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About Jillian V.

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Oakland Gardens, NY

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I have a Master's degree in Music Therapy, am a nationally board certified music therapist (MT-BC); performer and vocal instructor (Bachelor's in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor and meditation guide (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional freelance writer and editor.

...I find joy in a lot of places! And often I find these areas of study inform and augment each other.

Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances and developmental delays as well as teens and adults with psychosocial issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, personality disorders, and more.

I incorporate my experience as a therapist into the educative setting.

As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.

I am a professional vocalist in NYC. I perform liturgical and classical music, as well as musical theater repertoire. I participate in professional operas, choral groups and other concert series. Performing gives me a sense of bliss and completeness that is indescribable.

As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout Westchester. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized classes offered to deepen your experience.

It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced.

Please feel free to inquire about any of my services!

*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session or lesson with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**

**Note: If you are interested in music therapy, please email me with a bit about yourself and your personal goals.
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Abid September 11, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Kathy T. September 8, 2017
· Music Therapy · In studio
Jillian is a phenomenal music instructor and therapist. My kids love sessions with her. We've been going for almost a year now and it has made a huge difference in their behavior most noticeabley their attention spans! Thanks Jillian!
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Peri L. August 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jillian I an angel. She is working with my daughter who never likes anything. Now she LOVES guitar..
Thank you Jillian❤️👍
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About Zachary B.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject
we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks!

Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.

Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!

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Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
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Susan Y. September 14, 2015
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Zachary is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and really understands what he student want and need. Highly recommend him for a teacher
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wynoka J. August 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!
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Draaco A. May 19, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
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About Giulio G.

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New York, NY
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Hello I'm Giulio and I'm very excited to tutor you! Born in Italy, I have lived in Florence for 22 years and recently moved to New York City. I attend the University of Florence for Languages and Intercultural Relations, specializing in Italian and English.
I've been a tutor for 5 years, maintaining many long-term students, and will love to help all levels of Italian students with a lesson specialized for you. Whether you need help with verb conjugations and sentence structure, or simply would like to practice conversing in Italian, I promise to provide you with particular specialized attention.
Also, I would be happy to explain Italian culture, pronunciation, or any other Italian curiosities you may have! Please send me an email so we can discuss your future lessons.
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George A. September 24, 2017
· Italian · Online
Giulio is a professional, engaging and encouraging teacher. He makes each lesson not only informative but fun and enjoyable.
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Edgardo D. September 10, 2017
· Italian · Online
I enjoyed the first class. I'm looking forward to the next.
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Brian May 7, 2017
· Italian · Online
Giulio is one of the best language teachers I have ever had. I have studied French, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Giulio does an excellent job at referencing what I know and moving me forward quickly, but not so quickly that I get lost or miss anything important.
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About Marcel M.

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Altadena, CA
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I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
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Ems July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
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Thia S. January 22, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
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About Milad S.

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San Diego, CA

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Hi! My name is Milad. I am a Ph.D (Doctorate level) in teaching languages at San Diego State University in California. I'd like to help you learn Farsi with my self-invented teaching strategies! I am the author of a book entitled" What makes you motivated to learn the vocabulary of a language".

I have written and published several scientific papers in leading language teaching/learning journals. Join my class today and enjoy learning Farsi or English with an experienced teacher!
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Anna Kolbasko September 19, 2017
· Farsi · Online
Great class
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Daniel .P September 7, 2017
· Farsi · Online
I can unbelievably speak many many Farsi sentences after just 3 sessions! That amazing! He has his own unique magic teaching methodology that would work for anyone. I highly recommend him.
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Kadyn September 5, 2017
· Farsi · Online
I am a linguist myself and have taken years of classes in various languages and have yet to find a class as potent as Milad's. He is very confident in his method- and after my first lesson I am very clear why. I left the first lesson effortlessly constructing long compound sentences and in a very positive frame of mind about taking on this lovely language! My search for a Farsi teacher is over! Thanks Milad!
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About Esther D.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Educator with 9 years of experience, focused on providing personalized education and incorporating new technology into the teaching process, as well as fostering intellectual and personal growth and serving as a role model who instills a lifelong desire to learn.
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Esther D.

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About Isobel C.

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Hi Students,
My name is Isobel and I am a writing instructor. I have published in England and was voted Poet Laureate of a city in California.
I was born and educated in England and love to write and read and help students who may find some of the lessons in school a little challenging. I can help you get onto the right path so you improve your skills and feel confident. We cover grammar, spelling, punctuation and creative writing and I try to make the learning process fun!
I would love to help you get good grades in writing and reading or, if you are an adult, just encourage you to enjoy writing well. I can guide you through memoir writing which is a very gratifying and wonderful experience as well as providing children, grandchildren and other family members with the story of your life!
I hope you will plan to take a lesson wi
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Thank you, Isobel
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Isobel C.

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About Matias D.

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San Diego, CA
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MA in Linguistics (West Virginia University, 2015)
BA in TESOL (Instituto Carlos Linneo, Argentina, 2006)
Experience teaching Spanish: Argentina, Pfeiffer University (NC), West Virginia University (WV), Angelo State University (TX).
Experience teaching English: Argentina, Angelo State University (TX), San Diego State University (CA).
Fulbright Scholar Alumni (2008-2009)
Cambridge University Best Practice in State Education Scholarship (2011)
I have experience with teacher training, online teaching, exam prep, etc.
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Estefanía August 31, 2017
· English · In studio
He's an awesome teacher, innovative, curious and energetic. You go to classes knowing it's going to be good, and that by the end of it you will learn something new.
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Daniela Cerbino August 30, 2017
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Matías and I first met through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching program in 2008 and have remained in touch ever since. We have worked together and collaborated thtoughout the years in various ways. Matías is a dedicated and experienced teacher who strives to create memorable and practical lessons. He likes making students think out of the box and often brings his interests to the classroom, making for a content-based class. He is creative and tries new methodologies and ideas, as he is up-to-date on the latest language teaching trends. He is also fun and kind-hearted. I strongly recommend Matías and doubt you'll find a better language teacher.
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About Jenny W.

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Portsmouth, RI

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I am a certified public school teacher, certified to teach Spanish and ESL. Over the years, I have taught both Spanish and English in public schools, online courses, and private homes providing tutoring. I have experience working with children of all ages, and also adults. I also have much experience working with students with learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, and various other needs. I have a special talent in working with these types of learners! But in general, I just love teaching!
When I am not teaching, I am a busy wife and mother. I enjoy reading , cooking, and doing various types of exercise. I also have a great interest in traveling and meeting people from all over the world. I love to learn new languages and I speak Spanish and Portuguese, in addition to English. I like to meet new students from all over t
he world and help them to meet their specific goals. I hope to meet you soon! :)
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Portsmouth, RI 02871
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