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Review by George
"I've taken two classes from Leigh. Both were held at the Sonoma Community Center. The first was "beyond auto settings." I had an SLR film camera and was
pretty good with it. When I "graduated" to a digital camera I was a bit confused and intimidated by all the buttons, bells, and whistles. I knew it could do what my old SLR could do, but the manual was of little help to me. So I kept it on "auto," which is not what I wanted to do. And then I took the class. Leigh presented topics in a logical progression. The handouts were helpful. (I still have all my handouts.) One challenge was that each student had a different camera. Leigh took the time to work individually with each student if he/she was having any trouble with the topic at hand. We had weekly assignments -- use a slow shutter speed, "bracket" your shots -- and we brought them to the next class. (We did need to get a flash drive for this.) Leigh would show each students pictures and we'd critique them. Gotta say that I took some pretty crappy pictures, but Leigh always offered constructive comments, usually on how this could have been a better shot, as well as what she liked about each shot. For one class, we went on a "field trip." We met at Sonoma Plaza and fanned out, shooting whatever we wanted. Leigh was available to offer advice as to setting up the shots as well as the technical settings on the cameras.
The second class was "learning to see photographically." This was a bit different and, in my opinion, far more challenging. We were to take the technical knowledge we learned in "beyond auto settings" and apply it to a themed project. Each week we had an assignment and again brought the photos in on a flash drive. Again, good comments by Leigh on our work. And again, I had some pretty crappy shots. As Leigh pointed out how they could be better, I would go and reshoot many of them -- and they were remarkably better the second time!
For both classes, Leigh provided each student with a CD of his/her best shots. Nice touch.
I enjoy Leigh as a person. I admire her photography. (She shared some of her own work with the classes. Nothing egotistical, mind you, just showing us some techniques and explaining the technical aspects of each.) I've gotten to know Leigh outside of class. She's a good person!
I would recommend her to anyone wanting to take a photography class."
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Review by Presley
"Loved my first lesson. Very happy with Charis and her style!"
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Review by Chris
"Our son is enjoying drawings lesson with Joe very much. Joe explains concepts very clearly and in an age appropriate manner. He is also great at applyin
g our son's strong interest in video game characters to learning different aspects of drawing."
Learning is one of my main pursuits. My name is Azuri and I have studied music for over a decade and have my degree in guitar performance from musicians institute. I've had the gift of studying many artistic crafts and spend my time today trying to further my own study, while sharing what I've learned with my students.
Art is one of the most important tools we have as a culture and contains in it a shared history, tradition and the keys to future ones. Whether it be through the primal qualities of music or the impulses of dance, the records of drawing or descriptions of writing, these are t
he tools for our expression. I have had the great fortune to study, in many different settings, a small piece of these traditions and sharing them is paramount in respect to receiving them. I love sharing knowledge and I hope to elevate yours as a student.
Teaching Philosophy -
My teaching philosophy is built on well rounded communication, explanation and examples. So, that a student can truly understand and learn a topic, surrounded in a very humorous, light and supportive environment. Along with being provided good information, a student learns better and feels more motivated to learn when there is a balance of positive support and confidence building accompanied by constructive criticism and examples/information that can help a student assess what ever walls they may be meeting in their musical growth.
I understand that all students/artists have different goals they wish to achieve. So it is very important to me to accommodate each individuals needs and wants to help them grow in the fields they wish too; However, In that I have played music for a long time, I understand there are certain things that a student may not have been exposed to yet; It is important that while focusing on a students artistic goals they respect and are open to the suggestion and guidance of their teacher.
I truly believe music has an amazing influence on the world and has the ability to change peoples way of thinking. Therefore, I try and keep an open awareness to all music, so that I can understand all different musical languages utilized to communicate to people, and I don't believe I will ever know them all. I hold it to attention to influence my students somewhat similarly so that they can shape the landscape of how we communicate musically in the future.
I also try and be very patient with my students. Knowing that when I feel rushed, it makes information more difficult to comprehend, remember and allocate. I love watching the gears run in my students head, so I try and provide information that pushes a student but is within their abilities.
HUMOR is very important. I like to break people out of their shell by telling a joke and hopefully getting one back, so they feel more comfortable and free. One of a Artists worst enemies are nerves. Keeping things light-hearted and maybe even a little small talk can be very helpful to a students development and growth on a topic. After all, Art is meant to be fun and we should enjoy every moment of it, in fact we should enjoy every moment in life period.
I understand music requires focus and discipline and I have certain expectation of a student to understand that and practice. You can't buy chops, you can't buy music theory etc. you can get help but eventually your the one who must understand it and play it.
I am here to help you. Based on what I know and what I have extensively studied, I will do all that I can to help you achieve your musical goals. I am here to answer your questions and help you grow. I love teaching because I love sharing knowledge; As long as your seek it, it is here for you. Otherwise, I'd still love to hear some jokes.
MUSIC _Bachelors in Music - 2016 - Guitar Performance (Musicians Institute, CA) _Associates in Music - 2011 - Guitar Performance (Musicians Institute, CA) _Major in Music - (Academy for Visual and Performing Arts) - 2008 _Garden of Angels - 2003 - Performance Academy
MARTIAL ARTS _Capoeira - Current - (Capoeira Batuque with Mestre Amen) _Wing Tsun - 2013 - (Johnny from the Emin Boztepe School)
ART _Graffiti - 2011 - (Fun.Krew) _General Art - 2008 - (AVPA) _Painting - 2003 - (Garden of Angels)
Much Love, Azuri Zen M.
*** Lesson Details *** I'm very disciplined but am also very light hearted. It's important for me to assess things seriously, so that one can understand a topic or piece of information.
I generate my lessons based on the individuals needs and therefore draw from various curriculums, sources and examples, such as : MI curriculum for ear training, Theory, Single string Technique, Reading, Rhythm guitar, Ted Greenes Chord Chemistry, Berklee Guitar Method, as well as The Real Book, other artist books(Eric Clapton, etc.) The Guitar Players Hand Book, Bach pieces and self developed curriculums, relative to the topic at hand and students personal goals, amongst many others.
-Beginning students within three months of consistent lessons should have the ability to solo and playing chords to songs that they are interested in and songs provided in the lesson along with a basic understanding of the major scale and its relationship to all of the diatonic music.
-intermediate students should have an elevated understanding of scale and chord patters along with the theory that explains modal relationships and use of these concepts.
-Advanced students should learn all of diatonic scale shapes and modes assuming they don't already know them in which case their specifically situation will be assessed
-Professional students I expect to have specific questions therefore where they grow should be largely subjective.
Overall, in a short amount of time on a scale of 1 - 10 I expect to in three months at-least elevate a students musical abilities one full point if not more.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio in home in private room with guitars, amps, piano, and seating. Em's studio is family owned cafe with studio in finished basement with an office, recording equipment, and teaching space for acting and guitar.
*** Specialties *** As a Musician I try and play as many styles and be proficient in as many as possible and therefore can play most. However, in the fields of blues, jazz, funk, flamenco and Latin I excel.
Juan G. April 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
Azuri is great, l recommend it to anybody. THANK YOU!!!
Juan G. April 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
You not will be disappointment. He is very professional. My first lesson and l like the way he teach.thank you azuri.
Ingrid B. December 21, 2012 Verified Student
Azuri is a fun teacher!
I love working with Azuri. He is patient and encourages me. Everytime I have a lesson he says something that opens my eyes. It usually just takes that one meaningful statement he says throughout the lesson for the time there to be worth it all. Moreover, he is a great teacher! It's very fun learning from him.
Hello my name is Danschneider. I cannot wait to meet all of you. I have been teaching chess, singing, English, algebra, and basic Math since 2002. I am more than happy to teach in-home, or in-studio to anyone. I have been a martial arts practitioner since the age 15, in different martial arts reigning from Hung Gar kung fu, Karate, and my specialty the Filipino martial art of Eskrima. I have years of experience teaching drawing from basic line drawing, to shading, coloring, etc.. I write my own original poems. I have been working with two non- profit groups such as KIWANIS and S.I.P.A. Under K
IWANIS I became more in tuned with different kinds of people.I'm also very good with the children and teens. S.I.P.A. was a program where I worked with children from ages 6-12. I might not be a parent, but I know how to keep the kids enthusiastic and cheerful . I am willing to teach and work with anyone.
Kate July 1, 2016
He was so patient with me even though i was giving him a lot of troubles. He is keen in polishing your every flaws and that makes him so good. The best instructor ever and also a friend. Thanks for everything!!!!
Mark March 12, 2016
Public Speaking ·
Great funny guy! Thanks Dan!
Mark February 15, 2016
Flexibility Training ·
Learning with Dan Arroyo is really a good experience. I take his lessons and it is really helpful. I recommend to take lessons from this instructor like if have trouble with math, etc.
Hello! My name is Gordon L. and I would love to help you or your child discover your passions and work towards reaching any academic or artistic goals!
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I am fortunate to have had an exceptional academic foundation. I attended Punahou School K-12 earning high marks and went on to graduate college from the University of California, Berkeley. I have a variety of expertise and tutoring experience in these subjects:
- Computer Programming - Math - Chinese - Humanities - SAT
Outside of school, I have also always been an artist and hobbyist, heavily i
nvesting myself in various forms of creative expression including:
- Dance (hip-hop/urban) - Photography (DSLR, Lightroom/Photoshop) - Card magic/Card flourishes (look it up :P)
Over the years, I have found that my enthusiasm for both people and learning different things greatly enriches my life and those around me. If you're looking for someone who can introduce you to a variety of subjects, I'm your guy. I love learning about anything and everything and hope to encourage others to explore their passions. Furthermore, though my interests are many and varied, I have also committed years into training, have a solid grasp on their principles, and can confidently say that I am a qualified expert. I look forward to meeting you and helping you learn with me!
Matthew December 9, 2016
Online Verified Student
Alisa December 8, 2016
Online Verified Student
HAgit November 6, 2016
Online Verified Student
Professional photographer with ten years of successful working experience for acclaimed international companies.
Dianne Hatgis November 16, 2016
Adobe Photoshop ·
In studio Verified Student
First lesson was great! Can't wait to learn more...
Ashley Hadinata September 13, 2016
In home Verified Student
I learned a lot from our first lesson and Irina explained every single thing very well!
Katya September 5, 2016
Irina is not just a high-end professional with passion about her work, but a person who is possessed with investing her time and sharing her energy, knowledge and even professional secrets about conducting photo business with you. Interesting, inspiring, positive. Strongly recommend.
I am a fun and talented young art teacher excited about helping you or your kids explore their creative side! I am a credentialed high school art teacher with an Art Education degree from Loyola Marymount University and I am a practicing artist! I have tons of experience teaching art to kids ages 4-18 in and out of the classroom! I would be happy to assist students with art projects from school or teach them new exciting art projects! I am super creative and love teaching kids new mediums and styles!
I am a skilled artist and would also love to work with adults who would like to
learn new art skills or advance the skills they already have.