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About Ilona M.

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Pompano Beach, FL

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About Ilona
For my tutoring sessions I use skills that include goal-directedness, I teach how to organize learning in small steps and how to set them up; I always strive to motivate and engage my students to make the learning interesting and fun; I also use self-control skills to teach how to avoid distractions and I use different focusing strategies. I use positive mind set skills to teach how to use failures as a learning opportunities.

I have a Master's Degree (2012) in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and Bachelors in Music Education (2010), both from Florida Atlantic University, as well as degree in violin performance from Poland.
I studied piano in Poland for 10 years & taught both piano & violin for over 20 years. I also teach flute & cello for the past 5 years, as I studied them during my Music Education program.

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teach music for over 24 years using the traditional and Suzuki methods. I am a fan of the Essential Elements 2000 for string instruments, and the Alfred's Piano Library for piano. Alfred's piano library can be used for any age as they also have books especially made for adult learners. I also like their music flash cards.
For teaching music theory I mostly used Master Theory.

I personalize every lesson, and always set goals for my students. Most of my violin students are members of the Florida Youth Orchestra as well as Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and my piano students participate in Pompano Beach competition and the annual Piano Guild auditions.
I teach any age and any level, and always stress that learning a new instrument is very similar to learning a new language, it needs a lot of patience, persistence and repetitions. My lessons are customized to my students needs, and are work in progress as they needs may change over time. I always remind my students that music can give them instant gratification when they learn to play favorite songs.
I always encourage my students to tell me about their music preferences, so I can incorporate them in their music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
All my tutoring sessions include reviews of previously learned material and if possible the use of technology. I use students books but often bring extra study materials if necessary.
All my lessons include: technique: I like to use the Finger Power for piano students and Essential Elements for my string students, and scales for both.
music theory: I use Master Theory or other books such as Hal Leonard's Piano Note spellers & Piano Music Theory books for younger ages, music flash cards to support learning notes and musical terminology, and of course the fun part performance.

Besides Essential Elements 2000 for strings I also use String Tunes and Fiddle Runners to add more fun to the lessons. For piano students I use Holiday Treats book, which comes in 2 different levels: Beginner & Intermediate, so my students have a new songs for a specific holiday.

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I always bring violin with me to be able to show what I teach.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students needs to have their books and assigned material ready for tutoring. Instrumental students needs to have their music books & instrument available as well as a pencil. I always stress with my students to be organized and prepared for their lesson, this way they will be able to focus better during the lesson. I bring my violin with me. I also ask that the room where the lesson takes place to be free of any distractions, such other siblings or any other noise. The quiet environment helps in faster learning.

*** Specialties ***
I tutor most K-12 subjects and prepare students to take ACT, SAT, GRE tests.
Music genres: Classical, traditional, Suzuki, Popular, Celtic, fiddle, Blues
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Denise L. September 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
wonderful and fulfilling! I enjoyed learning and will continue.
Ilona very patient and makes learning fun .
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Michelle W. April 15, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ilona is very nice and very knowledgeable. I look forward to learning a great deal from her.
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Sebastian October 27, 2015
· Fiddle · In home
She is very professional, helpful, thorough and efficient. Knows her stuff!
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About Andree-Ann D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hello!
Welcome to my profile - I can't wait to start working with you!

I have been teaching piano and general music topics for over 10 years, and I am currently on the faculty at California State University Los Angeles - needless to say, I've seen students from all ages, all backgrounds and all levels. Lucky for me, they all one thing in common: a strong desire to learn music, and an open mind!

Some of my younger students have gone on to audition for arts high school in the greater LA area, and I've also helped a few prepare for college auditions. I've also been working with several students to prepare Certificate of Merit exams (in California) and I have been affiliated with the Southwestern Youth Music Festival as well. Other little ones were quite content learning how to play their favorite Christmas song or impress their fri
ends at their school's talent show.

I have also taught adults, who used to play and decided to pick it up again - or newbies wanting to discover the wonders of jazz standards.

In short, whatever your personal goal is, I can help you achieve it and hopefully inspire you to set a new goal to achieve right after that!

I can also help with music theory entrance exams, tutor for AP music classes or college classes, etc.

*Quick note on online lessons:
Many prospective students are wary of online lessons and not sure if it's the right way to go for them - I always tell them that you'll never know until you try it for sure! I have taken online lessons myself in the past and loved the experience. I can also attest that several students get a much deeper musical understanding this way, because teachers can't just play an example and have the student copy it - the teacher actually needs to explain how to perform the passage, which leads to the student understanding clearly what is expected and how to achieve it, rather than just copy someone's hand movements without understanding why they are doing it in this particular way. I'm sure you'll also be more relaxed in the comfort of your own environment, at your own scheduled time!

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Canada-born pianist Andree-Ann has performed extensively across North America and Europe; her work has been heralded as “…Gorgeous, gritty, powerful, and traditional, all in one package” (The Music Farmer).

Specializing in familiarly-danceable yet traditionally-influenced Latin Classical music, Andree-Ann has found a calling for her art on the Left Coast, an ideal melting pot for blending cultures and musical styles. Aside from being recognized as a semi-finalist for the American Prize and nominated at the Utah Music Awards, Andree-Ann’s first album, Cervantes, Lecuona & Nazareth earned the Global Music Awards’ Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement. Most recently, her Summer 2016 release, Milhaud & Ginastera, blended French, Canadian, Brazilian, Argentinean, and American musical traditions – perfectly timed with the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This album has also been recognized at the Global Music Awards in September 2016.

With keen interest in developing her uniquely diverse repertoire, Andree-Ann regularly performs as a soloist, chamber music (in a piano-percussion duo), jazz pianist, and accompanist in the Los Angeles area. Her training includes a Master of Music degree in Afro-Latin music from California State University Los Angeles, and she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to relocating to Southern California, she graduated with honors from Humber College in Toronto, Canada.

Cervantes, Lecuona & Nazareth has been featured as “New & Noteworthy” on iTunes Canada, and may be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM. Andree-Ann’s music is also available on Amazon, CD Baby, CD Universe, and Arkivmusic.
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Marilyn June 8, 2017
· Piano · Online
A great teacher who can adapt to all levels. I was worried about the quality of online lessons since it was something I've never tried before, but was astounded by how productive it has been. Andree-Ann is very attentative, knowledgeable, and relatable. She explains things in a way that breaks complex things down into something easier to understand. And she is observant! Even on skype she can catch incorrect fingering, and doesn't let you get away with bad habits. She's brilliant and a great teacher.
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Lee June 8, 2017
· Piano · Online
I've been wanting to learn jazz piano for years and skype lessons with Andree-Ann has made this possible. She's very knowledgeable of the subject and supportive and patient. She's been very willing to individualize lessons to incorporate instructional material and songs I'm interested in working on. From my experience I would recommend her without reservation.
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Hannah June 6, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
Andree-Ann is a great teacher! I hadn't formally played piano in about twenty years when I decided to start taking lessons again. It's like she picked me up and scrubbed all the rust off and now I'm playing better than I think I ever played. She's super patient, breaks the music down into digestible parts, tells you what you need to work on but also acknowledges your improvements and the things you've done well. As an adult learner, the pieces I'm working on is mostly self-directed with her guidance, which is cool. I would totally recommend her.
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About David M.

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Atlanta, GA

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I am a French native, from Paris. I also lived and worked for many years in Spain and Latin America. I love teaching and sharing what I know, especially when it comes to languages!
I always listen to the student's needs and interests, and I make sure learning is fun and precise.
You can count on me for dynamic lessons to help you improve and reach your goals!

**Group rates available**
Want to learn with your significant other, your friends, family or co-workers? Feel free to contact me to set up a group class or join one!

**Corporate classes available**
Contact me for more information on the corporate classes I offer for individuals and groups!
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Elizabeth August 8, 2017
· French · In home
Perfect.
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Lelle January 18, 2017
· French · Online
David is exceptionally good with children and he is an excellent teacher. My 9-year-old daughter loves him and she looks forward to his lessons all the time!
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Kathleen November 21, 2016
· French · Online
Superb teacher. The lessons are fun, interesting, and immensely productive. Each session is packed with conversation practice, notes and guidance on grammar and vocabulary, and explanations for idiomatic phrases, cultural practices, and nuances of the language. The entire lesson is documented in writing for easy reference and review. David is a gifted and energetic instructor.
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About Nancy L.

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Lakewood, WA

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Hi, I'm from China, I graduated in China. I working in America.I am passionate about both learning and teaching! I have 4 years of teaching experience in China. I have a lot of hobbies. I like playing the Piano, cooking, watching movies. Do you want to take a trip to China with your friends? Do you want to understand Chinese movies? Are you Interest in the Chinese language and culture? Do you want to speak, read and write Chinese? I can offer you my One on One online lessons or Group online lessons by Skype! You will be able to learn in your spare time, on the coffee break, at any public cafe! I really would like to meet new students who interested in Asian culture and people who would like to share their lifestyles and hobbies. Hope to meet you soon :)
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Phong August 19, 2017
· Chinese · Online
Every week, there is something new to learn. She always make the experience really interesting with her knowledge of Chinese culture for every lesson. Very encouraging when it comes to helping her student improve.
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Michelle August 18, 2017
· Chinese · Online
Teacher gives lesson in a good pace. She makes it easy to understand and follow.
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Phong August 12, 2017
· Chinese · Online
Class is always interesting with new materials to learn.
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Lakewood, WA 98499
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About Alisa R.

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Oviedo, FL
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Hello! My name is Alisa. I am an experienced Russian language tutor, native Russian.
I have been tutoring my English-speaking students for over 10 years, in private settings (NJ and FL), and over the internet. I have Master's degree in Russian Linguistic.
Many of my students have Russian family members, or they travel to Russian speaking countries, and it is very important to them to have a comfortable and clear communication. I am happy I was able to help bring those people together and make their life easier, and their communication enjoyable.
What I realized during past 10 years of teaching, that learning Russian is a challenging task, especially for English speakers. So, to ease that task, I always create an individual plan for every of my student, depends on his/her goal. Some students take only 15-20 lessons to learn just c
ommon phrases and pronunciation. Others stay with me for over 2 years because they want to achieve the advance level of knowledge. It all depends on your ultimate goal.
For my tutoring I use various textbooks, and also my own materials. I provide all those materials, so students don't have to buy anything. All they need to have is a computer, internet, and a printer.
I am pretty flexible, so we can set up lessons at a time convenient for you.
There is nothing to hold you back from trying my lessons and reach your goal.
So go ahead and click the green button to set up your first lesson.
Hope to meet you soon.
Sincerely,
Alisa.
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Ricardo. November 5, 2016
· Russian · Online
I was very fortunate I found this teacher. I was preparing for a trip overseas and needed to take Russian lessons. During 4 months studying with Alisa I learned and understood more, than during a year of learning the language with Rosetta stone software. Alisa was very patient with me, and now I can speak a little Russian, and more importantly I understand a lot when listening to Russians. Thank you, Alisa.
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About Dieter W.

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Vancouver, WA
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I have taught American government and military personell German for a number of years before coming to the US where I started several successful language schools. In addition to teaching, I also trained teachers in specific teaching styles, which had proven to be very successful. I have a bit more free time available and would enjoy using it to help others learn the German language and culture.
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Dieter W.

Dieter W.

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About Michelle Z.

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Tacoma, WA
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The fact that I am a native speaker of Chinese means that I know my subject extremely well, but I also speak English very well which will facilitate my communication with students. I graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Global and international studies. I would love to tutor my native language because I really enjoy interatcting with students and finding new, creative way to teach based on student's needs.
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Michelle Z.

Michelle Z.

Tacoma, WA 98465
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$34 / 60-min

About Princessa L.

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Navasota, TX
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I am a student who is also currently in the process of learning Portuguese and French. I've enjoyed my experience so much that I decided I'd love to share the languages that made me with others. I have experience first hand being a student so I'd like to use that to better shape the curriculum I offer my students.
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Princessa L.

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About Polina D.

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Tacoma, WA
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I am a classically-trained vocalist and have been studying/performing for the last ten years. Currently pursuing my Bachelors of Music. I have experience working with youth in music and enjoy other genres including Jazz and Broadway Standards. Also able to teach pop/contemporary. My central focus is on technique and building the foundation for healthy, beautiful singing, giving my students tools that they can apply long into their musical careers. I have quite a bit of performance experience and work with my students to develop their stage presence for auditions and competitions. Can also teach basic theory. Comfortable with both female and male voices.
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Nicole August 7, 2017
· Classical Voice · In home
This vibrant young lady was just simply a blessing: knowledgeable, dynamic and simply a pleasure to be around and in-take information from. My child was simply taken by her and was, as it seemed and looked to me, craving every following visit from her. She was able to commence, see through and complete the entire task I set in front of her-for my child to be ready for the next stage in her education. My son is going to be in need of similar educational assistance soon-I have already discussed his lessons with Polina and will definitely call upon her once the concrete dates arise!
I strongly recommend this highly gifted, professional and serious individual to anyone looking for a tutor, in more subjects then one, that can captivate and deliver results, not just talk!
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