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Review by Jeff
"All I have to say is this guy knows his stuff , glad I picked him as my instructor"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Jodi
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Deb
"Jeanie has been an extraordinary high school theater director, consistently bringing professional level productions to stage. Kindness, attention to deta
il and creativity have been the hallmarks of her career. Jeanie is now sharing her talent to coach young actors and actresses. She truly has an amazing capacity to connect with kids from elementary age through high school so that they deliver compelling, authentic performances."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Amanda
"Kelsey has been working with my nine year old daughter and I cannot say enough great things about her. She is extremely flexible in her hours and has giv
en my daughter so much confidence. She is very easy to work with and has a natural gift to teach others. So glad I signed up with her!"
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Svetlana
"Great, supportive teacher. The sessions are useful and motivating to become better in acting."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Rachel
"Mrs. Loff has a brilliant understanding of my strengths and weaknesses and is thus able to help my skills improve. She is very kind, supportive and I look
forward to every lesson. Her creativity and experience makes her an effective teacher, and she has been an inspiration to me."
I am an international recording artist and seasoned performer. I have been playing music since the early age of 8 yrs old. I have always been inspired by music and love to inspire others with music. Some of my accomplishments include putting an album out with Universal Records as a Nashville recording artist, having over 7 albums out internationally, and recording and playing with some of the biggest names in the music industry. I am a classically trained musician as well as an innovative and experienced teacher. I have been teaching for over 15 years and have seen many of my students go on to
become top-notch performers themselves while pursuing successful careers in music. In addition to being a private music teacher, I have also taught at many schools in the valley including the Center for Educational Excellence School, Grand Canyon Preparatory private charter school and the Arizona Music Academy. I teach all levels of guitar, bass, and drums and tailor every lesson to the individual student’s needs and personality. My annual recitals are live-performance concerts featuring bands and other performing groups formed from among my students along with solo performances. My students also perform regularly throughout the community and are successful in their musical endeavors at all ages. I teach a wide range of genres and styles from classical music, blues, jazz and rock to heavy metal with an emphasis on becoming A-Level lead guitar soloists and song writers. I teach songwriting skills, music theory, and have even helped many of my guitar students be able to sing better while learning their main instrument.
*** Lesson Details *** I make my lessons fun and informative and have had many students stay with me for up to 7 years. I show you everything you will ever need to know about music theory but in a very useful applicable way. I teach popular songs from any artist and classics that have stood the test of time and show you how to become a great song writer of your own giving you an insider’s knowledge about how to perform and have the audience standing asking for more. No matter if you want to become a pro lead guitar player or just play to have fun I can show you how to sing and play the guitar or piano at the same time or singing songs from church as well as your favorite rock or pop songs with confidence.
*** Travel Equipment *** Just my own guitar and amp they need their own equipment.
*** Specialties *** Classical, flamenco, rock, heavy metal guitar. I have also developed new classical guitar techniques that I call the "trem" stroke and the "harpeggio"
Aimee K. January 22, 2016
In home Verified Student
Initially impressed with Charles video displaying his prowess with the guitar. Even further impressed with his patience with my over eager 9 yr. Old on her first lesson. And he is a local talent!
Paul B. January 10, 2016
In home Verified Student
Very comfortable. Has great ability to adapt to individual growth rate.
As the owner and principal instructor at Studio D - Dance & Voice, my goal is to provide a positive, enjoyable learning experience for all of my students.
My background includes dance (teaching, performance and competition), commercial acting, singing, modeling, and radio/TV experience. My talent resume is available upon request. I have been on network TV and I've been a national media spokesperson for a major US corporation. I'm represented by one of the top talent agencies here in Arizona and I have worked extensively in Los Angeles.
the following individual and group classes:
- BELLY DANCE: Beginning and Intermediate (mainly cabaret style, including zils, veils, scarves, veils, and fan veils). We also dance a wide variety of belly dance, Oriental, and fusion dances - something for everyone!
Interested in performing? Then you'll definitely want to join my belly dance performance troupe. I'm always looking for committed dancers who want to learn choreography and performance techniques. We perform at various venues around the Valley.
- BALLROOM: (including Latin, Swing, Smooth, and Club dances)
For ballroom classes, both couples and individuals are welcome - no partner is required. I work with students who are serious about learning how to dance, and who want to learn proper technique in addition to dance figures. I'm especially interested in working with dancers who are considering competitions and performance. I absolutely love choreographing routines for my student dancers!
I teach at one of the largest studios in the valley - we have plenty of room to move and explore the various dances you want to learn.
For couples planning their wedding, I can help you choreograph and rehearse an enjoyable wedding dance that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime.
Having a party? I offer group lessons and performances (ballroom and belly dance) for special occasions at your location.
I'm looking forward to helping you become the dancer you want to be!
ACTING / SINGING STUDENTS:
Please let me know your goals and interests and I will help you achieve them. I utilize a variety of different methods and techniques customized for each student. I have been acting and singing for over 20 years.
I teach all aspects of modeling, including print, runway, platform, tearoom and showroom. You will also learn about hair, make-up, auditions, fittings and the business of modeling. And, you will have the opportunity to work with a professional photographer to practice and build your portfolio.
*** Lesson Details ***
DANCE LESSON INFORMATION:
There are a few rules of dance etiquette that any reputable instructor will ask you to follow:
- Please come dressed appropriately. My studio maintains a dress code, so please arrive in appropriate dance attire. Belly dancers may wear yoga pants and athletic tops (belly dance skirts are also perfect). I can provide coin belts and practice veils.
- While in belly dancing we dance barefooted, ballroom dancing does require special shoes. These are highly recommended. Please note that sneakers are discouraged (rubber soles will stick to the floor and impede your movement). If you want to try a lesson or two in regular shoes, that's fine. Just be sure to wear shoes with a leather sole.
- Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your lesson so that you are ready to go when your lesson time begins. If you arrive late, you will forfeit that time.
- Cancellations require a 24-hour notice. This policy allows us to offer your lesson time to another student.
Most important, lesson times are all about YOU. Each lesson will continually build on your knowledge and skills. Your dance instruction will be customized just for you, your skill level, and your goals.
***Accessories and Props***
- Belly dance: I can provide coin belts and practice veils. For more advanced students, I would ask them to purchase their own props and costumes.
- Ballroom dance: Students will need a pair of appropriate ballroom dance shoes (recommended, but not required initially).
- Acting, voice, and modeling: No special items are necessary.
mark C. September 22, 2014
Ballroom Dance ·
Debra is a great instructor for dancing. I've studied with her for many hours and found her teaching to be pleasant, easy to understand, and right to the point; she helped me turn my two left feet into ones that can dance.
The nice thing is that with her background in television, P.R. and how to present a good image, and she has taught me to be more confident and comfortable with my dancing. As a guy, that means a lot!
I highly recommend Debra for anyone wanting to learn the fine art of dance.
Katheryn is an accomplished pianist/singer (competitively training and performing for over 12 years). She has been teaching private piano/vocal lessons since 2012 – opening her practice to beginners and intermediate students – and eventually joined the East Valley Rocks family in early 2014. There she started the “East Valley Kids Choir” group, organized several summer theater camps and classes, and also began to learn the basics of sound recording and engineering. She has taught multiple choir classes within East Valley schools (including East Valley High School and Bella Vista Prep), in addi
tion to performing piano and vocals on stage – locally and across the states. Katheryn also has a background in the piano industry, giving her the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of the piano business and to learn about the instruments needed to succeed.
Her lessons are structured to accommodate each individuals learning styles. With a classical base, Katheryn is able to provide an extensive theory education for each student in a format they will engage in and fully embrace with confidence. Her unique lesson styles and techniques will keep all children/adults enthusiastic and inspired to expand their music knowledge and keep practicing! Katheryn is currently exploring a variety of universities and colleges to pursue a higher musical education.
I am currently enrolled in the honors program at Scottsdale Community College and will be transferring to Arizona State University next year. I am working towards a triple major in psychology, biology, and mathematics. I am ultimately striving towards my goal of being a child psychiatrist.
I am capable of tutoring many aspects of studies. My strengths lie in math, reading, writing, ballet, and science. I have over six years of experience working as a nanny and have been a consistent homework helper. In addition, I have been tutoring math at my college.
Math is one of my favorite subject
s! I am currently working as a math tutor at my college and I have tutored children that I have nannied in every level of mathematics.
I love tutoring all ages and I look forward to helping my students reach their academic goals!
Tommy May 18, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Melinda has helped my son bring his grade up rapidly. We are signing on for next year! Thank you!
Larry February 23, 2016
Melinda is a very patient and knowledgeable tutor. She has helped my daughter understand the concepts that she was struggling with in trigonometry. After her weekly sessions with Melinda, she feels prepared and confident for her tests.
Sara January 15, 2016
Pre Calculus ·
My sessions with Melinda have helped my understand Precalculus much better.
Hi, there! My name is Corinne and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2008 and have loved helping my students gain an understanding of the flow arts, develop coordination with props, and learn to feel comfortable with dancing with props. I went to ASU and am currently working on getting my credentials as a certified veterinary specialist in emergency and critical care. I'm a very active and creative person and my teaching style is energetic, organized, as well as entertaining. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Deanna May 25, 2016
Corrine offers a wellspring of experience and passion to her lessons. I was very comfortable learning with her. Her professionalism is always on point. Corrine is well known within the flow community as being a talented, experienced professional. She is one of the best plain and simple. Working with Corrine is humbling and inspiring at the same time. Thank you for your commitment to excellence.
Norine T. May 17, 2016
Hula Hoop ·
Online Verified Student
Loved my lesson, she makes it very comfortable while giving so much new information in just a half hour. Happy
Sabrina April 25, 2016
I have had the pleasure of learning poi tricks, fire eating as well as fire breathing from Corrine within the last year. She has a wide range of prop knowledge which was extremely beneficial for me, being a hula hooper she was able to explain a poi trick using hula hoop terminology. One of my favorite things Corrine does is teach the importance of fire safety, before learning any new prop she will go over the DOs & DONTs, Corrine has a very strong passion for that. Each lesson I walk away with new crowd pleasing tricks under my sleeve! Corrine is very patient & has the ability to simplify a trick & break it down so that any mind at any pace can learn. I have been a flow artist for 7 years now & have gone to many flow classes that fail in comparison, I would highly recommend Corrine to anyone!!
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