American born and UK educated, Crystal has an international mastery of the English language. She has shared this with students in individual tutoring sessions, as well as in the classroom. She is currently teaching her own classroom course Shakespeare For Kids to grades K-12.
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.
*** Lesson Details *** Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:
Technique Music theory 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.
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!
September 29, 2013
Amazing singng instructor
Crystal has increased my daughterâs 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 âteenâ years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
September 29, 2013
Great piano instructor
Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughterâs love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystalâs professional and caring teaching style.
As an aspiring polyglot, I am a Moroccan trilingual who speaks French, Arabic, and English while currently learning Japanese and German. I have been tutoring since high school and still wish to continue since i really enjoy working with students with diverse learning needs and cultural backgrounds. So, In the purpose of sharing my passion languages, boost your confidence, as well as build skills in you that will be utilized well beyond tutoring sessions, i have developed many tricks in order to explain complex concepts using easy-to-understand terms and ideas.
I am an architecture grad Student from Northeastern who's looking to be of some benefit academically to others. Being originally from Morocco, I grew up speaking French, Arabic, English and I am currently learning Japanese and German. I have been tutoring since high school and still wish to continue since i really enjoy working with students with diverse learning needs and cultural backgrounds. So, In the purpose of sharing my passion for creative design softwares and languages, boost your confidence, as well as build skills in you that will be utilized well beyond tutoring sessions, i have developed many tricks in order to explain complex concepts using easy-to-understand terms and ideas.
I love working with English students to achieve their professional and personal goals. I come from a state widely considered to foster a 'neutral' American accent, and have served as a coach on a collegiate Speech and Debate team. I have worked with executives, students, musicians, and actors from all parts of the globe to learn and perfect their English skills.
Whether your goals are to learn the basics before a vacation or to ace your next test, I can help! With degrees in French, Spanish and Communication, I am experienced in the language learning process and love to help student develop a winning strategy to reach their goals. I've lived and studied abroad in Spain and France, for a total of two years, allowing me to bring valuable cultural context to our lessons.
Accent Acquisition (Reduction), Business English & Conversational English
Are you struggling with your accent or want to practice your English with an English speaker and take control over your learning? I have a linguistics background and will guide you through what it takes to speak American English.
I am a resourceful and experienced English tutor with 17 years experience, who specializes in helping Adults from other countries reduce or eliminate their accents all the while learning conversational or business English.
I have 25 years of high level corporate experience (C level) and can help you with your writing skills, business culture or speaking skills. I excel at presentation skills (both writing them and helping with delivery).
I can help you to become effective with your English!
Sessions normally run 2 hours.
Schedule is flexible - days, nights and weekends.
If this sounds like something you would like to pursue, please call TakeLessons.
I have a Ph.D. in English Literature. I can teach Shakespeare and other writers of a different literary period- Explore ideas with the student, I can as well help with writing assignments, editing, and proofreading-I teach in college and know how to develop an essay. As a translator and interpreter, I can help students with English as a second Language, and I understand the struggles to become fluent in the designated language.
I am bilingual English-French I have a Ph.D. in English Literature with particular focus in English Renaissance Studies Shakespeare I can teach ESL as well
I work in different fields all related with languages such as Interpreting, translation, teaching foreign languages, ESL
i ve studied grammar all my life, so I understand the point of view of someone that is learning, even more when you are learning a new language, its not easy...I try to find the easiet way for each person
I love teaching, but I hate boring classes, so I always try to do different things to get the goal, which is learning. I also try to keep focus in what the student wants with class, be able to communicate, or improve grammar, writting, everyone is different, learn different and also want different things.
I have 8 years experience teaching ESL and editing university-level essays. I teach all experience levels, and cover conversing in, writing in, and reading English. I'm actually a voice actor for an ESL curriculum in Beijing, China called Happy Party!
Natalie is a professional horn player from Ontario, Canada.
She has performed with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Mike Herriott’s Off the Road Big Band, Gary Morgan & the PanAmericana Band, and The Arkells. She has also been featured in radio and television broadcasts on TVOKids, TSN, medici.tv, and CBC Radio Nanaimo
As an educator, Natalie has her own private studio offering in-person and online classes, and is an on-call brass specialist for the Toronto District School Board.
Natalie is a native of Niagara Falls, Canada. She earned her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Toronto, and continued her studies at Western University and also at l’Université de Montréal.
With extensive experience with anxiety and panic disorder, Natalie's teaching approach offers opportunities to learn strategies to deal
with these issues. Other topics include: basic musicianship, orchestral etiquette, goal-setting, and the business of music.
I like to focus on what my student wants to learn, because its easier to learn a language when something interest you. And I like to practice the pronounciation, and context of when to use new words. Im also very patient and open to feedback.
Im a phone interpreter for several different types of phone calls. I’ve been translating English to Spanish and Spanish to English since the age of 7. I’m goal orientated and expect the same from my students. One of the most important parts of teaching is figuring out the best method for my students to learn. I have a Tesol certificate, and learned English studying in North California.