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About Itai G.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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About Itai
I graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BA in Studio Composition in 2007, and from Hebrew College with a Masters' Degree in Jewish Education in June, 2016. I have been working in after-school, Hebrew school, camp, and other supplementary educational settings for the past ten years. Most of my students are learning piano, and I also have a few Hebrew students. My Hebrew students are either studying for their bnei mitzvah, maintaining their conversational Hebrew, or learning for the purpose of competence of services or Torah study. My piano students have ranged from age 4 to young children learning Classical pieces to teens learning to play the songs they like to adults working on their songwriting and improvisation. My strengths are improvisation, music theory and ear training, accompaniment of popular songs - rock, theater, pop, folk, etc.


Please feel free to get in touch and ask questions!

The review posted on my profile was from when I used my English name, Ricky.
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lorraine March 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
My first lesson was everything I hoped for from start to finish. I haven't played piano for many years & wanted to begin by using a keyboard as a learning tool--to recapture dexterity and reading ability. I emerged with a better grasp of basics & even a little music theory--exactly as I had requested. Itai is a wonderfully patient teacher & I am looking forward to next week.
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Vesna S. January 7, 2013
· Piano ·
Ricky is an amazingly creative and inspiring teacher.

Ricky has been teaching my daughter for last 5 years. My daughter is now 15 years old. She already played piano for a couple of years before Ricky started working with her and at that time was getting disinterested. We were looking for someone who would bring that interest and spark back into her playing piano. I was looking for a special teacher who can teach basics of improvisation and accompaniment to a young child. After talking with several potential teachers, we decided to work with Ricky.

Ricky has proven to be an amazing teacher for my daughter. He is patient, creative and able to adjust to the child’s needs. I was amazed when couple of months after my daughter started working with him; she was already improvising and playing really cool pieces of music. That kind of teaching has inspired my daughter to continue playing piano for the last 5 years. She has accompanied two of her friends singing at her school talent shows and graduation ceremony with encouragement and inspiration Ricky has provided her all along.

Ricky frequently encourages my daughter to pick her own songs she would like to work on. Ricky has a strong knowledge of music theory and has incorporated that in his lessons. I love that my daughter is learning music theory, improvisation, accompaniment and reading music all with the same teacher. It is not easy to find a teacher who is so creative to include all of these in his teaching method. I would highly recommend Ricky as a piano teacher for any age.
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Itai G.

Itai G.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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About Daniel B.

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Cambridge, MA
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About Daniel
My name is Daniel B. I have my A.A. Degree and I am currently a junior at Washington University in St. Louis. I am majoring both in Psychology and Biology with a strong emphasis on counseling, research and medicine.

Since its founding in 2006, I have been involved Neighbor to Neighbor Outreach (NTNO), a non-profit organization whose goal it is to insure that the children, youth, and adults of inner-city St. Louis are provided tutoring for every imaginable subject.

My teaching style is quite simple and effective. I initially gauge the student's level of understanding of the subject or skill that he/she wishes to master. I then create a comprehensive learning plan which pushes the student to his/her limits while making the learning process both enjoyable and rewarding.

If you find yourself in need of my assistance, just let me kn
ow. I am able to work around your schedule and I am available to be contacted anytime.

*** Lesson Details ***
Initial Lesson:

- Subject understanding is determined.
- Necessary areas of improvement are determined.
- Preferred and/or most efficient study style is determined.
- Goals are set.

Each lesson will vary according to the student. As far as music studies are concerned, we will begin by ensuring mastery of the basics such as note recognition, chords, and correct fingering.

For each subject, the pattern will be similar. We will work on the basics and then we will progress commensurately.

*** Studio Equipment ***
M-Audio 88es Keyboard (MIDI Control/88 Keys)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Students:

M-Audio 88es Keyboard (MIDI Control/88 Keys)

Non-Music Students:

Subject related study material.
Stationery.

*** Specialties ***
- Spanish
- ESL
- Language Arts
- Piano
- Drums
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Camren D. September 9, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Very patient & makes the lessons fun
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Sherri H. August 26, 2015
· GED Test Prep · In studio
Daniel was the perfect tutor for my son's prep for the GED. He was patient, prepared to help with test taking skills along with the actual content of the tests, and made himself available on a very short notice. In addition, Daniel is just a nice, respectful person that was a pleasure to interact with. I can not say enough. Highly recommend him!
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Daniel B.

Daniel B.

Cambridge, MA 02138
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$45 / 45-min

About Bryan P.

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Waltham, MA

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About Bryan
Dr. Bryan Pollock, countertenor, completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts (Voice Performance) at Boston University where he taught private voice and class voice for three years in addition to holding his own voice studio. In 2013 he graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Irvine with his Masters in Fine Arts, vocal performance. In 2010 he received his Bachelors in Music from East Carolina University in vocal performance. He received vocal instruction from Dr. Lynn Eustis, Dr. Darryl Taylor, Dr. Louise Toppin, and John Kramar. His piano instructors were Dr. Keiko Sekino and Rebecca Miller. He has performed in over twenty fully-staged operatic productions and five fully-staged musical theatre productions.

Dr. Pollock has travelled extensively during his career throughout the U.S. as well as England, Austria, Italy
, Turkey, Canada, and the Czech Republic. He has a firm knowledge of German, Italian, and French vocal repertory, diction, and languages while specialising in English diction for the non-native speaker and/or singer.

During his time in Orange County, CA, he held his own music studio. While there he taught over thirty students (Ages 5-45+) voice and piano privately. Additionally, he taught as a TA for UC Irvine int he subjects of Music Theory, Voice Performance, and an introductory music course for non-majors.
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Ryan July 26, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He is very professional and perfect teacher. My husband and I were so glad to find him for my son who loves singing.
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Scarlett May 24, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Very knowledgeable and encouraging.
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Ted S. April 14, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Bryan has been great to work with. He has a lot of patience, which is important for someone like me who has a very limited musical background. He is clearly well educated in singing and is able to impart his knowledge to his students. I believe that anyone who takes lessons with him has the potential to greatly improve.
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Bryan P.

Bryan P.

Charlestown, MA 02129
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$32 / 30-min

About Arina N.

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Boston, MA
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About Arina
Greeting to you all! I am very pleased that you opened my profile and are thinking about choosing me as your tutor or teacher. I am a native Russian speaker, this fact makes me unique in Boston. I have being teaching Russian in Moscow while I was studying there. I helped students to succeed in their final exams not only in Russian but also in Russian History, World History, Math, Literature, Grammar, and exam preparation (such as TOEFLE). All of my students so far became expertise in what I help them with. I hope to see you in my classes!
До скорой встречи!
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Rejean Fontaine November 15, 2016
· Russian · Online
Very dedicated. All lessons were well prepared
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Rejean Fontaine July 20, 2016
· Russian · Online
Well organized. Goes out of her way to make me understand. Very reliable and dedicated
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Phil Fisher March 23, 2016
· Russian · Online
Arina is fun and rad.
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Arina N.

Arina N.

Boston, MA 02115
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$60 / 30-min

About Mona S.

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Boston, MA

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About Mona
I'm an active flutist and Japanese enthusiast living in Boston! I recently graduated from the University of Washington with a flute performance degree and Japanese minor and am now pursuing graduate studies at the New England Conservatory. I believe that learning music should be fun and inspiring, but that 95% of artistry is simply hard work! I, therefore, create a positive and encouraging environment for all of my students, while still setting challenging goals. Additionally, I tailor my teaching to fit each student’s needs so that learning potential can be maximized. Stylistic choices in musical expression/phrasing are encouraged through the incorporation of music theory, music history, and ear training skills into lessons. I also believe that body awareness is important, and will include stretches and practice methods into each lesson,
so students can practice efficiently and prevent injuries!

I grew up speaking both Japanese and English and welcome beginning Japanese students!
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Rebecca July 9, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Mona knows what she's doing and is very kind. Not only are the links that she sends you during the lesson helpful but she explains when you'd use the words and helps you understand the appropriate situations for when you use them. She is very friendly and a wonderful teacher that will listen to your questions and answer them and her answers are never halfhearted. I completely would recommend her as a Japanese tutor/Instructor if you wish to learn how to speak and write Japanese while still having that relaxing environment.
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Sean June 13, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Lessons are going great and my son is learning a lot fast!
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Yousef M. January 4, 2017
· Japanese · Online
that my 2 clas I like it. she is good she tray to tech me like how I want to learn. bout this time she is knot that active. bout I stell recommend hear for you.
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Mona S.

Mona S.

Boston, MA 02115
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About Raquel G.

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Boston, MA
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Hi!

I have been tutoring students since I was an undergrad back in Spain. While doing so, I realised there are very few better feelings besides the satisfaction of being a part of the improvement of your student's skills and knowledge.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in philology, so I have a deep knowledge on how languages construct themselves and work. Besides, I have a Master's degree in Literary Studies and am currently a PhD student in Literary Studies. But most importantly, I was born in Madrid (Spain) and lived there for over twenty years, so you'll get to learn Spanish and its culture from a truly Madrilenian!

My tutoring approach is based mostly on theory and practice, with a lot of perseverance! I usually like to teach some aspect of the language and then make the student approach it in a practical way. Lessons can be tailor
ed to meet the student's specific needs, though! Each student is different from the rest, and therefore learns in an individual way and at an individual pace. Personal tutoring will always be provided to ensure you're always getting what you need: grammar, vocabulary, fluency, accent...
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George I. June 22, 2016
· Spanish · In studio
Raquel is a very meticulous and gifted teacher. She was well prepared from the very first lesson and she always made sure her explanations were clear before moving on. She helped dispel many doubts I carried along in my mind for a long time in Spanish grammar. The classes are fun, friendly, and are aimed at the serious-minded student. Highly recommended.
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Raquel G.

Raquel G.

Boston, MA 02215
(1)
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$25 / 30-min

About Guilherme F.

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Roslindale, MA

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About Guilherme
Hello! Let's make music! I am a recent graduate of Berklee, where I earned my degree in both Jazz Composition and Guitar Performance. Whether you've just picked up the guitar or you are looking to explore a new style, I enjoy motivating my students to learn. Growing up in Brazil, I have a strong background in Samba, Bossa nova and other Latin styles such as Flamenco. With the opportunity to study at Berklee, I took full advantage of studying under renown professors of Jazz and Blues. I enjoy transferring this enthusiasm for music to my students, guiding them toward their goals and having fun along the way. I look forward to hearing from you!
I also perform regularly with my duo.
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Stephen T. October 26, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Great experience and learn many new techniques in just a few lessons. Guilherme is a excellent teacher and very kind and patient during our classes.
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stephen October 3, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
This was my first lesson ever and it was a great experience. Guilherme is a very kind, fun, and professional teacher and I would recommend him. He helped me with new techniques and was very patient with me.
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Melody September 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very nice gentleman!

My daughter and I both liked him a lot!
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Guilherme F.

Guilherme F.

Roslindale, MA 02131
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$30 / 30-min

About COKKO K.

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Quincy, MA
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About COKKO
Experienced teacher of 5 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Lets's get started.
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COKKO K.

COKKO K.

Quincy, MA 02170
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$34 / 45-min

About Aelen U.

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Cambridge, MA
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About Aelen
Iam professional in French Language, I like languages and culture , I have been in different countries in Europe and Middle East. I teach languages for individual (All ages welcome) in different field. I like the international music and fashion.
I like to travel when I know the language to be able to communicate with the local people, So, I can help you to learn French Language to travel to Paris.
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Aelen U.

Aelen U.

Cambridge, MA 02138
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$15 / 30-min

About Jim K.

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North Providence, RI

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About Jim
I'm an experienced, creative, funny, and motivated ESL/EFL teacher who enjoys helping busy adults learn English and accomplish their goals. You bring the commitment and I'll bring well-planned lessons and creative energy to make your time productive and enjoyable.

You and I will tailor lessons to your English language level, interests and needs. But most importantly, I'll create a safe space for you to explore speaking a new language, challenge yourself, make mistakes, and become confident with how you communicate in English.

I am a writer, artist, photographer, and marketing communications professional, and can add activities for students interested in vocabulary and skills for these fields. You’ll also find that I enjoy conversations about culture and heritage, and especially food!

Most of all, I respect your time and your ex
perience as an adult learner. You most likely have a job, a family, strong experience in your native country, and a lot to learn in your new home—and all of this can be overwhelming. I will always keep these in mind, make your lessons productive, bring a lot of humor, and show the greatest respect for your desire to learn and accomplish your dreams.
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James November 8, 2017
· ESL ·
I welcome this opportunity to highly recommend Jim K. for this teaching position. I've known Jim for twenty six years and in that time I've gotten to know him as a loyal friend, as we shared family and life experiences. As a talented and creative artist, Jim brings these skills to his extensive use of computer and visual technology. As well as being a visual artist, Jim is also a skilled and creative writer with extensive verbal and communication skills. This is evident in his many written descriptions of visual art and our many discussions about art and technology. His extensive knowledge of art is the result of his extensive travel and his passion for beauty in all that he does. His enthusiasm is evident whenever he shares new ideas or new life goals.
Always quick to laugh and with a positive attitude, it's a pleasure to share his company.
Jim is sincere, talented, creative, caring, intelligent, curious, articulate, with strong problem solving skills. He will be an asset to any educational endeavor.
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Michael November 8, 2017
· ESL · In studio
Jim is a great teacher for many reasons, but first and foremost, is his patience and understanding. Instead of pointing you in the right direction, he takes you by the hand and shows you the way. He also has a sense of humor, so mistakes turn into real opportunities to learn. He is a true asset to anyone looking to learn.
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Ana November 7, 2017
· ESL · Online
Jim is a warm, and patient person, who has a natural understanding of languages.
He can make references and connections between words in different languages that are very helpful.
A great since of humor, and a wonderful wit with words will keep you laughing and make it fun to learn.
I strongly recommend Jim as a teacher.
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Jim K.

Jim K.

North Providence, RI 02911
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