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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 along.

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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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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BRIAN July 18, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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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 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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Takekiyo August 19, 2017
· ESL · In studio
Thank you for your good lesson!
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Alex October 26, 2015
· ESL · In home
The best ESL teacher EVER
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Daniel October 18, 2015
· TOEFL · In home
I highly recommend, the best teacher I’ve had. Responsible! Caring!

I took TOEFL perpetration classes with Henry. He is very knowledgeable and a great teacher. Because of his experience in journalism he has amazing knowledge in writing, reading, speaking, He worked on my general English skills first because I thought I had enough proficiency in English while I didn't, and after some classes he started TOEFL, he definitely knows what area of English I was weak in so, step by step, he lead me in the right direction. He's very responsible and carrying. I got a higher score than I was expecting.
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Henry M.

Henry M.

San Jose, CA 95113
(5)
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$25 / 30-min

About April M.

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Houston, TX
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I taught English as a Second Language in 2011. I am an English native speaker. I was born and raised in the United States of America. If you just want someone to speak with in English or practice your English I am here for you or if you just need help with written English etc. Please communicate your needs to me.

About April
In 2012 I received my Bachelor in Spanish and Social Sciences. I studied Spanish in Mexico In 2009 I studied Guadalajara, Mexico at the University of Autonomy in Guadalajara as a study abroad program through the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Since then I volunteered with Literacy Action of Little Rock teaching English as a Second Language to Spanish speakers. I volunteered at my local Spanish speaking church. I would sing in Spanish and teach the Bible in Spanish. I moved to Houston,Texas where the population is over 50% Spanish speaking and continue to volunteer/serve in my local church. I am an American born in the United States I speak fluent English and fluent Spanish.
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Artel C. December 11, 2015
· Spanish · In studio
Apirl was friendly and good with my 11 yr old son.He had fun learning spanish with her.
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Masanori (MK) K. November 6, 2015
· ESL · In studio
She is very kind and supportive !
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Katie K. October 8, 2015
· Spanish · Online
Fantastic instructor! April is knowledgeable, helpful, experienced and professional! I love taking her Spanish classes. Mi professora favorita!
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April M.

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About JULITA H.

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Las Vegas, NV

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Bachelor Degree in Communications and Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language plus 10 years experience in getting people from all over the world to read, write and speak English by approaching every student with unique, individualized activities and techniques based on each student's skills, talents, likes and learning styles to maximize our time together!

About JULITA
Graduated from StMary's College, Michigan in Communications, and accomplished Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Madonna University, Michigan. Gained an amazing experience teaching both English and Polish to both children and adults from all over the world in several states in private and school settings. Since I learned the second language fluently completely on my own, I bring unique understanding of student's challenges, and I constantly come up with new and creative ways to help everybody get over them with individualized approach tailored to student's specific learning talents and likes.
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Sully June 13, 2017
· Polish · Online
Julita was very helpful and patient. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Jon May 19, 2017
· Polish · Online
Julieta is great! Well organized yet a relaxed experience. Look forward to continuing the lessons with her.
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Lexi Barrett April 5, 2017
· Polish · Online
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JULITA H.

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About Yang H.

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Westmont, IL

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To develop students vocabulary and play trivia game with the students to know how to use the word that fits in a sentence.

About Yang
I am a native Chinese language speaker and also a current nursing student at College of DuPage. I love volunteering and interpretation for all kinds of people. Here, I'd love to help others to understand the language I usually speak. If I can do some specific subjects, I would like to help students to understand the material for mathematical and psychological statistics, sociology, psychology: Life Spin, Humanities, and Chinese and French history. Actually, I don't have any experience for teaching Chinese Mandarin. However, I have 2-yrs experience for teaching kids art design at my weekend school.
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Yang H.

Yang H.

Online
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$50 / 30-min

About Dianne N.

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San Jose, CA

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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.

Dianne N.

San Jose, CA 95128
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$45 / 30-min

About Nicolette L.

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San Francisco, CA
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I look at the context of each student. What kind of English is going to be useful and valuable for this particular student? Every student has different goals, and because of this the content of each lesson will vary depending on the student. However, I will use the same approach to English teaching with each student: which is full immersion into English, and learning the different core skills and vocabulary in context of real-life materials and situations.

About Nicolette
Hi future students!
My name is Nicolette, I go by Nico. I am a professional ESL teacher and Masters Student, studying to get a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I have 2 1/2 years of teaching English as a Second Language in Korea and locally in San Francisco. I love working in an international and diverse community and I look forward to meeting you, learning about your background and helping you reach your fluency goals.
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Nicolette L.

Nicolette L.

San Francisco, CA 94134
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$34 / 60-min

About Kathleen C.

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Buffalo, NY
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I believe that every student can learn and that learning should be fun! I have taught English to adults and children of all ages both online and in-person for the last two years. I create a comfortable learning environment and provide a lot of enthusiasm and encouragement. I always focus my lessons on what the student wants, whether it is working on conversational skills or grammar skills. Please message me to get started!

About Kathleen
I have been teaching for the past 5 years and cannot wait to help you learn! I got my Bachelor's degree in math and adolescent education in 2012 (I am a certified New York State Teacher). I then got my Master's degree in Adult Education and Literacy in 2016. I have been teaching ESL to adults and children of all ages for the past two years from all over the world. I have also taught both online and in-person. Additionally, I have experience in an office setting and have helped trained students whose first language is not English in the workplace environment.

I use a student-centered teaching approach. I relate the lessons to my students' lives and interests to make the lessons engaging for my students. I focus on speaking, listening, grammar, fluency, and comprehension. Learning a new language can be difficult but I try to make i
t as fun and relaxed as possible. I can't wait to work with you!
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Kathleen C.

Kathleen C.

Online
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$25 / 30-min

About Ronny F.

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Santa Clara, CA
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I speak both Mandarin and English. I am a fluent speaker who has lived here for 26 years. I received my undergrad at University of Texas at Austin, and my MBA at University of Southern California with an exchange degree from Peking University MBA. I work well with:

--- Improving essays and writing
--- Pronunciation correction
--- Improve conversations

About Ronny
My background is in IT and I have spent a career as an Entrepreneur, launching an IT company here and abroad in India. In India, I spent much of my time developing English curriculum to enhance our employees' English as well as their vernacular. My passion is teaching, and these lessons give me a great outlet for that passion. I am also quite proficient with essays and helping students improve their writing.
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Ronny F.

Ronny F.

Santa Clara, CA 95054
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$30 / 60-min

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