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About Jennifer P.

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Gwynn Oak, MD
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About Jennifer
I am a professional singer-songwriter and have been teaching lessons fulltime for the last 12 years. I teach students of all ages and levels of experience. My current range of students include: kids with learning/developmental disabilities, teenagers who have starred in school musicals, and performing adult singer-songwriters. Whatever your background or desire, I can help you to cultivate your unique musical potential, and to strengthen your creative voice.

As a professional vocalist and pianist, I have worked freelance, in a variety of settings, over the years--including solo, in wedding bands, small jazz and rock/pop groups and with big bands. I have been singing with the Mood Swings Big Band for 6+ years. During that time, we have performed at the White House, the Chamber of Commerce and in Kennebunkport, Maine (at the Bush e
state).

I also have an extensive professional and personal background in meditation (10 years), astrology (5 years) and healing (particularly Reiki, 4 years). I am very interested in the intersection between a healing/mindfulness-awareness approach and singing/playing piano.
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Amira W. September 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Ms. Jennifer was outstanding we can not wait for the next lesson.
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Jesse V. February 9, 2017
· Singing · Online
perfect
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Gabrielle I. January 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Jennifer is an awesome piano teacher! She works great with children! My 6 year old is very engaged, interested and ready to learn! She leaves each week saying how she cannot wait for her next lesson and she practices a lot at home. I believe this comes from Jennifer's excellence in teaching! I would highly recommend her!
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Jennifer P.

Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
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About Karen D.

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My name is Karen D. and I have been crocheting for the past 58yrs. and knitting for the past 27 yrs. I am currently a Certified Knitting and Crochet instructor from The Yarn Council of America. I was certified in the year 2000. I have taught in Michael's Arts and Craft store, JoAnn Fabric, Community College of Baltimore County.
Baltimore county (Adult enrichment Program) and the Police Athletic Program. I am recently retired from Black Sheep Yarn Shop as their Knitting and Crochet Instructor, I give classes in beginner knit and crochet, thread crochet, filet crochet and Tunisian crochet. I also teach lace knitting, intreloc knitting etc.
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Louise S. January 7, 2018
· Crocheting · In studio
Delightful! Karen was patient, professional and full of ideas. Looking forward to my next session.
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patricia September 21, 2017
· Crocheting · In studio
Karen is very patient and has a great attitude and personality. She is very talented and appears eager to share her knowledge. I really enjoyed the experience. Peas Patricia
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Amanda August 11, 2017
· Crocheting · In studio
I had an awesome learning experience with Karen. She is patient and knowledgeable and I definitely knew how to crochet when I left after just one lesson. She showed me how to make a scarf and showed me how I can take those stitches and make a blanket. She taught me how to read the symbols and patterns and I can crochet!!!
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Karen D.

Karen D.

Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
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About Melissa Q.

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Staten Island, NY

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Hi there! I'm Melissa, and I am a fashion design and sewing teacher on Staten Island. I have been teaching children and adults how to sew since 2014. I've been sewing since I was a child, and I've been teaching since 2007.

I am mostly self-taught, and that, coupled with my youth, gives me a unique perspective when teaching. My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson- almost all of my students finish the first hour with a handy drawstring bag to keep their new sewing supplies in. I have a specific sewing curriculum for the first 3-5 lessons that helps lay a groundwork for making more exciting things.

After we finish those steps, I work individually with students to make whatever they would like, from Halloween costumes to memory pillows to peplum tops. The choice is
yours. I'm not the kind of teacher that is going to make you spend hours mastering a straight hem because frankly, that's really boring. I want you to learn while working on projects you care about

My experience includes;

-I worked in a tutoring school teaching kids from ages 5-17 in all subjects.
-I designed a program called Creative Studios for creative writing, fashion design and fine art. I taught these subjects to students aged 8-12.
-I teach sewing and fashion design (including fashion drawing) to various students in a one on one format.
-I teach fashion design and sewing to tweens, teens, and adults at SI Dance and Arts Center
-I am a resident costumer for Sundog Theatre.
-I taught at the Harlem Educational Activities Fund Saturday Academy
-I am pursuing a Masters in Adolescent Education in Social Studies

Please note that I am located in Staten Island, NY. I may be able to accommodate some Brooklyn students, but please inquire before booking. I have locations in 10306 and 10309 that can accommodate students if you don't wish to learn in home.

My studio space is located at Staten Island Dance and Art Center. It's a lovely, artsy space with bright yellow walls, four sewing machines, 2 professional mannequins, and a closet full of fabric and notions!
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Rose C. April 17, 2018
· Sewing · In home
It was good I feel so happy I know now how to use my machine and looking forward. To my next class .
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Madison March 26, 2018
· Sewing · In home
My daughter had her first lesson and is off to a great start with Melissa
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Kathy September 6, 2017
· Sewing · In home
very patient with me!
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Melissa Q.

Melissa Q.

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About Morgan J.

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Loveland, OH
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About Morgan
My name is Morgan. I am a hula hoop dance performer and instructor for Spin Happy Hoop Dance in Cincinnati. I have been hula hooping since 2009 and take pleasure in sharing my art with others! I specialize in teaching both children and adults hula hoop dance. I have a ton of knowledge to share, so come ready to learn!

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My new studio is currently under construction. While I do have a temporary location set up for use until my studio is ready, I would really appreciate everyone's patience and understanding while I am getting my new place set up! My temporary location does have A/C, plenty of space, high ceilings and mirrors.
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Leslie February 2, 2017
· Hula Hoop · Online
Morgan taught me some great tips on exactly the moves I most needed; I really learned a lot!
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Laura January 23, 2017
· Hula Hoop · Online
My daughter LOVES Morgan and looks forward to her lesson every week!
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Sarah C. October 8, 2016
· Hula Hoop · In studio
Terrific as usual
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Morgan J.

Morgan J.

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About Karla R.

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Ontario, CA

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Hello! My name is Karla and I love all things artsy and crafty. I learned to sew when I was 9 and have been improving my skills since then by taking classes or just trying things out on my own. I'm currently taking classes to get certified as a Pattern Maker, which is another passion of mine linked to the fashion industry. I've also spent the last year and a half building my Etsy shop for custom designed clothing for women and children. Since I also have my degree in Theater and Dance I enjoy being a freelance costume designer for dance or theater companies; creating custom designs for their shows.
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Marisa Elsaesser May 3, 2018
· Sewing · Online
I signed up for this lesson because I had gotten stuck in my sewing project. I liked that we were able to jump right in to addressing the issue (as opposed to me spending a lot of time digging through tutorials online which never seem to answer my questions). Karla was able to get me unstuck quickly, which allowed time for us to discuss additional tips on the construction of my garment.
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Renee March 25, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Karla was extremely helpful. I liked that we didn’t have to use a set plan, but that she had lesson plans if I was interested. She could cater her teaching to specific questions I had or skills I wanted to learn. We used the camera to display what we meant and to assess my progress. Highly recommend!
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Simone January 24, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Lesson was great. Karla was very patient and explained everything in detail. Thank you so much and I will see you again for more lessons.
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Karla R.

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About Bingjie L.

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Great Neck, NY
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Hello I'm a 2122rated United States Chess Federation Expert in the top 5% of Chess players in the US. I have taught in different locations since 2007 including Gaos chess school in Flushing queens, Gold Coast Arts Center and Cumberland Center in Great Neck, Ny as well as private lessons in my home in Great Neck. I have learned from many grandmasters including Igor Smirnov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Tamaz Gelashvili, Damian Lemos, Maxim Dlugy. I teach all aspects of chess ranging from beginners to advanced players. I will help meet your chess improvement needs. I'm happy to meet you, and I hope to improve your chess.
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Bingjie L.

Bingjie L.

Online
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About Sharron J.

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Gwynn Oak, MD

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My resume includes graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts and continued studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art until I decided I didn’t want to be a “Starving Artist”. So, I graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources Management. My education also includes 27 graduate credits that were leading to a Master’s in Public Administration when I decided to discontinue that path. After twenty-five years in the public sector, I decided to revisit my passion for art in my spare time. As a youngster, I remember wanting to teach art in schools, but I did not want the restrictions that are present in the classrooms and more so today. All forms of art is a freeing practice that is practiced and developed over time.
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Jess January 8, 2018
· Watercolor Painting · In studio
Highly recommend! Sharron is very talented and encompasses many different skills in the arts. Classes were always enjoyable - I learned and most importantly had a lot of fun! I appreciated how personable she was and feel more confident in my painting skills.
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Shanon October 10, 2017
· Acrylic Painting · In home
Sharron was an awesome instructor!!! She was very professional. She showed up early to set up for my daughter's paint and sip party. Sharron gave very detailed descriptions to help guide the amateur artists. Everyone enjoyed the personal feedback that was given. Sharron made our party a huge success. I would definitely recommend her services.
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Sharron J.

Sharron J.

Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
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About Azeezat L.

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Laurel, MD
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About Azeezat
I am a young lady being in the sewing business for over 10 years and decide to pass the knowledge on from late 2015.
I am very patient with student. I understand the pace of assimilation is different in every human being, children, adults , male or female. I teach the very rare free hand in a very much simple way. And very friendly and have a good class plan to make learning easy.
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Aminata O. March 11, 2018
· Sewing · In home
This teacher was so pleasant. her customer service skills makes it easy to learn so quick. I only wanted to know ho to treat my new machine and I was able to complete that successfully in this short session.
I will recommend her to anyone who needs a skillful, calm and friendly instructor.
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Toyeeb March 6, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Worst in teaching than her?Certainly, You will find millions of teacher around the world.
Best in teaching than her? Probably, you might find a very few teachers that can meet this criteria.
Like her? You will never find a teacher like her. Not only she knows sewing , then she knows how to teach people to sew. I have seen her turning students to CEO. I have seen her changing life of her students by giving them the opportunity to sew for themselves, their families or even make money from sewing.
She is very knowledgeable, joyful, honest and very professional.
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Tamunominini March 5, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Hayzee stitches is a magnificent trainer in sewing. She takes her time in the process, taking into consideration all types of learner and ensuring a systematic teaching technique. I’m so privileged to be a family of Hayzee stitches.
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Azeezat L.

Azeezat L.

Laurel, MD 20708
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About Sierra W.

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Baltimore, MD
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Aspiring to be a Fashion Designer, Seamstress or Tailor? Looking for some Alteration pointers? Or do you or your child have a keen interest in sewing? Look no further, I am a professional Fashion designer with Professional & Industry knowledge; I have sewn for Nordstrom, Centerstage, Several Small local Business, The Four Seasons Hotel, & Personal Clientes.
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Sierra W.

Sierra W.

Baltimore, MD 21201
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$67 / 30-min

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