Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.
Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.
Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.
*** Lesson Details *** Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:
Technique Music theory Performance style
After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.
*** Studio Equipment *** Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
September 29, 2013
Amazing singng instructor
Crystal has increased my daughterâs self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those âteenâ years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
September 29, 2013
Great piano instructor
Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughterâs love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystalâs professional and caring teaching style.
Hello, I am Shanshan, a passionate language teacher! I've been teaching since 2010. With expertise in linguistics and language teaching, I have taught Chinese and ESL to different groups from elementary school students to adults aged from 18-70. I am a native Chinese speaker and proficient in English. Teaching has been the most rewarding thing to do in my life! Can't wait to help you to improve your Chinese!
I am a College educated native Spanish and English speaker who has been teaching and tutoring Spanish for about 7 years. My goal is to make learning Spanish enjoyable, and I want to help the students feel confident expressing their thoughts and ideas in this foreign language.
My approach is student centered, incorporating grammar, verbal comprehension and vocabulary acquisition . I try to lay down a strong foundation that will help the student succeed on every level and eventually attain fluency. I'm often approached by people who tell me that they took Spanish in H.S. or College and are frustrated because they can't understand a native speaker or communicate with them. Most likely they learned the theory of the language but had little opportunity to put it into practice. That is why conversation is such a key component of my teach
ing. No one can learn any language without developing verbal and listening comprehension skills. With me the student can choose their favorite topic and perfect their conversation skills in an environment where it's ok to make mistakes.
I understand the difficulties of learning a foreign language, and I'm very patient with my students. I carefully guide them from point A to point B, step by step. With this approach, I help them to discover how learning Spanish can be truly rewarding ! I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals.
Good teacher. She is helping me to improve my pronunciation.
September 21, 2019
I am 48 years old who like the Spanish language and have been trying for a few years to learn it on my own. I have tried Duolingo, bought books, and watched Youtube Videos but I was still struggling to put a sentence together. I am taking lessons with Irene and I can see big progress. Irene tailors the sessions to my needs and toward my goal. She prepares the session, is on time and takes her time to make sure I am understanding the concepts. I really enjoy the class and look forward to it. Whatever is your goal, I recommend Irene.
Hello! I'm an IT/Staffing professional that works remotely for the US and LatinX markets, including Mexico, Argentina, and Spain. I have taught Spanish and English as well as Singing and Violin/Viola since 2012. I love music, language and tons of movies and books! I like to use movies for music, lyrics, and keywords and phrases to help me teach. I believe associate helps things stick and my students enjoy my memes, movie references and songs to help them along. Believe it or not, that's mostly adults! I have a wonderful 6-year-old daughter that is my guineapig for the younger generations and she happily makes songs and "quests" for me to use as well.
I am a part time habilitation specialist I help people that have disabilities with their daily goals. I tutor some individuals in speech, writing vocabulary ect. ever since i was little I have always wanted to help people in any way possible and this is one of the ways i help people on the regular basis.
practice makes perfect, we all won't get it at first. Learning something new isn't always easy but with a little help and motivation anything is possible even when you think it's impossible. Everyone make mistakes and i'm here to help you work through them.
I am a professional ESL teacher and writer. I graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelors of Arts, specifically English (Creative Writing and Literature). While there I also studied education and Spanish. Students can be expected to improve from week to week in their conversational skills, as well as reading, writing and listening if requested. I also have an accredited TEFL course and I am well versed in English grammar. It is my goal to help any student become confident in speaking English. I have taught students of various ages and experience levels from A1-C2. I am adept at creating lesson plans and curriculum development. Specifically, I created a young learners (3-5 years) curriculum tailored to include Montessori based learning and English immersion. My personal passion is creative writing. While I am a teacher by p
rofession, I also spend my free time writing, specifically children’s short stories and personal essays, as well as travel centered articles.
I love to learn new things and I hope I can pass this enthusiasm to my students. Learning is also a team work experience. Together we can do this!!!!! If you are a parent, I have my personal background check. I can share it if you need it.
"Very informative and Andry makes it fun. Plus she is very patient."
"We have really enjoyed working with Professora Irene!!! She really knows Spanish as she speaks it fluently. I appreciate her being able to teach my chil
dren real Spanish, so they learn correct pronunciations and how to correctly converse in Spanish."
"Ying is an excellent tutor. My 15 year old daughter who has been studying Mandarin since 4 years old needed help with formal essay writing and Ying went a
bove and beyond to help guide her. Ying reviewed her essay before class and highlighted all the sentences that they would discuss during class. Ying gave advice on sentence structure, different ways to phrase something, punctuation and a whole lot more. She was very patient and clear with her explanations. Our daughter thought she was amazing. Also, she was very responsive and clear in her communication before the first class. I highly recommend Ying."
"3rd lesson today. Really really good"
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"I just took my first class with Suyeon. It was great class. She explains everything very well. She is patient and takes the time to go back and review. I'
m very happy to have chosen her :)"
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"Joy is an awesome teacher, definitely you must review your lessons to keep learning, but I am always having fun with her :-)"
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