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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, and saxophone. I highly recommend my studio partners Tyler and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Flute, & Saxophone
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Piano, Ukulele, & 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 Area.

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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Kalena July 31, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Our son has been taking trumpet lessons with Jesse for almost a year now. It’s been a wonderful experience working with Jesse! He is a kind and passionate person. He cares about his students and motivates them in a positive way! Our son comes home telling us how nice and talented Jesse is. We are very happy to be working with him and Jesse is a great teacher!
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Sergey July 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I really enjoyed taking my lessons with Jesse as a novice singer. He is a true professional, and I like how he tailored his approach to my individual style and needs. Can't recommend him enough!
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Melissa June 24, 2018
· Tuba · In studio
Jesse is a really good teacher in not only just tuba, but music in general. He explains musical concepts in an intuitive way through patterns or playing it out to the student. I really enjoy the lessons I have with him and I feel that I'm becoming a better musician.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Kana L.

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I was born and raised in Japan, so I am fluent in Japanese, but at the same time I can speak well English since I have been learning English for more than 10 years and my father is from the U.S. So we can communicate smoothly and you will not be bored or frustrated either. I have been tutoring Japanese and ESL at my university for several years so I have knowledge of tutoring as well. I will teach in an enjoyable way! Let's have a fun and learn Japanese!

About Kana
Hi! Thank you for visiting my profile.
I am originally from Japan, and moved here five years ago.
My father is American and I have been learning English for more than 10 years, so I can speak both English and Japanese.
I graduated from UcC Berkeley majored in Linguistics, minored in Education, and currently, I am doing my master's in Speech Pathology.
I have been teaching Japanese for 3 years now, and I also have tutored at my previous colleges for 3 years.

Japanese: I'm teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced conversation. Not only what is written in text books but words that we actually use in Japan and real Japanese conversation day to day.
I can also teach to pass JPLT, basic business Japanese including some formats of writing a letter and documents.

ESL: mostly, I teach writing but I do reading, listening an
d speaking too. I've been hearing English since I was born so can pronounce words correctly but I know the pain of learning another language and how people usually struggle.

Message me if you want to learn from expert of learning other languages! I know four different languages:)
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Lyndah August 30, 2018
· Japanese · Online
I've only had one lesson so far, and so far I'm certain I made the right decision! I look forward to sharing more about working with Kana in future reviews.
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Lyndah August 30, 2018
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Matt December 27, 2017
· Japanese · Online
I studied Japanese with Kana for almost a year and a half. In that time, she took me from knowing absolutely nothing to being a proficient beginner level speaker. I can now read Hiragana/Katakana every day, have a solid grasp of the different counters and number system, as well as conjugation of u/ru verbs and adjectives and various sentence forms.

Kana was always very patient and never made me feel awkward or uncomfortable. She was willing to go as fast or as slow as I liked and always had the answers to my questions. She was always fun to work with and has become like a friend to me over the time I've studied with her. Highly recommend!
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Hayward, CA 94542
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About Sunho K.

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Here is a little about me, I'm from Korea, graduated in Japan, working in America. Also,I'm an outgoing person. I like cooking, painting and watching movies. I really would like to meet new students who interested in Asian culture and people who would like to share their lifestyles and hobbies. Hope to meet you soon!

About Sunho
Hi, My name is Sunho. I'm from Korea and lived in Japan for about 5 years. I'd like to meet people who want learn language. I can teach Korean and Japanese. Here is a little about me, I'm an outgoing person. I like cooking, painting and watching movies. I really would like to meet new students who interested in Asian culture and people who would like to share their lifestyles and hobbies. Hope to meet you soon!
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Tanya September 20, 2018
· Korean · Online
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Annie September 12, 2018
· Japanese · Online
She Explained everything carefully and make sure the homework wasn’t too hard.She is A wonderful teacher I highly recommend her for all ages!
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Jacob August 7, 2018
· Korean · Online
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Sunho K.

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About Noriko N.

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Elmhurst, NY
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Konnichiwa:)
My name is Noriko 24 years old. I love teaching japanese and everything about japan that I love !I would love to help you learn japanese! Lets have fun japanese time with me !

About Noriko
Hi! My name is Noriko. I am from Tokyo japan. I love teaching not only japanese but also japanese culture. I have an experience of teaching japanese to college student for about 1 year. I hope I can help you learning japanese. Lets have a fun japanese time together!
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Gaetano M. December 23, 2017
· Japanese · Online
My lessons with Noriko was fun and educational. She focuses on natural conversation and compares the difference between polite and casual Japanese.
If you want to learn conversation Japanese then take lessons with Noriko. You wont be dissapointed.
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Noriko N.

Noriko N.

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About Jessie N.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am a native Japanese speaker with a Japanese teaching credential. All ages and levels are welcomed! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I am also qualified to tutor graduate students (Master’s and PhD) doing their thesis.
I believe when we learn other languages, it is important to learn their culture, history, etc. for better understanding. I’ve learned Japanese drums, how to wear Kimono, Tea and flower ceremonies so that we can explore Japanese culture more than just learning the language!

About Jessie
I am a native Japanese speaker with a Japanese teaching credential. All ages and levels are welcomed! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I am also qualified to tutor graduate students (Master’s and PhD) doing their thesis. 
I believe when we learn other languages, it is important to learn their culture, history, etc. for better understanding. I’ve learned Japanese drums, how to wear Kimono, Tea and flower ceremonies so that we can explore Japanese culture more than just learning the language!

Bio:
I have been in love with language my whole life. This led to learning and studying English for the past 30 years. In learning English I rediscovered my love of Japanese language as well. I would like to share my enthusiasm for Japanese language with you.

I grew up in a family in which everyone was a t
eacher including my grandmothers, grandfather, aunts, uncle, and my parents. My family inspired me to become an educator as well where I would have the chance to make a difference in students' educational, social, and emotional well-being. I earned my teaching credential from Kochi Women's University in Japan and a Master's in Intercultural communication from Kobe University, Japan.

During graduate school days, I worked as a tutor for international Master's and PhD students to assist them on their theses in Japanese. After I moved to Los Angeles, I started my career in the corporate world, and have worked in the US, Canada and Japan for last 15 years. In Canada, I taught Classic Japanese and Chinese Poetry at Toronto Japanese School as a high school teacher.
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Jessie N.

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About Ai P.

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

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

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

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

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

I’ve also played the piano since I was 3 years old and have the Yamaha certification; therefore, I teach piano too. I also love to play!!
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Eileen D. August 27, 2018
· Japanese · Online
When I'm feeling overwhelmed with so much material to learn, Ai helps me understand and is very supportive
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Eileen D. August 13, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Very good first lesson!!
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William H. July 6, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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About Aaron L.

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The Japanese language and everything about Japan has been a central part of my existence for most of my life. As I mastered Japanese I went through the same problems you will and that's why I can accelerate your learning speed. I know strategies and ways that helped me navigate this tricky language so you reach your goals fast. I am looking forward to working with you to achieve your goals!

About Aaron
Japanese and everything about Japan is my passion. I first started learning Japanese in high school and studied abroad in Japan through AFS for a year while living with a host family. While I was there I passed level 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), a first for any AFS student at the time. I went on to attend the Japanese language school Yamasa in Aichi, Prefecture and then passed level 1 of the JLPT at age 20. Afterward, I attended Nanzan University where I graduated from the Business Management Department in 2009. Since graduating I have worked as a freelance translator and interpreter for 9 years.

Through my experiences learning Japanese and living in Japan I can answer any questions you may have about the language or culture. I enjoy teaching everyone from beginner's to those studying advanced Japanese to enter a
university or work in Japan. Unlike a native Japanese speaker, I am able to systematically explain grammar and other technical areas in a way that will make sense. You can then quickly utilize these techniques to accelerate your own learning.

Each lesson will be tailored to the specific area you would like to study and improve. If you would like to work on conversational Japanese for instance, I can teach you informal Japanese so you can have conversations with friends or dive deeper into a hobby you may have such as anime, J-pop or video games. Learning in a fun and relaxing atmosphere is important and will help you learn quicker and retain information.
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Aaron L.

Aaron L.

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About Allison G.

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Thanks for reading my profile. My name is Allison, and I have been a casual tutor for Japanese for over 4 years. I taught myself the language back when I was only 11, and have continued to grow and flourish with many Japanese friends and students who continually guide me on my journey. I'm proud to say nearly all of my students who have come to me for help have reached fluency in, on average, two years. This is because I get it. I understand how Japanese works-- the frustration and desire to quit is strong, being that it IS such a difficult language. Luckily, since I myself have overcome it, I recognize the optimal strategies for crossing boundaries and reaching new heights in fluency you may have never experienced before! My highest priority is seeing you grow and learn, and I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed when you study with me.

About Allison
I am an Asian culture and language enthusiast, with my specialties being of Korean and Japanese focus. I am a self taught Japanese speaker who holds the N2 level of proficiency in the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test). This means that my Japanese is to a point where I could live so-to-speak as a Japanese person without problems in Japan.

My priorities are your satisfaction and education. As someone who has had to go through the struggle of learning Japanese alone, I know the strenuous points of the journey and would be more than happy to guide you through the process. I teach using methods verified by tutors all over the world, with special twists of my own-- the ones that brought me to fluency in just under two years!

I provide textbooks, worksheets, homework (if desired), and mentoring for reading, writing, speaking, listening
, and comprehension. I have a variety of resources to use for those who are just starting out, and my extensive knowledge of the culture and language give me a unique perspective on tutoring for intermediate and advanced learners. I'm able to explain properly why certain things work and why certain things don't unlike any language site you may find!

I love to teach and I love to be friendly, so don't hold back when asking questions. I am open to even the silliest of inquiries-- everything is valid when learning! Feel free to message me about any concerns you may have. Let's speak Japanese together!
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Jennifer August 22, 2018
· Japanese · In home
Allison is an incredible teacher. She's extremely patient and more than willing to guide you kindly through the maze that is foreign language! She provided detailed instruction on how to communicate more clearly and efficiently, and I've seen a huge improvement in my speaking and comprehension in just a few lessons! I could not recommend a teacher more than I recommend Allison for your next lesson. She makes learning fun again!
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Allison G.

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