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Learn to speak and read Japanese, have fun, and get considerably better results than you would in a class.

Or use this as a supplement to an existing class and completely surpass it's standards.

Explore the methods that make it possible to be conversational within a year.

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.

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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Wan C. January 5, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
I am a senior student and Jesse knew what was needed to develop a course of classwork and homework to enable me to have more fun with the melodious ukulele. I appreciate his clear, concise, and congenial approach — serious, mindful, and leisurely.
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Ricky R. December 16, 2018
· Violin · In studio
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Vanessa October 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I like these singing classes
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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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.

I also teach group lessons (2+ people more). Please ask for the rate.
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Nikolaos August 29, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Seiko walks with me every lesson through the "Japanese for busy people" book and I like how she asks me to go through exercises in japanese so I can get used to listening. We also spend time enriching vocabulary.
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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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Seiko D.

Cupertino, CA 95014
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About Ai P.

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Hi, I’ve taught Japanese since 2002 and I’ve always enjoyed teaching and interacting with students. I have taught American adults and college students for over 5 years now. Teaching Japanese to American military personnel and spouses who were stationed in Japan was the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. They truly needed the language skills to live in Japan, and they really appreciated that they were able to learn survival Japanese that’s instantly useful out in town.

I grew up in Japan and came to US to go to college. Since I was a college student, I taught Japanese to middle and high school students during summer in Japan. I have a Master of Education in TESL. Yes, I used to teach English more vigorously, but I found teaching Japanese more rewarding. I teach all levels including those who are starting out and also want to improve their fluency and understand the culture and history!
I’m looking forward to working with whoever is interested in my language :) Thank you!!

About Ai
I started my teaching career when I was a college student. In Japan, I taught both English and Japanese to middle and high school students at a private academy. I have also taught Japanese to adults especially the spouses stationed in Japan and also community college. I have the Master of Education in TESL; therefore, I’ve taught English more vigorously, but know what it takes to be successful at second language acquisition. I really find it rewarding to teach those who are interested in Japanese language and culture.

I like to get to know your learning styles and what motivates you. I will cater to your needs and make your own lesson plan just for you.

I love teaching and discovering my own culture through the eyes of the students. I love to meet new people and just love the people who want to learn a foreign language. It gives you
an opportunity to widen your view of the world!

I’ve also played the piano since I was 3 years old and have the Yamaha certification; therefore, I teach piano too. I also love to play!!
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Eileen D. December 17, 2018
· Japanese · Online
I have learned so much with Ai's help in just a few months; she's a wonderful teacher!
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Andrea Meza November 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
Very patient! Understanding! Thank you!!
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Eileen D. August 27, 2018
· Japanese · Online
When I'm feeling overwhelmed with so much material to learn, Ai helps me understand and is very supportive
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Ai P.

Ai P.

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About Laura S.

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New York, NY

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Having attended American school on the weekdays and a total-immersion Japanese school on the weekends (and coming home to parents who only spoke Japanese), I was lucky enough to grow up completely bi-lingual. With over a decade of experience teaching in private and classroom settings, I make my lessons fun, high-energy, and tailor-made to each individual. Please feel free to send me a message, and let's learn some Japanese! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

About Laura
Hello! I am a NYC-based singer, pianist, actress, and animal-lover. Born and raised in Los Angeles, my artistic career began as a classical pianist, performing in venues across California, Japan, and Austria from a very young age. As a singer, I performed around the world with the Broadway tour of Avenue Q, and I've been seen in dozens of musical theatre and Shakespeare productions throughout the U.S. and even in Russia!

By combining my two passions of singing and playing piano, I served as Artist-in-Residence for California Musical Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, and the cell theatre in NY.

I've been teaching in NYC for over a decade, and my passion is to inspire the next generation of creative people of all ages.

When it comes to music, there is a quote that I love: "Every expert was once a beginner." This quote reflect
s my philosophy on pursuing the arts: that it's never too late to start and that no matter where you are in your musical journey, practice is the key to success. Mastering a skill requires discipline and dedication, and my goal is to help you find joy and inspiration along the way.

My lessons focus on building a strong foundation of technique, which gives you the freedom to explore your creativity and musicality; it is very important for me that my students strive not only for technical precision but also for musical artistry. Together, we will set a practice schedule that you can adhere to regularly, and I'll make sure to send you away with specific instructions each week on how to practice effectively.

With my fun, high-energy approach to teaching, you are guaranteed to enjoy the journey as you take significant steps toward becoming an expert.​ I'm looking forward to meeting you and getting started soon!
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J D. December 3, 2018
· Singing · In home
Amazing! Talented vocalist and pianist that communicates very well. Has great advice and wonderful personality. Great with kids.
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Rafael Marinho September 28, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In studio
I met Laura at Harvard University when we were both doing our MFA degrees in acting. Since our program was not a Musical Theater one and I was not a singer, I started to take private lessons with her to compliment some of the training in singing we were getting there.

Laura is a fantastic singer and actor. She has an incredible ear as well as great knowledge and experience of what makes a singing performance pop. All this makes her an outstanding coach.

Even now after graduation, I am still training with her. Our focus now is on continuing the development of my singing voice. My goal is to reach a level where I have the skill and confidence to audition professionally for musicals, and I know I am in great hands.
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Cindy September 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
Laura is the best teacher ever!!! Not only is she an amazing performer, she generously shares her knowledge and talents with her students, and her lessons are super fun! Highly recommended!
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About Toby M.

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San Jose, CA

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I have a BA and MA in Japanese language and literature. I have lived in Japan twice and studied Japanese for many years. I customize lessons to best fit each individual.

About Toby
Enjoy customized lessons (beg-adv level) from a professional teacher/performer/composer who makes learning music exciting and rewarding. I promise you will learn to play songs in just a few lessons. I also maintain standards of excellence with tailored technical exercises, theory, and sight-reading practice customized to each unique individual. Detailed curriculum provided as well as weekly practice instructions. My students have 2 recitals a year at a gorgeous recital hall with a Steinway grand.

At a young age, I was earning scholarships and entry to competitive piano master classes; I then earned a BA in classical piano performance. Due to my many years of both individual private piano and university teaching, I am able to customize lessons to best fit each unique individual and use my knowledge of theory and music history to make
each lesson exciting and enjoyable.
I use games and apps to make learning music fun for younger children mixed in with playing and singing. I specialize in theory, repertoire, and technique and will find the perfect technical exercises to help you perfect that Mozart sonata or Rachmaninoff prelude. I also love teaching beginners and seeing them learn to love music.

I am a composer and work with my band. I have a music channel online (see videos) featuring original music written by me and performed by my band. I compose original piano compositions as well as rock/classical mash-ups with my band. I teach many of my students arranging and composing and several examples of my students playing original pieces that I helped them compose/arrange can be seen in the video section of my Profile.

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Yasuko December 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter started taking piano lessons 1.5 years ago, but I couldn't find a teacher who was a good match for her. I found Ms. Toby about 4 months ago and my daughter is now very happy. My daughter wanted to have a teacher with energy, who will motivate and challenge her, and can find the space between too hard and too easy. Ms. Toby's practice routines, song selection, and teaching style has made a huge impact on my daughter's skill in just a few months. Now she is excited to practice the piano in the morning - sometimes she wants to keep practicing instead of going to school! Ms. Toby also lets my daughter have space to practice a song that my daughter wrote, and is helping to guide her and develop these skills as well. With Ms. Toby, my daughter performed in her first recital in October, along with Ms. Toby's other students. It was a great chance for her to challenge herself and play in a music hall in front of a large group of people. I am very pleased to have her as a piano teacher.
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Steve December 11, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Toby has been a fantastic instructor for my eight-year-old. From the beginning, she has always been responsive, timely and professional in all scheduling and interactions. She has a remarkable ability to figure out and focus in on a child's talents and interests. My daughter has a particular fondness for composing, which I would have NEVER figured out on my own. But Toby has brought it out and fostered it, and at our first recital recently, my daughter performed her own composition! I have been pretty stunned to see her continual growth and I credit Toby 100 percent with developing it!
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Jessica December 11, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My 10yr old daughter has been doing lessons with Toby for almost 2 years. She is making great progress and she really enjoys the lessons, she is always eager to go and especially loves that she gets to pick out some songs to learn and has even worked on her own composition! Toby is really helping to foster her love of music and we are excited to continue to see her progress!
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Toby M.

San Jose, CA 95124
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I lived and worked in Kanto for 21 years where I managed education services with my wife. My objective is to prepare students to communicate and think in real, useable, holistic Japanese; and to enable you to teach yourself. My wife, who is Japanese, is available for advanced instruction.

About Boone
I have been teaching languages for 21 years. We aim to teach you real, useable Japanese tailored to your needs. We also aim to help you learn to teach yourself.
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Boone J.

Online
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About Shinobu K.

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KONNICHIWA !
Hello!

I am very happy that you are interested in learning Japanese.
I am Japanese from Tokyo, teaching Japanese in Berkeley area to beginners to Advanced, children to adult. Many students moved to Japan after taking my lessons, traveling to Japan or passed JLPT N1 to N5. You can set up your goal and learn a real Japanese that you can speak, read and write in your daily life.

I make a teaching plan, text and worksheet only for you individually with your goal and preferences. I have a short lesson to teach Japanese only for your traveling, too.

I also teach Japanese cooking, Origami, songs, and Japanese calligraphy as a part of lesson, so you can touch the Japanese culture and enjoy them!

Some students prefer to have a lesson at a cafe or a library, so if you live in the local, please pick your ideal place to learn Japanese comfortably. Moreover, you can take my lesson after work because I am available until 23:00. Even though you live in the local, you can join ...

About Shinobu
Hello!
KONNICHIWA!

I am very happy to hear that you are interested in learning Japanese.
I have been teaching Japanese children to adult, beginners to advanced.
I had a request to teach Japanese to 3 years old girl last year before she moved to Japan in order to attend to a Japanese kindergarten smoothly. So I thanked her that I learned to teach Japanese from 3 years old. Now I can accept a student from 3 years old to any age.

My tutoring is not just teaching Japanese language to a student. I want to teach more than language, such as our culture and traditions. So I add cooking, Origami (folding a paper), Japanese calligraphy, singing, story telling into the lessons. We need "FUN" to learn the second language and I believe it is the best tools for the learning it even adult. I teach both formal and casual in speaking, writing. So
you can communicate and exchange conversations or responses with Japanese smoothly because my teaching method is not like a text book at school.

If you faced to the wall and struggling, try to change the method to learn Japanese. The text book Japanese at school is good for the test and business, but the proper Japanese is just like the Japanese animation films or movies you want to understand and watch. Moreover, the language is alive, so I add to teach new things including slang which may be not in your text book, to understand recent movies and animation films.

I sometime work for a Japanese company in Japan. Currently, I am working with a project for 2020 Tokyo Olympic.

If you have any question, please contact me. I am looking forward to seeing you soon.

Arigatou.
Thank you,

Cancel policy: If you need to cancel your lesson, please contact me at least 24 hours before. Please remember if it was less than 24 hours, it is non-refundable.
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Shinobu K.

Shinobu K.

Berkeley, CA 94704
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$42 / 30-min

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こんにちは!Eager to learn Japanese but need help getting started? Let my 15 years of passion and study guide you in the right direction! Japanese is an amazing language with a rich history and culture, and I especially love to share it with beginner learners. I teach kids and adults of all ages. I know what it's like to study Japanese, so I have all the tips and tricks to make the process fun and easy. がんばりましょう!

About Grayce
Hi! I'm Grayce, and I LOVE the Japanese language. It makes me so happy to teach new learners all about its cool features. I began learning Japanese as a kid when I was lucky enough to take courses in middle school. I continued to study through high school and college, garnering academic awards in the subject and consistently being at the top of my class. Currently I am preparing for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, N2, later in 2019.

I also love to ride horses and play with my two little dogs, as well as creative writing.
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Livermore, CA 94551
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We can focus on all four skills; speaking, listening, reading, and writing, but if a student would like to focus on only speaking, we can certainly do that as well. We also talk about cultural aspects of Japan and cover the vocabularies related to the cultural aspects.

About Emi
Hello, my name is Emi. I was born in Nagano prefecture and raised in Saitama prefecture. After graduating from college in Tokyo, I moved to the U.S. and have been teaching Japanese at public middle schools and college for almost 30 years. My hobbies are practicing musical instruments and traveling. Especially, I love drumming with Japanese Taiko drum and Brazilian Samba drum. Additionally, I have been organizing summer trips and taking people who are interested in Japanese culture to Tokyo and other cities during summer for the last 10 years.
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Anderson January 16, 2019
· Japanese · In home
Emi is the second private tutor that my company has had and she by far has been the best, hands-down. She is professional and experienced but she is also flexible with scheduling which is a necessity for business professionals who travel quite a bit for work.
The homework is not strenuous but is focused and important for success in her lessons. She also teaches at a nice pace but also is willing to work with you if you feel that you are falling behind. You can absolutely tell that Emi cares about her students and their progression with the language no matter their age and experience.
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Graciela January 13, 2019
· Japanese · In studio
I have been taking private Japanese classes with Emi S. for one year and a half. Before I started she asked me whether I wanted to focus on just the conversational side of Japanese or the complete knowledge of the language including kanji. For me it was all.

She is proud of her heritage and enjoys talking about Japan and her culture, which makes the class even more enjoyable. She is dedicated, enthusiastic and organized.

I am sure that with her help I will be able to meet my goal of one day passing the JLTP N1.

I recommend her for classes of any level.
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Brian January 12, 2019
· Japanese · In studio
A delight to learn from. My wife stayed for several months studying in Japan so her Japanese is way more advanced than mine. Yet our shared lessons are still possible since Ms S tailors the lessons on the fly to accommodate our different skill levels. I also appreciate her giving us background info on her culture when it dovetails with our lesson.
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