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About Crystal S.

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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.

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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.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
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!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s 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 “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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About Matthew H.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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I am a world traveler with over 13 years of tutoring experience. I also have weight trained for about 15 years. Currently working on my PhD in sociolinguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, I received my MA in Spanish from NYU and can help you with many different areas. My experience as an editor for a publishing company, combined with other professional experience in a variety of positions, allow me to offer students a unique perspective on diverse subjects.

Check out some blog posts I have written for the TakeLessons website!

Writing
http://takelessons.com/blog/creative-writing-tips
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-write-lyrics
http://takelessons.com/blog/unique-writing-topics
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-how-to-write-with-childrens-books
http://takelessons.com/blog/college-writing-skills

Study Skills
http:
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http://takelessons.com/blog/literature-study-guides
http://takelessons.com/blog/kinesthetic-learning-strategies

Acting
http://takelessons.com/blog/first-lesson-acting-exercises
http://takelessons.com/blog/becoming-an-actor-no-experience

Foreign Language
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-a-new-language
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-language-learning-software

Miscellaneous
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-request-a-letter-of-recommendation
http://takelessons.com/blog/tutors-for-special-needs-students

Let's learn and grow together!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me are structured, yet flexible, centering around your specific strengths and weaknesses. Since everything is catered around your individual needs, no two students share the same exact experience. I learn what works best for you based on your study habits, interests, and personality and implement any necessary assignments to help you achieve the best possible results. I adopt a very hands-on approach and provide you with additional information and avenues (both creative and technological) to continue learning beyond our sessions in a fun way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
MacBook Pro with necessary Office Suite, PRAAT software, Skype and additional recording material; keyboard and amps; free weights and resistance bands.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Same as above: MacBook Pro with software; recording equipment as necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Languages- English, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Turkish, Aramaic.

Knowledge of historical and cultural elements of different groups of people.

Detail-oriented; strong analytical skills.

18 years experience as a vocalist, 9 Bel Canto technique (Full Lyric Tenor)

15 years of physical fitness training (strength, HIIT, cardio, etc.)
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Cathy B. July 26, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Currently taking lessons with Matthew after extensive search due to my intricate schedule and English level. Matthew's background, experience, presentation, and - during this time period - flexibility, make him an outstanding instructor. Highly recommended!
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Farrah May 31, 2018
· Linguistics · In home
Matthew is a wonderful teacher due to his ability to relate the material to your own experiences and understandings. He's very skilled at recognizing students' areas of difficulty and addressing them with ease. He's also passionate about what he does and his students walk away with this same passion for learning! Highly recommended!
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Reaji A. October 10, 2015
· Writing · In studio
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About Monica U.

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Columbia, MD

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I have a Master's Degree in Education and 5 years of teaching experience. I have been a private tutor now for the past 8 years for children ages 4 years old and up. I tutor elementary, middle, high school and adults. I can also tutor PDF Bookmakring or PDF Bookmark documents for you,
I am familiar with common core and school standards. I would be more than happy to speak with you or your child's teacher regarding their needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
While I have extremely high expectations for all my students, I adjust my approach for each student in order to best serve him or her; for many of my students, for example, I design specific programs centered around goals, strengths, and areas for improvement. I am very familiar with different learning styles. I am very flexible in scheduling and meeting my student’s needs. So far for t
he last several years, I have been very successful in one-on-one tutoring and have managed to pull many students from grades of D's & F's to A's and B's.

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Workbooks, flashcards, journals, lessons, projects, etc

*** Specialties ***
Reading, Spelling, Phonics, Math, English,
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Taylor August 27, 2017
· Mixology · Online
Excellent!
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· Mixology · Online
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Olivia T. April 25, 2016
· Reading · Online
My name is Olivia Monica is helping me with me reading she is a great teacher to work with and she is make me feel more confidint in my reading.
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About Amelia H.

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DeKalb, IL

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Find your voice, nail that audition and learn techniques that will help you become the best performer you can be! Gain all of these skills in a relaxed, judgement-free zone. Let’s sing!

I studied Vocal Performance and Choral Music at Northern Illinois University ('18), I am active in the DeKalb community as a primary cantor for the Newman Catholic Student Center. I am also a freelance performing artist, writing songs on the piano, playing various venues across the Chicagoland area.
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James E. January 19, 2018
· Voice Acting · In studio
Throughout each lesson, I learned something new about myself. She was very patient, informative, and always had good things to say about you and your acting/voice skills. She helped awaken my creative theatre mind again and I’m thankful for that. I highly recommend taking her if you want a good experience in learning or enhancing your acting/voice skills!
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Jennifer R. November 21, 2017
· Audition Prep · In studio
My daughter, Jadelynn took lessons with Amelia to help her get ready for an audition with AMDA. Amelia was professional and extremely helpful. Jadelynn was very confidant after the prep classes and felt that her audition went very well. So it did, we just got the call that she was accepted and awarded two scholarships.
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Medford, MA
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Sterling Heights, MI

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Welcome to my Take Lessons page. I invite you to look around. Feel free to ask any questions.
I am a speaker, author, acting coach.
I look forward to teaching you to become the best speaker and /or actor that you can.
David Wayne Thompson
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David T.

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Hello, my name is Maddie. I'm a student at Hamline University in Minnesota, and I'm getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with an English minor. English, and writing in particular, is my passion, so I do some freelance writing in my spare time. I've also written poetry and other fiction pieces under different pseudonyms across various websites.

Not only am I passionate about writing, but I also love working on my second language, German. I've been speaking and learning German for 7 years, and have always enjoyed the challenge it provides. It really is a beautiful language that deserves to be learned and appreciated. Learning German is especially helpful for those who hope to go into engineering.

I've peer tutored since middle school, through high school, all the way up to my time in college, and I look forward to tutoring
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Madeleine W.

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Devolp a passion for learning!
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Shatha A.

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