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About Lipeng C.

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Chicago, IL

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About Lipeng
I am a professional musician and educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.
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Charlyn B. August 4, 2017
· Violin · In studio
The best instructor for my daughter.
Will recommend to friends and family.
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Audrey July 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lipeng is very patient and encouraging for my beginner 11-year-old, using the video format well to demonstrate the songs and watch the student. She has been a good fit for a player who is motivated to improve but can complain a little bit about practicing everyday.
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Paul C. March 7, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very first lesson with Lipeng and I enjoyed it so very much. Lipeng encourages to listen to the music and then accentuate the notes to make it music, not to simply play them.
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Lipeng C.

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About Lella L.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Lella
I studied Musicology and Piano Performance at the Shandong Normal University School of Music, where I graduated with my BA in 2005. I taught music and established a band at a property management institute while a student there, and established my own practice after I graduated. I came to the United States in 2013, where I have continued to play piano and have joined a local band. I am happy to continue sharing my love of music with my students here.

I began tutoring Mandarin in January 2015. As a native speaker, I can guide you to a very high level, and help you learn to speak with a proper Chinese accent.

Please note: Online classes are available for Mandarin Chinese only. Piano lessons are only available in person.
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Mo March 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
5 stars' teacher
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Kayli September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We just had our first lesson and we hit a few bumps but my daughter has never had music instruction before so we're giving it another go next week to see if things go more smoothly. 3 stars above says meets expectations, and though it didn't, I just hesitate to give someone 2 stars based on one lesson.
Here are some details from class:
My daughter (K) just turned 5 but is pretty mature for her age and has expressed an interest in learning the piano so we signed up for individual lessons with Lella. At the start of class I mentioned again (I had noted it at booking time as well) that K has had zero experience with music instruction. Immediately Lella sat with K on the piano bench and started explaining treble clef sign, bass clef sign and what hands they relate to. Lella also has a thick accent as I was trying to follow along with her explanations with a little difficulty. She even asked if K speaks Chinese and I said "no" so she said "you're Indian right?" My daughter would look around from time to time while Lella was explaining at which point Lella would just keep seeing "Pay attention sweetie!" Then she asked my daughter to write the numbers 1-5 in a book and when she said she didn't know how to write the number 2, Lella laughed and said "you know, but you forgot right" so I spoke up and explained "no she has not been taught to write her numbers yet, but she can read/recognize them" to which Lella seemed very surprised, so I felt the need to say, "she's still in preschool. But if you write them she'll be able to tell you what they are." So then Lella switched to counts, explaining about the values of different notes. She asked my daughter if she had questions, to which my daughter said "I think I understand what you're saying, if it's just a circle that means four, but if it's a circle with a line..." And before she could finish her thought Lella said "no that's not a line, it's a stem". At another point when Lella asked if she had any questions, my daughter slowly said "yes... what's velour?" And when Lella looked confused I had to step in and explain that Lella was saying "value", the amount of counts for a note. By the end of the half hour lesson, Lella had reached her explanation of middle C, which she described to my daughter saying "this is middle C because it's in the middle, there are two black keys, then on the left is C. Can you find another one?" When K didn't respond right away, she repeated herself, and again another time. So I said "she really has had no previous music experience, I think you need to even explain to her that those are called keys, like there are black keys, white keys..." And Lella just looked at me confused.
At the end of the lesson I agreed to buy the theory book so we can practice that at home, and Lella asked if I can sit in on the next lesson to help explain things to my daughter, because she "doesn't really focus". I agreed to sit in on the lesson, for my own benefit so I can help her with HW since I also don't have music experience. But I also mentioned to Lella that her accent is quite strong and I think my daughter was having trouble understanding her, and Lella seemed surprised by that comment.
I don't know... it says on Lella's profile that she has worked with young kids but I can't really see how the class was any different from how she would teach me, an adult with no prior music experience.
Oh! I forgot to mention something so basic - when we met Lella she thought I was someone else so I re-introduced myself and introduced my daughter. Then as we were saying goodbye at the end of class I realized Lella had never introduced herself to my daughter, so I asked "oh, what would you like K to call you, Ms. Li, or Lella? Ms. Lella?" She said Lella was fine so I turned to K and said "Tell Lella bye K." It just hit me, I mean that's something about creating a relationship with a young student. Speaking to them directly, making that connection. Lella was really smiley which gave the impression she was friendly but she never really made a connection with K who is the student, not me.
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Marissa August 22, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Lella quickly recognized what I needed to practice and brought me a great book that helped me get back to where I was very quickly.
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Lella L.

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About Natalie L.

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Portland, OR
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After graduating high school at the top of my class, I got full funding for an economics degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where I was born. I was very busy in college--my extracurriculars included 2 semesters abroad (Spain, Singapore), writing an honors thesis, being a consultant to the academic advising office, and being president of an honor society; besides this I worked my butt off in classes and graduated with a 3.7.

Besides academics, I am super interested in fitness, general wellness and psychology.

I would love to talk it out with you wherever our learning interests intersect!
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Kim December 12, 2017
· Chemistry · Online
“Very helpful”
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Yahmeet October 28, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Natalie is very patient and deliberate. We look forward to many great lessons!
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Portland, OR 97202
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About Anna N.

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Portland, OR

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I'm patient , reliable, desire to achieve my students' goals, and persevere to reach those goals.
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Sally March 16, 2016
· Russian · In studio
Anna is an enthusiastic, encouraging, and an inspiring teacher! Her lessons are engaging and delivered with respect. Her students would add that Anna is ready with a smile, a kind word or two, and adds a splash of humor to their time together.
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Justin March 13, 2016
· Russian · In studio
A great instructor. Trained in linguistics in Russia and very personable. What's most important is that she has multiple teaching methodologies and adapted to how I learned best.
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Tyler March 13, 2016
· Russian · In studio
Anna is one of the few Russian teachers that I have been happy with. She is very willing to help others learn her native language and always has a great enthusiasm. She has been my conversation tutor now for three months and I always leave confident in my Russian skills and definitely learn new colloquial and every day phrases/expressions.
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Portland, OR 97201
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About Clarissa B.

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Auburn, CA

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I focus on the student. My approach and materials will vary depending on the progress, past experience and interests of the student. I want her or him to want to learn.My hobbies include backpacking, hiking, travel, reading, and language learning.

I am working on my Masters in Secondary English and currently hold an Associates in ECE, this combined with my extensive experience with the AP system and the time that I lived in and attended université in France make me qualified to tutor in these subjects and the satellite subject areas such as diction, study skills, reading and writing. I have experience learning four foreign languages in addition to English. It is my love of the learning process, patience and passion for these subjects, however, that are most efficacious in the tutoring process. Best of luck with your studies!
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Sarah Fredricks January 16, 2018
· French · Online
I LOVE IT AND MY INSTRUCTOR!!!!
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Janice P. December 22, 2017
· French · Online
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Tom & Mary August 30, 2017
· French · In studio
Clarissa was very flexible with her lesson and accommodating with my particular needs.
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Clarissa B.

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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.

Beaverton, OR 97006
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About ahmed S.

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HEY THERE EGYPTIAN LIVE IN USA TRHEE YEARS i got bachelors of law degree from Cairo UNIVERSITY AND I USED TECH ARABIC AT THE AMERICAN UNIVERSTY IN CAIRO FOR 2 YEARS AND I ENJOY TEACHING PEOPLE NEW EXPERIENCE BESIDE THAT DO ALSO PERSONAL TRAINER AND WRESTLING TRAINER AS WELL CUZ I USED TO BE WRESTLING WPRLD CHAMPION AND I GOT PERSONAL TRAINER DIPLOMA FROM ASH WORTH COLLGE GEORGIA US AND IAM SAFE SPORT CERTFIED AS WELL AND WILL DO MY BEST TEACHING YOU GUYS THANK YOU
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ahmed S.

Vancouver, WA 98661
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About Marie R.

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Northampton, MA

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I am bilingual English-French
I have a Ph.D. in English Literature with particular focus in English Renaissance Studies Shakespeare
I can teach ESL as well
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victoria July 5, 2017
· French · Online
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Victoria Madway June 13, 2017
· French · In home
M. Marie Roche conducted on the campus of U Mass eight seminars--open to all--on two of Shakespeare's history plays, King John and Richard II. Neither play is popular with modern Shakespeare-going audiences. But she accomplished the nearly impossible--making both plays compelling and relevant by her selection of background documents and themes. I hope that TakeLessons can provide an adequate platform for her level of sophistication.
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Marie R.

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About Mary M.

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Fanwood, NJ

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English language teacher with more than 10 years of experience. I have taught all levels, from beginners who don't speak any English, to advanced lessons within businesses where my clients already understood English but wanted to improve pronunciation, grammar, and email etiquette. I am passionate about teaching and my students express how much I help them with valuable feedback and quality lessons.

I attended Seton Hall University for Education and Spanish. I attended Rutgers to study teaching 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. I love to help my students accomplish their goals and enjoy the process!
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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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Joaquin October 31, 2017
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She is a good teacher. the best one I had ever have. She teaches english excellent. Ella es una buena maestra. La mejor que he tenido. Ella enseña excelente el idioma inglesh.
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Mary M.

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About Alessandro D.

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Portland, OR
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Hi! My name is Alessandro, and I have a degree in Italian modern literature from the University of Turin. Apart from being a native Italian speaker, I am also fluent in English. I currently live in Portland, Oregon and I enjoy music, photography, hiking and food!

I am also a professional photographer with extensive experience in digital retouching and Lightroom editing. So if you are looking to improve your editing skills or understand how to use your camera in manual mode, feel free to get in touch!
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Eric January 12, 2018
· Italian · In home
Grazie. Ciao !
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Eric January 11, 2018
· Italian · In studio
Grazie! Ciao!
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Alessandro D.

Alessandro D.

Portland, OR 97204
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$34 / 30-min

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