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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, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Piano
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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 Francisco Bay Ar
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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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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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Robert O. August 10, 2017
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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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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About Becca M.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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About Becca
As a certified Spanish teacher, I have been teaching since 2009. From Kindergarten students to adults, I have successfully taught a wide variety of students from various backgrounds. I have led full immersion classes for young children, taught in middle and high schools, and I have also tutored Lifelong Learning partner students at Westminster College. Throughout my years teaching, I have also instructed students with learning abilities and special needs. I currently teach at a local high school in South Hills, where I have taught levels 1 to AP Spanish 5.

In addition to my experience teaching Spanish, I also have 3 years of teaching ESL to Spanish speaking students in San Jose, Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, I taught in high schools as well as international businesses like Intel, HP, and DHL.
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Becca M.

Becca M.

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$20 / 30-min

About Mao G.

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North Hollywood, CA

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​Your Accent/Dialect/Regionalism are shaping who you are. It is not wrong. Your first language/regionalism is your heart language. However, would you like to add "Standard American (Euphonic Neutral)" as an option? During a session with me, you will find where we create sounds to speak Standard American English without mimicking anyone! And it is fun! 

About Mao
www.maoygray.com

Certified Practitioner of The Lessac Voice and Movement Institute and a candidate for certification.

I own the business license as voice/acting/accent modification coach from City of Los Angeles.

I have experience teaching clients from many cultural backgrounds, including ESL who struggle to melt into the classes and to think in English. I am effective at diagnosing what they need to work on and helping them to achieve their goals. I will bring my energy to the session and encourage clients to share their questions, to express themselves, to respect each other, to work harder and to love language deeply. 
My lessons are designed with diverse groups of clients in mind because Los Angeles is a huge cultural melting pot. I will share with international clients how to feel the American energy as themselves witho
ut mimicking people through their daily lives. American clients will reconnect with their roots through the exploration.
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Mao G.

Mao G.

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$70 / 60-min

About Laurel T.

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San Francisco, CA
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I have taught English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Germany, Greece, and Turkey, and English as a Second Language (ESL) in California. In Germany, where I lived and worked for many years, I too had to learn a second language as a beginner to the level where I could function and work in a new society. So I teach from a student's point of view, understanding and sensitive to both the practical and emotional challenges you face.

About Laurel
As a teacher I recognize that all students have a predominant learning style, so I always work with each person as an individual, tailoring our lessons to discover and promote their innate abilities and interests. I am friendly and patient and work well with children of all ages as well as adults.

My background in English language training is extensive. I have a B.A. in English Literature, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification, along with ten years teaching experience in Europe and the Middle East. I also hold a M.Sc. in Biological Science.

My area of special expertise is writing, I can help anyone master the skill of expressing themselves effectively. I love grammar and can make it fun and easy to learn. I have developed curriculum and adapted existing teaching materials to fit students special needs.

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ese are areas of language training in which I excel:
• Grammar
• Reading Literacy (for both native speakers and ESL learners)
• Business and Vocational English
• Creative and Expository Writing
• English Conversation
• Exam Preparation
• Editing and Proofreading
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Agnes J. January 16, 2018
· ESL · Online
I've been speaking english for many years, however I wanted to improve my speech, vocabulary and fluency in order to perform better at job interviews. Laurel helped me learn how to form coherent sentences when I talk, and now I speak with more confidence. The best part is that I finally got a job!
Laurel is a wonderful teacher, very knowledgeable; I was always looking forward to her classes.
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Sammie November 30, 2016
· English · Online
In the past two years, Laurel has helped me develop my reading and writing skills significantly as well as build graduate level vocabularies. She is very patient and sensitive to my needs, and she always makes our lessons fun! If you need help with the MCAT, GRE, LSAT, or any other graduate school entrance exams, I am sure Laurel will help you nail them and achieve your dreams!
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Renata A. September 30, 2016
· English · In home
Laurel was a great instructor for my parents who are studying ESL. They both enjoyed the conversation and learned a lot.
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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About Sangini B.

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Santa Monica, CA
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I have a Master's degree (Speech Communications) from Texas State University and a Bachelor's degree from University of Texas at Austin (History, Mathematics). I am a published children's book author and I write articles for magazines. I write movie scripts too.

About Sangini
I have a Master's degree (Speech Communications and Drama) from Texas State University and a Bachelor's degree from University of Texas at Austin (History, Mathematics). I am a published children's book author and I write articles for magazines. I write movie scripts too.

I am a film producer, director, actress, writer, black belt martial artist. I have directed many actors in 10 films, had over 10 casting sessions with actors auditioning, performed with many actors in film and theatre and am a union actress.
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Sangini B.

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About marc H.

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Tacoma, WA
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My lessons are interactive and not intimidating! I have years of experience teaching English to people from over 50 countries, so I can provide you with whatever skill set you desire. I am a native-English speaker and can work with any level of ability. We will work together at your pace, and I will make sure you feel confident in your newly acquired language!

About marc
Hi guys!

I am both an English and music teacher who lives in America at the moment. I both work as an English teacher for refugees near Seattle as well as play as a professional musician. I have been teaching for about 5 years both in America and in Europe. My most recent teaching abroad was in Italy, where I taught Italian and English to refugees in Milan. This has allowed me to teach to people from over 50 countries and from all sorts of age groups!

I am a native-English speaker so I can help you with cultural aspects of the language as well as the basics of grammar and pronunciation. I have a TEFL certificate as well as well as a C1 language proficiency in Spanish, Italian, and German if those languages interest you as well! I have also been a professional musician since I was 14. I play bass, piano, and drums, and can teach all
of these instruments as well as music theory!

I mainly want you guys to succeed and have fun learning so I try to have a fun learning environment, and I am very open to talk and teach nearly any subject that y'all are interested in!
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Alex November 9, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · Online
Marc has helped me develop my style and helped me implement my "voice" in what I am writing. He also offered several constructive suggestions that made my piece stronger as a whole.
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Danielle October 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Marc was an extremely enthusiastic instructor that made me excited about all of the material he taught me. He is very resourceful and uses a unique approach that I never had encountered from any other instructor. He is very kind and knowledgeable in many subject areas, and is an incredible musician. My playing improved tremendously under his instruction. I would HIGHLY recommend him to students of any age!
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About Seth A.

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Harrisburg, PA
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For my lessons, what do I value?

• Non-Traditional learning
• Emphasis on real spoken English
• Critical thinking over rote memorization

Come try a class with me!

About Seth
Hi everyone! My name is Seth. I joined with the intention of continuing my experience in the ESL field. I have some experience teaching ESL in El Salvador as well as a volunteering experience. One of my goals is to better develop lesson plans. I enjoy being able to help students through challenges and difficulties in a way that truly relates to them, not simply from a textbook.

A few years ago, I received a CELTA Certification for teaching non-native English speakers. Also, during my teaching experience, I've been able to calibrate my teaching strategies to better serve my students.

I hope that I can be of help to you in any way possible as you progress in the English language. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, I'd be happy to speak with you further.
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Seth A.

Seth A.

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$24 / 60-min

About Meri P.

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Lincoln Park, NJ
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I have been teaching ESL for more than 12 years. I have taught students from all around the world. I have taught at language schools, universities and corporate offices. I have developed curricula for many language schools and programs. My lessons are always geared towards students' language abilities in order to maximize their language potential.

About Meri
I am an ESL teacher for more than 12 years. I have taught ESL at many colleges and universities in NJ. I have a Master's in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts.

Professionally, I was an Academic Director and managed a school of 240 international students. I worked with students from different countries and assisted them to accomplish their dream which was to learn English and attend an American university.

I am a very patient and friendly person. I love teaching and working with students.
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Yosuke January 10, 2018
· ESL · In studio
She was my best teacher. She helped me a lot to learn English and get accepted to Fairleigh Dickinson University. Thank you very much teacher!
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Meri P.

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About Ruthnie B.

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Orlando, FL

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I am a dedicated, TEFL certified, native English speaker with experience teaching learners of all ages. I view teaching and learning as a dynamic and interactive process. I promise a warm, patient, and goal-oriented approach; as well as sensitivity to strengths, weaknesses, and personal learning styles.

I am able to develop a curriculum that is appropriate to your learning abilities and reflects your needs and interests.

Already enrolled in an English course and just need additional help from a tutor? I got you. Want to practice conversational English outside of the textbook? Let's chat!

About Ruthnie
I am a newly certified TEFL instructor with several hours of English tutoring under my belt. Although I primarily teach English as a second language, I have also worked one-on-one with native English speaking students to help with essay writing, resume editing, and practice with pronunciation and grammar for public speaking.

I believe that lessons should accommodate the your specific learning style. I find that making learning fun gives my students incentives to practice more; and practice make fluency!

As the daughter of non-native speakers, I have developed a keen ear for understanding various accents, and have a considerable amount of patience that puts my students at ease.

Our lessons are you-centered, so let's get started today!
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Frans January 14, 2018
· ESL · In home
My kids love you! Getting them to do their homework used to be such a battle, but now they are so excited to show off what they learn. They look forward to their lessons with you. Thanks so much for your passion!
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Sue January 14, 2018
· ESL · Online
Ruthnie is great! I now have more confidence speaking in public than ever before. The lessons have really helped my speeches in Toastmasters.
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Ruthnie B.

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