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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.

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).

How much are singing lessons?

Singing lessons cost $50 per hour, on average. Hourly rates can range anywhere from $40-$80. However, some vocal instructors may charge flat rates or offer packages. They may also offer 30-minute lessons for a lower price. Or, they might require monthly tuition for ongoing classes. It depends on the voice coach. 

Contact vocal instructors near you to get a sense of how much singing lessons cost in your area.

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.

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 do you get your first aid certificate?

To get your first aid certificate, you must take a first aid training course designed for certification. Certified training professionals offer courses to employers, schools or other groups. For an in-person training, you may go to a training location such as a Red Cross classroom, or a professional first aid and CPR trainer can come to you or your office. Most first aid training courses take three to five hours or more, which prepares you to take the first aid certification test. To boost your chances, you can take online practice tests or review study guides. Once you pass the first aid exam, an official digital certificate is emailed to you. You can also have a wallet card or printed certificate sent to you.

How long is your CPR certification good for?

In general, CPR training sessions and certifications are good for two years. After that, you must recertify to ensure you are up to date on the latest information and techniques. CPR is a lifesaving skill for a community member, employee or healthcare provider to know, as it enables you to respond appropriately if someone goes into cardiac arrest or stops breathing. In a CPR training, students learn compression techniques to keep blood flowing to the body’s organs if a person’s heart has suddenly stopped or they have stopped breathing. This action can keep a person alive until an emergency responder can arrive on the scene and can effectively save a life.

The American Red Cross explains that re-certification is important, because people start to forget information just a few months after taking a training. The American Red Cross recommends you keep your skills fresh by reviewing free, online materials or downloading their free, mobile app to keep abreast of CPR information and news. Re-certification courses are shorter than first-time CPR training. Your renewed CPR certification will be good for another two years.

How much does it cost to get CPR and first aid certified?

First aid and CPR trainings are available to individuals who want to learn how to respond in case of an emergency and for healthcare providers who need to renew their certification. Typically, CPR certifications are current for two years. Here are some examples of average CPR and first aid training costs:

  • Open enrollment training: $45 for an in-person American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider CPR Training and Certification.
    • Additional $15 for online or hard copy student manual.
  • Online trainings: $45 for the American Safety and Health Institute Blended First Aid training.
    • The student will still be required to meet a CPR trainer in person to receive their final certification.
  • Worksite trainings:
    • $35: per employee for basic ASHI CPR AED training course (focus on CPR, 2-hour course).
      • $280: Minimum fee for an instructor to appear (at least 8 students or minimum fee).
    • $45: Per employee for an ASHI First Aid CPR AED training course (includes response strategies for most emergencies, 4-hour course).
      • $360: Minimum fee for an instructor to appear (at least 8 students or minimum fee).
  • Class extensions: Pricing varies depending on the additional emergency training requested. For example, for the ASHI First Aid AED CPR training course cited above, the host company might charge an additional:
    • $5: Per student for infant CPR training.
    • $15: Per student for oxygen administration training (add 30 minutes).
    • $15: Per student for bloodborne pathogen training (add 30 minutes).
  • Materials: CPR and first aid training courses may have additional fees for hard copies of manuals. Example of additional materials costs:
    • $10: Per hard copy of class manual (otherwise available online) for First Aid AED CPR group trainings.

What can you do with a first aid certificate?

People with a first aid certificate are trained to respond quickly and appropriately in life-threatening situations. Although a first aid certificate alone isn’t enough to secure a job, it can make you more attractive to certain types of potential employers. When you have a first aid certificate, you’ve proved that you know how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and handle emergency situations like choking, heavy bleeding, a heart attack or stroke, or anaphylaxis. Most parents prefer babysitters and lifeguards with first aid certification. Many professionals, especially those who work with children, are required to have first aid training, including teachers, coaches, counselors and therapists, firefighters, and social workers. In addition to adult and pediatric first aid plus CPR and AED courses, you can take first aid training specifically designed for babysitting and child care, for health care settings, and for swimming and water safety situations..

How much do first aid courses cost?

First aid training courses vary in cost depending on what’s included, from basic first aid to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to pediatric CPR, as well as the length of the class and who’s offering them. The national average cost for an in-person CPR and first aid class is $50-$75 per person. An informational CPR training costs less than one that leads to first aid training certification. For example, a two-hour course that trains you to administer CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) costs an average of $35 per person; an employer may book the same class for a group of at least eight students for an average of $280. A four-hour CRP and AED training costs an average of $45 per person and $360 for at least eight people. Some companies offer add-on training to their CPR and AED classes, such as $5 per student to learn infant CPR, $15 each for oxygen administration training, and $15 each for bloodborne pathogen training. A first aid certificate is valid for two years.

Reviews for Portland lessons teachers
Anthony K.
To anyone looking for a voice teacher you need to try a lesson with Dan! He is fun and easy to get along with, and his quality of work is obvious after my first lesson. I’m always looking forward to my next lesson!
Dan Gibbs Vocal/Guitar/Piano InstructionDan Gibbs Vocal/Guitar/Piano Instruction
Rommel V.
Paul has been an excellent instructor thus far and engages with me during our lessons. I look forward to our lessons every time!
Paul EdelmanPaul Edelman
Emma S.
Rori is excited to start singing lessons with her!
Jennifer Paterson MusicJennifer Paterson Music
Katherine M.
My daughter and I were both interested in lessons, but wanted different things out of them. Denise met both our needs immediately. We feel comfortable and enthusiastic about continuing our lessons, and would highly recommend her to anyone interested in vocal lessons! Thank you Denise!
Denise HANSEN Music LTDDenise HANSEN Music LTD
Sandy T.
Ryan was very patient when we had to twice cancel scheduled lessons. He’s very responsive and replies quickly to questions and requests. My grandson is enjoying his lessons.
Advantage Guitar LessonsAdvantage Guitar Lessons
Thumbtack Customer
Jumped right into lessons and immediately gained key tools!!!
All Access StudiosAll Access Studios
Zachary M.
Atilla is great a tailoring his lessons to your goals.
Attila's Guitar Studio, Portland, ORAttila's Guitar Studio, Portland, OR
Richard T.
I have been taking jazz guitar lessons from Attila for a little more than a month now. I too have noticed what some other reviewers have mentioned - unlike some other guitar teachers, he has a serious commitment to teaching, and is not just another performer working a side job. I leave every lesson with homework and a focus to work on. He challenges me every lesson and I have made great progress in the short time I've started lessons.
Attila's Guitar Studio, Portland, ORAttila's Guitar Studio, Portland, OR
Madi B.
Haven't started lessons yet, but he is super responsive and friendly.
Versatile Guitar EducationVersatile Guitar Education
Paige A.
Kyle makes music "click". I'm really enjoying the lessons!
Alvin Shipp's Music StudioAlvin Shipp's Music Studio
Mia V.
Jered inquired about my goals for the guitar, assessed my starting point, and launched into a fun and supportive lesson. He provided a structured approach to practicing. It was a great experience and I look forward to the next lesson.
Jered (Guitar & Bass Lessons)Jered (Guitar & Bass Lessons)
Susan S.
Lessons for our grandchildren have been great. Shannon is fun and spontaneous yet able to help the kids focus. Lessons are individualized to the student’s abilities. Our kids are 4 1/2 and 6 1/2.
The Fellowship Music & Arts AcademyThe Fellowship Music & Arts Academy
David B.
Highly knowledgeable and tailors lessons to meet specific needs. Fun to work with!
CJHeart MusicCJHeart Music
Swapna D.
We had a pleasant experience with Anya and would be continuing the lessons with her.
Voice & Piano with Anya KalinaVoice & Piano with Anya Kalina
Esther J.
Adam was gentle, calm and encouraging. My kids really enjoyed their lessons with him!
Traveling Music LessonsTraveling Music Lessons
Celine M.
I’ve been taking voice lessons through Vocal Lab with Annie Pichan for a few months now, and I couldn’t be more grateful for my experience. I not only feel improvement and strength in my voice, but I am more knowledgeable about singing related anatomy, proper placements, artistry, and really the “why’s” behind why we do everything in lessons. My lessons and instructor have given me above and beyond support and mentoring through my beginning journey as an artist, and really could not be a better place for any singer looking to start lessons. Highly highly recommend.
The Vocal Lab NYC/ONLINEThe Vocal Lab NYC/ONLINE
Grae A.
Denise is WONDERFUL! She's fun, kind, and understanding. Her work ethic is responsive and flexible, and she makes even the most novice vocalist (me) look forward to the lessons. We do creative exercises, and even after the first lesson, I felt like my ear was more trained, and I could more readily make out the notes. If you're thinking of taking voice lessons, I highly recommend Denise!
Denise HANSEN Music LTDDenise HANSEN Music LTD
Jorie J.
A great first experience with piano lessons since I was a child - planning on working with him for a while.
Martan MannMartan Mann
Amy F.
Gina did a great job showing and explaining the lessons to my children! They had a great time!
Traveling Music LessonsTraveling Music Lessons
Jarin T.
Jesse is a really great instructor, He is nice, talented, funnier and very welcoming person. My first lesson went great ! I am so excited to continue practicing with him. I will recommend you guys to sign up for his lessons. Y’all will enjoy it. 😊
All Access StudiosAll Access Studios
Asami W.
My daughters are having wonderful Spanish lessons. Quick correspondence, passionate teaching and very experienced teacher!
Multilingual Online AcademyMultilingual Online Academy
Thumbtack Customer
I am so happy to have found Kris as my daughter's piano teacher! She is 8 years old, had some introductory, minimal piano lessons at a summer camp last year so basically a beginner student. We started once-a-week lessons in January and 4 months later...L loves playing the piano! She plays when she is getting ready for school, she plays when she gets home from school. I have to remind her about the week's lesson but more importantly, she is experimenting and enjoying making music and this is encouraged by Kris as well as the fundamentals. I have seen her confidence grow, be proud of her development, and practice towards a goal. Since the lessons, when she listens to music she sometimes tries to play the chords or mimic playing it while we are in the car. I can tell she is thinking about how she could play songs she enjoys. Wow! Kris is patient, focused on the student, provides clear guidance and tailors the lessons to her level. For example, if she needs more time to practice a newer concept, he understands this. He also challenges L to stretch her ability a bit each week which is perfect for her personality. He has a calm, positive, and encouraging presence. I am so appreciative of his dependability and flexibility to make up a lesson the two times we weren't able to make our scheduled lesson due to scheduled events. It's clear he cares about the consistency of her lessons/practice and is reasonable about the occasional scheduling hiccups in families. I highly recommend Kris!
Kris' Keys Online Piano and Music AcademyKris' Keys Online Piano and Music Academy
Thumbtack Customer
Lessons have been both productive and fun thus far. Kris comes across very laid back while maintaining a professional demeanor. He clearly knows his stuff and by being able to create a comfortable space to learn in with providing solid theory application it makes lessons motivating to want to continue to learn and practice playing.
Kris' Keys Online Piano and Music AcademyKris' Keys Online Piano and Music Academy
Lindsey N.
Just started lessons with Jared. He and Brian are both attentive, warm, and kind. And I’m really enjoying learning guitar now!
WGA Online Guitar AcademyWGA Online Guitar Academy
Austin F.
I've just had one lesson so far but it is clearly helping me make steps towards being better at singing.
Six Forks Music StudioSix Forks Music Studio
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