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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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Covers American and British English, reading, writing and conversing effectively; grammar lessons, and practice conversational skills.Background information on accents and difference between Australian and Canadian and American dialects. Confidence building, structure, dialects, and specialized subjects such as English as a Universal Language of Business.

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New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Sarah B. July 6, 2018
· Acting · In home
James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day
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Adam May 23, 2018
· Singing · Online
Good at explaining and making sure I understand every concept i need to super well. Seems like he wants the best for me, which is a very important quality in any type of coach.
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Paula D. March 12, 2018
· Method Acting · Online
James gave me some very important information about how to act well. He suggested I audition for a play, which I am planning to do, and he gave me some good professional and vocational tips, James is also very compassionate and funny. Definitely several points above average!
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About Anne-Marie B.

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East Stroudsburg, PA
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Over the years I have taught English to students of all races, nationalities and ethnicities. Additionally, living in New York, an extremely diverse city, has necessitated great flexibility on my part. I teach reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and proper pronunciation, but because I work with so many "non-native speakers", I have learned to be very patient and methodical in my approach, customizing the lesson to each student and breaking the steps down as much as is necessary. I have also become quite familiar with many of the handicaps associated with specific ethnic groups when trying to learn English. Overall, as an English teacher I welcome the additional challenge and I always look forward to the opportunity for cultural exchange as well.

About Anne-Marie
Hi, I'm Anne-Marie and I love to teach! I have been teaching for over 25 years and whether the subject is English, Music, College Prep or Italian, I love helping students reach their goals. I work hard to leave my students enlightened, encouraged and empowered. I have high standards and I really like to challenge students to achieve their full potential, but I also try to make the process interesting, engaging and fun. I'm patient, easygoing and I enjoy working with students of all ages and backgrounds. I always strive to get to know my students (and their needs) very well. Then I customize lessons according to need, aptitude and goals. One of the best parts of teaching for me is meeting and connecting with new people, and making a difference in their lives, so I really look forward to meeting and working with you!
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Noel R. April 20, 2016
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Excellent instructor very professional highly recommended
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About Chryssa M.

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Shrewsbury, MA
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Long experience and determination to lead my student to success. I have a special talent in explaining things.

About Chryssa
ESL/ELA licensed in the state of Massachusetts

I am Greek , I lived in Greece for all my life until recently that I have moved to Worcester MA. I have a Master in Psychology of Education & Didactics -my Master thesis and dissertation was on Asperger syndrome- and a Bachelor degree both in English and Greek literature.
I can speak fluent Greek as it is my mother tongue.
I have been working as a teacher for about 26 years and have led many of my students to being successful in their foreign language tests in Cambridge University ESL exams, Michigan University ESL exams, Pearson, TIE, TOEFL . I am patient and I know how to discover the real needs of my students so that I can adapt my teaching. My main teaching fields are ESL, Greek language, and Writing.
I am also an author. I have written a novel published in Melbourne, Australia and
I have taken part in two short stories collection, one in London U.K and one in Greece. I have also several short stories published in American and Greek magazines.You can find information about me on my website: avgimeleti.weebly. com
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Kiley B. September 5, 2017
· Greek · In studio
Chryssa has been an amazing teacher so far! She really knows how to teach a difficult language without overwhelming a beginner learner but while still moving at a pace that is comfortable and productive. Chryssa is patient and good at identifying what is difficult for you. I would recommend Chryssa to anyone wanting to learn Greek.
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Matt September 24, 2016
· Greek · In home
Chrysa is very good! Greek is difficult but she knows how to explain, what to explain and why to explain. Nice person, very patient and polite. Funny too!
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Cathy September 24, 2016
· ESL · Online
Amazing teacher. I loved the way she taught me writing, so much enthusiasm and imagination!
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About Leah H.

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Henderson, NC

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I have been teaching ESL online for almost a year and I enjoy it so much! I love all of my students. There is no fear in making mistakes! That just means your brain is working. We will learn all the basics and make sure we have a strong foundation and then build upon that. I will cater to you whatever level you relate to. I am excited to get to know you and help you grow!

About Leah
Leah, a teacher, singer/songwriter, musician, entertainer and Berklee College of Music graduate.

She loves teaching and loves her students. Her main joy in teaching is watching her students grasp a new understanding and appreciation for their desired art and growing in their skills and talent. She loves seeing her students overcome obstacles. In her lessons, Leah sets the tone for care and a safe space to truly grow fearlessly. It is important to grow in confidence in your craft. In lessons, she covers setting a foundation, different genres, confidence, warm-up exercises, vocal techniques, ear training, music theory, harmony, performance techniques, audition preparation, range, improvisation, agility, freedom and more. She focusses on a few things at a time and has her students grow into other areas to work.

Musically, she provides
sounds and smooth tones of Jazz and Soul. Her latest EP entitled SonKissed is Jazz influenced music with Neo-Soul vibes and a positive message about love and life. She has been singing around Boston and New York and writing and recording new music. She has great things in store for her in the near future and much music and passion to share with the world.

Originating from Henderson, North Carolina, she grew up singing in school, church and choirs including the Raleigh Girls Choir of Raleigh, NC. Taking singing and piano lessons grew her love for music. She always had a fondness of jazz music starting at a young age, as her father would play jazz music. Studying music has led her to perform in recitals, concerts and festivals such as the Mozart Music Festival with The Capital City Girl’s Choir in Vienna, Austria, to study and perform abroad in Valencia, Spain, to graduate from Berklee College of Music and to continue writing, performing and growing as an artist. Leah also enjoys being involved in and performing in community events as she gives back. It is very important to her to help others as many have helped her.

She gets much of her inspiration from influences such as Jesus Christ, her parents, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dianne Reeves, Lisa Fischer, Sammy Davis Jr., Sade, Anita O’day, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Adele, Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Mary Mary, Robin Thicke, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Esperanza Spalding, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Nancy Wilson, Ledisi, Sounds of Blackness, Take 6, Gretchen Parlato, and Quincy Jones just to name a few.
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Michael June 26, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
I have worked with Leah for quite some time now for vocal training. I have heard a major improvement in my voice with regards to vocal strength and breath control. I would reccomend Leah for vocal training.
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Yannick .. June 24, 2018
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Leah has ability to spot what your voice really needs to improve and she's a great vocalist .
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Courtney April 16, 2018
· ESL · Online
Leah is so energetic while teaching her class. She goes above and beyond for her each student, by having activities to spark their interest. She meets each student where they are academically and successfully help each student complete the course. She is patient, kind and full of a loving spirit and a joy to watch online. Allow her the opportunity to teach your children because she is fully equipped with the knowledge, credentials and experience to do so! Enjoy the leah teach experience!!!
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About Frankline M.

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Dorchester, MA
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Experienced and current teacher offering ESL services. Can't wait to help you master ESL to help you reach your goals! Not only will you be learning typical ESL class strategies but you will also have a teacher who will make sure to challenge you and create a safe space to make mistake and learn from them. Join me!

About Frankline
I've been teaching since undergrad, working with students ages 6-18. Through this experience 30% of my students were ESL and as a result created curriculum based on that information. I hold very high expectations for my students and they are always able to meet them! I've spent 8 years studying Spanish and have traveled to 3 Spanish speaking countries. I love the language and the experiences it has offered me - I want to be able to share that with others. Lastly, I am currently a middle school History teacher. About 73% of my students are ESL and have individual needs, as a result my curriculum must always have ESL accommodations.
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Frankline M.

Frankline M.

Dorchester, MA 02125
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About Negeen F.

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Irvine, CA
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Students can expect a fun learning experience!

About Negeen
Hello! My name is Negeen, and I am a 2nd year medical student. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. I am a great teacher for biology, English, anthropology/psychology, and piano/music. English is one of my many passions and I love to help others with writing, reading/reading comprehension, and grammar. I have also worked as a conversation partner and activities leader for The Language Company, Berkeley for 1 year, so I enjoy helping beginners of English with their spoken language skills. I am a great teacher especially for beginners, and I aim to use creativity and unique techniques to help students retain information!
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About Laurel Y.

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Arlington, MA
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I am an author, yoga teacher and have supported students with life and emotional challenges for over a decade. I have a bachelors in Anthropology, a 120 hour ESL certificate, and am well- traveled. I love teaching and connecting. Let's begin!

About Laurel
I am a natural teacher and communicator. I connect well with my students and love watching them learn and grow! It's rare to meet people who are open, aware and with whom we are truly comfortable. Yet we integrate far better when we are in calm, non-judgmental environments with intelligent company that we can relate with and enjoy. I look forward to working with you!
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Laurel Y.

Laurel Y.

Arlington, MA 02476
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About Ellie P.

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Tempe, AZ
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I know how hard it can be to learn a new language. Learning with me though, I make the process painless and FUN! English is such a useful language and it is also the most commonly spoken language in the world. Let me help you be the best that you can be!

About Ellie
I currently train and teach children about seizures and living epilepsy. It is rewarding and I love seeing the children learn about something that they didn't know about before. I implement art and music into my lessons to help engage their learning experience and to make the lesson more fun and interesting. This is truly the teaching style I have with any age and with any topic I teach. I believe hands-on learning is the best way to truly remember what you are being taught so I try to make my lessons as interactive as possible. I truly enjoy helping another person achieve their goals. Providing them with the tools they need in order to the best person they can be! I hope I can help you succeed and grow!
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Ellie P.

Ellie P.

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