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About Crystal S.

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About Crystal
Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

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Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Crystal S.

Crystal S.

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About Monica U.

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Columbia, MD

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I have a Master's Degree in Education and 5 years of teaching experience. I have been a private tutor now for the past 6 years for children ages 4 years old and up. I tutor elementary, middle, high school and college students. I have also tutored quite a few adults in Excel, Word, Proofreading Papers ad other software programs. I can also tutor PDF Bookmakring or PDF Bookmark documents for you,
I am familiar with common core and school standards. I would be more than happy to speak with you or your child's teacher regarding their needs.

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While I have extremely high expectations for all my students, I adjust my approach for each student in order to best serve him or her; for many of my students, for example, I design specific programs centered around goals, strengths, and areas for improvement. I am very famili
ar with different learning styles. I am very flexible in scheduling and meeting my student’s needs. So far for the last 4 years, I have been very successful in one-on-one tutoring and have managed to pull many students from grades of D's & F's to A's and B's.

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Workbooks, flashcards, journals, lessons, projects, etc

*** Specialties ***
Reading, Spelling, Phonics, Math, English, ADD/ ADHD
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Taylor August 27, 2017
· Mixology · Online
Excellent!
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LaShanda Terry April 22, 2017
· Mixology · Online
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Olivia T. April 25, 2016
· Reading · Online
My name is Olivia Monica is helping me with me reading she is a great teacher to work with and she is make me feel more confidint in my reading.
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Monica U.

Monica U.

Ellicott City, MD 21042
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About Lisa R.

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Elkridge, MD
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About Lisa
30 minute in home/travel lessons are available as an introductory rate for the first 5 lessons with prices subject to change based on travel time and cost.

International Scholar looking to help your children, teenagers, or yourself learn Spanish or Portuguese.
M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University with a 3.5 GPA. My degree also makes me well qualified to teach, American History, World History, Social Studies, and Political Science.

My first experience with tutoring was in 2004, when I helped to tutor middle school students learning English as a second language (ESL). I also have a year of experience as a teaching assistant on a study abroad program in Brazil. During the program I taught a basic Portuguese class for the college students and conducted simultaneous translations. I also have 8 years of ex
perience teaching special needs children (autism).

More than three years experience training adults on IT programs such as MS Project and PowerPoint. More than three years experience training event planners in the U.S. Courts.

I currently use Spanish at my work on a daily basis.
I worked at the Embassy of Brazil in D.C. for three years, speaking Portuguese everyday. I have done Portuguese- English, English-Portuguese interpretation for them at events in the U.S. I work full time so am available on weekends and weeknights only.
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Ann November 3, 2017
· Portuguese · In home
We've only had one lesson so far, but Lisa recommended some great books and shows that will improve my Portuguese. She also gauged my level of knowledge and my preferred method of learning.
I'm looking forward to our future lessons.
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James W. May 22, 2015
· Portuguese · Online
It's going great I think
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ruth K. January 13, 2015
· Spanish · In home
Lisa is a wonderful teacher. She always is on time and comes prepared with new lessons each week. She is very in tune with my level of Spanish and provides materials that I can handle and challenge me to grow. I am very pleased with her tutoring. I would recommend her highly as a teacher for anyone.
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Lisa R.

Lisa R.

Elkridge, MD 21075
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About Julissa F.

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Parkville, MD
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About Julissa
I am a freelance tutor and translator. I have been tutoring for more than 8 years. I am very friendly, patient and professional. I tutor college students and children. I got my Associate in Arts and Sciences - Psychology from Union County College in NJ. On my sessions I apply constructivist teaching techniques which have proven excellent results. I am an avid observer of details which helps me determine the student's strengths. My classes are fun as playing a game! I am also a Therapeutic Mentor in Catholic Charities. In order to be accepted I had to get a full background check because I deal with very special and unique children.
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Robin W. January 10, 2018
· Spanish · Online
I felt confident that I’ll have great guidance going forward. Her teaching method is soooo easy to understand.
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Maria G. December 4, 2017
· Spanish · In home
A very great and engaging instructor! Julissa makes her best effort to understand the needs of a student and she thoroughly helps with parts that are harder to understand. I really enjoy working with her!
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Ronda August 11, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Thank you so much for your patience. I truly enjoy my classes with Julissa. I am learning so much.
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Julissa F.

Julissa F.

Parkville, MD 21234
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About Jenny C.

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Baltimore, MD
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About Jenny
Hi. I'm Jenny.
I am Korean and I used to teach Korean language at high school for 5years.
I graduated from university in Korea and my major was Korean language education.
So, I think I have a lot of knowledge about Korean language and know well how to teach the students.
Also, I'm very interested in teaching Korean to foreigners and hope to be a friend with someone who is interested in Korean or Korean culture.
I can teach you not only the language but also culture like food, drama, history and kpop, if you want.
My English ability is intermediate or advanced, so I can teach and explain it in English as well.
I really appreciate your interest in Korea and it makes me to have a pride of my country.
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Nia S. December 21, 2017
· Korean · Online
I have had 5 lessons with Jenny so far and it's been a great experience. She's very patient and breaks concepts down very easily. She helps you to speak more naturally and helps you with understanding. Korean is easy to learn to read and write but listening is very difficult. However, Jenny helps me to understand and break down syllables and words by repitition. It also helps to study outside the class because then you can sound what you are learning into you mind and heart. Hope to be fluent one day.
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Airene October 22, 2017
· Korean · Online
Jenny is very thorough and patient with me. I'm so excited that I could at least start reading some Korean letters :)
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Kimber (Ollie) W. September 30, 2017
· Korean · In studio
It was fun and i really enjoy!
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Jenny C.

Jenny C.

Baltimore, MD 21201
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About Madeleine W.

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Bowie, MD

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Hello! Bonjour ! Je m'appelle Madeleine and I am a bilingual tutor and teacher with more than 8 years' experience in education.

As a language teacher, I have taught both French to American students and English to French students in the primary and secondary classrooms. I have also tutored both languages in person and online to high school students, college majors, and adults of all skill levels.

As a 2014 graduate of the University of Maryland in linguistics and French, I have a strong academic background in the grammar and literature. Having lived in France, I also have cultural experience and real-world exposure to the language.

With my near-native fluency in French, I can help you master complex grammar, expand relevant vocabulary, and practice real-world conversational skills, learning helpful cultural insights along the w
ay.

I love helping students realize their potential and reach their personal or professional goals in their second language, so please don't hesitate to contact me to get started on your French journey.

I look forward to meeting and working with you! À bientôt !
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Madeleine W.

Madeleine W.

Bowie, MD 20715
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$30 / 30-min

About Mariana I.

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Annapolis, MD
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About Mariana
My name is Mariana and I am a native Bulgarian. My passion is languages. I have a Bachelor's in French with an emphasis on language teaching. I've been tutoring for years. I can help your child getting better grade at school. I provide lessons on writing, reading, speaking, and grammar.I have worked in France on international projects concerning history, education, culture.
I am also an artist, professional cross stitch designer, member of the Maryland Federation of Arts and the Annapolis Arts Alliance. The cross stitch painting is my other passion. I can teach you how to create a masterpiece and turn your photos into cross stitch.
I am enthusiastic and looking forward to working with you!
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Laurie July 21, 2016
· French · In studio
Mariana was a great tutor. I am an adult with little experience speaking French. I enjoyed our conversations and she made learning the language very enjoyable. I hope to continue.
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Rachel G. June 12, 2015
· French · In studio
Mariana has been an incredible instructor. I came to her as an adult with no previous understanding of French. Her passion for teaching and knowledge of not only the language, but the culture as well, are unparalleled. She immediately made me feel confident by including conversation in our first lesson. I could not have asked for a better introduction to French. I highly recommend Mariana as your first choice for French!
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Mariana I.

Annapolis, MD 21403
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$25 / 30-min

About Elea P.

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Arnold, MD
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Hi !
I am French in cultural exchange in USA. I have a french management degree.
I like to share my knowledges and my culture to interested persons.
I can teach you french but not only the language, I can also teach you about the culture, the music, the food and all French things that may interest you.
I also give cello lessons. I learn it since I am 7 years old. I can teach beginners and intermediates students.
I will be really happy to help you !
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Elea P.

Elea P.

Arnold, MD 21012
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$22 / 30-min

About Lily S L.

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Baltimore, MD
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About Lily S
Dear all my future students and parents,

It is my pleasure to introduce myself!

I'm Lily. I am a professional concert pianist, traveling around the United States, Canada, and South Korea for orchestra concerts, solo performances, and fundraising concerts. I've been teaching for five years now and I just love meeting, working, and teaching new students!

Music is a magic language, and I would love to communicate with you!

I am the owner and artistic director of the Sunny Side Studio, where I am teaching as a piano and Korean teacher, working as a vocal and instrumental accompanist, and coordinating my private lessons for my students!

If you are interested in knowing about my studio, please talk to me! please message me! I will be more than happy to answer your questions!

I am so looking forward to seeing you all!

Che
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Lily
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John Springer Foley October 18, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
My son, Dade has been taking piano lessons with SooJi for four years now and unfortunately we have to stop as she moved to a new city. She is an absolutely gifted and exceptionally talented pianist and teacher. As a parent, I am engaged in every lesson, observing what my son is learning. Even if when he is tired, not fully prepared, SooJi never stops being kind to him. She always gives helpful tips for effective practice and progress. My son never stops smiling and laughing. Sometimes I join the lesson and also learn stuff and both my and my son just learn tons of new stuff from her lesson. Under SooJi's coaching, my son already finished two solo recitals, 40 minutes each. It is a REAL progress and I was really proud of my son, as he didn't know anything about music before meeting SooJi, and now he is able to play simple songs for people without getting nervous!
I also teach so I know this for sure. Teaching is a natural gift. Someone can be really good at something but might not be good at teaching. SooJi is a total gifted teacher. She knows what to teach, how to teach, what to use, how to deal with students and conflicts, and she is able to solve problems that my son had during practice. Whenever she says something, my son is like " now I got it!" and he is so happy learning from her.
She is an exceptional talent in performing piano as well. I asked her to play in my and my wife's wedding few weeks ago and she played few songs and it was absolutely gorgeous. I am just really sad and disappointed that she is not able to teach him anymore and I can not have fun with them again. But I know she will be literally the best piano teacher ever in whatever years from now. When you see her, you will clearly feel this: she is very professional, yet kind and super funny and silly. She is super talented, yet so humble. She is really good with any kinds of students, she just knows how to treat them differently.
I can see SooJi has a natural gift of teaching, and I do hope she comes back and teach my son again later. Thanks for the four years of teaching SooJi! We love you dear!
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Anna Francis October 17, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
She was an outstanding teacher with an exceptional talent in piano performance and teaching. She is very knowledgeable. She stayed focused and she is passionate about the pieces and demonstrated a lot on the pieces. I can also tell she is a very good pianist because she was able to illustrate everything I had to know in such a short amount of time. Another thing I really appreciated was how quickly and fully she was able to communicate with me about the lesson times and any questions I had for playing. I am so thankful for her encouragement, smile, jokes, and all the tips she gave me in the lesson. She is a fantastic teacher for sure, and I definitely recommend her. She surely has a gift of teaching.
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Jenna Hummel October 5, 2017
· Korean · In studio
Dear SooJi,

You asked for my thoughts on you as a teacher, but I don't think I'll be able to explain those very easily. Your impact on my life is more than I can explain or show. Of all the things I've learned from you, I consider Korean to be of a lesser importance than the life lessons, friendship, and communication skills you've taught me, whether on purpose or not. I'm thankful for everything you've done for me. I'll never forget how understanding and compassionate you are, and I can only hope to grow up and be half the person you are now. In all honesty, you're the best teacher I've ever had, and now I can understand what people mean when they say "This teacher shaped who I am today" and I'll never forget on stop being thankful to them.
Thank you for being you<3 Thank you for being the best Korean/Life teacher <3 Thank you for being the most passionate, true, and honest teacher <3
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Lily S L.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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About Martin V.

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Baltimore, MD

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Hi! I'm a very friendly, flexible, fun and patient teacher with a love for helping students reach their goals. I try my best to bring some fun and games to my lessons to make the material stick better! I have a methodical brain but I'm very open to hearing about how you learn best. I will always adapt my teaching style to better match you. It would be my pleasure to embark on a learning journey with you.
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Rebecca December 3, 2017
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Martin was a former student of mine, and I can honestly say I’ve never met anyone who had such a love and joy of learning and making discoveries. His personality is open and warm, and I imagine anyone lucky enough to study with him would benefit immensely. His enthusiasm is contagious and his energy knows no limits!
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Wook December 1, 2017
· Electronics · In studio
Martin is a great instructor. He truly cares about his students and his friendliness allows students to ask any questions in mind without being afraid of getting wrong or asking an irrelevant question. He is very knowledgeable in his fields of expertise and is a person who can motivate your self-development. He is perhaps the most positive and enthusiastic person I have ever met.
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Evan November 30, 2017
· Electronics · In studio
Martin is an amazing instructor. He is easily approachable and has a great personality. He is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure I feel confident in what I am doing. He is very competent in the subject, and he is very encouraging and positive as well. I highly recommend his lessons!
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Martin V.

Baltimore, MD 21218
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