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About Jill H.

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Winter Springs, FL
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Jill holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and has master's work in choral music and Orff-Schulwerk. For many years Jill has taught private and group music lessons to all ages with many varying styles of singing and instrumental music. Her lessons are unlike the ones she remembers from childhood; Jill's lessons are full of creativity, fun and excitement. It is amazing how students improve with each lesson. Jill brings more than just technique to the studio, she strives to find the best in each student and then concentrates on improving each individual's strengths and then delves into ways to correct the weaknesses.

Since Jill is a vocal soloist, instrumentalist, accompanist and music director, she knows what it takes to prepare and rehearse and therefore she makes it clear which concept the student will be working on during
the lesson. With an instrumental and choral background, Jill brings music to life and then shares with the students how to keep music in their lives forever. Many students who had vocal problems have achieved vocal success after taking several lessons with Jill and learning to keep their voices healthy for the rest of their lives.

Jill has worked with children, teens and adults in many schools, churches and after school programs that she designed. Her success with students who are very young or students who come with disabilities or autistic spectrum diagnosis are moved by the music Jill creates. With the help of the ORFF-SCHULWERK certification, Jill has many ways of reaching children through the use of instruments, rhythm activities, games and other fun ways of learning. Breaking barriers is Jill's best asset, she will not quit until the student has an understanding of the instrument or his/her voice.

The young and the older adults find that taking lessons with Jill has brought them to a place of realizing their potential. Successful stories include pre-school age through students who are retired. The length of time one studies depends on the student's practice and diligence. Many students have started with Jill in preschool or elementary school and have continued through high school and college. Several college age students wanted to improve their singing or instrumental skills so goals were set and met through Jill's successful teaching ability. Several students learn music theory and many students have learned song-writing and creating arrangements.

Many of Jill's students have become better musicians and a considerable number of students have chosen music professions for their careers. Multiple students have won contests, auditioned for parts in musicals, started local bands and have become songwriters and performers after taking lessons with Jill. One student has recently auditioned for American Idol and has made it through several auditions. Teaching a myriad of students from various places in the world who have come to the United States has been a great experience. The cultural differences makes the teaching of these students exciting since Jill learns about music in their own home countries. Some of the students are from China, Norway, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico and many who moved to Florida from some other state in the U.S.A. What a joy it has been to learn to communicate with these students and to verify that music is a universal language. By special request Jill is available for online lessons through internet and devices as well as traveling to student locations when her schedule allows. Students interest in online or in-home lessons should send a message to her to request certain days and times of availability.

"Jill was Steinway Pianos" Concert and Artist Director in Dallas Tx in the 80's, working with Steinway artists and Dallas Symphony, Opera, Ballet and other events like planning pianos for Prince Charles' visit and many other concerts and events. Jill also performed in many Dallas Venues as well as providing pianos for the Cowboys, the clubs, hotels, country clubs and museums including The Dallas Museum of Art.

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, plans succeed. " (Proverbs 15:22) It is Jill's belief that with her teaching qualifications and past record of success with student achievement and great experience studying with wonderful advisers, teaching YOU or YOUR CHILD will be one of success!

*** Lesson Details ***
Jill's teaching technique is flexible. Some students require a stern and strict approach while others seem to work best with more creative license. Jill is open to each student's needs. When booking lessons with Jill, one will find that the first thing she will do is find out more about the student's needs and desires to succeed in their chosen instrument. Meeting goals are important in music and in life!

Because of her flexible approach, method books vary depending on the student's need to succeed. Sometimes young students will need to review several beginning methods until their reading skills are achieved. For the young students, Jill teaches theory and gives the young students time during the lesson to explore musical symbols and try their hands at improvisation, rhythms, manuscripts and creativity.

Some students may desire to learn to play "by ear" or through improvisational skills. Jill is very good with improv and her song writing skills are strong. When a student desires to write music, Jill is there to help with questions about time signatures, note values, key signatures and transpositions.

Taking lessons with Jill is a journey that those who have tried have not had regrets. Several parents and past students would be happy to tell you how their talents and gifts improved after working with Jill for a few months. After three months of working together, Jill will know how to pursue the student's musical career. After 6 months the student will be able to play complete songs and have a sense of basic music theory. The hope is for the student to be confident of their instrument's abilities and to have a list of repertoire for upcoming events in the student's life.

Several of Jill's students have taken their skills, gifts and talents to the professional level. Students who have studied with Jill are professional music directors in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, churches, soloists and some who are in school studying music as their major. Taking lessons with Jill will be something that will add value to the student's life forever because MUSIC is her life! Without music, the world would be a very dull place and individuals would be unhappy and depressed in every walk of life. Music brings out the beauty of creation and man's ability to skillfully play an instrument for pleasure or for one's occupation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Conservatory Grand
Yamaha keyboard
5 string bass guitar/amp
mandolin
5 string banjo
small MACKIE mixer with mics
Digital audio recording
computer
Gibson electric guitar with effects and amp
6 string Takamine e-coustic with amp
recorder (the instrument)
clarinet
violin
dulcimer
bongos
cymbals
tambourines and many percussion instruments
music stands
soprano and baritone ukuleles
trumpet
djembe
many amplifiers and sound system accessories
I-pad
drum set (at the Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando location only)
harmonica
various rhythm instruments
Wifi
Mallets and tone blocks

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide my own equipment, but I expect the student to provide his/her own instruments and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and performance experience. Including Solo gigs, bands and service performances such as parties, weddings, funerals, organizational roles, skills, clubs, recordings, hotels, country clubs, churches, schools and much more. She uses many methods, handouts and books to bring out various ideas to learn to sing correctly. Jill takes each individual at his/her level and tries to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.

Jill plays most instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, band instruments, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, drums, percussion, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet, recorder, mandolin and violin. Jill enjoys many styles of music and she has played with many bands and groups throughout her musical career. She is a full time musician, music teacher and music director. Years of experience traveling the U.S. And Bahamas with bands, choirs and ensembles enables Jill to work well with many styles of music including contemporary, rock, Christian, Broadway, classical, country, bluegrass, jazz and her favorite, blues.

Sign up for five lessons today and you will not be disappointed.

Here's to your success!!!
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Cheryl G. October 2, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Had a great first lesson with Jill. Started with the basics of how to hold the violin and the bow, positioning when playing, and then moved on to locating the notes, and beginning to work on scales.
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Riley September 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My 15 year old daughter has had 3 lessons with Jill and we are truly enjoying her! She gives her a variety of useful exercises to strengthen her voice and breath. I already see much growth in her after just 3 lessons, AND my daughter's confidence is increasing with each lesson. Jill is such a talent - she plays multiple instruments and her love of music comes across when she is teaching. I highly recommend her!
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Manuel L. August 10, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
I would like to say that I'm a senior citizen with all the aches and pains of such. In my mid seventies I decided to play the banjo and after five lessons with Jill, I am confident that I WILL PLAY THE BANJO. She is a excellent music teacher, professional and very PATIENT .
Thank you 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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Jill H.

Orlando, FL 32825
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About Pepina D.

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Winter Park, FL
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About Pepina
I am a laid back teacher and I try to be flexible in every aspect of my teaching. I try to make fun every lesson for a student. I give the students to play some familiar easy songs in order to improve their playing skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching methods are the Suzuki and the classical teaching method. The Suzuki method is based on learning the music by imitation of the teacher and later learning the music alphabet while the classical methods (such as the Essential Elements for Strings-M. Allen) emphasize parallel work on learning the notes and playing songs. I expect that after three months my students learn a basic technique of playing their instruments, to be able to read the notes, and play at descent level (which would correspond to the level of the Suzuki book 1 or the Essential Elements for Strings book 1-M. Allen
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*** Studio Equipment ***
piano in the Florida music studio, I have a piano at home,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will give information to my students regarding the instrument and other important equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I teach Suzuki and classical method (Essential Elements for strings by M. Allen).
Through the Suzuki method young children master basic musical skills, improve listening ability, and acquire physical comfort with their instrument and with performing. Intermediate and advanced students learn to read music, improve technical proficiency, and play skill specific repertoire.
Essential Elements for strings is designed to guide students gradually through the development of pedagogical and musical techniques necessary to become a proficient, well-rounded musician through a carefully planned succession of pieces.
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katherina July 12, 2017
· Viola · In home
Pepina was direct and very clearly communicated what she wanted me to do. She told me when I was doing things right and helped me when I was doing things wrong.
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Floyd G. September 30, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Ms Pepina is a very pleasant and knowledgeable Teacher; I was at complete ease throughout the lesson.
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Silma P. February 2, 2016
· Piano · In home
My son love her.. He has learned a lot since he has been going to her for lessons
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Pepina D.

Pepina D.

Winter Park, FL 32792
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About Rebekah P.

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Winter Park, FL

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About Rebekah
With a degree in classical voice and over 10 years of teaching experience, I can help you reach your musical goals! Using proven methods, you can learn the techniques necessary to sing like the pros or make the ivory keys of your piano dance!

My teaching style would be best described as fun and flexible. I'm a total stickler for proper technique and classical learning theory, but I also give my students the power to choose what repertoire they work on. I often tell my pupils, "I don't really care what you're playing or singing, as long as you focus on the fundamentals learned in lessons". I believe students will practice music they like, so I encourage them to pick songs they enjoy hearing. The concept that purposeful learning can be achieved using almost any repertoire is at the core of my teaching philosophy.
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Omar September 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Rebekah is very professional and have tons of patience with her students. Definetly improves the way I sing and the way I prepare for songs.
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Denina April 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rebekah listens to student interests and builds lessons to develop skills. Practice isn't a chore because the student loves the music. She always listens and supports teenagers in way they will listen.
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Tony D. April 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Rebekah made a first time voice lesson seem like you were meeting with a old friend. She's seems very knowledgeable and shares it with compassion and a genuine concern for your progress.
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Rebekah P.

Winter Park, FL 32792
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About Lily L.

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Orlando, FL

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About Lily
**Please note that I am unable to travel outside of the range set on my profile due to my schedule. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.**

Hello!

I am a 2014 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Development and Education. I have completed 2 internships, both in 1st grade, then taught Kindergarten in Seminole county Schools for one year and have since discovered my love for teaching in one-on-one situations. I believe that building relationships is an important and integral part of effective teaching, and the learning stems from that.

I have a passion for music, and have been playing flute since 2003, piano since 1998, ukulele since 2011, and guitar since 2006. I played the flute throughout middle and high school, and I continue playing for weddings, holiday perf
ormances, etc. to this day. I have consistently auditioned for All-County performances all throughout middle and high school with flute, and have received top positions.

I have been playing piano since 1998, taken piano lessons for 7 years, and performed in several recitals.

I have taught myself guitar and ukulele and have performed in a few festivals and coffee shops around Orlando. When I was teaching, I often brought my instruments with me to play for my kindergarten class!

I write music as well with my twin sister.

I've also enjoyed venturing into the world of graphic/web design, and since Fall 2015, have been running my own tiny little design business. I taught myself how to do some basic coding using HTML and CSS, and how to use adobe photoshop and illustrator to create website designs, social media graphics, logos, flyers, and t-shirt designs.

**TEACHING STYLE**

My teaching style is laidback and casual in nature. I believe the most productive learning comes through relationships, trust, and fun! I strive in cozy environments and hope to create a welcoming space for our lesson time. (Check out my pictures to see my lesson space!)

I work from home doing graphic and web design, so I am very flexible and will work around your schedule.

**LESSON DETAILS**

Piano lessons will be held in my home in Orlando (college park). I do require a purchase of a piano book depending on your skill level (about $5-10 on amazon), and notebook in order for me to write down what to practice for the following week.

Flute lessons will be held in my house in Orlando or online (via TakLessons Classroom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or Skype). You will need to have your own flute for lessons and practice. I will also have you purchase a fairly cheap lesson book on amazon (book will be depending on your skill level) and suggest having a notebook so I can write down what you need to practice for the following week.

Ukulele lessons will be held in my house or online (via TakeLessons Classroom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or Skype). You will need to have your own instrument available for lessons and practice. I do require purchase of lesson books that you can get fairly cheap on amazon. I also suggest having a notebook in order for me to write down what to practice for the following week.

**CANCELLATION POLICIES**

I require 24 hours notice if you need to cancel a lesson (with the exception of illness). Otherwise, you will be charged the regular lesson fee.

**MORE ABOUT ME!**
Some of my hobbies include writing/playing music, graphic design, traveling, hiking, camping, writing, painting, gardening.

I love my cat, my husband, coffee, food, Netflix, relaxing at home, going on crazy adventures, the beach, the mountains, and tacos!
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Shelly R. August 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
First lesson was great. I felt very comfortable, and I learned quickly in a short time with her teaching style. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Olivia June 19, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Lily was great! Very skilled and easy going!
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Wanda J. April 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ms lily, Is a nice instructor (Teacher) to me. I am at the beginning. She take the extra mile if u donot understand..Example she will write it down, explain it to me, for i can understand it & video it & play it on the piano for me or to whom ever, for you to catch the lesson. I am a person that you have to show me more than to tell me about it.I thank God for allowing her to be my teacher. Ms. Wanda
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Lily L.

Lily L.

Orlando, FL 32804
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About Melody C.

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Orlando, FL

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Hello. My name is Melody Cook. I graduated from Valencia College with an Associate of Arts degree in Piano Performance.

I began learning to play the piano when I was five. As an adult, I pursued other interests for several years, and returned to piano a few years ago. I studied Piano Performance for three years at Valencia college, and completed my degree in May, 2016, having received a GPA of 4.0 in all my classes.

As for my teaching experience, I was home schooled, so I taught some of my younger siblings reading, mathematics, and beginning piano. I have tutored children ages 5- 13 in reading and math. I worked as a daycare teacher off and on for a few years in my twenties, teaching children ages 2- 10. I taught an after school piano class in a middle school for a couple years. Since 2014, I have been teaching private piano lesso
ns to all ages.

I spent four years in Russia and helped some of my friends who were learning English as a foreign language.

While in Russia I studied the Russian language at the university for a year, and am proficient enough to teach beginning Russian.

On my profile I stated that I can teach students with special needs. I want to clarify that I do not have training or experience in this area, but I would be happy to try teaching children with special needs. It would be important to me to meet with the parents before the first class to discuss the special need and what I would need to know to be able to teach their child well.

[April, 2016]: I have a few students with ADHD and/or high functioning Autism. They are great piano students! They enjoy playing the piano and do well with it, and I love working with them!
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paola July 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
the progress my girl has had under Melody is palpable. she is very good.
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Cyrus H. July 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
First lesson went great! My son really enjoyed the experience and is excited to keep going. At first he thought he wouldn't like going to piano lessons, but now he says he really really likes it!
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Samantha April 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Melody is a great instructor for my 5 year old son, she is very patient and handles him very well. He has learned a ton and loves going to his piano lessons. I highly recommend Melody for children!
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Melody C.

Orlando, FL 32826
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About Natasha S.

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Hi, my name is Natasha and I cant wait to meet you. I have been teaching private lessons since 1999 and have loved to help my students to learn how to play the piano and enjoy it. I developed my own method of teaching to positively enhance the student strength ,dexterity, memorization and techniques. I went to Moscow Conservatory of Music and earned a masters degree in teaching and piano performance . Im constantly continue my education by taking different workshops and courses.My students won national competitions and state misic festivals. Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the students schedule.
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Pietra September 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Natasha has an amazing knowledge and is very kind.
Just 5 lessons, and I improved a lot.
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Rose September 13, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Natasha has been teaching my two daughters for a year and she is very professional and at the same time very nice and kind. My children have a great time on the lessons but learning a lot
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John September 13, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher. In reviewing the list of piano teachers in my area there were a number of teachers that were much closer but their main teaching discipline was not piano but singing with piano as a secondary teaching skill. I wanted a piano expert and I choose Natasha because of her extensive singular piano experience.
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Natasha S.

Kissimmee, FL 34747
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About Bobbie S.

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Kissimmee, FL

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As a professional multi-instrumentalist musician and teacher, my disciplines include Piano, Violin, Cello, Guitar, Percussion and Wind Band Instruments. In addition to solo performances, I have professionally performed in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra throughout my performance career. My teaching experience includes fifteen years of one on one lessons, ensembles, band and orchestra programs, musical theater and drama. I teach in my students homes in the Celebration, Champions Gate and Davenport area.
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Jim April 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Mrs Bobbie is amazing, she is so patient with my son and yet challenges him.
She doesn't teach a structured a b c approach that is the same for every student.
She starts with the basics and based on the student, she goes at their pace.
She also has a heart for sharing music with children.
If the public school system was able to individualize teaching like she does. Wow
I can not say enough great things about Mrs Bobbie.
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Tracy Ruswick April 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Truly love having Bobbie as Gabby' teacher. Gabby has been taking piano since Kindergarten and really needed a teacher at this level that would be kind, fun but yet challenger her. Bobbie is this kind of teacher! Gabby also needed a teacher that she feels comfortable with and I think that Bobbie and Gabby are a perfect fit. I am truly thankful that God presented us with the best teacher ever!
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Jessica April 1, 2017
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Bobbie was great with my daughter. I loved that she came to our home for lessons.
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Bobbie S.

Kissimmee, FL 34747
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About Rob C.

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Kissimmee, FL

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Rob received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from Emerson College in Boston.

He has performed in Theme Parks, Summer Stock, Regional Theaters and Dinner Theaters through the United States.

For the past 13 years Rob has performed at Walt Disney World with The Voices of Liberty, The Dapper Dans, and Finding Nemo the Musical. He has also performed in various stage shows and vocal groups at Hong Kong Disneyland and The Tokyo Disney Resort.

As well as his work on stage, Rob has also been a Musical Director and Vocal Coach at Emerson College, Staples High School and The Fiddlehead Theater Company in Boston.

He is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.
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Rob C.

Kissimmee, FL 34759
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$30 / 30-min

About Rachael A.

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Clermont, FL
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Professional Writer.

My name is Rachael, and I look forward to the opportunity of teaching you writing, whether it is for an academic or creative purpose. My background is philosophy of language; I am a doctoral student of philosophy with an attention to poetics, with one published book and two graduate theses, both having received awards of distinction, under my belt -- if you are looking to improve your reading, critical thinking, and/or writing skills, I am an experienced teacher/tutor/guide/mentor (with 10+ years experience) potentially fit for you!

Depending on your needs, a session can range from grammatical analysis (essentially proofreading services) to an in-depth exploration of your works in-progress, with suggestions for editing or inspiration for further avenues of tweaking or research. There is little I would not be op
en to discussing together, so feel free to reach out!

In terms of high school students, I teach what is relevant to your classes while maintaining an awareness of those skills required in college, attempting to incorporate such skills simultaneously. Regarding undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students, beyond working in in-house writing centers, I have been both a TA / teacher's assistant at universities from Florida, North Carolina, all the way to international Switzerland, in addition to teaching my own experimental system of reading and writing at academic residencies and workshops. I never introduce my own theories unless it is specifically requested, but this goes to show I am experienced at thinking in-depth about diverse problems in the field of language. I am a proponent of creative solutions to problems and look forward to working with you.
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Toma September 17, 2017
· Writing · Online
Rachael is a great teacher of writing. I had finished schooling years ago but had still a passion for communication. I came to her with many vague ideas that she helped me to develop. She helped me to clarify them even more once I made the step to putting them into writing. She is generous in her manner and all of her commentary. I've really reached a high point in my intellectual and creative life working with her. Highly recommended!!
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Jack September 17, 2017
· Essay Writing · In home
Best tutor ever! Rachael is great to work with. She made rules of writing easy to learn and understand. She Improved my writing skill and confidence. My grades
improved in all areas!
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Rachael A.

Clermont, FL 34711
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About Lesli I.

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My name is Lesli Irons and I have a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Florida State University! I have been playing the guitar for four years and have experience teaching to elementary students in a professional after-school environment. I have access to all equipment needed, including 3/4 sized guitars. I provide a fun environment to share my love for music and guitar with a fast paced song by song curriculum.
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Lesli I.

Lesli I.

Orlando, FL 32803
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Many guitarists have a tendency to focus most of their practice time and energy on left-hand fretting technique. Although the left hand is very important, mastering different rhythms and guitar strum patterns with your right hand adds a whole new dimension to your guitar playing. Understanding Guitar Strum Patterns Start by playing a simple chord progression. Ideally, you should be able to play through the chords without looking at the fingers on your left hand. Starting with a simple prog

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