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About Asuka U.

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New York, NY

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About Asuka
I started my musical training as a pianist at YAMAHA institute at age 4 in Japan. I was selected to enter perfect pitch class. It was designated for students who have perfect pitch and potentials to be professional musicians.

I enjoyed playing piano and electric piano and won the 1st prize at Kitakantou Electric Piano Competition hosted by YAMAHA institute. Because of the intensive training, I have been accompanying my students' recitals and performance exams.

As much as I enjoyed playing piano, I discovered that I also love singing, so I started to take singing lessons and majored in vocal performance during my college days.

Since I have graduated, I have been performing opera professionally. My career highlights include roles as Dorinda(Cantanti project), Pamina (Die Zauberflote) with Opera Manhattan Studio, Frasquita (Carmen)
with One World Symphony, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola) with Capitol Heights Opera, Alice (Le comte Ory) with West Side Opera Society, Adele (Die Fledermaus), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Myrrhine (Lysistrata) with Opera Avanti, Gilda (Rigoletto) with Academie Internationale d'Ete de Nice, and The First Spirit (Die Zauberflote) with the Opera Company of Brooklyn.

My international credits include studies at the Academy Internationale d'Ete de Nice, France; the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Chianti, Italy; the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel; and an appearance at the Young Artist's Concert in Tokyo, Japan.

As a versatile singer, I was presented as an aspiring opera singer on the website of Maybelline New York. My voice was featured in short films for NEC, the Japanese technology company.

I was also selected as a finalist at the Opera Idol Competition at Lincoln Center, the Hariclea Darclee Voice Competition in Romania, and the Mario Lanza and Elaine Malbin Vocal Competition. In the summer 2014, I received a scholarship to perform at The Savannah Voice Festival that is founded by Metropolitan Opera/Grammy Award Winner Opera Star Mr. Sherrill Miles. My upcoming engagement includes singing the title role of Madame Butterfly with Snob Opera in Montreal and Quebec that is supported by Quebec City.

Besides being an opera singer, I have been teaching piano and voice for 11 years. I have been fortunate to study with the world renowned teachers. I continue my vocal studies with Mr.Gerald Martin Moore who teaches Tony award winner Kelly O'Hara, Met star Renee Flemimg and Mr. William Hicks who was a coach for Luciano Pavarotti at The Metroplitan Opera. I would like to share my skills and experience with you. Since I perform often, I can coach you how to perform on stage in addition to building solid technique and languages. Also, I have taught various kinds of music, such as Rock, Broadway musicals, Pop music, so we can work on all kind of music.

I look forward to teaching you soon!

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My students can expect to improve their skills and start to enjoy music more as we work together.
I believe that learning music is fun and enjoyable. However you also need to be serious and focused.
I can demonstrate various and specific techniques, phrasing, and interpretation and will always coach on how to develop your skills. However, I feel it is important for students to think critically on their own and take the first try at solving a problem themselves. I cannot emphasize enough that primarily it is you who find the ways to improve. Leaning music is a collaboration between teachers and students. I hope that through my lessons, students will become more self-sufficient and confident as musicians.
Let me help you become a better musician.

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Piano (Clavinova), music stand, and desk.

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By Subway, the closest station is 23rd street. You can take C, E train(within one block). 1 train(one block), M, F train (2 blocks).
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Nitan S. June 22, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Natalia March 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Asuka is an excellent teacher. Very attentive, patient and always happy to explain things in-depth.
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Kelly March 10, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
I'm almost afraid to write this review lest Asuka's schedule gets totally filled with new students:) I started lessons with Asuka Nov 22 as a beginner and by January 15 the notes I could sing increased by an octave.

My high C/C6 came by early December, a couple of weeks after starting with Asuka. Some of this is my voice type, but I believe anyone who works with Asuka will see improvement.

I am taking lessons with a well-regarded pop teacher from the same time period and I've developed almost entirely from Asuka's lessons vs the other teacher, and quickly too with consistent practice. What Asuka teachers carries over to non-classical singing also.

Asuka is not rigid in her approach, thankfully, and she is so nice about the million things beginner singers can correct. I don't feel embarassed singing in front of her because she is non-judgmental.

I did some online lessons when she was traveling, and I got just as much out of them so even if I leave New York I will continue working with her.
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Asuka U.

Asuka U.

New York, NY 10011
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About Katie C.

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Staten Island, NY

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Hi, there! My name is Katie and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since September 2010 and have loved helping my students with test preparation, daily assignments, and projects. I generate exercises to enhance the understanding of the curriculum and work with students to overcome various learning disabilities. I went to Curtis High School and earned an Advanced Regents High School Diploma in 2010. In 2015, I earned my union status in SAG-AFTRA. I'm an outgoing and friendly person and my teaching style is easygoing, understandable, and successful. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Rebecca November 11, 2017
· Algebra 1 · Online
She’s great! Really helped me pass my test!
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Katie C.

Katie C.

Staten Island, NY 10305
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About Tammy Y.

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New York, NY

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About Tammy
I conduct group lessons for young children, which I am unable to state on my profile/list of services here. You can send me a message if you are interested in them!

I believe EVERYONE should have the opportunity to learn music, especially children, in a fun and enjoyable way! As someone who grew up around music (my mother is a music teacher!) I wish to give that chance to others.

I started playing the piano at around the age of four, and helped out as a substitute teacher at my mother's music school back in Singapore while in High School. I left shortly after to pursue music at Berklee College of Music, where I graduated summa cum laude in August 2013 with a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance and Contemporary Writing and Production!

My students range from as 3.5 years old, to the grandmother of a couple of my students. I wo
rk mostly with children, but have a handful of adult beginner students I work with as well.

Everyone is different - and I personally take the time and effort to develop and customize my lessons and materials for each student. I'll push you (a little!), to make you realize just how much you can do!

Music is an all-rounded experience. Not only can I offer you a chance to learn how to play different styles of piano, from jazz to pop to classical, but I can also teach you how to write your own songs, arrange them, and perhaps (if you like) record them!
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Estrella H. November 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher. Was very impressed on how well the piano classes were explained in detail. My 6 years old learned a lot in her first piano class! My daughter came out super excited and motivated!
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Estrella H. November 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher. Was very impressed on how well the piano classes were explained in detail. My 6 years old learned a lot in her first piano class! My daughter came out super excited and motivated!
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Mary S. January 8, 2015
· Chinese · Online
We are absolutely thrilled with our experience with Tammy. My two sons meet with her online to review the Mandarin language they take at school. The extra 30 min. a week of conversation and tone work is invaluable. I would rate Tammy a 10/10 as she sends highlights, a review and suggestions of study for the week after each lesson. If a person can have teenage boys look forward to "extra" Chinese weekly, they deserve a medal!
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Tammy Y.

Tammy Y.

New York, NY 10023
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About Kerstin R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in June 2007 with a Master in Education (Arts in Education) degree. During my studies I worked in the framework of the Artful Adventures Program (Museum of Fine Arts in Boston), which provides object - based learning and hands on artistic experiences for elementary and middle school kids. My own research was about “Creative Insight in Practice" and "Acquiring English as a Second Language and Developing Self-Esteem through the Idiom of Art". I have more than a two decades-long experience in painting, drawing, printmaking and installation work.The images I use in my work are mostly based on self-made or collected photos or drawings from nature combined with literature or self-made phrases. I use digital tools in order to layer text, photos and drawings and combine them to a new work.
Photo and text based collages will often merge into drawings or watercolors and these are the starting point for my large scale oil paintings.
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Illia K. January 10, 2016
· German · In home
We really love our lessons with Kerstin. She is terrific.
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Kristina W. January 5, 2015
· German · In home
Kerstin has been teaching German to both my kids for the past several years. Their grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation has improved dramatically. Kerstin has done a tremendous job tailoring her lessons to the different needs and learning preferences my children who very much appreciated this tailored approach. Most recently, Kerstin helped to prepare my oldest daughter for her German SAT subject test with outstanding results. I can highly recommend her.
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Patrick S. December 21, 2014
· German · In home
Kerstin has been a great teacher for my two sons. Kerstin always made an special effort to provide teaching material that was not only age appropriate and appropriate for their level of proficiency, but was also tailored to their particular interests. Her teaching style is methodical, while also casual and interactive, and thus well suited to provide a positive learning experience, particularly for children and adolescents. Both my children have benefited greatly from her teaching and I would recommend her highly.
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Kerstin R.

Brooklyn, NY 11249
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About Jared G.

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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, Breton 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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Ari November 8, 2017
· Hebrew · Online
Thank you for being so patient...as a good country-man, I ask a lot of questions and he answers all!!! Thank you!
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Todd B. September 18, 2017
· Danish · Online
Excellent, intelligent instruction. Thanks!
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Nicholas September 12, 2017
· Swedish · Online
Very informative and knowledgeable instructor ! Can't wait for next weeks lesson!
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Jared G.

Jared G.

New York, NY 10027
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About Ephraim S.

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New York, NY
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About Ephraim
Native and Fluent Spanish Speaker.
University of Pennsylvania - Spanish Literature Major (Class of 2000).
University of Pennsylvania - Latin American Studies.
Mexican descent - so full of culture.
Studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Studied abroad in Spain.
Fun and Relaxed. Professional and punctual.
Learning should be fun BUT effective. Not everyone learns the same.

Teach from conversational beginners' Spanish to advanced Syntax and Grammar.
Love Spanish and its Diverse Cultures.

Will be open to go on field trips to local places to practice Spanish live.
Again - this is fun for me so it should be fun for you.

I love sharing my culture and language.

Born and raised in the USA border town of Progreso, Texas across from the Mexican border town of Nuevo Progreso. Family originally from Mexico City and Spain.

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Hasta Pronto!!
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Ariel August 28, 2016
· Spanish · In studio
Efraín is a talented and devoted teacher. In my preparation for a research trip to Mexico City we were able to make a focused and practical plan to be prepared for the trip. I would highly recommend him!
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Joseph July 13, 2016
· Spanish · In studio
Efrain is a wonderful teacher! Since starting with Efrain my Spanish has improved dramatically. My comprehension and speaking have both seen very sharp increases. He is very generous with his time, easy to get along with, and always makes sure you are engaged and enjoying your learning. I had some previous experience learning the language and studied a lot on my own, and he was great at working with me and coming up with plan together that we both felt would meet my needs and goals. I am 5 lessons deep and plan on continuing!
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Angela June 13, 2016
· Spanish · In studio
I needed help with learning spanish in order to support my employee population that i support and so i used Efrain's services and have been able to hold conversations just in two months of teaching. I will continue to use his services till i become fluent in Spanish. Highly recommend him.
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Ephraim S.

New York, NY 10003
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$20 / 30-min

About Edward A.

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New York, NY

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The 34-year-old artist and actor Edward Akrout was born in Paris to a Franco-British mother and Tunisian father. Raised in France, he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne before attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Since graduating in 2008, Akrout has been prominent on both the screen and stage. Akrout is represented internationally as an actor and artist with agents across Europe and the United States.
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Charlotte January 10, 2017
· Acting · In home
Edward is friendly, outgoing and patient. He assisted me in preparing monologues and with various acting work, including scenes and exercises. Definitely helped me over come nerves/fears. Would recommend for anyone seeking lessons in acting!
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Philip January 7, 2017
· Acting · In home
Fantastic tutor, clearly a man whose dedication to his craft is admirable. Not only is he knowledgeable in a variety of acting methodologies but also a great communicator and teacher. Very easy to work with, great sense of humour and willing to tailor his approach to your needs.
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Edward A.

New York, NY 10002
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About Yali R.

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College Point, NY

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I received a Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a Bachelor in Art History at the University of Havana, Cuba. I’m a multidisciplinary designer that blurs the line between fashion and visual arts. I launched in 2009 a project titled “Normal Is Good” centered in the development of clothing collections with presentations in Havana, Cuba; Paris, France; Liverpool, England and Miami, Chicago, NY, US.

Once I moved to New York I participated in an internship at Victor de Souza Company and I was quickly hired for the position of Production Manager and began assisting Mr. De Souza in executing and coordinating fashion shows.

As an artist and designer I feel more inclined towards education than working in the fashion industry. I feel great joy teaching and this would be a wonderf
ul opportunity for me to share my knowledge. The lessons are customized to your needs. I will only cover the subject that you are interested in, and are relevant to achieving your goals. Even if your goals are not that clear I can help you to discover what is it that you want.

Sometimes I have been approached by people who, although they do not want to pursue a career in fashion or art, want advice on how customize their image. I can help you to express your individuality and embrace your freedom.

As a designer I have also collaborated producing the costume designs for plays like: "Post-Plástica", Museo del Barrio, NY (2012) and "Schwanze-Beast", Vermont Performance Lab, Vermont (2015).

In 2015 I released the film-documentary, "Normal Is Good (I like America and America likes me)" at Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago. "All the things she says" is my most recent solo exhibition at Galería de la Biblioteca Pública Rubén Martínez Villena, Havana, Cuba (2017). I was selected as part of 2017 NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Performing and Literary Arts, New York Foundations for the Arts, NY, US.

My knowledge of art and design and my international perspective, are elements that enrich my approach to education.
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Candida July 19, 2017
· Fashion Design · Online
Yali is a fantastic artist, teacher and person! She has a wonderful approach as a teacher, beside her great look and talent as an artist! Highly recommended!
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Cherie July 19, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Yali is a WONDERFUL Spanish teacher. She teaches my 13-year-old daughter in such an engaging way that my daughter insists on *not* taking Spanish at school but instead learning solely with Yali (and also when she's experiencing full immersion in a Spanish-speaking country). The fact that Yali is from Cuba and a magical fashionista is a super fun added bonus.
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Yali R.

Yali R.

College Point, NY 11356
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About Artem K.

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My name is Artem K. I was born and raised in Russia. I am now living in the States and doing what I love to do - teaching. According to Confucius, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Now as I have been teaching for almost 10 years, I am certain that I most certainly will not have to work a single day in my life. I will simply be enjoying the process of educating my students and sharing my culture with them.
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Alex October 5, 2017
· Russian · Online
I've taken lessons with Artem online, via Skype. His lessons are always informative and fun which insures progression in the language. At first it seemed like a lot of work, but I was amazed how I could speak after just a few sessions with him. Some of the activities included acting out real life situations, listening activities, oral presentations and videos.
I highly recommend anyone looking to learn Russian to take classes with Artem.
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Artem K.

Bridgewater, NJ 08807
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About Monica L.

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New York, NY

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I am a Taiwanese pianist, singer, producer and composer who is based in New York City. I graduated from Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with a Bachelor of Music, specifically piano performance. I am currently a M.M./M.A. candidate at Mannes College of Music, The New School. Additionally, I teach Mandarin Chinese to those who would are curious about Chinese culture and language.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano professionally since I was 3, and violin since I was 7. I have been teaching piano for almost 10 years. I teach students basic knowledge of piano and music, such as technique, how to read music, the right position and so on. Besides the foundation, I believe that musicianship is the most important thing to learn and experience. I hope to not only teach my s
tudents how to play the instrument but also the appreciation and love for music. I also perform regularly in United States, Taiwan, and UK.

As a Chinese teacher, I often find lots of similarities between successful piano students and Chinese students. Both require consistent hard-works and strong eagerness to learn. I have a flexible curriculum that will accommodate each student's need.

I teach my students in my conveniently-located workplace in downtown Manhattan and online through professional equipment. I can also travel to student's home in New York City if the commute is doable. I look forward to meeting you!
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Rebecca S. December 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Monica is such a wonderful teacher! She was really great with beginner techniques and musicality. She helped me improve my technique a lot. Highly recommend!
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Monica L.

Monica L.

New York, NY 10025
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