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About Julie L.

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Hermitage, TN

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I am passionate about Music and Music Education. It's rewarding for me to watch my students develop in their musical skill and enjoy making music more and more. My students range from the very young (5 years old) to school age children, to teens, and adults. My students benefit from my expertise in teaching Vocal and Piano music, my knowledge of Music Theory, and my encouraging teaching style. I have been involved in making music since I was a young child, and I have been teaching private students since I was a Music major at the University of Florida in 1982 when a fellow college student asked me to teach her voice lessons. I have a Music Education degree from the University of Florida; my major instrument was Voice, my minor was Piano. I taught as a public school music educator in Florida, California, and Tennessee between the years
of 1983 to 1997. I taught private students after school in my classroom while I was a public school teacher, and from my home since 1997. My post-graduate continuing professional education includes Tennessee Arts Academy at Belmont University, Kodaly Pedagogy and Solfege Level 1 (vocal teaching techniques, do-re-mi, ear training), Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children Level 1 certification, Yamaha M.I.E. (Music In Education) Piano Lab certification. My professionalism and expertise are at your service. I will work together with you to insure an enjoyable and informative learning experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson in my studio would begin with a brief question/answer time with the student to learn how their week has gone, and how their music practice is progressing.

For PIANO LESSONS we begin with Technique including scales and dexterity exercises, then we play from the Lesson book and a Recital selection. I typically let the student play through the pieces they have prepared without interruption, then I call attention to corrections that need to be made, I demonstrate the correction, and then ask the student to play the piece again. After that we go over the Theory assignments, and do Ear Training exercises. I am comfortable teaching from a variety of different methods courses. The methods course is chosen according to the student's interest. I never require a piano student to continue using books that are not inspiring. There so many methods courses available, that a student may always be able to have methods books they LOVE.

In my SINGING LESSONS we also begin with a recap of the student's week. Then we continue with Warm Up exercises to prepare the student's voice for the lesson. Then we study Sight Singing and Solfege Singing (do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do) to increase the student's listening skills. After that the student sings their selections. Like I do in Piano lessons, I listen to the pieces they have prepared without interruption, then I call attention to corrections that need to be made, I demonstrate the correction, and then ask the student to sing the piece again. I am comfortable teaching many styles of vocal music including classical, Broadway, pop, rock, and Christian.

For MUSIC THEORY lessons, the study material is chosen according to the student's interest and age. Topics include notation, chord structure, chord progression, melodic structure, and harmony. I also incorporate Music Listening in the Music Theory lesson in order to learn from the masters in many styles of music. My Music Theory students will also have the opportunity to develop composition and songwriting skills if they desire.

My teaching style is structured and friendly, keeping the student's goals and interests at the forefront. I enjoy motivating students to reach their highest potential.
After 3 to 6 months in my studio my students will see improvement in their musical technique, ear training, music reading, notation, and knowledge. They will be preparing recital pieces for an upcoming performance. I provide three Studio Class performances (February, June, October) and one recital opportunity (December) a year. Most importantly, the student's love and appreciation of music will be growing.

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PIANO lessons in Living Room: piano near front entryway, couch, loveseat, over-sized chair, dining room table, open space, end table with chair, parents may sit in on lesson.

SINGING lessons in Recording Studio: keyboard, recording equipment, desk, 2 chairs, music stand, microphone, private room. Parents may wait in adjacent rec room or sit in on lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson books, the students should provide their instrument.

I do have a mobile keyboard to bring for SINGING lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly Pedagogy and Solfege Level 1

Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children Level 1 certification

Yamaha M.I.E. (Music In Education) Lab certified instructor
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Mercedes S. June 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Julie is the best piano instructor my boys have had. Her theory based teaching has them learning pieces in record time - and her approach to theory isn't boring. They can now hear a song on the radio, recognize the chords and improvise on their own. She is engaging, encouraging and willing to explore the type of music they enjoy. She adapts her instruction methods based on individual personalities. Your child will not just learn to play piano, they will learn to appreciate music, composers and acquire knowledge that will assist in any instrument they play.
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Alyson June 18, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Julie is wonderful! I'm an adult student who has been working with her for about a year. I took voice lessons from childhood through college, then life took over and I pretty much stopped singing. When I decided I wanted to get back into it again, I contacted Julie. I was nervous, but she put me at ease right away. This past year working with her has been so much fun. She helped me prepare for choral auditions, and I got accepted to sing with the Vanderbilt Community Chorus. We pick the repertoire together, so I'm never working on something I'm not interested in. She has helped me master my breathing technique and discover a richer and freer tone. I highly recommend her!
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Christie June 1, 2018
· Singing · In home
Julie has an amazing way to bring out the best in her students. She is patient, yet firm...always pushing one to the next level.
My daughter's singing ability & passion for practice have blossomed under Julie's guidance. We really are so happy someone in our community recommended her to us!
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About Jared G.

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New York, NY

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I am a polyglot, translator, teacher, and game designer, specializing in Scandinavian Languages, Yiddish and also a host of rarely taught languages. If you would like to learn a rarer language, such as Icelandic, Greenlandic, Fijian or English Creoles of Melanesia, it can be arranged via the site. Contact me via the question form for any subject for more details.
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very exciting! I have always wanted to learn Finnish and Jared is helping me reach a dream!
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About Justin S.

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San Diego, CA
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I'm a high school Spanish teacher with a BA in Spanish and MA in education. I've lived in México and Argentina for three months in each place.
I am a fully credentialed Spanish teacher with experience teaching lower to upper levels of Spanish including a Spanish for Spanish Speakers class.
I have been tutoring for three years. If you're a little outside of my traveling radius, contact me and I may be willing go farther and/or meet you somewhere.
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· Spanish · In home
Justin is knowledgeable and proficient. He understands my level of ability and tailored our lesson accordingly. I look forward to our next lesson n
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Kenan P. September 26, 2016
· Spanish · In home
Justin is great. So happy that we found him. Thank you TakeLessons
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Natasha September 14, 2016
· Spanish · In home
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and learnt a lot
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About Gurdeep R.

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Morganville, NJ
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Namaste,
I am a Beginner Level 1 Hindi Teacher. I have been teaching Hindi to young kids since about 8 years. My class provides a strong foundation for further studies in Hindi language for your child. I teach Hindi in a fun oriented way using creative methods and techniques. Students are taught basic reading/writing skills in Hindi for alphabet letters, numerals, colors, shapes, fruits, vegetables, body parts, weather/seasons, and many other topics as part of the introductory curriculum. I also employ teacher led discussion sessions, story-times, craft activities, rhymes and song/action routines. In the process, the children also become proficient in various social skills such as self-introduction and group conversations. I provide few homework sheets to complete under guidance of parents. I look forward to spending a wonderful time tea
ching your child! Please feel free to contact anytime for your comments, suggestions or questions. References can be provided upon request.
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About Eric C.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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Acquiring a new language is meant to be fun. Don't let simple mistakes or a lack of encouragement make you lose motivation! I won't just be a tutor, but a friend and a supporter. I understand how studying can be tough -- I'm a student myself.
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New Orleans, LA
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I am a graduate student majoring in Music Performance for the Flute. Recently, I graduated from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with degrees in both Music Education and Music Performance. During my time there, I participated in various ensembles, including their wind ensemble, orchestra, and their opera pit.

I am also proficient in piano, as I studied it from childhood for about twelve years to accompany my flute studies.

One of my greatest accomplishments so far was when I completed a study abroad experience in Toulouse, France. While I was there, I was permitted by the local conservatory to sit in and observe lessons taught by their flute professor, and at the end of the semester, I was able to have a lesson with him.

As a teacher, I hope to help my students grow as musicians using the techniques I've learned and experiences I'v
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