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About Zachary B.

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About Zachary
Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject
we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks!

Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.

Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
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Susan Y. September 14, 2015
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Zachary is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and really understands what he student want and need. Highly recommend him for a teacher
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wynoka J. August 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!
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Draaco A. May 19, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
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About Joy S.

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Lansdowne, PA
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About Joy
I am a graduate of UC San Diego (bachelor of arts, sociology) and UCLA (master of public policy). As a child of immigrant parents, I value diversity and love learning languages. I read, write and speak Spanish fluently, and have intermediate command of both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese in reading, writing, and speech.

Photography has been one of my main areas of focus for over ten years. I am trained in both film and digital formats and specialize in demystifying the DSLR so that you gain a good understanding of manual settings and how to use each to improve your photos.

Caring, compassion, and understanding are essential for learning and I strive to do my best in these areas.
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Rachel December 16, 2017
· Cantonese · Online
Has so far taught me so much about Mandarin and is a really great teacher and if you want to learn Mandarin then this is the teacher you should choose to learn it.
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Nancy November 15, 2017
· Photography · Online
Joy is lovely and has been very flexible with my schedule. You can tell she loves photography and enjoys teaching. If I was more of an online learner I would have rated the session a 5. I am now realizing I am more of a hands on person it is personally challenging for me to learn using this method. In an ideal world we would be learning by shooting in real time.
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Anne October 30, 2017
· Photography · In home
Joy was very helpful and patient. She answered my questions in a very understandable and clear way. I look forward to future lessons with her.
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Joy S.

Joy S.

Lansdowne, PA 19050
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About Jean-Luc B.

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Wilmington, DE
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About Jean-Luc
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My name is Jean-Luc, I am from the Loire Valley in France and have broad experience in teaching French at various levels (beginners to AP French, DELF and DALF) for numerous years. Based on the belief that a better world for all can be achieved through better communication, my mission has sought to improve language skills and cultural understanding for people of all ages and professions. If you want to learn or improve your French, I can help you with my French Language Training. I customize my classes and offer tutoring options to suit individual needs. My experience and skills combined with the Tutoring Live online enables my students to start speaking French from the very first session. I adapt the lesson to my student, even if sometimes it requires re-examining what was initially planned. I will be very happy helping y
ou with yours needs.
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Kalpana D. December 10, 2017
· French · Online
Very organized and thorough!
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Harry October 28, 2017
· French · Online
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· French · Online
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About Jackie A.

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Clifton Heights, PA
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About Jackie
Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to check out my profile. Just a side note, I DO have a background check just not through the company TakeLessons wants me to use. I have taught elementary and middle school aged children through this website (as well as adults.) I have experience tutoring high school students in Spanish and French as an undergrad in college. I also taught English abroad while I studied in Geneva, Switzerland. I have taught English as a Second Language as a volunteer in the city. This past year I have taught French, Spanish, and English as a Second Language through TakeLessons.

I am TEFL certified and have a B.A. in Political Science - concentration in International Politics, minors in French and Theatre.

Here are some articles I have written featured here on the Take Lessons website -

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http://takelessons.com/blog/5-perfect-travel-destinations-for-beginner-spanish-speakers-z03
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jackie August 9, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Jackie is a great teacher. She is easy to work with and makes learning a new language seem doable and fun. She tries to find exactly what you want to work on and get you speaking in Spanish right away.
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Shloka V. February 25, 2016
· French · Online
Very patient and understands the child's psychology.. She teaches very well.
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Ritika K. November 10, 2015
· Spanish · In studio
Very friendly and flexible. My kids love her from the first class. Looking forward for more lessons.
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Jackie A.

Jackie A.

Clifton Heights, PA 19018
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About Mohamed A.

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Fairfield, CT
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I am Mohamed from Egypt. I have been teaching English and Arabic for four years. I was an Arabic teacher at Fairfield University and I studied Language Education Technology class in the United States to experience teaching online. In addition, I attended language education workshops. I also worked as an Arabic writer and wrote more than 200 educational Arabic articles.
I love seeing students speak Arabic fluently and confidently. I am creative and passionate about teaching Arabic through culture, so no matter what you want to learn or talk about, I am ready to teach you any book for whatever purpose you study Arabic for. I will hand-write directly on your screen and send you the papers.
Please contact me when you have any questions. Ahlan wa sahlan, I can not wait to meet you.
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Seyfi December 7, 2017
· Arabic · Online
Very knowledgeable and patient instructor. Really enjoy learning with Mohamed.
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Yolanda November 28, 2017
· Arabic · Online
Mohamed is an incredible tutor , he is very patient and takes the time to explain an questions that may arise. He went above and beyond during our lessons several times. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who would like to learn Arabic on any level.
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Karen November 8, 2017
· Arabic · Online
Mohamed is the best! He's a great teacher. Mohamed ' s knowledge of the Arabic language and Middle Eastern/Arabian culture are vast. His English proficiency is at about 98% (in my opinion), so there are no awkward moments, where he doesn't know what I'm talking about. He is patient; kind; gentle; and encouraging. Being taught anything by Mohamed is a great experience that I would recommend to everyone.
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About Tere G.

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Wilmington, DE
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Hello, hello! My name is Tere and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have loved helping my students to learn spanish, improve their microsoft skills, and understand business. I went to Tec de Monterrey* in Mexico earned a degree in Marketing and International Business in 2006. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Indiana, attending Indiana University, Kelley School of Business in Bloomington in 2003. I'm an outgoing and passionate person and my teaching style is fun, simple, and full of real life examples. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

*In 2013, the Tecnológico de Monterrey was awarded a five-star global rating based on its QS Star Rating, which ranks it as a world-class university. There are currently around 40 universities which have a five-star rating, and the Tecnoló
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Adrienne May 3, 2016
· Spanish · In studio
Tere is very patient and helps guide you through your entire session. So friendly and genuine...I cannot wait for my next session!
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Tere G.

Wilmington, DE 19803
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About Michelle W.

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West Chester, PA

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I'm currently a college student working on my B.A in Music Ed, and have been making music since I was 7. I've had the most experience with students aged 8-14, but I'm open for anything. As a Spanish minor, I speak Spanish fairly well and have experience with an ESL program.
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Rachel A. November 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
Michele was great! Always worked with our busy schedule and worked well with our 14 year old data!
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Amrita M. August 19, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Very good
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Brenda July 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Michelle is patient and maintains her sense of humor - making her a great instructor!
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Michelle W.

Michelle W.

West Chester, PA 19383
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About Hadi S.

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Brookhaven, PA

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About Hadi
I am a working musician (my band performs >50 times in a year) in the Philadelphia area. I play piano, electric piano and hammond organ. With my band, I play Funk, New Orleans, Classic Rock and Blues and I also perform piano solo in Jazz, Pop/Rock and Blues.

I have been playing keys for over 20 years and graduated from Berklee College of Music with a major in Jazz Composition and Music Production & Engineering. I have taught students, teenagers, adult and small children as young as 5 years old. My teaching is focused on stylistic piano playing (chord playing, improvisation, transposition) for students over 10 years with at least 1 year continuous piano training. I certainly welcome piano training for beginners as early as preparatory level. A baby grand piano is available at my house for piano tutoring should you choose to come to my l
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My graduate study was in Acoustics. I am an acoustical consultant and also an audio engineer. I specialized in room acoustics and electro-acoustics (loudspeaker design). I have a studio at home and open to audio tutoring (recording and mixing) request as well.

I am originally from Indonesia and have already published two books. I can help with Indonesian language tutoring for English native speakers. I have done many seminars/workshops both in English and Indonesian,

I welcome tutoring requests in Music (Piano, Composition/Arranging), Music Theory, Music Production or other Audio/Acoustics related topics.

Hadi
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Mike D. June 20, 2017
· Indonesian · Online
Good start, Terima caseh, Hamid
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Hadi S.

Hadi S.

Brookhaven, PA 19015
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Edgewood, MD

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I have had fourteen years of teaching experience teaching third grade through graduate level. I can teach conversationally in Latin. I am comfortable teaching grammar or not. I can use storytelling, parsing, and translation to improve your understanding of Latin. I have composed one course of Latin using a history of the Old Testament.

I have composed a Latin course using the Gospel of John. I am a lover of the Latin language and I hope to make you excel in it.
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Demian September 7, 2017
· Latin · Online
Thank you for being a great Latin teacher and for all your encouragement and inspiration.
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Angelo July 12, 2017
· Latin ·
In the one year that I had Mr. Scharping, it was easy to see how much he really loved the language. Personally, I loved his style of continuous repetition in order to learn things. In class he would speak to us in Latin and we would respond in Latin, which really helped me master the language. If you ever needed help he was also very open to help you out. I would gladly recommend Mr. Scharping to any of my friends, if they wanted to learn Latin, because of his diligence and extensive knowledge of the language.
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Pamela June 29, 2017
· Latin ·
As a parent, I was so pleased with Mr. Scharping's knowledge and enthusiasm for Latin.
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Kurt S.

Kurt S.

Edgewood, MD 21040
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About Ximena C.

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Lancaster, PA

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Well rounded native Spanish Teacher and Tutor with experience in multicultural environments and with expertise on Elementary School teaching as well as adults and senior students. Caring, dedicated and punctual in every activity I engage. Currently holds a Native Spanish Teaching License with the State of Iowa. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ximena-campos-169143133/
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Ximena C.

Ximena C.

Lancaster, PA 17601
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