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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, 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
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Piano and Ukulele
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 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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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

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About Janet B.

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Oakland, CA
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I help students with reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension, pronunciation and accent reduction. I also help students prepare for English proficiency tests like the TOEFL.

About Janet
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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Oakland, CA 94618
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About Laurel T.

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San Francisco, CA
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I have taught English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Germany, Greece, and Turkey, and English as a Second Language (ESL) in California. In Germany, where I lived and worked for many years, I too had to learn a second language as a beginner to the level where I could function and work in a new society. So I teach from a student's point of view, understanding and sensitive to both the practical and emotional challenges you face.

About Laurel
As a teacher I recognize that all students have a predominant learning style, so I always work with each person as an individual, tailoring our lessons to discover and promote their innate abilities and interests. I am friendly and patient and work well with children of all ages as well as adults.

My background in English language training is extensive. I have a B.A. in English Literature, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification, along with ten years teaching experience in Europe and the Middle East. I also hold a M.Sc. in Biological Science.

My area of special expertise is writing, I can help anyone master the skill of expressing themselves effectively. I love grammar and can make it fun and easy to learn. I have developed curriculum and adapted existing teaching materials to fit students special needs.

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ese are areas of language training in which I excel:
• Grammar
• Reading Literacy (for both native speakers and ESL learners)
• Business and Vocational English
• Creative and Expository Writing
• English Conversation
• Exam Preparation
• Editing and Proofreading
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Sammie November 30, 2016
· English · Online
In the past two years, Laurel has helped me develop my reading and writing skills significantly as well as build graduate level vocabularies. She is very patient and sensitive to my needs, and she always makes our lessons fun! If you need help with the MCAT, GRE, LSAT, or any other graduate school entrance exams, I am sure Laurel will help you nail them and achieve your dreams!
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Renata A. September 30, 2016
· English · In home
Laurel was a great instructor for my parents who are studying ESL. They both enjoyed the conversation and learned a lot.
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Mehrnaz H. July 26, 2016
· Creative Writing · Online
I took a series of online creative writing lessons with Mrs. Taylor. She is one of the kindest and most intelligent persons I have worked with. She helped me find my writing style and patiently and carefully taught me about every aspect of creative writing. She told me not only about grammar and story structure, but also motivated and encouraged me to write a short story. From my first lesson with her, I knew that she is a gifted teacher, as she is knowledgeable and informed. Before taking lessons with her, I was writing in my journal, but now I have written my first piece. She provided meaningful and relevant ideas to help me find the flow of my story. Because of the excellent and exceptional way that she teaches, I have decided to continue with my creative writing.
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Laurel T.

Laurel T.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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$45 / 60-min

About Vanessa R.

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Chicago, IL
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I have taught many students and helped to pass state tests.

About Vanessa
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My name is Vanessa. I have a Bachelor's degree in English anda Master's degree in Literature. I started teaching college students in 2015 and elementary students in 2017 (since having my daughter). I evaluate each student and personalize the lesson for them, as every person learns differently. I track student's progress to ensure that my teaching approach is successful. I am very patient with students and make sure to have fun too. Lastly, I can negociate the pricing depending on the age of the student. I look forward to helping you,
Vanessa
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Evelyn September 15, 2017
· Writing · In home
She helps me a lot in grammar and writing.
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Vanessa R.

Vanessa R.

Online
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About Ulyana H.

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Broomfield, CO

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I am a native English speaker and able to help with reading, reading comprehension, writing and grammar.

About Ulyana
My name is Ulyana and I'm passionate about teaching and tutoring! I graduated with a B.S. from Rice University (Houston, TX), specializing in earth sciences. During my years there, I traveled quite a bit - including to Antarctica! - and took part in many science outreach activities with young students. While doing a Masters in planetary geoscience at Brown University (Providence, RI), I gained field experience in Iceland and used it as a research analog to past climate conditions on Mars. For my PhD, I trekked over 1500 miles in Nepal, studying glacial lake flooding hazards to Sherpa villages, as well as impacts of pollution on pristine high mountains, including Mt. Everest.

For seven years now, I have either tutored or taught, in classrooms and in the field, all age groups, sharing the joy of science, math - and learning in general! Mos
t recently I worked for National Geographic Student Expeditions, a program for high school students interested in learning photography, film, and field (outdoor) science. During the springtime, I am a visiting professor at Colorado College, teaching at the undergraduate level. My day job includes running my company, Science in the Wild, which gets kids and adults alike outside, learning and doing science around the world while on expedition. Our most recent was to the top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

When I was in my teens, I participated in many science fairs and symposia at the national and international level. Then I went to college and grad school in science. Pretty much, science has been my life! For any of your science needs, with a special focus on astronomy and geology (earth sciences), I'm here to help. I can also assist with physics, biology and chemistry. The sciences are interrelated and I've used them all in the past and in my current work. The same goes for math.

If you're interested in creative lessons - with a true focus on your learning experience, I'm your tutor! Often times when working out in the field in extreme locations (e.g., Antarctica and Mt. Everest), I have to MacGyver solutions on the fly. I want to teach you how to think. This skill will serve you well, long into the future.
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Jennifer G. October 17, 2017
· ESL · In home
Great instructor!! Very nice! Helped in every way possible!
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About Nadia R.

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San Antonio, TX
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Learning ESL with me will not feel like homework. We will practice together by focusing on every day activities as well as discussing topics of your choice. Learning ESL will be fun!

About Nadia
My name is Nadia and I enjoy teaching ESL. I first began teaching ESL in Thailand, where I fell in love with my students and the country as well. I spent most of my free time travelling, making friends with the locals, and perfecting my Thai. Teaching students ages 4-12 really gave me a broad understanding of the various lessons and activities that help students succeed and enjoy learning.

After Thailand, I taught in South Korea and just like in my previous school, I learned how to strengthen my lesson plans and manage my time better.

I enjoy teaching because it allows me to see how much I can help others in ways that are truly necessary. Teaching is also fun, innovative, and brings out the creative side of me which I love. Learning a new language is a wonderful skill and I encourage everyone to try to learn at least one new langua
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Nadia R.

Nadia R.

Online
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$17 / 30-min

About Kristine H.

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Sandy, UT
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I am certified in TESOL/ESL and have certification with the National Tutoring Association. I have traveled extensively abroad and worked alongside non-native English language learners in a variety of educational and corporate settings. I work as an Interventionist with ESL/ELL students, including refugees. Confidence is often a key factor in learning a new language and a great relationship with a tutor helps facilitate excellent poise and inner confidence! I teach English online to Chinese students. I help prepare adult English language learners for business interviews or for college essays/interviews. Learning a new language is fun; we use humor and a variety of engaging tools to assist with learning.

About Kristine
Greetings future student! I come from a long line of educators, from elementary school all the way up to college professors. My background check is on file with Wyzant.

I have been in the field of education in one way or another for as long as I can remember! I am certified by the National Tutoring Association and am certified in TESOL/ESL. I was a teacher's assistant in college and also worked in many of the resource labs on campus to help struggling students. I am a certified Substitute teacher, K-12, and also teach English to Chinese students online. I have degrees in Math and French, and graduated with honors. I have traveled abroad extensively and lived in a variety of cities here in the US. I am an Academic Coach and cover the range of skills needed to help support students in school. This includes both school , in-house, resou
rces for support and outside support, if needed. I will tailor our lessons based upon your individual learning style and goals. Confidence is the key to success in school, and often a great relationship with a tutor and academic coach is the foundation required for skilled navigation of our educational system. Both parents and students alike benefit from a great tutor / coach relationship. I look forward to learning more about you!
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FL November 11, 2017
· Common Core Math · In studio
Kristine has a gentle touch and puts my daughter at ease with her math struggles. We have tried several other tutors before settling on Kristine. As parents, we have a lot of anxiety about our daughter's school performance as well. Not only has Kristine helped bring up my daughter's grades and confidence, she has helped guide us on how to best use free resources at school to help our daughter. She has been instrumental in turning a negative experience with our daughter's school into a positive one. I do view her as an Academic Coach with a variety of skill sets. We have recommended her to others and have received similar excellent reviews.
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Kristine H.

Kristine H.

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$34 / 30-min

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