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About Andrew S.

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New Rochelle, NY
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About Andrew
I've been studying music for 10 years now. Having come to music later in life than most, I find that I am more empathetic to the perspective of the beginning student than many teachers. I spent the Summer of 2009 teaching music fundamentals to groups of severely physically and mentally disabled children of all ages. Since then I've completed my Bachelors degree in Music, taught privately and with several established music schools.

To me, music is above all about transformation. Beautiful sound transforms our experience of the environment, and learning an instrument can help students approach life as one big instrument they need to practice to master.
Learning to play an instrument is also an experience of training one’s nervous system to gradually act and respond in new ways, and that kind of persistent, focused
, training is applicable to any new skill.
Last and definitely not least, playing music is fun.

*** Lesson Details ***

I plan my lessons around getting students to enjoy playing music as soon as possible, whether that means learning how to strum a chord rhythmically, playing their favorite song, or how to take a blues solo.
There are steps that have to be climbed to do more complex things and I encourage students to practice a little every day rather than for a long time once or twice a week. Developing a love of music and steady practice habits are more beneficial over the long term than practicing until your limit.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I currently have a living room space where I can teach, but it's small so it might be preferable to travel to you.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If necessary I can provide amplification, cables, and a microphone.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Folk, Blues, Rock, Hip-hop, Funk, Reggae.
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Dimico M. August 7, 2015
· Piano · In home
Andrew is great, very patient. My son is five and Andrew was able to keep him focus on the task at hand, he makes the lesson so enjoyable that my Dimico was practicing long after Andrew left. We are looking forward to more lessons with him.
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Mushka W. July 14, 2015
· Guitar · In home
It was our first class, and my daughter felt comfortable with Andrew. Looking forward to having her grow in her guitar playing in the coming lessons
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richie July 14, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Very happy with the teacher. Andrew is very patient and encouraging. Always on time and normally stays a little longer than the allotted time . Recommended definitely
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Andrew S.

Andrew S.

New Rochelle, NY 10801
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About Brenda B.

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

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

I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and have my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University. I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor, and I just completed 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 inco
rporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

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Whether you want to play flute, clarinet, 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.**
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Rachel September 7, 2017
· Flute · In home
Great teacher! Highly motivated and skills. Glad to have her teaching my daughter.
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Jessica T. June 26, 2017
· Piano · Online
I didn't know what to expect so I was naturally a little apprehensive. Lo & behold I quickly realized what a great teacher Brenda is. She is a natural & really has the gift of teaching ~ She easily transfers her knowledge of music & piano to her students. I'm so happy to have her as my teacher.
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J. A. T. June 26, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Brenda B.

Brenda B.

Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
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About Moataz A.

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About Moataz
I am a Freelance Graphic Designer living in Stamford, Connecticut. I love learning and teaching, like a lot. I teach languages, Lettering, branding, and the basics of Graphic design as well as the adobe programs that bring it to life.

My promise to you is that I will teach you everything I know in the time I'm given and provide you with all sorts of outside resources to get you on your way to fluency and proficiency.

I'll make sure to do my absolute best to get you speaking a new language from day one, learning a Design program immediately, or teaching you how to letter with the rules they don't teach you in school. And best of all, I'll even show you how to actually make money with all of these.

I have a very unique journey into learning where I experienced many places and got a fresh and different understanding to the many su
bjects that I teach. For example my knowledge of multiple languages and travel to different countries gave me an added knowledge of linguistics that I experienced first hand and confirmed in books, so now I know how languages work, and can relate a concept from one language to another even if the languages seem completely different.

My Design work has been very general so I've done a lot of different things before I specialized in hand lettering, so I've done it all from advertisements on billboards to website design and development, to copywriting, to branding from start to finish for companies big and small.

My love for lettering and Calligraphy emerged when I started getting more Logos for client work and my exploration of type wasn't the best answer most of the time so I would letter everything myself, and the rest is history.

I am really passionate about learning and even more passionate about sharing what I've learned. I am efficient, I know what works for different people since I taught in classrooms and tutored way before I knew about Takelessons, and I'm most proud of being praised as a very genuine person. A very common compliment I get is that I sincerely want my students to do well. And it makes me really happy every time someone says it, and I hope that one day you see that and tell me the same thing.

Feel free to find out more about me and ask me anything you want, and I really look forward to one day teach you something that will get you to achieve your goals! :)

Just so there are no surprises, I raise my prices very slightly every 3 months, next time it will go up is on March 3rd 2017. The reason for this is because I get better and more efficient at teaching as time goes by, so that hour that you get now is much more packed with value than the same hour last year or last month.
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Peter I. August 7, 2017
· Calligraphy · Online
My hand lettering changed from the very first class! I write openly now, not with shame but fame because my hand writing has been made beautiful and attractive! Thanks Moataz.
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Joe July 31, 2017
· Graphic Design · In home
Very nice guy.
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Peter I. July 30, 2017
· Calligraphy · Online
Getting clearer and more perfect
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Moataz A.

Moataz A.

Stamford, CT 06902
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About Gabrielle A.

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About Gabrielle
A violinist is a musical knight: the round shield which once protected the heart has become a sound-resonating violin, the linear sword a bow, yet the fundamental gestures are the same. The active right directs according to linear rules, the left spirals inwards.

Dear Student,

My name is Gabrielle A. I am French, in my mid-twenties, and hold a MA in education. Simple, to the point, confident, smiling and fun, I engage quickly and well with those around me.

While teaching a standard violin apprenticeship curriculum, I approach the instrument from the perspective of movement: what qualitative gesture is at play behind a particular stroke or fingering?

Imagine playing violin according to lines of force, directions and qualities of movement between the right and the left! Musical sound, and its higher sibling tone, are born from
the qualitative interplay between right and left meeting in the human chest.
By inwardly experiencing the instrument as a threefold instrument (violin, bow and violinist) we can step away from the view that the violin is 'somewhere out there', a foreign object to be more or less painfully mastered.

I believe that as instrumentalists we ourselves are a part of the tone we produce.
I will therefore look with you at the kinesiology behind a correct posture and encourage you to experience the playing process as a circle between the violin, the bow and the violinist.

I hope to hear from you, meet you, and work with you!

Yours sincerely,
Gabrielle
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Anthony W. September 6, 2017
· French · Online
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Zach August 17, 2017
· French · Online
Gabrielle is great at teaching my 9 year old french. She makes his lessons fun and keeps him engaged so that he always looks forward to his lessons. She does a great job engaging with the interests of her students, instead of sticking to a rigid lesson plan and losing the student. For example, quietly inserting verb conjugation and tense training into the telling of a story her student is determined to share with her. She really works with the kid's interests and gets their buy-in and engagement.
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Fishy May 28, 2017
· English · In home
she's amazing
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Gabrielle A.

Spring Valley, NY 10977
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About Douglas S.

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Bridgeport, CT
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I combine my two decades of experience as a professional tutor and corporate writer with my own personal understanding of the learning struggles faced by students to create unique methods for every student to learn, regardless of the subject. I use creative innovations to make learning fun and enjoyable for my students. My students quickly see how much I care for their progress and success. Many have chosen to retain me as their tutor for more than a year.
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Devorah Leah July 9, 2015
· English · In home
I had the opportunity to work with Douglas a number of times during my tenure as a part-time instructor at SCORE Educational Center. What I noticed about him was that he related very well to the children he worked with - he was a very enthusiastic tutor of English and math! He was most generous with the "high fives" and praise, and he also knew how to get students back on track if their focus strayed. Also, I saw him work very well with the parents; he always took the time to patiently explain lesson plans and students' progress between sessions. I have known Douglas personally for many years. He was the one who encouraged me to work at SCORE Educational Center given my background in Education - I thank him for that because I enjoyed my time there very much while I was able to stay (unfortunately, I had to leave that position for a full-time job elsewhere). SCORE Educational Center is no longer in existence. Douglas currently works as an independent tutor, and given how long I've seen clients stick with him, I have no doubt that they are enjoying the same level of attention and enthusiasm he provided at SCORE. When he speaks about the progress of independent clients and how they respond to him, it is with enthusiasm and a glowing smile. If you are looking for a tutor that is intelligent, dedicated, enthusiastic, and simply great with kids and parents, then Douglas is your man.
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Douglas S.

Bridgeport, CT 06604
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Do you want to express yourself in English with fluency, accuracy, clarity, and confidence? I would love to help you. Mastering the English language may be tough, but it can also be great fun. Time spent together working towards achievement of your English language goals will be a sound investment in your personal, academic, and professional success. What are my qualifications? I hold a Master's degree in Adult Education with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and have over fifteen years of instructional and administrative/advisory experience in the field. Working in private language schools and in a university setting, I have taught and advised students from all over the globe, from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Gloria June 19, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Maggie is patient to correct every detail of my pronunciation. She is the instructor I need!
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Elda June 5, 2017
· English · In studio
Maggie was very good letting me know where I have to improve my English.
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Maggie H.

Glen Rock, NJ 07452
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About Christian D.

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Hello! I am a Classical Voice (Opera) Major studying at Mannes College within the New School. Mannes is one of the most highly-rated operatic training programs in the country, and, thus far, has helped me acquire many skills as a both an opera singer. I have attended programs such as the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Chautauqua Voice Institute. I am a recipient of multiple talent-based scholarships, including but not limited to George London Scholarship(s), Richard Tucker Award(s), and the Mannes Dean's Scholarship while I have been in school. I also received my degree from the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division after studying voice there for five years while I was in High School. I have acquired a very strong background in theory, ear training, and dictation should you need tutoring. I can teach Musical
Theater and I also can tutor people in Spanish (from beginner to intermediate). I will graduate with my BM from Mannes in 2019.
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Christian D.

Oradell, NJ 07649
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About Kat F.

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Woodbury, CT

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How about a relaxed, fun and natural way of learning American Sign Language? Let's try some lessons together. I teach in an interactive and empowering way where discovering the beauty of this visual language and the valuable culture cherished by Deaf and Hearing Americans is part of every lesson.

I cater lessons to match your learning style and communication needs. Your classes will also have music, role-play, games and story telling. I have taught ASL and Deaf Culture to many different students and groups: K-12 students, families with special needs children, college students, interpreting students, professionals, families with Deaf children, adults, home schoolers, choirs, and dance troops.
I am a certified Interpreter with the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and have been a professional interpreter and ASL instructor
since 1991. I am a certified teacher in the state of Connecticut and hold an MS in education, a BA in Communications Human Relations/Interpreting.
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Frances September 2, 2017
· American Sign Language · Online
Kat was nice and very patient instructor.
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Margie M. August 16, 2017
· American Sign Language · Online
Kat is a very good teacher. I have learned a lot in these last 3 weeks. She is able to make it fun while having to learn. I am glad she is my teacher. I get to interact with her with games and activities instead of just a book. I recommend her as a teacher.
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Margie M. August 3, 2017
· American Sign Language · Online
Professor Kat is great teacher, my daughter had her first class this week and she can't wait for her next lesson. Thank you teacher!
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Kat F.

Kat F.

Southbury, CT 06488
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About Rachel D.

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Shelton, CT

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Hi, I'm Rachel and I would love to become your tutor! After receiving a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, I spent a year teaching ESL to freshmen and sophomores at a university in Harbin, China. I then spent two years teaching English literature to middle school students in a private school in New York City. I also just finished a Master's in Education program specializing in English Language Teaching in England while tutoring high school students in English literature through Tutor Doctor. I have also done independent tutoring and last summer I taught a six-week long course for SAT Reading and Writing.

What I love the most about tutoring is getting to experience students having a "light bulb" moment, when the topics that once confused and/or frustrated them begin to make sense. I strive to help students achieve their goals wit
h an encouraging demeanor and engaging lesson plans. Please do not hesitate to contact me and schedule a lesson if you're interested!
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Saluk September 8, 2017
· ESL · In studio
She has plans for teaching and covering all topics. She also corrects students' mistake and finds the way to improve. She is one of my best teachers. Thank you, Rachel.
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Rachel D.

Rachel D.

Shelton, CT 06484
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About Paul L.

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Closter, NJ

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I have successfully taught over 2,000 students for the past 18 years in a range of subjects including the SAT, ACT, English, Math, and College Application Essays. I am a Yale graduate and winner of numerous essay contests.

I have helped thousands of students achieve their academic goals. I have raised SAT scores 200-400 points and composite ACT scores 5-8 points. I have improved math and English grades from B's to A's. I have advised college application essays for students who got accepted into Harvard, Princeton, UPenn, Cornell, West Point, Boston College, Carnegie Mellon, Villanova, NYU, and dozens of other prestigious universities.

I have taught elite students of all ages from prestigious private, specialized, and public high schools including Phillips Exeter, Horace Mann, Trinity, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Choate Rosemary Hall
, Peddie, Tenafly High School, and Bergen County Academies.

I am now seeking and serving students who want the best teaching and the best results. I have the passion and proficiency to propel students toward their purpose.
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Daniel September 22, 2017
· English · In studio
I have been studying with Paul for two years now and have found that I have seen an improvement in my English over the years. He really helps in developing and structuring essays by building on vocab and allowing a writer to get their point clearly across without hesitation. I started my lessons with him before the start of my ninth grade year and found myself at a pretty comfortable position for my English class.
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Terry September 22, 2017
· English · In studio
Gives lots of insightful ideas for your works. Currently helps me about essays and helps brainstorming. For SAT gives the concept behind every problem.
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Ester September 21, 2017
· SAT · In studio
I initially met with Paul to prepare for my ACT. I ended up not only scoring high on the exam but coming back to him for months afterward to review my school papers, go through my college applications, and seek general life advice. He cares for his students' health and success in a way most tutors do not. Even now, after I've entered college, we correspond through email, and knowing I have someone to turn to and trust with honest, thoughtful guidance is beyond reassuring. I am happy to report that in Paul I've found both an extraordinary teacher and a lifelong friend.
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Paul L.

Paul L.

Closter, NJ 07624
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