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About Thomas G.

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Kansas City, MO
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About Thomas
From the time I began musical training at the age of 5, I knew that music making would always be an important part of my life. It became my muse and I followed it all around the world. I have performed in Japan, England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France, Austria, and the United States. I know what makes a good musician and a good performer and I'm pleased to be able to share that with my students! MY STUDENTS WIN AUDITIONS! I taught in several of the States and in London. I am also a certified teacher in Missouri, Kansas and other States including England, Scotland and Wales. I hold a Bachelor’s degree and Doctorate from Ball State University, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Bridgeport. I have studied on fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and University of London. While teaching in London I performed at many famous venues s
uch as Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and Somerset House. I sing at Lyric Opera of Kansas City where I have appeared in over 90 productions. Upcoming: Mozart: Magic Flute, November 9-17, 2013 and Puccini: La Bohème, March 15-23, 2014   I also sing professionally at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Kansas City. Whether you are seeking coaching on technique, Broadway, Opera or the American Songbook, I would be happy to work with you to realize your full potential. I get excited about helping students become good performers! Let me help you become the best musician you can be, IN PERSON or ONLINE!

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I am a laid back teacher with a great sense of humor. You will also learn a lot of music theory and music history from me! My lessons begin with some training in reading music (Music Theory) and I suggest that you purchase Alfred's Music Theory Volume One or Two depending on your level of understanding.

After refreshing your music reading and rhythm skills, we will listen to you sing and begin to vocalize. I will develop exercises just for you, to help you develop your voice, making it stronger and more flexible.

When you have warmed up your voice with vocal exercises, we will work together on the music you wish to learn. It could be a song, an aria, a Broadway or Opera aria, or a religious piece.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large 30 foot living room with two pianos, music stands, keyboard, couches, seating area.
Mac computer, multiple cameras and great sound system.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Bel Canto (beautiful voice) style, operatic singing, Broadway style, Art Songs (Lieder in French, German and Italian.)
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Jo Ann September 20, 2017
· Singing · In home
He may be good if you want to sing opera. I just didn't connect with him and his 'Style' of teaching. I was looking for more current music and that was where a very large disconnect was.
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Jocelyn B. April 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
Right off the bat I could tell that my daughter will flourish with Dr. G. He is very encouraging while simultaneously effective at improving a weak nuance of her current skill set without making it feel like a negative critique. She is very excited to see what he can help her accomplish.
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Meta Evans July 21, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Awesome teacher! The good Dr. knows his stuff and has the credentials to prove it. If you want to improve your voice give him a try. You won't be disappointed.
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Kansas City, MO 64113
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About Erika M.

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San Diego, CA

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Minasan konnichiwa! My name is Erika. I was born and grew up in Saitama Pref., Japan. For those of you who don’t know where it is, Saitama is Tokyo’s neighbor to the north. The movie “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)” directed by Hayao Miyazaki is actually based on hills in my hometown!

I moved to San Diego, CA in 2013 after I received my first MA in Literature. I went to San Diego State University and earned my second MA in Applied Linguistics in 2015. I also earned Advanced Certificate in TESL/TEFL from SDSU, which helped me reassess my perspectives on teaching and learning. I have been teaching Japanese both in Japan and the US for almost 10 years, and currently teach at SDSU and UC San Diego Extension besides private lessons as well as business/medical translating. I always enjoy teaching and love helping my students learn new
culture!

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All levels are welcome, though many of my students are intermediate-advanced levels. I assess your proficiency level based on my experience as a teacher and a linguist. According to your learning goals, I tailor a teaching plan so it meets your needs and objectives of studying Japanese. What would you like to learn, the language itself or the culture as well? Here are the main lessons I offer to students:

- Conversational Japanese (business, academic)
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparation
- Writing support (business, academic, or personal)

Conversational Japanese lessons are aimed at improving your listening and speaking skills while working on increasing your vocabulary. We also review grammar points if necessary. This will help you pick up cultural and social cues in everyday conversation. The JLPT preparation and writing support courses are mainly for advanced students, who wish to achieve higher goals. The test is taken not only by students who want to study in Japan but also by people who want to measure their progress in Japanese. It’s very useful for you to set a learning goal, so you have direction in your studies, motivation to continue, and measurable results that you can check to review your progress.

For all lessons, I choose teaching materials that students would be interested such as Japanese News websites or short videos. If you have a textbook you’ve been working on and are going to learn with me regularly, I would make lesson plans based on it too. Basically each student receives their own lesson plans.

***PLEASE READ!!***
- 48 hours notice for cancellations and reschedule.
- If you would like to have a lesson outside of the listed hours, please let me know. I will try to accommodate your schedule.
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Kathleen Corcoran August 31, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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David July 4, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Erika is an amazing teacher who always gives 100% to the lesson. She prepares for each individual lesson, makes it interesting and fun. You can tell she has an extensive experience in teaching, enjoys helping you and wants you to improve. I like how patient she is as well.
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Perry June 8, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Erika is a great teacher, very personable and easy to talk with.
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Erika M.

Erika M.

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About Junbo Z.

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Cincinnati, OH

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Junbo Zhou, baritone, from Jinan China, has performed with Opera San Jose, Sarasota Opera, will be singing with Nickel City Opera in June. Mr. Zhou has sung or covered the roles of John Brooke in Little Women, Schlémil in Les contes d’Hoffman, Badger in Little Cunning Vixen, Basilio and Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Seviglia, Escamilo in Carmen. He was also featured as soloist in several concert and oratorio performances including Joan of Arc at the stake, Ein Deutsches Requiem , Fauré Requiem, Yellow River Cantata. Mr. Zhou’s award and grant include grant from Atlanta Opera Guild, 3rd prize at China National Opera Competition hosted by China Conservatory of Music, encouragement award at China National Italian Art Song Competition hosted by Central Conservatory of Music., 1st place at Georgia NATS competition. Mr. Zhou was a young artist a
t Sherrill Milnes Studio, VOICExperience Orlando Disney, Harrower Summer Program and an apprentice artist at Sarasota Opera. Mr. Zhou received a Master degree in Voice from University of Cincinnati College –Conservatory of Music( CCM) ( "one of the leading conservatories in our nation"-- New York Times) in 2016. Mr. Zhou has years of teaching experience, and he can teaches in English or in Chinese, based on the customers needs.
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Wendy& Derek July 12, 2017
· Classical Voice · Online
My first time taking lessons online. We introduced ourselves, He wanted to know where I was musically and what my goals were. This is a very important feature because I will get more out of the class. He also has a warm and inviting sense of humor which helped me to feel comfortable in my first online lesson. Looking forward to the rest to see how far he will take me.(I have a feeling I will be impressed.
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Jessica July 12, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
My daughter has been taking voice lessons from Junbo for 1 year now. He is very good at encouraging my daughter to develop her breathing and we've seen a huge improvement in her singing ability because of that! He is also very concerned about music selection and whether or not my daughter likes the music she is singing, but also steering her towards the kinds of songs that work best for her voice.
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Daria T. July 12, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
I highly recommend Junbo for voice lessons. His expertise, experience, & patience make his idea for teaching different ages.
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About Bridget M.

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Mansfield, TX

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Hello! My name is Bridget. I love helping others to reach their goals! How? I believe in having a friendly attitude, actively listening to what the student would like to accomplish, and developing a practical game plan to help each student fulfill his or her objective. I look forward to connecting with you soon!
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Bre May 25, 2017
· Life Coaching · In home
Bridget is one of the most positive women I know. She speaks the truth in love and never fails to encourage me when I need it. I never have to second guess sharing anything with her.
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Deana May 19, 2017
· Life Coaching · In studio
Bridget M. is a very inspirational, godley woman who has many qualities to offer anyone she comes into contact with. She has a sweet encouraging spirit and is always positive with a humble attitude. I have known her for many years and she has been with me through a loss and was a light in my life at the time and still remains to this day someone I admire deeply. I highly recommend her for any teaching/instruction/advice that she offers with her classes.
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Japonica Walker May 8, 2017
· Spanish · Online
I have watched Bridget strive to genuinely interact with Spanish speaking people to improve on her skills. I know that as she becomes more self confident, she will be one of the best instructors in the state of Texas.
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Bridget M.

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About Jisoo P.

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Kansas City, MO
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About Jisoo
Hello everyone!

I was born and grew up in Korea. I went to Duksung University and came to America about 13 years ago.
I have over 10 years of teaching children (ESL), so I love to teach children. Currently, I am an ESL teacher at a public school district.
Korean is my native language, so I know the language by heart.
I would love to help you fall in love with Korean language and master it by having fun with various activities.
I also taught adults Korean and ESL for a couple of years, so all of you are welcome in my class! :)
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Jisoo P.

Kansas City, MO 64112
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About Isoko D.

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Kansas City, MO
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I am a native Japanese speaker and translator living in the United State. I have 2 years of experience to teach Japanese language to American high school students. During my college days, I assisted the Japanese class instructor and helped college students to read, write and speak Japanese. I tutored several students too. I enjoyed it very much.

I studied linguistics and one of the linguistics classes I took was Applied Linguistics, basically how to teach foreign languages. I chose Japanese and ended up with getting self-published with a Japanese grammar book.

I want my students to enjoy learning Japanese, because it is fun to learn a foreign language. I can teach any level and any age. Let me help you to speak real Japanese. Your life will be more colorful.
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Isoko D.

Isoko D.

Kansas City, MO 64112
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About Yadiel C.

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Tampa, FL
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Hello there! My name is Yadiel and I am 23 years old. I have graduated from my Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón campus. I graduated with Cum Laude standing. Along with computer programming, teaching is one of my passions. As I come from a family full of teachers, I have grown to develop an avid interest in teaching and tutoring. I have tutored in the subjects of Spanish, Math, Science, and English. I can also help students prepare for the TOEFL exam as I took it and aced it! So I know which studying techniques we could apply in order for you to pass the exam as well! My teaching focus is to first understand the student's needs, then we work from there. I first identify the student's learning style and I'll apply the best teaching techniques tailored to the individual student. My teaching phi
losophy consists of empathy above all. This is because I know what it's like to be a student in search for a great tutor. So, what are you waiting for? Let's get started!
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Yadiel C.

Yadiel C.

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About Keshia M.

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Hey there!
I am an experienced language teacher. I not only have experience being a teacher, but I also have experiences being a language student. I spent 9 months in Oaxaca, Mexico, which allowed me to not only learn Spanish but also to discover my passion for teaching language.

When I came back to the States, I was able to start developing my own style of teaching. I am an energetic, fun, encouraging, and motivating teacher. I truly believe that everyone can learn and improve with time and the right methods.

The number of students that I teach weekly in group classes has at least doubled from the first year when I started teaching here in the states. I look forward to helping you achieve your language learning goals.
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Keshia M.

Keshia M.

Olathe, KS 66061
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