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About Brenda B.

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

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About Brenda
Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.

I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and have my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University. I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor, and I just completed my Masters of Music in Performance with the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!

I primarily teach voice, flute, piano, music theory and history and have over 10 years of experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I also work on audition and performance preparation, do speech/accent work and more. I am constantly studying different teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and inco
rporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you want to play flute, clarinet, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.

*** Specialties ***
Young and beginner students.
Senior & Retired students
Students with special needs.
Performance techniques.
Audition preparation
Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.)
Bel Canto technique.
Performance anxiety
Life coaching!

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning" ~Plato

**if you need a particular time slot or one not listed on my availability I will do my best to accommodate your needs**

**All lessons will be scheduled in advance with confirmation of both the student and instructor. If cancellation is necessary, a written notice 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect or you forfeit the lesson credit. For lessons scheduled outside of the areas provided, a surcharge for travel will be added.**
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Ellen S. November 14, 2017
· Flute · Online
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Judy October 9, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Branda is a great teacher for daughter. She is always on time and patience! We love her!
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Wendy October 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter is really enjoying her lessons. Brenda is very encouraging and directs her lessons in a very positive manner. She takes the time to explain everything they are doing and why and is constantly praising my daughter which is very uplifting and encouraging for her to stay on track.
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About Julie L.

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Hermitage, TN

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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 two recital opportunities a year: in December, and in May. 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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Naomi J. November 8, 2017
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Fabio September 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
Julie is great. She's been teaching piano to our 5-year old daughter and she loves Julie's encouraging and caring style. Highly recommended.
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Lina May 6, 2017
· English · Online
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About Jenni G.

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New York, NY

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About Jenni
My name is Jenni and I am a professional Latin and Greek teacher with over ten years of experience teaching and tutoring both Latin and Ancient Greek. I have taught professionally at the elementary, junior high, and graduate levels and I hold a Master’s degree in Classical Philology. I currently work at the Polis Institute, where I teach Greek and Latin as living languages to graduate students.

I also have familiarity with spoken Latin and Ancient Greek, and I teach all of my professional courses in a 100% immersion setting. My passion is to show every interested student that they have the capability to master these languages.

With my help, the complicated aspects of these languages will become clear to you, as I help my students learn tools and strategies that they will keep with them in the classroom and out – all in a fun and fr
iendly tutoring environment.

With specifically tailored instruction, either as a supplement to current courses or an education ab initio (i.e. from the beginning), I will work with you to help you access the beautiful literature, history and music of the languages of the Ancient World.
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JaShong K. March 25, 2015
· Language · Online
Jenni has an incredible depth of knowledge of both Latin and Greek, reflecting not only her years of experience with both languages, but also a very concerted effort to think about the best way to teach these languages.

This became very apparent when I approached her to help me in what I felt would be a near impossible task: to learn a semester's worth of Ancient Greek in one month, starting from scratch.

Her clarity of explanation, her command of the material, and her professionalism as a tutor and teacher all made that possible, to the point where when I actually showed up to class, I actually found myself ahead of where everybody else was. I had mastered the material so well thanks to her efforts, that on the first test, I achieved a 104% (even got the extra credit mark), much to the impressed amazement of my new professor.

So when I give her this solid review of her skills, it is not to her as a tutor, or even a teacher. It is to her as a professional. Which is what she is in every sense of the word, as an educator, an admirer, and a bonafide inhabitant of the world of classical languages.
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Stacey M. September 10, 2014
· Latin · Online
Jenni is simply the best. My son was struggling with Latin last year and I found Jenni online and she was able to catch him up on what he missed in order for him to start the year on a positive note.This year is going well for him . I am happy to report he received his first test grade this year and scored a 35.5/40.

He has now enjoying Latin!
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Dan C. August 16, 2014
· Latin · Online
Jenni is absolutely amazing. She’s been providing additional, complimentary instruction once a week for my son who is entering 3rd-year Honors Latin. Language is not his strongest point and he’s periodically struggled with aspects of learning Latin along the way. We needed an expert’s assistance to achieve the academic success I expect from him! Jenni’s personable, caring, and patient manner of education, keen sense of direction, and technical and historical acuity, has made a profound impact on my son’s competency and confidence.
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About Haiyang W.

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Dallas, TX
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About Haiyang
Haiyang Wang started learning musical instruments at age four. He began playing the flute at age eight and have won competitions from local to international levels including the 1st prize of the Second Asian Youth Music Competition in 2004. He studied at Shenyang Conservatory of Music as a flute performance major since his middle and high school years and had his first solo recital at age sixteen. Haiyang relocated to the US at age eighteen and continued his study in music. He is currently studying at University of North Texas, and his teachers include Prof. Terri Sundberg, Dr. James Scott, and Dr. Lee Lattimore.
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Haiyang W.

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About Courtney K.

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Eureka, CA

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Courtney Elizabeth King has been teaching since 2012 and is available for private lessons in person or online. Courtney possesses a passion for the English language, and she uses this passion to help students improve their writing, speaking, and reading skills. She has studied to teach native speakers and non-native speakers of English and can tailor her lessons to match any student goal.

Courtney attended Truman State University where she graduated with a B.A. in English in 2011. After that, she moved across the country to Washington State University where she received her M.A. in English Literature and began teaching international students. After that, she moved back to the midwest where she worked on her M.A. TESOL at Central Michigan University while teaching English to speakers of other languages full-time. She completed her M.A.
TESOL in 2016.
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· English · Online
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Kaz O. June 13, 2017
· ESL · Online
Courtny is a teacher who has a lot of experience, knowledge, kindness, patience and cute smiles. Her lesson is fun and she is a great motivator to learn English for me.
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ESMERALDA S. May 4, 2017
· English · Online
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About Pablo G.

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Bloomington, IN
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Hi there, future student! I am from a small offshore town in the mediterranean coast of Spain. In 2012 I started to teach english lessons to kids in my town to get some extra money and pay my studies. Promptly I started to get more and more students, both kids and adults. I noticed that teaching was something that I really liked so I kept teaching for the following four years. I was hired by an english academy to teach part-time to small groups of people.

Last year I move to the United States due to my studies, and I tried to keep doing my favorite hobby: Teaching. I post an announcement for Spanish lessons and it had a very good reception. I love how americans are interested in spanish and it´s so fulfilling to show them something that is a part of me: my language and my culture.

About my personal life, I´m happily married with a wonde
rful turkish woman (what a mix!) and enjoying the lifestyle of America, although I miss Spain so much!
I am a very relax person and I believe humor is the best tool to face any aspect of life, and learning a language is not an exception. I always try to create a relax environment in my classes where jokes and small chats are allowed. Thanks to this method I become friends with many of my old students!

In short, if you are thinking to learn spanish or you want to perfect your accent, or you want a teacher for your kids, or even if you want to drink a beer watching "el clasico" with a spanish, don´t hesitate for a second: just let me know and I would do whatever is in my hands to make you succeed in your "spanish goals"

Dear future student, I am looking forward teaching you very very soon. Best, Pablo.
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Sarah November 9, 2017
· Spanish · In home
What a great way to learn Spanish! Pablo just make it so easy and fun that getting the class was always a pleasure. I definitely recommend him. If you want to learn Spanish, he is your man.
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Emmy November 9, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Pablo is an awesome teacher! He makes every lesson super fun and interesting; there is never a dull moment! I couldn't recommend him more. Excited to keep taking lessons with him. ¡Muchas gracias por todo, Pablo!
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About Susanna D.

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Guten Tag!

I was born and raised in Munich, Germany. I am fluent in German and English. I moved to the United States over 30 years ago with my family. I worked as a chief flight attendant for Lufthansa Airlines for many years. When I became a mother I earned my certification as a Montessori teacher in 2006 and have been teaching my students at a local Montessori school the German language with fun songs (I play the piano) and simple games and interesting books. It is important to me to make the whole learning process a positive and fun experience for my students. I worked with pre-schoolers as well as elementary students. I also tutor high school/college students and adults of any age in German. One of my hobbies and passions is acting on stage, mainly in comedies at local community theaters.
Whatever your needs may be in r
egard to the German language, (writing, reading, spelling, correct pronunciation, etc. school, work or travel) I would love to be of assistance and make the learning an enjoyable adventure and great success! Living in the United States for so many years and also traveling to Germany every year has made me acutely aware of the cultural differences and I enjoy sharing these interesting findings with my students, it helps immensely to embrace, immerse and "feel" a foreign language.
I can meet my students in person or if more convenient be available for online lessons.

Let's start with this exciting and fun adventure to dive into another culture, another world and language!
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Susanna D.

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About Jim K.

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North Providence, RI

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I'm an experienced, creative, funny, and motivated ESL/EFL teacher who enjoys helping busy adults learn English and accomplish their goals. You bring the commitment and I'll bring well-planned lessons and creative energy to make your time productive and enjoyable.

You and I will tailor lessons to your English language level, interests and needs. But most importantly, I'll create a safe space for you to explore speaking a new language, challenge yourself, make mistakes, and become confident with how you communicate in English.

I am a writer, artist, photographer, and marketing communications professional, and can add activities for students interested in vocabulary and skills for these fields. You’ll also find that I enjoy conversations about culture and heritage, and especially food!

Most of all, I respect your time and your ex
perience as an adult learner. You most likely have a job, a family, strong experience in your native country, and a lot to learn in your new home—and all of this can be overwhelming. I will always keep these in mind, make your lessons productive, bring a lot of humor, and show the greatest respect for your desire to learn and accomplish your dreams.
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James November 8, 2017
· ESL ·
I welcome this opportunity to highly recommend Jim K. for this teaching position. I've known Jim for twenty six years and in that time I've gotten to know him as a loyal friend, as we shared family and life experiences. As a talented and creative artist, Jim brings these skills to his extensive use of computer and visual technology. As well as being a visual artist, Jim is also a skilled and creative writer with extensive verbal and communication skills. This is evident in his many written descriptions of visual art and our many discussions about art and technology. His extensive knowledge of art is the result of his extensive travel and his passion for beauty in all that he does. His enthusiasm is evident whenever he shares new ideas or new life goals.
Always quick to laugh and with a positive attitude, it's a pleasure to share his company.
Jim is sincere, talented, creative, caring, intelligent, curious, articulate, with strong problem solving skills. He will be an asset to any educational endeavor.
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Michael November 8, 2017
· ESL · In studio
Jim is a great teacher for many reasons, but first and foremost, is his patience and understanding. Instead of pointing you in the right direction, he takes you by the hand and shows you the way. He also has a sense of humor, so mistakes turn into real opportunities to learn. He is a true asset to anyone looking to learn.
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Ana November 7, 2017
· ESL · Online
Jim is a warm, and patient person, who has a natural understanding of languages.
He can make references and connections between words in different languages that are very helpful.
A great since of humor, and a wonderful wit with words will keep you laughing and make it fun to learn.
I strongly recommend Jim as a teacher.
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