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About James W.

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Lebanon, TN

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New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Mel October 7, 2018
· Singing · In home
James is very kind and mellow enough to make the most insecure person feel confidant and energetic enough to be motivating and fun!!!! Warm natured.... and his wife is so pretty!!! I could never sing infront of anyone but he made me feel so natural the first day!!! He is not pushy and does not make you feel rushed or nervous! If you are shy and know nothing about music this is the man to schedule with! Cool cat!!!! Ty James!!!! Can’t wait for more!
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Sarah B. July 6, 2018
· Acting · In home
James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day
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Adam May 23, 2018
· Singing · Online
Good at explaining and making sure I understand every concept i need to super well. Seems like he wants the best for me, which is a very important quality in any type of coach.
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About Jennifer P.

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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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Ana S. October 7, 2018
· Astrology · Online
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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
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Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
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About Andrew F.

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San Antonio, TX

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*In order to avoid an awkward schedule, I have limited my availability to a few evenings during the week. However, I am open to working another time that may work best for you.*

I have experience working with people individually and in groups, as an undergrad Psychology intern, a cognitive skills trainer, a counseling student, an adjunct instructor and an academic coach. As an undergrad intern, I worked with elementary school children as a tutor and a mentor. As a counseling student, I have worked with various populations, from grade school students (grades 4-8; making healthier choices) to adults (stress, anxiety, career decisions, bereavement, etc.) to older adults in hospice care. I have facilitated psycho-educational groups with individuals suffering from a mental illness as well. Lastly, I worked with college students at a local u
niversity as an academic coach. In this role, I helped students process concerns and create goals regarding developing time management skills, coping strategies for anxiety, study skills, information processing and motivation. These experiences have helped me gain a continually growing understanding of facilitating the learning process with individuals and with groups.

I teach student development classes (critical thinking, motivation theory, study strategies, time management, stress management, etc.) at a local community college, I teach an upper-level learning and development course (views of learning, motivation, the memory process, memory strategies, critical issues in education, etc.) at a local university, and I work as an academic coach at another local university.

As the information above may suggest, I hold education to such a high, passionate regard. It is what promotes a healthy, well-informed society. As an auto-didactic learner, I believe that everyone has the ability to learn anything one desires. It is a matter of how one approaches it. Therefore, my approach is one that is peculiar to each of the individuals I work with.

I present concepts with the idea that the combination of experience, discourse, and meaning-making is the key to learning. This aside from my teaching tools based on the views of learning. With an aversion towards cookie-cutter approaches, I maintain an open mind to my invariably evolving approach of sharing knowledge and insight with others. This comes with my continual seeking of growth in the art of teaching with consideration of the process of learning. Further, I strive to create a warm, positive atmosphere that allows one to feel comfortable with making mistakes, with making progress and with being themselves. Fundamentally, this is my approach to working with people.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COACHING: Using my insight gained as a counseling student, I am happy to offer my personal development coaching service. In this role, I help individuals develop their path of change, making sure motivation and focus is well-maintained. I provide a judgment-free and understanding atmosphere for one to reflect and process concerns as well as work towards making personal changes (e.g. self-actualization, career, anxiety management, lifestyle, life changes) from an existential perspective. I believe that such a space should be available for everyone, so I am especially happy to provide it.

My approach to personal development coaching is based on my therapeutic orientation called Gestalt Therapy (GT). The underlying idea of GT is that awareness is the key initiator of change. Awareness allows one to discern where such things as anxiety, unhappiness, ambivalence, etc. stem from. I believe that it is important for every human being to go through such a process so that peace and awareness within brings peace and awareness to the outer world. I am inspired by and influenced by the ideas of Carl Jung (Analytical Psychology- particularly the Psychological Types) and Carl Rogers (Client-Centered Therapy). I help facilitate the process in a genuinely humane, empathic and professional manner. If interested, please, see the details I have provided under Life Coaching. I work with grade school students and adults. I am absolutely loyal to the idea of confidentiality; therefore, I ensure that information of anybody I work with is not at risk of being shared with a third party.

ACADEMIC COACHING/STUDY SKILLS: Using my passion for education and my insight gained in my few years (so far) immersed in the world of education, I help students (grade school and college) develop areas of their academic life needing improvement. As suggested above, I help students develop time management, learning strategies, coping strategies for anxiety, and motivation (i.e. help them to see the value of learning). Though it is a valuable tool, it is presently not a service that is offered at most schools in the area.

WRITING: As a lover of reading and writing, I understand the value of expressing thoughts, feelings and ideas. As a writer, my focus is on creative writing (mostly short stories presently) and essays. Given my undergraduate and postgraduate experiences, I have written many academic papers, in APA format and in MLA format. I edit and revise papers as well as help individuals develop their writing voice, develop their ideas, develop an approach to structuring writing, maintain consistency with writing and provide genuine feedback. Beyond that, my help with writing is limited to the goals of the the individual.

TWO IMPORTANT THINGS: I strive to maintain a positive collaboration with those I work with. I believe this is one of the most important parts of the process. Also, I promote the idea of Soul. To me, Soul is any sincere display of passion. With Soul, we perform in a most genuine and graceful way. I personally believe that whether one is playing the piano, writing a story, living life, singing, giving a speech or anything (necessarily peaceful), one should do it with Soul.

LASTLY, I am open to: Going beyond my travel radius, at an agreed-upon adjusted rate; working with multiple students, at an agreed-upon adjusted rate; meeting at a public place that is convenient, if it is preferred; and meeting at a student's location, depending on the preferred time and the distance.

I mentioned everything that is above so that it may be known and understood. Feel free to send me a message if you have questions about any of the services I provide, my approach or anything!

PEACE BE WITHIN YOU
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Lacey S. August 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Very knowledgeable and patient
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Justine J. June 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very professional, friendly and informative. Andrew is patient and keeps my daughter interested. Thank you Andrew for making piano lessons for my daughter the best experience ever!
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Katherine Booth January 5, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Andrew is very patient and friendly
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About Dagmara P.

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I help my clients get the courage to live the best of their lives. I meet with them 1:1 and coach them how to manage anxieties and cope with depression. I also work with beginners who are looking to gain more flexibility and increase their fitness levels.
I work with yogic strategies to achieve these for my clients.
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Dagmara P.

Dagmara P.

Reston, VA 20190
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$75 / 30-min

About Rob H.

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Did you know that most people do not know they have an innate ability to heal themselves? In today’s stressful environment, we simply forget that we are capable of balancing our lives and healing ourselves without the use of pharmaceuticals or other external means.

I help those that have forgotten this universal gift to rediscover it and to understand how it works in their own bodies and lives. I help clients remove the blockages in their mind and body so that they can create the life they were meant to live, free of stress. In short, I become a catalyst for change.

My clients learn a variety of Qigong forms and skills so they can make the necessary changes in their lives to live life more fully. Do you want to change your life to make it healthier and more fulfilling?”

Mission/Philosophy

The Taoist philosophy illustrates that there w
ill always be both negative (yin) and positive (yang) in all aspects of life. Despite our inherited weaknesses, early conditioning and traumas, as adults, we have a choice. We have a choice to focus on the positive or negative.

Through self awareness and by taking responsibility for ourselves we can not only find meaning in our lives but our individual path to self transformation and happiness.

Starting with ourselves, we can live by example and hopefully inspire others, in turn, helping the whole one part at a time. It is Three Treasures mission to help people find their own individual path of self improvement by discovering their strengths and obstacles and how to live life to the fullest.
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Rob H.

Millersville, MD 21108
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About JENNA M.

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I am a certified and attuned third degree reiki master. As a practitioner, I practice reiki through out Los Angeles county. I am a certified crystal reiki practitioner and I have a bachelor's of science in radiology. I graduated with an associates in fine arts and an associates in humanities. I am a registered radiographer. I am also a plant based / vegan chef.
Students are given as much information as possible so that they are well prepared to meet the demands of their chosen path.

Reiki is a gift to the world. It is a gentle modality that work with subtle energies that can create minor shifts or major miracles. Reiki is famous for improving sleep, decreasing depression and relieving stress.
I love to meet driven, ambitious students who want to set and accomplish goals.
I work with students in my cozy Los Angeles home. I am able wo
rk with different schedules to accommodate students.
Health and healing is my passion and I'm so glad to take this journey with you!
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JENNA M.

JENNA M.

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About Susan M.

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I am writing to you because I would like you to consider me for health and career coaching services. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Health Education. I am also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). I am a social sciences professional with experience working across nonprofit, local government, state government, and hospital organizations. I enjoy applying evidenced-based approaches to tailor plans for individuals so that they can achieve the healthy life that they want. Throughout all of my career experiences, I have also had the pleasure of providing career coaching services to my friends and family, which includes resume development, job search strategies, and LinkedIn and professional networking tips.
I believe I have the passion and background ne
cessary to not only meet but exceed your health and career coaching expectations. I am eager to understand an individual’s motivations for seeking services and tailor my approach to best meet their needs. I am comfortable and have experience working with diverse audiences, and I have a firm understanding of how to adequately convey my thoughts through oral and written communication.
I want to thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I hope you will see that I am serious about my interest in providing you with health and career coaching services and, in turn, will consider my candidacy.
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Ashley July 26, 2018
· Life Coaching · Online
Susan is an excellent instructor. Her assistance with tailoring my resume helped me land my dream job! Thank you Susan for your attention to detail, patience and warm spirit.
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Ayan July 26, 2018
· Life Coaching · In studio
Susan is an incredible life coach. Susan's patience and expertise helped me reach my career goals. She is definitely a person who will bring positivity and improvements to life.
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Amy July 25, 2018
· Life Coaching · In home
Susan is an absolutely wonderful career coach! She was extremely patient and diligent while helping me to perfect my resume. With her guidance, I was able to secure my very first job within a timely manner. I highly recommend Susan for all of your professional needs!
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Falls Church, VA 22043
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About Francia G.

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I am a passionate and grounded Yoga instructor. I have a true love for cultivating peace, mindfulness and kindness. Yoga is a journey that may lead you to places you never thought you would go. It is a physical and often times intense practice but the rewards are so worth it!

You can expect changes not only in your flexibility and strength but also in your state of mind. Many of my students realize that they begin to develop a sense of overall calmness and relaxation that comes very naturally when you delve into a yogic practice.

I am the mother of 3 amazing children and it shows in my nurturing way of teaching Yoga.

My goal is to help guide the way to a healthier, happier version of each and every one of my students.

I look forward to helping you start on your yogic journey today!
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Francia G.

Germantown, MD 20876
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$50 / 30-min

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Kris S.

Rockville, MD 20852
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Paula Marie is a certified Fitness Instructor, as well as Dance Instructor who has worked for professional Dance repertory companies and taught within the school system. Originally from North Carolina, Paula Marie has more than 15 years of dance and theatre experience.

Paula Marie blends West African and Caribbean rhythms into a low impact/high energy cardiovascular, fun-filled, motivating and extremely energetic class that challenges and
improves individuals' fitness abilities.

Paula Marie has presented her style of work to schools, churches, corporations, And government establishments and fitness clubs and studios. This class allows all participants to not only challenge and improve their fitness levels, but also to feel mentally refreshed.

Paula Marie has worked in the fitness industry for over 10 years and is certified in a varie
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Paula M.

Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
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