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About Estela K.

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About Estela
Hello! My name is Estela, and I've been teaching private lessons since 2001. I enjoy helping students create beautiful music, develop good techniques, and play along with any song through improvisation. I have played violin for over 22 years including orchestras, string ensembles, church worship bands, and weddings and special occasions.

I have an undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in violin from Louisiana State University and a master's degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin. I have also worked for 6 years as an ESL teacher and am very patient with new learners, immigrants/foreigners, and kids.
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Asim H. October 2, 2017
· ESL · In studio
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David September 5, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My boy said she is good, he understands better. I think she knows what he needs to learn.
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Diane B. February 9, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Estela was great! Very patient and knowledgeable.
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Estela K.

Estela K.

Houston, TX 77099
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About Jerred B.

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Houston, TX

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About Jerred
I'm a young, enthusiastic, energetic, and patient pianist with a B.A. in Jazz Piano Performance from Lewis and Clark College.

So, born in Dallas, I've spent parts of my childhood in various parts of the country, from Washington D.C. to Carbondale, Colorado to Portland, Oregon, and now in hot and humid Houston, Texas. America has a plenty to offer and our great country's musical history is rich and eclectic. I first started playing piano at a very young age from a very old lady. It was something I resented my parents for, not really understanding the whole point of playing music. But now, in retrospect, I thank them indefinitely for exposing me to one of the most important passions of my life. It was in 6th grade that I joined a rock n' roll band, singing and playing all sorts of keyboards and having a ball with music. The idea that I w
as having fun playing music finally dawned on me and the verb "playing" music finally made perfect sense to me. Without passion, music is simply another endeavor, so this realization propelled me into the realm of music indefinitely.

In high-school I finally learned what jazz music was and fell in love with the idea of spontaneous improvisation. Learning theory really helped and I started jamming with my buddies, eventually starting a cover band. Although I've never lost sight of my classical roots, trying to improve my technique as well as my sight-reading, it was in jazz that I really found my calling. So in college, I started studying with a great jazz pianist, Randy Porter, and found my fingers wrapping themselves around my own music in a way I never thought possible. So that's that, I've recently graduated, having played gigs and teaching kids, and found my way into a new city with new possibilities.

When it comes to teaching, most teachers adhere to a strict curriculum. While I do love my curriculum, I will often change things around in order to cater to my students' different needs. Through all my experiences, I've learned that positive reinforcement is ideal and that a good association with a learning experience often paves the way for more of them. Working with me gives students the opportunity to make headway in an instrument without painstaking monotony. The more that somebody enjoys learning, the more that they learn. I love to have fun when I'm teaching, so my students tend to have fun as well. Like I said earlier, music should be "played," and playing should be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons will usually begin with a recap of the last week, what the student has practiced, and what they accomplished since the last lesson. For some students, I will assign listening over the week, so at the beginning of the lessons, I read over the observations that they made in regards to the songs they listened to.
One thing I require of all of my students is a notebook devoted solely to the lesson, where the student writes down what he/she thinks about in terms of accomplishments and what they want to learn. I will also write down in the notebook different techniques, assignments, and various other things related to the lesson for the betterment of the student. My typical lesson will involve a communication between the student and myself, trying best to learn where the student is coming from and cater to his/her necessities in terms of learning. I am laid back, for the most part, but will encourage the student to practice. I do not get angry, but I will try to inspire the student through various techniques, becoming more disappointed than enraged at a student's lack of enthusiasm. Lessons for me are fun and I try and convey that jovial enthusiasm to my students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with upright piano, couch. I do have cats, so heads up if you're allergic.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I may or may not bring music paper and lesson books. If it is the first lesson, I'll definitely bring some material. I expect a piano in the home of the student given the enormous stature of the instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz piano, first and foremost. Although I was coached in classical as a child and can easily teach most intermediates, jazz is my forte and my major in college. In terms of teaching styles, it all depends on the student. More than most teachers, though, I put a heavy weight on listening to music in order to fully understand it. Technique is very important and must be taught, but feel is probably paramount and should be emphasized. Before a student can accurately play a piece of music, he/she must be able to connect with the music. When it comes to the piano, especially jazz piano, theory and knowledge of how the sounds of the instrument interact are also crucial. I will teach an appropriate amount of theory to the students given the style of play and pieces they are learning.
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Nicholas R. June 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very knowledgeable. Very articulate. I'm looking forward to future sessions.
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rifhat W. December 1, 2013
· Piano ·
Piano lessons

Jerred is an easy going, flexible and professional teacher who teaches my 7 years old son. My son sees him as his role model and has taken to Jerred's style of teaching very well. Very impressed with what he has achieved so far. Currently we go to his apartment which is in a great location.
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LizK April 27, 2012
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Jerred A+++++

We really like Jerred, he is laid back yet enthusiastic. My daughter is currently taking vocal lessons, but we hope to add piano before the end of the year. TakeLessons is very lucky to have him on the team!
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Jerred B.

Jerred B.

Houston, TX 77006
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$25 / 30-min

About Shakeatha D.

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About Shakeatha
I have sung for as long as I could speak! I hail from a family of recording artists and have graced the stage since the age of 4. During high school, I learned to read music and took piano lessons. This peaked my interest in wanting to learn the fundamentals of music so I decided to major in it in college.

I then went on to Xavier University, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While at Xavier I participated in many productions. I also received a Xavier University Music Scholarship for four years. I have noted my experience in detail: Xavier University of Louisiana-Senior Recital; Xavier University Student Recital – “Opera under the Stars”, April 2008; Xavier University Concert Choir Midwest Tour – Soloist for “Amazing Grace”, April 2008; Xavier University of Louisiana Student Productions - Treemonisha (2004), Purlie (2005);
Xavier University University Chorus; 2004-2009; Xavier Concert Choir; 2004-2009; Vocalist with Recording Artist: Josh Jones Nu Horizon, New Orleans, Louisiana; Vocalist with Recording Artist: Bishop Alvin Davis & Company, Baldwin, LA; Greater St. Stephan Gospel Choir and Praise Team; Background Studio Vocalist for Ebony Lockett (2009), Community of Faith Praise Team, 2012-2013

Currently, I sing at many venues and with various groups throughout Houston area. In addition to all of this, I also perform a great deal of gospel music on the praise team at the Community of Faith.

As you can see I have a great deal of experience and expertise different genres, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
To my future students:

I sit down at our first lesson to make a Custom Lesson Plan for what you want to study and goals you want to achieve.

I want to help you reach your goals and make you happy as a singer, so I am open to teach you anything no matter how little/much experience you have.

Next, we will pick a fun area to work on, and a challenging area to conquer. For example: we will work on a fun song then we will work on reading and/or rudiments.
I am also very patient and flexible to those students whom have special needs, or need to accelerate at a slower pace.

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.”- E.Y. Harburg

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: keyboard, stands, music books, additional seating for parents.

Vocal Studio: Practice room, piano/keyboard, music stands, chairs; waiting area with television for parents/guests; security system; recording equipment

*** Specialties ***
CLASSICAL MUSICAL, GOSPEL, NEO-SOUL, JAZZ
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Rona K. September 30, 2015
· Singing · In studio
After discussing my daughter's musical interests, Shekeatha helped to discover her range and develop her voice for theatrical performances. Her patience and guidance helped to give my daughter more confidence when auditioning and performing. Great Instructor!
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shaun P. September 28, 2015
· Singing · In home
I have been working with Mrs.Shakeatha for sometime now. I'll never forget my very first lesson, I was so nervous, for many different reasons, but without even trying she made the atmosphere welcoming, nonjudgmental, noncritical, and enjoyable. she is extremely patient, has never been rude, harsh, or critical, even within the past lessons. She is very professional, very intellectual (on many things, not strictly musically or vocally), very positive, very thorough, very loyal, and very helpful. She is able to coach at a professional level while still always reminding me to keep it fun, and to enjoy the process. She neither sugar coats nor over exaggerates, and has always had my best interest in mind. The months under her coaching I have been extremely beneficial and I have (and still am) learning so much. It's been a great experience, and I look forward to the years to come!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND VOICE LESSONS WITH MRS.SHAKEATHA , SHE IS A AWESOME WOMEN!!!
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Bill H. September 27, 2015
· Singing · In studio
GREAT TEACHER EASY TO LEARN FROM JUST COME READY TO WORK DOING VERY WELL WITH HER
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Shakeatha D.

Shakeatha D.

Houston, TX 77092
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About April M.

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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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April M.

April M.

Houston, TX 77076
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$30 / 45-min

About Paola E.

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Hey there! My name is Paola, I have been teaching at public schools since 2014 and I'm currently available to teach lessons at my location. I have helped students academically, specifically in math and in writing (english & spanish) from being in kindergarten all the way to college level. I'm very easy going and I make sure to teach my students to understand the material. I'm patient and always make sure my student feels comfortable around me by building a conversation and trust.
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Yetunde T. August 25, 2015
· Pre Calculus · In studio
I took Pre Calculus with Paola and I would rate her a 4.
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Denis T. August 8, 2015
· Pre Calculus · In studio
I've learnt so much in just 2 lessons.
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Paola E.

Paola E.

Houston, TX 77080
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About Hilda R.

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Tomball, TX
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I am a native Spanish speaker, who also speaks Portuguese, and French. I taught and tutored Spanish students from beginner-advance levels, both private and in groups for several years and taught Spanish full time at a school from grades 5-12 for a year. I also teach art, drawing and painting for adults and older teens. I love teaching and intend to make it enjoyable and fun. I always encourage students to become independent and self reliant.
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Jili S. August 3, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Very safe and engaging learning environment for kids. Not intimidating for beginners.
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Beverly April 27, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Hilda is wonderful. She is very patient. She appears to care about me. The skype experience is wonderful also. I only signed up for 5 weeks, but I am considering extending. I am really enjoying this .
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Cynthia R. April 15, 2016
· Spanish · Online
My first lesson was a lot of fun and I learned a lot! She spent the first few minutes talking about why I want to learn Spanish and what my goals are. Then she started the first lesson. I am really excited and look forward to the next class!
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Hilda R.

Hilda R.

Tomball, TX 77375
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$20 / 30-min

About Paul W.

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Houston, TX

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Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike.
Taught in Germany, The Netherlands,Great Britain,Africa etc.
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Brian Ellis February 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Paul has been a tremendous instructor for me and my journey on learning acoustic guitar. During lessons he has also taught me music theory and explained it simply, and through that I feel like the guitar and music in general has been opened up to me and I now see music more clearly. I highly recommend him as an instructor!
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Amber Williams January 22, 2017
· Music Recording ·
Paul is an amazing teacher and mentor. Today we tackled harmonies while recording and it was so special to me. Paul is dedicated to his craft and his students. He prepares for each lesson, whether vocal or piano, and pushes me further along while reinforcing what we learned previously. He's just the perfect balance of strict and encouraging, always leaving me with a lesson that I had not anticipated and a whole lot of fun. I am so happy I found a teacher as great as Paul, he is truly one of a kind!
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Rhoda Seplowitz November 28, 2016
· Piano ·
My son is really enjoying his piano lessons with Paul. Paul is very talented, punctual and engaged.
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Paul W.

Houston, TX 77071
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About Marcelle H.

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Houston, TX
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In addition to having an MA in English and a JD in law, I have had over 30 years of English teaching experience, mostly at the college level. I've taught a variety of courses and tutored students in a variety of skills, including ESL; composition and grammar; analytical writing and critical thinking; American, British, and world literature; business writing and communications; introductory courses to the American legal system, and legal writing. At present, I'm teaching ESL to international professionals and other adults to help them improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. I also help ESL students prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS exams. Throughout my career, I've helped both native and non-native speakers of English improve their language and critical thinking skills. In tutoring, I take a very customized approac
h and use a variety of tested methods and effective materials to address each student's needs.
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Hamda July 22, 2017
· English · In home
I like the way how she organized the classes. Marcelle knows which part of my English language needs to improve. She is very flexible in the timing of the classes. I strongly recommended her for whoever wants to improve and refresh their English language. Honestly, she's the best.
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Marcelle H.

Marcelle H.

Houston, TX 77007
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About Mary E.

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Houston, TX
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Hi, I am Mary, nice to meet you.

I have a PhD in business and teaching languages have always been my main passion. I have been a teacher for 17 years and I love it!

I do believe in building the most suitable learning environment for you. That is why I always meet with my students first to get to know them and create a lesson plan based on what they want and how much time they have to study.

It will be my pleasure to work with you.
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Mary E.

Mary E.

Houston, TX 77030
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$35 / 30-min

About juan A.

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Hello everyone! For many years I have been a musician and music therapist. I also work as Life coach. I have dealt with many people and I have lived in countries where I have shared with many people. Communication is my business. I speak Spanish, Portuguese and English. I believe that in these times, learning languages and knowing how to communicate fundamentally to live in the world today. I invite you to learn in a creative, dynamic way, to help you broaden your horizons and to feel that life and people are wonderful opportunities to build a better version of ourselves!
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juan A.

juan A.

Katy, TX 77494
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$25 / 30-min

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