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About Lella L.

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San Francisco, CA

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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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Maxine M. August 10, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Friendly introduction to piano for this beginner
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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.
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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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About Luke R.

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Enterprise, AL
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About Luke
I am deeply passionate about sharing knowledge with others and have been lucky to be teaching my entire adult life. There are so many enriching experiences available to us when we learn more about the world.

Foreign languages are among my favorites, and I have specialized in teaching Latin, Italian, and Japanese. As a geologist, I am also profoundly interested in the sciences. When I teach I like to understand where my students are coming from, what really inspires them, and help them to enjoy and love what they want to learn. For me, learning is always fun, so whether you like to study or you are having trouble motivating yourself to concentrate, together we will discover the joy and fun in what you are studying.
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Dianne August 7, 2018
· Italian · Online
learned a lot after just one lesson!
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Ivan June 17, 2018
· English · Online
He's very competent, friendly and humble. He knows a lot of languages at a high level and he also can teach them (this last one isn't obvious).
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Ranav J. June 11, 2018
· Latin · Online
So far so good, Luke has been great so far in scheduling classes and keeping the 12 year old engaged and interested in the class!
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Luke R.

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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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Teresa G. August 12, 2018
· French · Online
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· French · Online
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Naga July 30, 2018
· French · Online
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Manchester, CT 06042
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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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Rebecca August 15, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Joe August 7, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Sofie June 13, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Checked in with my daughter after her first lesson with Clare. Her succinct, yet on point response..."It went well!!!" I'll take that as a strong like for Clare. Looking forward to see what these two do over the summer.
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Clare K.

Clare K.

Granby, MA 01033
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About Diana H.

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New Britain, CT
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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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Alfredo A. June 8, 2018
· German · In home
Very good instructor! Bery patient and helpful!
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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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About Andrey Z.

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Fort Walton Beach, FL
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Hello, my name is Andrey. I am from Russia.

From 2008 year teaching other people. I have an effective program that can help you take the subject in a short time. Want to learn Russian? Then welcome!

I have higher education and postgraduate studies.

Literacy and pronunciation at a high level. I can prepare not only at the basic level, but also on specific topics. I know how the Russians think and I can teach you that.
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Andrey Z.

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About Billy K.

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Vernon Rockville, CT
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About Billy
Hello!!
My name is Billy K. in Vernon CT.
I am an accounting manager in hi-tech related company (Korean conglomerate).
I was born and raised in KOR till the age of 20 and moved to U.S. I finished my B.A (Accounting) and MBA. I have a beautiful family (Wife and two sons) and we talk Korean at home mostly. My wife is a big fan of K-POP and K-Drama and we talk those a lot. AS a mean time, since I am working as an accounting manager for the company based in KOR, I have a lot of chance to communicate with people in KOR HQ. I can provide teaching not only the general Korean but also business Korean. Pleas join me and guaranty you to be improved in your Korean skill!!
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Billy K.

Billy K.

Vernon Rockville, CT 06066
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About Ireland V.

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Ann Arbor, MI

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I'm a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in Spanish and working towards my secondary education teaching certificate with the School of Education. I have been taking Spanish since middle school, and some fun highlights in my language career include taking Spanish 231 at UMich as a high school senior, as well as earning credit as a teacher's assistant that same year for two Spanish 2 classes; studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain in 2016; teaching two 4th grade classes with the Ann Arbor Languages Partnership; teaching two elementary Rec & Ed Spanish classes; and observing in two high school Spanish classrooms this past winter semester.
Upon completing my teaching certification I hope to move to Spain and either teach English as a foreign language or teach Spanish in an international school.
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Josh June 28, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Ireland was an exceptional tutor. I had an agenda of the information that I needed to learn for my Spanish placement exam, and she was able to effectively teach me at a speed that fit my needs. Ireland taught me many tricks that allowed me to truly understand the content, rather than simply memorizing it. I am thankful for Ireland's assistance, and would recommend her to any of my peers for Spanish tutoring.
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About Aki C.

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Miami, FL
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I am a native Mandarin Chinese speaker born in Taiwan. My focus is on getting you to become conversational. If you are a beginner I will teach you basic grammar, pronunciation, and new vocabularies. If you are at the intermediate level, I will use Mandarin Chinese only in our lessons to strengthen your conversational skills. I have experience teaching English to Chinese students online so I know that most people like to get fluent first, and that is my goal for my students as well. :)
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Aki C.

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