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About Kevin F.

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Memphis, TN

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About Kevin
I have had a fairly diverse musical background, including playing with bands and orchestras, as well as participating in choral groups and opera. I have a master's degree in music performance for wind conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance.

I have taught private lessons for several years now and I love every moment with my students! I have a real passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with others, both failures and successes. I believe everyone has creative potential, and I believe music is a real universal art form that anyone can tap into if they want. Above all, making and creating music should also be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep my lessons professional but comfortable too. I don't yell at students for messing up or anything like that. I usually have an agenda b
ut am willing to adjust and compromise if the situation dictates. If you don't have a curriculum in mind, I like Alfred's piano courses, but will do my best to find one that fits you as a student best. My initial goals are to make sure the basics of reading music and performing are set so that no matter what musical avenue you want to pursue, you will be successful. I do specialize in classical music but enjoy creating and playing in other genres as well.

I now also offer lessons online, as well as tutoring in most math areas!

***CANCELLATION POLICY***
I kindly ask for 24 hour notice whenever possible if a lesson is going to be missed. Generally speaking, if I don't hear from a student and their lesson time passes I will mark the lesson as missed, but I am also usually more than willing to make up the lesson at a later time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano keyboard at my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have their own instruments as needed, as well as music paper, pencils, etc. I may be able to provide some of those materials on occasion as well as some books/recordings, but will by and large expect students to purchase those for themselves.

*** Specialties ***
I am much more familiar with classical styles and Broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.

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Emily B. May 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
He is a good instructor. Easy to talk to.
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Debora May 4, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Preston Mullins April 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our son has been going to Kevin for over a year now. He is nice and great with our son. He has learned a lot during with time with Kevin and continues to grow as a student of music.
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About Kelvin L.

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Bolingbrook, IL

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About Kelvin
I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I str
ongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...
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Bill S. October 17, 2017
· Chinese · In home
Great start. No doubt a professional instructor. Looking forward to learn.
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Kevin B. October 10, 2017
· Drawing · Online
Excellent teacher!
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Kevin B. October 9, 2017
· Drawing · Online
Very clear and patient.
A teacher!
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Kelvin L.

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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
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Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
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gary July 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

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About Josh M.

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Rockville, MD

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About Josh
Hi!

I have been working with students for several years in formal and informal settings. I have a degree in psychology, with a minor in statistics. I recently began coaching chess at several local DC area schools, and tutoring private students. I love to help people learn a new subject, and I am especially passionate about engendering the joy of learning in young people.

Thanks!
Josh
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Sophie September 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
Very patient, directs well, reinforces concepts.
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Maryann July 27, 2017
· Chess · Online
EXCELLENT teacher. My son LOVED his online lesson which Josh made seamless. Looking forward to having my son take more lessons with Josh. He makes in fun to learn the game.
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Ishika July 11, 2017
· Chess · Online
Josh was on time.My child was very comfortable with him. Had some good learning today. Great teacher!!!
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Josh M.

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About Hiro H.

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Schaumburg, IL
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Official US Chess Expert (2000 rating)
Active US Chess player.
USCF Tournament Director
Led my High School chess team to a 3rd place finish at our conference
2 time state medalist at first board, while finishing top 15 all 4 years of my High School at state.
2 time 1st place finisher at the Glenbard South Raider's tournament, the second largest High School tournament in IL
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sharath K. October 1, 2017
· Chess · Online
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Owen C. September 20, 2017
· Chess · Online
Fantastic instructor, very patient with kids and explains very well. Highly recommend.
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Schaumburg, IL 60193
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About Timpla S.

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Clayton, NC

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About Timpla
Hello! You want to learn to sew? I'm Timpla and I can help you!

FEEDBACK FROM MY PREVIOUS STUDENTS:

"It was great! I learned so much about my sewing machine."

"Had a great time Timpla! I was able to hem my daughter's skirt and repair a shirt sleeve. Looking forward to next time."

"I definitely benefited from the class! Thanks so much!!!"

I LOVE helping my students conquer their "fear" of the sewing machine, which unleashes excitement about their potential to sew unique items for themselves and others.

I've been sewing since I was a young girl, learning from my grandmother.

My experience includes sewing women's and girl's apparel, home decor, and quilts. I decided to start teaching private and group lessons after receiving many requests from friends and acquaintances.

I look forward to helping you develop the
skills you need to tackle any sewing project.

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Bonnie June 19, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Timpla Stewart is absolutely wonderful!
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Dallas T. April 5, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Timpla is smart and funny and really patient. Her focus on doing to learn and repeating the basics was SUPER helpful for me and after one lesson, I feel like I have a much better grasp on my machine and on how to achieve my sewing goals. It was fun and I can't wait for our next lesson!
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Maima K. April 2, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Very rewarding Timpla was very pleasant ,i like her teaching style
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About Dave M.

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Sayville, NY
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I consider myself a unique choice because I'm a former New York City school teacher. A natural problem solver with a meticulous eye for detail, I have been honing my craft for many years. Bad habits will be sought out, and destroyed! Certified by the Billiards Congress of America, I am an advanced pool/billiards instructor. (That just means I can create new instructors, and get them certified with the BCA.)

I am also a baseball coach, and single father of a wonderful 12 year old boy. Last but never least, I am legal guardian of my brother Michael, a special needs autistic adult.
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Dave M.

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About Ginevra H.

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Belmont, MA
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About Ginevra
Hello!
I'm a person with many interests and a few diverse skills.
I am kind of new to the Boston area and also haven't been teaching for very long, but I do find it rewarding and hope to have the chance to continue teaching for a while.
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Ginevra H.

Ginevra H.

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About Bernadette A.

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Twentynine Palms, CA

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About Bernadette
I have been knitting for twelve years and I have ten years of teaching experience. I have taught all of my children and the neighborhood children to knit and enjoy uplifting the spirits of others with this beautiful art.

I am located in California and am available on webcam only unless by appointment in person. My primary focus when tutoring is to ensure that the experience is a happy one and the student learns the requested skill and is more confident about knitting that before we engaged. Yarn is very forgiving. Knitting takes patience and time but is very relaxing. I enjoy every moment of it.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME

I enjoy knitting everything and with every type of yarn. I do not discriminate. The only type of yarn I do not like is the yarn that runs out in the middle of a project. I enjoy knitting for charity and for those in ne
ed. I donate to hospitals and I knit for people that are battling cancer. I encourage others that I teach to knit with the same amount of love and compassion. This is a great passion of mine and I want to share my passion with the world. This is a lost art and I want to continue this wonderful art to every generation. I am also on instagram at #detsysknitting.

LESSON DETAILS

Please inform me what you would like to learn, what your want to make before the lesson to avoid wasting time. I would also like to ensure that I am prepared with materials, equipment, books, etc. to ensure full learning occurs. The student is expected to bring their equipment.
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Angela September 12, 2017
· Knitting · In home
Bernadet teaches knitting so smoothly and gracefully. Shes not easily aggravated when you don't get it and is so reassuring and kind. I had never knitted before and now have 3 projects going. She's a great teacher I highly recommend her.
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Diana September 11, 2017
· Knitting · In studio
I learned to knit when I made a scarf. I have been knitting for 2 years. Bernadette taught me how to knit when I was only 8 years old. Bernadette is the best knitting teacher because she knows a lot about knitting and she won't go faster than you are ready to go. She moves at the right speed. She knew when I needed help and she taught me how to pearl too. I liked learning how to read a pattern and how to use different yarns.
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Skyler September 11, 2017
· Knitting · In studio
I am 12 years old. Bernadette taught me how to knit when I was 9 years old. She it explains it very well and if you get stressed she will help you out. When I make a mistake with what ever I make she will fix it and tell what I did wrong. I won first place for a art contest with my knitting. I made a wash cloth. I love knitting so much.
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