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About James L.

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Indianapolis, IN
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About James
My journey with the piano began when I was 8 years old, learning first by ear, then embarking on formal lessons with the classics, particularly enjoying Beethoven and Scott Joplin. I use my experience
in beginning lessons as a reference point for my lesson plans with my students. I dedicate my time towards learning each individual's strengths and encouraging a lesson plan that incorporates the fundamentals of applied music theory and tailored repertoire which aims to keep the art of musical growth fun and expressive.

Recently completing my Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Indianapolis in 2016, I have studied piano most recently with renowned pianist Dr. Richard Ratliff, and composition most recently with former William Bolcom protege Dr. John Berners. Former piano teachers include Eugenio Urritia-Borlando in Indianapolis and Dr. Mary Humm in Dallas, TX. Invaluable masterclasses which I have attended include from the notable pianists Beatrice Rana, Keun-A Lee, Ellen Zwilich, and David Gomper.

My performance background includes most recently maintaining a consistent commitment of free-lance work as a classical and jazz pianist, as well as commissioned composer. I have been toured successfully premiering Michael Schelle's solo piano masterwork "Straight, No Lithium", including performances at University of Indianapolis' Ruth Lilly Hall, Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, Butler University's Edison-Duckwall Recital Hall, and most notably Symphony Space in New York, where I first premiered the work in June 2012. Professional reviews by New York Times' Allan Kozin and the Indianapolis Star's Jay Harvey have lauded performances as "energetic, introspective, eccentric, brash, and assertive" and played with "astonishing vigor and panache...a delightful result." Along with maintaining an active interest in new music and local contemporary art music, my playing continues to be in demand from composers such as graduate students at Butler University. As a jazz pianist, I have played with musicians such as Nick Tucker, Kenny Phelps, Freddie Mendoza, Sean Imboden, and Sophie Faught, and remain an active force in the local jazz scene.

Through my experience and my passion for teaching, my lessons aim towards creating a sense of freedom at the instrument while learning the fundamental concepts of proper piano technique. Instead of just learning the notes, I encourage students to mix their technique with their expressive and interpretive abilities in order to develop a higher sense of playing the instrument. One of my greatest joys is watching my students develop their own unique creativity and reach their personalized goals. In this way, my students can conquer the techniques and the spirit essential to becoming a great musician!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio in my home includes a Kawai MP6, a professionally crafted keyboard for the concert pianist. I live in an apartment on the Southside of Indianapolis, right off campus from the University of Indianapolis.

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Piano Performance, technique, music composition, song-writing, music theory, jazz theory/improvisation/composition
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James L.

James L.

Indianapolis, IN 46227
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About Mingla C.

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West Lafayette, IN
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About Mingla
Being encouraging and developing positive attitude towards a particular subject are my teaching secrets.
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Martha R. March 27, 2017
Verified Student · Elementary Math · Online
Instructor Mingla is awesome. She has been working with my 9 years old daughter for quite some time now. Ever since my daughter started her online math tutoring sessions with Mingla she is doing excellent in math. She was a B+ average student in math and now she is an A average. Mingla has a lot of patience to deal with kids and she makes sure they understand what she is teaching them. I can openly express this because I see how she is with my daughter. After each of her math sessions, my daughter always let me know how much she learned and how she is so happy she is able to understand math problems easier the way Mingla explains them. I truly recommend instructor Mingla for your children's needs in Math. She is a very dedicated individual who works very well with kids! Highly recommend her!
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Martha R. January 26, 2017
Verified Student · Math · Online
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Michael April 12, 2016
Verified Student · Thai · Online
Very helpful and friendly. Easy to understand the language with her methods.
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Mingla C.

Mingla C.

West Lafayette, IN 47907
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About Kelly M.

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Zionsville, IN

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Hello, there! I'm a K-12 licensed bilingual ESL teacher with 8 years of experience teaching children, teenagers, and adults throughout the U.S., Latin America and Asia. I'm bilingual in Spanish and En
glish and hold an M.Ed. in Bilingual Bicultural Education. I specialize in creating individualized curriculums, language and literacy development, academic intervention, test preparation and essay writing. My teaching philosophy centers around the ideals of mutual respect, partnership, active engagement, creativity, and the promotion of personal growth. I am an enthusiastic, engaging, dedicated educator who looks forward to meeting you halfway in your journey of reaching your goals!
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Alexis T. March 18, 2017
Verified Student · Spanish · In studio
She was amazing, I understood what was going on and I'm ready to show my teacher what I'm actually capable of when taught the right way!
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Mark March 16, 2017
Verified Student · Writing · Online
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Oktaviani W. March 15, 2017
Verified Student · ESL · Online
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Kelly M.

Kelly M.

Zionsville, IN 46077
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Indianapolis, IN

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About Kenji Luis
I grew up speaking English, Portuguese & Japanese in a multilingual family and from a young age developed a strong affinity & penchant for languages. I attended an English-Portuguese Bilingual school
through 6th grade and studied Japanese 4 years in high school, along with weekend Japanese school classes. In college I went on to major in International Relations & Diplomacy with a concentration in French studies, also honing my Spanish that I had picked up along the way (with Romance Languages, I have a very easy time of language absorption). I've gone on to work for international companies wherein my language skills have been highly sought after, translating & communicating often in all my language strengths.
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David March 21, 2017
Verified Student · Portuguese · Online
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valentina March 9, 2017
Verified Student · French · Online
The audio didn't work for me, the image was slow, sometimes while he talked it would freeze and he had to repeat or i just couldn't listened what he said. It was completely unproductive.
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Anne W. March 1, 2017
Verified Student · Spanish · Online
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Indianapolis, IN 46203
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