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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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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:

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 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. It's really important to know though that everyone makes their own experience. The process of learning music involves you learning as much about your own mind and body as it does any external concepts, so please keep in mind only you can move yourself forward.

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. 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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Romy R. August 2, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
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Dulcenea June 28, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Super kind, patient and teaches a lot in each session!
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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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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Olga C.

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San Mateo, CA
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About Olga
Latest news:
1/10/18
I just have to share this:
My 13 years old student forwarded to semifinals of national Classical Singer auditions in Chicago!!!! Way to go, Avantika!

8/22/18
You can see me performing with Opera San Jose in Classical Series in the Park in Redwood City.

4/3/18
Three of my students passed Certificate of Merit with honors , one of them was chosen to sing at convention in LA this Summer.

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Described by critics as "flawless in her singing" (Cultural World Bilingual ), "natural singer with beautiful colors...sings wonderfully, communicating the excesses of passion and emotion, the quick contrasts of mood , with grace and conviction" (San Jose Mercury News); possessing “a pure, strong soprano with phrasing of sumptuous elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle), " dazzling high notes are piercing without being
ugly" (San Francisco Classical Voice), "beauty of her voice is outstanding...it has power to set the theater ringing, but it also has a wealth of color... Her stage presence...is magnetic" (Peninsula Reviews), "Her mezzo tones...evoked memories of Maria Callas' spell-binding rendition" (San Jose Mercury News),
Olga was announced the Best Leading Female Singer in North East in season 2006-2007 by Opera Online.
A native of Russia, she appeared on the stages of the Bolshoi Opera (Maria in Mazeppa, Prilepa in Pique Dame, Brigitta in Iolanta, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Musetta in La Boheme, to name a few), Kazan Opera Theater (Mimi in La Boheme), Stanislavsky Opera Theater (Micaela in Carmen), and Malmo Opera Theater in Sweden (Musetta) before emigrating to the U.S.A., where she appeared with Hawaii Opera Teater as Mimi in La Boheme, San Francisco Lyric Opera in title role of Aida, West Bay Opera and DiCapo Opera in New York in the title role of Manon Lescaut, Opera San Jose and Illinois Opera Theater as Tosca, and with Cedar Rapids Opera, Gold Coast Opera,Golden Gate Opera and Opera North as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, with San Francisco Opera Merola Program and Tampa Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. In autumn of 2009 she appeared in Cairo as Tosca and, in spring of 2010 debuted it Italy at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, where she returned following summer in the title role of Aida. From 2006 till 2010 Olga performed with touring company Teatro Lirico d’Europa all over United States in multiple performances of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida, Carmen,La Boheme, Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana. Olga appeared in title roles with local opera companies like Opera San Jose (Tosca),;; West Bay Opera (Manon Lescaut, La Forza del Destino), Livermore Opera (I Pagliacci), Martinez Opera (Madama Butterfly), Golden Gate Opera (Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana), San Francisco Opera Company (Aida)
Olga appeared with Orchestra Sinfonica Romana at the concert stage of Santa Cecilia in Rome and Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Verdi Requiem, Quatar with Gala concerts, Opera Santa Barbara in an evening of music by Giocomo Puccini, DiCapo Opera (Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini), in Russia at the Nizhny Novgorod Concert Hall for Bach’s Mass in B-minor, at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory for Mahler’s Sympony No. 4 and for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Moscow’s Cathedral Catholic Church for Bach’s Easter Oratorio, as a featured soloist for both the Notti Musicali Modenesi Festival and Costa Rica’s XIII Festival de Musica Credomatic; and as a featured soloist for the political-cultural event entitled “Days of Russian Culture in Bulgaria, jointly sponsored by the Russian and Bulgarian Ministries of Culture and attended by the presidents of both countries.
In 2002 Olga participated in San Francisco Opera Center Merola Opera Program for young singers and sang Musetta with Western Opera on tour.

Currently Olga devotes herself to voice teaching and performs locally."
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Irene -. July 1, 2019
· Singing · In studio
She was really very good but Irene could not understand her. Irene is from Greece and Olga is from somewhere else. Just not the right fit.
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Shannon April 22, 2019
· Singing · Online
Did not have session
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Jill R. January 12, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Learning a lot. Started not knowing how to sing and now I can carry a tune!
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Olga C.

San Mateo, CA 94401
(21)
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$40 / 30-min

About Marwan S.

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Redwood City, CA

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About Marwan
I started playing piano when I was 3, and began writing music at the age of 6. I've taught music and piano for over 12 years, and tutoring other subjects for over 5 years.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I graduated from Cornell University in Electrical & Computer Engineering, with a minor in Music.

As a student, I was President of the Cornell Piano Society for 4 years. I spent much time teaching piano and music theory to fellow Cornell students, faculty, and staff. I've also organized many concerts, recitals, and events during my tenure.

After college, I went on to work for Intel & Apple as an engineer, while continuing to teach and tutor on the side. Later on, I founded my own startup company centered around Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, and unmet needs in the B2C market.

I typically travel
to each student's home for lessons. I travel all around the Bay Area: as far north as Richmond, as far south as Los Gatos, as far East as Livermore (and every place in between, including the Peninsula).
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Oliver August 28, 2019
· Piano · In home
Funny and engaging teacher who was willing to go the extra mile to structure a lesson plan that met my specific piano goals. Very knowledgeable and accomodating.
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PaulineAnn P. June 12, 2019
· Piano · In home
I feel very comfortable and feel he is doing a good job. A very nice well spoken young man. This is my first lesson , ask me again later.
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Felicity June 5, 2019
· Piano · In home
My daughter warmed right up to Marwan. He was energetic and knowledgeable on working with beginners!
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Marwan S.

Redwood City, CA 94063
(22)
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$65 / 30-min

About Judy E.

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Los Gatos, CA
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About Judy
I have taught may different kinds of subjects, ESL, Drug and Alcohol Education, Social services, in the past. Mostly, though, I have taught piano, my first and greatest love, starting in the 70's and off and on until I took it full time during the past 2 years. I develop special relationships with all of my students, and together with individually specific incentives, nearly all my students progress very quickly in their learning. I enjoy children of all ages as well as adults.
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Jaclyn B. March 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson, really excited to continue learning from Judy!
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Tracey Q. December 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Judy had my son up and playing in no time. She was great about setting a pace that will keep him challenged and confident simultaneously. He loves his lessons and looks forward to learning more. My youngest, after observing a class, has decided he would like to play too!
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Andy Z. October 30, 2015
· Piano · In home
Judy E did good job for her first class. Both Andy and Jody like her. They are looking forward to the next class,
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Judy E.

Los Gatos, CA 95032
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$25 / 30-min

About Drew P.

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Dublin, CA

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About Drew
As a recent recipient of a Master's Degree in Flute Performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, Drew Powell is a promising young flutist and highly sought after flute teacher. For 15 years, he has participated in numerous music competitions, festivals, and performance opportunities, both as a soloist and part of ensembles, and actively continues to do so. He is an advocate of the arts and passionate about spreading the gift of music, which has lead him to teach over 30 students (and counting!) in just the past 3 years.

Drew won the 2017 Myrna Brown Artist Competition (an international competition with no age limit) hosted by the Texas Flute Society. He was recently invited to be a guest artist at the 2018 Texas Flute Society Annual Convention, where he taught several masterclasses and gave solo performances.

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**My Vision***
I seek students who share a love of learning. I am not looking for the finest musicians or highest IQ's, because those gifts are not required to learn and grow. My greatest experiences as a teacher have come from when I work with students who just want to learn more.

***My Requirements***
I hold my students to high expectations when it comes to practicing. Each week, I give students individual assignments that I know will improve their learning and playing abilities, and I expect those assignments to be fulfilled by the next lesson. A failure to do so will result in frustration for both myself and my student.

However, I know that nobody is perfect, and I myself have had my share of weeks where life happens, and I simply don't progress as much as I would like. As a teacher, I understand this perfectly, and I will always strive to listen to my students, and work with them through their difficulties or struggles.

***What To Expect From Lessons***
I bring a lot of energy to lessons! I am very passionate about teaching and helping students grow, and I make sure to bring that to every lesson. I give concise, direct feedback to students, making sure to give them the information they need to understand how they can achieve their goals and grow.

I am very perceptive of students' feelings, and I take care to be sensitive to their needs each week. My worst fear as a teacher is to cause hurt feelings, so I will do everything in my power to avoid that!

I am an expert in the field of music and the flute, so you can be rest assured that the quality of instruction will be the highest.
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Jacob September 24, 2019
· Flute · Online
Drew is always polite, patient, and professional. I would definitely recommend his lessons to anyone wanting to learn to play the flute. I am looking forward to our future lessons.
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Gary April 3, 2019
· Piano · In home
Great
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Nami L. March 19, 2019
· Flute · In home
In the few months that I've had flute lessons with Drew, I've grown so much. As a beginner in flute, I was completely scared and overwhelmed with taking band for the first time. Knowing I needed lessons, I'm so glad that I was paired with Drew. On my first lesson, Drew asked me what my goals were and I told him that it was to just simply read the notes on the page. That's all I expected to learn from him, but he taught me so much more! Drew taught me about musical expression, tone and all the little details behind flute playing. His teachings challenged and motivated me. My peers and band teacher have noticed my improvement and progress. Thanks to Drew, I can now play with confidence and poise. -Emma
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Drew P.

Dublin, CA 94568
(9)
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$30 / 30-min
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About Erika C.

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San Jose, CA
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About Erika
I am from Chile and grew up in California. I received my Master's Degree in Spanish and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from San Jose State University. I teach Spanish and English, all levels and abilities. I love foreign languages and writing.

I have studied Spanish literature, culture, history and linguistics. I have also studied English literature, writing, advertising and editing. The best teachers and mentors I have had, have made learning fun and exciting. My goal is to always create an atmosphere where learning comes alive and becomes an enriching experience for the student.

A creative writing instructor I had years ago once said, "anyone can write." Well, I believe that with the right guidance and tools, a student can achieve the desired goals in writing, in learning a foreign language, and in any other subject or field.
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David May 13, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Erika is great!
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Erika C.

San Jose, CA 95126
(1)
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$50 / 30-min

About Man L.

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San Leandro, CA
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About Man
I have been teaching piano and singing and have 6 wonderful years of experience.I love music with a passion and have been acting, singing and playing piano since I'm a little child. I am a young, friendly and enthusiastic teacher, and want all my students to achieve high results! I teach children in all ages, starting from 6 years old till 100! I graduated in UCD university with a bachelor of music , and have been played and trained by ear since I was 13 years old. I have played live piano by many concerts, choirs and events over the past 7 years. It would be my honor to teach you, and get to know you through a wonderful journey of music! Looking forward! Schedule a lesson with me today! I live in San Leandro
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Frances May 1, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher! Very patient and nice. Classes are custom to my level and what I am interested in learning.
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Man L.

San Leandro, CA 94577
(1)
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$20 / 30-min

About Anna S.

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Capitola, CA
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About Anna
Hi everybody I'm Anna, i'm Italian and I live in California from 13 years. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology of Marketing and I have been teaching Italian for the past years.

I teach Italian language to speak with confident and clarity. I'm specialized in teaching grammar and I push my students to speak Italian as much as possible during the lessons in a friendly atmosphere. This is a great way to improve or learn Italian in a reasonable time frame.

I love to travel, to teach and to cook Italian recipes for my friends and family!
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Ericka October 28, 2018
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Anna does a great job of integrating cultural factors and practical application in to our lessons. I really appreciate her enthusiasm and positive attitude. She is very patient and has great attitude .
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Mary October 26, 2018
· Italian · In studio
I really enjoyed my first lesson with Anna, and I look forward to future lessons. She was very patient, kind and helpful. She was also really personable -- very funny and fun to talk with.
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Jack October 25, 2018
· Italian · In studio
Anna is awesome! Really great instructor. I enjoyed my lesson and she was both entertaining and gave great guidance. I would highly recommend her. Grazie mille!
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Anna S.

Capitola, CA 95010
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$30 / 30-min

About Angelica D.

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San Francisco, CA
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About Angelica
I am a dance teacher; performer and choreographer.
I started dancing when I was a kid and it always kept me energized; motivated; ready to go an extra mile no matter what I do. I started going to Ballroom school when I was 11 and I loved dancing solo, with a partner or in the group. Dancing, performing and competing helped me understand myself better and boosted my confidence, creativity and ambitions.

I graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Science but I never stopped dancing and about 4 years ago I started assisting the dance lessons, then got more and more training and finally started teaching Ballroom and Latin dances. It’s been amazing experience as I am able to share my passion, help people overcome their fears, shyness, help them express themselves and see how great there are and how dancing is important for our physic
al and mental health, how much it can improve the relationship/connection we have with ourselves and with other people.

I have been teaching all ages, singles and couples. You can choose to learn salsa, bachata, cha cha, swing, disco; rumba; samba; waltz; tango; foxtrot and I can also create a routine for your special wedding dance.

I would be very happy to hear what are your dancing goals and desires and to help you accomplish them!
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Angelica D.

San Francisco, CA 94107
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$75 / 30-min

About Marco A.

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San Jose, CA

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About Marco
Hello everyone! My name is Marco, and I teach Japanese and Vocals! (Each exclusively or at the same time; it's up to you!)

Japanese:
Currently studying for my undergraduate Japanese Studies degree at San Jose State University. Have been studying the language for a total of 5 years, and have worked abroad in Japan within the media and music sphere! I have had experience as a teacher's assistant within a university classroom setting. Aspiring to become a full-time Japanese teacher, and to work within the Japanese music industry.

Vocals:
I am both a vocalist and instrumentalist, specializing in drum set and guitar, but will focus on teaching vocals exclusively. Classically trained in a concert choir setting, and also trained in a jazz setting within a vocal jazz ensemble. Currently a label-signed artist and song-writer, with Professo
r Records, performing English and Japanese pop music in the bay area, and abroad (Japan)! Open to teaching multiple styles, primarily classical, pop, Japanese pop, and R&B.

These two teaching areas of mine are passions that I am pursuing equally, and would love to share what I have learned over the years with you all! I promise to make the lessons relatable, fun, and catering to your own needs.
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Marco A.

San Jose, CA 95133
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$40 / 30-min

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