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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, 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
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 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 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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TARUN CHAWLA September 20, 2018
· Writing · In home
Mr Henry helped in improving my son's writing skills. He is a wonderful teacher. My son was struggling with writing. He used to be shy of writing and now he seems to be more confident in writing. Mr. Henry not only taught him different types of writing but also improved his vocabulary skills. I highly recommend him for learning/improving writing skills.
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Shaun June 19, 2018
· German · Online
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Jacek March 16, 2018
· English · In home
I am very satisfied and happy
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Henry M.

Henry M.

San Jose, CA 95113
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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.

Judy E.

Los Gatos, CA 95032
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$25 / 30-min

About Kana L.

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Hayward, CA
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Having trouble with your English? Want to get better grade in your ESL class? Don't know how to write essay? Don't worry I will guide you from the beginning!
As I am from Japan, English is my second language, so I can totally feel your pain. Yet, I have been learning English for nearly 10 years and have been tutoring ESL for several years, I know how to solve your problems.
As I am majoring in linguistics, I am learning the mechanism of second language acquisition so that I can help you in really effective way.

Pleas let me know if you have any questions!!

Cheers!

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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Kana L.

Kana L.

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$20 / 30-min

About Dominique A.

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Stockton, CA
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I like to make learning fun,
Learning should never be boring , A teacher should make any student that they come in contact with excited to learn.

About Dominique
I make learning fun.
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Dominique A.

Dominique A.

Online
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$34 / 30-min
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About Kimberly C.

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Mountain View, CA

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I have over eight years of teaching experience with Japanese and Chinese students. ESL lessons do not have to be the same all the time. But I offer at least three types of ESL lessons: free talking, book learning, or news reading. On the get-go, we would need to assess whether our focus is with listening, reading, speaking, or writing. Whether or not you are intending to pass your IELTS, TOEFL, or EIKEN test, learning should always be fun and progressive!

About Kimberly
Hello! I have been teaching ESL to Japanese and Chinese students for over eight years now. Over those years, I have seen my students speak English confidently and fluently especially in their travels.

Currently, I work as a front desk agent in one of the prestigious hotel chains in the world. Meeting different types of people helped me communicate and understand well how proper English is necessary and vital.

I can help you improve your English so you can be better understood and focus on enjoying your travels if you like travelling to English-speaking countries.

If you want to have fun learning English or learning English is your hobby, go ahead and book my lessons. See you!
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Kimberly C.

Kimberly C.

Online
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$30 / 30-min

About Laurel Y.

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Arlington, MA
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I am an author, yoga teacher and have supported students with life and emotional challenges for over a decade. I have a bachelors in Anthropology, a 120 hour ESL certificate, and am well- traveled. I love teaching and connecting. Let's begin!

About Laurel
I am a natural teacher and communicator. I connect well with my students and love watching them learn and grow! It's rare to meet people who are open, aware and with whom we are truly comfortable. Yet we integrate far better when we are in calm, non-judgmental environments with intelligent company that we can relate with and enjoy. I look forward to working with you!
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Laurel Y.

Laurel Y.

Online
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$25 / 45-min

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