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About Kay B.

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Cypress, CA
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About Kay
I have been teaching Piano for 16 years now. I have taught students from age 2 1/2 - Adult. I was self-taught when I was a kid and begun taking formal lessons as a very young adult in my early twenties. I graduated from CSULB with my BA in Music with a concentration on Voice. As a Music major you spend a lot of time at the Piano. I became a member of MTAC in 2004 and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota in 1998. I have a great passion for Music and a bigger passion for the Piano and sharing the wonders of how beautiful the Piano really is.

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In my opinion, piano is the hardest instrument to learn but the most rewarding. If you can play piano you can pretty much play any instrument. I believe that a piano lesson should be fun. I'm a strict teacher with a smile and a giggle. I push my students to greatness while helping the
m love the piano through the good times and the bad. I'm a very encouraging but honest teacher. I compliment when warranted and I assess not so good performances in an honest but encouraging manner. I always let a student know that though their performance was not their best, they can and will improve. It's always only a matter of time. I use the Schaum and Nevin series depending on the student's personality. I teach Classical and Pop Music. It's important for a student to learn the Classics just as important as it is for them to play things they like. I find the happy balance between the two. I teach Beginning to Intermediate levels. I also like to incorporate Music theory into the lessons because understanding the mechanics of Music helps make playing and creating Music much easier to accomplish. A typical lesson will start off with a hand drill warm up. We then will move on to the lesson book and repertoire. Theory will be assigned as homework. I look it over at the beginning of the lesson and discuss it and answer any questions in the last five minutes of class. Baby lessons go as followed: 15 mins. of play time and 15 mins of Music theory. I like to keep structure in my lessons but sprinkle a little joy and laughter to keep the atmosphere light. It makes for a much more attentive Piano student.

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I expect the student to have a Piano or Keyboard of some sort. I may provide music on occasion.

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Classic and Pop
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Kay B.

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About Jennifer P.

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Gwynn Oak, MD
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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 Harlan H.

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Florissant, MO
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About Harlan
Congratulations! You are headed in the right direction. Learning how to play Chess will improve your life in more ways than you could ever imagine. My students call me Coach Hodge. I am a Chess, Character, Leadership and Life Coach.

I help my students develop strategies for winning in Chess, but more importantly, I help them learn how to win in the game of Life. Life is Chess. Learning the rules; having a plan; losing gracefully; winning gracefully; and learning from every experience are just a few of the life lessons that come from the game of Chess.

As an international Chess Coach and published author of Character Chess, I teach the basics of Chess to beginners. All of my lessons are designed to get students started playing and winning right away. Enough with the talk. Let's get started.
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Harlan H.

Harlan H.

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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.

Mariana I.

Annapolis, MD 21403
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About mike G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am an experienced chess coach /instructor with deep understanding of chess at high levels I've been teaching students of all ages since 1980. I provide in classroom lessons as well as private in-house sessions. I have been playing chess for over 40 years. For several years I have worked as a chess teacher, helping young children to develop chess skills, in particular to enhance creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, decision making, memory, concentration, intellectual maturity, and self esteem. My adult student recently became a national master. I am the winner of the West Coast Continental Chess Championship in the expert
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I am also a very experienced Russian tutor. I have been tutoring and teaching Russian for over 8 years.
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mike G.

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About Matthew C.

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Boston, MA
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Hello, there! My name is Matthew! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learn the knitting/crocheting basics, expand their understanding of their abilities, and find a proactive way to relieve stress and bad moods. I teach knitting English or Continental style, multiple cast on methods and when to use them, different increase and decrease methods achieving different looks depending on the pattern and desired outcome, and finally different bind off methods.

I knit and crochet for a high fashion handcrafted company (The Third Piece), I have an Etsy shop, and am commissioned to crochet for international competitions. I'm a kind and outgoing person and my teaching style is relaxed yet focused, goal oriented, and fun! Knitting and crocheting are wonderful ways to express yourself, relieve stress,
and to make gifts for multiple occasions. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Peter R. October 5, 2017
· Knitting · Online
Matthew is an amazing teacher. I am a beginning knitter and really needed help. Because of his patience and expertise, I am back on track. I will definitely take another lesson from him.
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Anne-Marie January 8, 2017
· Knitting · In home
He's totally delightful -- and know his stuff. I plan to continue with him. Highly recommend him --
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Alexandra October 26, 2016
· Knitting · In studio
Matthew was wonderful! He showed me the basics of knitting in one lesson and I am now on my way to knitting a scarf for my Mother. I'm very excited to continue working with him!
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About Kaitlin O.

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Dallas, TX

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I have a deep love for needlework and crochet and for teaching. I have been involved in both for almost 20 years now. I enjoy watching people's eyes light up with understanding. I also find a lot of satisfaction seeing how my students skills change overtime. I commit to help all my students achieve their personal goals. I particularly enjoy working with students with special needs.
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Karen August 20, 2017
· Crocheting · In studio
Kaitlin was very patient with me and helped me to understand the basics of crocheting. Taking a class in person instead of online is definitely the way to go as crocheting is a very hands on and detail oriented task!
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Gayathiri August 13, 2017
· Crocheting · In studio
It was like crocheting with a friend. She was patient with my mistake and made the session interesting. Looking forward to my next session!
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About Jennifer H.

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Noblesville, IN
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I have a background in education before I became a nurse, so I can relay that love of teaching and learning to you! I am friendly, understanding, and patient. I have a child with ADHD so I understand the struggles that can go along with that as well.
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Jennifer H.

Jennifer H.

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About Tyra F.

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Washington, DC

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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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Tyra F.

Tyra F.

Washington, DC 20007
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