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About Ilona M.

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Pompano Beach, FL

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Teaching English to Other Language Speakers

I have MA in TESOL from Florida Atlantic University (2012)

About Ilona
For my tutoring sessions I use skills that include goal-directedness, I teach how to organize learning in small steps and how to set them up; I always strive to motivate and engage my students to make the learning interesting and fun; I also use self-control skills to teach how to avoid distractions and I use different focusing strategies. I use positive mind set skills to teach how to use failures as a learning opportunities.

I have a Master's Degree (2012) in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and Bachelors in Music Education (2010), both from Florida Atlantic University, as well as degree in violin performance from Poland.
I studied piano in Poland for 10 years & taught both piano & violin for over 20 years. I also teach flute & cello for the past 5 years, as I studied them during my Music Education program.

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teach music for over 24 years using the traditional and Suzuki methods. I am a fan of the Essential Elements 2000 for string instruments, and the Alfred's Piano Library for piano. Alfred's piano library can be used for any age as they also have books especially made for adult learners. I also like their music flash cards.
For teaching music theory I mostly used Master Theory.

I personalize every lesson, and always set goals for my students. Most of my violin students are members of the Florida Youth Orchestra as well as Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and my piano students participate in Pompano Beach competition and the annual Piano Guild auditions.
I teach any age and any level, and always stress that learning a new instrument is very similar to learning a new language, it needs a lot of patience, persistence and repetitions. My lessons are customized to my students needs, and are work in progress as they needs may change over time. I always remind my students that music can give them instant gratification when they learn to play favorite songs.
I always encourage my students to tell me about their music preferences, so I can incorporate them in their music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
All my tutoring sessions include reviews of previously learned material and if possible the use of technology. I use students books but often bring extra study materials if necessary.
All my lessons include: technique: I like to use the Finger Power for piano students and Essential Elements for my string students, and scales for both.
music theory: I use Master Theory or other books such as Hal Leonard's Piano Note spellers & Piano Music Theory books for younger ages, music flash cards to support learning notes and musical terminology, and of course the fun part performance.

Besides Essential Elements 2000 for strings I also use String Tunes and Fiddle Runners to add more fun to the lessons. For piano students I use Holiday Treats book, which comes in 2 different levels: Beginner & Intermediate, so my students have a new songs for a specific holiday.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I always bring violin with me to be able to show what I teach.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students needs to have their books and assigned material ready for tutoring. Instrumental students needs to have their music books & instrument available as well as a pencil. I always stress with my students to be organized and prepared for their lesson, this way they will be able to focus better during the lesson. I bring my violin with me. I also ask that the room where the lesson takes place to be free of any distractions, such other siblings or any other noise. The quiet environment helps in faster learning.

*** Specialties ***
I tutor most K-12 subjects and prepare students to take ACT, SAT, GRE tests.
Music genres: Classical, traditional, Suzuki, Popular, Celtic, fiddle, Blues
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Denise L. September 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
wonderful and fulfilling! I enjoyed learning and will continue.
Ilona very patient and makes learning fun .
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Michelle W. April 15, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ilona is very nice and very knowledgeable. I look forward to learning a great deal from her.
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Sebastian October 27, 2015
· Fiddle · In home
She is very professional, helpful, thorough and efficient. Knows her stuff!
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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Learn how to learn English, have fun, and accomplish more than you would in a class.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Piano and Ukulele
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Are
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Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio along.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Robert O. August 10, 2017
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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BRIAN July 18, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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About Lars R.

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Petaluma, CA
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I am experience in translation and interpretation, having held many bilingual jobs and taken numerous classes in both English and Spanish. I am an active member of my community interested in overcoming language barriers.

About Lars
I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught students from 7 to 60 years old in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I went to four years of a week long summer jazz camp called jazz camp west where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music (Jazz Guitar) and Spanish, as well as an MA in Musi
c, from San Francisco State University. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher, but I definitely expect students to practice what I suggest they practice. I advise that students use method books or sheet music of some sort, and I will certainly make notes for them and create materials they can learn from. I always teach based on the goals of the student and what type of music they enjoy, but I also like to guide the student in a direction I think would benefit them. I usually introduce music to play right away, conforming of course to the skill level and interest of the student. I now play seven-string guitar, which is just a six-string guitar (same tuning and technique) with an extra low string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar
I consider myself a Jazz musician, but I am happy to consider a very wide range of styles. I am focusing now on music of the Spanish Golden Age, 1500-1700.
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Jackson July 29, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Lars came to the session on time, and was very patient with my son. He took the time to listen and gave helpful tips on becoming a better player. I would recommend him!
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Ava April 18, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Wonderful guy who gives a well rounded lesson!
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Peter M. March 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Excellent class and a good teacher.
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About Henry M.

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San Jose, CA

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CTESOL certified teacher with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. Emmy Award-winning writer with experience in all aspects of language and culture, including business, economics, law, government, theology, history and primary education. I speak three languages and I'm learning Polish, enabling me to take the learner's perspective. I've taught all levels and all aspects of the language, including pronunciation, business english, English for Special Purposes, TOEFL and SAT.

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Award winning journalist and teacher with international experience, having lived and worked in both Europe and the United States. Certified teacher with experience in all levels and with all ages.
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Takekiyo August 19, 2017
· ESL · In studio
Thank you for your good lesson!
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Alex October 26, 2015
· ESL · In home
The best ESL teacher EVER
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Daniel October 18, 2015
· TOEFL · In home
I highly recommend, the best teacher I’ve had. Responsible! Caring!

I took TOEFL perpetration classes with Henry. He is very knowledgeable and a great teacher. Because of his experience in journalism he has amazing knowledge in writing, reading, speaking, He worked on my general English skills first because I thought I had enough proficiency in English while I didn't, and after some classes he started TOEFL, he definitely knows what area of English I was weak in so, step by step, he lead me in the right direction. He's very responsible and carrying. I got a higher score than I was expecting.
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About April M.

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Houston, TX
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I taught English as a Second Language in 2011. I am an English native speaker. I was born and raised in the United States of America. If you just want someone to speak with in English or practice your English I am here for you or if you just need help with written English etc. Please communicate your needs to me.

About April
In 2012 I received my Bachelor in Spanish and Social Sciences. I studied Spanish in Mexico In 2009 I studied Guadalajara, Mexico at the University of Autonomy in Guadalajara as a study abroad program through the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Since then I volunteered with Literacy Action of Little Rock teaching English as a Second Language to Spanish speakers. I volunteered at my local Spanish speaking church. I would sing in Spanish and teach the Bible in Spanish. I moved to Houston,Texas where the population is over 50% Spanish speaking and continue to volunteer/serve in my local church. I am an American born in the United States I speak fluent English and fluent Spanish.
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Artel C. December 11, 2015
· Spanish · In studio
Apirl was friendly and good with my 11 yr old son.He had fun learning spanish with her.
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Masanori (MK) K. November 6, 2015
· ESL · In studio
She is very kind and supportive !
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Katie K. October 8, 2015
· Spanish · Online
Fantastic instructor! April is knowledgeable, helpful, experienced and professional! I love taking her Spanish classes. Mi professora favorita!
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About Alexandra A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Teaching ESL for several years now I've learned (as a teacher) that learning another language should not be boring but it does take time and daily practice. So, I like to focus on the student's specific needs and interests not to everyone! {:

About Alexandra
Greetings!, Hello!, Hi!, Hey!

I've been teaching English and ESL since 2000 and taught all ages from kids to adults. Two incredible experiences were teaching in Eritrea, E. Africa and Guatemala, C. America. Not only do I enjoy making grammar and conversation accessible to all students, but my goal is to help students to become fluent and obtain the skills to have both professional and social conversations.

Most importantly, I love teaching and helping students get on their own path of "the love of learning"!
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Cecilia T. August 5, 2017
· English · In studio
Best English teacher! I highly recommend her.
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Elixalen Z. July 21, 2017
· English · In studio
As of now I can say I like this program. Takelessons has a good communication with me through email. I really like my teacher. She has a great humor and I like the way she explains everything to me. She is really helpful to me. I have only been with this program for a month and I have no complains.
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Hyona C. June 24, 2017
· English · In studio
Alexa is the best instructor ever. She always prepared a lot of good material and topic that I could practice and talk about in English. Her lesson is very helpful to improve your language skill. I highly recommend her.
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About Natalie A.

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In our ESL lessons, I will individualize the lessons to your needs and goals. I have experience teaching ESL to high school, college, and adult students and look forward to help you to meet your goals! I can help you with grammar, reading/writing, listening/speaking, TOEFL/IELTS prep, academic writing, accent reduction, or English for the work place. As a PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, I bring my expertise to the lessons to make learning hands on and interactive for all ages, both in person and online.

About Natalie
Hello, bonjour, hola! I'm Natalie and I've been tutoring for seven years and formally teaching for three years. I've loved helping students meet their goals in French, ESL, and Accent Reduction and I look forward to helping you.

I hold a B.A. in French and Chinese and an M.A. in French Linguistics, both from University of Florida. Currently, I am a first year PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. As such, I am truly centered on helping you achieve your language goals from traveling abroad to passing a language test to communicating in your work or school environment. My flexibility and enthusiasm coupled with individualized lesson plans will help increase your confidence in communicating in other language(s).
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Hongmei T. August 16, 2017
· French · Online
she was so good
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Archana G. August 14, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
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Keith August 9, 2017
· Spanish · Online
I very much enjoyed my first lesson and I look forward to learning and growing my Spanish language skills
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Rapid City, SD
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Hello! I am a native English speaker and have studied Mandarin Chinese for 4.5 years. I am a passionate, friendly, self-motivated individual who loves to teach and help others reach their goals. I would love to help you learn English, no matter your skill level! I have worked with learners from a variety of backgrounds and proficiency levels. I graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) through Hamline University. I look forward to working together.

About Rachel
I am a professional yet creative teacher and love all aspects of language learning. I am passionate about language and communication and strive to instill a similar appreciation in my students. I will work hard to meet your needs as a language learner while using a variety of resources and proven learning strategies that will help you reach your learning goals.
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Rapid City, SD 57701
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Average Cost of ESL Lessons in Rapid City, SD

The average cost of 60-minute ESL lessons in Rapid City is $37. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $34 and $41 per hour.

30-min $20
 
$23 average
$27
45-min $25
 
$28 average
$32
60-min $34
 
$37 average
$41

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute ESL lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute ESL lessons are 25% less expensive at $28, and 30-minute lessons cost 38% less at $23.

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