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About Francis R.

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San Diego, CA

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About Francis
Hi everyone! I'm a hard-working musician with a background in live performance, songwriting, composition, and home recording. I want to help you perform the music you love, whether you're playing to your family, your webcam, or a 15,000 seat arena. I have been teaching private music lessons since 2007.

I am a graduate of UCSD, where I completed my bachelor's degree in music theory and composition. I have taken years of private lessons, played bass, guitar, and mandolin in local and touring bands, and my music has been featured on at least 7 albums. I want to make your goals accessible, and I want to help you find your sound.

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I focus on making lessons fun for my students. I emphasize the importance of practicing on your own and building confidence by performing live and/or writing your own songs. I love to hel
p people get better at sounding like themselves.

During lessons from me, you can expect to play, sing, clap your hands, and become completely immersed in the music you love. Whether your goal is to perform in front of an audience, record albums, or just play for fun in your living room, I'll help you make that happen.

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Music room, seating available, street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I only teach students who provide their own instrument. I am willing to provide a loaner guitar for the week if a student's instrument needs to be repaired or is not accessible for any reason. I also provide homework when necessary :)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching confidence in performance practices, technique, singing and playing, and good microphone habits for singing, speaking, recording, and songwriting. I teach based on student needs, and I find each student benefits from a different curriculum.
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David B. July 20, 2017
· Singing · In home
Very personable, very talented, and very patient. Great first lesson!
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Kimberly July 10, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Francis is a great instructor! He is patient and knowledgeable and takes the time to explain things. He is also super laid back and friendly and will customize lessons based on current level. I would definitely recommend him!
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John Lowe May 10, 2017
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An extremely attentive and helpful coach, was able to not only assist me in developing a stronger voice but also a passion for music. Would highly recommend!
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About Kaycee C.

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Boynton Beach, FL
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About Kaycee
Kaycee has been teaching private lessons since March of 2016 and is currently available to teach lessons in-studio, and online. She has helped students in many different kinds of fields. For example, drawing on paper, making video games, helping find your acting character in the story, to helping put the whole project together.

Kaycee has received her training at two locations in 2016. She Substituted at Renaissance Charter School (Elementary thru Middle Schools) and G-Star School of the Arts (High School). She received her degree's in Game Designing (BA) and Theatre Performance (AA). Howard Community College was where she got her Theatre from, and her Game Designing was from Full Sail University. As an expert in her field, Kaycee looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Kaycee's teaching style is very open, fun, and
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Erin March 6, 2017
· Drawing · Online
I came to Kaycee as a total beginner to drawing, and she has walked me through the process step-by-step which is exactly what I need! Great at explaining techniques and why we are doing things to our drawings. I am excited to be gaining knowledge from the ground up and watching it come to fruition.
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Kaycee C.

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About Sarah K.

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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About Sarah
Hello!

I'm Sarah, your next tutor. :)

I have experience both teaching and tutoring. I have also passed the CBEST (the California Basic Education Skills Test).

I look forward to tutoring you!
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Almudena G. July 12, 2017
· English · In studio
She was very flexible and had the lesson well prepared. She exceeded my expectations.
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Anita Romero June 1, 2016
· Crocheting · In home
Sarah, is very freshing, kind and extremely helpful. When I requested a new pattern, she was right there to help complete my goals.
I really appreciate all your time and efforts.
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Nancy April 11, 2016
· Microsoft Excel · In studio
Very sweet, knowledgeable with excel and good at teaching!
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Sarah K.

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About Michael G.

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Oakland Gardens, NY
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About Michael
I am passionate about teaching. I am well-informed in my areas of expertise, and truly enjoy imparting knowledge to my students. I have a variety of interests and areas of study and have had a lot of life experience. When dealing with my students I am kind, compassionate, and sensitive and I strive to make each lesson meaningful and fun. I am comfortable working with children, teens, and adults of all ages and backgrounds.
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Dan Underwood March 20, 2016
· Poker · Online
Great first class, left it at four stars to give him something to shoot for on next classes. :)
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Eric Kumasaka January 4, 2016
· Poker · Online
Michael is patient with my "noob" questions and he seems genuinely happy to teach others. Glad to have him as a teacher!
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Andy Gershenzon November 13, 2015
· Poker · Online
Michael is a great teacher!
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About John Michael D.

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Saint Petersburg, FL
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About John Michael
Hello, and thanks for taking an interest in me! My name is John and I love teaching anything to anybody, from Math all the way down to tying your shoes. The main subjects I teach in are Math and Science, with extreme competency in Math all the way up to Calculus. I have been teaching all my life, but have been professionally teaching Math for more than 2 years, and am currently the lead instructor at Mathnasium. If you need help in Astronomy, I'm your guy. Astronomy is a huge passion of mine and I could talk about it for hours! I am currently a student and pursuing a degree in both Physics and Astronomy. Please contact me to confirm scheduling (busy schedule due to classes). If you would like me to help you become better at Math or really anything in the same subject area, please don't hesitate to contact me! Thanks!
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Alexandra June 22, 2017
· ASVAB · Online
He was not prepared, my lesson started a 12:00pm ended at 1:00pm during the whole time we didn't start the lesson. Would not recommend.
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Gina June 18, 2017
· Chess · Online
John is a natural - patient, informed and appreciative of my enthusiastic nature about chess. Nice guy. Pick him!
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Sridevi G. February 27, 2017
· Algebra 1 · Online
Very good lesson. John Michael has lots of talent in teaching math.
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About Grant H.

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New Orleans, LA

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About Grant
Hello!

My name is Grant and I’ve been helping students grow for almost 10 years now! How time flies! I started playing music at the age of 9 and have been in love with it ever since, staying active in my local music scene as an instructor, performer, manager, and booking agent. I have also earned a degree in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University for all of the students wishing improve their writing skills!

In addition to freelance work, (weddings, jazz brunch gigs, etc.) I am the lead guitarist for the Funk/R&B band Water Seed and the soul project RetroFit. I attended Indiana University for jazz guitar and have studied under jazz greats Dan Miller, Corey Christiansen, and Oteil Burbridge.

I pride myself in taking a students learning needs and using that as my basis for their specific lesson plan, always on a case-by-c
ase basis, tailored to each individual student. Everyone is at a different waypoint on their path so why would I use a predetermined formula to try and help them, am I right? I am excited to meet and grow with every single one of you, let's learn to love the life we have and let our studies become radiant!

I teach all kinds of disciplines from guitar, mandolin, banjo, and clarinet, to creative writing, meditation, and even astrology. If you have any questions about my teaching methods, skill level in a certain discipline, or anything thing you can think of I would be more than happy to answer you!

Musically yours,
Grant
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Kari September 17, 2017
· Mandolin · Online
Patient and fantastic
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Jim F. September 14, 2017
· Mandolin · Online
2nd online mandolin lesson.
Another great,educational,informative lesson!
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Jim F. September 2, 2017
· Mandolin · Online
This was only my first session with Grant but he made me feel very comfortable and was concerned about issues i was having in regards to techniques and musicianship.
I felt really good after our lesson and looking forward to our next session.
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About Ellen D.

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New York, NY
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Whether you want to begin knitting or crocheting, or already love to, there’s always something new to learn. I love all aspects of knitting and crochet - color, texture, and creation. And I love sharing all this with my students. I personally enjoy the math of it, and can help make it easy if math is not your “thing”.

Would you like to learn basic skills, hone current ones , or enhance your experience with new techniques? If you're in the middle of a project and need help, or have specifice technique(s) you'd like to work on, consider booking a 15 minute class, or a series of them.

Choose from these subjects, or tell me what you’d like to work on:

• Reading the Yarn Ball Band - Why the information on it is helpful and important
• How to use Ravelry - A knitting community full of useful information
• Fiber Math…Yes you can
- How to understand gauge and yarn weights/quantities.
• How to Read and Translate Charts
• Help with a Current Project – Understanding a pattern, technique, or correcting a mistake
• Knitting Lace and Openwork Basics – How to do increases and decreases
• Bead Crochet – Crochet necklaces and bracelets, or embellish knitting or crochet projects with beads.
• Hyperbolic Crochet – For those that love math or want to learn how to crochet curves from a flat surface (think of coral, or the edge of a curly lettuce leaf like kale)
• Your wish list of knitting or crochet skills…

I have been teaching since 2012 and am available to teach lessons online and in NYC. I learned teaching skills from some of the most loved and respected teachers in well-known stores, teaching venues, and events. I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals, and have fun while we work together. As an added bonus, I teach both right and left handed as needed. Do you need a time, place, or topic not listed here? Just ask. We can probably work something out.

Enrich your fiber crafting experience. What would you like to learn? Contact me and let’s get started.
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Danielle June 2, 2017
· Knitting · In studio
Ellen is the best knitter/crocheter I've ever met. She's saved several of my projects. She's very patient, doesn't make me feel stupid and she's very helpful. I'd recommend her without reservation.
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Carol March 16, 2017
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Ellen is a great knitter and a great teacher. She has a lot of expertise and patience. She has been knitting for years and knows how to convey it to he students. I definitely recommend her!
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About Amanda K.

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Kalamazoo, MI
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About Amanda
Hello! My name is Amanda, but I prefer to be called Mandy, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons just since 2016, and have loved helping my students become more confident in their skills and have fun learning something new. I'm still in high school, but I dual enroll at a community college for Spanish and Culinary studies. I'm an enthusiastic and patient person, and my teaching style is usually fun, encouraging, and upbeat. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Isabella May 1, 2017
· Flexibility Training · Online
Today was our first lesson and it went very well. My daughter really liked the instructor and is looking forward to the next lesson.
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About John H.

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Long Island City, NY

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I am a chess teacher, tutor, singer, and Shakespearean actor in NYC! I guess you could say I wear a lot of hats.

I graduated with honors in 2009 from New York University with a BFA in Drama. I've been professionally teaching since 2012, but I have always loved sharing the game of chess with anyone who wants to learn (just ask my friends).

Students can expect to face new challenges and to improve each and every week. I am happy to work with students of all different ages and experience levels. As a teacher in the New York Public School system, I know how to make chess simple and friendly enough for Kindergartners, Senior Citizens, and everyone in between! And as an active tournament player (current rating 2000), I can offer great insight into the needs of any skill level. I am thrilled to work with ambitious tournament playe
rs and those who just want to learn how to beat their friends :).

Chess is a wonderful, challenging game, but I truly believe that anyone can learn to play if they are motivated. Come work with me and discover your new obsession!
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Julie September 18, 2017
· Chess · In home
I started working with John almost a year ago. I was completely new to chess and was interested in learning to play. John has done a great job teaching me the basics (and now some more advanced material) and has also gotten me really excited about the game. Lessons are a nice mix of tactics, broader strategy, and some chess history. It has been really wonderful taking lessons with John. Beyond providing great lessons, he is a really fun and enthusiastic person. It's hard not to be excited about chess when working with him. He is also a dedicated teacher and regularly follows up by email in between lessons, sending homework and lots of resources for outside work.
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Jessica August 23, 2017
· Chess · In studio
I have had the pleasure of being one of John's chess students for almost a year and half now, and I can confidently say I have improved leaps and bounds from where I started. While John always has an interactive and challenging lesson planned, I appreciate that the lesson is fluid and adaptable to my particular needs/interests that week, whether it be because I have questions about a specific tactical exercise or master game we are reviewing, or because I have experienced a particularly memorable success or failure in my chess-play that I would like to review. The lessons logically and effectively build upon themselves so that your basic skills are solidified and bolster you as you move on to more complex theories and exercises. As an adult, with a hectic job, I am immensely appreciative of John's flexibility when it comes to arranging lessons and his ability keep me challenged and developing into a more formidable chess player.
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Owen August 17, 2017
· Chess · Online
I first met John at an unrelated event, but he really got me interested in Chess, and it has become an activity that I really love and enjoy due to his instruction. John's lessons are engaging, substantive, and honestly fun, and he's helped me improve my game dramatically. John is a great guy and an excellent instructor, and I would encourage anyone with even a passing interest in Chess (no matter the skill level) to give him a try.
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About Mallary N.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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I have three loves in my life, my family, being a nurse, and crochet. I am self taught by the book, which means I have first hand experiences breaking through the barriers that come with learning to crochet.
I have a flexible schedule because my primary occupation allows me to work 3 long days per week delivering babies. My lesson hours will be on an individualized schedule, I will be happy to arrange various times and dates that work for you.
I have a tremendous amount of patience, which I attribute to my two small children and loving husband. My love for crochet comes from seeing the joy on ones face after receiving a handmade crochet creation. Let me teach you to love crochet as well.
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Mallary N.

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Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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