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About Jerred B.

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As an English minor is college and a freelance writer for multiple publications, I find that having a firm grasp of the English language has expanded my opportunities and provided me with a sensational outlook on life. From poetry to prose, English is important to me.

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!

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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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About Michelle H.

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Houston, TX

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English literature, Public Speaking, Pronunciation, Proper Sentence phrasing, Spelling

About Michelle
I have enjoyed tremendous success as a Singer/Songwriter, Vocal Coach, Actress, Musician,Composer, Director, and teacher. I am originally from Ohio, but am now based out of Houston, Texas

I also Teach Stage Presence, and all of my students participate in live Recitals to showcase their progress. Music Theory to ensure that all students are equipped with the tools to succeed.

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Michelle has been teaching privately for over 13 years to students of all ages and is well versed in most styles: jazz, blues, rock, funk, gospel, classical, etc. I cover topics ranging from learning how to play starting from the basics.
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Tara A. January 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Professional
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Abhilash K. August 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Awesome teacher..very helpful and teaches good learning techniques
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Jamie Lynn J. July 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Michelle is absolutely FABULOUS!!! She was really knowledgeable, patient & thorough! My lesson was fun and empowering. Although I have some work to do, lol, I am SUPER EXCITED about singing again and looking forward to my growth as a Singer. ⭐️ 6stars!
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Michelle H.

Houston, TX 77084
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About Elizabeth K.

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About Elizabeth
Elizabeth K. instructs Vocal, Piano, and Guitar lessons at her home or the meeting place of choice for her students. She also has Skype available for lessons over the internet for out of town students.

Elizabeth has been singing since the age of four and had her first solo in church at eleven years old. With over 20 years of private instruction experience, and a Vocal Music Education with a Concentration in Performance degree, Elizabeth is an excellent instructor and performer.
She has directed and performed in off-Broadway musicals such as Grease, Oklahoma, and West Side Story, and has done costume make-up and design for many plays and musicals as well. She has also performed in several opera productions including Pirates of Penzance, Madam Butterfly, and Merry Widow with the San Antonio Opera, and continues to perform and help o
ut as needed with SA Opera and local production companies. Mrs. K performs on a regular basis at local churches and with different community groups. She also is hired on a regular basis as a wedding singer and funeral cantor.
Mrs. K. loves teaching and specializes in personal one on one attention with her students, making each of them aware of how important music is for their everyday lives. Elizabeth teaches all age groups, from beginner level to advanced for vocal instruction, beginner to advanced level for piano instruction, and beginner level for guitar instruction.

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginner = 30 minute lessons

Intermediate = 45 minute lessons

Advanced = 1 hour lessons

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano
Electric Keyboard
Smart phone voice memo app for Voice Lessons
Ipod and Ipod Player
CD Player
Copies of Various Music for Students

*** Travel Equipment ***
For voice lessons - I have my ipod and speakers for the music we will be singing with - and I make copies of music for my students if they need it
For guitar lesson - copies of music if they need it - they must have their own guitar.
For piano - copies of music if needed - they must have their own piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Training and current Broadway style
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Frederick T. June 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very talented instructor. Builds confidence in her students. All age groups are welcomed and encouraged to learn and perform.
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Lindsey L. August 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She's very knowledgable and relatable to teen students.
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Phyllis T. February 27, 2016
· Singing · In studio
First lesson. She was thorough in explaining lesson plans and we began with breathing techniques. Looking forward to next week!
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Channelview, TX 77530
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About Crystal S.

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American born and UK educated, Crystal has an international mastery of the English language. She has shared this with students in individual tutoring sessions, as well as in the classroom. She is currently teaching her own classroom course Shakespeare For Kids to grades K-12.

About Crystal
Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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About Anabelle C.

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This native speaker prides herself on proper English speaking and comprehension. Writing in English is also offered.

About Anabelle
When did you begin playing [instrument], and why?:

I've been singing since I was about 8. I began to play piano when I was a teenager, because many of my classmates were very skilled at the piano, and I became inspired to be like them.

What are your personal goals as a musician?:

I love opera, and my goal is to compose my own. I plan on working closely with the librettist, since I'm a poet as well.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you'll remember forever?:

I never knew what perfect pitch was until I was much older. I also didn't realize I had perfect pitch until a professor at an audition made me aware of my ability. Since then, it's become a wonderful tool.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:

Being compassion
ate with a student will allow them to fearlessly open up to their potentials.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:

In the winter months, my body feels tight and cold, and sometimes this causes tension during playing or singing. That's why to me it's important to work in a warm environment, do proper daily stretching, and have a healthy lifestyle (good diet, exercise, proper sleep).

What is your biggest musical achievement?:

Composing a fugue.

Favorite thing about teaching?:

I love sharing my passion for music with other human beings.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:

If at first you don't succeed, try try again. Music is meant to be fun, enjoy it!

Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):

In 2015, I composed the music for my sister's walk down the aisle (wedding piece). Additional compositions underway, member of American Composer's Forum, member of Contemplum (composition club at Temple), participant in the Oticons Film Score Contest.

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Anabelle has been involved with sounds and music from an early age. Her greatest forte is her hearing. When she was young, people thought she might become a voice actor, because her skill at replicating voices was quite apparent. Still, she loved to sing and had been regularly involved in choirs. She dabbled in violin in the fifth grade, but she didn't feel a "click." Without despairing, she tried her luck with piano and felt instantly in sync. She knew this was the right instrument for her. During her piano studies, she continued to work on her voice. In addition, she studied the workings of a sound board, and was head sound chief at her high school. At the college level, she began to pursue composition, while still continuing with piano and vocal studies. She holds an A.A. with a music focus (piano performance), a B.M. in music theory, and a M.M in music education from Boston University. She has been teaching music since 2006 and has worked with a wide range of ages and various group sizes. Her joy is working with people in a field that she is passionate about. Her interests include music (jazz, classical, opera, new age), ballet, composition, yoga, meditation, going to the gym, hiking and camping, scuba-diving, sailing,Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, cooking and baking, film-editing, sound engineering, poetry, reading good books, building websites, and watching documentaries.
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Anabelle C.

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About Marcelle H.

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For a writing lesson, for example, I first talk to the student and review a writing sample or assignment to assess what skills need to be targeted. Then I address each skill in its logical order. For example, the student first needs to understand the purpose of the assignment and its specific requirements. The next stage might require how to approach and analyze a text and then how to organize, revise, and edit the writing. Throughout this process, I check for the student's understanding.

About Marcelle
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
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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.

Houston, TX 77007
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About Ronnie W.

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My goal and passion is to teach students to master English language. I have the necessary skills that enables me to teach my students to speak clearly, have flu and delivery, and use correct pronunciation. The most important thing with running a language to make sure that you are understood and that you speak clearly and that's what I can help my students to do.

About Ronnie
Greetings!! My name is Ronnie and I am a native speaker of the English language. My goal and passion is to help people to learn and master the English language. Whether beginner or intermediate I have the necessary skills that will enable me to help my students speak clearly, use correct pronunciation, and have fluent delivery.
I have been trained in public speaking, given local discourses, and quite sufficient in accurate reading.
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Ronnie W.

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About Mary E.

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Hi, I am Mary! Nice to meet you. I have been an English teacher for 17 years. I have many years of experience working with different nationalities and ages. I am so passionate about teaching and I will make sure the lessons are delivered to your needs and learning style. I offer a free placement test, so we will have an opportunity to get to know one another. I will write down a syllabus based on how much time you have to study and what your main goals are. I offer speaking courses, Adult speaking courses, TOEFL and IELTS classes. I will be more than happy to send my teaching resume. Let 's learn English!

About Mary
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.

Houston, TX 77030
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