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Popular Online Japanese Teachers

Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA
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Toshi M.

Mission Hills, CA
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Sachie H.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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Jesse M. Palo Alto, CA

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, ESL, Guitar, Hand Drums, Japanese, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. More recently I've also started teaching online lessons via Skype and Google Helpouts with Take Lessons as well.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but I prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible like my older students as well.

I also hold events for all my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Recital" every few months.
Adult students have a weekly "Jam Session Night" that they're welcome to come to whenever they'd like.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype as well as do a drop-in lesson through Google Helpouts.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped drum set

*An electric piano console

*A Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype

Toshi M. Mission Hills, CA

Subjects Taught

Japanese

About Me

My name is Toshi M. I was born in Hiroshima City and raised in Tokyo, Japan.

I have ten years of experience in tutoring Japanese, teaching Japanese to many students of all ages during these years.

In 2014, I am currently working with a new project through Google called, "Ok Glass." It's a data collection project that leads to the betterment of Google products for voice search capabilities in their Google search engine, Chrome software and Google Glass. Google has chosen me to record, translate and transcribe for these projects within the Japanese division!

My tutoring policy is not just simply to teach the Japanese language as a Japanese. No, I always want to teach students more than the language.

If you are interested in the Japanese traditions as well as the language and traditions, then that is a good start for learning. Fun, interest and enjoyment are the best tools for learning with my tutoring.

You will not only be able to speak Japanese, but you will grasp the traits of the Japanese language, traditions, history, culture, and, most importantly, the uniquely Japanese styles of courtesy and customs simultaneously!

I teach practical Japanese so you can actually communicate and exchange proper responses with real Japanese with a sense of smooth conversation. My teaching method varies depending on the student's level.

Do you want to take a trip to Japan with your family? Is your business or company involved with Japanese customers or suppliers?

Is it your dream to work for a Japanese company in the future? Do you want to understand Japanese anime or movies?

Do you hang out with Japanese friends or have an interest in the Japanese language and culture? Do you want to speak, read and write Japanese?

Are you struggling?

Perhaps you went to a Japanese language school, but when you saw Japanese anime or movies you still did not understand? Then you wondered WHY, didn'™t you! After all, you paid so much money for school!

Here is the answer: most of the school are not teaching true and complete Japanese! Yes, they are teaching proper Japanese very well. but it only works for some test like a JLPT or speaking at work.

The SECRET is that Japanese people do not speak proper Japanese all the time. They usually speak casual, informal Japanese when they are talking with friends and family, and there are gender differences in spoken Japanese!

Japanese movies and anime cartoons, manga, are mostly stories of friends and family, NOT stories of formal work.

That is why you need to know proper Japanese and casual, informal Japanese both! The Japanese culture and language have customs and orders which you must know and understand completely!

I teach both of these structures at the same time. You need to know when and how to change from proper verbs to casual, informal verbs, and then you will begin to understand the Japanese anime and movies!

I am very strong in teaching proper Japanese, including reading and writing Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. If you are only interested in JLPT Training (any level), we can certainly work with that.

However, I also teach business Japanese, word beautification, gender differences in spoken Japanese, proper and casual conversations, polite language, humble language, and respectful verbs. This is necessary for improving your personal and business relations!

I also teach Japanese slang along with many other aspects of the Japanese culture. Whatever you need or want to learn, I am here to assist you!

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can tutor you in private lessons at your home or at a public cafe. I am experienced with teaching all levels and all ages!

I give a fun, relaxed lesson and work to teach the precise and gentle true Japanese way in a friendly and open-minded one-on-one session.

I believe you will find everything you need, because I am focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction. I will do everything I can to meet your expectations, and with a variety of offerings to choose from, I am sure you will be happy working with me!

I teach basic through advanced Japanese.
I also teach ORIGAMI (Japanese paper craft), how to make SUSHI, and how to hold the Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony. I am able to give you information about J-POP and traditional Japanese songs as well. We can have fun with those, too.

If you would like to have a lesson once per week or twice per week, let's discuss the possibilities!

I do not usually set up a specific 10-hour or 20-hour plan, because it all depends on the student's level.

I then find the best speed for each student. At that point, if you want to stop at 10 hours, that is fine, and you can stop! Or, if you want to continue to do the class, you can continue. You may stop at 8, 15 or 30 sessions... whatever is best for you!

Do you want to speak Japanese for a few conversations... or do you want to speak Japanese fluently? Or perhaps you want to take a Japanese Language Proficiency Test? That all depends on your achievement!

You can let me know if you want to continue or not anytime! Let's go from there!

If you have any questions about my tutoring, please feel free to contact me. TakeLessons.

Hope to see you soon :)

ARIGATOU :)

God Bless You!

Toshi

Sachie H. Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Subjects Taught

College Admissions, ESL, Japanese, Language, Study Skills, Test Prep

About Me

Hi! I'm Sachie H.
Here is a quick profile:

Private tutor [ESL, Japanese, enrichment]: 2002 - current
High School Japanese teacher: 2005 - current
University Japanese teacher: 2011-2012

BA Japanese Language and Culture from University of Santa Barbara
Single Subject Credential in teaching Japanese from Cal State Long Beach
MA TESOL - in progress at Biola University

Takeshi T.

Commerce City, CO
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Andrew E.

Portland, OR
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Minh V.

San Francisco, CA
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Takeshi T. Commerce City, CO

Subjects Taught

Japanese

About Me

My main teaching experience is to help the students who are taking Japanese classes in school. However, I'd like to help others who may be studying Japanese by themselves or like to start studying Japanese due to their business needs etc.

Andrew E. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Acoustic Guitar, Adobe Photoshop, Algebra, Arithmetic, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Country Singing, Creative Writing, Cycling, Drum, Ear Training, Elementary Math, English Literature, Flamenco Guitar, Flugelhorn, Guitar, Harmonica, Italian, Japanese, Jazz Voice, Kazoo, Linguistics, Logic Pro Software, Mandolin, Math, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Singing, Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Songwriting, Spanish, Swimming, Tango, Trumpet, Upright Bass, Violin, WordPress, Writing

About Me

Andrew E., Artist, Performer, Composer and Educator, has established a following as an outstanding Guitarist and gifted musician. A Bandleader and highly sought after Live Sound Engineer, E. has performed for the PDX Jazz Festival, on countless national and international tours, as well as countless other private events and venues around Portland and the surrounding area. E. has also mixed or had a hand in production at almost every major venue in Portland, Eugene, and Bend. His musical style incorporates everything from various early ethnic folk songs to modern 20th century atonal works, from broadway musicals to driving funk and math rock. His performances highlight his mastery of the guitar and his tasteful facility with the instrument. E. is a recent graduate of Portland State University where he received his Bachelors of Music Performance with Emphasis on Jazz Studies. E. continues to play around town with various exciting projects and is an in-demand recording artist and engineer. Andrew E. also teaches at Guitarfish Music Studio in the Portland area. Andrew has studied or played with such luminaries in the jazz world as Darrell Grant, Tom Guarna, John Stowell, George Colligan, Dan Balmer, Dan Gildea, Charley Gray, Ezra Weiss, Farnell Newton, Alan Jones, Dave Valdez, Nicole Glover, Chris Johnedis, and Jon Lakey.

Minh V. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Japanese, Vietnamese

About Me

I am a Minh, a graduate school student at University of San Francisco.

Can I use Microsoft Words? Yes.
Do I teach people how to use Microsoft Words? No.
Can I play bass? Yes.
Do I teach people how to play bass? No.
Can I cook? Yes, I cook everyday.
Do I teach people how to cook? No.

I don't teach what I can do.
I only teach what I can teach.

About my language teaching:

I was born in Vietnam but I spent most of my life growing up in Japan.
I speak both Japanese and Vietnamese as my first languages.

I have worked at a Japanese language school only for one year, however teacher wasn't my job there.
I have never taught Vietnamese to anyone before.
I have never actually learned Japanese or Vietnamese at school.

But,
I went to school in both Japan and Vietnam:
Kindergarten in both Japan and Vietnam,
Primary school in both Japan and Vietnam,
Middle school in both Japan and Vietnam,
High school in Vietnam and college in Japan.
I speak Vietnamese with my family and friends.
I speak Japanese with everyone around me, everyday during the past 6 years.
I have a wide range of experience using Japanese both in academic settings and business settings.
My field of study in graduate school right now is bilingual education.

Therefore,
if you want to learn Japanese or Vietnamese for your exams, I may not be the right person.
But, if you want to actually use Japanese or Vietnamese in your daily life or for you business, I could help you.

About my music teaching:

I've been playing guitar for 8 years and electronic music for 4 years. I can teach basic knowledge about music and guitar skills. I've been in different bands with different genres and playing gigs with the songs that I write every now and then in my spare time.
I've taught myself and I'm still teaching myself how to be a good musician. I would love to share and offer the same experience for you. I respect all musicians at different levels so don't be worried even if you've never even touched a guitar before.

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