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Jon Novi
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie A.
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I consider myself an adult 'beginner' student because even though I took lessons for a year or two in my pre-teens, I've long since forgotten how to play the piano or read music. Recently I found Jon Novi through the Thumbtack website. I was thrilled to learn that, right from the start, he would teach me the songs I was most interested in playing – bypassing the uninspiring, rigid, standard training lessons. In fact, we spent our very first session on a song that I've been wanting to play for years, and I enjoyed every minute of it! Jon has the qualities of a great teacher – he's very enthusiastic, positive, and encouraging, as well as a very skilled musician. Best of all, he takes the time to listen to the student, guiding and motivating them to reach their goals.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan Z.
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We've had 2 lessons so far with Bob and my kids really like his teaching style. Looking forward to many more lessons and seeing my kids' musical abilities continue to grow.

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  • 27 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cheryl M.
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Drew has been taking lessons since he was 7 in voice, piano and acting. Theses gifted teachers helped him pursue his career in film, musical theater and, now in his final year at USC , an undergraduate degree in music composition. Most recently, Drew will be singing with the USC Chamber Singers! Each student studying with Stacey De & Co excels from their love for teaching the arts!!!

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Elif Allenfort Piano Studio
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Yasemin B.
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Elif is simply wonderful! She taught my daughter for 2 years. She is an incredibly talented musician with an unparalleled passion for music and teaching. She creates a nurturing environment for her students while being very honest and disciplined with their development. She explains all the techniques very clearly and encourages her students' innate creativity. I would definitely recommend Elif to everyone who wants to learn this beautiful instrument and share Elif's passion.

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David O Lessons
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heather R.
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My 6 yrd son took lessons from David O. last year and it was a really great experience. David is great with kids. He is very patient and attentive to the needs of each student and always makes sure to keep it fun.

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  • 13 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lachelle W.
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I've been working with Michele for the past two years. She is very knowledgable and resourceful when it comes to vocal health and technique. She does a great job at tailoring lessons to her student's specific needs and providing tools to use to improve upon your craft.

Guitar Chicago
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Brian S.
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I have been taking lessons from Dan for more than two and a half years and it something I look forward to every week. Aside from being a great teacher, he is fun, understanding and very talented. He takes the time to help you understand the structure of what you are learning without over burdening you with theory. He is also really interested in making sure you are enjoying playing (that is the point) and getting out of it exactly what you want. Any time I have a request (no matter how absurd) of a song to learn, Dan takes the time to find a good arrangement at my level and teaches it to me. It is really nice having that flexibility and personal investment in my lessons. In just two and a half years, I went from playing no to guitar to be comfortable jamming with my friends while also developing my classical guitar playing skills. His musical interests are vast; from beautiful classical pieces to classic rock solos to movie soundtracks (he loves Storybook Love from the Princess Bride). This blend of genres and talents truly sets Dan a part and I would encourage anyone looking to finally learn the guitar to sign up for lessons with Dan.

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Paul William
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bill G.
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I've been taking lessons with Paul for 2 years now. I started as a beginner and now i feel like an intermediate. I always learn something new every lesson!

  • 8 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Walter W.
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Matt is an excellent teacher. I was his student for over 10years until I moved out of state. He is patient as I was over 50 when I started lessons. He is excellent on theory and how to play songs in tempo. Matt is a fine person and I highly recommend him.

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Allegro Piano Studio
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Celia H.
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Our 8-year old has been taking piano lessons with Ms. Rum for a little more than two months, and she's learned so much already. Phil and Rum are lovely people. And we really appreciate the affordable rates they offer. Highly recommended!

  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Elena A.
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Josefien has great energy and a relaxed, welcoming teaching presence. She also has great availability and flexibility in scheduling.

Grace Note Academy
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah F.
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Al is a talented musician and a great teacher. I enjoyed learning from him. He has the ability to customized lessons to each individual to bring out the best in them.

  • 3 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Chris L.
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He taught my 10yr old daughter piano. She enjoyed the lessons and always looked forward to attending. We asked Shane to prepare and focus her lessons on getting into a specialized arts middle and high school. This school lets in 13 kids each 6th grade year, and they have hundreds of applicants audition. Our child audition and was accepted. Near the audition time, Shane accommodated extra lessons, moved normal lesson times, and did whatever was necessary to ensure she got was she needed to audition. There is no doubt that without him, our daughter wouldn't have been accepted. He also accommodated teaching me guitar before my daughter's session time. I felt like I was able to play the guitar after our first lesson. Anyone looking for lessons would be extremely happy learning from Shane.

Russakoff Music Studio
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Beth M.
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Cynthia is a wonderful piano teacher. I love that she provides music theory to the students as well as traditional note playing. I'm amazed at how far my children have come in the short time they have been taking lessons. While learning piano came very easy to my daughter, my son was struggling. Ms. Russakoff was in constant contact with offering suggestions on how to better get him to succeed all the while trying to boost his self esteem. I can't say enough about the quality and dedicated piano teacher!

Greg Jacks Music Studio
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Tanvi R.
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I couldn't have asked for more from Greg's approach. He adjusted and tailored his style and our lessons to meet me where I was at yet provided the right level of challenge to keep me motivated

Silbernik Music Academy
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Daina R.
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Irwin is great with young kids, and my twin boys (almost 7) have been enjoying beginning guitar lessons with him. I like that he teaches them how to read music and encourages them to memorize songs. It's how I learned piano as a little girl and I'm enjoying seeing the boys progress and learn to understand written music. My goal has been for the boys to get used to a weekly music lesson and enjoy that as part of their weekly routine...so far Irwin has been a great fit for us and I highly recommend! :)

  • 40 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Tawnie C.
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I've been working with Suzanne for about three months now, and I'm so pleased with my progress in that short time! As an adult student who hasn't played in nearly 20 years, it's an understatement to say I'm rusty. Suzanne has patiently done a great job of working with me to assess my current skill level, build on my past experience, and work toward steady improvement in each week's lesson. She also set up lessons for my specific goals. I’m never going to be a concert pianist – I just want to re-learn my technical skills and get back to regular, comfortable, confident playing. She’s perfectly fine with that – unlike some teachers who push you to be someone you are not, or who are only comfortable with competitive students. As someone who squeezes lessons and practice into a very hectic schedule, I also appreciate that she understands when, in some weeks, I make more progress than others. I’ve had several teachers over the years. What sets Suzanne apart is that she suggests music for me, but also encourages me to trust my own intuition and preferences about what I'm ready to play. She’s direct but patient in her teaching style, praising what is working well, but clearly pointing out technique or practice approaches that will help the music get better faster. I also understand she conducts annual, optional recitals, which is great for building confidence and meeting new people. In terms of the teaching experience, Suzanne’s home studio is lovely, with two Yamaha pianos - one an upright, one a baby grand, both with beautiful voices. It's very rewarding to have the option to play both. From a scheduling standpoint, she conveniently texts for scheduling changes, and she’s flexible when lesson times inevitably have to change. The true test for me is that my family and friends have all commented on how much progress I’ve made in the last few months. Even my 5-year-old says, “You play beautifully, Mama.” I’m back to practicing every day, enjoying the unique stress relief and satisfaction of making your own music. All thanks to Suzanne!

Tim O'Donnell
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Bridget D.
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My 10 year old is learning bass guitar. Tim is patient, has an easy going personality, reasonable rates, is flexible (though busy) plus he has a sweet & welcoming dog to entertain you if you stay during the lesson.

Fran Banish
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Gayle M.
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I took guitar lessons from Fran. He is a very soulful and talented person. As a teacher, he is knowledgeable and helped me accelerate in my journey to learn guitar. You can't go wrong with Fran. He is one of the best!

Jillann Gabrielle Studios
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Frank R.
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As a singer I was not breathing properly and Jill brought out the best in me. I have been able to sing much more effectively as a result of her instruction. Phrasing was always an issue because I had poor breath support and after only a few lessons I was singing like a pro.

  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Brooke R.
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Linda is not only talented, but she is able to inspire my son to work harder and want to play the piano. She has so much patience and energy for working with kids. My son actually said he would only take piano lessons if he could have Ms. Linda is his teacher!

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What is CPR training?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (better known as CPR) is a lifesaving manual technique that pumps oxygenated blood back into the body’s organs if someone’s heart or breathing has stopped. A variety of CPR training is available to community members, employees and healthcare providers. CPR training may last two to five hours or more, depending on the content and the target audience. During the training, students will learn how to recognize and respond to an emergency situation. There are different CPR techniques for adults and children, but with both you will learn how to determine whether the person is conscious before administering chest compression. During the training you’ll learn chest compression techniques for adults and different techniques for children between the ages of 1 and 8. Students learn how to properly administer chest compressions, when the technique is appropriate and when it is not, and how long you must perform rescue measures. Students also learn what an automatic external defibrillator (AED) is and how to use it if necessary to shock a patient before administering CPR chest compressions.

How do I become CPR and first aid certified?

You can earn CPR training and receive first aid certification in a number of ways. Choose an online course to learn the materials remotely and then find a testing location to complete the certification process with an in-person demonstration of your knowledge and skills. Encourage your workplace to host a first aid and CPR training so employees can learn what to do in case of a workplace emergency and how to respond with lifesaving techniques. You may also be able to take a CPR or first aid class in your community. A basic CPR training may run four to five hours. After receiving CPR training, you’ll know how to respond if an adult or a child goes into cardiac arrest or stops breathing. You’ll learn how to use chest compressions to keep blood pumping to a person’s organs, which can keep them alive until an emergency responder can arrive. First aid and CPR training can also include education about how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

What does a Spanish tutor do?

The goal of a Spanish tutor is to help students improve their Spanish reading, writing, comprehension, and conversation skills. The tutor’s approaches may vary, depending on whether the instruction is individual or a group class. Many Spanish tutors practice immersion — meaning they will speak only Spanish with their pupils. For students with little to no Spanish experience, the Spanish tutor may use a mix of Spanish and English to accustom their students to speaking the language.

A Spanish tutor can offer a wide range of services to their students. For students currently enrolled in a Spanish class through their middle school or high school, a Spanish tutor can help them with homework and language practice, as well as expanding their understanding of their current school curriculum. For adults, Spanish tutors will have different approaches based on that student’s need. Academics and those seeking high-level professional development for their career will often have more intensive and targeted lessons, drills, and interactive speaking tests. For adults who wish to learn conversational Spanish for fun or for travel, lessons may revolve around learning commonly used phrases and practicing speaking in relaxed settings.

What is first aid training?

With first aid training, you may be able to help save a life. First aid training can teach people who are not medical professionals how to help a sick or injured person in crisis before an ambulance arrives on the scene. Most commonly, first aid training helps teach you how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

First aid training can teach you how to respond in a variety of emergency situations, including:

  • Asthma attack
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • External bleeding
  • Heart attack
  • Poisoning
  • Neck, head or back injury
  • Stroke
  • Seizure

First aid training classes may be offered by professionals who are affiliated with the Red Cross, which offers online, in-person, and blended training classes. First aid classes are also often offered through local recreation centers, city services, schools, hospitals and private companies.  

How much do Spanish tutors charge?

Nationally, the average cost for a Spanish tutor ranges from $30 to $40 per hour. The cost for a Spanish tutor can vary depending on whether you choose private instruction or group lessons. Geographic location can affect cost; tutors in expensive cities and pricier regions command higher rates than in rural areas and small towns. The experience and education of the Spanish tutor will also affect their rates. For adult education, many people learning Spanish choose to join a Spanish school with tutors who teach group classes and also offer private tutoring for students. Typically these schools charge a monthly tuition that gives students access to a set number of classes per week, with private tutoring available at an additional cost. One example of an average cost is a monthly tuition of $200, which includes five 90-minute group lessons per month. Monthly tuition can vary depending on the school and the teachers. Short-term workshops are also a way to learn Spanish. Students may work with a Spanish tutor and group of other students at their skill level for a short period of time. One example of an average price is $100 for an eight-week course, with one 60-minute group class per week.

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