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About Asuka U.

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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 Cio-cio san(Madame Butterfly) with Snob Opera, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Fairy(Falstaff) with Sir B
ryn Terfel with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, England, Dorinda(Orlando) with Cantanti Project, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) 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 Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, and The First Spirit (Die Zauberflöte) with the Opera Company of Brooklyn.

My international credits include performances under the direction of Conductor Laurent Pillot at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, England;the Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, France; the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Chianti,Italy; the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel where I was selected to sing for the Japanese Ambassador.

I made appearances as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Town Hall, and MOMA museum in New York City and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

As a versatile singer, I was presented as an aspiring opera singer on the website of Maybelline New York. Her voice was featured in short films for the Japanese technology company NEC. I appeared as a soprano soloist for the opera, Jazz and theater collaboration of "TAKE ABITE" by David Antonio Cruz. I also sings Broadway songs and continues her musical theater studies. She is an active recitalist and also performs Oratorio works.

I was also a finalist at the Opera Idol Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City, The Hariclea Darclée Voice Competition in Romania and the Mario Lanza and Elaine Malbin Vocal Competition in New York City. Ms. Uchida was selected as a vocal scholarship recipient at Savannah music festival.

My upcoming engagement includes singing the role of Gilda in Rigoletto and Oscar in Un ballo in maschera in 2018 in New York City.

Besides being an opera singer, I have been teaching piano and voice for 11 years. 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.

*** Travel Equipment ***
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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Wilbur July 17, 2018
· Singing · Online
My daughter started taking online signing lessons with Asuka a few weeks ago and we have seen dramatic improvements in her voice. Asuka was able to guide my daughter away from singing in a way that would potentially damage her voice towards a strong technique with a beautiful tone. Her voice is now well supported and getting better every week. My daughter really adores Asuka as she is really easy to get along with and is great with kids.
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Chieko P. April 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I enjoyed her lesson very much. I’m looking forward next lesson.
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Matt February 13, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Great!
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Asuka U.

Asuka U.

New York, NY 10011
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About Aksana P.

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PhD. in Russian Language and Literature, Immanuel Kant State University of Russia (Kaliningrad State University), Russia, 2002 Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Russian and Belarusian Languages and Literature (Diploma with honors), Belarusian State University, Belarus, 1995.

I am a native Russian tutor. Now I live in NYC and teach Russian as foreign language in CUNY.

    I teach the Russian language from the very beginning - elementary, basic level - to higher levels.
  The most important goal of my classes is that you enjoy our meetings by keeping interest and feeling the progress.
  Individual approach to each student is the key point to the success. We study the vocabulary, grammar, and situations related to the student's current activities. As a result all my students successfully use the learned skills for their professional
or private life.
  During my lessons I'm trying to reach the best balance between speaking, listening, grammar, conversation and other aspects of the language.
  I can help you understand the system of the Russian language, so that you were not limited by phrases that you learn during the lesson, but could make your own sentences, paragraphs, express your thoughts in different ways.
  We will pay enough attention to grammar, pronunciation, reading and speaking.
  I will explain you the way Russians talk in their everyday life, because some Russian foundations and manners differ from American ones.
  As your personal instructor, I'm going to give you an honest feedback on your strengths and weaknesses and design a curriculum that fits your needs.
  I'll be happy to help you learn the Russian language. Feel free to contact me and ask any questions.
  Thank you for your interest - I look forward to seeing you in my classes!

Policy: All changes in the schedule (except emergencies) should be made 24 hours before the lesson, otherwise the lesson will be marked as missed.
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William July 13, 2018
· Russian · Online
Again Aksana explains ands teaches with great patience of my slow learning of Russian
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William July 10, 2018
· Russian · Online
The course just keeps geeting better
Dr Oksana is very patient with me and i thank her
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William June 29, 2018
· Russian · Online
very good instructor; in one lesson i learnt a lot in one hour; looking forward to next lesson with Aksana thank you
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Aksana P.

Aksana P.

Brooklyn, NY 11230
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About Yana B.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Hello, students! I am native russian speaker and professional russian and german language tutor. I have Master`s degree in linguistic (German, Russian) and translation. In 2012 I have defended a thesis on topic "Dialects of german language in Germany, Austria and Switzerland". I am offering teaching Russian and German for people of different ages. Usually my lessons include:
- Reading practice
- New Grammar
- New lexic, vocabulary
- Conversational practice
- Developing oral speech
- Accent reduction
If you want to improve your language skills or start studying Russian(German), you will definitely like my lessons that are individually tailored for each student according to the level and interest and aimed at your success!

I offer such language courses:
General Russian (General German)
The general Russsian (German) courses a
re for all levels.
For people, who are starting from zero to those who want to improve their knowledge of the language for different motives e.g. work, study, tourism, socialising or simple interest.
Lessons are customised as much as possible to the specific needs of the individual student, focusing on the areas of greatest difficulty (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc.).
Lessons are organized to stimulate the curiosity and interaction with the student. The strong emphasis placed on conversation and interesting, up-to-date digital support material (texts, explanations, exercises, films etc.) make the lessons enjoyable and most importantly effective.

Russian (German) for specific purposes
The objective of these short, focused courses is to help the student rapidly acquire the vocabulary and phrases to operate in different areas e.g. tourism, hospitality, retail, law, job interview preparation.

Business Russian
The Business Russian courses are dedicated to companies, employees, professionals and people looking for work who need to improve their level of Russian for business needs.
In these classes we will work on communicative skills, to enable the student to communicate successfully in negotiations, interviews, meetings and presentations. We will also work on the written communication such as correspondence, creation of CVs, letters, reports, e-mails.
I will provide you with the language skills you need to feel confident and fluent in all the typical business situations. We focus on topics and supporting materials which are specific to
YOUR world of work and business.
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Mark June 24, 2017
· German · Online
Wonderful online german classes. A lot of fun, and well prepared. Yana has an easy going teaching style, and is fun to chat to. She sets ample homework as requested. We often review material from previous lessons to ensure concepts, grammar and vocab have been learnt. Also Yana gives some great resources to help learn the language.
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Antony June 23, 2017
· Russian · In home
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I am very happy with the Russian lessons I`ve had via Skype with my tutor Yana.
Each lesson she introduces a new topic in a well-planned way with the appropriate vocabulary and with special emphasis on pronunciation.
The lessons are very much as I requested and are proceeding at a pace commensurate with my ability to assimilate the content.
The lessons have been very instructive, at the same time relaxed & fun, so that I have no hesitation in recommending Yana as a Russian tutor.
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David V. July 5, 2015
· Russian · In home
The most interesting and useful lessons I have ever taken. Clever and intelligent teacher! Thank you!
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Yana B.

Yana B.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Nikki D.

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My name is Nikki and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching art and fashion classes since 2014. Currently I am a freelance costume designer, and I also teach some sewing classes at Brooklyn Public Schools. I love to help my students hand sew, draw designs, and use a sewing machine to make clothes they can actually wear.

I went to Parsons School of Design and earned a degree in Integrated Fashion and Costume Design in 2013. I also studied Fashion & Accessories Design and Illustration at the University of the Arts London. I'm an enthusiastic and dedicated person and my teaching style is all about being curious, and learning the tools you need in a fun and easy way. I will help you make your skills work for you, to express your unique sense of creativity. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Jonathan Goldstein September 11, 2015
· Meditation · In home
Nikki was awesome! My meditation lessons were great!

Her studio was also really serene and relaxing. I highly recommend.
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Nikki D.

Nikki D.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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About Carina R.

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Jersey City, NJ
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About Carina
I love teaching all ages and levels because I enjoy seeing students learn and achieve personal, social or professional goals. Everybody can learn if I respect the student's needs, pace and learning style, and if I tap into his/ her interests and strengths. A comprehensive approach that includes speaking, reading, writing and listening is necessary, however I focus primarily on communication . I provide knowledge, fun, creativity and flexibility to guarantee a successful pleasant experience for all students.
I am a native from Argentina. I moved to the US in 1996, therefore I can relate to the feelings involved in learning a foreign language. I live a bilingual life raising my daughter who is 14 and my son who is 6 years old . I travel to Argentina once or twice a year. I teach conversational Spanish, SAT subject test in Spanish,
CLEP Spanish, AP Spanish language.
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Jaime C. November 27, 2015
· Spanish · Online
Me gustan mis lecciones con Carina. Carina es una maestra muy buena.
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Michelle September 1, 2015
· Spanish · Online
My son and I have both had the pleasure of taking Spanish tutoring with Carina, and it was an excellent experience. She is patient, explains things very well and is very passionate about the language and culture.

Doing classes via Skype was simple and easy. I highly recommend Carina's services.
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Tara August 26, 2015
· Spanish · Online
Carina is a patient, thorough teacher who often goes above and beyond to answer my questions. She teaches me cultural differences as well between Spanish speaking countries. I have recommended her to friends. I also enjoy her Spanish Pots!
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Carina R.

New York, NY 10018
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Hi, there! My name is Elsa and I can't wait to meet you! I was born and raised in France and I went to Université of Avignon in France and earned a Master's degree in Teaching French as a Foreign or Second Language in 2016. I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learning French and English. I'm a dynamic and enthusiastic person and my teaching style is personalized to my students needs. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Amber W. July 13, 2018
· French · Online
best teacher everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Amber W. June 27, 2018
· French · Online
When you dont want to leave the lesson she leaves. :-( But shes the triple asking nice teacher nicer than my own . You should be in her class cuz she rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<<review from amber>>she even taught me this punctuation .plus shes a teacher .
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Nancy June 13, 2018
· French · In studio
Elsa is an amazingly thoughtful, personable, and patient instructor. During our weekly lessons, Elsa came up with interesting discussion topics to help with the advancement of my French conversational skills. Further, Elsa also thoroughly explained French grammatical structure when correcting/pointing out my errors.

I have truly made significant progress during my lessons with Elsa and highly recommend her.
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Elsa S.

Hackensack, NJ 07601
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About Mary M.

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Fanwood, NJ

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Welcome! I am a former teacher with 10+ years for experience. I teach all levels of English, Spanish, and test prep, especially math.

I attended Seton Hall University for Education and Spanish where I was able to travel to Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Spain, and Costa Rica. After graduation I attended Rutgers for English as a Second Language. I am certified in New Jersey.

In our first lesson I like to see what level students are, ask what their goals are, and begin lessons that target those goals. Personalized lessons are the most effective and motivating. I love to help my students accomplish their goals and enjoy the process!
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Bridget D. April 25, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Mary is a wonderful teacher. She is patient and bright and tailors her lessons to fit the needs and desires of the learner. I enjoy our sessions very much and have learned more Spanish working with her than in all of my past attempts to learn languages combined (from years of courses to Rosetta Stone). In ten hours I feel I have a good foundation for understanding the language and can form sentences and engage in conversations on my own. I look forward to continuing with her and learning even more!
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Monika November 4, 2017
· ESL · In studio
I have meet many educators in my life time but non have ever stood outas much Mary, she has anazing energy and great patience when teaching others and she knows how to be relatable to her students. Great experience!
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Ana G October 31, 2017
· ESL · In home
Para mi es una excelente Maestra para enseñar ingles, gracias a ella se defenderme mucho en mi trabajo, en la escuela de mi hija y mucho mas. Estoy satisfecha con su gran trabajo es un persona muy amable la recomiendo al 100%.

Is a good teacher the best to teach english thankyou for help me .... i'm so happy with her job :)
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Mary M.

Mary M.

Fanwood, NJ 07023
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Brooklyn, NY

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I was born and raised in Norway with a multicultural background. I moved to the US permanently in 2012 and have lived in a city I love beyond words ever since - NYC. I have two bachelor's degrees in Economics and Africana studies, and just finished my MBA with a specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

As I'm sure is obvious, I have experience with a lot of different subjects and have been a student for most of my lifetime. In my view, this makes me better equipped to teach people because I have an appreciation for the fact that we all process information in different ways. Learning has to be fun to be truly worth it, if you ask me! And having teachers who understand that makes all the difference. My academic progress has not just been the result of my own hard work, but but also the work of some great teachers alon
g the way.

I teach both online and in-person from my home, but I am also happy to meet up somewhere in Brooklyn or lower Manhattan. I may be available at a different time than what's shown on my calendar, so feel free to send me a message through the TakeLessons platform to see if we can find a time that works.
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· Norwegian · Online
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Emilie H.

Emilie H.

Brooklyn, NY 11230
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About Emily I.

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Astoria, NY
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I am a professional Greek teacher with a Bachelor's degree in Education and Philosophy from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Currently I am a graduate student at City College of New York working on my Masters of Special Education. My studies have provided me with a solid background, both theoretical and practical, in the fundamentals of education.
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Alex June 19, 2018
· Greek · In studio
I've been studying with Emily now for around 5 months and in this short time, I feel I have learned a lot. Emily is a very organized teacher with access to a lot of good Greek teaching materials. She is kind, patient, and very receptive to your needs as a new learner to Greek and she tailors her lessons according to these needs. Her schedule is generally very flexible, and she's willing to work around conflicts. I highly recommend her if you're looking to learn Greek.
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Emily I.

Astoria, NY 11102
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I grew up in a Colombian household full of passion and animation. I love laughter and making others laugh and I bring that trait into everything I do. I am also a natural born creative and so we may do activities that aren't the typical, in the book activity. I believe that if my students are having fun, they will grasp the material much faster and hold a much deeper understanding.
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Muna Z.

Muna Z.

New York, NY 10034
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