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About Thomas G.

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Thomas began playing the piano when he was three, had a private teacher at age seven, and studied in high school at Jordan College of Music, Butler University. When he began his music studies at Ball State University, he learned that he could also sing! He earned his Master’s degree at University of Bridgeport, and returned to Ball State for a Doctor of Arts in Voice. His postgraduate education continued winning a fellowship at Aspen Music Festival (Fiora Contino, Margaret Hillis and Charlene Archibeque), Clare College Cambridge (where his teachers included John Rutter, Sir David Willcocks and Stephen Cleobury), The Britten-Pears School (Hugues Cuenod) and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to Mozart’s Worlds in Vienna.

Thomas shared that studying at Clare College Cambridge, deciding to remain in London, and
teaching at the Hall Mead School gave him an opportunity to broaden his horizons. He developed a close relationship with British composer Dal Strutt, who composed several pieces for his voice and sang premieres of Strutt’s work at the Greenwich Festival, the British Music Information Center, All Saints Society, Essex, and other venues around London. The guitarist Martin Vishnick invited him to sing songs by the Renaissance English composers John Dowland and Thomas Campion on his recitals. Thomas performed as soloist with the Capella Singers, Ramsey Singers, and the Pink Singers, as their soloist in West Berlin for Hans Eisler’s “Die Mutter.”

Thomas sang the first performances of John Rutter’s “Shadows” for voice and guitar, with guitarist Ramona Hartmetz in Kansas City as well as Rutter’s “Mass for the Children” with the Philharmonia of Kansas City. He served as baritone soloist for Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, KC, and on tour in Salzburg, Paris, Florence, Westminster Abbey and the cathedrals of Christchurch, St. Mary’s, Southwell, Ely, St. Patrick’s, St. Davids, Birmingham, Wells, Bristol, Worcester, Exeter and Norwich.

After singing opera throughout his college years, his first ‘professional’ opera was “Die Fledermaus” at New Haven Opera. Lyric Opera Kansas City hired Thomas in 1981 for the chorus of “Fidelio” and the rest is history! One hundred plus shows, and counting!

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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.

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

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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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About Katy M.

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Lawrence, KS
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I am a licensed Social worker with tutoring experience in and out of college. I have the most experience in tutoring Algebra and other math. I have a student now that I am helping with AP English who has dyslexia. I enjoy watching her grammar skills increase and her overall understanding of the concepts develop. I am great with any age individual and have the patience it takes to work with any kind of student (special needs included).

I believe that people learn the best when they understand the meaning and logic behind what they are learning. When a student can see a pattern develop they develop an understanding that can be universally applied to many different areas of study and life circumstances. Learning is different then memorizing. It is especially important to understand the concepts behind the subject matter when pla
nning continue in a similar learning subject.

I like to prepare for tutoring sessions by reviewing the subject matter in direct correlation to what you are struggling with. This ensures that when we meet we are ready to effectively and efficiently improve your knowledge and clarify any confusion.
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Kim November 3, 2017
· ACT · In studio
I learned so much from the way that Katy showed me how do prep the right way for the ACT. The little tips stuck in my head and I increased my ACT score by 5 points!!
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Katy M.

Katy M.

Lawrence, KS 66044
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About Nan W.

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Norman, OK
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I started to learn the violin since I was 3 years old. My mom chose this beautiful instrument for me, she thought it's convenient to carry. I came to America after I finished my music education degree in China, then I studied two years in the US for my Master's degree in violin performance. After I got my Master's degree, I found out there are still a lot more space I want to improve, so I came to California to continue my violin study and I got my Artist Diploma in violin performance. I played hundreds of concerts, including chamber and symphony concerts. I have given 5 violin solo concerts in the past years. I have been playing with the professional symphony orchestras. For the violin, no matter which area you want to improve, I can give you the most useful and effective suggestions to help you improve fast.
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Abigail W. January 28, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · In studio
Nan is great! My daughter is so excited to go and learn, and everything is tailored to her level!
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Aleena M. August 25, 2017
· Violin · In home
Nan related very well to her 4 year old student (who is shy with strangers). She is excited about her teacher and learning to play the violin.
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Nan W.

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About Jessie Z.

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Overland Park, KS
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I am a native Chinese. I did public speech at least once a year for couple years during school. I have taught some Americans about basic Chinese grammar, and i understand the process of learning a second language. I deeply understand the difference between learning Chinese and English, I can make any plans based on your needs, basic communication, reading, grammar, or whatever you need.

I would help you find the best learning way yourself more than just giving you the basic advice. I would help you how to use your mouth to pronouns words correctly more than just letting you imitate. Besides, if you want to know some business skills like PPT, EXCEL and so on, i also could offer the help.
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Henry A. December 3, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · In home
Jessie is a very patient. She has done a great job with our 2 young children. She is very creative and comes up with good learning ideas.
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Erin December 4, 2017
· Mandarin Chinese · In home
Jessie is such a joy to work with. She is patient with those she instructs. She helps students enjoy the process of learning not only the language but also the culture in which it resides.
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Jack November 7, 2017
· Mandarin Chinese · In home
She is a very patient and responsible Chinese teacher
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Jessie Z.

Jessie Z.

Overland Park, KS 66210
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About Adriana C.

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Harlingen, TX

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Hi! I speak Spanish fluently and love to teach. Spanish is my first language which is why I'm confident I can help you speak it too! I've been teaching kids, teenagers and adults for over a decade now. I enjoy teaching others new things and have plenty of patience to see my students accomplish their goals. I can adapt to each student according to their needs. In class, I like to keep things simple but I also enjoy getting a little creative with my teaching. Whether it is that you'd like to learn Spanish to order tacos at a taco stand, to speak to a loved one, for travel or a job. I can teach you all you need to know. See you in my next class!
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Adriana C.

Adriana C.

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About Jessica B.

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Lawrence, KS
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I born in Peru. I have a bachelor degree in early childhood education. I used to work as elementary teacher in my country, and when I come to USA I opened a successful daycare. Now I am working as teacher in a pre-kinder classroom and I am a Spanish tutor. I have students of different ages and different levels of Spanish. I love to be ready for my classes and I love to see how my students learn more Spanish every week. I have bilingual daughters as well.
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Jessica B.

Jessica B.

Lawrence, KS 66044
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About Carmen C.

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Dover, DE
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I am from Spain. I love teaching that is my job.
I have been living in USA for two years and I love this country.
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Carmen C.

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About Julia H.

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Hi there and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yuliya, I'm a native Russian speaker, I lived in Chicago for a few years and just moved to NYC. Originally, I come from Saint-Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia, where I earned my Master’s degree in Linguistics and Translation of English and Italian. After moving to the US, I started teaching Russian to adults and kids of different ages and loved it so much, I decided to pursue this path.

I always come up with innovative ways to help you learn. I motivate you by tailoring interactive methods to your learning style. I provide my own language learning materials as well as links to secondary materials like music, films, etc. I customize each lesson to your ability and interests.

Yes, Russian language is not one of the easiest languages to learn, but it sure is possible to speak it,
and the process is so exciting, you will not even remember to be intimidated by its difficulty!

Anyone can speak Russian and I'm more than happy to prove it to you!
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Chelsea November 6, 2018
· Russian · Online
I’ve been studying Russian for more than 2 years with Julia. At first I didn’t know a word in Russian, absolute beginner. And now I’m enjoying watching Russian movies and series, reading novels and articles in Russian (still struggling with Russian classics though). This is all possible thanks to the most patient, kind and entertaing teacher Julia :) Спасибо!
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James November 1, 2018
· Russian · In studio
Julia and I had weekly lessons to help me improve my Russian. She was punctual and organized and provided me with materials for study outside of the lessons. I would recommend Julia for beginner, intermediate and advanced Russian language lessons.
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Julia H.

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About Greg S.

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Pilot Point, TX

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Learning a language by memorizing long lists of words and phrases is BORING for both of us! I work with YOU to come up with the right way to learn a language to meet your goals and your skill level. I incorporate games, songs, current events, and unusual texts to help you remember what you read and hear.

You have the innate ability to learn a language. It's not as hard as everyone makes it out to be. Even babies do it! All kidding aside, the ability for an adult to learn a foreign language is actually BETTER Than a baby's. Think about it. Babies takes YEARS to be able to put together full sentences. In your first lesson with me, you'll learn at least one sentence perfectly - AND NEVER FORGET IT!

I teach a combination method that uses neurolinguistic programming, proven recall techniques and exercises (they're really games and songs a
nd puzzles and fun stuff) that are updated with everything we know about learning a language (And some stuff that I've figured out for myself after 30 years of language learning!)

You'll love learning with me as much as I'll love learning with you!
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Greg S.

Greg S.

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