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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.

Or use this as a supplement to an existing class and completely surpass it's standards.

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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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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Ayse K. March 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
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Robert O. March 1, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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$55 / 30-min

About Hiromi S.

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Louisville, KY

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I am a native Japanese speaker from Tokyo. Currently, I am an instructor at the Greater Louisville Regional Japanese Saturday School, which provides courses entirely in Japanese. Whether you want to improve your reading or writing skills, or you are simply looking for a conversation partner, let me know!

About Hiromi
I am a student at Ball State University, pursuing a Doctor of Arts degree in piano performance under the guidance of Dr. Robert Palmer. As a teaching assistant throughout my graduate studies, I have worked as an accompanist and taught ear training, group piano, and private piano lessons. Prior to Ball State University, I studied at the University of Kentucky and Ohio State University where I earned Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance, respectively. To expand my expertise in music, I have attended summer music festivals and conferences including Adamant Music School and “Musical Summer at the Mill” International Masterclasses & Festival in Moulin d’Ande, France. Recently, I presented my lecture recital on the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau at College Music Society regional conferences in North Dakota, Montana,
and New York. I was an recipient of the outstanding student presentation award at the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, 2014.
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Miah February 22, 2018
· Japanese · Online
My daughter is so excited to have more lessons!
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Phillip February 9, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Hiromi is great. Very astute and patient. Very attentive and adaptive to my needs. So far it's great!
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Riley C. January 24, 2018
· Japanese · In home
Hiromi is an excellent teacher!

Very good instruction and explanation!
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Hiromi S.

Hiromi S.

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About Kenji Luis T.

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La Mirada, CA

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Initially I like to evaluate the student's current comprehension level (regardless of years studied) to better select the appropriate starting point. From there, if there is a specific subject matter or course work/syllabus for a class that needs to be followed, I can tailor lessons to fit those needs. Throughout lessons, I like to bring in elements such as cartoons, newspapers, movie clips, etc. to aid in understanding everyday usage & make learning practical and pertinent to the student.

About Kenji Luis
I grew up speaking English, Portuguese & Japanese in a multilingual family and from a young age developed a strong affinity & penchant for languages. I attended an English-Portuguese Bilingual school through 6th grade and studied Japanese 4 years in high school, along with weekend Japanese school classes. In college I went on to major in International Relations & Diplomacy with a concentration in French studies, also honing my Spanish that I had picked up along the way (with Romance Languages, I have a very easy time of language absorption). I've gone on to work for international companies wherein my language skills have been highly sought after, translating & communicating often in all my language strengths.
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Cameron June 25, 2018
· Japanese · In home
Very patient and professional
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Karen May 1, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Dillon April 16, 2018
· Portuguese · Online
I worked with Kenji for a couple of months and he was absolutely fantastic! Always professional and patient, especially with me! I unfortunately had to stop taking lessons, but would love to work with Kenji again. If your looking for a great teacher, look no further.
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Kenji Luis T.

Kenji Luis T.

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$30 / 45-min

About Nina M.

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Experienced Japanese tutor available for eager students who are new to Japanese or want to strengthen their skills! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of grammar, cultural understanding and essential vocabulary. I specialize in every day Japanese, typically use the Genki books, and also have audio, movie/show clips, workbooks and other valuable resources available to use during lessons.

About Nina
Hello! My name is Nina and I am an Oakland University graduate with a B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature.

I started tutoring Japanese about 5 years ago at the Oakland University Tutoring Center, when I was a student myself, and have been freelancing teaching both online and in-person ever since. It has been an incredibly fun and rewarding experience that I'm looking forward to continuing for many years to come. In addition to freelance teaching, I also work full time at a language training company, where I help translate, interpret and conduct phone calls in Japanese.

Since I started tutoring, I've had students of all ages who often describe me as being friendly, flexible, fun and supportive (and I definitely like to think that's true)! My lessons are always customized to fit my student's needs/goals and I provide plenty of p
ractice and exercises to reinforce topics. My approach is all about structure mixed with fun; I use textbooks/workbooks as a base and supplement lessons with music, movies, books, articles and other media based on my student's interests.

If you would be interested in taking Japanese lessons, please feel free reach out to me anytime and I would be happy to learn about your language goals and how we can get there together. Looking forward to hearing from you! : )
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Logan P. February 12, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Sol October 26, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Nina has great communication skills and knows just how to present the material. She has the patience and is a great motivator. Works well around my busy schedule. I am looking forward to more learning :)
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Ryan D. October 6, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Great first lesson! Looking forward to more.
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Nina M.

Nina M.

Online
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About Aimi F.

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Tacoma, WA

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Over the past five years I have taught Japanese to over 50 students from all over the world.
I am willing to teach students of all ages. Beginner to advanced speakers welcome!

About Aimi
I was born and raised in Japan. Over the past five years I have taught Japanese to over 50 students from all over the world. I am willing to teach students of all ages. Beginner to advanced speakers welcome.
If you want to learn Japanese, I can teach you online. It's very easy and fun!
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Anna G. June 26, 2018
· Japanese · Online
My daughter enjoyed her first lesson with Aimi. She was right on time and very personable. I feel we will continue to enjoy her lessons.
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Jeffrey June 14, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Had a great introductory course with Aimi. Looking forward to more :)
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Alice February 20, 2018
· Japanese · Online
素晴らしい! wonderful!
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Aimi F.

Aimi F.

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About Luke R.

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Enterprise, AL

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Japanese is one of the hardest languages for a Westerner to learn. When my job sent me to Tokyo in 2012, I was excited to pick up the language as I had with Italian years earlier. But most teaching methods I found were positively awful, and served to confuse the student. So I developed my own combination of methods to learn Japanese as quickly as possible, and achieved fluency in six months. After that I began instructing Japanese classes for Americans living in Tokyo, creating my own curriculum from total beginner to fluency, helping more than 300 students enrich their experience of Japan by speaking the language.

Japanese is unlike any other language in the world, and I would be delighted to show you the incredibly rewarding path to fluency.

About Luke
I am deeply passionate about sharing knowledge with others and have been lucky to be teaching my entire adult life. There are so many enriching experiences available to us when we learn more about the world.

Foreign languages are among my favorites, and I have specialized in teaching Latin, Italian, and Japanese. As a geologist, I am also profoundly interested in the sciences. When I teach I like to understand where my students are coming from, what really inspires them, and help them to enjoy and love what they want to learn. For me, learning is always fun, so whether you like to study or you are having trouble motivating yourself to concentrate, together we will discover the joy and fun in what you are studying.
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Ivan June 17, 2018
· English · Online
He's very competent, friendly and humble. He knows a lot of languages at a high level and he also can teach them (this last one isn't obvious).
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Ranav J. June 11, 2018
· Latin · Online
So far so good, Luke has been great so far in scheduling classes and keeping the 12 year old engaged and interested in the class!
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Celia May 12, 2018
· Italian · Online
Luke has patients and has an ear for certain sounds to show you opportunities. My first lesson was awesome and I im so happy I picked Luke. Can’t wait progress with him. 😀
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Luke R.

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$23 / 35-min

About Seiko D.

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Saratoga, CA
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Hi My name is Seiko. I am an experienced Japanese tutor teaching locally in Silicon vally/Bay area, CA. My sessions would be individually tailored based on your interests, necessary improvements and goals. You would most likely use textbooks during sessions. For business needs, my work experience would help you not only learning the language but also strengthening your communication skills in understanding of its cultural aspects and nuance. For job seekers and Japanese college applications, I have experience of reviewing and proofreading resume and essays as well as AP/JLPT test preparations.

About Seiko
I enjoy teaching Japanese. I am a native Japanese speaker, born and raised in Japan. I have a college degree in Japan with a secondary teaching credential as well as a BS degree in the US. Prior to a Japanese tutor, I worked at global companies in Japan and the US for 15+ years would be a plus for tutoring and mentoring your goals.

Everyone has a different style and level of learning languages. I teach beginners to advanced levels. My sessions would be individually tailored based on your interests, necessary improvements, and goals. You would most likely use textbooks during sessions. For school students, I am familiar with textbooks being used in the bay area. I teach my students based on their school classes and assignment preparations. For business needs, my work experience would help you not only learning the language but also str
engthening your communication skills in understanding of its cultural aspects and nuance. For job seekers and Japanese college applications, I have experience of reviewing and proofreading resume and essays as well as AP/JLPT test preparations.
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Javier January 25, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
It was a fantastic lesson! I learned a lot (: Arigatou Gozaimasu
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George O. January 7, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
It was very exciting to learn with her and I am excited for future lessons.
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Jana Y. October 30, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
My teacher was very friendly and sweet. She gelped me a lot to get motivated for my future lessons.
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Seiko D.

Seiko D.

Los Gatos, CA 95030
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$60 / 60-min

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.

Online
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$25 / 30-min

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