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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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Marla November 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Melissa is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient. She ensures that I understand the fundamentals. It has been a very enjoyable and educational experience.
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nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
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Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
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Melissa M.

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About Sam C.

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Miami Beach, FL

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About Sam
I'm a certified teacher and a national ranked chess player, with over a decade of teaching experience. I have taught 100's of kids from grades K-8. Furthermore, I also have extensive experience teaching adults.

I graduated from the # 2 ranked university in the country on a scholarship. I also served as the president of my university's successful chess club.
For many years now, I have been teaching chess full-time here in Miami to grades K-8. I really enjoy teaching and my school's team has won many prestigious titles and trophies.

This past year my students' team placed in the top ranks, at the "Florida States Chess Championship," in section K-8. Additionally, my students have also won several 1st place trophies in many local tournaments.

My passion for chess is really manifested though my teaching style and it's never a dull moment wh
en I teach. As a professional teacher, I know how important it is to keep students engaged, therefore I bring a high level of energy, dedication and fun to the lessons.

I have the credentials, experience and knowledge to maximize my student's potential.

Please inquire today.
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Patrick February 15, 2017
· Chess · Online
I'm writing this on behalf of my 9 year old son. His first chess lesson was AMAZING. Best Instructor he ever had. Sam made my sons lesson FUN as well as educational. He is looking forward to the next lesson. THANKS SAM!!!
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Declan January 24, 2017
· Chess · Online
I am Declan's Grandmother and I have to say this was an incredible lesson. Declan said it was awesome and I concur. We will definitely be in touch for more learning.
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Nick January 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
Great First Lesson
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About Rob R.

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Safety Harbor, FL

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About Rob
I am an easy going, knowledgable and creative teacher. I strive to put the students and their personal needs first. I'm very aware that each student/person learns differently and I incorporate various strategies of learning into my lessons. There is a lot of humor and dialogue with my lessons, allowing my students the freedom to be themselves while playing.

As a school teacher, I have lots of experience in building student confidence and knowledge. If you aren't confident then you aren't progressing!

I like to record my students at different intervals of their education so they can hear the progress! I email a lesson recap after every lesson so that the student can see what we learned that week, including any notes/attachments for the student to review.

I also encourage my students to text/email/ or call with any questi
ons/concerns between lessons. This gives my students the ability to get through a challenging or difficult concept/strategy when its happening and not have to wait till the next lesson.
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LaTunja May 23, 2018
· Billiards · Online
I didn't know what to expect trying to learn pool online but it was an amazing experience. I came away with some great tips on starting out as a beginner. Will definitely do more classes
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Mazen H. March 29, 2018
· Billiards · In studio
Rob is easy to get along with and is a great instructor I learned so much in the first hour and improved my game.
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Gerry November 10, 2017
· Billiards · In studio
Rob was great. Very flexible on scheduling, knowledgeable, and engaging. He was able to customize the lessons to my goals and interests. I highly recommend him!
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Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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About Austin E.

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Chicago, IL
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About Austin
I've been playing chess for about 8 years. Aside from being a strong player, I also have experience tutoring players of all ages and skill levels. This includes my time instructing a competitive and successful high school chess team as well as serving as a personal tutor for different people in their homes. Of the hours I have formally tutored, I have amassed a 5 star rating on a comparable website.
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Drake February 12, 2017
· Chess · In studio
Really accommodating on scheduling the session. When it cam to the lesion, he quickly assessed where to begin and made it fun while informative.
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Clyde July 18, 2016
· Chess · In home
Exceptional gentleman and very professional. Arrived ahead of time 5 minutes which is ideal and took time to chat with Clyde which is fantastic. Clyde enjoyed the time with Austin and is already looking forward to next Sunday. Perfectly executed Austin!
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About Omar J.

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Tampa, FL
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About Omar
As with anything else I teach It is important to understand the fundamentals and then gain knowledge from those experiences onward.

Learning and enjoying anything depends on practice experience as well as separate tactics that cause you to be unique and create an advantage only you have.
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Omar J.

Tampa, FL 33617
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About Kodjo A.

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Riverside, CA

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Most people simply call me Joe. I have a bachelors in Fine Art, an MBA and been making clothes for my clients for over 25 years. I taught many people sewing and they've gone ahead to tackle various projects on their own to their own disbelief. Creativity comes to me naturally and with a background in figure drawing and painting, my knowledge of anatomy of the human figure helps a lot in translating it into designs for all figure types and sizes. I have handled many interior design projects also, so all these experiences equip me with immense knowledge to transfer to those who want to learn all about sewing, whether as a beginner, an intermediary or advanced student.
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Petrina February 6, 2018
· Sewing · In home
I can sincerely attest to Kojo's examplary work and professionalism. He has been my clothes designer for years and great teacher in his field. I can't think of any better tutor and creative arts person who is an eventor in his field.
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Kodjo A.

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About Sierra W.

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Baltimore, MD
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Aspiring to be a Fashion Designer, Seamstress or Tailor? Looking for some Alteration pointers? Or do you or your child have a keen interest in sewing? Look no further, I am a professional Fashion designer with Professional & Industry knowledge; I have sewn for Nordstrom, Centerstage, Several Small local Business, The Four Seasons Hotel, & Personal Clientes.
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Sierra W.

Sierra W.

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About Taryn H.

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Saint Petersburg, FL
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Taryn studied fashion design and art therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked for Anna Sui and milliner Tracy Watts.

Taryn first started teaching sewing to displaced youth at Hollywood Arts 10+ years ago. She taught "R'ashion" (recycle fashion/sewing) at Environmental Charter High School for 5 years. She headlines EcoFashion workshops all around the world including Zambia, South Africa, and recently at the Green School in Bali. Jack Johnson has donated leftover Tour T-shirts so she could do upcycling workshops at schools. And she's had the opportunity to teach celebrities how to sew at the EcoDivas Upcycling Lab at Sundance. (DJ Aoki was the most fun.)

She taught “Sustainability and the Fashion Industry” at FIDM for 7 years. She is the founder of Beyond the Label, a charitable organization that gets people
to think about "What's in my tee?" She encourages people to think of fabric like ingredients and does whatever she can to relate food to fashion including making nutrition label T-shirts to show what's actually in the tee. Due to multiple allergies, you can learn healthy alternatives of what to put in and on your body.

She is on the Advisory Board for Fashion Revolution USA, and the Fashion Department at Santa Monica College AND LOVES TO NERD OUT ABOUT SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND HEALTHY FABRICS.
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Jaimee June 26, 2018
· Sewing ·
My 7 year old daughter had been asking to take sewing lessons for months. She's learned so much in a short amount of time. She’s learned both hand sewing and machine sewing techniques and is looking forward to her next lesson.
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Bonny June 25, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Taryn is incredibly patient, professional, knowledgeable, and fun. She’s answered all my questions and let me learn at my own pace. I get excited to complete sewing projects and then show them off to my friends.
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Saint Petersburg, FL 33705
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About Kaitlyn N.

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Grifton, NC
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I believe that students learn to their greatest degree from an indivualized approach that best fits their personality and preferred learning style. The study of the zodiac and Astrology is a subject that isn't offered just anywhere. Learning how the planets affect one'a daily life can be super enlightening; it changed my entire perspective on people and life in general, in a positive way. I strive to help others improve their lives in the same way. Astrology is the key to tapping into one's unconscious mind and finding a greater understanding of one's personality and/or life. Know yourself! Take some lessons with me, and have your mind blown!!
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Kalim July 19, 2018
· Astrology · In home
If you don't understand it in one perception, Kaitlyn will try her hardest to find a way to help you understand clearly. We have studied astrology and observed birth charts together for years, and she has helped me grow and has taught me a lot!
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How to Hem Jeans: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners [Infographic]
Looking for advice on hemming jeans? Finding a pair of jeans that fits just right can be a challenge. Sometimes, in order to get the perfect fit, you have to go to a tailor and if you have multiple pairs of jeans, alteration fees can add up! Wearing jeans that are too long or too short is always uncomfortable, and oftentimes unflattering. But there are many easy ways to hem jeans to get the look you desire and in this blog post, we'll share a few of them. Whether you're taking sewing less
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Blogs and online resources can be a huge help when you're taking sewing lessons, but which blogs are the best? Here, Glendale, CA sewing teacher Marie B. shares her picks for the best sewing blogs and online resources... In the ocean of information that is the Internet, it can be daunting to find the right information when you need it. One can easily get lost in the myriad of blogs and websites. I have put together a list of some of the best sites for sewing tips, sewing tutorials, sewing
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6 Popular Spring Hobbies That Won't Break the Bank
Happy first day of spring! Now that the days are longer and the weather is warmer, it's the perfect time to start a new hobby. And don't worry -- there are tons of hobbies to choose from that don't require expensive equipment or pricey commitments. In fact, many of these cheap hobbies can actually save you money in the long-run. Check out our recommendations below, and see what sparks your interest! 1. Languages Did you know that learning a second language can increase your brain power, ex
The Beginner's Guide to Basic Sewing Stitches [Infographic]
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