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I have been teaching Piano for 16 years now. I have taught students from age 2 1/2 - Adult. I was self-taught when I was a kid and begun taking formal lessons as a very young adult in my early twenties. I graduated from CSULB with my BA in Music with a concentration on Voice. As a Music major you spend a lot of time at the Piano. I became a member of MTAC in 2004 and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota in 1998. I have a great passion for Music and a bigger passion for the Piano and sharing the wonders of how beautiful the Piano really is.

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In my opinion, piano is the hardest instrument to learn but the most rewarding. If you can play piano you can pretty much play any instrument. I believe that a piano lesson should be fun. I'm a strict teacher with a smile and a giggle. I push my students to greatness while helping the
m love the piano through the good times and the bad. I'm a very encouraging but honest teacher. I compliment when warranted and I assess not so good performances in an honest but encouraging manner. I always let a student know that though their performance was not their best, they can and will improve. It's always only a matter of time. I use the Schaum and Nevin series depending on the student's personality. I teach Classical and Pop Music. It's important for a student to learn the Classics just as important as it is for them to play things they like. I find the happy balance between the two. I teach Beginning to Intermediate levels. I also like to incorporate Music theory into the lessons because understanding the mechanics of Music helps make playing and creating Music much easier to accomplish. A typical lesson will start off with a hand drill warm up. We then will move on to the lesson book and repertoire. Theory will be assigned as homework. I look it over at the beginning of the lesson and discuss it and answer any questions in the last five minutes of class. Baby lessons go as followed: 15 mins. of play time and 15 mins of Music theory. I like to keep structure in my lessons but sprinkle a little joy and laughter to keep the atmosphere light. It makes for a much more attentive Piano student.

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I expect the student to have a Piano or Keyboard of some sort. I may provide music on occasion.

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Classic and Pop
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Kay B.

Kay B.

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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
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Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
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gary July 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
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Melissa M.

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About mike G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am an experienced chess coach /instructor with deep understanding of chess at high levels I've been teaching students of all ages since 1980. I provide in classroom lessons as well as private in-house sessions. I have been playing chess for over 40 years. For several years I have worked as a chess teacher, helping young children to develop chess skills, in particular to enhance creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, decision making, memory, concentration, intellectual maturity, and self esteem. My adult student recently became a national master. I am the winner of the West Coast Continental Chess Championship in the expert
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I am also a very experienced Russian tutor. I have been tutoring and teaching Russian for over 8 years.
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mike G.

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About Matthew C.

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Boston, MA

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Hello, there! My name is Matthew! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learn the knitting/crocheting basics, expand their understanding of their abilities, and find a proactive way to relieve stress and bad moods. I teach knitting English or Continental style, multiple cast on methods and when to use them, different increase and decrease methods achieving different looks depending on the pattern and desired outcome, and finally different bind off methods.

I knit and crochet for a high fashion handcrafted company (The Third Piece), I have an Etsy shop, and am commissioned to crochet for international competitions. I'm a kind and outgoing person and my teaching style is relaxed yet focused, goal oriented, and fun! Knitting and crocheting are wonderful ways to express yourself, relieve stress,
and to make gifts for multiple occasions. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Anne-Marie January 8, 2017
· Knitting · In home
He's totally delightful -- and know his stuff. I plan to continue with him. Highly recommend him --
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Alexandra October 26, 2016
· Knitting · In studio
Matthew was wonderful! He showed me the basics of knitting in one lesson and I am now on my way to knitting a scarf for my Mother. I'm very excited to continue working with him!
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Craig J. October 23, 2016
· Knitting · In studio
Matthew has been an outstanding teacher and has been very patient with me in his teaching. I frequently get frustrated early with myself on projects, but he was excellent in making me pace myself. He is extremely professional and knowledgeable about various techniques. He adapted his teaching to the technique of knitting which worked best for me. I HIGHLY recommend Matt for Knitting Lessons!
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About Jay P.

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Huntington, NY
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Are you interested in learning how to shoot pool, but need someone to show you the basics? Maybe you have a table at home and you're trying to take your game to the next level? I am a local pocket-billiards (pool) coach, that works with beginners, aspiring professionals, and everyone in between. I'm happy to help in any way i can. I have been playing competetively for 16 years and giving private lessons for 9. Let's arrange a time to meet that works with your schedule!
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Betty April 28, 2017
· Billiards · In studio
Jay is a great instructor - very knowledgeable, talented and friendly. Learned more in my first 2 hour lesson than I thought was possible. Can't wait for the next one!
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Huntington, NY 11743
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Laurel, MD

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With over a decade of snatching microphones and captivating audiences, Tokia's (2Deep’s) resume reads like Who’s Who travel guide. From Cornell University to Ottawa University, American University to Penn State, United States to Australia, this German born-Alabama raised entertainer has spoken to crowds all over the globe. She’s opened for the late Gil Scott-Heron and performed for President Barack Obama’s first inaugural celebrations at the Washington National Cathedral. She welcomes a freshman class to American University annually and has spoken out against domestic violence on legislative floors in Maryland. She keeps busy hosting two monthly, sold out shows (ten years). Armed with a BFA & MFA she's more than equipped to speak her mind before a crowd & teach how you can do it too!
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Michelle September 5, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
She was awesome.
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Sandra April 15, 2017
· Acting · Online
Great lesson today, I feel like I know how to read a script now!
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Sandra March 26, 2017
· Acting · Online
wow, I'm so excited about this class, I'm loving it!
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About Dave M.

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Sayville, NY
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I consider myself a unique choice because I'm a former New York City school teacher. A natural problem solver with a meticulous eye for detail, I have been honing my craft for many years. Bad habits will be sought out, and destroyed! Certified by the Billiards Congress of America, I am an advanced pool/billiards instructor. (That just means I can create new instructors, and get them certified with the BCA.)

I am also a baseball coach, and single father of a wonderful 12 year old boy. Last but never least, I am legal guardian of my brother Michael, a special needs autistic adult.
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Dave M.

Sayville, NY 11782
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About Jo C.

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Huntington Station, NY

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I bring solid technical understanding and lots of patience and encouragement to my crochet classes. I work with each student to meet their individual needs, I am constantly looking for ways of explaining crochet techniques so that students experience true success in the craft. I nurture my students so that they become technically correct and can then follow their needlework dreams creating functional items and works of art. I’m truly enjoying the craft renaissance that is the world over. I try to get my students to explore all aspects of the craft, from relaxation and meditation to creating useful and beautiful items to be handed down through generations.

My students get a benefit of my professional years working in the garment center and attending FIT as well as my crochet and crafting practical time from the age of 7. The need
le work gene comes from my maternal grandmother’s side of the family learning not only crochet but most needle crafts, sewing, needle point, embroidery, and knitting. Nothing gives me more joy than sharing my love of fiber.
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Jo C.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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