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About Julie L.

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I am passionate about Music and Music Education. It's rewarding for me to watch my students develop in their musical skill and enjoy making music more and more. My students range from the very young (5 years old) to school age children, to teens, and adults. My students benefit from my expertise in teaching Vocal and Piano music, my knowledge of Music Theory, and my encouraging teaching style. I have been involved in making music since I was a young child, and I have been teaching private students since I was a Music major at the University of Florida in 1982 when a fellow college student asked me to teach her voice lessons. I have a Music Education degree from the University of Florida; my major instrument was Voice, my minor was Piano. I taught as a public school music educator in Florida, California, and Tennessee between the years
of 1983 to 1997. I taught private students after school in my classroom while I was a public school teacher, and from my home since 1997. My post-graduate continuing professional education includes Tennessee Arts Academy at Belmont University, Kodaly Pedagogy and Solfege Level 1 (vocal teaching techniques, do-re-mi, ear training), Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children Level 1 certification, Yamaha M.I.E. (Music In Education) Piano Lab certification. My professionalism and expertise are at your service. I will work together with you to insure an enjoyable and informative learning experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson in my studio would begin with a brief question/answer time with the student to learn how their week has gone, and how their music practice is progressing.

For PIANO LESSONS we begin with Technique including scales and dexterity exercises, then we play from the Lesson book and a Recital selection. I typically let the student play through the pieces they have prepared without interruption, then I call attention to corrections that need to be made, I demonstrate the correction, and then ask the student to play the piece again. After that we go over the Theory assignments, and do Ear Training exercises. I am comfortable teaching from a variety of different methods courses. The methods course is chosen according to the student's interest. I never require a piano student to continue using books that are not inspiring. There so many methods courses available, that a student may always be able to have methods books they LOVE.

In my SINGING LESSONS we also begin with a recap of the student's week. Then we continue with Warm Up exercises to prepare the student's voice for the lesson. Then we study Sight Singing and Solfege Singing (do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do) to increase the student's listening skills. After that the student sings their selections. Like I do in Piano lessons, I listen to the pieces they have prepared without interruption, then I call attention to corrections that need to be made, I demonstrate the correction, and then ask the student to sing the piece again. I am comfortable teaching many styles of vocal music including classical, Broadway, pop, rock, and Christian.

For MUSIC THEORY lessons, the study material is chosen according to the student's interest and age. Topics include notation, chord structure, chord progression, melodic structure, and harmony. I also incorporate Music Listening in the Music Theory lesson in order to learn from the masters in many styles of music. My Music Theory students will also have the opportunity to develop composition and songwriting skills if they desire.

My teaching style is structured and friendly, keeping the student's goals and interests at the forefront. I enjoy motivating students to reach their highest potential.
After 3 to 6 months in my studio my students will see improvement in their musical technique, ear training, music reading, notation, and knowledge. They will be preparing recital pieces for an upcoming performance. I provide three Studio Class performances (February, June, October) and one recital opportunity (December) a year. Most importantly, the student's love and appreciation of music will be growing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
PIANO lessons in Living Room: piano near front entryway, couch, loveseat, over-sized chair, dining room table, open space, end table with chair, parents may sit in on lesson.

SINGING lessons in Recording Studio: keyboard, recording equipment, desk, 2 chairs, music stand, microphone, private room. Parents may wait in adjacent rec room or sit in on lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson books, the students should provide their instrument.

I do have a mobile keyboard to bring for SINGING lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly Pedagogy and Solfege Level 1

Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children Level 1 certification

Yamaha M.I.E. (Music In Education) Lab certified instructor
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David September 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Detailed oriented, well organized and very experienced
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Bettina September 6, 2018
· English · In studio
I have been living in Nashville since one and a half year. Julie helps me to remember my vocabulary from school in Germany an I have learned a lot of new things in her class. She is an excellent teacher and a wonderful person.
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Mercedes S. June 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Julie is the best piano instructor my boys have had. Her theory based teaching has them learning pieces in record time - and her approach to theory isn't boring. They can now hear a song on the radio, recognize the chords and improvise on their own. She is engaging, encouraging and willing to explore the type of music they enjoy. She adapts her instruction methods based on individual personalities. Your child will not just learn to play piano, they will learn to appreciate music, composers and acquire knowledge that will assist in any instrument they play.
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Julie L.

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Hermitage, TN 37076
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About Ivan R.

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Annandale, VA
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EXPERIENCE

U.S. Army-Green Beret, Intelligence Officer, Foreign Area Officer 1997-Present
Ivan served in special operations, intelligence and foreign affairs assignments at the tactical, operational and
strategic levels in overt and clandestine roles within the most sensitive programs of the US Government. He
has served as a Green Beret commander at the detachment level in Central America and company level in
Afghanistan and Jordan training other nations militaries in joint, interagency and coalition environments. Staff
positions included time as an assistant Army attache to U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; the deputy
officer in charge of the AFPAK Hands program on the Army Staff; as an Intelligence Community Liaison
Officer at the National Guard Bureau; and furthermore, he served as a foreign area specialist on the Jo
int Staff
advising the Deputy J2 while on the Ukraine Crisis Team at the National Military Command Center.
Operational assignments include: New York City immediately after 9/11, Afghanistan, Georgia, Honduras, El
Salvador, Monterey, The Pentagon and as recently as October 2016 in Jordan countering ISIL as the Special
Operations Command Forward-Jordan Advanced Operations Base Commander.

Entrepreneur-Startup Advisor, Investor, Attorney 2015-Present
Ivan is an advisor/investor in early stage startups in the DC TECH, Silicon Valley, New York and Chicago tech
ecosystems to which he provides legal, growth-hack and life-hack strategies. His aggressive social media
activity over the past year in tech has placed him as a leader/influencer in the social media marketing,
technology, and content marketing communities with a ~100k person following. His investment thesis for 2018
will focus on mixed reality, artificial intelligence, drones, internet of things, wearable technology & the
collaborative economy.

Defense Intelligence Agency-Intelligence Officer 2012-2017

EDUCATION

M.S. Strategic Intelligence, (All but thesis); National Intelligence University 2012

J.D. Law, Emphasis on International Law & Intellectual Property; Touro Law Center 2004

B.A. Russia and Eastern European Studies, Minor in Business; University of Northern Iowa 1999

Languages: Professional Fluency: English, Russian, Spanish

Intermediate High: Arabic

Intermediate: French

Basic: Portuguese, Ukrainian, Italian, Bulgarian, Polish, Slovenian

Professional Memberships: Military/Intel/Foreign Policy: Lifetime member of FAOA, SFA, ROA, MICA;
Member of OSS Society, DACOR, AFIO, DIAA, NMIA

Legal: New York State Bar; ABA-International, Intellectual Property, National Security Law committees

Hobbies: Spend time with wife and two boys (5 & 8 year old), traveling, reading, and participating in all types
of outdoor fitness/sports on land (mountains, woods) sea or air as often as possible.
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Ivan R.

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About Jackie A.

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About Jackie
Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to check out my profile. Just a side note, I DO have a background check just not through the company TakeLessons wants me to use. I have taught elementary and middle school aged children through this website (as well as adults.) I have experience tutoring high school students in Spanish and French as an undergrad in college. I also taught English abroad while I studied in Geneva, Switzerland. I have taught English as a Second Language as a volunteer in the city. This past year I have taught French, Spanish, and English as a Second Language through TakeLessons.

I am TEFL certified and have a B.A. in Political Science - concentration in International Politics, minors in French and Theatre.

Here are some articles I have written featured here on the Take Lessons website -

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jackie August 9, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Jackie is a great teacher. She is easy to work with and makes learning a new language seem doable and fun. She tries to find exactly what you want to work on and get you speaking in Spanish right away.
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Shloka V. February 25, 2016
· French · Online
Very patient and understands the child's psychology.. She teaches very well.
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Ritika K. November 10, 2015
· Spanish · In studio
Very friendly and flexible. My kids love her from the first class. Looking forward for more lessons.
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Jackie A.

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About Jane (Zhenya) M.

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Oxnard, CA

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About Jane (Zhenya)
I was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and have always had an immense love for languages and cultures of the world. I found that diving into a new language and culture is one of the most incredible, joyful, compassionate and meaningful paths to discovering the world. All the while, rediscovering one’s own unique interests and curiosities. It’s always surprising and rewarding in ways we can’t foresee.

As a longtime, professional independent instructor, I never imagined where my languages and creative work would lead me and the wonderful folks I encountered along the way.

It’s been a journey of incredible variety.

I had the amazing opportunity to create and teach the first Russian, French and Italian classes to children in public elementary schools all around Oxnard. I was invited to teach French and Italian classes i
n the Ventura College Community Education, Russian immersion program for the U.S. Government and English to a team of international entrepreneurs and their families.

This work and my students inspired a joyful dedication to creating live video classes. I discovered that it’s a special, interactive and awesome platform into the world and I love seeing it grow.

I look forward to working with you and supporting you on your language journey.

Till then,

Zhenya
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Julia September 1, 2018
· ESL · Online
Wow… Incredible first English class with Zhenya!!!! I'm sincere impressed and touched. I never before write long review, but my teacher, this wonderful platform and future wonderful students deserve.
Zhenya is treasure as teacher. One of kind... She's so gifted, kind, so clear and just... AWESOME. Her love for language (she's amazing at multiple), music and learning unbelievable… They combines with her absolute professionalism, skill and dedication to students who dreams of learn or sincere need support. She actually professional private teacher for such many years, something I think rare. She just new to this unique company and look forward to work with students here.

Also, this was my first video class. I didn’t know what expect and was bit nervous and excited. I'm impressed by this wonderful platform. I just wanted to give chance and is so simple, professional and creative.

And in only bit over half hour, I left so refreshed and inspired from Zhenya, Jane. I still not believe. She communicate warmly with me before about my journey with English and my wishes. She came prepare with amazing, fun dialogue about travel for us to share and enjoy. From there, we learn SO much. She meet each student just where they are, even if they not sure how to begin. I think it’s so special. She knew what I wish to learn as we go along. Today was my pronunciation and idioms, she teach me fun tricks to remember forever and I just feel so comfortable and free speak and read. She so patient and creates so warm atmosphere. The best part, she so cares and believe in you and her creating amazing learning experience together.
Cannot describe how I can't wait till next class!!!! I so inspired to study and enjoy learning between classes even with my so busy life. Thank you, dear dear Zhenya and the guys in Take Lessons. Unbelievable.
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Jane (Zhenya) M.

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About Tem T.

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Nashville, TN
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About Dr. Tem
I am an artist/educator who endeavors to sense life with the same wonderment as that of a child, never reflexively attributing experiences to the mundane. This is reflected in my art and in my lessons, allowing me to share and convey my passion to younger generations, with the ultimate aim of enabling them to discover their own passion for music and fire their creativity.

Dr. Tem

A composer and music technologist. Composing experience is diverse and includes composing for orchestras, and composing with computers for multimedia, computer games and film. Academic, research and work experience in Music Composition, Film Scoring, Music Theory and Ear Training, Piano, E-Learning, Music Technology, Computer Music, Sound Design, Game Audio and Game Technologies among favorite areas. Teaching in institutes offering such curriculum.

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been the Director of Music & Sound Production Department at SEBIT LLC., Between 1996-2015. SEBIT's primary areas of focus are E-Learning, Multimedia and Game Development, as well as research in these areas. It is located at Skysong, Arizona State University, Scottsdale AZ, USA.

Now teaching at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN as a professor.
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Farzad S. September 19, 2017
· Turkish · Online
Thank you for teaching me in a simple way
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Gabriel February 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Dr. Tem is a wonderful teacher for any age and audience. If you only want to learn to play, then you will be satisfied. However, if you are interested in music as art and a form of expressing one self, you will find this is where Dr. Tem's ability to teach really shines through.
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Kolby K. February 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
This man is amazing, we are so blessed.
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Nashville, TN 37221
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About Yuexin C.

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Nashville, TN
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About Yuexin
Hi! I am an undergraduate student at Colorado College, majoring in Comparative Literature and Music. I am from Shenzhen, China, and moved to the U.S. when I was 18.

I play the banjo, do all forms of arts, and have a never-dying crave for traveling. I lived in Brazil and Finland for a little while. I have a talent in learning new languages and am passionate about teaching them.

I have taught Chinese to people of all age. I specialize in teaching listening and speaking. If you would like to take lessons with me in person, then I am good at teaching reading and writing as well. My strength is in my patience for my students. I understand that learning a new language, especially Chinese, is not an overnight progress. As a language learner myself, I emphasize with the frustration, yet the excitement of learning the language and the cultu
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So trust me! Let yourself or your child be in good hands.
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Lilian C. December 21, 2017
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Yuexin is an excellent Mandarin teacher for kids. My 8 year-old has started lessons and is progressing well. Yuexin researched and picked out a good textbook for kids. She is patient, clear, and easy to schedule with. We are happy!
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Nick October 13, 2017
· Mandarin · Online
Yuexin is a fantastic teacher. She is very good at teaching all things China, whether that's teaching mandarin or giving out helpful tips about China. Great teacher.
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Yuexin C.

Nashville, TN 37210
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About Viktoriia B.

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Nashville, TN
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About Viktoriia
I am from Ukraine, but last couple of years I live in USA. My teaching experience is 3 years, but since Russian is my native language, I like teaching others. Most of my students are people who want to learn Russian language in order to travel and meet new friends. Teaching is my hobby. I like to help people achieve their goals. I am friendly and communicative person, I love reading and dancing. I invite you to book class with me and I will do by bests for you to enjoy it.
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Mike April 17, 2018
· Russian · In home
Thank you Victoria for such an amazing lessons in Russian language. Russian language is hard but thanks to your teaching it makes it more easy. I want to continue learning and thanks alot.
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Isabel April 17, 2018
· Russian · In studio
Viktoriia is such a great teacher, she has such a great energy and is always happy to help and answer any questions you have for her. I really recommend taking one of her classes!
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DustinP April 17, 2018
· Russian · In home
I really enjoy my lessons with Viktoriia l, she is very patient with me and always has a smile on her face! She is simply the best! :)
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Viktoriia B.

Nashville, TN 37211
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About Diana R.

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About Diana
Hi y'all!
Want to be part of my studio? I am a fun person, very patient and I like learning from each student as well. My way of teaching is personalized because everyone learns in different ways.
Are you a beginner? I can help you start playing!
Are you an advanced student? I can help you prepare for orchestral auditions, chamber music, as well as help you polish technique and musicality.
I hold a Masters degree in violin performance from University of Miami. In addition to this, I have many years of experience in orchestral performance, chamber music, teaching, music festivals and more.
Let's work together! Can't wait to meet you!
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Diana R.

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About Elton H.

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I am a business entrepreneur with 17 years’ experience creating IT startups and growing them into international multi-million dollar enterprises. A mature leader who uses technology to streamline business operations and create strategies to maximize current and future growth. Change agent, with diverse expertise and effectiveness in managing high-impact projects yielding exceptional business results. An energetic coach with a passion for developing people and teaching new skills. I lived in Tokyo, Japan for 8 years where I taught part time as an ESL teacher while building several new companies, including my own English school.
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Laura September 14, 2018
· Computer Programming · In studio
Elton is an incredibly dedicated and patient teacher that I would highly recommend to anyone. My knowledge base in computer programming was remedial at best and I wanted to learn more. I am slow to learn things, but he sat with me patiently and kept explaining things until I finally got it. He goes the extra mile for those who want to learn and receives genuine joy when he sees his students, not only learning, but exceeding in the goals they set. You can truly tell teaching is his calling.
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Laura September 13, 2018
· Computer Programming · In studio
Elton is an incredibly knowledgeable and patient instructor. He is able to explain stuff for what ever level you are. He takes extra care to sit with you until you feel comfortable with the lesson. He is a wealth of knowledge and is eager to share it with those who want to learn. I would recommend him to any person, including my own mother
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Rickey September 13, 2018
· Computer Programming · In studio
Elton is the best! He helps me understand my difficulties and creates custom solutions to each different issue I have ever encountered. He explains details and considers my problems to help me overcome them.
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