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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, 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
https://takelessons.com/profile/tyler-j8

Piano, Ukulele, & Drums
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 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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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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Ayse K. March 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
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· Japanese · Online
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Janet B.

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I'm an experienced tutor and coach in English (reading, writing, grammar, composition), government, political science, law and LSAT prep.

I can help you improve your grades or advance your career. I have a great deal of experience working with ESL learners, including speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Korean.

I can teach you how to write effective essays, academic papers, business presentations, website copy, marketing material, correspondence, emails, business plans, executive summaries, resumes, and many other types of writing. I have helped my students prepare successfully for the TOEFL, TOEIC, and a number of other exams. I'm also available for quick editing and proofreading assignments.

If you're a law or paralegal student, I can teach substantive legal topics, legal writing and research skills, and exam prep. I ca
n also help business students with business law courses.

Contact me, and I'll design a tutoring plan that best suits your needs!

If you select me as a tutor, please contact me before scheduling a specific lesson date and time, if possible. It's easier for both of us to confirm times in advance!
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Jessica August 16, 2017
· LSAT · Online
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Janet B.

Janet B.

Oakland, CA 94618
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About Mary S.

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San Jose, CA
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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
uction
*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.

Mary S.

San Jose, CA 95124
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$30 / 30-min

About Lella L.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Lella
I studied Musicology and Piano Performance at the Shandong Normal University School of Music, where I graduated with my BA in 2005. I taught music and established a band at a property management institute while a student there, and established my own practice after I graduated. I came to the United States in 2013, where I have continued to play piano and have joined a local band. I am happy to continue sharing my love of music with my students here.

I began tutoring Mandarin in January 2015. As a native speaker, I can guide you to a very high level, and help you learn to speak with a proper Chinese accent.

Please note: Online classes are available for Mandarin Chinese only. Piano lessons are only available in person.
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Mo March 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
5 stars' teacher
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Kayli September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We just had our first lesson and we hit a few bumps but my daughter has never had music instruction before so we're giving it another go next week to see if things go more smoothly. 3 stars above says meets expectations, and though it didn't, I just hesitate to give someone 2 stars based on one lesson.
Here are some details from class:
My daughter (K) just turned 5 but is pretty mature for her age and has expressed an interest in learning the piano so we signed up for individual lessons with Lella. At the start of class I mentioned again (I had noted it at booking time as well) that K has had zero experience with music instruction. Immediately Lella sat with K on the piano bench and started explaining treble clef sign, bass clef sign and what hands they relate to. Lella also has a thick accent as I was trying to follow along with her explanations with a little difficulty. She even asked if K speaks Chinese and I said "no" so she said "you're Indian right?" My daughter would look around from time to time while Lella was explaining at which point Lella would just keep seeing "Pay attention sweetie!" Then she asked my daughter to write the numbers 1-5 in a book and when she said she didn't know how to write the number 2, Lella laughed and said "you know, but you forgot right" so I spoke up and explained "no she has not been taught to write her numbers yet, but she can read/recognize them" to which Lella seemed very surprised, so I felt the need to say, "she's still in preschool. But if you write them she'll be able to tell you what they are." So then Lella switched to counts, explaining about the values of different notes. She asked my daughter if she had questions, to which my daughter said "I think I understand what you're saying, if it's just a circle that means four, but if it's a circle with a line..." And before she could finish her thought Lella said "no that's not a line, it's a stem". At another point when Lella asked if she had any questions, my daughter slowly said "yes... what's velour?" And when Lella looked confused I had to step in and explain that Lella was saying "value", the amount of counts for a note. By the end of the half hour lesson, Lella had reached her explanation of middle C, which she described to my daughter saying "this is middle C because it's in the middle, there are two black keys, then on the left is C. Can you find another one?" When K didn't respond right away, she repeated herself, and again another time. So I said "she really has had no previous music experience, I think you need to even explain to her that those are called keys, like there are black keys, white keys..." And Lella just looked at me confused.
At the end of the lesson I agreed to buy the theory book so we can practice that at home, and Lella asked if I can sit in on the next lesson to help explain things to my daughter, because she "doesn't really focus". I agreed to sit in on the lesson, for my own benefit so I can help her with HW since I also don't have music experience. But I also mentioned to Lella that her accent is quite strong and I think my daughter was having trouble understanding her, and Lella seemed surprised by that comment.
I don't know... it says on Lella's profile that she has worked with young kids but I can't really see how the class was any different from how she would teach me, an adult with no prior music experience.
Oh! I forgot to mention something so basic - when we met Lella she thought I was someone else so I re-introduced myself and introduced my daughter. Then as we were saying goodbye at the end of class I realized Lella had never introduced herself to my daughter, so I asked "oh, what would you like K to call you, Ms. Li, or Lella? Ms. Lella?" She said Lella was fine so I turned to K and said "Tell Lella bye K." It just hit me, I mean that's something about creating a relationship with a young student. Speaking to them directly, making that connection. Lella was really smiley which gave the impression she was friendly but she never really made a connection with K who is the student, not me.
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Marissa August 22, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Lella quickly recognized what I needed to practice and brought me a great book that helped me get back to where I was very quickly.
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Lella L.

San Francisco, CA 94124
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About Dianne N.

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Castro Valley, CA

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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.

Dianne N.

Castro Valley, CA 94546
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$45 / 30-min
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About Marie M.

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San Francisco, CA
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A native Californian, Marie is most known for her starring role in Warner Bros’ THE ART OF WAR as Julia with Wesley Snipes. Marie was handpicked by producer Cameron MacIntosh at her first professional audition for the Broadway show MISS SAIGON. Acting in films that have grossed over $400M, she has worked with Oscar, Tony, and Grammy award winning directors, producers and talent with companies such as Paramount, Fox and Warner Brothers. Has worked with talent with both Michael Mann and Oliver Stone twice each, Mark Wahlberg, and Ben Affleck.
Marie, as founder of a performing arts conservatory in downtown LA, has taught voice to hundreds of children for 10 years. Hollywood studios often called the conservatory to find talent including DreamWork’s Memoirs of a Geisha. Notable alumni include Monica Parales (Nickelodeon star, recording ar
tist), Melissa Reyes (Who’s the Next Pussycat ) and Nikki Soohoo (Peter Jackson’s Lovely Bones).
Having studied linguistics at UCLA and with the best voice teachers in the country from the Berklee College of Music to the Cleveland Institute of Music, Marie has clear knowledge of the anatomy of the voice, the articulators, and the specificity in creating phonemes. Her undergraduate foundation in Engineering and a graduate degree in Business uniquely positions her to coach clients working in those fields.
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Lincoln March 22, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Marie is an excellent teacher! I’m a student from China and currently studying MFA acting for film in New York. I’ve lived in America for more than 4 years. My English has gotten better after finishing college here in 2017. However, since I’m an actor now, sometimes I’m required to play roles without my thick Chinese accent in the way. With Marie’s help, my pronunciation has improved a lot in the past a few weeks. My American classmates say that my articulation is getting much better now. And I’m still just working on it!
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Ari March 16, 2018
· Accent Reduction · In studio
Marie is a dedicated, giving and conscientious instructor. Students really benefit from her time and expertise.
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Lincoln Fu February 27, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
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Marie M.

Marie M.

San Francisco, CA 94112
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$26 / 30-min

About Rafiqa R.

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Castro Valley, CA
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I am a Montessori school Director and a teacher. I have been teaching in Montessori school from past 13 years. I teach Hindi as a foreign language in my school too. I am a fluent Hindi speaker. I have 2 kids and they are fluent in Hindi as well.
I build up the lesson plans based on the students need. I can teach beginners, intermediate and advance levels.
Thank you, and all the best with your Hindi learning adventure.
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Rafiqa R.

Rafiqa R.

Castro Valley, CA 94546
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$34 / 30-min

About Marie F.

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Pacifica, CA
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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.

Marie F.

Pacifica, CA 94044
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$42 / 30-min

About Youlian D.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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I had been a Mandarin teacher for over 20 years in China.I have been a Mandarin tutor for over 6 years since i moved to the Bay Area.I teach both kids and adults. I have my own Mandarin service center. I am teaching Mandarin in some companies around bay area. I also do SAT and AP tutor for high school students. I am good with my students. My students are in different Chinese level. They have been making a lot of progress with me.
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Youlian D.

Youlian D.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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$50 / 30-min

About Lilia K.

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I am a San Francisco-based Russian language and diction tutor with more than 8 years of experience. I have a background in linguistics and speak four languages, I know very well how the language learning process works and I can share all my tips and techniques with you. At my classes, I mix and match modern teaching methods and always try to share vibrant, real-life aspects of the language with my students throughout the learning process. We use a lot of authentic materials that are sufficiently challenging but immersive, relevant and interesting. I work with students of all ages. I even have experience in teaching classes for 2-5-year-old kids.

I love digging into the origins of the Russian language, the grammar, the punctuation and other technical aspects that can be fascinating for language-lovers. I help develop good practice habit
s that enable you to maximize your learning experience and achieve your goals faster.

In addition to the language skills, my students can expect to acquire cultural knowledge. I have worked as theatre interpreter and I would love to share my knowledge of Russian theatre, music and drama.

I have certificates of Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language from the two most acclaimed linguistic universities in Russia: Moscow State University and Moscow State Linguistic University. I also have a BA cum laude in Linguistics and Translation; I am a professional interpreter and translator to/from English and Spanish.

For the past 6 years, apart from teaching the Russian language, I have worked as a theatre interpreter in Moscow and supported international productions as a Russian diction coach and interpreter in the UK, Spain and Hong Kong.
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Mark June 27, 2018
· Russian · Online
The lessons I took with Lilia did wonders for my pronounciation and grammar. She’s a wonderful teacher. I would recommend her to anyone studying the Russian language. Thanks again!
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Nick June 22, 2018
· Russian · Online
Russian classes with Lily is a fantastic experience, her enthusiasm and ability to explain things in detail are incredible, yet her main focus is on fluent communication. She also has many tips and suggestions to make language learning fun and effective, so now I feel more confident in my learning efforts. Thanks Lily!
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Anna June 22, 2018
· Dialect Coaching · In studio
The best educator possible! A star!
I am an opera singer. Lily worked with me privately when I needed help with a recital preparation. She is a phenomenal teacher - attentive, professional, very thorough. I would surely recommend her to anyone interested in coaching or language lessons.
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Lilia K.

Lilia K.

San Francisco, CA 94117
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