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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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Piano and Ukulele
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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 Are
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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. 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 the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students 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:

*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 acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, 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
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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Robert O. August 10, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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About Kristin S.

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Fort Worth, TX
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About Kristin
I love to learn, and love to find creative and fun ways to help others learn! I am patient, caring, reliable, and willing to go the extra mile to help my students achieve their goals. My tutoring experience includes Geometry, Pre-Algebra, Elementary Math, English, Spelling, Reading, and Reading Comprehension. I have experience working with children with Attention Deficit Disorder and behavioral disorders, and seek to help all my students grow both academically and personally.
With Master's degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of Texas at Arlington (Social Work) specializing in counseling, I am also in a unique position to teach Bible studies and provide Life Coaching. My heart is to help others find the path that God has designed uniquely for them, and experience a full and satisfying life (Joh
n 10:10). I look forward to meeting and working with all my clients, each one a person of great worth!
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Kendall M. August 27, 2015
· Math · In home
Kristin helped my daughter brush up on Algebra and math skills in order to pass her college entrance exam. She really helped her achieve her goal. She passed with flying colors. We will be using Kristin again. Thanks Kristin!
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Kristin S.

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About Courtney K.

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Eureka, CA

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About Courtney
Courtney Elizabeth King has been teaching since 2012 and is available for private lessons in person or online. Courtney possesses a passion for the English language, and she uses this passion to help students improve their writing, speaking, and reading skills. She has studied to teach native speakers and non-native speakers of English and can tailor her lessons to match any student goal.

Courtney attended Truman State University where she graduated with a B.A. in English in 2011. After that, she moved across the country to Washington State University where she received her M.A. in English Literature and began teaching international students. After that, she moved back to the midwest where she worked on her M.A. TESOL at Central Michigan University while teaching English to speakers of other languages full-time. She completed her M.A.
TESOL in 2016.
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Kaz O. June 13, 2017
· ESL · Online
Courtny is a teacher who has a lot of experience, knowledge, kindness, patience and cute smiles. Her lesson is fun and she is a great motivator to learn English for me.
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ESMERALDA S. May 4, 2017
· English · Online
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Joel March 14, 2017
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Courtney is an enthusiastic, dedicated teacher who loves to help others. Her professional attitude is match only by her commitment to her work. She's also just a super-cool person.
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About Adriana M.

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Wilmington, DE

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I have a passion for learning languages and love sharing it with others. With over 17 years of teaching experience I am sure to make your journey fun and interesting. Besides teaching I love reading, traveling, hiking and cooking.
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Deborah September 4, 2017
· Italian · In home
I had a wonderful time learning with Adriana before my recent trip to Italy. It was my first time, and I thought it would be nice to know some useful phrases before I went. Not only is Adriana an excellent teacher of the Italian language (I was only able to just tap into her expertise given the little time I gave us before my trip), but she also has extensive knowledge of Italian culture. My time in Italy was so much more meaningful thanks to our lessons. I can't recommend her highly enough! Buon divertimento!
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Adriana M.

Adriana M.

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About Anna (Carlini) G.

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Truckee, CA
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About Anna (Carlini)
I was born in Italy and came to the U.S. with my family. I was educated in the U.S. and returned to Italy to live and work for the U.S. Navy. There I met and married my husband. We returned to the U.S. and had two beautiful children. I have been teaching Italian in the Lake Tahoe area for nine years now, and have every intention of continuing to do so on a different platform then a standard classroom. I find that students learn faster and better when they are in their own setting and comfortable.

My goal is to make certain each student from beginner to advanced walks away knowing Italian more then when he/she started, and are happy with me and with the results.
I want to make sure that each student feels comfortable in conversing in Italian, and that he/she truly believes that learning Italian is possible.
I provide lessons fr
om beginner to advanced to all that wish to learn or improve their Italian. Each lesson is based on each student's knowledge base and the goal that they wish to achieve. Knowledge in any given subject is like gold.

Cancelling or rescheduling your class: If you need to cancel or reschedule a lesson it is possible, but I would require 24 hrs. notice prior to your scheduled lesson time.
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Brittney October 11, 2017
· Italian · In studio
Anna is a fantastic instructor! Lessons included grammatical break downs, vocabulary, current and historical Italian events, and more. The classes were informative, adaptive to the students needs, and fun. It was always a pleasantly interactive setting where I was speaking with a good friend, and it just happened to be in Italian.
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Alice September 20, 2017
· Italian · In studio
Anna is an enthusiastic and hardworking teacher who always sought to personalize her instruction, based not only on my level but on special topics of interest that I wanted to explore. Our sessions together were always fun and productive. I believe that listening to and speaking with a native born teacher is essential!
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Tanya September 19, 2017
· Italian · Online
Anna is excellent whether you are a beginner or advanced Italian speaker! She knows just how to pace the class, and always modified it so that it was perfectly fit for me. She was so patient!! I never felt uncomfortable or rushed to learn, and she always seemed to have so many different ways to teach me the language; whether it was sentence structure, verb conjugation, new work pronunciation - it didn't matter, she was so creative with so many different ways to learn it all.
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About DaNece L.

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Boise, ID
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I started the violin when I was eight years old and taught my first student when I was 17. As a musician, I love the experience of making music in professional orchestras, chamber groups, and solo playing as much as I love teaching it to students of every age and level. I am an approachable, nurturing teacher who will provide you with valuable technical skills needed to become the violinist you want to be! I am a registered Suzuki teacher.
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Bill Barmes September 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Very patient teacher appreciate her skills
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About Lisa M.

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Lincoln, NE

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I'm a Spanish teacher with a B.A. in Spanish and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. I've lived and studied in central Mexico and taught Spanish in a school setting since 2011. All of this means that I can tailor lessons to your needs and teach you academic Spanish and real world Spanish.

I'd love to help you:
-catch up in your school classes.
-supplement your home school curriculum.
-learn basic Spanish to teach your young kids.
-prepare for an upcoming trip.
-work on your conversational Spanish.

Maybe you wish you would have worked harder to learn Spanish in high school or college. It's not too late! I can create lessons tailored to your needs. Learning Spanish doesn't have to be boring drills or overwhelming vocabulary lists.

I can't wait to share my love of Spanish with you!
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Rebecca October 14, 2017
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Lisa is a wonderful instructor who has a definite passion for teaching and her students. She is willing to go the extra mile and think creatively to help her students understand the material. She is encouraging, quick-witted, and has a never-give-up spirit that is contagious.
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Lisa M.

Lisa M.

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About nicole S.

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Fashion student, long island girl, fan of baseball and cosmopolitans
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nicole S.

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