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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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*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, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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Piano and Ukulele
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 Are
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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 along.

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 the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students 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:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*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

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, 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
· Japanese · Online
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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 Kathleen B.

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I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my students as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach clas
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*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!
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Elizabeth (Betsy) June 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I took away a whole array of new strategies and techniques to help preserve my voice and to increase my range. What a surprise- I had no idea I could sing so high!! Kathleen is a wonderful teacher and a really super lady. I'll be back for more lessons in the fall.
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Nadia N. August 10, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My daughter is really enjoying her voice lessons. Kathleen is a talented, caring teacher and knows how to make the process effective and fun for my daughter. My daughter loves being able to choose the songs she wants to learn, and this collaborative process keeps her quite interested and inspired.
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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
· Singing ·
Excellent Voice Teacher

Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.
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Kathleen B.

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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About Dan S.

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San Francisco, CA

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Dan is an accomplished, multi-disciplinary performer (Singer, Actor, Dancer, Pianist) and is the founder & CEO of Multiviewing; a five-month, life-coaching program providing clients a unique and structured platform for personal and professional development.

Dan has his BA in Communications and Music History & Literature from NC State University and his MPA in Public Administration & Nonprofit Management from Baruch College. He is currently working on his PhD in Integral & Transpersonal Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies. Dan excels in academia, as well as in multiple facets of the Performing Arts!

Growing up in NC, Dan trained at the Raleigh Conservatory of Music and was the youngest member of the Raleigh Oratorio Society and the North Carolina Master Chorale. He received excellent ratings in piano, vocal and a
cademic competitions, and was awarded the Triangle Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the North Carolina State University’s Theatre Endowment Award for Best Male Lead.

Dan is an alum of Broadway Theatre Project and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. He has directed, music directed, choreographed and starred in several theatrical productions and benefit concerts across the country for a variety of national nonprofits. He dreams of owning his own nonprofit healing and performing arts center in San Francisco.

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Lived in: New York, NY
Current City: San Francisco, CA

Quote: “Everything starts with the decision and passion to succeed. Let’s unleash your potential and share your gift with the world!”

Top 10 artists: Luciano Pavarotti, Eva Cassidy, Samuel Barber, Jennifer Hudson, Frederic Chopin, Whitney Houston, Jason Robert Brown, Heather Headley, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim.
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Dan S.

Dan S.

San Francisco, CA 94109
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About Lin X.

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Belmont, CA
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I have been teaching Chinese and Violin in bay area for years. I am very experienced in customizing private lessons for students of different age. I have got my Master degree in Education in China, with a high school teaching credential. I have passed the violin performance exam Level 10 in China, and played in the first student orchestra in the city. I wish one day I could share all my learning and teaching experiences with you:)

My class is designed in a student-friendly way. I will always discuss your learning goals and expectations at the very beginning; I believe a mutual understanding of the big picture between the student and the teacher will serve a good start. I enjoy exchanging ideas with my students in the class and let them dig deeper through this two-way communication. In my class, you can learn with joy, making a steady p
rogress step by step. I will also introduce a most-fit textbook to you, with plenty of supplementary learning materials provided, as well as a customized teaching plan offered based on your goals and learning progress.
Course benefits include:
- 1-on-1, or 1-on-more tailor-made executive private tutoring lessons
- Most flexible option and suited to busy lifestyles
- Having lessons on your preferred timetable
- Focusing solely on your learning requirements and obstacles
- Opportunities to practice in the class with timely feedback

Now I am accepting new students in my private violin / Chinese class. If you have any question regarding my courses, please contact: lartstutor at gmail. I am looking forward to working with you:)
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Binbin March 23, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lynn is nice, respectful, patient and professional. My son has been learning Violin from Lynn for about 6 months now and helps with any questions he has and provides her tips to do it better. I highly recommend taking lessons with Lynn.
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Lilit M. March 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
I've been taking lessons for about a month now and I think Lin Is a great teacher. she gives constructive feedback and tells me exactly what I need to work on, why its important to know, how to improve that technique, and then she shows me herself how to do it. she also tells me what I am doing well. I'm enjoying learning from Lin, she is a really nice person to talk to, she is very friendly but firm also expects you to meet her expectations.
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Becca January 13, 2017
· Violin · In home
Lin was our daughters teacher for over two years. She is kind, patient, and so wonderful with children. Our daughter had never played violin before and Lin taught her so much, and also taught her to love the instrument. We have enjoyed her so much and are so thankful we got to experience her wonderful gift of teaching.
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Lin X.

Lin X.

Belmont, CA 94002
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$40 / 30-min

About Darya L.

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San Francisco, CA

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I am a Stanford graduate (Class of '06, BA in Political Science) with teaching experience in Algebra, Spanish, History, and English. I am a test preparation tutor as well, having tutored the ACT, SAT, SAT II, AP, GRE, CBEST, CSET, SSAT, HSPT over the course of many years. In particular, I have substantial experience with History, English, and Reading Comprehension tutoring (English Language Learners welcome). I am fairly available and have experience with online tutoring.
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Neil Deore July 14, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Darya is very engaging with my 11 year old son and makes the Spanish lessons fun and interesting. She is teaching him Spanish step by step. My son enjoys his Spanish lessons.
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Seemantini K. June 4, 2017
· Spanish · Online
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Darya L.

San Francisco, CA 94127
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About Lella L.

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San Francisco, CA

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I studied Musicology and Piano Performance at the Shandong Normal University School of Music, where I graduated with my BA in 2005. I taught music and established a band at a property management institute while a student there, and established my own practice after I graduated. I came to the United States in 2013, where I have continued to play piano and have joined a local band. I am happy to continue sharing my love of music with my students here.

I began tutoring Mandarin in January 2015. As a native speaker, I can guide you to a very high level, and help you learn to speak with a proper Chinese accent.

Please note: Online classes are available for Mandarin Chinese only. Piano lessons are only available in person.
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Mo March 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
5 stars' teacher
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Kayli September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We just had our first lesson and we hit a few bumps but my daughter has never had music instruction before so we're giving it another go next week to see if things go more smoothly. 3 stars above says meets expectations, and though it didn't, I just hesitate to give someone 2 stars based on one lesson.
Here are some details from class:
My daughter (K) just turned 5 but is pretty mature for her age and has expressed an interest in learning the piano so we signed up for individual lessons with Lella. At the start of class I mentioned again (I had noted it at booking time as well) that K has had zero experience with music instruction. Immediately Lella sat with K on the piano bench and started explaining treble clef sign, bass clef sign and what hands they relate to. Lella also has a thick accent as I was trying to follow along with her explanations with a little difficulty. She even asked if K speaks Chinese and I said "no" so she said "you're Indian right?" My daughter would look around from time to time while Lella was explaining at which point Lella would just keep seeing "Pay attention sweetie!" Then she asked my daughter to write the numbers 1-5 in a book and when she said she didn't know how to write the number 2, Lella laughed and said "you know, but you forgot right" so I spoke up and explained "no she has not been taught to write her numbers yet, but she can read/recognize them" to which Lella seemed very surprised, so I felt the need to say, "she's still in preschool. But if you write them she'll be able to tell you what they are." So then Lella switched to counts, explaining about the values of different notes. She asked my daughter if she had questions, to which my daughter said "I think I understand what you're saying, if it's just a circle that means four, but if it's a circle with a line..." And before she could finish her thought Lella said "no that's not a line, it's a stem". At another point when Lella asked if she had any questions, my daughter slowly said "yes... what's velour?" And when Lella looked confused I had to step in and explain that Lella was saying "value", the amount of counts for a note. By the end of the half hour lesson, Lella had reached her explanation of middle C, which she described to my daughter saying "this is middle C because it's in the middle, there are two black keys, then on the left is C. Can you find another one?" When K didn't respond right away, she repeated herself, and again another time. So I said "she really has had no previous music experience, I think you need to even explain to her that those are called keys, like there are black keys, white keys..." And Lella just looked at me confused.
At the end of the lesson I agreed to buy the theory book so we can practice that at home, and Lella asked if I can sit in on the next lesson to help explain things to my daughter, because she "doesn't really focus". I agreed to sit in on the lesson, for my own benefit so I can help her with HW since I also don't have music experience. But I also mentioned to Lella that her accent is quite strong and I think my daughter was having trouble understanding her, and Lella seemed surprised by that comment.
I don't know... it says on Lella's profile that she has worked with young kids but I can't really see how the class was any different from how she would teach me, an adult with no prior music experience.
Oh! I forgot to mention something so basic - when we met Lella she thought I was someone else so I re-introduced myself and introduced my daughter. Then as we were saying goodbye at the end of class I realized Lella had never introduced herself to my daughter, so I asked "oh, what would you like K to call you, Ms. Li, or Lella? Ms. Lella?" She said Lella was fine so I turned to K and said "Tell Lella bye K." It just hit me, I mean that's something about creating a relationship with a young student. Speaking to them directly, making that connection. Lella was really smiley which gave the impression she was friendly but she never really made a connection with K who is the student, not me.
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Marissa August 22, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Lella quickly recognized what I needed to practice and brought me a great book that helped me get back to where I was very quickly.
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Lella L.

San Francisco, CA 94124
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$25 / 30-min

About Veronica H.

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Born in Spain I have lived in 8 different countries in Europe and America.
I live to compare and enrich my culture and share the knowledge with the world.

Beside comparing Romance languages to one another for better understanding and deeper learning we will be comparing between the different kind of Spanish on the globe.
So we will not only learn Castilian but a wider ranger of South American expression and idioms so we can be fully understood where ever we go!
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Veronica H.

Veronica H.

San Francisco, CA 94114
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$17 / 30-min

About Mamta V.

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San Jose, CA
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About Mamta
I am an experienced and professional teacher. I can teach subjects such as Science, Math and Computer Science. Lesson plans are prepared as per the level, pace and interest of the student.
Grades 1-7 Core Math and Science
Grades 8-9 Physics (kinematics, optics, heat, electricity,
magnetism)
Grades 1-12 Computer Science (programming, concepts,
databases etc)
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Mamta V.

Mamta V.

San Jose, CA 95134
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$25 / 60-min

About Ronny F.

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Santa Clara, CA
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My background is in IT and I have spent a career as an Entrepreneur, launching an IT company here and abroad in India. In India, I spent much of my time developing English curriculum to enhance our employees' English as well as their vernacular. My passion is teaching, and these lessons give me a great outlet for that passion. I am also quite proficient with essays and helping students improve their writing.
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Ronny F.

Ronny F.

Santa Clara, CA 95054
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$30 / 60-min

About Victoria P.

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San Francisco, CA

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Thank you for your interest in taking lessons with me.

I am from Moscow, Russia. I've been teaching classes in schools, universities and companies and private lessons since 2010. I have enjoyed helping thousands of people improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing. I've worked with a wide range of people — students, immigrants, and professionals.

I hold a Ph.D. degree with all Honors and Privileges from Top 5 Universities in China and Specialist Diploma with Honors of Moscow State Law Academy (Moscow, Russia).

I'm an energetic and patient person, and my teaching is fun, flexible. I am a member of a teaching association with a huge database of materials, so I am always prepared with exercises and activities that are exactly what you need to improve your skills.

- Recommended frequency of lessons: minim
um of 2 times per week (duration of each lesson – 1-1.5h).

- Please be considerate and let me know 24 hours in advance if you need to reschedule or cancel a class.

I would be happy to answer any questions. Please send me a message today!

I'm looking forward to meeting you and helping you improve your language skills!
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Elizabeth September 11, 2017
· TOEFL · In home
Специалистом мы очень довольны. Виктория интересно преподносит материал, наша дочка с удовольствием занимается. Репетитор пунктуальная и ответственная, к дочери относится доброжелательно. Дочь изучает английский язык для увеличения своих языковых навыков и каждый раз рассказывает эмоционально о занятиях, ей очень нравится заниматься с репетитором. Педагог проявила себя с лучшей стороны, у меня к ней нет нареканий, она подходит нам и личностными, и профессиональными качествами.

Translation via Google: We are very satisfied with the specialist. Victoria is interesting in presenting the material, our daughter is pleased to do. The tutor is punctual and responsible, she treats her daughter kindly. The daughter learns English to increase her language skills and every time she tells emotionally about classes, she likes to do with the tutor. The teacher showed herself on the best side, I have no complaints against her, she is suitable for us both personal and professional qualities.
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Mark September 9, 2017
· Russian · In home
Victoria is very professional. She provided excellent materials. Also, she has an excellent command of English and was able to discern nuance and detail. I highly recommend her for any level.
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Kristin September 9, 2017
· Russian · In studio
I really enjoy my lessons with Victoria. She is a great tutor. She knows your needs, and you will learn quickly! I look forward to our next class with Victoria.
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Victoria P.

San Francisco, CA 94122
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