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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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mara November 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Shes so kind and a good teacher
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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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Jennifer P.

Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
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About Karen D.

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Lutherville Timonium, MD
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About Karen
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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$30 / 60-min

About Lily S.

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Provo, UT
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About Lily
I've been sewing since I was 13. I've sewn things over the years such as dresses, pajamas. I do a lot of tailoring things too. I just love to sew, and I love teaching people to sew too!

The way that I teach is to help the student develop their own style. I have students work on their own individual projects that they pick out while asking me questions that they might have while they are doing their project.

However, if they would like there is an option for me to develop lessons for the student on certain sewing techniques that the student could learn. Although, be aware that learning how to sew takes time and that all the techniques of sewing cannot be done all at once.

Then, there is the third option that the lesson could be a mix of the student doing what they want (choosing their own project) and learning some pre-designed
techniques.

My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson. I would like for all of my students within the first lesson to finish either of two basic projects (pajama pants or a draw string bag).

My lessons are not like videos you may find online. Meaning projects will take longer than you think they will. I will work with you to properly construct a quality finished project without too many frustrations and in a timely manner. I recommend buying lessons in 90 minute packages, since sewing always takes longer than expected.

THE BEGINNER SEWER

In these lessons we will go over the following, which can be adapted to how you want:

- Sewing safety and how to use a machine
- Learn about the sewing tools you'll be using
- How to read, cut out, layout, and follow a basic pattern instructions
- How to pin and sew a seam, finish seams and sew hems
- Learn to sew on an elastic band (to pajamas or for a tote).
- Learn how to unpick your projects when a mistake is made.
- Learn how to do a basic stitch and the gather stitch.
- TAKE AWAY PROJECTS:
- Pajamas
- Sewing Tote
- Basic Dress
- Pillow case

THE INTERMEDIATE SEWER
- Cement what you learned in the while a beginner.
- Learn to hand sew hems etc.
- Learn about different fabrics and when to use them.
- Sew a basic zipper onto clothes or bags.
- Learn about the different foots.
- Learn to do other stitches
-TAKE AWAY PROJECTS
- Intermediate Dresses/ Clothes
- Bags
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THE ADVANCED SEWER
- Work on your own projects you choose with help.
- Work with harder fabrics.
-Use a zipper foot to sew an invisible zipper.
- Learn to do advanced stitches
-Learn about pleats and darts.
- TAKE AWAY PROJECTS
- Prom dress
- Suits
- Formal Coats
- Backpacks

Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.

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Alissa M. January 8, 2019
· French · Online
Lily is great! So patient and nice. :) I really loved our first lesson and can see how doing this will help me grow more comfortable at speaking and learning french.
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sophia December 26, 2018
· ESL · Online
I feel very lucky that she be my daughter ‘s ESL teacher.
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Sophia B. November 26, 2018
· French · Online
Lily was simply amazing
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Lily S.

Lily S.

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About Poonam J.

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Herndon, VA
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About Poonam
I've been tutoring since high school and thoroughly enjoy helping students understand material and become more passionate about learning. I firmly believe that no student is "bad at Math (or any other subject for that matter) they just need to have the material presented differently.
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Margarita March 29, 2018
· Accounting · Online
Poonam was a wonderful instructor who got me through the class I needed most. I actually learned something in a subject I never thought I would understand.
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Poonam J.

Poonam J.

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About Tyra F.

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Washington, DC

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About Tyra
I graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor in Music Education and am getting my graduate degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland.
My primary instrument is clarinet and euphonium but am familiar with most instruments at a beginner to intermediate level.
As a woodwind specialist, I have taught clarinet, flute and saxophone during summer camps and programs for multiple years.
I'm currently the clarinet technique teacher at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.

I have been knitting and crocheting for 12 years and have made a wide range of products from hair bows to sweaters.

I am patient and willing to teach all levels of students in a variety of subjects and am willing to cater the lessons to your needs.
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Amari June 24, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Great 1st lesson! Tyra was very professional and had a good first interaction with my son. It’s also very clear she enjoys what she does.
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Sarah C. May 5, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
We really like Tyra. She is great with our daughter!
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Rhode December 28, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
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Tyra F.

Tyra F.

Silver Spring, MD 20904
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About Margaret R.

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Columbia, MD
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About Margaret
Well Hello!

I an artist and teacher with 15 years experience, trained in many artistic mediums to both children and adults from a wide range of diverse backgrounds or experience levels.

Tell me what you want to learn to do, and I will customize your time in my art studio so that you can reach your artistic vision by growing your skills step by step.

I have a contagious enthusiasm and warmth and am interested in building relationships with students over time. My favorite thing in the world is to create a supportive environment where my students are excited to make art they love.

In addition to teaching lessons, I am working artist, a school teacher, and teaching artist with local groups.
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Melissa R January 10, 2019
· Visual Basic · In studio
Maggie is an exceptional teacher who has her classroom management skills down to a tee. It’s amazing to watch her command a classroom full of children while remaining sweet and never losing her cool. She was a great mentor and I learned a lot about art education from her!
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She is a great teacher!
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Margaret R.

Margaret R.

Columbia, MD 21045
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About Isabela D.

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About Isabela
I'm an enthusiastic learner even after 19 years of formal education (two Masters, one Bachelor) earned on two continents continued by US military education in various forms, and formally tested student who needed to document skills that were not formally captured on paper (like the foreign languages I know).

I love interacting with people and pass on my knowledge from five visited continents, instill love for learning and continuous curiosity for any subject out there. Nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it. Failing once doesn't mean that you'll never win (proof in my athletic years and life ever since); determination, hard work, self-motivation and a good supporting system can bring to reality even the most insignificant dreams that we believe may not come true, and especially those in which we passionately trust.

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lieve in breaking down a goal into objectives, assigning tasks to each one of them, and then sticking to achieve them.

I'm a Certified Instructor with the Department of Homeland Security. My hobbies include practicing foreign languages by speaking them, learning about cultures and slangs, etymology, watching foreign movies, traveling internationally, taking photos, reading (a lot), carefully planning with room for error and impulsive decisions (to take the boredom out of things), meeting with life long friends, drawing, painting, and spending time outdoors for inspiration.

I'm elated at the opportunity of brainstorming with you and giving you tools to be an independent learner.
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Teresa Greer January 14, 2019
· Italian · Online
Isabella was fantastic in every way!
E stato fantastico in Goni mood, Gratzi❤️
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Stephen K. January 4, 2019
· Italian · Online
Grazie mille, Isabella, for another great lesson. Her deep knowledge of Italian, patience, and teaching style is clearly helping me with pronunciation and common phrases, and is pushing my Italian skills to the next level.
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Ben December 27, 2018
· Watercolor Painting · Online
Isabela is wonderful inspiring young kid to explore their interests and creativities. We look forward to working with her and spend lots of fun time with our daughter.
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Isabela D.

Isabela D.

Fort George G Meade, MD 20755
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$17 / 15-min

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San Diego, CA
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About Olivia
Hi! My name is Olivia and I am looking forward to teaching you everything you need to know about sewing and design! I graduated with my bachelors in fashion design in 2017 and I have been working ever since! I have worked in the industry as well as worked from home doing my own freelance and commission work. Not only can I teach sewing for anyone from beginner-advanced but ill make sure to teach you to have the best quality of work. We can do anything from pillow cases to your own garment. Can't wait to get started!
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Olivia S.

Olivia S.

Online
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$17 / 30-min

About Margaret G.

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Hello sewers!
My experience in sewing goes way back. I tell my students I've been sewing for 100 years! I started sewing when I was 10 years old. I continue learning throughout high school into college. I also went to school for fashion design in Paris, France. I've designed my own line and was in a few stores. But I realized that teaching the beautiful art was what I was placed on this earth to do. I've been teaching now for 11 years. Six of those years, I have done in my own location. I enjoy teaching youth to adults. I think the best part is the expression on their face when they complete their garment. Priceless!
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Margaret G.

Margaret G.

Pikesville, MD 21208
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$125 / 60-min

About Fabiola J.

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Silver Spring, MD
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About Fabiola
Why stress when we can teach other. I enjoy teaching and sharing my information and knowledge to assist my community. Why not share my craft so we can build and teach each other
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Fabiola J.

Fabiola J.

Silver Spring, MD 20904
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$50 / 30-min

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