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About Jesse M.

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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, Ukulele, Piano, and Trumpet
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Piano, Ukulele, and Drums
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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 Francis
co 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.

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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Ayse K. March 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
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Robert O. March 1, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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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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Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Erika M.

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San Diego, CA

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I am a Japanese teacher specializing in teaching intermediate and advanced levels. Although all levels are welcome, usually my students are highly motivated college students or adults who wish to study or work in Japan. Typically students are already able to read and write hiragana and katakana before taking my lessons. I look forward to working with you!

[Academic Japanese, Business Japanese, Conversational Japanese, Japanese Writing, JLPT preparation]

About Erika
Minasan konnichiwa! My name is Erika. I was born and grew up in Saitama Pref., Japan. For those of you who don’t know where it is, Saitama is Tokyo’s neighbor to the north. The movie “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)” directed by Hayao Miyazaki is actually based on hills in my hometown!

I moved to San Diego, CA in 2013 after I received my first MA in Literature. I went to San Diego State University and earned my second MA in Applied Linguistics in 2015. I also earned Advanced Certificate in TESL/TEFL from SDSU, which helped me reassess my perspectives on teaching and learning. I have been teaching Japanese both in Japan and the US for almost 10 years, and have teaching experience at San Diego State University, Grossmont College, and University of California San Diego Extension besides private lessons as well as business/medical tr
anslating. I always enjoy teaching and love helping my students learn new culture!

***Lesson Details***

All levels are welcome, though many of my students are intermediate-advanced levels and usually students are already able to read and write hiragana and katakana before they start taking lessons. I assess your proficiency level based on my experience as a teacher and a linguist. According to your learning goals, I tailor a teaching plan so it meets your needs and objectives of studying Japanese. What would you like to learn, the language itself or the culture as well? Here are the main lessons I offer to students:

- Conversational Japanese (business, academic)
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparation
- Writing support (business, academic, or personal)

Conversational Japanese lessons are aimed at improving your listening and speaking skills while working on increasing your vocabulary. We also review grammar points if necessary. This will help you pick up cultural and social cues in everyday conversation. The JLPT preparation and writing support courses are mainly for advanced students, who wish to achieve higher goals. The test is taken not only by students who want to study in Japan but also by people who want to measure their progress in Japanese. It’s very useful for you to set a learning goal, so you have direction in your studies, motivation to continue, and measurable results that you can check to review your progress.

For all lessons, I choose teaching materials that students would be interested such as Japanese News websites or short videos depending on their learning goals. If you've been working on and are going to learn with me regularly using the book you have and if I don't have it, textbook fee will be charged.

***PLEASE READ!!***
- 48 hours notice for cancellations and reschedule.
- If you would like to have a lesson outside of the listed hours, please let me know. I will try to accommodate your schedule.
- If you would like to use a textbook that I don't have, additional fee will be charged.
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Kathleen Corcoran August 31, 2017
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David July 4, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Erika is an amazing teacher who always gives 100% to the lesson. She prepares for each individual lesson, makes it interesting and fun. You can tell she has an extensive experience in teaching, enjoys helping you and wants you to improve. I like how patient she is as well.
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Perry June 8, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Erika is a great teacher, very personable and easy to talk with.
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Erika M.

Erika M.

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About Seiko D.

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Saratoga, CA
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Hi My name is Seiko. I am an experienced Japanese tutor teaching locally in Silicon vally/Bay area, CA. My sessions would be individually tailored based on your interests, necessary improvements and goals. You would most likely use textbooks during sessions. For business needs, my work experience would help you not only learning the language but also strengthening your communication skills in understanding of its cultural aspects and nuance. For job seekers and Japanese college applications, I have experience of reviewing and proofreading resume and essays as well as AP/JLPT test preparations.

About Seiko
I enjoy teaching Japanese. I am a native Japanese speaker, born and raised in Japan. I have a college degree in Japan with a secondary teaching credential as well as a BS degree in the US. Prior to a Japanese tutor, I worked at global companies in Japan and the US for 15+ years would be a plus for tutoring and mentoring your goals.

Everyone has a different style and level of learning languages. I teach beginners to advanced levels. My sessions would be individually tailored based on your interests, necessary improvements, and goals. You would most likely use textbooks during sessions. For school students, I am familiar with textbooks being used in the bay area. I teach my students based on their school classes and assignment preparations. For business needs, my work experience would help you not only learning the language but also str
engthening your communication skills in understanding of its cultural aspects and nuance. For job seekers and Japanese college applications, I have experience of reviewing and proofreading resume and essays as well as AP/JLPT test preparations.
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Javier January 25, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
It was a fantastic lesson! I learned a lot (: Arigatou Gozaimasu
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George O. January 7, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
It was very exciting to learn with her and I am excited for future lessons.
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Jana Y. October 30, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
My teacher was very friendly and sweet. She gelped me a lot to get motivated for my future lessons.
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Seiko D.

Seiko D.

Cupertino, CA 95014
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About Patience S.

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I've been in love with the Japanese language for over 20 years now, and teaching it for at least 15. I love to make my lessons interactive, with games, white board activities, and conversation. I use a variety of methods to teach, so my students gain a well-rounded understanding of the language. Whenever appropriate, I incorporate cultural notes and information about Japanese customs and holidays.

About Patience
I LOVE Japanese! I did a homestay program while in college, and just fell in love with the language, culture, and people.

I have a very hands-on approach to teaching; I like to utilize books, games, and activities to make learning engaging exciting. I use a variety of textbooks and resources to present information. I also review a lot, integrating the most recent lessons into upcoming activities, so that the information learned in one lesson is essentially "tested" over the next several.
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Patience S.

Patience S.

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About Clare K.

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I am a private tutor of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 7 to middle-age. I love to be a witness when my students suddenly "get" something new we've been working on for a while. Japanese is a fascinating, beautiful, and complicated language, and it's exciting to be a partner in my students' achievements and success!

I have a lot of experience teaching middle school and high school age students--including my own kids, whom I homeschool. My first visit to Japan was a semester study abroad in my senior year of high school, and I've lived there off and on since then. My students receive the benefit of my life experiences there, including preparation for the realities of daily life in Japan--from how to use the public transit, to what to do during a natural disaster.

Along with my on-the-ground experience working in Japan as a translator/interpreter in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment, I hold an M.A. in Japanese and N1 (highest level) certification on the Japanese ...

About Clare
After two years working as a translator/interpreter for a local government office in Kochi, Japan, I moved back to the US last year. Since then, I have been a private teacher of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 7 to mid-40s. I love to be a witness when my students suddenly "get" something new we've been working on for a while. Japanese is a fascinating, beautiful, and complicated language, and it's exciting to be a partner in my students' achievements and success!

I am highly experienced in teaching middle school and high school age students--including my own kids, whom I homeschool. My first visit to Japan was a semester study abroad in my senior year of high school, so I can give ample advice to students who are preparing to go to Japan. Along with my on-the-ground experience living and working in Japan in a fast-paced and hig
h-stakes environment, I hold an M.A. in Japanese and N1 (highest level) certification on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Native Japanese speakers have complimented me on my native-like pronunciation and syntax.

Contact me any time for more information or to set up your first lessons!
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John W. April 14, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Starting a new language can be intimidating, but this first lesson was great. Clare is friendly, welcoming, and patient; I’m looking forward to the next one!
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Reed March 1, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
When I was looking for a Japanese tutor, I wanted somebody who could help guide my studies and help me understand the subtle nuances that can't be gleaned from the dry instruction of a textbook. Clare really fit the bill, as she has deep knowledge of both Japanese and linguistics in general. We've been meeting for almost a year now, and my Japanese has improved tremendously (and at a great pace). She puts a lot of effort into the curriculum, and employs a variety of different teaching methods/exercises. I look forward to our every class.
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George K. February 15, 2018
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Clare K.

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About Naoko G.

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Ithaca, NY

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Focus on speaking practice with correct pronunciation and word order. Moreover, surely adopt in every fields of grammar, listening, reading and making composition skills as well.

About Naoko
Hello! My name is Naoko, a native Japanese.
I moved to New York state in 2010 and have been teaching Japanese as a private tutor.
I really enjoy my work and the interaction with people from all over the world.
Japan has so many interesting little cultural quirks that foreign visitors tend to bombard their hosts with questions, like 'Why do you have to take your slippers off before entering a tatami room?' ' Why can't the Japanese say 'no' directly?' 'Why do people fill glass each other?'
The reason I became a Japanese teacher is to answer the all 'why' questions, to teach correct Japanese language and to spread real Japanese culture.
I am a friendly and enthusiastic teacher (a bit strict for correction though ) and teach local students everyday.
There are some Japanese children who try to catch up with Japanese school curriculum,
there are some college students taking Japanese class at school, and there are business person who work with Japanese.
Now I am studying for the license of Japanese Traditional Culture and a Leader to acquire the qualification.
I make lesson plans for each student according to their needs, such as business conversation, practice for job interview, travel preparation, Keigo, JLPT exercise and intensive Japanese etc.
My lesson is full of originality according to your needs.
If you
・Need help with assignments or making resume or job interview
・Are having trouble with grammar or unknown idiomatic expression
・Have unknown Japanese expressions and proverbs
・Would like help improving your pronunciation
・Want to practice speaking Japanese fluently
・Want me to correct your Japanese strictly
I'll see your Japanese level and create the original lesson materials for the next lesson. I keep all lesson record to see your progress.
Specially I focus on speaking skill with correct pronounce but surely adopt in every fields of grammar, listening, reading and making composition as well.
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Jody March 13, 2018
· Japanese · Online
I am so happy that I am able to continue my Japanese language study with Naoko. She is always happy and helpful, answering all of my questions and giving me the right amount of push to continue learning, and the right amount of support so I don't get frustrated. I recommend her to anyone looking for a native Japanese speaker who wants to take their learning to the next level.
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Nick March 7, 2018
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Naoko-san has been a great teacher. In my experience, she is very devoted to helping her students. She is very helpful with answering questions about Japanese language and culture. She covers grammar, penmanship, pronunciation, conversation, culture, and more and truly seems to enjoy teaching. She is always happy to help me with anything I need instruction with regarding Japanese. Her lessons do a good job of introducing grammar and vocabulary, and she is very patient and helpful when her students have trouble with pronunciation or grammar. I am very thankful to have found a teacher as great as Naoko-san. ありがとうございます、先生!
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Naoko G.

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About Chiharu M.

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I'm a native Japanese speaker with a Master's degree in language education. I have more than 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher and private tutor. My lessons have been well received and popular with students.

About Chiharu
Hi, I'm Chiharu. I am originally from Kyoto, Japan, and I speak both Japanese and English. I was an EFL teacher at private high schools in Japan for several years before I came to the US to get a master's degree in TESOL. I had a unique opportunity to start my teaching career in the United States soon after I got the degree, and I have been a teacher in the US since then.

My teaching experiences are mostly in a classroom setting at colleges, language schools and high schools, but I picked up some tutoring opportunities and started to give private language lessons as I was a classroom teacher. I currently teach at a local college a few days a week and tutor several students, and I enjoy teaching at both venues. As for my tutoring experience, I have tutored high school students who were struggling with their TOEFL scores and overall Eng
lish skills, some graduate students who needed supplemental ESL lessons to perform better in their business class, middle school, high school and college students who wanted to learn Japanese and needed guided assistance for their study, and some adult students who wanted to learn Japanese for their career advancement and who are simply interested in Japanese language and culture and want to learn them. I am confident that I can help you learn Japanese or English as a Second Language at all levels.

My lessons have been popular and well-received among my students. With my unique background of being a former ESL student and with deep linguistics knowledge combined with teaching experiences, I can predict problematic areas in language learning, understand students' struggle and frustration, and support my students as I provide more effective lessons and advice either in Japanese or English lessons.

Teaching languages is my passion, and I love helping and seeing my students improve their language skills! I am confident that I can make a difference in your life through language lessons. Please feel free to contact me to ask for more details about my lessons and schedules and let me help you learn :)
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Chiharu M.

Online
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About Rie T.

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As a native Japanese speaker, who has spent the last 30 years in the United States, I understand the structural and grammatical differences in the two languages. This gives me both the teacher’s and the student’s perspectives, which I find valuable as a language instructor.

I have taught Japanese to college students and adults, using beginning Japanese textbooks, and I am most comfortable teaching high school/college students and adults.
I can also teach conversational Japanese and/or customize the lesson to meet each student’s particular goals and needs.

Send me a message to find out if we are a good match!

About Rie
Born and raised in Japan, I moved to the United States in the 80's to pursue the goal of obtaining a library degree. Fast forward almost 30 years, I now live in Western New York, working in a local school district.
In the past 30 years, I have worked as a librarian, an English instructor in Japan, and a school administrative assistant. I have also taught Japanese to college students and adults in my free time, and when I become an empty nester this summer, would love to dedicate more time teaching the language and customs of my native country. I can help you with homework, conversational Japanese, and more - just contact me and we can find out if we are a good match!
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Leah April 19, 2018
· Japanese · In home
Rie did a great job teaching my kids Japanese. She’s loving, caring and my kids were excited to see her every week! I strongly recommend Rie! Love her!!
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Jose April 19, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
What an incredible teacher! So patient, kind, and always willing to help me work on my Japanese.
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Sara April 19, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Amazing teacher!! Patient and caring with my kids! Totally recommend.
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About Natsuki M.

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Hi there. I came to the States as an international student and now live in El Paso, TX. I have worked in several Japanese companies in several states and now live in West Texas. I used to teach English in Japan and now I want to use the skills to teach Japanese. I will be your conversational partner and teach you basic to intermediate Japanese!

About Natsuki
I love Japan and its culture! I want to help share our beautiful language to as many people as possible. I have taught for 4 years back in Japan and it was a blast. I have a BS in Business Administration and worked in several Japanese companies in the States. I can teach from useful phrases for traveling to business Japanese.
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Yang April 6, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Just took my first class with her. It was fun! She taught me a few cool phrases to use next time I hang with my Japanese friends!
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Lisa April 6, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
I worked with Natsuki in Japan when she was working full time. She was the most popular teacher at our school and her students varied from kids to retired people. I always heard laughters coming out of the classrooms! She also taught me outside of work to help me improve my speaking skills. She is awesome!
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Emily April 6, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Natsuki has been teaching me for a few months now. She taught me basic Japanese for my upcoming business trip in Japan at first but now I am learning business Japanese from her. Her insightful knowledge in Japanese organizational culture helps me with my work.
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