebastian October 27, 2015
· Fiddle · In home
She is very professional, helpful, thorough and efficient. Knows her stuff!
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About Brenda B.

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

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If English is a language you are looking to learn, come learn the basics or brush up on your grammar. For the more intermediate and advanced student, build your conversational English with multiple sessions!

About Brenda
Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.

I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and have my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University. I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor, and I just completed my Masters of Music in Performance with the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!

I primarily teach voice, flute, piano, music theory and history and have over 10 years of experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I also work on audition and performance preparation, do speech/accent work and more. I am constantly studying different teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and inco
rporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you want to play flute, clarinet, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.

*** Specialties ***
Young and beginner students.
Senior & Retired students
Students with special needs.
Performance techniques.
Audition preparation
Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.)
Bel Canto technique.
Performance anxiety
Life coaching!

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning" ~Plato

**if you need a particular time slot or one not listed on my availability I will do my best to accommodate your needs**

**All lessons will be scheduled in advance with confirmation of both the student and instructor. If cancellation is necessary, a written notice 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect or you forfeit the lesson credit. For lessons scheduled outside of the areas provided, a surcharge for travel will be added.**
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Rachel September 7, 2017
· Flute · In home
Great teacher! Highly motivated and skills. Glad to have her teaching my daughter.
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Jessica T. June 26, 2017
· Piano · Online
I didn't know what to expect so I was naturally a little apprehensive. Lo & behold I quickly realized what a great teacher Brenda is. She is a natural & really has the gift of teaching ~ She easily transfers her knowledge of music & piano to her students. I'm so happy to have her as my teacher.
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J. A. T. June 26, 2017
· Piano · Online
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About Yen H.

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Milford, CT
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About Yen
I have trained as a classical musician since I was nine years old. I play both piano and cello. I have won numerous cello competitions; I was awarded full scholarship through out high school and college. (Idyllwild Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory) I'm also receiving the Artistic Excellence Fellowship from Jacobs school of Music.

I'm also interested in fashion and make up; I have also been modeling. A lot of the times I do my own hair styling and make up for photoshoots.
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Melssa September 4, 2016
· Cello · In home
We had Yen as my 9 year-old daughter's cello teacher. We had 5 lessons with her and my daughter was always excited to have her cello lesson. Everything went well until the forth lesson when my daughter was alone in the lesson. After the lesson, my daughter told me Yen was very impatient and swear at her. My daughter is a shy and polite girl who never tried to hurt anyone, I wasn't one hundred sure if she misunderstood Ms. Yen. Until the 5th lesson, my girl was reluctant to go back to her lesson without my companion. The last lesson went okay, but I can tell my girl started lose her interests toward cello. I understand some teachers might feel it's reasonable to be strict to students, nevertheless verbal violence is never allowed and should never happened. Another thing I noticed is Ms. Yen doesn't seem to be interested in teaching and always late for our lessons. I know it's harsh to say this, but the way she dress doesn't look like she is here to teach but for a runway show.
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Mika June 30, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Yen Chun is the greatest teacher. Before when I played, I used to have bad fundamentals and problems of muscle pain in my forearms, but she showed me how to relax and use a more natural position, and now I can play pain-free. Now I can actually concentrate on getting to be a better musician.
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Donald June 30, 2016
· Cello · In home
Yen has helped my cello playing so much! I've been playing cello for a few years but was never quite happy with my tone, and thanks to her I'm finally getting closer to what I want. Studying with someone who has such great tone and is able to lead by example like she does makes all the difference in the world, it has almost forced me to get better by trying to match what she's doing! Highly recommended.
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About Mark G.

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Aurora, CO

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I have been teaching English as a second language for for over 10 years and have taught over 60 students.

My love for and experience with learning new languages provides me with a unique insight into teaching English to students of all ages. I can utilize my Spanish or Mandarin to help you through beginning lessons if you're not yet confident in your English skills.

About Mark
Hey everybody! Hola and Ni Hao. My name is Mark and I'm an Organic Farmer with an International MBA and minors in both Spanish and Mandarin. With over 20 years of foreign language study, and 10 years teaching foreign languages, I know exactly what works and what doesn't when it comes to learning a new language.

I recently moved to Aurora in order to be closer to my family (I recently lived in China, Maui, and Alaska). I have the flexibility to work with you around your schedule and will create a customized lesson plan that fits your needs. I have extensive experience teaching small to large groups as well.

My only requirement of you is I request that my students be committed and dedicated to learning the language they choose for me to tutor. I assign homework every lesson that is very important to continuing the learning expe
rience outside of class.

Hope to talk to you soon!

Mark
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Sierra C. July 28, 2017
· Spanish · Online
I just finished 5 lessons with Mark and it was just what I needed to help me improve my speaking skills. He assigned homework each week (the reason I initially chose him) that was based on our lessons. It pushed me to grow. I found him to be quite competent, gentle with correction, and pretty funny. You'll enjoy him!
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Sierra C. July 5, 2017
· Spanish · Online
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· English · Online
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About Lauren B.

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New Haven, CT

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Hello, my name is Lauren and I have two master's degrees in both clinical psychology and nursing and have written two dissertations. I have taught at the college level in both of those subjects and have developed tools for active learning. I enjoy teaching and seeing my students thrive. I have consistently been rated one of the best professors at the university where I taught. I teach in English in a way that mimics the way that children learn language as infants for better recall and faster learning. I am also able to teach medical English for those that are in the medical field.

About Lauren
Hi! I'm Lauren! I'm a fun and energetic teacher who likes to see my students thrive! I have two master's degrees, one in clinical psychology and one in nursing. Teaching has always been a passion and has been a part of my life since 2009 when I first started teaching at a university. I teach both clinically and one on one in various subjects including English. I teach based on active learning and recall; the way you learned when you were a child. Flashcards and studying are important, but actually speaking the language and immersing in the language is more important. I like my students to experience the language not just "learn" it. At the university where I taught, I was consistently rated one of the school's favorite professors! For those in the medical field, I can also teach medical English, as I am also a nurse practitioner
. Lets have fun while also learning!
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Lauren B.

Lauren B.

New Haven, CT 06510
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About shobana V.

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North Brunswick, NJ
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ESL learners have lot of specific needs and as teachers it is our duty to solve them .whether you teach ESL learner in a big class small class teenagers ,old people, young people you should know your students strong point and weak points.all ESL students come from different cultural backgrounds but they allhave strong foundation of learning . as a teacher it is our duty to make their foundations more stronger.

all students are different and depending upon their learning styles i make my curriculam so that it becomes easy for the students to understand .

About shobana
teachers not only teach but go beyond that. they are mentors ,friend and a good guide for shaping students life. i think i really fit into this defination of a teacher . i can really make a difference in the life of the student . in improving there grades . and shaping their lives fo their future.
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Nive August 7, 2017
· Elementary Math · Online
Great Instructor!
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Nive August 7, 2017
· ESL · Online
A great instructor!
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Beenu August 6, 2017
· Common Core English · Online
Great teacher easy approach and easy to understand
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About Diane O.

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Salem, OR

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Want to improve your English language skills? I am here to help you! I have ten years experience as an ESL professional. In that time, I have taught all levels and all ages from 4-year-olds attending school for the first time to adult professionals needing English proficiency for promotion at work. My classes have centered around conversation, reading comprehension, and written skills.

My goal is to make lessons that are both fun and interactive. It is important to me that my students enjoy themselves while we are studying together, as this is one of the best ways to learn!

About Diane
Hello there! My name is Diane, and I've just moved back to Oregon after 10 years living abroad and teaching ESL. I spent most of that time in South Korea, working at both private language institutions and in the public school system. One-on-one tutoring has always been one of my favorite parts of teaching. I love getting to know students on an individual level and tailoring classes that are both enjoyable and appropriate for their level.

I am more than willing to work with your schedule, as mine is very flexible. I'm looking forward to helping you reach your learning goals!
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Diane O.

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About Rachel D.

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Shelton, CT

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Do you want to improve your English? I can help! I have worked with a variety of international students over the past four years and have helped them further their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills with engaging lesson plans. I am confident my education, experience, and friendly personality will meet your tutoring needs. I look forward to hearing from you!

About Rachel
Hi, I'm Rachel and I would love to become your tutor! After receiving a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, I spent a year teaching ESL to freshmen and sophomores at a university in Harbin, China. I then spent two years teaching English literature to middle school students in a private school in New York City. I also just finished a Master's in Education program specializing in English Language Teaching in England while tutoring high school students in English literature through Tutor Doctor. I have also done independent tutoring and last summer I taught a six-week long course for SAT Reading and Writing.

What I love the most about tutoring is getting to experience students having a "light bulb" moment, when the topics that once confused and/or frustrated them begin to make sense. I strive to help students achieve their goals wit
h an encouraging demeanor and engaging lesson plans. Please do not hesitate to contact me and schedule a lesson if you're interested!
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Saluk September 8, 2017
· ESL · In studio
She has plans for teaching and covering all topics. She also corrects students' mistake and finds the way to improve. She is one of my best teachers. Thank you, Rachel.
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Shelton, CT 06484
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