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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the saxophone. 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/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

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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 cla
sses 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. It's really important to know though that everyone makes their own experience. The process of learning music involves you learning as much about your own mind and body as it does any external concepts, so please keep in mind only you can move yourself forward.

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. 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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Romy R. August 2, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
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Dulcenea June 28, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Super kind, patient and teaches a lot in each session!
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Alex March 25, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Jesse is very friendly and a fun teacher to be around.
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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Kevin D.

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Raleigh, NC
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Can teach all levels classical and jazz. Specialize in teaching Jazz Improvisation.

Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone

About Kevin
I am a professional music teacher with 30+ years experience. Very experienced at teaching all band instruments. Expert at Saxophones - Clarinet. I am Nationally Board Certified as a Band Teacher. I can teach a student what they need from specific solos to audition materials to Jazz Improvisation. I currently perform throughout the area. I am experienced at teaching students of ALL ages what they want to learn about the saxophone and clarinet. I can play and demonstrate for you as a musician. I own and play Soprano, Alto and Tenor Sax. Bari as well but do not own one. I also play clarinet and flute. I am a good young piano teacher.

I have successfully taught many students to success at district and honors band level auditions, as well as prep for Governor's School and College Auditions.

I can teach you what you would like to know
to be successful at your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stands, Chairs, Recording Equipment and Sound Playback if needed.

Can do Smart Music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My Chrysler 2011 - if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Saxophones and Clarinets - Young Piano. Beginning ALL Band Instruments.
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Teddy September 4, 2019
· Saxophone · Online
Very patient and knowledgeable.
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lifen September 13, 2018
· Bass Clarinet · Online
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Kristen October 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Kevin was very patient and kind. Kristen can't wait to go back next week!
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Kevin D.

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$25 / 30-min

About Ian B.

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I teach saxophone lessons to students of all abilities, ages, and interests. A working professional musician and current graduate student at New England Conservatory, I offer online saxophone lessons that include ear training, sight reading, expression, technique, and how to play different styles of music.

About Ian
Hi, my name is Ian and I have been playing music professionally since 2006 and teaching since 2009. A graduate of The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, I have taught at the community college level and at Young Lions Jazz Conservatory in San Diego, CA in addition to maintaining my private studio. I am currently pursuing a graduate degree at New England Conservatory in Boston.

A major part of my teaching philosophy is that music should be fun, even though there are challenges along the way. I have worked with students who are looking to pick up a new hobby as well as those who are preparing for important auditions and performances. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and skill levels.

When working with children and adolescents, I create a structured learning environment and provide comprehensive instruction in instrumental t
echnique, musicianship, and music theory. With adults, I teach them the fundamentals of the saxophone and music, including sight reading and ear training. As these skills develop, we explore the songs and styles of music that inspire you to play.

I have studied under Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Bobby Sanabria, Kirk Nurock, and many others and developed expertise in saxophone, improvisation, and composition (classical, jazz, rock, and pop). I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

I currently have tenor, soprano, and alto saxophones and am happy to work with students who play other saxophones. When possible, I am always happy to help students find a quality saxophone to buy or rent, though I do not personally sell or rent instruments. Even if we are not in the same city, I may be able to recommend an instrument or a store for you.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about lessons or getting started with music. I'm happy to help.

Thank you!
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Yuka O. July 26, 2019
· Saxophone · In home
Me and my 12-year-old son started saxophone two years ago together. Ian had a great guide to us who had never played the instrument. My growth is slow due to age issues, (of course satisfied) but my son's growth was great. My son now has a great deal of confidence as a jazz player, and he was able to work on other things positively too. We met Ian then became more into music and jazz. He is patient and will tell you until we can do. Ian is mainly jazz, but he is also very familiar with brass band and classical saxophone too. He is a working musician who do live performance, gig, and compose in various places. He loves music from the heart, his solo is so beatuiful. Ian's lessons has changed our life. We really grateful for giving us his time.
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Bruce Engelhardt July 23, 2019
· Saxophone · Online
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Scott C. June 4, 2019
· Saxophone · Online
Always a great lesson
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Ian B.

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$45 / 30-min

About Rebecca K.

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Vallejo, CA
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Want to get started on the saxophone? I can help!

About Rebecca
Hello! I am a classically trained vocalist and percussionist, with a BA in Music, specializing in Education and Theory. I have taught band, choir, orchestra and piano in high school and middle school. I have also done Music Directing with kids aged 7-14 for various musicals and have taught elementary students aged 4-9, so I am ready for whatever you've got! I have also appeared on stage in various settings including opera, musical theater, solo work and even the occasional karaoke night. I am willing to work with your schedule and offer scholarships to those who are willing to earn them!
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Joe M. October 23, 2019
· Cello · In studio
Rebecca is patient, kind and positive. She is very encouraging. Makes it fun!
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Jasmine J. October 9, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Very patient with 6 year old
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Sienna O. September 25, 2019
· Piano · In home
Great with children and simplifies the basics at their level.
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Rebecca K.

Vallejo, CA 94590
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$25 / 30-min

About Stephen E.

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Palo Alto, CA
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I have started thirty beginner students on alto and tenor saxophone who have advanced to a high level of performance ability. I teach basic musicianship and music theory as well as saxophone and cover concert and jazz band styles. My students expand their ranges and take on higher difficulty as their lessons progress.

About Stephen
I have taught music (K-8) in a private school in Palo Alto for 16 years and have created a very successful program. I conduct 5 bands, an orchestra and a beginner string ensemble. I have started hundreds of children on instruments and have taught dozens of children privately with great results. I have a BA degree from Luther College and did post-graduate work in music at the University of Iowa.
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Ems August 15, 2019
· Trumpet · In home
Great lesson with Stephen, my son was getting excellent sound out of his trumpet in a matter of minutes!
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Teddy P. August 13, 2019
· Trumpet · In home
Stephen is a fabulous trumpet teacher. Thoughtful, patient, professional.
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Claire and Benjamin F. June 24, 2019
· Trumpet · In home
The kids' first trumpet lesson was wonderful! Stephen was patient and has a good sense of humor. Neither of the kids have ever played the trumpet before, but by the end of their lesson they'd already made noticeable progress. We also greatly appreciate Stephen's willingness to teach the kids together. One was nervous to take lessons solo, but excited to take lessons with a friend. Stephen is the kind of instructor you always hope to find when you're looking for private lessons - knowledgeable and kind. I'm confident the kids will grow in their music skills through these lessons!
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Stephen E.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
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About Eric C.

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Upland, CA

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I figure out exactly where you are in your technique and knowledge of music and of the instrument. Then, I start teaching from there! For me, the goal of lessons should be the goal of the student, and I do my best to honor that!

I also encourage my advanced Jr. High and High School students to audition for various honor groups throughout California such as SCSBOA, CBDA, etc. With my background in these groups, I can effectively help my students prepare for the best audition they can do.

About Eric
Hi! I'm Eric, a Saxophonist, Woodwind-Player, Composer, Singer, and Teacher that was born and raised in Southern California. I've been playing the saxophone for over ten years now, writing music for as long as I can remember, and singing since I was in elementary school. I play for a variety of groups in Los Angeles, and sometimes perform in L.A. and surrounding areas at venues such as The LightHouse, Saint Rocke, Hotel Café, The Study, Avalon, The Mint, the Baked Potato, and more.

I keep my lessons fun, efficient, and applicable. I give students assignments to work on, not only so they don't forget what we talk about, but also so they can expand upon the concepts given in lessons, (which familiarizes them more with the information). I look forward to helping you unlock your potential!
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Faisal March 7, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
My son was very happy with the lesson and his self-esteem jumped upwards 100% Thank you, Eric!
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Jeff P. November 15, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Eric shows concern for helping you work on where you want to go in my music journey
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Zac M. September 26, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Eric is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable and very thorough when he is teaching his students. He is very talented and player numerous instruments. I would recommend him to anyone for lessons.
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Eric C.

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About Yuh-Boh F.

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Danville, CA

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I believe in teaching with honesty and integrity. In the past, I have learned under private teachers who did not care about teaching the saxophone properly and seriously which led to awful habits and horrible embouchure. The lessons will not only provide accurate information about the saxophone and proper playing techniques, but it will be circled around what you need as a musician. Although you not become a professional musician, it is still essential that any students deserve the best!

About Yuh-Boh
Hello my name is Yuh-Boh, I recently received my Masters in New England Conservatory. I have been playing the saxophone since elementary school and performed many recitals over the years. I believe that each student have different strengths and weaknesses. As such, I make it a priority to make sure that my lesson plans fit the needs of my students. I' am proud to say that my students have been able to make it into the All State Band or into their schools wind ensemble! It is important to note that I am trained mostly in the classical field and do not play too much jazz, though the basics are very much the same and I would not mind helping out.
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Alexander August 7, 2015
· Saxophone · In home
Bought two weeks of daily lessons, they were so awesome I m buying more!!

Thank you Jonathon!!
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Alexander A. July 27, 2015
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson was awesome!!
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Yuh-Boh F.

Danville, CA 94506
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$50 / 60-min

About Aaron H.

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Columbus, OH
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I am a Juilliard trained musician that has been teaching the saxophone for more than 10 years now. My students have gone onto win state competitions and awards in music, as well as get in honors bands. They have also been admitted to Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard. I can teach all levels from beginning to advanced musicians.

About Aaron
Saxophonist and Producer Aaron Holbrook is a Juilliard trained musician who has performed and toured with many notable artists
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Erica S. December 4, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Aaron has really inspired my son to pick up the Sax again after a six month hiatus. Aaron pushes him musically and challenges him daily on scale work, music theory and song performance. I could not be happier.
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Connie P. October 15, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Aaron was patience and she felt comfortable with him.
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Lee August 30, 2017
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I have been taking soprano saxophone lessons with Aaron for about 8.5 months now. Aaron is enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable. His serious training shines through and he encourages your development along the lines that the student desires. Your musical goals become his for you. I am fortunate to have him as my teacher.
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Aaron H.

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About Miguel R.

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Joppa, MD

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Experienced teacher of 6 years with over 14 years of playing experience. My background is in jazz performance and music education. I know how to get results while having a good time! I strive to put the FUN back in fundamentals and always make music the joyful experience that it should be. I can help you excel in performing, ear training, sight reading, harmony, composition, improvisation and any other general musicianship skills you would like to acquire!

About Miguel
I am a professional saxophonist and recording artist with 15 years of playing experience. I studied Jazz Saxophone at the Manhattan School of Music and then William Paterson University, where I graduated with a Bachelors degree. I received a Master of Science Degree in Music Education from Towson University. I have performed original music with my jazz group for the last 10 years across New York, New Jersey, Maryland and D.C. I have had the good fortune of being able to study with some of the worlds greatest jazz musicians including Mulgrew Miller, Christian McBride, Rich Perry, Chris Potter, Seamus Blake and Donny McCaslin.
I have enjoyed helping students of all ages reach their fullest potential and simultaneously find lasting joy and excitement in music. I think these qualities are so important for anyone trying to improve the
ir musical skills! I enjoy passing on all of the knowledge I possibly can to my students, crafting our lessons to their individual learning styles and comfort levels.
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Fred S. January 15, 2019
· Piano · In home
Miguel was very friendly and patient.
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Jay B. September 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
Miguel is thorough and patient and is a great instructor. Using lessons books and other music he has helped me progress quite a lot.
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Ayanna R. September 5, 2018
· Piano · In home
Miguel, is a very patient and very good teacher!! Happy to have him as my child’s piano teacher.
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Miguel R.

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About Ley M.

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Union City, CA

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My lessons are a balance of fun and focus

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I have great passion for music, have been involved in music since childhood. I love the teaching process and have been dreaming of teaching music since I was 10 years old.
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Charles November 9, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Malchik is simply an outstanding, excellent teacher. Not only is he knowledgeable in music performance and theory, he is also joyful, enthusiastic and patient with my child. The many things my child has learned include, but are not limited to, how to read treble and bass clef, proper sitting and body posture, left and right hand finger techniques for scales and arpeggios, and how to play chords. Along with this training, he also encourages my child to have creative freedom - to enjoy music by playing songs she has either composed herself or heard outside of lessons.
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Kim October 30, 2019
· Clarinet · In home
It is my great pleasure to recommend Mr. Ley M. to you as a music teacher to your child. I am writing as a parent of a son who has benefited from Mr. Ley M.’s phenomenal instructional ability for the Elementary School Music Program in Newark, California, as well as in private music lessons.
Mr. Ley M. is passionate about music. His love for the art is evident in his enthusiastic and energetic teaching techniques. As the music teacher for the Elementary School Music Program with the Newark Unified School District, Mr. Ley M. is exceedingly patient with all students, encourages them, and coaxes the very best effort from each and every child.
We were very fortunate that Mr. Ley M. was able to provide private tutoring for my son beyond the after school music program. My son has made tremendous progress in learning to play the clarinet. Mr. Ley M. has given my child a strong musical foundation-learning the correct embouchure and fingering techniques to play the clarinet, increasing proficiency in reading notes, timing, and hearing pitch.
Although Mr. Ley M. is one of the best music teacher in the area, his prices are extremely reasonable. In my opinion, he is worth every penny he charges and I certainly believe I have received excellent services for my money. I am tremendously grateful to Mr. Ley M. for everything he has taught my son and the joy of my son’s music playing has brought to our family.
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Ley M.

Union City, CA 94587
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