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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Learn how to learn English, have fun, and accomplish more than you would in a class.

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

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Flute, & Saxophone
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Piano, Ukulele, & Drums
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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 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. 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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Kalena July 31, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Our son has been taking trumpet lessons with Jesse for almost a year now. It’s been a wonderful experience working with Jesse! He is a kind and passionate person. He cares about his students and motivates them in a positive way! Our son comes home telling us how nice and talented Jesse is. We are very happy to be working with him and Jesse is a great teacher!
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Sergey July 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I really enjoyed taking my lessons with Jesse as a novice singer. He is a true professional, and I like how he tailored his approach to my individual style and needs. Can't recommend him enough!
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Melissa June 24, 2018
· Tuba · In studio
Jesse is a really good teacher in not only just tuba, but music in general. He explains musical concepts in an intuitive way through patterns or playing it out to the student. I really enjoy the lessons I have with him and I feel that I'm becoming a better musician.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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Covers American and British English, reading, writing and conversing effectively; grammar lessons, and practice conversational skills.Background information on accents and difference between Australian and Canadian and American dialects. Confidence building, structure, dialects, and specialized subjects such as English as a Universal Language of Business.

About James
New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Sarah B. July 6, 2018
· Acting · In home
James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day
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Adam May 23, 2018
· Singing · Online
Good at explaining and making sure I understand every concept i need to super well. Seems like he wants the best for me, which is a very important quality in any type of coach.
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Paula D. March 12, 2018
· Method Acting · Online
James gave me some very important information about how to act well. He suggested I audition for a play, which I am planning to do, and he gave me some good professional and vocational tips, James is also very compassionate and funny. Definitely several points above average!
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About Lawrence G.

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Rio Rancho, NM
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A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, I possess a wealth of experience with the English language. Whether English is your native language, or whether you are beginning to wrestle with it as your second language, I can assist you in a fun filled, yet productive, one-on-one tutoring environment.

About Lawrence
Lawrence loves to teach music, especially piano and organ. He began studying the piano at age 5; by age 12 he was studying the pipe organ and performing at church services in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois.

A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the University of Massachusetts in Boston, he has continued his private musical studies throughout his adult life with distinguished faculty members from the Cornell College School of Music, the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the Winthrop University Conservatory of Music.

Presently, he teaches private music lessons in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque, and is the Director of Music & Liturgy at Church of the Incarnation in Rio Rancho. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists.
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Nicholas May 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very personable and seems to be a good fit with our 6 year old. Were looking forward to our next lesson.
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Clifford S. February 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very good instructor.
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About Mary S.

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San Jose, CA
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Business Conversation, Social Interactions, Accent Reduction, Grammar, Reading, Academic and Business Writing.

About Mary
Because ESL, particularly conversation ESL, requires group participation, I have decided to accept only group tutoring, with a minimum of 3 people, $20 per person or $60 per group.

I have been an ESL instructor at the community college level for over 30 years. Because of my love for teaching non-native speakers of English, I have founded English for Professional Development for those aspiring to go beyond academia. For these career-oriented achievers, I have had the opportunity to teach at major companies in Silicon Valley by helping them climb the corporate ladder. I hope we will be able to establish a relationship that is a long-lasting one. My goal is to pass on my knowledge to you, and if you can learn from me and pass that on to another, then I will have achieved my goal as a tutor.

*Accent Red
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*Social Interactions
*Business Communications
*Speak with Confidence
*Business Writing
*Academic Writing
*Grammar (all levels)
*Conversational Skills
*Reading (all levels)
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Mary S.

San Jose, CA 95124
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$30 / 30-min

About Henry M.

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San Jose, CA

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CTESOL certified teacher with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. Emmy Award-winning writer with experience in all aspects of language and culture, including business, economics, law, government, theology, history and primary education. I speak three languages and I'm learning Polish, enabling me to take the learner's perspective. I've taught all levels and all aspects of the language, including pronunciation, business english, English for Special Purposes, TOEFL and SAT.

About Henry
Award winning journalist and teacher with international experience, having lived and worked in both Europe and the United States. Certified teacher with experience in all levels and with all ages.
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Shaun June 19, 2018
· German · Online
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Jacek March 16, 2018
· English · In home
I am very satisfied and happy
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Blake H. December 29, 2017
· German · Online
The past five months spent with Henry teaching me my second language has been worthwhile. My decision to choose him as my instructor has paid off exponentially. He immediately immerses you in the language and steadily increases your exposure as you gain proficiency. This is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher, someone to push and challenge me to learn but also there when I was having difficulty.

As someone who has zero experience with the German language he definitely provided the firm foundation I needed to confidently continue my studies alone. I have no doubt when the time comes for more lessons I will revert back to Henry.

Er ist ein sehr guter Lehrer!
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San Jose, CA 95113
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About Jinky B.

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Whether you are interested in perfecting your English grammar or practicing English conversational skills, lessons are catered to each student's goals.

About Jinky
Bonjour!

I really enjoy teaching everything about the French and English languages. If you're looking to brush up on your French, looking for an after-school tutor for help in a French course or would like to start learning this lovely language, I am happy to personalize tutoring sessions to your goals!

I graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's of Arts in French, French Literature and Psychology. I have over 8 years of teaching experience. I have studied in Paris and lived in Tours, where I taught English to high school students preparing for the Baccalauréat. In the US, I have taught ESL courses to adults and French I-IV to high school students in the Jacksonville area.

If you're curious to read more about French or language learning in general, listed below are a few articles I have written for the TakeLessons
blog. Check them out along with all the wonderful articles written by other TakeLessons tutors!

-July 2017: 20 Insider Tips for Traveling to France http://takelessons.com/blog/tips-for-traveling-to-france-z04

-Nov 2016: 3 Helpful Tips When You're Lost in Conversation
http://takelessons.com/blog/conversational-language-tips-z14

-Oct 2016: How to Greet Someone in France
http://takelessons.com/blog/French-greetings-z04

-Aug 2016: How to Stop Wasting Your Money and Time on Language Lessons
http://takelessons.com/blog/are-language-lessons-worth-it

-May 2016: Bon Voyage: 50 Useful French Phrases for Travelers
http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-french-phrases-travelers-z04

-Apr 2016: 5 Helpful French Pronunciation Hacks for Beginners
http://takelessons.com/blog/french-pronunciation-hacks-z04

-Apr 2016: 7 Proven Strategies to Help You Ace Your Next AP French Exam http://takelessons.com/blog/ap-french-exam-strategies-z04

-Mar 2016: Language App Review: MosaLingua
http://takelessons.com/blog/french-app-review-mosalingua-z04
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Haley October 15, 2017
· French · Online
Go Jinky!
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· French · Online
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Sophia F. May 1, 2016
· French · Online
She is wonderful and incredibly patient with my daughter.
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About Dianne N.

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I hold a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Prior to earning my masters degree, I was a bilingual educator for six years. In addition, I have conducted research in language acquisition and have been trained using research based learning strategies.

About Dianne
Hello, I am a certified teacher and also an engineer. My main goal as an educator is to help students realize their true potential. Beyond helping my students complete homework or learn a new skill I provide them with tools for success. I teach my students so they can take charge of their learning.

I hold a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Prior to earning my masters degree, I was a bilingual educator for six years. In addition, I have conducted research in language acquisition and math and have been trained using research based learning strategies. I also hold a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked six years in this field.

I work with students all ages. I am available for homework, homeschooling, and enrichment activities. Before meeting with my students, I gather the ne
cessary information in order to create a lesson plan that will meet the student's specific needs. I have extensive experience in curriculum design. My approach to teaching is student-centered. I use a variety of methods to ensure that students are active participants in the learning process and get the most out of instruction.

I have worked with students with special needs including, learning disabled, ADHD and gifted and talented. When planning my lessons, I make sure that the activities included are appropriate for the student and use students feedback in future planning.
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Dianne N.

Castro Valley, CA 94546
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$45 / 30-min

About Marie F.

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I am a certified ESL teacher. I received my CELTA certification from University of Cambridge. This is considered one of the top two ESL certificates worldwide. My classes are designed with your interests and goals in mind. I teach every student differently because every student learns differently. I teach speaking, reading, writing, listening, pronunciation and academic and professional writing. I have worked students from elementary school through PhD students and adult professionals.

I love the English language and I am always enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge with my students. My most important goals as a teacher are to make sure you achieve the highest possible English level and that you enjoy studying English with me.

About Marie
I have been an educator for more than ten years. In that time, I've taught and tutored English, Language Arts and Spanish to students from elementary to PhD level. I also help students study for the SAT, ACT and TOEFL tests and coach students through the college and graduate school application process. I love teaching and learning. I am patient, enthusiastic and dedicated to my students.

My teaching philosophy can be summed up in a few words : learning should be fascinating, individualized and fun. Helen Keller said, “ A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.” My goal is to help my students ask the questions that will lead them to deeper understanding. The poet Mark Van Doreen said, “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” In our lessons, I will help you make discoveries that will inspire you
to keep learning.

When I’m not teaching, I love reading, exploring the California coast, writing poetry and singing loudly.
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Marie F.

Pacifica, CA 94044
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