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About Jillian V.

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Oakland Gardens, NY

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About Jillian
I have a Master's degree in Music Therapy, am a nationally board certified music therapist (MT-BC); performer and vocal instructor (Bachelor's in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor and meditation guide (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional writer and editor.

...I find joy in a lot of places! And often I find these areas of study inform and augment each other.

Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism spectrum disorder, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances and developmental delays as well as teens and adults with psychosocial issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, personality disorders, and more.

I incorporate my experience as a therapist into the educative se
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As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.

I am a professional vocalist in NYC. I perform liturgical and classical music, as well as musical theater repertoire. I participate in professional operas, choral groups and other concert series, as well as professional theater work. Performing gives me a sense of bliss and completeness that is indescribable.

As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout NYC. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I went on to complete advanced trainings and now specialize in restorative yoga, prenatal yoga, yin yoga and therapeutics. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio, and on occasion in my clients’ homes. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized sequencing to deepen your experience.

It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced.

Please feel free to inquire about any of my services!

*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**

**Note: If you are interested in music therapy, please email me with a bit about yourself (or your loved one) and your personal goals, as well as the qualities you hope to find in your therapist.
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Paul B. July 3, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Real good instructor.
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Frederick S. April 13, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Excellent first voice lesson. Jillian is warm, encouraging, and very knowledgeable. I was surprised how many "technical" issues she introduced me to (optimal breathing & how best to practice it at home; appropriate use of falsetto at upper limit of bass voice range, etc.) . Looking forward to continued lessons. (Much better use of what used to be my copay for psychotherapy! I've also joined rehearsals with new Encore-NYC chorale group in Manhattan, for people over 55. Music is giving me a real emotional lift in my retirement.)
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Grace January 22, 2018
· Audition Prep · In home
Jillian is a very friendly, gifted and delightful person to work with, and would be a good match for literally anybody. She's helped with my vocals more than any other teacher has. Thank you Jillian!
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About Kana L.

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Hayward, CA
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About Kana
Hi! Thank you for visiting my profile.
I am originally from Japan, and moved here five years ago.
My father is American and I have been learning English for more than 10 years, so I can speak both English and Japanese.
I graduated from UcC Berkeley majored in Linguistics, minored in Education, and currently, I am doing my master's in Speech Pathology.
I have been teaching Japanese for 3 years now, and I also have tutored at my previous colleges for 3 years.

Japanese: I'm teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced conversation. Not only what is written in text books but words that we actually use in Japan and real Japanese conversation day to day.
I can also teach to pass JPLT, basic business Japanese including some formats of writing a letter and documents.

ESL: mostly, I teach writing but I do reading, listening an
d speaking too. I've been hearing English since I was born so can pronounce words correctly but I know the pain of learning another language and how people usually struggle.

Message me if you want to learn from expert of learning other languages! I know four different languages:)
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Lyndah August 30, 2018
· Japanese · Online
I've only had one lesson so far, and so far I'm certain I made the right decision! I look forward to sharing more about working with Kana in future reviews.
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Matt December 27, 2017
· Japanese · Online
I studied Japanese with Kana for almost a year and a half. In that time, she took me from knowing absolutely nothing to being a proficient beginner level speaker. I can now read Hiragana/Katakana every day, have a solid grasp of the different counters and number system, as well as conjugation of u/ru verbs and adjectives and various sentence forms.

Kana was always very patient and never made me feel awkward or uncomfortable. She was willing to go as fast or as slow as I liked and always had the answers to my questions. She was always fun to work with and has become like a friend to me over the time I've studied with her. Highly recommend!
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Kana L.

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About Marie R.

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Northampton, MA

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About Marie
I am bilingual English-French
I have a Ph.D. in English Literature with particular focus in English Renaissance Studies Shakespeare
I can teach ESL as well

I work in different fields all related with languages such as Interpreting, translation, teaching foreign languages, ESL
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victoria April 22, 2018
· French · Online
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· French · Online
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Victoria Madway June 13, 2017
· French · In home
M. Marie Roche conducted on the campus of U Mass eight seminars--open to all--on two of Shakespeare's history plays, King John and Richard II. Neither play is popular with modern Shakespeare-going audiences. But she accomplished the nearly impossible--making both plays compelling and relevant by her selection of background documents and themes. I hope that TakeLessons can provide an adequate platform for her level of sophistication.
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About Molly C.

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Montgomery, AL
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About Molly
I teach all levels of Latin to students of all ages. My classes are the most fun you can have learning a dead language! They are engaging and active. I am an extremely patient teacher and a innovative thinker.
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Dorothy L. August 12, 2018
· German · Online
Molly is helping me learn German in a way that makes sense to me and is very helpful. Thank you so much! I'm loving it.
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Philip July 31, 2018
· Latin · Online
Molly is an excellent instructor! I take Latin with her. She explains the material very well, is very patient, and keeps it interesting. A strong point in her teaching is that she is open to questions, clarification, and review of forgotten material as you go along. I would highly recommend her.
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Tom C. July 30, 2018
· German · Online
Excellent,flexible, fun, valuable.It was definitely worthwhile and very helpful. I really appreciate Molly's enthusiasm for accommodating my difficult schooling requirements...late night and very early morning. Ausgezeignet!!!!!
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About Clare K.

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Granby, MA

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After two years working as a translator/interpreter for a local government office in Kochi, Japan, I moved back to the US last year. Since then, I have been a private teacher of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 7 to mid-40s. I love to be a witness when my students suddenly "get" something new we've been working on for a while. Japanese is a fascinating, beautiful, and complicated language, and it's exciting to be a partner in my students' achievements and success!

I am highly experienced in teaching middle school and high school age students--including my own kids, whom I homeschool. My first visit to Japan was a semester study abroad in my senior year of high school, so I can give ample advice to students who are preparing to go to Japan. Along with my on-the-ground experience living and working in Japan in a fast-paced and hig
h-stakes environment, I hold an M.A. in Japanese and N1 (highest level) certification on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Native Japanese speakers have complimented me on my native-like pronunciation and syntax.

Contact me any time for more information or to set up your first lessons!
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Robert August 31, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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· Japanese · Online
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· Japanese · Online
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About Alejandro T.

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Greenfield, NH

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About Alejandro
In 2018 I moved to the Peterborough, NH area and am offering private piano lessons here. For most of my professional career I have been creating music and sound for educational computer games and toys for major companies. Prior to my move, I taught private piano lessons to children and adults in the Buffalo, NY area for eight years. Some of my students have gone on to win awards and continue in a musical career. We will always be preparing for successful performances of selections from classic to modern repertoire.

My approach is student focused. I adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student. I maximize the student's strengths and interests to inspire each student to fulfill their unique potential.

Lessons will include:
1. proper body and hand posture,
2. exercises and scales,
3. at least three pieces from the literature
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4. analysis and historical context for each piece,
5. development of techniques and artistic expression,
6. music theory and history,
7. preparation for performance and, if appropriate, competitions.

Benefits of studying music:
Enjoyment of social and cultural gatherings
Appreciation of art, history, and culture
Development of good study habits
Strengthening of math and language skills
Emotional and spiritual fulfillment.

More about me:
As a contractor and as an employee, I have written music and did sound design for Rosetta Stone, Fisher-Price, Rochester Science Museum, Fujitsu, Broderbund Software, and others. I have taught music subjects in colleges and universities. I continue to pursue projects for media and live performance.

I earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stanford University in composition and computer music. I hold a Master in Arts degree from the same university. I received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music, in piano and composition. I started my musical training in the pre-college program at the famous Manhattan School of Music, studying piano and composition.

I look forward to helping you learn to the play music on the piano.
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Seamus August 4, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I took lessons from Alex as an adult. He's great. And I was impressed watching him work with younger students. They really respond well to Alex.
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Jim August 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I appreciate the patience and intelligence Alex shared while teaching me. Thank you for the music and skills you gave me.
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James August 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I am an adult who took lessons from Alex. I improved greatly from Alex's lessons. Alex is good communicator and listener. My piano playing improved greatly thanks to Alex. And not only that: my understanding of music improved very much. He doesn't show off much, but the scope of his knowledge is amazing.
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About Meriem B.

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Chicago, IL
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About Meriem
Bonjour & bienvenue!

French is my native language and whether you're a beginner or experienced French speaker, I would be happy to:
1) Teach you French from scratch,
2) Enrich your vocabulary & conversational abilities, or
3) Polish your accent to make you sound like a real French person!

I moved from France to USA in 2011 and my main job is being a costume designer specialized in opera.

Besides that, I'm teaching French to a few students and I would like to share my love for this language and culture with more people through fun exercises and conversations! I also occasionally translate documents or help opera singers with their pronunciation & understanding of French lyrics.

I'm looking forward to meeting you online or in my neighborhood (Andersonville in Chicago).

À bientôt!

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1- Are you interested in teaching total beginners?
Of course! Actually, a lot of my students are beginners. It's fantastic to follow their progress and it's interesting to adapt the class a bit differently for each of them according to their preferences and abilities.

2- What type of lessons would you recommend?
*Beginner: 45 min lessons (conversation is still minimal, the lessons will be mostly based on exercices).
*Intermediate: 45 min or 60 min lessons (about 50% conversation, 50% exercices)
*Advanced: 30 or 45 min (100% conversation).
*Kids: 30 or 45 min, depending how young and how are their focus capabilities.

3- Is scheduling flexible? Do I have to pick a specific day/time and stick with it?
I'm very flexible and I perfectly understand that your schedule can vary from week to week. We can choose together a first time slot to begin and then play it by ear.
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RobN July 28, 2018
· French · Online
Great lessons, awesome teacher Will continue learning from Meriem!
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Rachel July 28, 2018
· French · Online
Truly second to none!!!
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Kevin July 28, 2018
· French · In home
I had a couple of sessions with Meriem during the transition between my French 1 and 2 classes. We went over rudimentary things that I didn't get in class and now everything makes so much sense. Good pronunciation is definitely the key and Meriem knows how to lead you there. I also really enjoyed the examples she gave based on songs lyrics. That's a great method!
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About Jihyeon S.

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About Jihyeon
I am Jihyeon from Korea. I've learned English since I was 13. So I can help you study Korean language including real Korean culture and custom. I have tutored French and English to 8th thru 12th grade. And I also have teaching experience with Korean language to adults for 5 years.
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Jihyeon S.

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About Jackie B.

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Detroit, MI
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About Jackie
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read my bio. I am an outgoing and fun ESL teacher with 5 years of experience to a wide age range. I taught English while living in South Korea and also online to Chinese students! I really love teaching and hope to meet you so we can study together.
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Jackie B.

Jackie B.

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