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About Rosita R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I know learning a new language can be intimidating at first but as your language coach,you'll see learning can be comfortable and fun! In my classes, all classes are recorded ( they are private!) I find that our recorded lessons are going to be a great reference when you are practicing and it enhances the atmosphere by you seeing how much you have improved. Every week we will have a conversation based on what we have learned in our prior lessons. You will have access to powerpoints, scripts, recorded lessons and more! If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! Just click the "ask a question" above or contact TakeLessons today!

Si hablo español.

About Rosita
I have been singing and studying voice for over 23 years since I was a child! I hold a Bachelors from Musicians Institute and other accomplished degrees from American Musical Dramatic Academy to conclude my quest for vocal excellence and the ability to sing in multiple languages ( English, Spanish, Japanese and Italian) I have been lucky enough to study with some of the top teachers in the country and now I bring the experience I have gained directly to you!

I am proud to share my student's vast array of musical successes. From being cast on short anime films and musicals to being accepted into prestigious performing arts academies to conquering the Karaoke scene. My passion for multiple languages and love of music is the desire driving me to share the gifts for teaching young children to open the door to their own musical abilities an
d hidden artistic desires. I am currently writing a musical which will be debuting in 2020. I'm currently the vocal coach/Trainer and choir director at Iglesia Elim Central.

I will make sure my students have fun and help them get in the right track to their musical goals.

Also, I constantly upload videos on Singing, The Spanish Language, and Japanese! So keep Checking in! It ranges on tips and answering the most common questions on those particular subjects!

Also There are discounted rates for worship teams and church choirs. For more information please contact me through the "Ask a Question feature"

*** Lesson Details ***
I do my absolute best to create a positive atmosphere for my students. Even when the students feel frustrated or stressed, it is important to inspire them and give them the fuel that they need. Though I am strict when it comes to homework and their about their studies. Every lesson at the beginning I will review what we learned previously and test them.
then begin with proper breathing technique exercises, the cornerstone of all vocals. We move on to vocal exercises to condition the voice. Then we work on the songs that you are eager to sing!

I will use a piano when doing vocal warm ups and conditioning exercises. Students that play other instruments and accompany themselves when performing (such as a guitar) are encouraged to bring that instrument to their lessons. My goal is for them to gain the knowledge that they need to help reach their artistic goals.
With all my lessons every student will be taught a basic run down of Music Theory. My students will always progress in what they do. They will have the discipline that they need and yet have fun and be filled with inspiration. Which is the most important thing, to be Inspired to do better.

*** Studio Equipment ***
iMac, condensing mic...performing mic, keyboard, mixer...living room of apartment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do have a portable keyboard. Though I do expect the student to have their own recording device and karaoke tracks. At Home I do have a studio, and if the students has an iPod or an Mp3 player I can attach it to a device where all of us can hear the tracks. I do have a recording studio as well.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Musical Theatre, and Pop rock genres. When I teach my students I always have them learn a song of another language whether it's Spanish or Japanese. It helps with diction when they learn a song outside the English Language. Also, It helps them to learn another Language at the same time. Also, I give them a little anatomy class when they are learning how to sing. I give them a model of the Vocal Cords and different areas of the Larynx and which part works for the chest voice and the head voice.

If you will like more information Click "Ask a Question" and all questions will go directly to me!
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Lucero E. July 10, 2019
· Singing · In home
Me encanto mi primera clase de canto .. se que pronto avanzaré Garcías a mi maestra Rosita..
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Catherine July 9, 2019
· Spanish · Online
So far so good
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Nasser A. July 2, 2019
· English · In studio
She is good to explain everything
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Rosita R.

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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Learn how to learn English, have fun, and accomplish more than you would in a class.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on 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.

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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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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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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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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$70 / 30-min

About Henry M.

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San Jose, CA

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CTESOL certified teacher with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. Emmy Award-winning writer with experience in all aspects of language and culture, including business, economics, law, government, theology, history and primary education. I speak three languages and I'm learning Polish, enabling me to take the learner's perspective. I've taught all levels and all aspects of the language, including pronunciation, business english, English for Special Purposes, TOEFL and SAT.

About Henry
Award winning journalist and teacher with international experience, having lived and worked in both Europe and the United States. Certified teacher with experience in all levels and with all ages.
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Ravindra B. June 17, 2019
· Accent Reduction · Online
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Lucas March 13, 2019
· German · Online
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Toshinori February 17, 2019
· English · Online
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Henry M.

San Jose, CA 95113
(15)
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$40 / 30-min

About Judy E.

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Los Gatos, CA
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I received a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) in 1986 through UC Berkeley Extension and taught for a time at Galileo High School in San Francisco. I also tutored advanced students from 1986-1988 and taught in Mexico for several months in 2005. In 2011, I came to the International Refugee Committee and for 3 years taught ESL to level 1 students, many from African and Middle Eastern countries who spoke no English at all when they enrolled. I currently run an intermediate level ESL conversation group at the local library. I speak fluent Spanish if necessary.

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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About Shanshan C.

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Cupertino, CA

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Being an English learner myself for over ten years, I have fallen in love with this language. Out of curiosity in its beautiful sound, interesting grammar and flexible expressions, I have made every attempt to master the gist of this language. In addition to professional knowledge, I have also had tutoring and classroom teaching experience. I believe that I will help you design lessons that work best for you to achieve our learning goals together! Fight on!

About Shanshan
Hello, I am Shanshan, a passionate language teacher! I've been teaching since 2010. In addition to expertise in linguistics and language teaching, I have taught Chinese and ESL to different groups from elementary school students to adults aged from 18-70. I am a native Chinese speaker and proficient in English. Teaching has been the most rewarding thing to do in my life!
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Krishna K. September 24, 2015
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Really good at teaching Chinese
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Nelson July 29, 2015
· Mandarin Chinese · In studio
Awesome instructor!
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Alex W. June 12, 2015
· Mandarin Chinese · In studio
Great teacher
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Shanshan C.

Cupertino, CA 95014
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About Nina Y.

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Kansas City, MO

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I am passionate about helping my students learn English and I am uniquely suited to communicating in situations where English is a second language. This is because I come from a multi-lingual and cultural background. I grew-up in an English and Indian/East-African family. I have lived in Scotland, England, Italy and the U.S. I speak English, Italian and French. I have always lived between cultures and languages, so I embrace the diversity of my students' languages and cultures.
I teach all levels and ages of student. I focus on teaching students by building their confidence to communicate in whichever way(s) they choose: conversation, reading or writing. I use different media: video, articles, text books, songs, movies and literature, which can all be shared through an interactive on-line platform or through in-person lessons. I really enjoy getting to know my students: engaging them through their interests and needs.
I have fifteen years of language teaching experience, five ...

About Nina
Hi, there! My name is Nina and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2002 and have loved helping my students learn Italian, broaden their understanding of language, and get to know Italian culture. I went to the University of London and Venice and earned a degree in Italian and Art History in 1995. I'm a friendly, outgoing person and my teaching style is lively, engaging, and effective. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Lisa L. May 15, 2019
· Italian · Online
Good start to simple conversation. Thanks for your patience.
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Katerina Paximadi April 19, 2017
· Italian · Online
Nina is very nice. As an adult, it is sometimes difficult to learn a new language because you are embarrassed to make mistakes. Nina makes you feel comfortable.
The lessons are organised and are going in a rhythm that you can follow.
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Katerina Paximadi April 7, 2017
· Italian · Online
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Nina Y.

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About Jane L.

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Mountain View, CA
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English was my worst nightmare when I was young. I always failed my English class when I was in elementary school. But 6 years later, I majored in it at college, went to Yale University for exchange studies and graduated with 1st class honor. I put a lot of efforts in studying the language but at the end what made a change was interest. My ESL class will start with basic vocabulary and phonetics in different themes: greeting, number, family, hobbies, etc. We'll then proceed depending on the language learning goals of the students. My lessons will also include oral practice, grammar check and translation help if needed.

About Jane
Hello! My name is Jane and I teach Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese and English as a Second Language (ESL). I'm a native speaker in Mandarin and Cantonese but growing up English had been my worst nightmare until I found my interest in it during high school. I then majored in it at college, graduated with 1st class honor and a few awards, and tutored elementary students to spark their interests in language learning. I'm excited to share my passion and language skills with you!
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Jane L.

Mountain View, CA 94041
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$35 / 60-min

About Solange R.

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Santa Cruz, CA

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As a native English speaker, who grew up in a bilingual environment and received my B.A. in Linguistics from the widely diverse and accredited San Jose State University, I have a solid understanding of how to properly introduce English as a Foreign/Second language with understanding and accommodation to your individual expectations and level of proficiency. All ages welcomed! (specialty in ages 5-8)

About Solange
Deeply rooted in my diverse beginnings of a bilingual household and upbringing, I am an experienced teacher and tutor in the English language with a B.A. in Linguistics and a minor in Deaf Education. I am TESOL certified and can accommodate to all ages and levels of experience in English as a Second or Foreign Language.

With my academic background in Linguistics, I am able to introduce English as a second or foreign language with consideration of the 6 major branches of Linguistics (phonology, phonetics, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, and syntax) that can easily be of a resource to you and your own unique understanding of the English language. With my minor in Deaf Education, I am empathetic to any needed accommodations on your behalf to make sure you are provided with the best education and service for you.

My past experience inv
olved one-to-one tutoring in English literacy and classroom instruction in an after-school program where students (K-8) engaged in educational and fun activities, practicing and reviewing their competency in all subjects. Utilizing the student's unique strengths and skills as their greatest tool, I work with students to not only foster their development in comprehension and literacy in the English language, but also bring light to their own unique potential in the "real world."
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Solange R.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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$30 / 30-min

About Amy K.

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Chicago, IL

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Work on your English in a safe, playful environment. No matter your level, we'll start with your language goals and work from there. I'm a certified TESOL instructor and I have a master's degree in Medieval History.

I'm skilled in academic and professional writing and also have experience working with complete beginners.

With consistent practice we can achieve anything together!

About Amy
I believe that to learn a language it's important to feel safe and relaxed. If we build a positive relationship together, we'll be on our way to achieving your goals. I promise to work as hard as you do!

I started teaching English while I was living in London for my Master's degree in Medieval History. I met people from all over the world and fell in love with the cultural exchange that comes with teaching a language.

I have a certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from DePaul University. I am also a volunteer English instructor at St. Joseph Services in Humboldt Park.

I live in Ukrainian Village with my husband and two cats, Tommy and Luna. If you chose to come to my apartment for lessons, you'll be able to meet them!

My goal is to create a safe, judgement free environment for my students to learn in
. I've worked hard to learn other languages myself (Spanish, German, and I'm working on Polish!), so I know how frustrating it can sometimes be to express yourself in another language. Teaching one on one is a collaborative effort and I will work hard to find a teaching style that is tailored to you.
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Jo Herrera July 9, 2019
· ESL · In studio
Amy is a great english teacher! She is the best you can ask for. Very professional and at the same time caring for her students. Had the pleasure to have lessons with her in London while studying there. She will teach you according to your level and needs. Recommend her 100%
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Amy K.

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$67 / 60-min

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Average Cost of ESL Lessons in Santa Cruz, CA

The average cost of 60-minute ESL lessons in Santa Cruz is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $60 and $69 per hour.

30-min $30
 
$34 average
$39
45-min $45
 
$49 average
$54
60-min $60
 
$64 average
$69

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute ESL lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute ESL lessons are 24% less expensive at $49, and 30-minute lessons cost 47% less at $34.

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