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About Brenda B.

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

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About Brenda
Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.

I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and hold two music degrees and two teaching certifications in music (NJ) and ESL (international). I obtained my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University where I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor, and obtained my Masters of Music in Performance with the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!

I primarily teach voice, flute, piano, music theory and history and have over 10 years of experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I also work on audition and performance preparation, do speech/accent work and more. I am constantly studying different
teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and incorporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you want to play flute, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.

*** Specialties ***
Young and beginner students.
Senior & Retired students
Students with special needs.
Performance techniques.
Audition preparation
Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.)
Bel Canto technique.
Performance anxiety
Life coaching!

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning" ~Plato

**if you need a particular time slot or one not listed on my availability I will do my best to accommodate your needs**

**All lessons will be scheduled in advance with confirmation of both the student and instructor. If cancellation is necessary, a written notice 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect or you forfeit the lesson credit. For lessons scheduled outside of the areas provided, a surcharge for travel will be added.**

***BB Studio now has a base location! Studio lessons are now also available for students 18+ in addition to in-home and on-line lessons***
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Jian L. December 30, 2018
· Flute · In studio
My daughter loves to have Brenda teaching the flute lesson and to feel very comfortable and enjoy to learn new skills. Brenda is extremely talented, knowledgeable, professional, and skillful. We are glad to have her teaching.
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Natalie December 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Lovely with my 4 year old. Excellent ability to get and maintain attention, with age-appropriate language and skill set.
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Jamie December 11, 2018
· Flute · Online
My daughter plays flute in a high school wind ensemble and orchestra. She is first chair of 23 and has recently been learning very challenging music including many solos. When she needed instruction above what her school could offer her, I went online and found Brenda's profile. Brenda's resume for performance and teaching is impressive. What the resume can't speak to is how well she works with her students. Brenda helped my daughter immensely when she needed it most not only technically with her playing, but with her confidence. I would recommend Brenda as an instructor for any age or skill level.
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About Elena T.

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Omaha, NE
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I have experience tutoring. Call Takelessons for more information.
I have tutored basic and intermediate Spanish to children, using Spanish songs and fun games for children.
I have experience tutoring adults. I gave Spanish conversational classes, Spanish for Educators, Spanish for travelers and for people that works in the medical field. I have been giving conversational Spanish classes at park and recreation, I'm a certified interpreter translator.I used to work for global LT tutoring program and head start.You must have skype or Ovoo for the online classes. I want to be a tutor so I can share my passions with people who want support
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Rekha December 28, 2017
· Belly Dancing · Online
Loved it
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Daniel June 22, 2017
· Ballroom Dance · Online
Elena was able to teach someone 500 miles away the basics to a slew of different Latin ballroom dances (salsa, marengue, bachata, cumbia step, etc.) In just a few lessons I was able to feel comfortable enough with the steps and timing to be able to dance in public with others! She was very amazing and was willing to accommodate to my needs as a student. She gave plenty of reference material as well as songs so that I'd be able to practice when not taking lessons. I would highly recommend her as a teacher to anyone who is wanting to learn Latin Ballroom dance, but doesn't know where to start!
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Larry January 21, 2017
· French · Online
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About Tom S.

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Orlando, FL

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Tom has been teaching private lessons since 2006 and is currently available to teach lessons online. Foremost, Tom provides expertise, experience, and encouragement.

Tom received his training at Boston University in 1998 where he received a degree in Finance and International Relations. Then going on to receive a degree in English Literature. As an native in the English language Tom looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Tom's teaching style is relaxed and filled with humor that continues to motivate his students.

Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible.

ESL/ELL STUDENTS

Teaching non-English speaking students the basic AND advanced fundamentals of English. The seven parts of speech taught are nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and int
erjections.

Tom works at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels as an adult education instructor providing English instruction to classes or individual students.

As an ESL teacher, developing a curriculum he takes an overall approach to English study that focuses on a specific aspect of language use, such as life skills, literacy, or vocational and workplace English competencies. Both approaches involve teaching his students basic English skills, such as listening, reading, writing and speaking.

CLASSROOM/LESSONS

- Pronunciation techniques
- Quizzes, textbooks, videos and computer lessons
- Basic communication with real-life interactions

Using language use in different situations, such as shopping, schooling, job hunting or working with English-speaking co workers.

He places awareness on the students' culture and recognition of cultural differences which might affect a student's ability to acclimate to an English-speaking environment.

STUDENTS LESSON DETAILS

He prefers to discuss goals with his students or their parents to determine what they are most interested in ACHIEVING. Together we can create a lesson plan designed for the individual student.

TECHNOLOGY

Combination with TakeLessons Classroom and eLearning it is critical learning a secondary language effectively - see attached

Excerpt from "50 Ways to Teach Online: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers" by Dr. Justin Shewell.

The Pedagogical Foundations Of EnglishCentral

By David Deubelbeiss

EnglishCentral is a company that takes pride in having experienced teachers on staff and designing a product that will help students learn and acquire English, particularly for international communication.

Too often technology is designed without the control or voice of educators. Technology for technology's sake. We have tried to avoid this error and build an e-learning platform that puts pedagogy and learning first.

Here are the key aspects of English Central's pedagogy:

1. Motivation.

We live in a visual and digital world. Students consume enormous amounts of video content and video has become the new textbook. EnglishCentral harnesses this built in, intrinsic level of motivation - why not learn English while viewing videos you love? EnglishCentral publishes 30 new video lessons per week and its vast library of video lessons and courses offers every student the chance to study what they want and listen to messages they want to hear.

2. Comprehensible Input

Not only do students need to listen to messages they want to hear - these messages must be level appropriate (Krashen, 2001). Each EnglishCentral video lesson or course plus our vocabulary is leveled and can be assigned to students based on their level of English. This provides appropriate practice maximizing language acquisition.

3. Precise, Timely Feedback

EnglishCentral provides instant feedback to students. Students begin to "notice the gap" (Schmidt, 1990) and begin to self-correct as they compare their speech to the original. Tools are provided so students can "dig down" and understand the language and get the answers they need immediately. EnglishCentral works to promote learner autonomy.

4. Lowered Affective Filter

Many students go through a substantial "silent period" (Krashen, 1985). Others need the time and space given through self-study before they are ready to excel in the very socially demanding classroom. EnglishCentral provides a safe, low anxiety environment where learners can proceed at their own pace and practice speaking in a non-threatening place. Teachers are often amazed how the quiet students in their class "bloom" on EnglishCentral.

5. An Oral Language Focus

The 21st century workplace and global nature of communication demands that students have strong speaking skills. The importance of written communication is receding. EnglishCentral's proprietary speech recognition system IntelliSpeech™ trains students to produce, clear, intelligible speech for effective communication across cultures and borders.

6. Blended Learning

The future of education lies in blended learning (Arne Duncan, 2014). EnglishCentral partners with schools and teachers offering a unique blended learning model and platform. Courses and video lessons can perfectly compliment what students learn in class, providing students with extra practice matching the class curriculum. Our free LMS lets teachers extend the curriculum and track student achievement.

7. Structured Learning

Our simple Watch | Learn | Speak methodology provides low cognitive overload and an easy to follow learning pathway. Courses and video lessons are leveled and vocabulary is presented with spaced-time repetition. EnglishCentral monitors every word or expression students study and provides a simple interface where students can use the feedback to improve their pronunciation and build their vocabulary.

8. Gaming

Students are highly engaged by the gaming dynamics of EnglishCentral. Students compete for XPs (Experience Points) and ranking through their study. However, we don't go overboard and aim to keep the focus on the learning, not the gaming.

9. Ambiguity Tolerance

Language is a vast and unpredictable space. Successful language learners are risk takers. Critical to being a risk taker is having a strong ability to not be stressed out by what you don't understand (Brown, 2007). EnglishCentral provides authentic content that challenges students to focus on the general meaning and gist and strengthen their level of ambiguity tolerance.

Interested in reading more about EnglishCentral and why it works? Try this post on our blog or visit our Academic area for some case studies on how teachers have used EnglishCentral successfully at their school.

David Deubelbeiss is a professor, educational consultant and teacher trainer currently at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University, North Bay, Canada. He is a leader in promoting the use of technology in language teaching and the use of social media in education. He is the Director of Education at EnglishCentral. Find him online at his professional development community for teachers, EFL Classroom 2.0 or through his LinkedIn profile. He espouses the simple teaching philosophy of “When one teaches, two learn.”

You can purchase an electronic copy of the book at https://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Ways-Teach-Online-Teachers-ebook/dp/B01M5IS58Q

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Terry March 9, 2019
· English · Online
Tom is very patient. Just what I needed!
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RCA March 9, 2019
· English · Online
Tom is the best! I learn so much from him. He is a patient, kind and loving instructor who knows how to make learning fun.
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Veronika March 1, 2019
· English · Online
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About Jordin P.

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Manchester, CT

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I have a PhD in French, as well as 7 years teaching experience . I have taught classes at the University level, as well as elementary, middle and high school education. In addition to this, I have also given private lessons in French and English as a second language.
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Jessa G. January 19, 2019
· French · Online
Jordin is absolutely fantastic! She is always willing to help in any way she can and is flexible with scheduling when needed. She makes learning comfortable and pressure-free which is so wonderful. We truly enjoy her fun nature and awesome expertise!!
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David December 12, 2018
· French · Online
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Dominique December 1, 2018
· French · Online
Jordin is awesome!! I’ve been learning French for 3 months now, and Jordin has been so encouraging and patient with me. She also tailors our lessons to what I want to learn, and is flexible to meet my needs. Highly recommend Jordin as a 1:1 tutor!!
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About Ana S.

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Orlando, FL

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Hola! I'm Ana, I'm 27 and I'm from Mexico, born and raised. I have been teaching spanish for quite few years and I love my language! Learning it will give you confidence to conquer whatever your purpose is!

I love teaching on an interactive way so classes are not boring or tedious, also tailored to your needs so you become conversational as fast as possible! So get ready to have fun while learning, it won't be difficult!

My lessons are completely adapted to each student and his or her necessities and interests. I offer in my classes the proper use of grammar, Spanish pronunciation, share cultural issues and communicatory approach to real-life situations, something that you can only get from a professor who is a native speaker.

Spanish is 100% phonetic. Words are pronounced exactly as they are written. It will be fun!

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ble to go to your convenience place for you to receive the class.

Gracias! And hope to hear from you soon!
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Michael January 5, 2019
· Spanish · In studio
Ana is very organized, professional and she tries to teach in a way that keeps it simple. Outstanding teacher. Overall I was very impressed with Ana!
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Ronda October 21, 2018
· Spanish · In home
Our 3yo, and 8yo are half Latino and we didn’t want them to miss out on their spanish, they enjoy classes with Miss Ana and she has a lot of patience with them and brings spanish activities to keep them entertained and eager to learn, she gave us as parents many tips on how to keep their brain learning the language on the daily by changing language on tablets, putting cartoons/tv in Spanish only and books.
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Kevin October 21, 2018
· Spanish · In home
I have been taking Spanish lessons from Ana for a few months. I’ve gone from knowing a few words to being able to construct full sentences. Ana Professional, punctual and always prepared for our lessons and homework. Ana clearly intelligent and well educated and is very good at identify any difficulty you may have and always has a way to help you understand better. I feel fortunate to have selected Ana as my Spanish tutor.
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About Yulia Karuntu K.

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Austin, TX
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About Yulia Karuntu
Hello there, how are you? I’m 22 and I’m from Milan, Italy I live in the Usa. I moved here because I really wanted to learn English. My biggest passion is traveling because I think it’s the best way to know the culture of the countries and to learn new languages.
The Italian language is really beautiful, and I think it’s also pretty easy to learn it if you really want to 😃
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Rajiv A. February 2, 2019
· French · Online
Very professional
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Michelle December 15, 2018
· Italian · Online
Yulia is an amazing instructor! She is nice and is very experienced at teaching. I always have fun and learn a lot with her. I also look forward to her classes each week.
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About Masahito K.

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Honolulu, HI
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Hello people!! My name is Masshi!

I am very excited that you want to learn Japanese. Learning is fun. And let's unlock the gimmick of learning!

It is my passion to teach. I sometimes become a ski instructor during the winter time. The students are 3-18 years old. I love it.

Full of green tea field, pacific ocean, and the magnificent view of Mt. Fuji. This is where I grow up. Since over a thousand year ago, my clan has been living in this area. Also, I'm the 10th generation of my branch family.

Since I had been an exchange student in the US, I had been into learning Japanese culture. This experience made me go to the oldest university in Japan called Ryukoju univ, Kyoto. Kyoto is beautiful. I was always strolling around after school by walk from my home.

If you want to learn the Japanese language with a vibrant and colo
rful background of Japanese culture, ask me at any time. Let's enjoy discovering the mystery of a different culture!

Learning is fun!

I am teaching Japanese in a language school right now. Surprisingly, many people are learning Japanese in my class in Ukraine! Come to Ukraine to be my student!

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My interests are... Shakihachi flute, Shinobue flute, Wadaiko drum, Aikido, Bushism history and theory, meditation practice, anime.
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Peiyi February 27, 2019
· Japanese · Online
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Tanya February 24, 2019
· Japanese · In studio
Great teacher! Very personable! Highly recommend 😊
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Anca February 19, 2019
· Japanese · In home
With Masshy as my tutor, I practiced writing and speaking Japanese within the space of one month and a half. I’m one of those people who feel more confident writing than speaking, especially in a language as different from English as Japanese, but Masshy was eagerly helpful, supportive, polite, patient and kind (the list could go on), and we had fun during our casual conversations, conversation games (‘The three-second game’ particularly stood out to me due to all the fun and excitement of getting to its end with as many questions as possible answered in less than three seconds), and even made up a story together. Feel free to ask him any questions, be straightforward about your needs, and he’ll cater to them to the best of his abilities!
素晴らしい先生で、人柄もよく、話しやすいです。あなたたちはぜひまた受講したいです!
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About Luisa I.

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Cliffside Park, NJ
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I was born into a musical family in Brazil in the 80s and moved to NJ in 1994. I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where I graduated with a BA in Music Business and focus on vocal performance and Audio Engineering.

Nowadays I am a freelancer! Aside from teaching I am a Vocal Producer, a Background Vocalist and Arranger, a Tour Manager, Voice-Over Artist and also a studio manager at The Hit Mill in Cliffside Park, NJ.

I'm happy to answer any additional questions!
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Luisa I.

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