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About Julie L.

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Hermitage, TN

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About Julie
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.

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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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About Christopher S.

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West Columbia, SC
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Hello! Hola! Benvenuto! My name is Christopher S. and I am a classical guitarist, composer, polyglot, and experienced language and music teacher.

I am a recent graduate with a Masters of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. There I studied with the world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk who is a direct student of the legendary guitarist Andres Segovia.

Currently I work part time teaching 12 students guitar at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia. I also I teach ukulele, Spanish, Italian, and English to a variety of students online. At the same time I am pursuing a Doctoral degree from the university to strengthen my skills as a guitarist and expand my knowledge as a teacher for higher education. I have also just completed my debut album titled, "Anima - The Music of Spain and Italy for the Gu
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This album is a tribute and memorial to an amazing journey I had traveling and living in Europe for 3 years.

After I graduated from my undergraduate degree, I realized that in order to better my skills as a musician and become the guitar teacher I wanted to be I had to travel abroad. I moved to Seville, Spain where for three years I studied the art of classical and flamenco guitar.

I studied with a international known Spanish guitarist named Francisco Bernier at the Conservatory in Seville. During this time I was also teaching English as a second language to high school and middle school students. From traveling and spending so much time in Europe, I also developed and studied my love of languages and I became fluent in Spanish and Italian.

The experienced was an experience of a lifetime and I made many friends working and living abroad that to this day, I still keep in contact with.

If you are interested in having lessons with me, please contact me and we can begin learning the art of making beautiful music or learning the beautiful languages of the Mediterranean! "Hasta pronto!" "A presto!" and "Speak to you soon!"
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Mark &. September 6, 2018
· Italian · Online
Christopher keeps our lessons fun and positive!
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Mark &. June 20, 2018
· Italian · Online
We enjoyed our lesson with Christopher!
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Sid April 16, 2018
· Italian · Online
Christopher is knowledgeable, friendly, funny - an outstanding teacher. I look forward to more lessons.
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About Maria P.

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Knoxville, TN

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Maria was born in Moscow, Russia. Her mother was a piano teacher and started Maria playing at 4. She studied at the legendary Moscow Conservatory with Victor Merzhanov. In the US, she won the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition and debuted with the Symphony performing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto. She earned her Bachelor's of Music at the University of Houston.

For her Master's, she studied organ at Rice University with the world-famous teacher Clyde Holloway. She won many national competitions, including Gruenstein Memorial Organ Competition in Chicago and San Antonio Pipe Organ Competition.

The Russian School of Playing has produced some of the world's greatest pianists. This method is fun and lays down the foundation for a relaxed way of playing, which gives confidence and technical security, while enabling one
to produce beautiful "singing" tone on the piano. This helps students of all ages to take their piano-playing to new heights.
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Sarah July 30, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I am honored to finally write a review for Maria!

Having already been a musician for a decade on various other instruments, I was looking for a teacher that could help me learn technique for piano. I found Maria on this website and have never had a better private teacher.

She quickly adapted to my experience level, gave constant feedback, called me on my mistakes (in the nicest way possible) and encouraged me to succeed.

I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to learn piano, regardless of your musical background. She is a wonderful, kind, incredibly knowledgeable teacher and is a very welcoming and encouraging person. I am so glad to have had her as my teacher.
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Lucy May 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Maria's a beautiful human being.
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Collin April 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son really enjoyed his first lesson!
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About Orfilia W.

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Oxnard, CA
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Degree in Hispanic philology, with more than 15 years of experience as a Spanish teacher, highly qualified to address any topic of grammar or spelling of Spanish.
I am quite disciplined and committed to my work.
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Helen O. September 4, 2018
· Spanish · Online
My 6 year old daughter loved her and can’t wait to speak to her again next week!
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Leah R. December 19, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Patient and kind. Looking forward to the next session.
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Patrick December 14, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Orfilia is a wonderful teacher and very understanding of work schedules.
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Orfilia W.

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About Guifang X.

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Durham, NH
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I have more than nine years of language teaching experience. I have learned five languages over the years in China and overseas. I started tutoring Chinese students (age 8-16) English and Chinese when I was 19 and I founded my first summer camp in China when I was 20. Students who had registered for my summer camp increased from 25 in 2010 to 86 in 2016. I've gained very valuable skills and perspectives in teaching, not just as a teacher, but also as a student--students are my teachers too--I've learned there are always places that I can improve and better help them learn languages. Students' "needs" and "wants" are prioritized. It helps students achieve their goals while combined with students' "lacks" in lesson planning. Students should get involved in the lesson planning process.

Interest is the best teacher. When I taught non-nativ
e Chinese speakers (in China, South Korea and the U.S) Chinese, it seemed it stimulated their curiosity and interest to learn Chinese when cultural elements were introduced--such as characters' origin and visualization, historical contexts and cultural traditions. I hope that approach can also bring you an enjoyable experience learning a new language!

To help you be able to use Chinese, our language learning is mainly through interactive and communicative approaches. Talk! Talk! Talk! Please don't be shy. It's okay to make mistakes. Learning from mistakes is also a very effective way to learn a new language. We can make more contextualized dialogues based on whatever textbook you are using now. Or we can produce functional conversation based on everyday topics that you are interested. Lesson plans are customized and they can be flexible.

Ready to get on the boat and sail on the sea of Chinese? :)
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Sasha July 25, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · In home
very pleasant ,professional and knowledgeable , in her teaching approach. highly recommended. I only wish, she was going to be in the states, a few more years. to teach my daughter.
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Sasha July 23, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · In studio
she is amazing, she takes it slow on the first lesson and and she is patient for you to finish,and she takes it a step at a time not rush through it
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Ryan May 13, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Very patient teacher. Great to get feedback on areas to focus so my kids can be more proficient in conversational mandarin.
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About Bill L.

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Chicago, IL
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I have always been a self-studier in my entire life. Being able to learn with just books and your brain is a crucial skill to have! However, I know not everyone (and sometimes even myself) have the discipline and motivation to keep going during hard times. This is where a tutor would come in handy.

I enjoy tutoring and helping other overcome problems that I have encountered myself because it enhances my own understanding and makes me happy that my self-studying is helping others. Sometimes, my students even bring up alternative ways of thinking that I have never thought of before!
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JANET September 22, 2018
· Computer Programming · Online
Best instructor ever! Was very patience and thorough with me.
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Erika September 14, 2018
· GMAT · In studio
I tend to have a busy schedule with my work, but Bill is accommodating and punctual. In our lessons, we go over topics I struggle with and he thinks of variations of the problem that may appear on the exam to guarantee I fully mastered the concepts. I rather be overprepared than failing and studying for the GMAT all over again.
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Leah August 19, 2018
· GRE · In studio
Bill is superb at asking leading questions to discover my own weaknesses and mistakes so we can fix them together and get to the correct answer.
 
Having someone to bounce various approaches to a problem really helped me understand how to solve the exercises as opposed to just memorizing the solutions
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About Jon H.

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Alcoa, TN

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Hi, my name is Jon. I am excited about being able to teach classes. I have been teaching art for 20 + years and my passion shows that. It’s funny one of my parents just told me “I’m like the Jack Black of art” Thank you! (I think) 😀
I specialize in Prek, K-12, Adult as well as special needs art programming. I am an artist as well and familiar and extremely comfortable with many different mediums and aspects of art. I also do group and private lessons that follow state and national curriculum standards. I am also able to help with portfolio preparation. Buisness license available upon request. I went to Europe and was supposed to stay there for 2 weeks but I stayed there and lived in Germany for 3 years. I was fluent but lack of practice has brought me to down to conversational German. Thank you very much please contact me for classes.
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Victoria May 5, 2018
· Drawing · In studio
Jon is an excellent teacher!! He is thorough and patient. He is very skilled and easily translates those skills in the teaching environment. I am excited to take classes with him again soon!!!
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Bev May 4, 2018
· Painting · In studio
Jon does a great job with kids of all ages. He keeps them interested, active, and has a great rapport. I’ve experienced his work with kids in several settings, and he does an excellent job. He’s worked at my summer camps with all ages for the past few years and it’s been an awesome experience!
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Alcoa, TN 37701
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About Dany J.

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San Diego, CA
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Education is my passion. I love seeing students achieving their academic goals, and i would be happy being part of their success. "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." I hold a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and currently working as an Accounting Analyst for a non-profit organization in San Diego, CA. I'm also an MBA candidate and will be graduating by the end of this year. In my spare time, i do hiking, reading, and traveling.
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About Gracie C.

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Knoxville, TN
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I am truly passionate about both the spanish language and culture. I love getting to share my interest and knowledge with others. I have spent time learning and practicing the language in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala and am currently majoring in Hispanic Studies. I strive to give my students to most authentic and fun spanish learning experience! I look forward to working with you.
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Jeff September 19, 2018
· Spanish · In home
Gracie is a patient, thorough, and intuitive instructor. She can quickly assess learning styles and apply the appropriate pace. I found the sessions productive and my retention improving each week. I highly recommend Gracie.
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Charlie September 19, 2018
· Spanish ·
Gracie would be an amazing tutor. She is extremely competent in Spanish and is amazing at teaching information to students. She’s has personally taught me a lot of Spanish just from clarifying my questions and informal tutoring.
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Becca September 19, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Gracie is an amazing tutor!! was really struggling in spanish before i reached out to her, helped me out a lot.
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