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About Crystal S.

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About Crystal
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.

*** 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 Livia M.

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Oconomowoc, WI

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About Livia
Oi, tudo bem? My name is Livia and I am a native Brazilian Portuguese teacher and translator. I have been teaching Portuguese for people of all levels and basic English for beginners since 2011.

I have a degree in Languages focused on Portuguese and English. In addition, I am a certified translator and I provide Translation and Interpretation services as well.

My objective is to improve comprehension, conversation, pronunciation, reading, and writing skills. Lessons are customized based on what you'd like to improve and you don't need to purchase any book. All the material is digital and and provided for free. You can download and print it for your personal use if you want to.

Learning a new language and culture is very fun and you will love it! I am responsible, patient and kind. Até breve! :-)
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Stephanie T. October 27, 2016
· Portuguese · Online
She is lots of fun! Very personable and friendly.
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Justin H. October 4, 2016
· Portuguese · Online
I was a little late to start, but Lívia was ready to go and helped me to gain a better understanding of my knowledge in Portuguese language. I am very excited for our future lessons.
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Trish August 23, 2016
· Portuguese · Online
Livia started right on time, was very pleasant and super sweet. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Livia M.

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About Niki H.

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Chicago, IL

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About Niki
Your learning experience is about you. It is about personalized lesson plans, your learning style and aspirations. I look forward to working with you.

A little bit about me: I have sung and played the piano with many different professional bands (from rock and pop, to blues and ethnic). In addition, being a classical piano teacher for over a decade in preparatory schools (from pre-school to high-school), running my private piano/theory studio and currently teaching music majors in college (Northwestern University, New England Conservatory previously), I can confidently say that I have dealt with a large span of ages (3 – 45), personalities, cultural backgrounds and levels of students, especially aged 10 – 18.

My teaching style is enthusiastic, humorous and theatrical, always focused on each student’s interests and approachi
ng learning in an interdisciplinary way, incorporating singing, composing, movement and anything the student relates to. I believe in interactive learning and in giving the students the power to create their own curriculum. I will give you a solid technical jumpstart, you will learn to read and write music and we will have cross-genre playlists because we love all music.

As for my education and current professional life, I'm a classical composer, with a bachelor's degree in classical piano and theory, currently pursuing my doctoral degree in composition at Northwestern University. I previously obtained my master's degree in composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston. I also hold a bachelor's degree in pedagogy, musicology.
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Shila June 15, 2017
· Greek · Online
First Greek Lesson was great with Niki! Extremely patient with you which is really key if you are a beginner. Awesome person too!
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Angela W. May 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My teenage daughter was a student of Niki's until we moved. She builds rapport with the student, and her devotion to music and the pursuit of her own education as a gifted musician made her enthusiasm infectious. She is the product of serious and intense training from a young age, but I believe her personality and approach would allow for a solid connection with students of various abilities.
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Eugi April 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Niki helped me re-learn everything I knew about playing the piano, she taught me to improvise and thanks to her amazing way of making everything in music seem simpler, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes, I gained confidence in playing in front of an audience and I learned to sing while playing!

I definitely recommend her!
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About Elsa S.

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Hackensack, NJ
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Hi, there! My name Elsa and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learning French and English. I went to Université of Avignon in France and earned a Master's degree in Teaching French as a Foreign or Second Language in 2016. I'm a dynamic and enthusiastic person and my teaching style is personalized to my students needs. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Genevieve January 7, 2018
· French · Online
So good!
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Charlotte December 14, 2017
· French · Online
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About Yaelle B.

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College Station, TX
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About Yaelle
Bonjour !

I was born and raised in a small town in West of France where the speciality is... a handkerchief!

I have since lived in Belgium, Norway, Israel, Romania and now Texas following my husband who is a scientist. In every country, I taught French to several students and developped great tutoring skills from it.

Beside teaching and science, my passion in life is cooking! I will be more than happy to share French recipes with you so you can feel and taste some of the French culture.
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Maria H. November 20, 2017
· French · Online
I love working with Yaelle! She makes class fun and really pushes you to have confidence in speaking the language. You get full immersion with her, so you truly feel ready to join the French culture. I've learned to better read French, as well as understand the language. I highly recommend class with Yaelle.
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Janaina September 26, 2017
· French · In home
She is a excellent teacher, friendly and very professional. I feel very comfortable during the lessons, because she makes learning easier. Her methodology is simple and clear. I'm very happy!
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Angela September 25, 2017
· French · In studio
Yaelle makes me feel really comfortable whenever we meet. At first, I was kind of embarrassed to try and speak in another language, but she was able to get me to do it. When she corrected me, she was really nice about it. I think I've made a lot of progress with her; she's a really good teacher!
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About Beatriz C.

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I am an experienced IT professional and chef, during my career I have had the opportunity helping people to achieve their goals. I speak English, Spanish, and French.
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Beatriz C.

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Naperville, IL 60564
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About Momoko K.

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Reston, VA

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Want to learn Japanese?! I am a native Japanese professional who has been enthusiastic about language for the past 10 years. I would LOVE to help improve your Japanese! Depends on your goals/needs, I will design the study curriculum just for you from the very beginner to the advanced leveled students.
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Momoko K.

Momoko K.

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About Léo J.

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Raleigh, NC
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About Léo
I am 20 years old and I always loved teaching things. One of my first students was my syster and my neighbours when I was in highschool. As I loved teaching, I gave a lot of lecture in France and I want to continue here. I want my students feel that they improve themselves and pass on my passion for the subject I teach. I also love music (I play piano since I am 7) and sport (especially soccer).
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Léo J.

Léo J.

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