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About Marsha K.

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About Marsha
To a Musical 2018! Recital is coming! Practice, Practice, Practice! Congratulations to those who completed the 100 day challenge, WOW! I am currently full except for ONE slot Wed at 4:30, snatch it up quickly!

Goals: Since I am also a Life Coach, we really focus on how to accomplish our hopes and desires. We begin by weekly, then monthly and even a yearly goal.

Each week we also focus on something in my STUDENT PAL - mnemonic. Another is TECHNIQUE. Technique is the ability to have proper position, wrist-lifts and finger curve as well as Theoretic knowledge and application.

I started giving out lickable gold stars, you know, the old-fashioned kind? They are for those students who mark their lesson sheet and come prepared... They really seem to enjoy that, and I adore the nostalgia!

It is a great week when students are nearly
all prepared and ready for their lessons. This makes both Coach and student more effective and the time together more enjoyable.

Perhaps you are reading this with both a little excitement and a little concern. Finding the right person for your or your student can be intimidating. A short introduction follows so that you know a little about me and my philosophy which can assist you make an informed decision. If we are a good fit, lessons and learning progress more joyfully.

I have been teaching music, performing music and enjoying music since I was a tiny three-year old. My first piano lessons were at age seven. I have since taught the students of former students! How fun is that?

Music has blessed my life in countless ways and given me opportunities I'd never dreamed of. Teaching at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music; Singing in Carnegie Hall, Performing across Europe and teaching the best students for over 25 years has been a delight.

I believe strongly that those who spend their time and resources for musical education are some of the brightest and most intelligent people around. Each of my students have their own individual goals and reasons for taking music lessons, which we revisit monthly. I believe that my role is to be a support and tool for them/you to accomplish the goals set, working with music that delights and educates.

You want the best teacher, who offers information, example, practice and performance opportunities and then gets out of the way of the student's own "voice" (whether playing or singing) so that they can be free to create their own style.

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In our lessons, we work with a predictable schedule of balance. We have weekly exercises to make strong fingers and or voices, and technique and theory practice to hone skills that will improve our performances, whether they are for others or for our own benefit. Each student of piano can learn how to create and write their own music in time, choose their own pieces to work on, and have a say in their classical and performance goals.

We have a program of advancement, so you and your loved ones can visually see your progress and measure your skills, complete with awards and trophies.

What you learn, has everything to do with your commitment. Practice doesn't make perfect, Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

Learning the piano ought to be a JOY. I believe in playing the piano, not 'practicing' it. Enjoy what you do, and you'll do it longer and with celebration instead of duty.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano - upright; CD player; Music stands; Dozens of music books and lesson materials; flash cards; computer and music writing program; mic and mirror, syllabus.

*** Travel Equipment ***
No travel.

*** Specialties ***
Over the years I have dabbled in most methods, but finally come to use my own syllabus and musicianship. I can easily adapt to your favourite if that is your desire. I specialize in a total music education, not merely in learning notes. It is like looking in a mirror and only seeing eyes and skin. Music has many facets and we discover all of them.
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Lisa D. July 20, 2016
· Singing · In home
I got my monies worth just in the first lesson! I am amazed she can teach me, where several have failed.
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Jessica Reyes March 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very encouraging
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Renee A. May 19, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Marsha took the time to get to know my daughter and created personal lessons for her.
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Marsha K.

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About Takosha S.

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About Takosha
I Attained a Master's degree due to a sincere love to teach hungry students. Within my professional history, I have been elected to become a certified trainer to teach representatives the importance of leading students to a higher education within the collegiate environment. It is my duty as a teacher, trainer and instructor, to empower students to believe and always be true to their voice and academic education.

In addition to voice teaching, I am an online college instructor covering general courses and business courses. I also provide continuing education courses for businesses and organizations. In addition, I am a home school teacher for my own children. Therefore, I am experienced in working with adult students and youth. Please see the list of subjects that I tutor and feel free to request a subject that may not be listed.

Voice and singing has been a part of my life since birth. I sing and lead others within the church and fellowship environments. While in the military, I formed a choir in Iraq during the Iraqi Freedom War and received the Director’s award. The choir was full of soldiers and airmen, and we were all given a sense of peace in the middle of war through the singing of blended angelic voices. I have performed in the U.S states and other countries for Generals, Colonels and the like. Locally, I support the military through events in singing the National Anthem for SCAD, Savannah State, and Armstrong Atlantic University. I also lead within the music ministry of Harvest Light Church.

I taught at Charisma Studios and worked side by side with students within the Broadway Dreams Foundation and many gifted people in Atlanta, Georgia. I have taught students within a Georgia State Youth Challenge program to challenge not only their voices but their character to move forward in life. I'm currently singing in Savannah and South Georgia areas. The voice inside of me grows daily and I live to share with others what I experience everyday of my life.

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When a student chooses to work with me, he or she will gain much strength through my teaching style. I enjoy listening to the student to pinpoint their individual need. I am very attentive to detail to ensure the student will receive everything that he or she has come to receive. I will do all that I can to the best of my ability, and with everything that I currently know and have learned. I learn from students everyday, therefore I am not the only teacher in the lesson.

When students reach the 3 month mark in voice, they will be able to hear themselves and correct their mistakes on their own. They will know if they are an alto, tenor or soprano or maybe all 3! These are the first steps to becoming a teacher themselves one day. At the 6 month point, students will have the confidence to be able to blend with other voices. If students pay attention and continue to practice they will be on their way to take steps to begin the solo and leading stages.

Within the aspect of academic tutoring, the students will learn new methods and techniques suitable for them in order to gain more confidence in the subject that is challenging them. Everyone learns differently, it is my passion to find out how the student learns and to apply the best practices and techniques to their learning experience to ensure their success in that subject.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office/music studio setup with keyboard and computer.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The Voice
Subject Books and tools

*** Specialties ***
I teach students to sing from their diaphragm which helps them to breathe better while singing. It brings a smoother sound and it does not strain the voice. I also teach pitches and volume concerning specific songs being taught. The voice warm-ups and songs that are incorporated into the lesson, help to train the ear. It is important that a voice student learns how to hear the sound of music, so he or she can sing with any instrument including another voice:-)

Academically, I learn the student, so the student can learn.
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Dalayna M. February 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Takosha is very patient, yet she challenges you to press beyond your comfort zone. Loving it!
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Ayrica December 29, 2016
· Singing · In home
Awesome Instructor! Loves to teach, Loves to sing and brings out the best in you during each lesson.
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Gess December 29, 2016
· Singing · In home
Takosha is a great singer and teacher. She is very patient and great at explaining things and breaking them down. I would recommend her to anyone pursuing a singing career ir passion!
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Takosha S.

Takosha S.

Conyers, GA 30094
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About Linda L.

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Tucker, GA

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*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not typically provide any equipment - but I am willing to select and purchase books for the students to learn from (cost of books to be reimbursed by the student/parent) when requested to do so.

I am also willing to provide stick-on note-names for the keyboard, for young children.

The students must have their own instruments, and provide a folder for sheet music and notes/instructions.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, I specialize in the following styles: jazz, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and children's songs.
Piano: I prefer electronic keyboard to acoustic piano, but am happy to teach beginning students on a regular piano as well. I teach note-reading, playing by ear, and theory, with en emphasis on rock, pop, and folk music. I include arranging, chord theory, and use of the many features of an elec
tronic keyboard, in the lessons.
Bass Guitar: I teach rock, pop, funk, and country music on bass.
Banjo: I teach bluegrass, country, and some blues and rock music. I can also teach a bit of old-timey frailing/clawhammer style.
English and Reading: I am highly qualified, to tutor/teach English (spoken, written, and reading comprehension) to both native English speakers and to those learning it as a second language.
*** I am particularly good at working with children who have a.d.h.d. and other learning disabilities!
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Caleb M. February 4, 2018
· Banjo · In home
My first lesson was great! I'm already at home practicing the 5-6 rolls that Linds taught me in only 30 minutes. Look forward to learning more!
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Raye June 27, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Linda gave me a lot to work on for my first lesson. I am enthusiastic for the week ahead, practicing what she showed me. Great lesson!
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Joe G. January 16, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Everything went great teacher is great can't wait until next lesson
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Linda L.

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Tucker, GA 30084
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About Sara Ann B.

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Atlanta, GA
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I pace our lessons andI over explain a technic to make certain the client gets the concept. Patiently and with a sense of humor we apply it to a song that is a target song the client really can "sell" and just wants the vocal know-how to do.
With two masters degrees in voice and speech-language pathology, with specializing in eliminating chronic hoarseness and giving you the perfect foreign accent, I am a premier singing teacher who still sings at jazz jams sessions. I previously was a full time professor of voice and music education, a Fulbright instrumental/vocal teacher at high school level, an elementary music supervisor. In recent years, I wrote a book & videos as a licensed speech language pathologist for those with chronic hoarseness, laryngitis, & vocal nodules. Clients love how I mold technique to a song the first lesson.
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Elvira January 14, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
I take speaking voice lessons from Sara Ann to reduce my Russian accent.
I just love our sessions. Sara Ann is a very experienced teacher and defines essential problems right away. I am amazed by her profound knowledge of subject, intelligence, creative teaching approach, charming style and genuine desire to help her students.
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Vicki June 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I signed up for singing lesson on a whim. Sara was great; very patience and knowledgeable. Please take in consideration, I have no music or instrument background so we worked on breathing and body position which she made fun then at the end of each lesson we sang a song or two. After each lesson, I left with new knowledge and one or two thing to work on that week. For a spur of a moment decision, I obtain a new understanding of music, singing, and met a wonderful creative lady. Good Experience all around.
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Tom August 21, 2016
· Vocal Training · In home
A wealth of knowledge. We got down to business right away. Positive experience.
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Sara Ann B.

Sara Ann B.

Atlanta, GA 30305
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About Catalina L.

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I'm a Certified Teacher
(Spanish Translator/Interpreter)
I am from Peru, where I studied French, English and Spanish. I decided to teach Spanish because I am a native speaker and I feel confident that I can give my students the best learning experience possible.
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Catalina L.

Catalina L.

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About Dalia E.

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Atlanta, GA
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I am a professional musician and teacher with over 25 years experience in Russian piano playing technique of classical music and performance practices in 4 countries. I started playing piano at age 5 and receive my College Diploma in Russia, BA in Music Education in Tel-Aviv Academy of Music (Israel) and Performance Diploma in South Africa. I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence.
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Dalia E.

Dalia E.

Atlanta, GA 30350
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$42 / 30-min

About Marion T.

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Atlanta, GA
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I was born and raised in Paris, close to Montmartre. After my Master's degree, I started tutoring French as a second language to American students in exchange programs in Paris. I loved it so much that I basically never stopped.

French is a demanding but extremely rewarding language to learn. In my classes, they are no stupid questions, and no mistakes. Learning a language is a very humbling process that needs to happen in a safe and joyful environment. This is what you will find in my classes.

A bientôt!
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Jeff Groux February 12, 2018
· French · In studio
Marion is clearly a fabulous teacher.

She understands French as only a well educated native speaker may, thoughtfully presents and carefully weighs the students progress; and does this effortlessly with a backdrop of joy and humor in her disposition.

I would highly recommend her for French studies.
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Atlanta, GA 30308
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About Brittni A.

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Atlanta, GA
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Hello Future Student!
Hola Estudiante Futuro!

My passion for learning extends way beyond the classroom and textbooks. As an avid community and professional leader, I am capable of teaching effective leadership qualities and communication skills to empower learners to achieve not only their educational goals, but also their personal and professional aspirations. I love to learn and teach others through effective methods appropriate for every learning style. By creating relatable experiences through my tutoring sessions, I am able to promote higher levels of creative thinking and increase information retention amongst my students.
Professionally, I have seven years of experience working in institutions of higher learning. My most recent position as an English Instructor led me to Costa Rica where I spent two years teaching History, Geo
graphy, Language Arts and English as a Foreign Language to elementary and high school students. As a fluent Spanish/English speaker, I have been teaching Spanish in my spare time to both children and adults alike. Working in higher education, I have lead study group and tutoring sessions for college-aged students. I have also facilitated training sessions for employees in my professional career experience.
In 2010 I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Marketing, with an emphasis in Promotions and Marketing Communication from Northern Arizona University. Following this, I graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2014 with a Master of Business Administration Management. In addition, I have 18 credit hours of formal Spanish education and received a certificate to teach English as a Foreign Language from Costa Rica TEFL in 2015.
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Brittni A.

Brittni A.

Atlanta, GA 30329
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$40 / 60-min

About SEBASTIAN O.

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Lawrenceville, GA
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Sebastian Olah originally from Colombia, and now based in Atlanta/Georgia has cultivated a sound of his own, one that represents his multidisciplinary musical background. He is a passionate guitarist with influences ranging from the likes of Joe Satriani, Pink Floyd and Dream Theater. When discovered his passion of music at the young age of 10 he immediately choose the guitar as his main instrument. After 5 years of being in the conservatory, he knew that it was going to be his life-long vocation. He also took private lessons with well known musicians from his city "Cali-Colombia" and perform with different bands to develop more skills.

Through the years, Sebastian has not only developed a love for playing the guitar, but a love of teaching the guitar. At the age of 18 he started teaching a small group in a private school "Lycee Fran�ais
Paul Valery" and quickly started getting inquiries for private lessons. Sebastian always keeps his focus on the needs and interest on the individual student, and finds creative ways to make lessons fun and interesting.

Sebastian has also a passion for DJing and create beats. His knowledge and taste of music has help him create organic sounds and hypnotic grooves .
After spending lot of hours in the studio and experiencing in different atmospheres he has developed his own vision of Music and he perform in different events and festivals around the country.
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SEBASTIAN O.

SEBASTIAN O.

Lawrenceville, GA 30046
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$30 / 30-min

About Giovani C.

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Atlanta, GA
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I was born in rural Oaxaca and lived there until I was 16 years old and decided to leave my hometown, the reason, because as a student I felt that I wasn't getting a good education back there, and I decided to find a better school with more resources and excellent teachers, I have been a pro-activist in education, ranging from middle school kids in Mexico and USA and adults also, mainly focus on cultural exchanges and health, I'm an MD, pursuing Pediatrics as a specialty.

With this portal, I'm looking for students that want to live Spanish, learn words and sentences and situations that you can apply your knowledge, for travelling, homework, or to impress your parents or friends. I don't like to have a teacher-student relationship, but instead a friendship, like those in Facebook, that's my ideology, teaching as a form of life and not as
a mandatory request.
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Giovani C.

Giovani C.

Atlanta, GA 30312
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$15 / 30-min

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