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About Eduardo C.

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Sacramento, CA

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I am a Deaf fluent communicator and performer in ASL. I can teach you ASL effectively and with lots of fun!! I also communicate (and speak) very well in 3 languages: ASL, English, and Spanish. I can teach individually or teach a class. I founded Loud n Clear Musik to teach music and sign language to both the hearing and deaf world.

After witnessing my participation and my ASL poetries in different events, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from Norcal Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing hired me in within 20 hours to serve the greater Northern California and across the nation as a Deaf & Hard of Hearing Client Advocate. I am now very proud to serve with the Norcal in serving the Deaf Community and bridging the gap with the society using full ASL communication as well as English and Spanish.

I have also communicated and worked with children and teenagers in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program in 2 different High Schools and as an Instructional Assistant II for the Deaf and

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Since my birth, my life was influenced by music and my father's passion to sing. My sense of music started not with understanding of lyrics, but of melodies and rhythms. As matter of fact, the first language I learned was music!! How is this possible?! Well, because of my hearing disability, I did not speak fluently and very well until I was in 9th Grade!! But with God's grace, I understood the language of music first!!

At the age of 10 months, I was hit with a deadly disease: Spinal Meningitis. But thank God, I survived. Because of the disease, I became legally deaf (profound-severed) in my left ear and hard-of-hearing (severed) in my right ear. I currently use a hearing-aide device on my right ear. Regardless of my hearing disabilit
y, I have the gift of playing music, understanding music, and living musically. I have learned and played music since I was 8 years old.

Piano was not the first instrument I learned. I started off with playing drums which is my secondary. I decided to make piano as my primary instrument and loved playing the piano ever since. My parents noticed my gift of music and agreed to take me to private piano lessons weekly.

After multiple years of private piano lessons from age of 8 to 14 and taking music classes in High School, at the age of 16, I joined the full band in a local church as the lead keyboardist. Of 19 years - and counting - with experience of performing and playing piano with a band locally and out of towns, I've had the privilege for 2 years as the Director of Worship & Music Ministry at Victory Outreach Sacramento (Spanish). Victory Outreach International granted me an opportunity to perform the instrumental piano background at the 2011 Victory Outreach International/World Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, California.

In that same year, I enrolled into the full 2 1/2 year program at Life Music Institute (Instituto Vida Musik). The Director of Life Music Institute noticed my passion for music and the desire to create a Deaf Music some day; we became very close friends. He invited me to participate with 70 member choir at a local Sacramento Festival 2012. Saving the best for last, I was honored to lead in front of 3,800 people of the final special song "En Una Sola Voz" (In One Voice) in American Sign Language.

Currently, I am excited and honored to be the Worship Leader & Music Director at Elevate Life Church in Sacramento, CA.

Not only I play piano and drums, I play guitar as well! I loved acoustic guitar and decided to pick up a guitar and starting learning. Now, the guitar is my third instrument.

Besides living and playing music, I teach also! By numerous peers, families, and friends, I've been told that I have the gift of teaching. I love teaching!!

I felt compelled to start teaching piano in 2010 at home. Loud n Clear Musik was founded. I've been hired by Southgate Recreation & Park District in Sacramento, CA as a Special Interest Instructor and taught there too.

My teaching experience did not start there however. I first started teaching at the Sacramento City Unified School District as the Teacher Assistant from 2001 to 2004 at Sacramento High School and J F Kennedy High School. It was an unforgettable experience teaching the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing, and disabled students. I returned to the Sacramento City Unified School District as an Instructional Assistant I & II in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Special Education Program and worked there making a difference from 2012 to 2016.

While seeking a way to further serve the Deaf Community at a greater scale, I received a surprise message from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from a high reputation non-profit organization called Norcal Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has heard about me and watched me volunteered and witnessed my ASL poetries in different events. In within 20 hours, I got hired on the interview. I am now serving the greater Northern California as a Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Deaf-Blind Client Advocate. In Fall 2016, I helped launch an ASL class for the community with NorCal. Since then, I am still leading and teaching that class. I am now very proud to serve with the Norcal in serving the Deaf Community and bridging the gap with the society using full ASL communication as well as English and Spanish.

From time to time, I participate, volunteer, or get invited to share my unique gift of performing poetry in ASL and dance. I also volunteer to interpret for any service as needed.

Occasionally, I share special events to all my students, friends, and family to witness, participate, or to support. Many times, I participate in those events and always encourage others to participate as well, especially at Deaf Camp Grizzly. I'm often asked to perform there.

I believe that music is not our life. Our life is music. You ARE a music. I'm looking forward to help you have a musical life!!

*** Music & ASL Lesson Details ***
(NOTE: ASL Lesson are available only. Piano and Guitar Lessons are on hold for a season. Smile.)

My approach is play music or sign first, then read and write music or understand ASL structure along the way. Just like an infant would speak first, then read and write later. It is more effective and smarter. Lessons are for all ages and are started off with songs based on their familiarity and strengths. Then progressively, I build on their weaknesses and expand their instrument and performance or sign language skills. The finally, when students are ready, I clearly explain and reveal on the music theory or sign language structure and grammar. There, their ‘whys’ are answered and ‘oohhhh-that-makes-sense’ are uttered. Lessons are progressive and it's not strict on my plan, but on the students' progress. Through patience and encouragement, my students enjoy succeeding learning how to sign American Sign Language or play music on their choice of instrument.

During the first lesson, I care about my students and their parents first; I want to be a friend to both of them. At the same time, they'll have a strategical, knowledgeable, and wise teacher. I start off with lots of comfortable questions about my new students, parents, and their interest. I even encourage my students to ask me questions too!! I move on in empowering my students to feel more at ease, confident, and fearless - and to enjoy!! Can a student learn without believing in themselves? Can a student have interest and passion without having fun or with a smile on their face? I encourage those important factors.

After noting down key strengths and weakness, their culture and daily environments, goals, examples of lessons, their preference of topics, needs, styles and songs, and creating a song list together, through excellence rapport and communication, I'll get the feeling of the students’ expectations, needs, and what they enjoy.

My style of teaching is very interactive and for anyone to learn. I had a 6 year old student who learn her first song, "London Bridge" on her first day. One adult student, who supposedly could never be on tempo, finally achieved this from tempo #50 to tempo #150 in 3 lessons. Other students who can play 'well' now improve their flexibility playing Major Scales with two hands with up-beat rhythms. Others can now fully understand the theory and rules of Major Scales, Minor Scales, Major and Minor Chords, Diminished and Augmented Chords, and fill out the exercise charts without hesitation. Surprisingly, another student now performs comfortably in front of their friends and family just for fun!! For sign language, students are always enjoying in learning to sign and my humors. Plenty of ASL students would be so encouraged and wants to pursue in becoming a professional interpreter or get a degree in Deaf Studies. These are just few examples of techniques, lessons, skills, theories, success, and new endeavors that students experience through my passionate teaching. I love what I'm doing!!

Each student learns in different ways. I am flexible and have access to many outside resources to ensure that my students' lessons are effective. My personality is lovely, fun, patience, peaceful, funny, kind, and friendly. From time to time, shy and timid private and group students are now confident and courageous. One very young student came up to me on his second lesson and said, "I really like you, Mr. Eddie!! I always enjoy seeing my student smile and laughing learning how to play music or learning sign language.

***Requirements***
Strong internet is required. The stronger the internet, the smoother and clearer the lessons will be.
A quiet area is required for effective teaching and learning.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary, alternative, soft pop, pop-rock, R&B and uniquely gifted signing songs in American Sign Language with dance. But I am flexible in different genres. I enjoy all kinds of styles and genres. But more importantly, I study students' preference of genres to teach them basic fundamentals and go from there to more complicated fundamentals and techniques. I focus on teaching the students thoroughly of 3 elements of music: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythms - whichever is easier and more enjoyable for students to start with. Dynamics also are taught as well to add another important dimension to the music. Students do not have to sign songs if they just want to focus on communicating in sign language. Not a problem.

To achieve in understanding and performing or signing with all these elements, I highly implement them through visual, reading, writing, listening, and playing or signing. Lessons are hands on, active, thorough, and with common-sense examples and clarifications. Also, I enjoy teaching through many life examples to 'open their eyes' to the music language. I make sure that all their 'whys' are answered in a timely manner.

Looking forward to meet you!!
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Cathy D. September 7, 2016
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Cathy D. July 30, 2016
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very impressed, he evaluates and presents subject matter and interact very professionally
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Rosemary R. June 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Eduardo is a perfect piano teacher! He is patient, clear with instructions and a very good communicater. He helps build Leila Leila's confidents. I are both happy with Eduardo.
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About Thomas Y.

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Gaithersburg, MD
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I have tutored American Sign Language (ASL) during my time as a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and as a federal employee.

With my Deaf experience and experience with tutoring ASL, I can make tutees feel comfortable with talking in ASL and talking with Deaf people, Hard-of-Hearing people, and Deafblind people.

As for a book, I recommend “Basic Course in American Sign Language” authored by Tom Humphries.

About Thomas
I am born and have grown up Deaf. I regularly communicate in American Sign Language (ASL).

During my time at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), I weekly met a few students and helped them with their ASL courses. I signed words and sentences to these students when they asked me questions.

After I have graduated from RIT, I have earned three years of professional experience at two federal agencies. At one of these federal agencies, I have participated in ASL courses by one-on-one signing words and sentences to tutees and by having these tutees copy these words and sentences in ASL.

I can provide ASL lessons in the alphabet, common signs, visual description, classifiers, sentence structure, facial expression, body language, specialized signs, and ethical or professional relationships with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people
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Gaithersburg, MD 20879
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About dan C.

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Redlands, CA
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I have a PASSION for ASL and use the latest materials and techniques. All lessons are worked out between student, family and myself. Meeting the students' needs are upmost to success.

About dan
I love teaching ASL so much for it is my passion. I am a fun ASL teacher and you will love how fast you learn ASL. Sign up now. You can find my youtube videos online. My background includes having deaf parents and daughters that are deaf so I have been using ASL all of my life as it's my first language and I am a CODA (child of deaf parents). I have taught k-12 deaf students for over 30 years. My favorite subject is teaching American Sign Language (all levels) and interpreting which I taught at the local college for over 20 years. I have lifetime teaching credentials for k-12 and community college. Presently, I interpret for the deaf free-lance. I have taught over 3000 students over my many years of teaching, it is my love.
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Gina February 5, 2017
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Dan is great! He made me comfortable in learning something that is so foreign to me. I look forward to my next lesson with Dan!
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Charlie B. July 11, 2016
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Dan was extremely helpful and experienced! He had prepared beforehand and gave me great ideas for my sign language presentation for next week. I learned new vocabulary words and he helped me with ASL interpretation! I am grateful!
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About Joy B.

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Fayetteville, AR
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I studied ASL in college for a year with Deaf professors. After that I did my best to maintain the language by surrounding myself with Deaf friends or classmates, or online vlogs, etc. I offer between 25-30 ASL lessons which will help a complete novice cover all of the ASL beginner lessons and learn about Deaf history and culture. Once a student arrives there, I can then become a conversation partner.

About Joy
Want to learn to speak Spanish? Sign ASL? I would love to be a part of your journey!
As a current Spanish and ASL tutor, I am a patient, and friendly person, who is passionate about language learning! I have personal experience on what it takes to learn a second language, for I am a learned Spanish and ASL speaker. My teaching approach is personalized, fun, and focused. I can't wait to meet you, assess your language level, and get started with what will best help meet your goals!
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Shai October 12, 2017
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Joy is teaching beginner ASL to my 9 year old and she is amazing! My daughter loves learning from Joy and looks forward to each class. Even though she is in a different state, the online learning is simple and easy. Thank you Joy!
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About Tony S.

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Richmond, TX

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I've been teaching ASL for 19 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of ASL and Deaf culture! I am passionate about teaching, Deaf ministry, and ASL!
Within the first few lessons, you'll start signing simple sentences and as time goes on, you'll be able to converse with people who are Deaf! You will also be learning about the culture of Deaf people at the same time.

Having four children of my own, I have seen the importance of teaching babies sign language. I have seen first hand how it actually speeds up the speech development process and has given them stronger conceptual skills.

If you are a new parent or if you have a child that is losing their hearing and/or going deaf, I will support you and teach you how to communicate effectively.
If you want to avoid the "terrible 2's" let's get to signing right away! :)

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About Tony
Hi, there! My name is Tony and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching formal and private lessons since 1996 and have loved helping my students learn American Sign Language while developing confidence in their skills. I went to Harding University and was trained and tutored by a Master ASL Instructor as well as the Deaf community. I'm a patient and fun person and my teaching style is highly interactive. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Carla October 9, 2017
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Tony is very knowledgeable, kind, polite, punctual. I am learning vocab, sentence structure and deaf culture. Very happy.
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Joshua October 8, 2017
· American Sign Language · Online
Mr. Slate is one of the best teachers I have ever had! He is funny, kind and compassionate and he loves his students and is invested in making sure they succeed in his class. ASL has changed my life because of him and how he teaches us that it isn't just a language, but also a culture. He makes learning fun and therefore it allows me to do better in his class. He's awesome! Anyone would be blessed to have him as a teacher!
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Sarah October 8, 2017
· American Sign Language · In studio
Mr. Slate is truly an amazing teacher! He is always willing to help his students and better his students in any way that he can and he keeps his classes fun and interesting. I have learned more ASL with him than I have with anyone else because he is constantly pushing me to do better and is very approachable if I have any questions or need extra help. He is very invested in his students and is very knowledgeable in ASL and is amazing at his job! Love him!
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About Rebecca R.

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I am a Sign Language Interpreter with a Bachelors degree in American Sign Language Interpreting and a masters degree in Criminal Justice. I have an Advanced SLPI score, written NIC and am state licensed in Indiana.
I struggled during the first years of my program so I was able to learn a lot of study tips and ways to help me improve my signing and would love to help you learn!

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My name is Rebecca and I am a Sign Language Interpreter. I graduated from the University of Louisville in 2015 with my bachelors in American Sign Language Interpreting Studies. In 2016 I graduated with my masters degree from the University of Louisville in Criminal Justice. I have worked in a variety of settings including K-12, medical, legal, religious, job training, and mental health.
I had to work really hard through school and learn a lot about studying, time management, and organization which I love to help my students with. Having the tools to learn how to study is a very important piece of improving your skills and can really help you grow. Sign Language is a constant learning process and I would love to learn with you and help you improve your skills!
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Lindsay G. October 10, 2017
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Avah P. September 7, 2017
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I feel we chose the perfect instructor for our daughter to continue her learning sign language. Her first lesson was so successful. She learned A lot in just a short amount of time. We are looking forward to more lessons to strengthen and hopefully make her
fluent. Very happy we chose Rebecca with take lessons.
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About Victoria G.

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Mission, TX

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I love sign language! It is not only something I use as a Sign Language Interpreter but as an everyday language among friends.
What experience do I have?? I have had a lot of experience teaching sign language both for work and pleasure.
I have had experience working with many age groups teaching Sign Language. Some Elementary School-High School Level, Businesses and Employees seeking to learn ASL to enhance customer service opportunities, and even young children with multiple disabilities.

What can you get from my class that you may not get from others? For starters, in teaching my own courses I have found the best ways to make learning ASL enjoyable and easy. I go at your own pace is key and I would love to work with anyone of any level.
I also have extensive training with the Interpreters Training Program for Sign Language Interpreters. What use is that you may ask! I have knowledge in Sign Language in areas of Medical, Law and Education! I also have training in Sign to ...

About Victoria
Hello everyone! My name is Victoria and have known sign language for several years now. I have a degree in the field of Sign Language Interpreting, a job that I love with all my heart. I have worked with Deaf students from elementary to college levels and weekly enhance my skill with my constant contact with the Deaf community. I've had the joy of teaching ASL to students with multiple disabilities from the ages of 3-8 and taught group classes for all ages from the months of June - August in my community. I also teach piano out of my home studio to my 14 wonderful students! ASL is a BEAUTIFUL language. Come learn with me and I assure you that you will agree and learn to love the language as much as I do!
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Lauren O. October 15, 2017
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Such a fun time! I’m learning a lot!
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