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About Kareem K.

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Tacoma, WA
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About Kareem
A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem K is a performer, composer, and educator, who is in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.

Growing up in the northwest with its vibrant music scene allowed Kareem the opportunity to study with, listen to and perform with world class jazz artists residing in the area. Artists such as Tracy Knoop, Jay Thomas, Don Lanphere, Bill Ramsay, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester and many others had a large impact on Kareem early in his musical education. This direction and guidance continues to inspire and lead Kareem as he continues his lifelong passion undertaking a career as a professional musician.

Today, as a performing artist he spends most of his time leading his group for which he composes and arranges most of the music. The band is constantly on the move as a sought af
ter performing group and spends most of its time performing in and around the Pacific Northwest. When not leading his own group Kareem can be seen and heard performing as a sideman with many other top notch musical acts and projects, most notably The Paperboys from Vancouver BC.

As an educator Kareem divides his time teaching jazz improvisation as an artist in residence at The Tacoma School of the Arts, directing the award winning student jazz ensemble at Pierce College, conducting masterclasses and workshops at schools around the Puget Sound area, and maintaining a full load of private students. Along with his teaching duties Kareem is the director or The Tacoma Jazz Association, serves on the Tacoma Arts Commission, and is a D'Addario Woodwinds performing artist.

Kareem holds a Bachelors Degree of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington which he attended after receiving a full scholarship.

Throughout his years of teaching Kareem has worked with students of all ages and abilities, from beginners just getting started, to advanced players who simply want new ideas and direction.

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Lessons are relaxed and are focused on what you would like to learn.

I usually begin with assessing where students are in their abilities and then come up with a lesson plan based on what they already know and what they would like to accomplish.
They can be geared towards a 5 year old with no musical training whatsoever, or to an advanced musician who wants to further develop their skills.

Topics that I cover in lessons throughout a typical day of teaching include: Instrument technique, sight reading skills ( note and rhythm recognition ), memorization skills, music theory, ear training, improvising, and composing.

After 3 to 6 months of lessons and regular practice a beginning student should have a good command of their instrument and a strong foundation of sight reading. At this point we normally will also have started some music theory as well. For students wanting to focus on jazz we will have already begun improvising as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
5x10 room w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I focus on the basics of learning to read music and basic technique on the instruments that I teach. From there I proceed with theory, ear training, improvising, composition etc. It all depends on what the students want to learn. I am comfortable teaching classical music as well as jazz, rock, composition, and improvisation.
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Jacqueline December 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
My granddaughter is 6 years old and this is her first professional piano teacher. Kareem is ensuring that she has the basics down before she continues. She enjoys the lessons, and is excited when lesson day comes.
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Aarti M. June 2, 2017
· Piano ·
My daughter absolutely loves Mr. K!! He is very patient and takes his time to always answer ANY questions she has. She loves taking piano due to him being so awesome!! If you are looking for a great teacher for your little one there is no need to look any further!!
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Adam A. January 1, 2015
· Saxophone ·
Kareem has been teaching me since I was in the fourth grade. I am currently in 8th grade, and man what can I say, he's as good as it gets! After two years I was in my middle school jazz band, which is not easy for a person who has only been playing for two years. You, yourself will be able to see extreme progress within just a few lessons! You must know Kareem teaches at Pierce College, a class at the Tacoma School of the Arts (which I hopefully will be attending and taking his class), teaches numerous private students every week, and lastly he performs with a stellar jazz band of his own! He is extremely dedicated to the musical field. If I were anybody reading this review and wanted to start playing any of the variety of instruments he plays, I would call Kareem K.!

-Adam Allegro
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Kareem K.

Tacoma, WA 98409
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About Joshua R.

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Renton, WA
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About Joshua
Joshua Romatowski, flutist, has been praised for his ability to “allow each note to sound with its own expressive qualities” (San Francisco Examiner). Joshua’s playing has been described as “elegantly shaped” (San Francisco Examiner) and possessing “graceful intimacy” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Joshua holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an Artist Diploma in Early Music from the Cornish College of the Arts. Joshua has appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Olympia Symphony, the Rainier Symphony Ballet Orchestra, and others. Joshua was a finalist in the National Flute Association's Orchestral Excerpt Competition and a winner of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Frances Walton Com
petition.

As well as being a prize winner in the National Flute Association's Baroque Artist Competition, Joshua has appeared in concert on baroque flute in every major city on the West Coast with the American Bach Soloists, Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Byron Schenkman and Friends concert series, Pacific Music Works, Early Music Underground, and Agave Baroque. On baroque flute, Joshua has taken lessons with Janet See, Wilbert Hazelzet, Claire Guimond, Sandra Miller, Stephen Schultz, Philippe Allaine-Dupre, and Greer Ellison.

Joshua currently holds the 3rd Flute/Piccolo chair with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and is on faculty at Music Works Northwest. Joshua’s primary teachers have been Timothy Day, Marianne Gedigian, Jeffery Zook, and Janet See.

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Joshua believes in giving students the tools to express and perform at their highest level by instilling a strong sense of core fundamentals and musical awareness. With these tools, students can leave lessons inspired and with a clear idea of how to improve during their private practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Three music stands
Metronome
Tuner
Music Library

*** Travel Equipment ***
One to three music stands
Metronome
Tuner

*** Specialties ***
Orchestral performance and auditioning
Solo recital preparation and performance
Competition preparation and performance
Concerto preparation and performance
Piccolo Performance
Historical performance practice on baroque flute.
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Cindy K. April 13, 2017
· Flute · In home
If you're looking for a wonderful instructor, I strongly recommend Joshua. Through Joshua's broad knowledge, superb musical expertise and skillful communication, you'll love growing in your musical ability, regardless of your level. Enjoy your lessons!
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Cindy K. October 21, 2016
· Flute · In home
Joshua is a wonderfully talented and skilled musician AND communicator. His heart is in his work, and his teaching style is encouraging and supportive. I'm an older student (senior actually) revisiting my past love of the flute. My hour lesson flies by and it always ends with me feeling I've learned a lot. Thanks, Joshua, for being the fine teacher you are! My four stars "Great Experience" is a five star.
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Wei G. April 11, 2016
· Flute · In home
Good lesson, will be better if the teacher have more free time to teacher more classes in a week
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Joshua R.

Renton, WA 98058
(5)
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$40 / 30-min

About Andrew B.

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Puyallup, WA
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About Andrew
My name is Andrew. I am a private guitar teacher in the Puyallup,WA area. I have been teaching professionally in the area for the past 6 years, and have been playing and studying the guitar since I was 11 years old. Music is my life, and teaching people to play this music on guitar is my passion. My focus is on the individual student, not on just one uniform curriculum. I teach each student at his/her own pace and in their musical interests, focusing on style, technique, and music theory. I have had many successful students over the years and have shown them that playing guitar is fulfilling, educational, and most of all fun. It is rewarding for both my students and myself to further this musical experience.
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Hannah October 15, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Andrew is an excellent instructor. He is really knowledgeable in music theory. I took lessons for only a short time but was able to learn so much, because he used my knowledge of piano to help me understand guitar concepts and he focused on the techniques and songs that I was most interested in.
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Andrew B.

Puyallup, WA 98374
(1)
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$25 / 30-min

About Dan H.

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About Dan
Some of Dan’s past students have been finalists in televised talent shows and now enjoy professional music careers. For example, Sofia Olsson, (”True Talent" Finalist, Sweden), Feridah Rose ("Denmark's Got Talent" Semi-Finalist), and Rasma Freimane ("Top Overall Vocalist", Tech Music School, London) —see videos.

Now you have an opportunity to learn from acclaimed producer, composer, pianist, and vocal coach, Dan whose resume includes studio recordings, Radio- and TV broadcasts, and concerts in venues such as the Presidential Palace of Ukraine, the Latvian Cabinet, the nationally televised talent show, ‘Clash Of The Choirs’, Christmas Spectacular, Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan, Northwest Folklife Festival, and Leavenworth’s 50th Anniversary Christmas Lighting Festival. Dan has performed in 30+ countries on four continents, and his music i
s available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, etc.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Uppsala University (Sweden). With Dan, you will receive unparalleled, professional, and masterful classes. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from an award-winning expert in his field. Allow me to take you to the next level, whether you are a beginner or an experienced virtuoso.

I look forward to guiding you on your educational journey! Lessons are offered either in my home studio in Kent, WA, *or* I can teach you through live, online private video lessons.
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Logan M. January 31, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Dan is an incredible coach. I enjoyed the lessons I took with him and learned alot. I look forward to working with Dan in the future
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Grace T. January 7, 2019
· Piano · In studio
I was impressed with my first lesson with Dan. He adjust lessons according to my needs. Will continue to take lessons with him. Thank you.
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Georgia December 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My daughter is enjoying her lessons! Dan is great.
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Dan H.

Kent, WA 98042
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About Rachelle M.

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Auburn, WA
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About Rachelle
I have extensive training in music and vocal pedagogy that gives me the ability to teach both voice and piano. I hold a Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of North Texas.

Whether you want to have more confidence singing karaoke or play Beethoven. I can help you reach those goals. We will build a repertoire that is appropriate for your age and ability. Over time you will gain greater control, endurance, and confidence.
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Thor I. March 13, 2019
· Piano · In home
Racheal was very nice. Knowledgeable and got to business right away. Really knew how to discover the students prior knowledge and where to begin!
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Pam O. March 13, 2019
· Piano · Online
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Elizabeth P. February 26, 2019
· Classical Voice · Online
Rachelle has been absolutely wonderful for my daughter as she's prepared for her college vocal audition. Within the small town she lives in, my daughter didn't have access to quality vocal instruction, so finding Rachelle was such a blessing. I was very skeptical at the thought of online lessons, but the quality of instruction and convenience is great. I had a good experience with customer service from takelessons.com too - I had an issue with receiving emails (on my end, not theirs) so I reached out to them to switch to a different email which they did immediately, and then they called me back to confirm I'd received everything I needed.
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Rachelle M.

Auburn, WA 98001
(15)
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$35 / 30-min
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About Chris J.

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Auburn, WA
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Chris has been playing the bass since the age of ten. He loves music and sharing has enthusiasm with students. Chris has been teaching students of all ages for seventeen years and is eager to share his skills with others. He teaches upright and electric bass, as well as music theory for students of any instrument. Chris' teaching style uses individual interests to tailor student-specific lessons.

Chris studied jazz at the University of Washington and has been a part of the Seattle music scene for over 15 years, playing many styles including jazz, classical, big band, and rock. He has played in the Issaquah Village Theater's orchestra for seventeen years and currently plays weekly in the Andy Coe Band.
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Sue F. March 8, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
It's back to the basics for me! That is good because I am a new bass player. Lots of good feedback!
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Chris J.

Auburn, WA 98092
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$100 / 60-min

About Melanie A.

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Tacoma, WA

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About Melanie
Hi!
I have been playing piano for 18 years and am excited to share the passion with others!

Music has been a special part of my life since I was 4 years old. I took lessons for 10 years and continued to play in college for the Naval Academy Women's Glee Club as the accompanist. While with the Glee Club, I had the opportunity and honor to sing for two Presidents and play piano for one, and sing with Beyonce as part of Obama's Inauguration Celebration.

I specialize in teaching children as I put a great emphasis on fun! I want students to have joy playing before it gets difficult in order to encourage them to play longer. Part of that is I encourage learning songs that they are interested in tandem with the course so they continue to love what they play.

I'd love to meet you and share my love with you.
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Isabella September 21, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Kids look forward to every lesson!!! They have thrived with Melanie!!!
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Cole September 7, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Kids loved their first lesson with Melanie!!! Looking forward to many more lessons!!!
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Dino M. August 15, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Melanie was an awesome instructor, listens very well and accommodates to all your needs. Would highly recommend!
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Melanie A.

Tacoma, WA 98445
(5)
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$30 / 30-min

About Stephanie D.

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Tacoma, WA
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Stephanie Kuborssy was born and raised in Mountain View, California. Stephanie graduated from Southern Oregon University in June of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Instruction and a Minor in Environmental Studies and Policy. While maintaining a 3.83/4.00 GPA, Stephanie participated in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars during her last three years at SOU, her last year holding the title of Vice President of Events. Since her time in Oregon, she played in the pit orchestra for the production of ​Little Shop of Horrors​ as well as the pit orchestra for 50 shows for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of ​Into The Woods​. She was hired as the clarinet coach for Ashland Middle School's Chamber Music Camp over the summer as well as the visual and woodwind tech at Grants Pass High School. Stephanie was a member of the
Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Cascade Clarinet Consort, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Chamber Choir during her undergraduate career. She also taught two students privately throughout her undergrad. Stephanie auditioned for and received the Southern Oregon University Solo Concerto Competition in 2016. She has just finished her Masters in Music Education degree at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with a 3.95/4.0 GPA. She has attended numerous music education conferences including CASMEC, Bay Section and Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference. She presented research a research study at CASMEC in 2017. She has recently relocated to Tacoma WA. Stephanie will be teaching public school music in Des Moines, WA for the 2018-2019 school year. She loves to spend time outdoors and has a sweet kitten named Addie too!
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Isaih T. August 28, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Stephanie was just fabulous, introducing my grandson to the saxophone. She was very nurturing and encouraging, yet gave me tons of information. I highly recommend her.
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Andrew June 20, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Teaching not only requires technical expertise, but it also requires kindness and thoughtfulness. Stephanie is a master at all these things, and learning from her is a genuinely awesome experience.
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Trevor June 19, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
Ms. Kuborssy sure does know her stuff when it comes to music! She's not only professional and talented but also a great teacher. She's very patient with beginners but also knows how to push those that really have the potential to do something great. If you have a chance, definitely study with Ms. K!!!
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Stephanie D.

Tacoma, WA 98404
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$30 / 30-min

About Linda B.

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Olympia, WA

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Hello and welcome to my studio!

Evergreen Piano Studio provides both in studio and online piano lessons through Skype.
If you are taking lessons in studio, you will be playing on a very nice Yamaha upright acoustic piano. My studio is comfortable, a little quaint and has a waiting room for parents and siblings. My teaching style is demonstrator/facilitator, and I am a patient and encouraging teacher. The curriculum is comprehensive and includes ear-training, sight-reading, theory and more. Lessons may be customized as needed. You are welcome to come and see me for a free consultation.

If you are interested in online Skype lessons, all you will need for set up is the Skype program downloaded, and a laptop, or (desktop in close proximity of the keyboard). Extra cameras and microphones may be added but
are not necessary as long as I have a good view of the keyboard. Also, printer scanning capability for theory homework is recommended. I work off of a Yamaha digital DGX 650 and offer a comprehensive curriculum which includes some or all of the following: Core lesson, technique, theory, ear-training, sight-reading, scales and chords, lead sheets and basic composition. Understanding that everyone is unique, the curriculum may be customized upon request or need.
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Jessica February 27, 2019
· Piano · In studio
If your child is interested in learning to play piano and read music, I would definitely recommend Linda Bates. I have truly enjoyed watching my daughter grow through her lessons.
She was only 5 1/2 when she asked to start learning piano, and even though I thought she might be too young, I didn’t want to discourage her. Linda said that as long as she could count from 1-10, knew her left from right and the alphabet through “G” she could start learning piano.
We have had stretches of easy sailing and lots of rough patches. It’s been a great set of life lessons for our family.
Linda tried several different approaches to see what would work best for my daughter. She has a great balance of patience, structure and encouragement. She’ll let my daughter chatter on about (non-piano related) stuff for a minute, and then, gently but firmly, get her back on track.
We have gone to several recitals and enjoyed hearing her other students play. We are consistently impressed.
My daughter has been taking lessons for two years now, and finally loves piano. She sees the benefit of working at something that doesn’t come easy. She practices every day without complaining! (She’s practiced every day for a while now, but there was A LOT of resistance in the beginning, and middle, lol). Now she knows that most people are not just naturally talented, they actually put in time and effort.
I’m sure Linda would be great for any adult too. One of these days I just might have to find out for myself... although my daughter keeps insisting she’s going to teach me!
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Julia February 11, 2019
· Piano · In studio
My friend, whose son received a music scholarship as well as enjoyed his piano lessons highly recommended Linda to me. Linda's great experience and personal methodologies guide students in the shortest way to success and brings an appreciation of music into their lives. No moments during her lessons are wasted on unrelated matters and she always keeps students focused by moving from one activity to another, and by being friendly and encouraging. She is always flexible with her schedule and pleasant to work with. She is a rare instructor who works hard to give students the opportunity to perform in public venues a few times and year (the most favorite moments to my boys), which make children self-confident and proud to demonstrate the fruit of their effort. I have two children who are taking lessons with Linda and they love it: 11 years old (for six years) and 8 years old (for four).
Daily practice at home for my children has turned into a fun habit, and I do not have to be involved much anymore. Linda is a role model for how an instructor should be and I highly recommend her to everyone. I am very thankful to Linda for bringing such an appreciation and joy of music into my sons lives. Our family moved to Portland three months ago, but we are still driving to Olympia once a week for lessons because so far we cannot find another instructor with the same excellent qualities.
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Sandra February 9, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Professional, comprehensive, and personalized study of the piano. Her years of experience are obvious in her ability to approach each student as an individual with a unique learning style. Thanks for giving us the gift of music!
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Linda B.

Olympia, WA 98513
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About Sharif A.

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Seattle, WA
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About Sharif
Hi I'm Sharif! I'm only good at a few things and one of them is teaching. I'll be happy to teach you the others. A lot of teachers make the mistake of overlooking the mechanics of learning and that's why, no matter how talented they are, their students often struggle. I've always preferred to learn things on my own and in the process I've gotten good at the art of learning. I taught myself guitar and six other instruments. I learned French in 6 months. I got good at boxing just by sparring a lot. I understand how to learn and therefore how to teach. I'll break things down in whatever way you understand them and I'll give you simple tricks to help you learn faster.
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Sharif A.

Seattle, WA 98144
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