Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both
as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. Amongst the many other leads that she has played, her participation in roles like “Susanna” in The Marriage of Figaro, or “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni embody much vibrancy and integrity. Through the development of her voice as a singer and actress, she has crossed over into other media such as voice over commercial work and vocals for pop/main stream music productions. She has recently participated as a vocalist and violinist in the albums of artists such as international jazz pop artist David Longoria, Latin pop singer Erick Bolivar, Grammy-nominated percussionist Souhail Kaspar, and American Idol’s Seysha. Over the last few years she has unraveled her musical skills as a songwriter/composer/arranger and has even had some small victories acquiring music placements on TV shows (NCIS, short film “Sumtin’ Like Dat”, The Dictator) for herself and some of her colleagues. Her inner brilliance is lighting a unique path before her, and she is bravely embracing each step forward in a promising creative career.
Education Michelle completed her Associates of Arts for Music/Music Education at the age of 18, and got later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Arts for Musical Theater and Music Business, as well as from Florida International University with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance.
*** Lesson Details *** I tailor my lessons to my student's needs, style, abilities, and goals. Learning is truly a fun and passionate adventure for me, and my enthusiasm has consistently been a contagious quality :) I love to challenge myself & my students to discover how immense their true potential is, and I create a safe and fun environment to explore such facets.
My curriculum is combination of solid tradition (Suzuki method for piano & violin, and Bel Canto technique for singing) interwoven with pop-culture, and modern influences. Within the first 3-6 months, my students will know the basic building blocks of music - which includes scales, arpeggios, triads, intervals, technique, and performance repertoire; and for my singers this will include proper breath technique, tone placement, support, very often increased vocal range (both high and low), and will feel significantly stronger vocally and more confident getting up to sing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Full size Keyboard, mics, pro tools, Violin (electric, acoustic, and Chinese Ehru)
Sarah G. February 5, 2015
Online Verified Student
Spanish has always been difficult for me, but Michelle has helped me so much! She's the first Spanish teacher I actually look forward to seeing each time we have a lesson because she makes the lessons so much fun! She's very funny and easy to work with. Whenever I need to make a change to a lesson she always does everything she can to make it work. I've finally been able to raise my grade in Spanish after working with her!
Dasheonna A. January 2, 2015
Online Verified Student
Michelle is an amazing acting coach!! She is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. She is warm, welcoming, and patient. Working with Michelle has greatly improved my self confidence as an actor. She chooses course material from all different genres, allowing me to feel well rounded and ready to analyze and act out anything put in front of me. I am extremely grateful to have chosen Michelle as my acting coach and excited to see what the future holds for me under her tutelage!!!
Jessica D. November 16, 2014
In studio Verified Student
At the risk of giving away my best kept secret, Michelle is THE BEST!!!
Not only is she an amazing teacher, she is an incredible talent, and awesome person. Her relaxed and nurturing nature enables you to feel super comfortable and excited to learn. She motivates you to try your best and focuses on your strengths, while building and improving upon your weaknesses.
I've taken singing lessons in the past, and after one class with Michelle, I realized, I hadn't learned anything! If you really want to learn in a positive and motivating environment, take classes with Michelle. Just don't sign up for my time slot...I called dibs and I'm going to be taking classes for a while! Lol. =)
Solid formal education and some practical experiences
'Dr. Cliff,' a part-time college/university professor, teacher and tutor with 5 master's and 3 doctoral degrees in a variety of topics: Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, MBA, Leadership, Education and Administration. He has always used proven educational techniques to instruct undergraduate students, graduate students and school children/teenagers (K-12). In addition, Dr. Cliff is a Certified Tutor by American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association (Math); he holds California Teaching Credentials in Math (CSET I,II,III)
, Business (I,II,III), and Educational Technology/Computers (I,II); he is a Sylvan Certified Teacher in Math and Arts/Language K-12.
Dr. Cliff believes that, although many professors and teachers do an admirable job in the classroom, many students and children do not learn well in traditional institutions. Many students and children don't respond to the assembly line nature of most institutions. He believes that a student's or child's strengths and natural abilities need to be the foundation of learning. Dr. Cliff often warns against a "cookie cutter" approach to educating students, teenagers and children. You or your child is seen as an individual, and natural strengths are identified and built upon. Therefore, individual one-on-one tutoring or help is the key approach to each student who has any challenges difficulties in a given subject.
In today’s environment and economic challenges, with shorter budgets for the education, larger classes sizes and pressure of performing well in all kind of standard tests, I often see many students lacking true knowledge and skills in a given subject, since they cannot get individualized attention during the class session. That’s where a tutor comes into the picture, not only uncover major “holes” in students’ knowledge set but also teach students how to study, how to learn and through proper guidance “fill” those knowledge and skills holes.
*** Studio Equipment *** Not applicable (none).
*** Travel Equipment *** Not applicable (none).
*** Specialties *** ACADEMIA California Southern University: Member of the Faculty Senate, Member of the Curriculum Committee, Member of the Personnel Committee, Member of the IT Committee, Core/Lead Faculty, Business & Management. Northern University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2008-2013, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau. California Institute of Advanced Management: Guest Lectured and Honored Speaker, MBA programs, May, 2012, El Monte, CA. Pacific State University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2007-2012, China and Singapore. California American University: Commencement Speaker; 2004-2009, China. California Southern University: Commencement Speaker, Graduation Ceremony, 2011, Irvine, CA. Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013. DETC Evaluator – The Distance Education and Training Council, 2012. ACICS Evaluator – The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Scools, 2012. BPPVE Auditor – California’s Bureau for Private, Postsecondary and Vocational Education, 2000. Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012. California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: CSET Math (I, II, III), Business (I, II, III), Preliminary Education Technology (I, II), 2010-2012. Certified Site Reviewer/Auditor, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2002. Certified Professional Tutor, American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association, 2011. Educate, Inc.: Sylvan University – Certificate of Mathematics Content Proficiency for Directors of Education; May, 2010 Tier I California Preliminary Administrative Credentials, 2006. University of Southern California, Graduate level courses (master’s) in Systems Engineering/Management, 2005-2006. Certified School Director, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2004. California Community College Lifetime Teaching Credential, 1993.
INDUSTRY HIMS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems), CPHIM (Certified Professional Healthcare Information Management); 2013. Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013. Security Innovation, Certificate in Enterprise IS/IT Security – part of the CISSP prep; 2012. L. A. County: Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) training; 2012. Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012. Harvard Business School, Certificates in: Leadership & Management, Creativity and Innovation, Global Business and Technology, Business Acumen, Communications, Marketing, Strategy, Technology, Leading Change; 2010. Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University/ESI, 2009. Disney University, Training and Certificate in ITIL Service Management; 2009. ESI Int’l Executive Education in: Contract Management, Business Analysis, Information Systems Security, Business Intelligence, IT Service Management/ITIL, ROI Methodology, Intercultural Management, Internet/Digital Marketing, Sales Force Management, Supply Chain Management, Leadership, Negotiations, Business Process Management, Business Sustainability, Enabling Technology. George Washington University Master’s Certificate in Project Management, through ESI classes, 9/2009. CMU/SEI, S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, 2006. Delivered College/Corporate Training: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Systems Engineer (MCSE), Professional/Application Developer (MCPD/MCAD), Solution Developer (MCSD), IT Professional (MCITP); 2004-2007. S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, CMU/SEI, 2006. Member Board of Directors, National Management Association, 2005. Scrum Alliance: CSM, CSP and CST, 2010. Project Management Institute - PMP certification., 2010. Malcolm Baldrige and Balanced Scorecard training; Software Cost Estimation training; Developing Software Architectures for Multi-platform and Network Centric Environments/Operations training, 2005. Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, JPL, 1996-2002. Certified Information Systems Auditor, Information Systems Auditing Association, 2000. Certified Project Manager, American/National Management Association, 1999. Certificate in Supervisory and Management Skills, National Management Association, 1991. Extensive PMP teaching. Certified Quality Analyst, Quality Assurance Institute, 1990. Certified Computer Programmer, Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals, 1989.
Allons-y! I've spent 40 years with the French language, including 3 years in Dijon teaching at the University and working in the theatre, and 3 more years teaching French Conversation at U.C. San Diego. I'm as comfortable enhancing clients' spoken ability and writing as I am explaining all those grammatical nuances that make people crazy (comme, par exemple, le passé composé vs. l'imparfait).
Kevin has dedicated over 30 years as a teacher, counselor, and health practitioner. He's a huge believer in a process that not only generates strong measurable results, but also cultivates the whole human being and helps foster smart, clear, creative people. Whether it's for school, testing, jobs, or nutrition, he supports clients in active problem-solving through thinking for themselves.
He's taught at institutions ranging from the Université de Dijon to Phillips Andover Academy to U.C. San Diego. In 2012 he was invited to lead seminars on written self-expression in China and Taiwan.
Kevin also served for 10 years as a Chinese Herbalist and Nutritional Consultant with the renowned Tea Garden Herbal Emporium in Los Angeles.
Kathleen Peiffer June 4, 2015
Online Verified Student
Kevin is a great French teacher. He is patient and helpful and is able to provide instruction in a very peaceful, non-intimidating manner. After each lesson with Kevin I can see progress. As an adult learner I worried that I would not be able to grasp the concepts of a new language but working with Kevin has given me new confidence that I will be able to do it. Merci beaucoup, Kevin!
W C. January 10, 2015
College Admissions ·
Kevin has been a true friend to me since day one. While doing my brother's college application process and essays, he also guided my transfer application. Then, since my graduation, he's counseled me first on internships and now on a formal job search in Finance and Investment. His integrity towards work and life has been so important. He's carefully led me to discover the best parts of myself, but won't hesitate to give me a proper kick in the butt when I need one. The only way to describe his program is professional, intimate, and inspiring. One truly great plus of working with Kevin over the years is his range and experience. Whatever field you are in, he's always able to make connections to your passion and lead you toward clarity in resumes, cover letters, and interview prep. To say that Kevin's been a mentor to me over the years I've known him is an understatement. He's as much family as anything else.
Stacy C. January 8, 2015
Essay Writing ·
My relationship with Kevin has been a long and unceasing one. Kevin started to work with me when I was just 14 years old, and for the past six years he has served as my teacher, my mentor and my friend. From boarding school and college applications to internships, he has always managed to challenge my limitations and help translate my thoughts and goals into articulate and meaningful essays. Most importantly he never tried to impose his own ideas. Instead he managed to coax out what was truly important in me, and encouraged self-honesty. Now I'm a rising junior in college. Kevin helped identify and organize the key components of my past experiences and personal characteristics, and integrated that into a search for internships, a cover letter and resume, and interview prep. The result of his efforts showed when I was accepted as an early admit into a highly competitive program in Washington DC next year. When my post-college job seeking begins a year from now, I'll be back. I highly recommend Kevin as an integral partner in the career building process. His vast experiences and insightfulness will help simplify the search and give you a competitive edge in the market.
My name is Natacha M. I grew up in Alsace region of France, on the border of Germany, trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and worked in the hospitality and tourism industries in France, the U.K., Australia, Dubai, and for the past 8 years, the US. My experience learning to speak German and English led me to develop the method.
I offer online private classes at levels desired by our students. I start by evaluating their needs and goals and make a plan for how to best meet them.
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I'm a fluent French speaker ( I just received my C1 certificate) with a passion for teaching. I've spent over a year in France and have three years experience tutoring university level French. Let's get started!
I'm a graduate of West Virginia University's World Languages department with 5 years teaching and tutoring experience spanning 3 countries. I'm eager to share my passion for languages.
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Shannon is a great teacher! She really takes the time to explain things and help you truly learn the language as opposed to rote memorization.
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