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About Jesse M.

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the violin. Explore the range of your instrument through various scales. Build solid skills through understanding the mechanics of how your body and instrument work together.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice, 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, Piano, Drums, and Ukulele
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Piano, Ukulele, and Voice
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 instr
uments 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 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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Irina Z. April 23, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I cannot ask for a better teacher for my son! Jesse is charismatic teacher and a role model.
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Robert O. December 1, 2016
· Japanese · Online
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Daphne R. November 6, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Our first lesson:

Jesse taught my daughter a lot of information about the trumpet that she had not learned in her school band. He talked with her at her level and encouraged her.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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$40 / 30-min

About Kristen K.

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About Kristen
My name is Kristen K. and I am an accomplished violinist and teacher from Lexington, Kentucky. I began my musical studies at age 7 and quickly discovered my passion and love for music. As a young musician, I attended numerous summer music festivals, participated in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. I was a winner of two concerto competitions, which gave me the opportunity to perform solos with the youth orchestra. I continued my studies at the University of Kentucky as a Violin Performance major and it was there that I discovered my love for teaching music! After completing my performance
degree, I decided to also pursue a Bachelor’s in Music Education. During my college career, I served as a teaching assistant in the University of Kentucky String Project, I taught group and private lessons at several local middle and high schools, and also maintained my own private violin and viola studio. I was also awarded the McCracken Scholarship Award for Excellence in Music Education. The most rewarding part of teaching has been seeing my students continually improve and reach their goals!

In addition to teaching, I also am an avid performer. I have been a member of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra for 7 years and was a member of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. I perform as a soloist, in chamber groups, and in orchestras regularly at various events and concerts. In the past few years I have attended international chamber music festivals in Prague, Czech Republic and in Lucca, Italy. I have also had the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s most renowned musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Gil Shaham in additional to performing in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and in Carnegie Hall in New York City. Studying music has provided me with many wonderful opportunities to learn and to grow. It is my goal to help students really love and enjoy playing music and develop the skills that allow us to share the magic of beautiful sound. Maintaining a high level of mastery as well as continuing to learn about the art of teaching are fundamentally equal and of highest priority for me. Through teaching music, I hope to inspire students and help them reach their potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is relaxed and understanding of where each student is at, while always maintaining a quick pace for learning new skills and always expecting the student to put forth their best effort. I am very encouraging and positive. I work with each student and his or her parents to determine short and long term goals and try to best provide the materials, instruction and motivation to achieve those goals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, well lit, piano, music stands

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical music but I also teach bluegrass and fiddle. I particularly like the Suzuki Method for beginning to intermediate students, but when they become more advanced I begin to incorporate concertos and sonatas.
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Ruby April 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Great first lesson. Excited for more.
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Sophie March 24, 2017
· Violin · In home
Kristen is warm, engaging, and knowledgeable. My daughter is very excited for her next lesson.
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Josie January 13, 2017
· Violin · In home
Kristen is very patient and sweet with our daughter who is pretty new to violin.
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Kristen K.

Berkeley, CA 94704
(18)
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$27 / 30-min

About Samuel N.

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Teaching students about:
-scales and arpeggios
-proper bow technique
-left hand facility
-Etudes
-Intonation
-Repertoire
Improving these skills can greatly increase the enjoyment of playing in students.

About Samuel
I'm Sam, and I've been playing the viola for 17 years, and teaching for a total of 7-8 years. I'm at graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, but I'm a native born South Dakotan. I'll tell you a little bit about myself and my philosophies as a teacher.

I love sharing what I've learned with students, and I'm particularly interested in teaching students what they want to work on, but also giving them the tools that they need to hone their facility. I teach from either a traditional standpoint, or from Suzuki books in order to teach technique through Dr. Suzuki's repertoire sele
ctions.

I know that playing a stringed instrument is quite challenging, so I do prefer students who are willing to commit to lessons, and a time that we meet each week. Committing to a time aids in students preparation for lessons, as individual practice is crucial if you are looking to advance in your craft. In my experience, if you do not commit, or put in individual practice, you will not see results.

I always hope to open the eyes of my students and teach that confidence, determination and hard work can not only progress them in learning an instrument, but with most skills in life. Most importantly I never want my students to feel that music is a burden! I want them to always enjoy themselves when they are practicing or performing.

I don't provide instruments or the accessories that go along with it, so please be prepared to have those things before our first lesson. I may also provide a list of sheet music to order after our first lesson if I feel we do not have the necessary materials.

I only travel to homes in the city of San Francisco. If you live outside of the city in the Bay Area, you are more then welcome to find a time to come to my studio for lessons.

I'm also unable to teach beginners online (via Skype), as I believe it is vital to have an instructor in the room in order to make physical adjustments to maintain proper bow hold, posture, and left hand positioning. I'm more than happy to teach intermediate-advanced students online.

*IN REGARDS TO THE "ASK A QUESTION BUTTON"*
Please refrain from using this button unless you are truly interested in lessons with me, live in the city of San Francisco, and your question cannot be answered by my profile information. If you have questions about payment, please contact the TakeLessons support team as I do not deal with payment directly. This saves me a lot of time that I need for other aspects of my life, and shortens my daily to-do list. Thank you for your understanding.

My Performance Bio:

Sam N. is a native born South Dakotan who began his viola studies at the age of ten. He began taking private lessons at the age of fourteen with his teacher Carol Knowles. Eventually, he continued his studies in South Dakota with San Francisco Conservatory alumni Kate Weeks. Sam is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jodi Levitz. He has participated in master classes with Helen Callus, Jay Liu, Jonathan Vinocour, Jerzy Kosmala, Hank Dutt, William Goodwin, Jackie Schwandt, and Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Mr. N. was the principle violist of the South Dakota All State Orchestra from 2007-2009, principle violist of the J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra from 2008-2010, and a member of the Black Hills Symphony from 2006-2010. In 2008, he was the 1st prize winner of the Lucy Palermo Weed String Competition, and won South Dakota's ASTA viola division. Two years later, he received the Henry Charles Smith Award in the SDSO's Young Musician's Competition, and also claimed 2nd prize in the BHSO's Young Artist Competition. In 2011-2012, he was also invited in to the Orlando Chamber Soloists Apprentice Program. Sam is also the former principle violist of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra which toured Germany in the summer of 2012. Featured performances took place in the concert halls at the Gastieg in Munich and Berlin Philharmonic. In 2013-2014 Sam was the principle violist of the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra.
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Alexdrea C. January 11, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great ideas for Alex to work on scale technique and reminders for holding form.
Enjoyed the experience.
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Kiley M. October 27, 2016
· Violin · In home
My family loves Sam! What a treasure! He has so much skill, talent and patience. 5 Stars is not enough
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Chris P. July 1, 2016
· Viola · In home
I'm one of Sam's adult students, and have taken 3 lessons from him. He's incredibly skilled and a joy to learn from. Sam's an excellent teacher for a few reasons: he's the epitome of a patient teacher (learning a stringed instrument requires a LOT of patience), he's punctual, and he's focused yet flexible (he's got a good sense of what you need to learn, but is willing to customize his lesson for you). I've enjoyed learning from Sam and am looking forward to more lessons!
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Samuel N.

Samuel N.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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$30 / 30-min

About Seth B.

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Want to learn the violin? Do want to learn classical, celtic or jazz styles? I am a teacher and performer from the Bay Area with seven years teaching experience on the violin. I work with my students to build their skills and make the instrument fun no matter what you're playing!

About Seth
Seth is a teacher, performer and composer from the Bay Area. He has been teaching privately for the past seven years on a variety of instruments. He has performed in Vienna, Paris, San Francisco, Berkeley and Sacramento with classical orchestras, and as a soloist and in multiple bands.

***VIOLIN***

Seth has experience with the Suzuki Method, but teaches using his own style that is geared towards each student's strengths. He has helped his many students achieve proficiency on the violin.

It is Seth's belief that music was made to be made with others. He accompanies his classical stud
ents on the violin, and his traditional students on the mandolin. He teaches his students with an emphasis on ensemble playing, to prepare them for orchestral and chamber music, not only solo playing.

Seth studied violin classically with William Barbini, Catherine Heusner-Willefert and Florie Brown. He has taken classes led by fiddlers Alasdair Fraser, Jeremy Kittel and Mark O'Connor.

***MUSIC THEORY***

Seth studied Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Elinor Armer. He has studied traditional harmony, counterpoint. His own compositions feature traditional and 20th century harmonies, serialism and free atonality.

Seth teaches music theory from the ground up, beginning with chord constructing and going all the way to formal analysis.
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Terese B. January 31, 2016
· Violin · In home
Seth was very patient and taught me a piece in one hour.
I enjoyed the lesson very much.
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Asha M. January 20, 2016
· Violin · In home
Seth is amazing. The very first lesson with my daughter was a huge success - and ever since then, she always looks forward to her lesson with him.
Seth is very professional, caring and engaging. He makes learning the violin fun! I would highly recommend Seth as a violin teacher.
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Mizuki October 28, 2015
· Violin · In home
Seth is patient and kind with my daughter.
She's looking forward to having next lesson.
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Seth B.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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About Honor L.

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I have been playing classical violin since I was three years old. After high school I switched to fiddling, and now my main interested is improvisation. I can teach you technique, musicality, and freedom, and open you up to a beautiful and diverse world of music!
My first goal is to create an environment in which you can have fun, feel free to express yourself and to experiment. You will not love playing music if you constantly feel frustrated and limited! After that, we create the goals!

About Honor
I am a recent graduate of Mills College in Oakland with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Religious Studies. I am currently pursuing a Music MFA in Performance and Literature at Mills College with a specialization in Improvisation.
I have taught beginner violin lessons to students of all ages, including preschoolers! I like to make learning fun and rewarding for kids and adults alike. I do my best to bring my passion for the subject into the lesson in order to pass it on!
I am a 24 year old woman and have experience teaching (on and off) since 2006. I look forward to learning with y
ou!
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Jack H. August 2, 2016
· Violin · In home
Last year my son expressed a strong desire to join his school's orchestra as a violinist that sparked our search for a violin teacher for him. We are so glad to have found Honor. She is a talented musician, and is engaging and patient when teaching my son. For a violin newbie, my wife and I were really happy to see my son setting a big challenge for himself and wanted to support his musical endeavor. For the past 9 months, he has steadily getting better with his violin playing techniques. As with any instruments, practice is key to getting better. Honor left my son clear instructions on what he needed to practice between lessons and let us know of her lesson plans. Now it's a pleasure to listen to him practice; no more cringing like in the early days. :) We are confident he has a very good chance of joining his school's orchestra in the coming year.

Honor is always punctual to the lessons. When there was any unexpected delay, she always texted us and kept us informed. She has been really accommodating to my son's school and after-school schedules. We highly recommend Honor to any parents seeking music lessons for their sons/daughters.
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Marilee N. July 29, 2016
· Violin · In home
Honor is awesome. Out of the blue, my 8 year old son asked for violin lessons. I have never been very musical so I wasn't sure where to start. I looked at a few programs in my area but it nothing seemed like the right fit for us. I wanted someone who could nurture my son's new found love of the violin but not overwhelm him. I was getting a bit discouraged when I found Honor's profile on TakeLessons; she was the exact person I was looking for. In fact, I signed myself up for lessons too - you are never to old to learn something new. Our lessons have been great. My son is so much more comfortable having them at home. They are fun and challenging. My son is so excited I never have to remind him to practice - we love practicing together. We look forward to seeing Honor every week.
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Kim K. July 28, 2016
· Violin · In home
My 8 year old daughter asked us for violin lessons over a year ago. I found a teacher at a local music school who was lovely but whose personality didn't mesh well with my daughter's. After poking around online to find another teacher, I came across TakeLessons and Honor. I cannot be more thrilled to have her as my daughter's teacher. She is calm, patient, professional, and kind to all of us (including our dogs!). My daughter has blossomed under her teaching style, and discovered new types of music and ways of using musical instruments. Honor doesn't just teach notes and strings and songs, but imparts her love of music and musicality to her students. It's been a fantastic transformation in our daughter. I am so grateful that I found Honor when I did and was able to continue encouraging our daughter's love of the violin.

One of the things I really appreciate about Honor is how communicative she is, and how willing she is to answer questions. She's very clear with her families about her schedule, while providing as much flexibility as she can to ensure everyone's needs are addressed.

Honor is fabulous! Our younger daughter is anxiously awaiting her chance to be old enough to also get her lessons with Honor, and I will happily sign her up when the times comes.
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Honor L.

Honor L.

Oakland, CA 94609
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$34.43 / 30-min

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