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About Liz T.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Liz
Liz T is an accomplished Performer, Writer and Educator who has captivated audiences and students across the globe. Having achieved a M.M in Contemporary Performance & Production (Vocal Performance) from the Berklee College of Music's campus in Valencia, Spain and has also obtained a B.M from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (Vocal Performance).
Trained in Classical, Jazz and Musical Theatre her warm voice, playful attitude, and vibrant inner beauty come alive on the stage and in the classroom. With International and Cabaret influences, she performs and writes deeply from the heart, and is never afraid to pour out heart felt emotions on stage.
She has additionally studied Arts Administration at NYU and has also worked behind the scenes at the professional level in Arts Administration at Berklee College
of Music, Radio Disney AM 1260, and the New Victory Theater (Off-Broadway).
World class venues include: Carnegie Hall, The Vatican, Notre Dame Cathedral, Palau de les artes de Regina Sofia, and Symphony Space. Liz has also performed with the Amore Opera, NY Lyric Opera and Regina Opera companies of New York City.
Favorite Theatrical Credits include: The International Tour of Disney Live! (Feld Entertainment), Nickelodeon at Sea (Norwegian Cruise lines), Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC), RWS and Associates, Carnival Cruise lines and legendary summer stock theaters including Ogunquit Playhouse, ME and the Granbury Opera house, TX .
Past NYC Music Venues include (Select): The Metropolitan Room, The Cutting Room, Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar, Toshi's Living Room, The Shrine, Silvana, The Bitter End, The Path Cafe.
Past TV/Film Selections Include: Orange is the New Black, Elementary, Law and Order SVU, Mozart in the Jungle, Grown ups 2, Labor Day, The Makeover, Nurse Jackie, The Knick, Blue Bloods, The Following, The Woody Allen Summer Project, Madame Secretary, Mysteries of Laura, Royal Pains, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, The Heat, The Carrie Diaries, Vinyl, Public Morals,The Tap, The Only Boy in New York, Irreplaceable you,The Leftovers, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Bull.
She has a passion for singing jingles, and recording voice overs all around the world for clients in India, New Zealand, France, Israel, Philippines, and Russia to name a few, be on the lookout as you never know where you may hear her Voice!
Her writing has been published by the Vail Jazz Festival, Lessonface, Takelessons, NewMusicalTheatre, Onstageblog, New Victory Theater Blog and with Dance, Laugh, Learn LLC.
She has had the pleasure of Musical Directing with various inner city schools with young, at risk students including Inside Broadway, Brooklyn Arts Council, Mainstages, The Queens Theater, Long Lake Camp for the Arts, Berklee City Music Program, Boston Bridge Charter School, and St. Joseph's Regional Catholic School. Past shows she has musical directed have included Annie, Legally Blonde, The Wizard of Oz, Seussical, Oliver, Shrek, and Chicago. Liz also serves on the Berklee Alumni Audition Committee, and was recently named Berklee Alumni Ambassador of the Year. (2017)
Currently she is working on her original musical Ciao Bambino, which debuted it's first staged reading at the Midtown International Theater Festival in the Fall of 2016, and Off-Off Broadway at the 13th Street Repertory Theater! At MITF Ciao Bambino was recognized with an award for Best Staged Reading. "Give me the stage" an original song from the musical also won first place in competitions at the Bunol Symphony Orchestra in Spain and Hampton Beach talent show in New Hampshire.

YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS
Opera Viva!
Verona, Italy June-July 2018
Coaches: Dr. Madelyn Gearheart, Dr. Lisa Sylvester, Catherine Ciesinski, Joyce Fieldsend, David Walsh, Laura Athey-Janka, Darrell Babidge, Gerardo Felisatti and Gordon Ostrowski.
Miss. Turner is a member of the following professional organizations: SAG-AFTRA, The Dramatists Guild, BMI, Society of Composers and Lyricists, The Drama League, The Manhattan Association of Cabaret Performers, AFM Local 802, Actor's Equity Membership Candidate, Theater Resources Unlimited, The Off-Broadway Alliance, Women in Music, National Italian American Foundation, National Organization of Italian American Women, International Women's Jazz Association and The League of Independent Theatre.

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I like to work with students at all levels, whether you sing for your own enjoyment or are serious about pursuing a career in performing, I want to help you be the best performer! Please send me a message before you sign up for lessons so we can coordinate time difference/scheduling, Thank you!

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Voice, Piano, Clarinet, Music Theory, Songwriting, College Audition Prep. (Past students have been accepted to Berklee College of Music, Laguardia High School, Frank Sinatra High School of Performing Arts, PPAS, Murrow High School)
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Devi December 3, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
Great first class.
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Kyla October 16, 2017
· Choir · Online
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Ciara September 19, 2016
· Vocal Training · Online
your the best. I'm 10 and must sing in 3 days in a talent show and sure found your help useful.

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About Susan G.

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Granite Bay, CA
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Learning while having fun is guaranteed. I enjoy working with students of all ages and from all countries. Eacvh of you is special and deserves a special curriculum and lesson plan. Talk with you soon. I look forward to meeting you.
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Lys August 29, 2018
· German · In home
I have been taking German lessons from Susan Gibbs for 4 yrs ,she is a great teacher I have learn a great deal from her ,she is very good at her work.I can now speak German fairly well.
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Deborah August 29, 2018
· French · In home
Susan is a wonderful French teacher both for adults and kids. We have had her as an in-home teacher for both over the past few years during the school year. She is very patient with the kids and keeps it fun for them, and also is a great conversationalist with the adults. I can’t recommend her enough. She is also versatile enough to teach German as well.
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Susan G.

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About Alexandra M.

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Salt Lake City, UT

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About Alexandra
Alexandra Mortenson is a private violin teacher and writing coach in Salt Lake City. Her name means “keeper of man”, hence she has a wonderful husband, eight younger brothers, and a sneaking suspicion that she may end up with all sons. She loves to read, write, run, and hike in the mountains.

Alexandra is delighted by her opportunities to teach and help her students succeed in achieving their personal goals and ambitions. Please contact her with any questions or interest in taking lessons. She teaches the following subjects:

VIOLIN
Alexandra has been studying the violin for over 20 years, taking lessons primarily from Peggy Wheelwright and John England. She played in the youth violin group Pizzicato Strings and was concert master for her middle school and high school orchestras. Alex completed a music minor at the University of Ut
ah in December 2016 and enjoyed four years with the University Campus Symphony.

A few of Alex’s favorite pieces include Csardas (V. Monti), Symphony Espagnole (Lalo), Theme from Schindler’s List (John Williams) and The Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels).

WRITING
Words are Alexandra's passion, and she graduated in December, 2016 with her Honors B.A. in English. She has written for The Standard Examiner,The Daily Utah Chronicle, and LDSLiving Magazine, publishing a variety of articles and gaining experience in research, interviewing, writing, and editing. She has also worked as a research writer and editor for FamilySearch and has been accepted to present twice at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference. She enjoys writing short stories, personal essays, academic papers, biographies, and basically anything that includes words.

KOREAN
Alexandra learned Korean while serving in South Korea for a year and a half as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While there she taught and studied daily in the Korean language, and upon returning home she started the Korean Studies minor at the University of Utah, which she graduated from in December 2016.
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Jadyn M. September 14, 2018
· Korean · Online
Very understanding.
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Khoi P. August 30, 2018
· Writing · Online
Very helpful feedback, I've been doing lessons with Mrs. Alexandra for a while now and my writing and grammar skills have improved drastically.
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Kayla August 28, 2018
· Korean · Online
She was really really nice.
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About Jodie M.

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Bondurant, IA
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My name is Jodie. I have been teaching since 1999 and my experience includes school classrooms, university, and private lessons. I have been teaching private lessons since 2003 and am currently available to teach lessons in person and online. I teach French and ESL. I am also qualified to teach English, writing, and comprehension as well as a few crafts. One of my current students was failing his French I class at high school three months ago when his mom contacted me, but he has now raised that grade to a B.

I received my training at the University of Northern Iowa in1998 where I received a BA and an MA in French. I later studied at the University of Angers, France, where I earned an MA in Teaching French as a Foreign Language. I lived in France for six years. I also taught English to French students. As an expert in my field, I
look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. I personalize lessons and courses to meet the individual student's needs.
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Bondurant, IA 50035
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About Adrian V.

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Tucson, AZ
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I've taught Spanish in a wide range of formats from classroom Spanish courses for High School students to one-on-one lessons with Professionals that want to increment their cultural knowledge and be up-to-date in current events in a specific Spanish-speaking country. Films, music current events in Latin America are recurrent materials in my lessons as well as anecdotes from my childhood in Mexico.
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John April 17, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
The first time I've really began to understand and speak a language. Great instructor with a lot of patients. I'd highly recommend Adrain to anyone interested in learning Spanish.
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About Meritxell R.

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Scottsdale, AZ
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Nunca es tarde si la dicha es buena!

It is never too late…..to learn and speak Spanish as a native!

Are you tired of learning spanish but still struggling to speak it, or don't feel confident? Is speaking Spanish a GOAL for you or your kiddo? Nothing better than learning it from a native person.

Spanish is my first language and have been speaking it fluently my whole life and I lived in Spain for more than 30 years. Spanish is a fun and easy going language to me and I commit to teach you what you are looking for!

Let's get started!

Hello! My name is Meritxell, but you can call me Meri (easier and shorter)! I was born and raised in Barcelona (Spain), but have been living abroad for the past 7 years (Brazil, US).

During these years living abroad, apart from my job as a pharmacist, I started teaching Spanish classes
as a hobby in spare times and helped colleagues at work and kids to learn and get confident with Spanish.

I recently moved here to Scottsdale (AZ), and I want to continue helping people to gain confidence with Spanish. Is something I love doing! And seeing how people feel when they improve in a foreign language is great!

I offer:

• Private individual Spanish tutoring or Small group class – Kids/youths/Adults
• In-home or office tutoring (or public library or cafe) for Scottsdale and Phoenix.
• Online classes

First of all is important for me to know which are your goals with learning Spanish to be able to adapt the classes to your specific needs. Whether you need Spanish for business, for your kid who is at school or just for the fun of learning a new language and culture, I will adapt the learning to your needs, level and interest topics. I will create a program 100% adapted to your passions and projects. When you learn things with passion, it always seems easier! I will tailor every class to your level, beginner, intermediate or advanced and I will show you key words, expressions, how to build sentences, main differences between both languages and common mistakes.

Español para niños!! / Spanish for kids!!

Is your kid already taking lessons but feels lost and need some tutoring to improve and help him with homework? Or do you want him to start learning Spanish from scratch?
My approach when it comes to tutoring Spanish to children is Total Immersion. ). I am married and have two girls (aged 6-8yo) who are bilingual Spanish-English, and also learnt native Portuguese while being in Brazil. So our house is always switching from one language to another, although our main language is Spanish. I have experienced at home total immersion learning since they were born and is the best way to learn a new language, especially for kids who learn things so fast! It has been my experience that we need to make the learning experience fun for kids. The kid will be exposed to the new language and will be able to talk it as a native. I teach Spanish "through playing", which means the kids are engaged in different interactive hands-on and conversational games, which makes it fun for them.

“No dejes para mañana lo que puedes hacer hoy!”

Es hora de aprender español! Hands-on!

Nos vemos pronto!
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Meritxell R.

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About Genesis D.

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Jonesboro, GA
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Hello all! I'm so excited to be teaching English! My first language is Spanish and I have a passion for teaching all people English because i know it is so HARD! it took me 4 yrs to be fluent when I first came to the states and it was a hard 4 years because I missed alot of other basic skills in the time it took to learn English. I have a method I now use and I believe it is much easier than how I was taught!
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Genesis D.

Genesis D.

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About Isabela D.

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Brooklyn, MD

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I'm an enthusiastic learner even after 19 years of formal education (two Masters, one Bachelor) earned on two continents continued by US military education in various forms, and formally tested student who needed to document skills that were not formally captured on paper (like the foreign languages I know).

I love interacting with people and pass on my knowledge from five visited continents, instill love for learning and continuous curiosity for any subject out there. Nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it. Failing once doesn't mean that you'll never win (proof in my athletic years and life ever since); determination, hard work, self-motivation and a good supporting system can bring to reality even the most insignificant dreams that we believe may not come true, and especially those in which we passionately trust.

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lieve in breaking down a goal into objectives, assigning tasks to each one of them, and then sticking to achieve them.

I'm a Certified Instructor with the Department of Homeland Security. My hobbies include practicing foreign languages by speaking them, learning about cultures and slangs, etymology, watching foreign movies, traveling internationally, taking photos, reading (a lot), carefully planning with room for error and impulsive decisions (to take the boredom out of things), meeting with life long friends, drawing, painting, and spending time outdoors for inspiration.

I'm elated at the opportunity of brainstorming with you and giving you tools to be an independent learner.
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Isabela D.

Isabela D.

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About Mauro R.

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Grand Junction, CO
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I am a Spanish Native person from Gijon (Asturias). As a teacher, I like my students understand what I am teaching them. If my students do not understand what I am trying to mean, I do not have any problem to explain it 100 times. I am a serious and a patient teacher. I love to help people learn a new language.
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Mauro R.

Mauro R.

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