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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, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

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 Mex
ico 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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Kalena July 31, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Our son has been taking trumpet lessons with Jesse for almost a year now. It’s been a wonderful experience working with Jesse! He is a kind and passionate person. He cares about his students and motivates them in a positive way! Our son comes home telling us how nice and talented Jesse is. We are very happy to be working with him and Jesse is a great teacher!
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Sergey July 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I really enjoyed taking my lessons with Jesse as a novice singer. He is a true professional, and I like how he tailored his approach to my individual style and needs. Can't recommend him enough!
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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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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Micah B.

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Dallas, TX

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There is more time available than what is shown on my calendar. I call you before the first lesson and plan your specific goals, so that every minute in class is used for working together to reach your goals. I create a tailored course specifically for your needs, whether you're from Russia, Japan, Latin America, Italy, France or another country. I integrate books, music, novels, TV and more. I have 12 years' experience, and I am an expert with over 10 years' experience researching language acquisition. I know what it takes to get fluent.

We will help you improve your English fluency through customized lessons with unique methodology that will improve your speaking, accent, reading and writing. We choose books and material that work best for you. Business Language, Language with Friends, Accent Reduction, Idioms, Increased Vocabulary, Improved Grammar, Learn More Phrasal Verbs, Slang and more.

I have a global language training company and manage 100 instructors. My lessons ...

About Micah
I have been a full time private English instructor since 2008, and I've had my global language training company (over 100 instructors) since 2014. I take on private students here, exclusively with take lessons, because it's important to always be teaching and creating more modern curriculum for real progress in fluency. I know what it takes to get fluent, because I've acquired Spanish, French and Japanese as an adult. I know you can improve and teach your goals just as I have.

I always call clients before the first class to extensively discuss your goals. I have a specific form we full out together for every 3 months of progress. I have researched this, and it's the most effective way to improve.

I work primarily with professionals who need to improve American English language skills and/ or accent for those working in the United
States or working with Americans. Also, I can get English speakers to a high level of fluency in Spanish.

This includes, slang, idioms, phrasal verbs, professional email writing, presentations, American culture, accent/pronunciation and more.

I have created The Bellieu Method, which is a specific way to learn languages, which is the most effective for acquiring a language.

I always use RELEVANT articles to read, TV shows to watch, books to read, radio shows to listen to, in order to incorporate English as much as possible in every aspect of the student's life.

This is how we learn our first language, so why would we try to learn our second language in a different way? Second language researchers have been saying for decades that grammar- focused lessons don't work, yet our schools continue to focus on this. You want to be FLUENT, right? Writing is easy after that.

I have had contracts with Hitachi, NTT Data, Intel, Amazon, Google, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Samsung, Ferrovial, Webber, Bluebonnet, Austin Bridges and Roads, North Tarrant Infrastructure, Trinity, Mary Kay International, and many, many more international companies.

How I teach: I create customized classes for you. I teach you to SPEAK the language. Lessons are dynamic, fun and give you confidence, incorporating things you like: TV, radio, music, movies, current events, and much more.

One-on-one, small groups, company-wide programs, online, in person.
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Meg W. September 23, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Micah is a very knowledgeable instructor and I had a great lesson with her
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Nicolas August 14, 2018
· English · Online
Micah has given me the extra confidence I was missing! Her very practical approach to teaching makes classes very enjoyable each time. She uses a variety of resources to make it fun to learn. In just a few hours, my accent and fluency improved drastically. I highly recommend Micah!
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Tracy June 26, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Micah is excellent. She teaches in a very practical, conversationalist way, so you feel you are making progress from the outset.
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Micah B.

Micah B.

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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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Janet B.

Janet B.

Oakland, CA 94618
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$30 / 60-min

About Judy E.

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Los Gatos, CA
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I received a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) in 1986 through UC Berkeley Extension and taught for a time at Galileo High School in San Francisco. I also tutored advanced students from 1986-1988 and taught in Mexico for several months in 2005. In 2011, I came to the International Refugee Committee and for 3 years taught ESL to level 1 students, many from African and Middle Eastern countries who spoke no English at all when they enrolled. I currently run an intermediate level ESL conversation group at the local library. I speak fluent Spanish if necessary.

About Judy
I have taught may different kinds of subjects, ESL, Drug and Alcohol Education, Social services, in the past. Mostly, though, I have taught piano, my first and greatest love, starting in the 70's and off and on until I took it full time during the past 2 years. I develop special relationships with all of my students, and together with individually specific incentives, nearly all my students progress very quickly in their learning. I enjoy children of all ages as well as adults.
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Jaclyn B. March 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson, really excited to continue learning from Judy!
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Tracey Q. December 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Judy had my son up and playing in no time. She was great about setting a pace that will keep him challenged and confident simultaneously. He loves his lessons and looks forward to learning more. My youngest, after observing a class, has decided he would like to play too!
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Andy Z. October 30, 2015
· Piano · In home
Judy E did good job for her first class. Both Andy and Jody like her. They are looking forward to the next class,
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Judy E.

Judy E.

Los Gatos, CA 95032
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About Dianne N.

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Castro Valley, 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.

Castro Valley, CA 94546
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$45 / 30-min
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About Veronica B.

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I help you learn how to read, write and speak English. As a native English speaker, I help familiarize you with modern English as well as slang and unorthodox phrases that do not normally make sense for non-native speakers. I provide hands-on exercises as well as audio and visual exercises and examples for all learning styles. I will make you comfortable because I will be patient and kind toward you while encouraging you to be patient and kind toward yourself during this time. Plan to become fluent in English and able to read, write, speak and understand fairly quickly.

About Veronica
I am a native English speaker. I have homeschooled English lessons. I have lesson plans and exercises that will help you learn the language.
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Veronica B.

Online
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$200 / 30-min

About Kristen O.

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San Francisco, CA
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Experienced teacher of 20 years. I have been teaching ESL now for 1 year and absolutely love it! I offer tailor made curriculum to suit whatever your needs may be. Whether it be business related, traveling, or social I will create a specific lesson plan just for you, to excel you further than you've ever been before. I'll have you ready for your next English speaking adventure in no time.

About Kristen
I live in a remote part of Northern California where the redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean. I have 2 son's 16 and 4 who I've homeschooled off and on throughout their lives. My 16 year old graduated high school early and is now pursuing a degree at College of the Redwoods. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on photography and digital art.

I am a teacher by trade and profession. I've always had a natural ability combined with patience and understand thats allows me the to excel my students further beyond what they've thought possible. I've been a teacher of Arts at many private schools in Northern California for the last 20 years. Recently over this last year I have discovered the joys of teaching ESL online for a few large companies. I am really looking forward to working more one on one with my students as I feel this can
be very beneficial to those looking to really excel further in the english language.

Art is my passion
Learning is my journey
Teaching is in my DNA
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Melanie P. October 2, 2018
· Photography · Online
We had some challenges finding some things, but we worked it out. Very nice lady.
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Avi July 28, 2018
· ESL · Online
Kristen is a wonderful teacher! She is teaching me and a friend at the same time and we both love the classes.
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Kristen O.

Kristen O.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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$30 / 45-min

About Soni K.

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Cleveland, OH

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"Tell them and they will forget , show them and they may remember, involve them and they will understand." This is the philosophy by which I plan my English language classes. I incorporate real life reading material, listening material and functional speaking role plays into my lessons.

Before starting lessons with me, I will call to discuss your specific English learning goals. Do you want to focus on Speaking Accent, Conversation, Listening, Writing, Reading, etc. I will then tailor each lesson just for you.

I also teach Business English to students and business professionals. I teach children as well.

About Soni
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My name is Soni Krzyzanowski and I'm from Cleveland, Ohio. I have a Masters of Business Administration(MBA) in International Management and CELTA certification from The University of Cambridge via The International House of Prague. Most of my work experience has been in the field of education and of entrepreneurial business .

I have taught English to high status professional international students at Case Western Reserve University. I've taught Business English to professionals in Poland and adult students at the elite Cleveland Public Library System. I have also taught English online with The Alliance for International Women's Rights. My most recent work was at Woosong University and Solbridge International School of Business from which I have obtained my current recommendation letters.

My International work experie
nce includes Korea, Czech Republic, Poland and Germany. I've also taught English as a second language to women in Pakistan and other Asian countries via Skype.

I will prepare lessons and activities that are tailor made for you and your interests . With my students we will set goals and milestones so that we can clearly identify your progress. I can't wait to meet you and begin your English study journey.
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Gio September 6, 2018
· Essay Writing · Online
Great!
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Tatyana September 6, 2018
· Essay Writing · Online
She is very nice understanding and friendly. Thanks to her
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Sonny September 6, 2018
· ESL · In studio
The best teacher! Thank you.
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Soni K.

Soni K.

Online
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$42 / 30-min

About Ryan B.

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Lawrence, KS
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All students welcome. I teach English as a foreign language for learners of all proficiencies. One-on-one classes are customized for your specific goals and motivations to learn English. Do you want to learn English for a job interview? Or to learn about American culture? Each class is student-centered so we can learn what YOU want to learn.

About Ryan
I am an English teacher with a background in Linguistics. I love languages, cultures and people from all over and I enjoy getting to know my students on a level that feels both professional and personal.

By choosing to take a lesson with me you would be skipping the difficulties that come from traditional classes like lack of talking time, uninteresting topics or non-applicable English. Here you will learn real world English in realistic contexts.

I graduated college with a Bachelor's in Linguistics and a minor in Anthropology in May 2018. In August 2018 I received my 140hr CELTA certification. CELTA is the highest level of certification possible for TEFL teachers and you can ensure you are receiving the best education possible.
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Thomas September 12, 2018
· ESL · Online
He was very knowledgeable! His personality was warm and inviting, recommend him to everyone!
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Sofia September 12, 2018
· ESL · In studio
Ryan was a great teacher!
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Christina September 12, 2018
· ESL · Online
Ryan is a colleague of mine who is a very gifted instructor. I also studied Teaching English as a Second Language. I would recommend him highly. He is patient, empathetic and very intelligent.
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Ryan B.

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$25 / 30-min

About KARLA P.

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San Francisco, CA
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I have taught both English and Spanish to Spanish and English speaking people.

About KARLA
My name is Karla and I graduated from College in 2016. I am a native Spanish and English speaker. I love to teach others what I know. During College, I was a tutor for Spanish.
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KARLA P.

KARLA P.

San Francisco, CA 94116
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$34 / 30-min

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