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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Beginners
Learn to find the notes on your instrument and read simple pieces, as well as all the theory to back up all concepts. Explore the basic methods of fretting and finger picking. Play simple pieces primarily in first position in major keys.

Intermediate
Expand upon your theory to include all three types of minor keys (natural, harmonic, and melodic). Start to traverse the neck in pieces.

Advanced
Start to apply prior concepts to arrangement and improvisation. Take music off the page, and begin to live it.

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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Alex March 25, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Jesse is very friendly and a fun teacher to be around.
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Merve K. March 19, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Jesse was not only an instructor but also a mentor for my daughter. He is very patient and realistic besides being very knowledgable and talented. She learned and improved a lot. We were lucky to start this journey with Jesse.
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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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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Aidan C.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Aidan
I have been playing guitar since I was 10 and loving music my whole life. I have been in numerous rock bands, the high-school jazz band, classical guitar duos, trios, chamber ensembles, and even played mandolin in a bluegrass band. I received my Bachelor of Music at Guilford College as a student of Kami Rowan. During my third year of study there, I was nominated for the Guilford College Art Award as the outstanding student and performer in the music department. In February of 2010, I had the honor of being a member of the guitar orchestra during a performance of Shingo Fuji’s Concierto de los Angeles, alongside soloist, William Kanengiser. I recently completed my Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music where I studied with Grammy winning guitarist, Jason Vieaux. There I was awarded the Rosalia Ablan Memorial Prize for m
y accomplishments on the guitar. In addition to guitar performance, I have studied music theory, jazz theory, and pedagogy. I am a native of San Francisco and have been teaching privately since 2007. No matter what a student's interests are, I can give them a rock solid foundation in technique, performance, reading, and theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I make it a priority to create an easy-going, non-intimidating environment, so that you, the student, can focus on your goals and learning, approach music at your own pace, and really look forward to coming in to lessons. Whether you are interested in electric, steel-string, or classical, Metallica, Mozart, or anything in between, I can teach you technique, musicianship skills, and songs that fit your personal interests.
For beginning students I like to teach a mixture of basic theory, music-reading, and chords/scales. Soon after, the student can begin to bring in songs that s/he is interested in, and I can start to build lessons around specific styles/pieces. I teach all levels and all ages, and I would love to share my passion and knowledge with you, and gain you skill and confidence on the guitar, as well as a deep understanding of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical guitar, and am very familiar with the teachings of Aaron Shearer. His methods and practices provide the basis for how I teach technique and how i approach learning pieces. I also supplement his ideas with those of Pepe Romero, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tenant (particularly their views on the right-hand).
I also love teaching pop/rock guitar on steel-string or electric, and TAB-ing/teaching songs the student brings in. I use Troy Grady's method for developing right-hand picking/string-crossing technique. Whether the student prefers classical or popular s/he will get a great foundation in technique, music theory and music reading.
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Iralda G. June 10, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
An Excellent instructor! He has lot of patience specially with beginners. He is very knowledgeable in regards to music/ guitar.He is so kind to share his expertise with you.He is easy going and he show enthusiasm in what he does which invite you to keep going in you guitar journey.His studio is a peaceful, welcoming and inviting environment to play your guitar. He’s open in whatever music you feel comfortable to play with. He adapted to your needs and he knows how far you can go. He is an expert in what he does! You’re the best Aidan! I highly recommend him! Thank you so much for all your patience, enthusiasm and support!
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Matthew May 20, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Aidan is such a patient and awesome teacher. His in-depth knowledge is what helps me learn how to play the guitar. Aidan has also taken in consideration the type of music I want to learn and has catered his lessons towards it. I’m so glad I have Aidan teaching me!
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Kan December 8, 2018
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Aidan C.

San Francisco, CA 94131
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About Alex L.

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Fontana, CA
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From Renaissance to Beatles.

About Alex
Trained and educated (MM) in Russia and USA, over 20 years experience in teaching. Individual approach to the course development based on student personality, goals, skills.

Major instruments are piano, classical guitar, accordion.
Student must have own instrument and desire to learn!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe many of my students enjoy my class and are able to achieve a higher skill level because I make it a point to personally motivate them. I give them personalized goals to reach and/or tailored practice techniques.Based on response, I may offer words of encouragement or tips such as how to ease sore muscles or an alternative way to execute a technique they are finding extra difficult.

I make it a point to not just teach music grammar and/or fundamentals of music, but to include the importance of the sound of music s
trategies to enhance their skill development.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Clavinova, piano
Classical guitar "Takamine"
Accordion "Gullietti"

*** Specialties ***
Accordion, piano, classical guitar Traditional School all styles and genres. Levels: beginner through advanced!
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Ginny January 4, 2019
· Accordion · Online
This is exactly the type of lesson which helps me to improve my accordion playing skills and increases my knowledge.
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Paulo B. September 30, 2017
· Accordion · Online
Alex is a very interesting person and very competent. I really like it
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Dikson D. November 11, 2016
· Accordion · Online
Exceptional musician and instructor! I highly recommend classes with Alex.
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About Antoniy K.

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Oakland, CA
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Take classical guitar lessons with a seasoned, prize-winning classical guitarist ! I am an active performer throughout the country as a soloist and member of the Pacific Guitar Ensemble, alongside David Tanenbaum, Peppino D'Agostino, Marc Teicholz and Larry Ferrara. I graduated from the SF Conservatory of Music and hold Bachelor's, Master's, and Professional Studies' diplomas.

I welcome students at any age or skill level ! I focus on classical guitar playing, but can also provide lessons in other styles.

I am very passionate about music and take joy in teaching this art to kids and adults ! I focus on proper technique as well as musicality, and understanding different musical styles and music theory. I am patient, but will also challenge my student to progress naturally. I have been teaching classical guitar for seven years and take great enthusiasm in it. I focus on proper technique which will allow the guitarist to play relaxed and with ease, musicality which is such an ...

About Antoniy
Take classical guitar lessons with a seasoned, award-winning and professional classical guitarist! I am an active performer throughout the country as a soloist and member of the Pacific Guitar Ensemble alongside David Tanenbaum and Peppino D'Agostino. I graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and hold bachelor's, master's, and professional studies diplomas. I am currently the classical guitar faculty at the top rated charter Oakland School for the Arts.

I welcome students at any age or skill level! I focus on classical guitar playing but can also provide lessons in other styles.

I am very passionate about music and take joy in teaching this art to kids and adults! I have been teaching classical guitar for over ten years and take great enthusiasm in it. I focus on proper technique, which will allow the guitarist to pl
ay relaxed and with ease, musicality, which is such an essential part of classical guitar music, as well as having a beautiful sound. I will provide you with a good approach to guitar playing, including exercises to strengthen your technique and ways to practice in order to build a solid playing foundation. I am patient, but I will also challenge my students to progress naturally.
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Luke June 14, 2019
· Classical Guitar · In home
Tony was awesome. This was my first ever lesson, despite having "played" for many years - Tony was friendly and gentle in his approach to showing me all my bad technique and habits and how to correct them. I'm looking forward to many more lessons and growing my ability through his guidance!
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Bonnie May 14, 2019
· Classical Guitar · In home
Tony is an excellent instructor. His style of teaching emphasizes clear instruction, valuable feedback and attainable goals within a friendly and calm environment. The pieces he chooses for study are appropriately challenging and musically enjoyable. The in-home lessons were very convenient and he was professional in all respects. I recommend him highly!
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Mark March 6, 2019
· Classical Guitar · In home
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Oakland, CA 94612
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About Kristian B.

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Nokomis, FL
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Scales, Theory, Circle of Fifths, Modes, Legato, Hammer on, Pull offs, Arpeggios, Tapping, Fingerstyle Jazz, Finger Picking, Travis Picking, Sweep Picking, Transpositions, Music Creativity, Song Writing 101, Timing, Octaves, Jamming, AfroRythms, and, much, much, more. I will work with you to formulate a lesson plan which caters to your needs. Feel free to ask questions!!!

About Kristian
Hi, my name is Lon. I teach music and write songs for a living. I have travelled around the world playing music in many different cities. I have a wealth of knowledge to share. Being a student myself, I know the power of academics. I am here to bring that power to you with a stuctured lesson plan that is tailored to your needs as a growing musician.
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Claude May 1, 2016
· Guitar · In home
We understand each other. I need a lot of left hand finger exercise on guitar strings to strengthen finger muscles and toughen, firm and harden my finger tips. Set up next class in 2 weeks.
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Charity B. February 20, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Kristian is a perfect instructor for my daughter, an absolute beginner with guitar.She was ecited with the tools and information he gave her.
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Sam July 18, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Mr. B is wonderful! I went through two other teachers before him and neither of them taught what I wanted to learn. Mr. B was the only who asked me, " Hey what do YOU want to learn?" I didn't know that was even an option. He is very knowledgeable, talented, and the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet!
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About Matt M.

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Boston, MA

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I've been studying guitar for 20 years and have been teaching it since 2001. I have a vast knowledge of the techniques and repertoire necessary to succeed as a classical guitarist.

About Matt
I am a professional jazz guitarist, singer-songwriter and teacher. I've been teaching music to students of all ages privately and in groups since 1998. After graduating from William Paterson University with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance I spent 10 years in New York City working as a freelance musician and operating my own guitar studio. Since that time I have also been affiliated with several teaching studios, private schools, public schools and international schools. With a comprehensive background in Jazz, Classical and Rock guitar as well as electric bass, piano, music theory and voice; I am uniquely qualified to teach students of all ages and levels.

As a teacher, I think it’s most important to provide my students with a well rounded musical education that focuses on and adapts to what they are interested in lea
rning. Music lessons should be fun and I always keep that as my number one priority while also making sure that my students are getting a solid musical education that they will be happy with now and in the future. I pride myself on being patient, enthusiastic, empathetic and always prepared. I’m familiar with all of the most popular methods and have also created a large library of my own teaching materials.

During my career, I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to teach several different populations in the US, Greece and Germany. These diverse experiences have been extremely challenging and helped make me into a stronger teacher. From 2001-2003 I taught at the Center for Individualized Training and Education(CITE) which is a special needs school in Providence, RI. At CITE, I worked with students ages 6-17 and learned a lot about how to use music to bring joy to students who are not necessarily able to engage in a traditional musical education. In 2016, I created a music program in Athens, Greece for refugee children seeking asylum. I worked in conjunction with the School Box Organization to raise money for instruments, and taught guitar and hand drum classes at a school they had set up in a refugee squat. Although I'm no longer at the school, I am still helping to oversee the program and plan to do more of this work in the future. During my time in New York City, I worked with kids attending some of the most exclusive private schools in the country and dealt with the challenge of fitting music into an extremely demanding and high pressure educational environment. All of these experiences have helped shape my teaching philosophy as well as my views on life and music. I am currently teaching students in Boston as well as online lessons in Canada, Europe and the US.
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Rebecca November 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Matt Macaulay has taught me guitar in his studio and at my home over the course of the last two years. He is a wonderful teacher, caring, thoughtful and thorough. I've had a lot of music teachers over the years but Matt stood out in his ability to provide organized and interesting teaching sessions which are well prepared for in advance and always entertaining. Matt is an amazing motivator and swiftly got me through the burdens of an early learning curve and into the fascinating world of music. I would warmly recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning - at any age - and is looking for a highly skilled and caring teacher!
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About Steve S.

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San Francisco, CA

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A guitar and music teacher for over 30 years in the Bay Area, teaching all styles and levels in this time, and fresh back from a 10 year stint in the UK, teaching 1st and 2nd year performance students at BIMM Brighton, ICMP London, and ACM Guildford, Steve can take you from the beginning stages of your playing and help build a lasting foundation. Intermediates and Advanced levels can benefit from Steve’s 30 year performance and recording career, which spans stints with the best of Bay Area Thrash Metal (Testament, Forbidden, Vicious Rumors), to more progressive musical areas, including time with Seattle’s Nevermore (This Godless Endeavor), and his own instrumental band, The EssenEss Project, and countless sessions across many styles of music, including folk, jazz/fusion, blues, country, and more.
Steve can help you to learn what you’d like to learn, while also ensuring that you are learning what you need, to help keep you enjoying playing for a lifetime!
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About Steve
Steve has been teaching professionally since 1986, a career that has seen him span from private teaching 40-60 students in all styles and levels weekly in the Bay Area for for nearly 20 years (1989-2006), before relocating to London, England, to beginning a music college teaching career that has spanned nearly a decade, and seen Steve receive a PGCE (UK post masters teaching qualification), as well as see his previous experience of preparing students for music college come to fruition in the shape of teaching various classes in 3 different UK music colleges (BIMM Brighton, ICMP London, and ACM Guildford), as well as having a hand in writing coursework. Steve has written and taught several Metal Workshop courses across these colleges that were well received. In addition to this, Steve was one of the first rock guitarists to develop and beg
in a live internet teaching business, something he has maintained consistently for the last 11 years going, since 2007.

Steve takes a direct approach to teaching one to one lessons, assessing a student’s goals and abilities, and designing a personalized program for them, as well as providing email correspondence between lessons and all material used during the lesson in pdf and audio/video format.

Former lead guitarist for Vicious Rumors (1995-1999), Testament (1999-2004), Dragonlord (2000-2005), Nevermore (2002-2007), and Forbidden (2009-2012), currently busy with his own band One Machine (2014-present), as well as progressive rock fusion duo The EssenEss Project (1993-present), and is STILL a member of the Bay Area’s longest running Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne tribute, Sweet Leaf (1994-present)!

A former columnist for Guitar World Magazine (co-writer of Merchants Of Menace column with Jeff Loomis across 2006), Steve has occasionally written for GuitarWorld, amongst other sites, and also released an instructional series of lessons on JamPlay back in 2011, Steve has returned to the Bay Area to teach once again, and continues to expand his resume in both the performance/recording and educational areas.
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Steve S.

San Francisco, CA 94109
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$50 / 30-min

About Victoria W.

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Preston, MD
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My curriculum is tailored to meet each students specific needs. I am a classically trained guitarist with experience teaching students of all ages and styles. I teach theory, chords, how to read music and more.

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I teach guitar, piano, violin and ukulele to anyone 5 or older! Lessons are fun and exciting, we are constantly learning! I am an enthusiastic, patient and motivated teacher.
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Victoria W.

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About Joshua Z.

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Henrico, VA
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We focus on playing and writing music immediately, the theory is second, music playing and having fun is first!

I'm 30 years old and I have been playing music of all kinds since I was 15. I practiced 3 years before I actually played with anyone and once I did I learned so much more. I don't want you to make the same mistake, try out my 30 minute discount rate and we can make sure you are having fun and playing music in no time, if you want to expand into harder lessons then we can worry about that later.

About Joshua
Guitar is the most amazing instrument to me. I got really lucky because someone gave me an electric when i was 12 and I just played it. I didn't even know they had to be tuned at first! Once I started playing with people I learned so much so fast. I also went to school for recording and am able to use Preamp features to increase the quality that you hear while we are playing together. I use loops to demonstrate ideas and also to keep time while we jam together. I promise you within a few lessons we will be making sweet music together. If you want to know theory and all the other mysterious interesting corners of music we will get there. It is all about playing and having fun. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Joshua Z.

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