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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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Covers American and British English, reading, writing and conversing effectively; grammar lessons, and practice conversational skills.Background information on accents and difference between Australian and Canadian and American dialects. Confidence building, structure, dialects, and specialized subjects such as English as a Universal Language of Business.

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New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Sarah B. July 6, 2018
· Acting · In home
James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day
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Adam May 23, 2018
· Singing · Online
Good at explaining and making sure I understand every concept i need to super well. Seems like he wants the best for me, which is a very important quality in any type of coach.
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Paula D. March 12, 2018
· Method Acting · Online
James gave me some very important information about how to act well. He suggested I audition for a play, which I am planning to do, and he gave me some good professional and vocational tips, James is also very compassionate and funny. Definitely several points above average!
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About Aliaksandra P.

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Manassas, VA
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I've been teaching English since 2002 and my students have gone on to develop travel abroad, participate in and win different competitions and contests, and build their careers. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to communicate in it in everyday life and as time goes on you'll be able to make new friends and study and work in it. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Aliaksandra
Hi, there! My name is Aliaksandra and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2001 and have loved helping my students communicate in the language they want, make new foreign friends, and travel and study abroad. I went to Minsk State Linguistic University (Republic of Belarus) and earned a Master degree in Philological Sciences in 2003. I'm a responsible person always ready to help and my teaching style is students’ needs oriented, cooperative, and activity-approached. My motto is Practice makes perfect. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Margot September 20, 2018
· Russian · In studio
I would highly, highly recommend lessons with Aliaksandra! She really cares about her students' learning, tailors the lessons to individual learning needs, has a lot of interesting and helpful materials, and is incredibly knowledgeable about Russian and languages in general. Moreover, I was really nervous about speaking Russian again in 12 years and she made me feel incredibly comfortable doing so.
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Lew August 11, 2018
· Russian · In studio
Excellent instructor. Outstanding preparation. Developed a plan for the lesson and executed it very well with attention to my level of the language. Also, set goals and a general outline for the next lesson. Very friendly and supportive throughout the lesson.
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Alexander July 26, 2018
· French · In studio
Very impressed after the first lesson with Aliaksandra. Her French is fantastic as is her ability to engage my 6 year old, in basic intro lessons. We look forward to continuing his study with her!
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Manassas, VA 20111
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About Artem K.

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Los Angeles, CA

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As an ESL student myself, I understand the struggles that English language can provide. That is why I try to help all of my ESL friends to improve their english, as I was once helped. I love languages because learning and mustering a new languages opens a new world of possibilities and broadens one's horizons.

About Artem
Hello! My name is Artem and I'm 24 years old. I'm a freelance musician, composer and pedagogue.
I am passionate about teaching because I believe education and willingness to learn is an extremely important factor for personal development and success.
I was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia and underwent intensive training in voice, violin, composition and piano. After winning the Frieburg Intenational Violin Competition in 2010, I was offered a full scholarship to study music at Dalhousie University at the age of sixteen. After moving to Canada I went through a 9-month intensive english learning program, so I know first hand how difficult it can be to learn a new language. This experience helped me understand the struggles that any ESL student goes through and discover new ways to teach my first language to others.
I am exci
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Jamie W. June 6, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Artem is an excellent teacher. He provides the perfect balance of explanations, demonstrations and expectations for at-home practice. Thank you so much!
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Felipe March 26, 2018
· Russian · In studio
Nothing beats learning from a native speaker, especially one as knowledgeable and professional as Artem. Russian is his native language, but you would never have guessed it since his English is impeccable. He takes difficult concepts and makes them simple to understand. He walks with you each step of the way, meeting you at your level and guiding you to fluency. He understands the best way you learn and adapts to your learning needs and situation. Artem will help you attain native pronunciation and will go out of his way to provide extra help and materials. I've been amazed how much I have gained from lessons with him. Highly recommended. Wonderful teacher.
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Timothy C. August 28, 2017
· Russian · Online
Artem was great. He is a good communicator and is flexible with his schedule. Thanks Artem!!
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About Meghan C.

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Centreville, VA
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I am a certified teacher for Virginia and California with experience in teaching English as a Second Language both in the US, Japan, and Korea. I have taught students of all ages and worked as a substitute for an ESL college in California.

As a certified teacher, I also have a CLAD certificate, which qualifies me to teach using instruction for English Language Development (ELD) as well as Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE). Beyond this I have my Master's degree in applied linguistics and English language teaching. My courses involved in this degree included: second language acquisition, English vocabulary: teaching and learning, approaches to applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and intercultural communication.

I firmly believe that learning a language requires regular use of the language in the individual's every day life. Therefore, I like to tailor lessons to the student's needs and interests to encourage this.

About Meghan
I have been teaching multiple subjects for many years, but I specialize in ESL. I have taught all ages from 6-month-old babies to 60+ -year-old adults, and all different levels of ability. I have worked as an English teacher for several years in South Korea and Japan, and I greatly enjoyed my time there. I also lived in Nottingham, England, which is where I got my Master's degree from the University of Nottingham. I love to travel and explore other places and cultures.
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Meghan C.

Meghan C.

Centreville, VA 20120
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$42 / 30-min

About Ghida A.

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Vienna, VA
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Yes, English can be fun! My ESL teaching method is adaptable to fit the student's needs, since I believe everyone has a different learning style and my lesson plans reflect that style. I have been teaching ESL for over 15 years - both in college and in high school. In addition, I have taught English abroad and I am fluent in a variety of languages.
I want my students to reach their full potential in learning English, but also to enjoy themselves. I want to help you build a solid foundation in the area of communication that suit your requirements - speaking, reading, or writing,(or a combination of all three). Send me an email !

About Ghida
I have been a professional educator for over 30 years, having just retired from 16 years public school teaching. I graduated from Edinburgh University, Scotland with a degree in Modern Languages, & from Catholic University of America with a PhD in Comparative Literature.

Teaching is my one great passion - I want to share my love of languages and literature with learners of all ages. I have taught elementary school children, high school students, college students and adults - including Franciscan brothers in a monastery!

My other interests include music, reading, gardening and travel. This year I hope to visit Portugal for the first time, and to also learn how to draw and do watercolors.
I am active in our local community including volunteering and mentoring in various organizations .
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Ghida A.

Ghida A.

Vienna, VA 22180
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About Dalia R.

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Aldie, VA

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Hello!!! I am a magical and fun ESL teacher. I love teaching the English language. I have my own style of teaching. I'm fun and know how to make lessons interesting to the student. I am a cartoon/video game and commercial voice actor so understanding the proper way to speak, using the English language, and reading are my specialty and it can be yours too!!! Lets have fun and learn together :-)

About Dalia
I am a professional voice actor and teacher. I teach ESL so that beginner students have a strong foundation to be able to command the language. I bring lots of fun to my teaching style.
I also teach the fundamentals of voice acting and showing my students how to use their voices effectively because these skills are important in any field you study or work in. Proper speech and pronunciation is so important to being an effective communicator.

My background is in Theater. I love to have fun with all the lessons I teach to keep them interesting.

English and Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique and conversation abilities. After all PRACTICE MAKES PROGRESS!! Let's start practicing together! :-)
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Dalia R.

Dalia R.

Aldie, VA 20105
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$42 / 30-min

About Shai W.

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Lorton, VA
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Our lessons are you focused. They focus on the topics, skills, and techniques that you want to master. No matter what level you are at, we will get you to the level you dream of being at.

About Shai
Hey! I’m the type of teacher that builds the class specifically what what the student wants to learn. Learning is about being challenged but also having fun. All lessons will be creative and effective. We will set goals in the beginning, check our progress throughout the middle, and see how we both measured up in the end. I can’t wait to take this journey with you!
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Lorton, VA 22079
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$67 / 30-min

About Ryan B.

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Lawrence, KS
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All students welcome. I teach English as a foreign language for learners of all proficiencies. One-on-one classes are customized for your specific goals and motivations to learn English. Do you want to learn English for a job interview? Or to learn about American culture? Each class is student-centered so we can learn what YOU want to learn.

About Ryan
I am an English teacher with a background in Linguistics. I love languages, cultures and people from all over and I enjoy getting to know my students on a level that feels both professional and personal.

By choosing to take a lesson with me you would be skipping the difficulties that come from traditional classes like lack of talking time, uninteresting topics or non-applicable English. Here you will learn real world English in realistic contexts.

I graduated college with a Bachelor's in Linguistics and a minor in Anthropology in May 2018. In August 2018 I received my 140hr CELTA certification. CELTA is the highest level of certification possible for TEFL teachers and you can ensure you are receiving the best education possible.
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Thomas September 12, 2018
· ESL · Online
He was very knowledgeable! His personality was warm and inviting, recommend him to everyone!
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Sofia September 12, 2018
· ESL · In studio
Ryan was a great teacher!
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Christina September 12, 2018
· ESL · Online
Ryan is a colleague of mine who is a very gifted instructor. I also studied Teaching English as a Second Language. I would recommend him highly. He is patient, empathetic and very intelligent.
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