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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

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 cla
sses 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. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. 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.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*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:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, 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
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Wan C. January 5, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
I am a senior student and Jesse knew what was needed to develop a course of classwork and homework to enable me to have more fun with the melodious ukulele. I appreciate his clear, concise, and congenial approach — serious, mindful, and leisurely.
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Ricky R. December 16, 2018
· Violin · In studio
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Vanessa October 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I like these singing classes
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Judy E.

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Los Gatos, CA
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I have taught may different kinds of subjects, ESL, Drug and Alcohol Education, Social services, in the past. Mostly, though, I have taught piano, my first and greatest love, starting in the 70's and off and on until I took it full time during the past 2 years. I develop special relationships with all of my students, and together with individually specific incentives, nearly all my students progress very quickly in their learning. I enjoy children of all ages as well as adults.
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Jaclyn B. March 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson, really excited to continue learning from Judy!
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Tracey Q. December 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Judy had my son up and playing in no time. She was great about setting a pace that will keep him challenged and confident simultaneously. He loves his lessons and looks forward to learning more. My youngest, after observing a class, has decided he would like to play too!
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Andy Z. October 30, 2015
· Piano · In home
Judy E did good job for her first class. Both Andy and Jody like her. They are looking forward to the next class,
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Judy E.

Los Gatos, CA 95032
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$25 / 30-min

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Seaside, CA
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I am a Spanish native speaker with a Bachelors degree in Bilingual Executive Communication. I have been tutoring kids and adults for 8 years. I can help you improve your skills in Spanish and English, as well as help you with homework from other subjects, test preparation and study skills to maintain or improve your score.
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Vivian B. October 12, 2018
· Spanish · In home
The lesson was very good, and gave us some tools to practice at home before next week.
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Amanda May 29, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
I've been working with Graciela over the past 8 months to improve my Spanish grammar and conversational skills. Graciela is excellent at tailoring her teaching style to my evolving skills, and she's great at making sure I have the resources to practice on my own. For someone like me, who has low-intermediate speaking and comprehension skills, it's extremely valuable to have an instructor who conducts sessions almost entirely in Spanish (with only very occasional transitions to English to aid in my understanding of subtle points). Graciela's fluency in both languages makes her an ideal tutor for both beginning and advanced students. I'd absolutely recommend her.
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Richard M. May 3, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Well prepared, easy style to adjust to students abilities
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Graciela W.

Graciela W.

Seaside, CA 93955
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$35 / 30-min

About Seiko D.

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Saratoga, CA
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About Seiko
I enjoy teaching Japanese. I am a native Japanese speaker, born and raised in Japan. I have a college degree in Japan with a secondary teaching credential as well as a BS degree in the US. Prior to a Japanese tutor, I worked at global companies in Japan and the US for 15+ years would be a plus for tutoring and mentoring your goals.

Everyone has a different style and level of learning languages. I teach beginners to advanced levels. My sessions would be individually tailored based on your interests, necessary improvements, and goals. You would most likely use textbooks during sessions. For school students, I am familiar with textbooks being used in the bay area. I teach my students based on their school classes and assignment preparations. For business needs, my work experience would help you not only learning the language but also str
engthening your communication skills in understanding of its cultural aspects and nuance. For job seekers and Japanese college applications, I have experience of reviewing and proofreading resume and essays as well as AP/JLPT test preparations.

I also teach group lessons (2+ people more). Please ask for the rate.
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Nikolaos August 29, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Seiko walks with me every lesson through the "Japanese for busy people" book and I like how she asks me to go through exercises in japanese so I can get used to listening. We also spend time enriching vocabulary.
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Javier January 25, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
It was a fantastic lesson! I learned a lot (: Arigatou Gozaimasu
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George O. January 7, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
It was very exciting to learn with her and I am excited for future lessons.
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Seiko D.

Seiko D.

Los Gatos, CA 95030
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$55 / 45-min

About Tarun B.

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Cupertino, CA
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My name is Tarun B. and I am a native Hindi speaker. I have been teaching Hindi to kids and adults from last 15 years. I love teaching Hindi and try to make it fun. I teach conversational Hindi as well as reading and writing. I use storybooks, games, hands-on materials, flash cards so the students learn faster. Recently I wrote a book, Understand and Speak Hindi, which is available on Amazon.
Looking forward to work with you,
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Hema September 24, 2018
· Hindi · In studio
Super pro. Has all the tools for a beginning child: textbook but also story books, posters, images, videos. Sends message with the homework and links to what they did in class. Knows exactly how to start the child with the language, very clear step by step progression. My daughter looks forward to the lesson, so that says it all.
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Sudip June 29, 2018
· Hindi · In studio
Taruna is a great Hindi teacher. She presents the learning as a fun and interesting way. She is very sincere and loved by kids.
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Sara LaMarch January 24, 2018
· Hindi · In home
Warm and welcoming first session; I feel confident that Tarun will expand my knowledge of Hindi
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Tarun B.

Cupertino, CA 95014
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San Jose, CA
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My name is Upasana.I am a teacher and I have been teaching for last few years before moving from India to bay area.If you are looking to read and write fluent Hindi.This is one stop place for you.My class will be a one hour class once a week. (45 minutes of teaching and 15 minutes of storytelling in Hindi.)Please make your kids learn the language you grew up with.Let them know Indian culture, history, and mythology through stories.Let them connect to their roots by means of language.
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sfd S.

San Jose, CA 95124
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$25 / 30-min

About Ashwini S.

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Cupertino, CA
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Hindi being a National Language Of India. Most of the parents in the USA are willing to make their children Hindi literate along with communication.
I take the privilege to help them to reach their goal.
As Hindi is a foreign language, it will certainly help high schoolers to raise their credits.

Hindi is taught from the basics
1)Vowels and consonants
2) bharakhadi
3) samyukta vyanjan
4) simple words and sentences
5) with in 6 classes students will be able to read and write simple words and sentences
6) then first grade CBSE textbook will be started, by giving word meanings followed by question and answer, fill in the blanks
7) after the completion of portions upto 25 marks, one work sheet the same pattern of test paper will be given followed by the test
8) after 4 tests one annual exam for 100 marks will be conducted. All your s
cores will be registered
9) Hindi Grammar will be taught as and when needed
10) all communication will be purely in Hindi
11) textbooks are available upto 5 grade
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Soniya B. February 9, 2019
· Hindi · Online
Excellent tutor!
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Vanessa P. November 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She is a really good instructor.

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Vanessa
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Eliot S. September 20, 2018
· Hindi · In studio
Ashwini is very kind, patient, and teaches according to your level. I highly recommend!
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Ashwini S.

Cupertino, CA 95014
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Capitola, CA

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Hi everybody I'm Anna, i'm Italian and I live in California from 13 years. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology of Marketing and I have been teaching Italian and Spanish for the last 5 years.

I teach Italian language to speak with confident and clarity. I'm specialized in teaching grammar and I push my students to speak Italian as much as possible during the lessons in a friendly atmosphere. This is a great way to improve or learn Italian in a reasonable time frame.

I love to travel, to teach and to cook Italian recipes for my friends and family!
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Ericka October 28, 2018
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Anna does a great job of integrating cultural factors and practical application in to our lessons. I really appreciate her enthusiasm and positive attitude. She is very patient and has great attitude .
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Mary October 26, 2018
· Italian · In studio
I really enjoyed my first lesson with Anna, and I look forward to future lessons. She was very patient, kind and helpful. She was also really personable -- very funny and fun to talk with.
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Jack October 25, 2018
· Italian · In studio
Anna is awesome! Really great instructor. I enjoyed my lesson and she was both entertaining and gave great guidance. I would highly recommend her. Grazie mille!
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Anna S.

Anna S.

Capitola, CA 95010
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About Toby M.

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San Jose, CA

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Enjoy customized lessons (beg-adv level) from a professional teacher/performer/composer who makes learning music exciting and rewarding. I promise you will learn to play songs in just a few lessons. I also maintain standards of excellence with tailored technical exercises, theory, and sight-reading practice customized to each unique individual. Detailed curriculum provided as well as weekly practice instructions. My students have 2 recitals a year at a gorgeous recital hall with a Steinway grand.

At a young age, I was earning scholarships and entry to competitive piano master classes; I then earned a BA in classical piano performance. Due to my many years of both individual private piano and university teaching, I am able to customize lessons to best fit each unique individual and use my knowledge of theory and music history to make
each lesson exciting and enjoyable.
I use games and apps to make learning music fun for younger children mixed in with playing and singing. I specialize in theory, repertoire, and technique and will find the perfect technical exercises to help you perfect that Mozart sonata or Rachmaninoff prelude. I also love teaching beginners and seeing them learn to love music.

I am a composer and work with my band. I have a music channel online (see videos) featuring original music written by me and performed by my band. I compose original piano compositions as well as rock/classical mash-ups with my band. I teach many of my students arranging and composing and several examples of my students playing original pieces that I helped them compose/arrange can be seen in the video section of my Profile.

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Yasuko December 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter started taking piano lessons 1.5 years ago, but I couldn't find a teacher who was a good match for her. I found Ms. Toby about 4 months ago and my daughter is now very happy. My daughter wanted to have a teacher with energy, who will motivate and challenge her, and can find the space between too hard and too easy. Ms. Toby's practice routines, song selection, and teaching style has made a huge impact on my daughter's skill in just a few months. Now she is excited to practice the piano in the morning - sometimes she wants to keep practicing instead of going to school! Ms. Toby also lets my daughter have space to practice a song that my daughter wrote, and is helping to guide her and develop these skills as well. With Ms. Toby, my daughter performed in her first recital in October, along with Ms. Toby's other students. It was a great chance for her to challenge herself and play in a music hall in front of a large group of people. I am very pleased to have her as a piano teacher.
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Steve December 11, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Toby has been a fantastic instructor for my eight-year-old. From the beginning, she has always been responsive, timely and professional in all scheduling and interactions. She has a remarkable ability to figure out and focus in on a child's talents and interests. My daughter has a particular fondness for composing, which I would have NEVER figured out on my own. But Toby has brought it out and fostered it, and at our first recital recently, my daughter performed her own composition! I have been pretty stunned to see her continual growth and I credit Toby 100 percent with developing it!
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Jessica December 11, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My 10yr old daughter has been doing lessons with Toby for almost 2 years. She is making great progress and she really enjoys the lessons, she is always eager to go and especially loves that she gets to pick out some songs to learn and has even worked on her own composition! Toby is really helping to foster her love of music and we are excited to continue to see her progress!
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Toby M.

Toby M.

San Jose, CA 95124
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About Carmen G.

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Spanish Native Professor with Master’s in Spanish, Bachelor’s in English, PhD Course , California Single Subject Credential in Spanish, CLAD. Teaching All levels including DELE/SIELE Prep exams. More than 20 yrs of experience in USA and Internationally.

I am a Native Spanish Teacher from Spain with a very strong academic background in Spanish language and Culture combined with over twenty years of experience working in public and private institutions in California and Europe. During all these years, I had the opportunity to work in King City District in Elementary Bilingual School, Monterey and Marina High School with students from diverse backgrounds, migrant students, and students with special needs.
Also, I have been working as adjunct instructor in Cabrillo College teaching different Spanish levels, and currently I am working as ad
junct professor for Monterey International Institute /MIIS beside my part time position for Monterey Adult School.
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Jessica S. December 18, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Carmen is upbeat and energetic, and she tailored the lesson to meet my needs. I am eager to continue my lessons with her!
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Carmen G.

Monterey, CA 93940
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