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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 guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Piano
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Piano, Ukulele, and Drums
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 Ar
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Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

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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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Robert O. August 10, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Shellye T.

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Plano, TX
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About Shellye
Accent Reduction & Conversational English or Business (Plano)

Are you struggling with your accent or want to practice your English with an English speaker and take control over your learning? I have a linguistics background and will guide you through what it take to speak American English.

I am a resourceful and experienced English tutor with 17 years experience, who specializes in helping Adults from other countries reduce or eliminate their accents all the while learning conversational or business English.

Sessions normally run 2 hours. Schedule is flexible - days, nights and weekends.

If this sounds like something you would like to pursue, please call TakeLessons.
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Shellye T.

Shellye T.

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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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Blake H. December 29, 2017
· German · Online
The past five months spent with Henry teaching me my second language has been worthwhile. My decision to choose him as my instructor has paid off exponentially. He immediately immerses you in the language and steadily increases your exposure as you gain proficiency. This is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher, someone to push and challenge me to learn but also there when I was having difficulty.

As someone who has zero experience with the German language he definitely provided the firm foundation I needed to confidently continue my studies alone. I have no doubt when the time comes for more lessons I will revert back to Henry.

Er ist ein sehr guter Lehrer!
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Takekiyo August 19, 2017
· ESL · In studio
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Alex October 26, 2015
· ESL · In home
The best ESL teacher EVER
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Henry M.

Henry M.

San Jose, CA 95113
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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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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.

Judy E.

Los Gatos, CA 95032
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About Dianne N.

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San Jose, CA

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I hold a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Prior to earning my masters degree, I was a bilingual educator for six years. In addition, I have conducted research in language acquisition and have been trained using research based learning strategies.

About Dianne
Hello, I am a certified teacher and also an engineer. My main goal as an educator is to help students realize their true potential. Beyond helping my students complete homework or learn a new skill I provide them with tools for success. I teach my students so they can take charge of their learning.

I hold a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Prior to earning my masters degree, I was a bilingual educator for six years. In addition, I have conducted research in language acquisition and math and have been trained using research based learning strategies. I also hold a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked six years in this field.

I work with students all ages. I am available for homework, homeschooling, and enrichment activities. Before meeting with my students, I gather the ne
cessary information in order to create a lesson plan that will meet the student's specific needs. I have extensive experience in curriculum design. My approach to teaching is student-centered. I use a variety of methods to ensure that students are active participants in the learning process and get the most out of instruction.

I have worked with students with special needs including, learning disabled, ADHD and gifted and talented. When planning my lessons, I make sure that the activities included are appropriate for the student and use students feedback in future planning.
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Dianne N.

Dianne N.

San Jose, CA 95128
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$45 / 30-min
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About Regina B.

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New York, NY
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I've been teaching ESL for 2 years. My ESL lessons are very interactive. I like to do a lot of role playing while practicing grammar that is difficult. I also like to create engaging games using grammar to help students create their own unique sentences. The main goal of my lesson is to have my students speak more of the language with guided help.

About Regina
I'm an ESL at an adult school and currently an MA student. I graduated with a BA in Education from Seton Hall University. I worked with various age groups while earning my Bachelor's. I did four internships in different public schools in grades K-12 as well as student taught in a K-5 setting. I also have a lot of experience teaching adults. The subjects I teach are ESL and Music. Both of these subjects are my favorite to teach because they are very unique and fun to do. I enjoy it when my students are excited to learn and find new talents within themselves that they never knew they had. Some of the hobbies I like to do outside of teaching are crochet, learning new languages such as Spanish, Japanese, and Korean.
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Donovan November 14, 2017
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She's a great and experienced teacher. I recommend her.
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About Lauren T.

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New York, NY

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I've been teaching ESL for the past few years. All ages welcome! For over a year, I taught 4th and 5th graders in Ankara, Turkey. I got my BFA in Acting, and love using my theater background to help students stay interested in lessons and to build their confidence. Our classes will include reading, writing, and speaking, as well as fun activities that I will cater for your needs and experience level! I have lots of experience working with children under 16, but am able to help adults with English for business as well. I teach in-home and online, and our lessons will always be engaging and fun, no matter the level!

About Lauren
I'm an actor/musician in NYC, and have taught kids all over the world! I'm available for in-home, online, and in-studio lessons, where I can teach violin, flute, singing, acting, and English. Although I received my BFA in Acting from Boston University's school of theater, I have been making music since I could walk. As a classically trained singer, violinist and flautist, I've been able to incorporate my musical talents with my career as an actress. Once I chose to go to an acting conservatory, I thought I'd need to give up music, but not a day goes by that I'm not playing and singing! I've played a range of professional gigs from churches to rock concerts to musical theater. I even found myself performing in theaters around the country for the broadway national tour of the tony-award winning actor/musician musical, Once! My range of expe
rience helps me cater lessons to you and your specific needs.

While most of my life has been spent performing, I discovered a love for teaching after college. I have been teaching music and theater for 5 years, and two years ago I began teaching ESL to elementary students in Turkey. I fell in love with teaching English, and feel my training in theater and music helps me use different, exciting teaching techniques in our lessons. I am conversational in both Turkish and Spanish as well!

No matter if we're working on music, acting, or English, I'm incredibly committed to my students and want each lesson to be fun and motivational. I'm a patient, supportive teacher, and know that each student is unique and moves at his/her own pace!
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Lauren December 23, 2017
· Violin ·
Lauren is an awesome violinist. I worked with her in a show and watched her tackle many different styles of music, improvise with other musicians, and collaborate on new material. I would recommend her to anyone!
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Ruby December 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lauren Thomas is an excellent musician with a tremendous amount of patience and a seemingly boundless supply of talents. As a fellow musician who has played professionally alongside Lauren, I have witnessed first hand her skilled mastery of both the flute and the violin -- as intuitive as she is technically proficient. Apart from her musical abilities, she's kind, fun and sensitive and would make for either a great beginner violin teacher or as an instructor for someone with intermediate skills looking to expand their abilities. Cannot recommend her highly enough! Whether you're seeking instruction in the flute or the violin, Lauren's the woman for the job.
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Ezgi December 20, 2017
· ESL · In home
She’s a wonderful teacher and also very suportive, answering any one of my million questions :)
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Lauren T.

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English can be a hard language to grasp but I like to make it fun and exciting!

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I am Anna. I am here to offer ASL (Sign Language) and ESL lessons!
A little about me on the ASL side. I have grown up using ASL and loved it so much I took it in high school and then in college to earn my Deaf Studies Degree! ASL is a beautiful language and the culture is so unique. As a teacher I love to teach both to help you succeed in the Deaf community and use your skills!
On the ESL side, English is my first language and I would love to help share it with you!
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Britni December 28, 2017
· American Sign Language · In studio
Anna was an amazing teacher! She was extremely kind and patient. When I struggled with some signs she took the extra time to make sure I got it.
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Noel December 28, 2017
· American Sign Language · Online
Anna is super helpful, kind and hard working I couldn’t ask for a better person to teach me asl !
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Emily December 28, 2017
· Sign Language · Online
I have worked with Anna in person and online! She is such a fun spirit and makes learning a second language so much fun! I would recommend her to anyone wanting to learn or in my Caden practice they ASL skills!
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Anna B.

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About Samaneh M.

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Hi, I'm Samaneh!

I have been teaching English since 2000. I will be starting the Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on ESOL/Bilingual Education in Fall 2018.

About Samaneh
Hi! My name is Samaneh!

I speak three languages: English, Farsi, and Urdu. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Translation and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Florida. I have been teaching English to students of all ages since 2000. In Fall 2015, I began my career as an ESL teacher at the University of Florida. I will be starting the Doctorate program in ESOL/Bilingual Education at UF in Fall 2018. I enjoy teaching English language learners from all around the world!
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Samaneh M.

Samaneh M.

Online
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$30 / 30-min

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