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About Eunhye J.

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About Eunhye
Dual Major in Piano Performance (Classical/Jazz Study) and Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music

Studied with professor
Ed Bedner (Doctoral Studies at BU)
Vadim Neselovskyi (International Pianist/Composer)

*** Lesson Details ***
1. Piano

- Relaxation Technique: Maximize your performance ability that you already have. (It takes a week to master it, and I will walk you through how you will be applying to the pieces you work on)

- Classical Repertoire: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and more! If you have a school recital, we can work on these masters' pieces. You will be not only memorize and play, but also express as if it were your own music.

- Jazz & Improvisation: Beginner to Intermediate level (pre-college level) Learning jazz gives you a great foundation to play any kinds of contemporary music; R&B, Dance, Folk, etc.
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ach lesson will give you hands-on exercises along with insights to delve into your creativity. It is highly important to determine what each student's goal is in order to design the course. So, please consult with me!

- Recital Preparation, College Application Prep.

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2. Singing

- Optimal Singing Body

Although the health of your body is crucial in performing any kinds of instruments, singing needs your body to be the most optimal condition because Your Body Is Your Instruments.

I will help you to keep up with taking care of your body in terms of singing. There are techniques that you can learn to maximize your singing ability. I will share them with you each session.

- Finding your Own Voice

We will work together to discover what styles that suit your voice most. And, we will get your unique voice emerge, so that you don't try to sing like someone, but you actually sing it.

- Basic Musicality - pith, rhythm, expressions!
Even when you are physically ready, if your brain doesn't understand what you are hearing and singing, you aren't going anywhere. Ear training with me will improve this area, for sure.

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3. Composition

- Theory that prepares you to Compose:

To get you ready to compose, you need to know a bit about 'Harmony, Counterpoint', which has been a powerful tool for generations. If you are not going to master classical composition, however, it can be overwhelming. I will walk you through the most important materials that you need to know to start your composition.

- Your Actual Compositions Down!
We will work together to finish your compositions either on paper, recording or both at the end of the semester. You will be proud of yourself to have your portfolio!

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4. Combinations
I also offer the combination of each area described above.
I recommend to spend at least 30 min for each area though.

Thank you so much for reading the introduction. I would be really happy to hear from you and to have a chance to improve our "music life" together eventually.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano, Keyboard, Video/Audio Recording, Sequencing Device, Korean Percussions

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car

*** Specialties ***
Piano: Classical, Jazz, Pop and Technique

Voice Coaching in various style

Composition: Finding your own voice in writing

Korean Drumming: Janggu and Korean Rhythms
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Mark S. September 26, 2014
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Fun and friendly experience. Eunhye is also patient which is needed with me!
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Ada R. March 5, 2014
· Vocal Training ·
I learn so much in my first lesson

Eunhye J. is a great vocal teacher, she has help me so much with technique and breathing. If you need a vocal teacher I recommend her, she is friendly professional and patient.

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Eunhye J.

Eunhye J.

Boston, MA 02128
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About Bryan P.

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Boston, MA

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Dr. Bryan Pollock, the countertenor, has just 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, A
ustria, 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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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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cathy L. November 23, 2014
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Bryan's concentration & stick-to-it-iveness is amazingly good!
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Bryan P.

Bryan P.

Boston, MA 02215
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$32 / 30-min

About Paloma P.

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Brookline, MA

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About Paloma
Hola! I am Paloma, I am from Spain and I have been living in Boston for the past three years. I am currently in the Pd.D. Program in Spanish at Boston Universty, where I am also an instructor of Spanish.
I have tutored students since I was an undergrad. Prior to moving to the States I completed a Master in Education at the University of Zaragoza and I taught in a Spanish high school.

I love teaching Spanish and the culture(s) that come with it. If you are thinking about starting the language, you want to improve your grammar and vocabulary or you would like to become more fluent, we can work together!
I also love teaching to children.
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Sharon R. November 6, 2016
· Spanish · Online
I had such an amazing first lesson, i cant wait to meet again next week. .
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elizabeth September 25, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Very helpful and tailored lesson to my needs.
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Aline May 28, 2016
· Spanish · Online
You should definitively choose Paloma as your spanish teacher ! Her classes are great and really motivating, she adapts all the classes to your needs. I learned the basics of spanish very quickly thanks to her teaching skills, even though I had no experience with spanish.
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Paloma P.

Paloma P.

Brookline, MA 02446
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$65 / 45-min

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
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$25 / 30-min

About ali Y.

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Brighton, MA
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My name is Ali You, I am a second-year graduate student, and my major is violin performance. In May 2017, I will graduate from Boston University and get my master of music degree.

I’ve begun to study in BU with Professor Bayla Keyes since 2015, in these two years, I’ve learned a lot from her, not only my violin skill, but also a lot of teaching methods.

I got my bachelor degree in Renmin University of China, which is one of the best university in China. I had 24 students before I came to States, several of them won the first prize in different violin competition.

I’m very patient, I have a beautiful smile, of course, and the most important thing is I can teach well. Most of my student can learn very fast and be very happy at the same time. I hope my student to love music instead of just playing the music
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Sophia June 27, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Ali is very good at getting young students' attention. My son became Ali's student two months ago. He liked her and was able to follow her lecture. Ali is also very kind and funny. We love her.
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Joyce June 27, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I found Ali through Thumbtack where I searched a violin teacher for my 4yrs old daughter. After two lessons, I made a decision to learn together with my daughter. Ali is very friendly and nice and professional. I share the one hour lesson with my daughter with no extra fee charged. Time flexible too! I have been learned for two months, improved very fast after her guide. Recommended!
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Tonette June 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
My daughter and Ali already created a good chemistry on their first lesson (which most of the time took awhile to instill). I couldn't wish for more.
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ali Y.

Brighton, MA 02135
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About Céline E.

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Somerville, MA
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Hi!
I'm a Tufts International Graduate student, living on Tufts campus. I have graduated in History and Political Science in Paris and now studying Sociology and Creative Writing. I have also played the piano for more than ten years and given lessons for approximately three. I'm a French teacher at Tufts as well and would like to continue the experience with private lessons! Which I have done prior to come to the US, in Paris.
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Vannessa J. July 20, 2017
· French · Online
Celine is wonderful. I am so excited. I can't wait until next week. This is so worth it!!! Celine is wonderful!
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Deborah H. July 17, 2017
· French · In home
CEline is wonderful!
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Charleen J. May 27, 2017
· French · In home
Celine is lovely and is has a lot of patience!
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Céline E.

Céline E.

Somerville, MA 02144
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$20 / 30-min

About Carolina B.

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Salem, MA

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Hi, there! My name is Carolina and I can't wait to meet you!
I am a native of Mallorca (Spain) and I've been teaching private lessons since 2006. Teaching is one of my passions in life and I love helping my students in their journey into the vibrant Spanish language and cultures. I went to the University of Wisconsin and earned a Masters in Spanish language and literatures in 2014. Now I'm pursuing my PhD in Spanish Literature focusing on Spanish 20th century poetry. I'm an enthusiastic and positive person and try to reflect that in my teaching. I am very dedicated to my work and I always create the lesson according to the student personality and needs. Whether you want to start learning Spanish from the beginning or want to improve your skills, I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Michelle May 1, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Carol is definitely one of the best instructors. She's the perfect combination of what a student needs to learn Spanish. Carol has an amazing pedagogy on top of being a native speaker. Sometimes we forget that being a native speaker does not automatically mean that one knows how to teach, but Carol is great because she knows how to teach her native language. On top of that, she's patient, accommodating and funny, which helps anybody who's trying to learn a new language!
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Laurie May 1, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Carolina is an excellent instructor, she has a fun but dedicated approach to teaching. She is knowledgeable, patient and very thorough. I highly recommend her!
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Eric May 1, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Carolina made learning a new language fun. She is a great teacher and I always enjoyed classes. If you want to learn Spanish I recommend her classes.
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Carolina B.

Carolina B.

Salem, MA 01970
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$40 / 45-min

About Shane C.

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I am currently a Junior at Harvard University majoring in East Asian Studies with a specific focus on Japan and Japanese media. On campus I am also Co-President of the Harvard College Japan Initiative, a student-run organization that hosts an annual Japanese career fair. I also work at the Yenching Library on campus in the Japanese Collection. In my spare time I like to consume Japanese media (games, novels, movies) that I buy on my trips there, act, and practice martial arts.

I have been tutoring in a variety of subjects for over 10 years and am extremely passionate about teaching and education. Sometimes students need assistance tailored to their specific needs and situations that regular classes cannot provide, and so one of my greatest joys tutoring is being able to give one-on-one, specialized help and the little extra push that c
an help them shine. My mother is a former teacher and so from a very young age I've always been drawn to education.

I have taken the equivalent of five years of intensive Japanese classes at Harvard University during my three years here, earning top scores in each class, for which I was awarded Harvard's Tazuko Ajiro-Monane Prize by the Japanese Language Department. The classes I've taken include both traditional language classes as well as the advanced classes which focus on academic writing, Business Japanese, and academic debate on issues in the social sciences. In addition, I have taken intensive Japanese classes in Japan, both at the Ishikawa Prefecture International Exchange Center and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies, the latter of which offers the most advanced intensive Japanese courses available and is primarily aimed at graduate and post-graduate students.

Given my academic experience and awards, extensive experience living and working in Japan and Japanese environments, and my familiarity with the language, I can be of great assistance for Japanese tutoring of all varieties--whether it be help with test prep, high school or university classes, or business, academic, or casual Japanese. I own most commercially available and reputable Japanese textbooks and learning resources (including those written in Japanese), so I'd love to incorporate them into our lessons as well.

I'm very available and approachable, so if you have any questions please do reach out to me at any time! I would love to talk to you more and get to know you on an individual basis.
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Shane C.

Shane C.

Cambridge, MA 02138
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$20 / 30-min

About Guifang X.

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Cambridge, MA

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I have more than eight years of language teaching experience. I have learned five languages over the years in China and overseas. I started tutoring Chinese students (age 8-16) English and Chinese when I was 19 and I founded my first summer camp in China when I was 20. Students who had registered for my summer camp increased from 25 in 2010 to 86 in 2016. I've gained very valuable skills and perspectives in teaching, not just as a teacher, but also as a student--students are my teachers too--I've learned there are always places that I can improve and better help them learn languages. Students' "needs" and "wants" are prioritized. It helps students achieve their goals while combined with students' "lacks" in lesson planing. Students should get involved in the lesson planing progress.

Interest is the best teacher. When I taught nonnative
Chinese speakers (in China, South Korea and the U.S) Chinese, it seemed it stimulated their curiosity and interest to learn Chinese when cultural elements were introduced--such as characters' origin and visualization, historical contexts and cultural traditions. I hope that approach can also bring you an enjoyable experience learning a new language!

To help you be able to use Chinese, our language learning is mainly through interactive and communicative approaches. Talk! Talk! Talk! Please don't be shy. It's okay to make mistakes. Learning from mistakes is also a very effective way to learn a new language. We can make more contextualized dialogues based on whatever textbook you are using now. Or we can produce functional conversation based on everyday topics that you are interested. Lesson plans are customized and they can be flexible.

Ready to get on the boat and sail on the sea of Chinese? :)
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Henry June 12, 2017
· Chinese · In studio
贵芳老师汉语教得很好。她有很多教语言的经历。到现在我还会问她喝多中文方面的问题。贵芳也是一个又热情又认真的人。十分推荐!
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Josh June 12, 2017
· Chinese · In studio
I recognized Guifang's experience as a language educator immediately. She is patient, concise, and clearly enjoys teaching. Her assistance has been crucial to my developing an efficient learning system. I rely on her for refresh and expand my Chinese language skills biweekly. She has way of conveying the subtleties of fluent pronunciation. I did not expect to make so much progress so quickly. Highly Recommend her services!
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Talin June 12, 2017
· · In home
Guifang is a gem. She's incredibly nice, and very good at correcting me in a direct but kind way. She's a lovely person and fantastic at teaching! I am so happy to have met her, and we continue chatting even though we're far apart now. I'd highly recommend her to anyone as a language instructor!
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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About Polina S.

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Somerville, MA
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I am a fourth-year student at Brown Univeristy, and I come from Moscow, Russia. I have worked as a tutor of English back home, and I was a German Language Teaching Assistant at Brown last semester, which was really rewarding and challenging and taught me the main thing about language learning - practice! I focus more on the conversational aspects of Russian language, the use of idioms and sayings, jargon, all of it being crucial in everyday conversation. Listening to podcasts and contemporary music, watching internet memes and short videos, reading news reports - I find these methods of improving your language skills to be the most valuable in teaching practice, and the most interesting to most students, because they create an immersion into the everyday life of Russia today.
Despite that I study Philosophy, I have a great passion for Rus
sian Literature since my teenage years, and my greatest crushes are Dostoevsky and Chekhov, not mentioning those 20th century classics, such as Bulgakov, Pasternak, or Brodsky. Russian and Soviet cinema is also incredibly rich and powerful, and I am interested in discussing Russian history as it has been portrayed and thought using the power of the screen.
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Polina S.

Polina S.

Somerville, MA 02144
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$20 / 60-min

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