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About Laurie C.

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Plant City, FL

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Classically trained, Laurie has performed pieces from George Frideric Handel to Claude Debussy, performing in fine dinning restaurants and luxurious country clubs all around the Tampa Bay area, as well as teaching a music studio and managing a princess party entertainment business. Laurie has also stared in her first film this summer, playing the lead role in a futuristic thriller. Not only has she been trained for over 10 years in voice and alto saxophone, she also has dedicated her time to learning piano, guitar, theatre, ballet and salsa. Laurie has a very adventurous spirit traveling to 4 different countries and has devoted herself to learn about different cultures and speak Mandarin Chinese. Laurie looks forward to capturing the hearts of the Tampa Bay area through her talent and to continue her travels to experience new art forms.
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Emmanuel March 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Both of my boys love her!
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Olivia March 10, 2016
· Singing · In studio
The 1st lesson was terrific! Looking forward to more.
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Angela C. January 28, 2016
· Singing · In home
Fabulous teacher! Very lovely in home studio too!
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Laurie C.

Laurie C.

Plant City, FL 33566
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About Amy C.

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Weehawken, NJ

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I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical voice training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldenkrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting, I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and have recently completed my Master's degree in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help students discover their unique voice, whether it be through singing, acting, or writing. I share with my student'an array of tool to gain the ability a
nd confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those areas for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teacher's job to respect each student's individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, Blues and cabaret artists, and published writers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the student's individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal technique exercises come next. When the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that students be a part of the process of picking material since the more personally they respond to the material the more apt they are to become engaged in their lessons. After three to six months beginning students will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, and basic performance skills. With more advanced students the focus will be on range extension and the on-going development of vocal style through song interpretation and performance related exercises.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the most compelling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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Michele February 17, 2018
· Improv Acting · Online
Took the time to find more out about me as Sam individual so that she could meet me where I am. Very encouraging.
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Eli R. January 26, 2018
· Vocal Training ·
Amy is a tremendously gifted voice coach and artist who cares deeply about her students and their success. As an actor, I have greatly benefited from her coaching and use the tools she gave me every time I step onto the stage. I would recommend her to any actor or singer who wants to be able to project and sing with confidence and stamina.
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David January 23, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Engaging, committed, gentle. Inspires confidence in a beginner, makes it fun and real.
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Amy C.

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About Nicole E.

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Tampa, FL
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Voice & flute students age 10 and up
Piano students age 4 and up

(I've taught age 3 and up before, however the ages I've listed above for lessons is what I have found to be most effective. Group classes may be a good alternative for very young students seeking voice or band instruments.)

Hello, fellow music lovers! My name is Nicole and I would be honored to have the opportunity to help you take your music skills, whether beginning to advanced, to the next level! I am a singer with 25+ years of experience with solos, small ensemble groups, and large choirs. My singing styles range from opera, musical theatre, jazz, gospel, and christian contemporary, just to name a few. : )  I am also an experienced flutist with 5 + years of study and an intermediate-level pianist with about 5 years of study in the classical technique, and playin
g chords to follow most any style. I also enjoy teaching some music theory (the rules of music) in written, sight singing, and piano chords, if requested. Music theory along with voice and instrument lessons can provide a further understanding of each musical concept.

My training first began in elementary school, in Virginia Beach, VA, when I took my first group voice lessons and concert band classes as a beginning flutist. I continued my study with a large home school band in the 7th grade. I was then chosen to play the flute in an All City Band in Virginia Beach, for excellence in my performance skills. From there I continued my study at a private school in Virginia Beach with many chorus, band, and youth band classes to further my music reading and improvisational performance skills. At age eighteen I moved to Tampa, FL and became a Liberal Arts major with a concentration in Music at Hillsborough Community College (HCC). I graduated from HCC with an AA in Liberal Arts/Music. I was then accepted to further my music study at the University of South Florida (USF). I studied voice and a sampling of other instruments in the Music Education program. I graduated with two and one-half years of music education training and another four years of voice training with a BA in Music Studies. Also, during my college years I participated in the elite USF Chamber Singers, the University Singers, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and many studio recitals. 

In 2013 I completed my fourth year of music teaching in a small private school in Tampa, FL. I have sang with Opera Tampa since their 2012-2013 season in the professional opera chorus for productions such as Carmen, The Magic Flute, and Madame Butterfly. I have continued to add new performance jobs with The Princeton Festival in Princeton, NJ (2014), St. Petersburg Opera in St Pete, FL , and the Tampa Spiritual Ensemble performing in the surrounding Tampa Bay areas. In addition, I continue my studies part time at the Patel Conservatory in downtown Tampa.  

I look forward to working with you to make all your music dreams come true! So, let's make beautiful music together very soon!  

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When taking lessons with me you can expect to learn in a very positive, encouraging, and laid back environment! I believe that learning is fun, very rewarding, and never stops. I plan to continue learning more about my craft for the rest of my life and I would encourage my students of all ages to adopt this mentality also. 

For voice lessons I like to begin with warm-ups and breathing exercises that can be modified to any style of songs. Then to song selections that will be enjoyable, yet helpful in making your voice better. For opera style I primarily use the G. Schirmer Opera Anthology books, and Hal Leonard published anthology series' for different art songs. For all other vocal styles I enjoy using various published individual-song sheet music or CDs and accompaniment tracks. Along the way giving all applicable tips for producing better sound, projection, breathing, phrasing, and musicality.

For flute lessons I would begin with scales or simple exercises. Then to specific pieces that you would want to work on or techniques from the Accent on Achievement or Standards of Excellence book series'.

For piano lessons I would begin with finger stretches, scale warm-ups and/or easy chords or pieces to get the fingers ready to practice. Then I would progress to your chosen pieces or a book from the Alfred or Bastien Piano Book series', which includes books for all levels and styles. 

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a keyboard for demos and use for students, a flute for demos, CDs, and some lesson books.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal: Up to advanced level Classical, Jazz, Musical Theatre, R&B, Pop, Gospel, Sight-reading
Flute: Up to Intermediate level Classical, Sight-reading
Piano: Beginner & Intermediate levels Classical, Chord Theory, Sight-reading
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Rhadi F. August 28, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
Excellent teacher. I learned a lot and feel as ready as I can be for my audition. 🎤

Thanks Ms. Evans.🎭
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zoey February 24, 2017
· Singing · In home
Great session with Nicole! She is wonderful! She made my daughter feel so comfortable. Highly recommend!
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Leah March 24, 2015
· Singing · In home
Enjoyed Nicole and learned a lot!
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Nicole E.

Nicole E.

Tampa, FL 33615
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$27 / 30-min

About Pablo R.

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Sarasota, FL
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Pablo Rosendi was born in Argentina in 1978. He's a talented and passionate teacher that loves teaching, sports and nature. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Education at the Universidad Nacional de Tucuman in Argentina. He has successfully taught science and Spanish to students of varied ages, nationalities and professions, including youth education in schools and online private classes for students of all ages.

Pablo currently works as a science teacher for middle schoolers and tutors adult students online seeking bilingual fluency for professional, cognitive or social development.

Pablo is also a soccer coach, having started coaching in secondary school in Argentina. He is now a licensed coach in the state of Florida and coaches elementary school soccer periodically.

Besides teaching and coaching, Pablo
loves spending time in nature. He strongly values the cerebral approach that science has given him in his view of the environment, but he can still appreciate the simple art and beauty in watching a "melting" sunset at the beach! He lives in Florida with his wife, Elizabeth and their dog, Tito.
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Sara January 22, 2018
· Spanish · Online
I like taking these classes online with Pablo because he is able to create an environment conducive to reading, writing and speaking Spanish.
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Sara January 22, 2018
· Spanish · Online
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Laura H. December 21, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Pablo created a supportive environment where I was able to utilize my recently acquired vocabulary and grammar into simple conversations. The consistent progress I've experienced after each lesson is a big motivating factor that propels me forward. Great teacher! I am looking forward to more!
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Pablo R.

Pablo R.

Bradenton, FL 34207
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$45 / 30-min

About Millie O.

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Tampa, FL
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Hola,

I'm a Spanish professor and tutor. I received my Masters degree in Spanish/Education in 1999. I have been teaching Spanish at some local universities: USF, HCC and FSC for quite some time (20 yrs). I have also taught Middle School and High School.

I am an author of a Spanish grammar book for beginner students which it also includes 5 CD's. This book has been used in Continuing Education classes at USF and HCC. I also use it in my tutoring.

I love to teach Spanish and see that my students learn this beautiful language. Students say that I am very patient and explain Spanish concepts very clear - easy to understand.

I'll be happy to help you either in person or online.

Thank you,
Millie

Ps: I'm not teaching elementary or middle school kids at this time.
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Taylor February 1, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Millie creates a warm comfortable environment and guides your learning at your pace and level. As a native speaker she brings a lot to the table that I’ve never had with traditional professors.
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kandice January 29, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Millie is very welcoming and up beat. I felt comfortable with her immediate once meeting her. She took note of my interest and reasoning for taking classes and had materials prepared that were specific to my needs. Class was enjoyable, time went by very quickly. I am very happy that I chose her as my educator and am looking forward to seeing her next week.
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Denise October 30, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Amazing!!
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Millie O.

Millie O.

Tampa, FL 33647
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About Leonardo R.

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Tampa, FL
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Doing what I love: teaching, training, interacting with people. I retired from the army after 28 years of active and reserve military service, so now I have time to do privately what I did for the army for so many years: teach and train people. For many years I presented seminars in Spanish and English in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean on many subjects to adults of all ranks. I am a Florida State Certified Spanish teacher. My Bachelor's degree is in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico, and I hold minors in History and French. I am (since 1993) a financial adviser (stock broker, RIA) and a licensed insurance agent, which is my other passion and area of expertise. This tutoring for me is not a job; it is a passion, just another way I do what I love - teaching, advising and interacting with people. I
f this sounds like what you want, hope to hear from you soon.
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Crystal M. February 4, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Leonardo is very personable, flexible, knowledgeable and fun to work with. He explains the etymology of some of the words I am learning and that helps me remember their meanings more quickly.
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Kristian December 7, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Leonardo is one if the best Spanish instructors I have ever had. This is my first online experience and I have learned a lot already. I am Ready to keep learning!
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Welton B. August 18, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Leonardo is great... he is fun-loving and makes you feel comfortable from the beginning.
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Leonardo R.

Leonardo R.

Tampa, FL 33614
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About Susanna D.

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Bradenton, FL
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Guten Tag!

I was born and raised in Munich, Germany. I am fluent in German and English. I moved to the United States over 30 years ago with my family. I worked as a chief flight attendant for Lufthansa Airlines for many years. When I became a mother I earned my certification as a Montessori teacher in 2006 and have been teaching my students at a local Montessori school the German language with fun songs (I play the piano) and simple games and interesting books. It is important to me to make the whole learning process a positive and fun experience for my students. I worked with pre-schoolers as well as elementary students. I also tutor high school/college students and adults of any age in German. One of my hobbies and passions is acting on stage, mainly in comedies at local community theaters.
Whatever your needs may be in r
egard to the German language, (writing, reading, spelling, correct pronunciation, etc. school, work or travel) I would love to be of assistance and make the learning an enjoyable adventure and great success! Living in the United States for so many years and also traveling to Germany every year has made me acutely aware of the cultural differences and I enjoy sharing these interesting findings with my students, it helps immensely to embrace, immerse and "feel" a foreign language.
I can meet my students in person or if more convenient be available for online lessons.

Let's start with this exciting and fun adventure to dive into another culture, another world and language!
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Gabriella S. February 12, 2018
· German · Online
Sussana did a great job with my daughter!!!
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Susanna D.

Susanna D.

Bradenton, FL 34202
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About Lorena C.

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Seminole, FL
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Ciao! I am a native Italian living in the USA for several years now.
My background is in foreign languages and I love traveling and meeting new people. I studied English and French in Italy before spending two years in England working and studying to perfectionate English where I also learned conversational Spanish.
Once in the USA I started working in the information technology field for a company that had a branch in Italy. I had to assist, translate and teach different materials in Italian and I also did some freelancing tutoring.
I have three children and I also speak and teach Italian to them only. It has been fun to see them being comfortable in speaking Italian when we go to Italy. I try to travel to Italy at least once a year.

My other passion is cooking and baking. I was lucky that I grow up with both my parents
as excellent cooks. We had a vegetable garden, fruit trees and livestocks so most of the ingredients were fresh. I started cooking a lot when I moved to USA as I missed the Italian dishes very much and I realized my only connection to my country was via the food.

I also have a love for fashion! Growing up in Italy means being surrounded by beauty everywhere.. the marvelous architecture and art, the language and music, the beautiful landscapes, the fruits of nature and the fashion! I believe because of this most Italians develop a sense of style. When I moved here I realized how much harder was to find unique clothes and accessories so I enjoy the challenge to put together outfits with what I have available.
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Karen December 18, 2017
· Cooking · In studio
After you have experienced a cooking lesson with Lorena you will feel like you have visited Venice Italy.
Her birth place. Lorena will share simple, healthy recipes you will use for a lifetime. I learned so much from her and I'm already a glorified chef. Her signature dishes with all the Venetian secrets can be revealed in her kitchen or yours. She's a very good listener and will adapt to what your family likes to eat. I will continue my lessons after the New Year... wanting to pare wine with the food . Another hidden talent .thank you Lorena
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Lorena C.

Seminole, FL 33777
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About Janina O.

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Bradenton, FL
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Teaching Russian is not my job. It's my life long passion. Private Russian lessons or lectures at schools and colleges - I put all my heart and longtime expertise into it. Seeing my students speaking, reading, writing and communicating in Russian makes my life full and bright. I love working with little kids and adult students and I know they love working with me, too.

Helping kids and adults to open a vast amazing world of Russian Language and Russian Culture makes me very happy and proud of their successes.
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Janina O.

Janina O.

Bradenton, FL 34202
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