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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
Sunnyvale, CA
Starting at $70
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Bachelors of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University
  • Teaching since 2006
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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
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Learn about rhythm, harmony, melody, and dynamics in great detail.

Music is often taught excessively by rote, and I feel it's very important to understand the logic behind everything just like you would in mathematics. So take that leap and explore the science of music.

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*Disclaimer* I'm currently not taking beginner students for bass, drums, piano, and ukulele or children under 10 years old. I highly recommend my studio partner Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with

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Liz S.
Talented teachers are rare. Like a great coach i sports... the coach doesn’t need to be the top athlete in his field to know how to teach each team member to hone their best abilities, he just has to know and see how to teach you how to get there. Being an outstanding teacher is a great talent all in itself... and that is Jesse. He has that quality and ability to lead, focus and take you where you want to go.
Romy R.
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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Ahmad G.

236 Reviews
San Jose, CA
Starting at $50
  • Speaks Arabic, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Masters in Music & Audio Production from San Francisco State University
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Ahmad G.

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I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. and M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe and the Middle East with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the Steve Vai Sam Ash Best in Shred competition.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, ...

About Ahmad

I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with

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Brent
I have been taking lessons with Ahmad since June 26th, 2011 - I was referred by a mutual acquaintance. I bought myself a guitar for my birthday a year ago and realized I needed some outside motivation to play it. While I'm relatively new to guitar and this is my first time taking guitar lessons, I have been drumming for 13 years with private instruction and university courses. I would highly recommend Ahmad. He is inspiring, professional, informative, and patient; a shining example of what a great teacher should be.

Over the past five months, I've already seen significant improvement in both my guitar performance as well as my understanding of the guitar and music in general. Ahmad is very good at balancing the scale between creativity and technique, while never losing sight of what your goals are as a student. As with any learning process, I would suggest you understand your own goals and level of commitment before jumping in to lessons. As I've seen, Ahmad will probably motivate you to practice more than you originally thought, which I really appreciate. It's with practice and strong understanding that I've gotten to a point where I am proud of my abilities on the guitar. Work with Ahmad and I hope you find the same!
Shawn
I started taking guitar lessons for the first time 10 months ago and am thankful I found such a great teacher in Ahmad. His positive attitude and love of music helps me stay engaged and lessons are productive and fun.

One of the great things about Ahmad is he listens to you and adjusts lesson content based on the feedback you provide. His ability to listen allows Ahmad to deliver a personalized lesson plan that incorporates your goals and gets you excited about what you are working on.

Ahmad also has taught me techniques to prevent and address minor aches that come up while learning to play. He takes this seriously and shows you how to prevent and resolve any issues that come up.

Overall, taking lessons from Ahmad has been a very positive experience. I look forward to continuing working with him to get better.
Steven L.
I have been taking guitar lessons with Ahmad. Music has always been important to me and my lessons with Ahmad have been a continual source of inspiration and joy. I love Ahmad's musical philosophy and regardless of what I'm interested in he is always able to help me better myself. I continue to be very busy in my life but always find myself coming back to music. Through taking lessons with Ahmad I have been able to achieve many of my musical goals and know that if I keep practicing I will be able to achieve even more of my goals.

Ahmad is extremely talented, intelligent, and friendly and is always there to support me in whatever new musical concept I wish to learn next. He can help anyone looking to better themselves in a wide variety of areas regardless of the style of music you are interested in. I have been studying jazz with him primarily, as my goal is to be able to write my own music and put together a band some day. I have no intention of stopping music lessons with Ahmad as they continue to be something I look forward to every week. Anyone would be lucky to have such a great teacher.
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Michael R.

26 Reviews
Santa Clara, CA
Starting at $30
  • Teaching since 2002
  • BA in Music from University of North Texas
  • Teaches Advanced
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Michael R.

26 Reviews
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About Michael

Michael has worked with kids for 10 years in schools and arts programs to find fun and their best self through performance. He has taught orchestra, chamber music, jazz band and music theory in the public schools, while performing in local ensembles in and around the city. He also has studied dram

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Sean
Great teacher
Susan O'Hara
He’s so patient and very skilled!!
Susan
We did online tonight per my request. Michael is so patient and encouraging and he answers my questions that are endless. I feel hopeful that I am learning the correct form and things I definitely would not pick up just trying to teach myself through the book. Thank you Michael!
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Mark B.

29 Reviews
Castro Valley, CA
Starting at $40
  • Awarded King Of The Blues from Guitar Center
  • No degree from University Of The Pacific
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Mark B.

29 Reviews
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I love to teach music theory at all levels. Music Theory helps you understand many aspects of music, including why certain notes and chords sound good together, finding the right key to sing a song that is in your voice range, improvisation and soloing on your instrument, timing, rhythm, creating original melodies, thinking outside the box for composition, and many others.

About Mark

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. Now I am a bandleader and perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries. I started taking guitar lessons a

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The best
Amit Dubey
Mark is a great instructor. Chill dude and lots of fun to work with. Loads of musical knowledge, and a ton on handy tips. If you ask nicely, he'll even teach you to play the uke behind your back or with your teeth.
Serena C.
Mark is an awesome instructor who makes learning the ukulele fun. I feel like I've already learned so much in the 7 classes I've taken. He is patient, creative, and easy to learn from.
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Orlia B.

7 Reviews
Mountain View, CA
Starting at $60
  • Speaks Engilsh
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music Education from Vanguard University
  • Teaches students 4 and up
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Orlia B.

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My teaching philosophy is that students learn best when they are having fun! All lessons are designed with each individual student's goals and interests in mind, so if an approach isn't working, we switch things up. With over 15 years of experience teaching students age 3 to adult through a variety of methods, I can find something that works for the casual learner and AP/college prep student alike.

Styles: Classical, Popular, Church/Religious

About Orlia

I am an experienced music instructor who has taught in Chicago, Austin, Orange County, and the Bay Area. I have a BA in Music Education from Vanguard University. My earnest desire is to facilitate each student's success in meeting or surpassing their musical goals and to expand their understanding o

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Wajma
My 7 year old would cry when having to go to piano lessons at school, but looks forward to her lessons with Orlia!
Alethea (.
My 5 year old likes her a lot!
Annie S.
My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson with Orlia and is looking forward to future lessons!
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Charles C.

7 Reviews
San Jose, CA
Starting at $20
  • Speaks chinese, english
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaching since 2017
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Charles C.

7 Reviews
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Experienced teacher for five years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate clarinet and bass clarinet student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight-reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About Charles

I am concentrated on clarinet performance and could also teach piano, music theory, and music history. I teach clarinet students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied clarinet for 10 years, I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, and teach students all k

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Thomas
Great lessons!
Peng Yu
Great clarinet performer and educator!
Andy Satana
Thank you! What a great teacher! Lots of knowledge on music and clarinet!

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"Keith is a an awesome teacher! I learned so much from him in the span of a few weeks. Every lesson is packed full of information and he makes sure you totally get and understand the lesson before moving onto the next chapter. I really appreciate that he corrects me whenever I make mistakes especially when it comes to staying on beat while playing the piano with the metronome. Lessons are also never boring with him. I feel that he truly cares for the musical growth of his students. Although, I'm taking a break from Take Lessons when I enroll again I will choose Keith for Piano/Music Theory."
Eileen
Took Music Theory lessons from Keith J.
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"Very informative,good sense of humor,looking forward to future experiences."
Dion
Took Music Theory lessons from Paul M.
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"Although, I've only worked with her for about 3 months, I have learned so much musically. Ms. Christine is very professional in her work. She's very passionate about her craft and loves teaching. She will go out of her way to check on my progress musically and see how I'm doing throughout the work week.

I'm very grateful for her dedication to the art of music. Anyone who is looking for a caring instructor; look no further than Ms. Christine."
Nancy
Took Music Theory lessons from Christine G.
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"Really good teacher. Taken a good amount of lessons from her and I am a happy customer. I am continually impressed with her ability to see exactly where/what I need to work on. Feel very comfortable at her studio.
Definitely recommend!!"
Zachary
Took Music Theory lessons from Stephanie H.
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"My daughter has been working with Stephanie for over a year and has made great progress on the piano. She loves her one on one time with Stephanie, constantly smiling from ear to ear when I pick her up. Its apparent she is enjoying learning and having fun doing so.
Can not wait to get my Three year old into her program early next year.
Don’t hesitate for a moment, this is a gift and talent that is priceless for your child at very very reasonable price."
Simon
Took Music Theory lessons from Stephanie H.
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"Been learning the basics of music theory and its really helping me understand better for playing claronet!"
Sorab
Took Music Theory lessons from Wes C.
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"Music theory has always fascinated me but I could never quite get the hang of it. Zack explains things clearly and works thoroughly to make sure you understand each topic and how it works before moving on. I recommend him to all of my music friends, and if you're reading this I recommend him to you,
too! You won't regret it, he's worth every penny."
Ginnie
Took Music Theory lessons from Zack D.
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"Honestly I couldn't have picked a better teacher. Above all else, Christian really takes the time to help you understand what he's teaching and how to apply it to your own playing. I've been playing guitar for 10 years now and before I started taking lessons from him, I never knew how much I didn't know. Every lesson is fun and engaging and definitely well worth the rate. Bar none."
Justin Kirschbaum
Took Music Theory lessons from Christian L.
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"10 stars! Randall is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher. Recommend!"
Michael
Took Music Theory lessons from Randall K.
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"Thanks Rosita for your patience, for your cares and effort on making us better singers. Although some of us in the Church quire had no idea of what correct singing was u helped us excel and move forward in knowledge of musical notes, pitch ranges, tuning, proper breathing, diet and all that good stuff about singing. I can only describe u as an AWESOME teacher!!! Love u bunch your friend and student always
Marichuy! :-);-)"
Maria D. Aburto
Took Music Theory lessons from Rosita R.
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