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About Zachary B.

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About Zachary
Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject
we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks!

Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.

Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
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Susan Y. September 14, 2015
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Zachary is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and really understands what he student want and need. Highly recommend him for a teacher
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wynoka J. August 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!
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Draaco A. May 19, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
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About Angela S.

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Dallas, TX
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Having tutored middle and high school students, I've learned that the best tutoring session is 2 hours. This gives the student time to discuss school challenges, how to solve school related problems, to discuss various subjects, etc. Young students are often not prepared for my visit even when they know in advance that I am coming, so every additional minute can be useful. However, I am totally flexible on this so you are invited to tell me what you believe would be a good session length for you.

My ultimate goal, for working with you, is to hear you say, "I am so glad we found you!" When you feel that you have reached a satisfactory level of learning/development through our working together, you are invited to terminate our tutor/tutee relationship. Let's remain friends, though. Please watch my video. I am the real deal; you
can see the real me.

Bachelor of Art in English, Secondary Education - University of Wisconsin
30+ years as an insurance professional
tutoring & teaching 15+ years.
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Paul March 2, 2016
· Study Skills · In home
Angie is the best tutor I;ve ever hired, She is patient and thorough. I highly recommend her for any subject and any age. She specializes in Shakespeare!!
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Angela S.

Angela S.

Dallas, TX 75230
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About Vertel S.

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Dallas, TX
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About Vertel
It took the love of another language to help me appreciate my own, and later, to appreciate the beauty of learning. As an educator, I care about more than just a passing grade; my goal is to see you succeed beyond your wildest expectations!

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I earned a Master's degree in Spanish from the University of North Texas, where I gained substantial experience as a graduate teaching fellow and teaching assistant. I've also worked at the Wichita Falls ISD as a Substitute Teacher and an English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor, and at Vernon College as the Tutoring Center Coordinator. In these professions, I've gained a wealth of experience in working with elementary to college-age students, and I would love to have the opportunity to show you how beautiful language-learning can be!
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Vertel S.

Vertel S.

Dallas, TX 75214
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$34 / 30-min

About Juan J.

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Dallas, TX

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Do you feel stuck with your instrument, overwhelmed with all the information you can access, not sure which is the right direction to get to the next level you desire? I’ve been through that, and I can help you meet you goals, leave frustration behind and have fun!
I’m a music passionate and guitar player for 25 years, with interest in all type of music styles and playing. My goal is to improve your instrument and musical knowledge, but especially to help you have as much fun as possible with it. BEGINNERS ARE VERY WELCOMED !!!I adjust my teaching method and techniques to your goals, besides style and preferences. Acoustic and/or electric, blues, rock, fingerstyle, composition basics, the music theory grounds to play better, and much more! I support my work with YouTube, a few books according to your style and lots of backtracks, self-re
cording and tailored methods to achieve your success. Currently teaching students from TX, MN, CA, NY and LA. Let’s give it a try!
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Tessa August 8, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
He is so patient and helpful! Always sends a detailed summary after each lesson. Great instructor.
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Marla P. April 13, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
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Fadi O. October 19, 2016
· Guitar · In home
three lessons in and already learning my first song! i couldn't be happier :)
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Juan J.

Juan J.

Dallas, TX 75204
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About Jessica O.

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Albuquerque, NM
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Trained at Italia Conti, London. Currently coaching at Talent Development USA. Theatre: Diva/ Shirley in Priscilla QOD, Shirley in Shirley Valentine, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Film/TV: Manhattan, Better Call Saul, The Messengers, The Amateur, The Man-App & Mickey.

Testomonials:
“I was kind of in rut until I found your class… learned new things…You are a great teacher…” ~ Nick Lopez
“What I enjoy most about your classes is the feeling of myself resurfacing...going back to basics is refreshing and valued” ~ Tiffany Neeley
“If you’ve taken classes before or are a beginner... these classes...are a must! ~ Laramie Cooley
"Wow! what a difference. Never had a teacher/coach break it down as much as you did for me. Surprised myself” ~ Bob Ross
“It was really amazing for me. I had a lot of new discoveries in my work… I love your c
lass so much.” ~ Shahana Rajan
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Ashleigh M. November 11, 2016
· Singing · In home
Was super willing to rearrange her schedule to accommodate an "in-house" lesson, though she was expecting an online lesson. My daughter felt very comfortable with Jessica, and is looking forward to more lessons.
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Chandni S. September 10, 2016
· Acting · Online
My daughter has been working with Jessica for almost 6 months and she is awesome. Jessica is very talented and makes learning acting and vocal training fun. She is well in tuned to what is needed in the entertainment industry and will coach you well accordingly and otherwise. Love her accent!
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Jordan M. September 10, 2016
· Vocal Training · Online
Jessica is very professional. She works well with kids. She has done both kids acting and vocal training with us. My daughter has improved in her diction and performance of monologues greatly after working with Jessica. My daughter gets many compliments after watching her presentation.
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About Chryssa M.

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About Chryssa
I am of Greek origin, I lived in Greece for all my life until now that I have moved to Worcester MA. I have a Bachelor in Greek and English Literature and I hold an MA in The Pscyhology of Education & Didactics.
I can speak fluent Greek as it is my mother tongue.
I have been working as a teacher for about 25 years and have led many of my students to being successful in their foreign language examinations. I am patient and I know how to discover the real needs of my students so that I can adapt my teaching.
I am also a writer. I have written several short stories which are published in American and Greek magazines.You can find information about me on my website: http://avgimeleti.weebly.com
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Kiley B. September 5, 2017
· Greek · In studio
Chryssa has been an amazing teacher so far! She really knows how to teach a difficult language without overwhelming a beginner learner but while still moving at a pace that is comfortable and productive. Chryssa is patient and good at identifying what is difficult for you. I would recommend Chryssa to anyone wanting to learn Greek.
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Matt September 24, 2016
· Greek · In home
Chrysa is very good! Greek is difficult but she knows how to explain, what to explain and why to explain. Nice person, very patient and polite. Funny too!
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Cathy September 24, 2016
· ESL · Online
Amazing teacher. I loved the way she taught me writing, so much enthusiasm and imagination!
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Chryssa M.

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About Natalie A.

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Tucson, AZ
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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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Mario C. October 1, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Very Efficient class. Natalie is well-prepared by showing up on time and utilized every minute in the 30-minute class.
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Douglas September 6, 2017
· Spanish · Online
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Naofumi SUgimoto August 27, 2017
· TOEFL · Online
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Natalie A.

Natalie A.

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About Matias D.

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San Diego, CA
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About Matias
MA in Linguistics (West Virginia University, 2015)
BA in TESOL (Instituto Carlos Linneo, Argentina, 2006)
Experience teaching Spanish: Argentina, Pfeiffer University (NC), West Virginia University (WV), Angelo State University (TX).
Experience teaching English: Argentina, Angelo State University (TX), San Diego State University (CA).
Fulbright Scholar Alumni (2008-2009)
Cambridge University Best Practice in State Education Scholarship (2011)
I have experience with teacher training, online teaching, exam prep, etc.
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Glen October 17, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Very relaxed nature, but we covered a lot of content in our 90 minute lesson and I already feel like I'm making progress.
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Estefanía August 31, 2017
· English · In studio
He's an awesome teacher, innovative, curious and energetic. You go to classes knowing it's going to be good, and that by the end of it you will learn something new.
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Daniela Cerbino August 30, 2017
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Matías and I first met through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching program in 2008 and have remained in touch ever since. We have worked together and collaborated thtoughout the years in various ways. Matías is a dedicated and experienced teacher who strives to create memorable and practical lessons. He likes making students think out of the box and often brings his interests to the classroom, making for a content-based class. He is creative and tries new methodologies and ideas, as he is up-to-date on the latest language teaching trends. He is also fun and kind-hearted. I strongly recommend Matías and doubt you'll find a better language teacher.
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Matias D.

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About Magaly M.

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Garland, TX
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About Magaly
I'm a teacher, graphic designer and psychologist.
As a teacher; specialized in adapting teaching methods and instructional materials to meet my student’s different needs, by designing classroom activities, preparing lesson materials, assigning homework and using communication and disciplinary skills. Dedicated, caring and responsible psychologist deeply commited to supporting teachers and students within special education as well as inclusive classrooms; patient and creative in tailoring classes to meet individual
student needs and learning styles.
My professional objective as a psychologist is to apply my skills and expertise in diagnosing, handling, counseling and providing support to patients going through emotional, intra- and inter-personal, and psychological struggles as well as collecting patient information through interviews, o
bservations, tests & surveys. I would like to find myself in a variety of settings in order to study human behavior and fostering mental health, helping people achieve personal growth, organizing couseling sessions, changing behavioral patterns, and providing support.
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Magaly M.

Magaly M.

Garland, TX 75043
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About Ivonne B.

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Richardson, TX

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Hola! me llamo Ivonne y soy de Lima Peru. Vivo en Dallas Texas desde el 2001. Mi lengua nativa es el espanol y me agrada ensenarlo utilizando diferentes metodologias y recursos.
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Marguerite October 12, 2017
· Spanish ·
Ivonne was my co-teacher in an English/Spanish bilingual elementary class for the 2014-2015 school year. First, I cannot speak highly enough of her character- she is very kind, hardworking, patient, and effective with her students. She put in a lot more effort than was required because she wanted her students to receive the best education possible.

As a native speaker from Perú, her Spanish language skills are exceptional, and she communicates perfectly well in English as well. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their Spanish skills- you will learn a great deal and meet a wonderful woman in the process!
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Cynthia October 10, 2017
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I've known Ms. Ivonne for many years. Ivonne is an amazing teacher, she is patient and thorough, and is so pleasant. I highly recommend.
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Claudia October 9, 2017
· Spanish · In home
Ivonne taught me Spanish very patiently and she has helped me overcome all the obstacles I was facing in order to become an effective interpreter. I highly recommend her and know anybody that uses her services will be impressed with her patience and knowledge!
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Ivonne B.

Ivonne B.

Richardson, TX 75080
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