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About Crystal S.

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About Crystal
Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
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Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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About Gabriel B.

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La Crescenta, CA

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Two-Time Broadway Award Winning Actor/Singer Gabriel Burrafato has performed starring roles on Broadway, Las Vegas and International stages around the world. Known as the “Trilingual, Triple Threat”, this powerhouse of a performer has also appeared in hit shows like ABC’s “Switched at Birth”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, Nickelodeon and many other Principle leading roles in Feature Films and Television. His televised PBS concert “Live from the Venetian in Las Vegas”, has aired in over 350 PBS stations across North America. Most recently, Gabriel starred in his award winning portrayal of Dean Martin in the hottest show on the Las Vegas Strip called “Vegas! The Show” at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Gabriel has studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and began his career as an Apprentice Actor at the prestigious Shaw
Festival of Canada. He made his Broadway debut in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams, under the direction of 2-time Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman. He also starred as Lancelot in the Broadway National Tour of Camelot and Magaldi in the Broadway National tour of Evita (Harold Prince Revival). Gabriel had the distinguished honor of originating the role of the elf archer Legolas in the $30 Million Dollar, world premier production of The Lord of The Rings, directed by Tony award winning director Matthew Warchus.
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Viviana R. September 3, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Gabriel's technique of teaching is great! After each session, i feel I am improving my English speaking.

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Amir August 26, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Gabriel has developed an effective accent reduction method. In addition, he creates a friendly and comfortable atmosphere for his students. Gabriel's skill is one of a kind.
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Olivia July 15, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Gabriel is an incredible accent teacher. He has his own technique and all I can say is that it REALLY works. I tried other accent coachs before him and always felt some part of the work wasn't fully done. I felt like they were only showing me what I should be doing. That is not the case with Gabriel. He is detail oriented he has a superman ear, he is very good at explaining what is the mistake you are making and how you can correct it, giving precise exercises and techniques to fix it. I have people asking me if I moved to the States when I was 5 when in reality I moved here less than a year ago :) Can't beat that! A part from his professionalism, he is kind, funny, flexible. I totally recommend him!
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About Ryan M.

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Asheville, NC
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Hello my name is Ryan. For the past several years I have been teaching English as a second language in Madrid, Spain. During my travels abroad, I learned and experienced different cultures and how to interact with people from varying backgrounds. Now that I've returned home, I am looking to continue providing private lessons to eager ESL students. I strive to provide students with fun and engaging classes that are specifically designed to meet their unique learning needs and goals. I can teach students of all levels as well as give courses for test preparation.
My lessons are designed in a three step manner. First, I present a new topic to you that we examine as a team and work through together. Next, we practice the topic through various activities designed to help reinforce what you have learned. Finally, you actually produce
the skill that we have learned during our lesson. We do this final step to solidify your learning and help move the information into your long term memory so you can use it in your daily life!
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GARY November 17, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
It was Great!!! Thank you so much !!! It is helping me so much!!!
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Marisol November 17, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Great lessons! Ryan is helping me so much with my pronunciation.
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GARY November 15, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Thank you so much !!! Great Class!!!
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About Janice H.

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Forest Grove, OR
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Hi, there! My name is Janice and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2005 and have loved helping my students accomplish their goals no matter big or small. I'm a patience and outgoing person and my teaching style is fun, exciting and effective. I look forward to helping you reach your goals.

I have been living in Oregon for the last 25 years. Taiwan was my motherland Before coming to the States, I owned and operated a toy/book store in Taipei, Taiwan.
I love travelling, cooking, gardening and meeting new friends. I will make your language learning lessons exciting, fun, easy and effective. I also will provide All the materials for the classes.

Happy learning, and looking forward to sharing the first lesson with you.
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Janice H.

Janice H.

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About Cecilia M.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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I love to teach my native language. A little grammar and a whole lot of talking! Let's learn a new language in a fun way. We read and we talk, talk, and talk some more!
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Stephanie August 18, 2017
· Italian · In home
The best thing about Cecilia is her enthusiasm! When you have a teacher who is warm, happy, and excited to teach it certainly makes it easier to learn! You can tell she loves kids. Highly recommend.
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Amy August 14, 2017
· Italian · In home
We love Cecilia! Teaches with such passion! She was always able to find everyday uses to teach her lessons, for example counting money. Such a keeper!
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Coree August 14, 2017
· Italian · In studio
Grazie, Cecilia! For years I've wanted to learn Italian, and learning from a real Italian was not only educational, but genuinely fun as well!
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About Alyvia J.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Hi my name is Alyvia and I have loved sign language since I was 9 years old. I have worked with kids all my life between taking care of my siblings and volunteering in all of my schools. I definitely love teaching Asl. In the future I want to become an interpreter for children in the future.
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Alyvia J.

Alyvia J.

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About Aude V.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I came in Los Angeles one year ago with my family. I am very friendly, want to meet different people and help student with my language which is very difficult to learn. I am very passionate by my job and want to make you known my culture. I speak languages: French, English and Spanish. I love travelling which is my other passion and talking about my experiences abroad as I was a former travel agent in France where I used to work for 16 years.
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Aude V.

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About Shi J.

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Cleveland, OH
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I graduated from Wuhan University with Master's of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, and am currently teaching around 10 lessons a week to students ranging in ability from beginner to advanced. My experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun.

I spent much of the past 8 years touring and teaching. From year 2009 to 2013, I tutored Chinese to students from Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Britain, and the United States, etc. And from 2014 to 2016, I taught Chinese courses at John Carroll University in Cleveland Ohio to all levels' students. My students were able to learn easily and improve rapidly. Several students even went to China and spent a semester's time studying and traveling in China.

I teach my students at relaxing places such as libraries and cafes. If you would l
ike to embark a wonderful journey with Mandarin, just shoot me a message!
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Shi J.

Shi J.

Cleveland, OH 44118
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About Brandon P.

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Youngstown, OH
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I am currently attending Youngstown State University to attain a Master's degree in music performance. I already hold multiple degrees in the field of music and English. I have taught privately for over 10 years and I have also taught in the English and music public school system for a couple of years. I am a very patient and hard working instructor. My goal is always student success no matter how much effort I have to put into that outcome. Please contact me if you have any questions about me or my methods. I am an open book.
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Brandon P.

Brandon P.

Youngstown, OH 44509
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