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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 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. It's really important to know though that everyone makes their own experience. The process of learning music involves you learning as much about your own mind and body as it does any external concepts, so please keep in mind only you can move yourself forward.

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. 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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Romy R. August 2, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
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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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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Rosita R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Learning Japanese? As being a composer for short Anime films and having a Japanese background, I have worked with Japanese companies for many years and trained employees of different companies in not only speaking Japanese but also the business culture. But that is not all my classes are for everybody for those planning a trip to Japan. What's special of my classes is that we learn to have a conversation for different situations every week. You will start talking after your first class! CHECK OUT MY VIDEOS HERE ON TL FOR JAPANESE TIPS!

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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Steven B. October 11, 2019
· Singing · Online
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Brittany September 11, 2019
· Spanish · Online
I would absolutely recommend Rosita because I think she has the bestSpanish course for medical Spanish. It’s everything that you need without having to go through a bunch of unrelated Spanish vocabulary. I don’t really need to know how to order a meal, I want to find out how I can help my patient. I need to be able to communicate with my patients and understand what they’re saying back. It’s nice to have something so perfect for our profession. And I think that it’s also nice because it’s an interactive lesson. The training course is pretty easily accessible and you can go back and look up lessons and refresh what you need to look at.
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Klorissa L. September 7, 2019
· Spanish · Online
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Rosita R.

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$30 / 30-min

About Jinko H.

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I am a native speaker and former school teacher in Japan. Learning is fun-that's my motto. When you achieve your goals, you enjoy a feeling of accomplishment, right? I want to help you to achieve your goals. My lesson starts from finding what students really need to learn. Understanding student is the key to success. I am very strong in teaching proper Japanese, including reading and writing Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji with fun way. Also, casual, informal, practical Japanese too.

About Jinko
Hello! My name is Jinko and I love teaching! It's a joy for me to see people's improvement and success. I was born and raised in Tochigi, Japan.

I have been teaching Japanese since I moved to America in 2001. Currently, I teach Japanese at community college and home. Also, I teach at Saturday school(HOSHUKO) in Bethesda, MD, where students can learn many subjects in Japanese. At the same time, I am raising 3 children as bilingual.

I earned B.A. and certified in Japan as a teacher. 11 years of experience as a public school teacher gave me a joy to see children's success and achievement. Learning is fun! Not only children, but adults too, can have fun to learn something new. My role is to help and support them to achieve their goal.

Because I use both languages, I can teach efficiently, explain details, and provide
some useful tips. I am very good at finding what kind of learning style they prefer and make you feel comfortable while you learn. Also, I believe it is one of my talents to find out what each student needs to practice and study in order to improve their skills. Which means I plan my lessons based on your needs so you can learn efficiently. I am very confident that I can provide high quality lessons and make you satisfied. My experience and constant effort to improve my teaching skill is the benefit for you.

Please read about my policy before you sign up with me. This is very important for both you and me.

【Cancellation, reschedule and late policy】
I respect your time very much. Thus, I expect you to respect mine too. Lesson cancellations and rescheduling must be done 24 hours in advance before the scheduled lesson. If you do not reach me within the 24 hour period, you will be charged for the lesson. Please remember that you must contact me 24 hours in advance or you will be charged for the lesson. No matter what the reason is.

If you can't make your scheduled lesson for more than two weeks consecutively (for vacation, camp, and so on) I need to give your lesson time to another student. My schedule is very tight since I work with many students. Which means that I can't afford to hold a time slot with a student who can't consistently show up. If you would like to start lessons with me again, please contact me with your preferred time slot from my availability.

If you will be late for your lesson, please contact me by text or email before your lesson starts. I will wait until you log in, but I can't extend your lesson time. No refund will be given for the time you missed. I need to end your lesson at the scheduled time. Please remember that you have agreed to my policy, if you signed up for lessons with me, Also, please read The 24 Hour Golden Rule by takelessons.com...
http://support.takelessons.com/hc/en-us/articles/202972993-What-is-the-24-Hour-Golden-Rule-
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Bob B. October 16, 2019
· Japanese · Online
Jinko Sensei,

Thank you for structuring the grammar segment with so many true-to-life examples.

I am also grateful to you for agreeing to a new class time schedule.
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Bob B. October 2, 2019
· Japanese · Online
Jinko Sensei,

Thank you for today's class. You always manage to present the lecture material in a manner that is very relevant to everyday life.

Greatly appreciated.

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Landen T. September 26, 2019
· Japanese · Online
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Jinko H.

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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. Since I was a child, I was interested in Japanese grammar and Kanji. I am happy to help you to learn the language.

I have a college degree in Japan with a secondary teaching credential as well as a BS degree in the US. Prior to my tutoring career, I worked at global companies in Japan and the US for 15+ years. I involved in numerous translations between the languages. I would like to tutor you from your point of view to understand the language and enjoyable to learn it.

I teach beginners to advanced levels including JLPT preparations. My sessions would be individually tailored based on your interests, necessary improvements, and goals. In-person and online lessons are welcome.

During lessons, you would most likely use textbooks. For travelers
and your interest-based lessons, I will select appropriate materials to meet your needs. You can choose either Romaji or Kana based lessons. For business needs, my work experience would help you not only learning the language but also strengthening your communication skills in the understanding of its cultural aspects and nuance, and expressions. For job seekers and Japanese college applications, I have experience of reviewing and proofreading resume and essays Lastly, I can help you study for the JLPT test. I have experience teaching n5-n1 levels.
I also teach group lessons (2+ people more). Please ask for the rate.

My schedule on the site might not be updated. Please send me a message to check my availability and any questions you might have. Look forward to hearing from you!
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Tony V. April 2, 2019
· Japanese · Online
Seiko-San was very cooperative and encouraging during my first online lesson. I believe it was her first time teaching online and she did well. I am really happy today with my experience, she gave me some nice compliments. I look forward to the next lesson.
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Nikolaos August 29, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Seiko walks with me every lesson through the "Japanese for busy people" book and I like how she asks me to go through exercises in japanese so I can get used to listening. We also spend time enriching vocabulary.
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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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Seiko D.

Cupertino, CA 95014
(5)
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$55 / 45-min

About Carley G.

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Madison, MS
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Today, I have full Japanese fluency, and have worked in both Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture--the deep countryside--and the hectric center of Tokyo. But, like so many of you, I started learning Japanese on my own, with only textbooks and cassette tapes. I am almost fully self-taught, and didn't take my first actual 'Japanese class' until my time at Florida State University. Starting out learning at age six, I understand what works and what doesn't when learning at home. My lessons consist of real-world examples and pop-culture related materials, that won't lose your attention.

I also cultivate lessons depending on what you struggle with. Having trouble with Kanji? I can help untangle all of that confusion. Need grammar help? We'll chat until the grammar just comes naturally. Just let me know your goals, and we'll work together!

About Carley
I'm a Japanese translator and teacher, who has lived everywhere from Tokyo, Japan to Salem, Oregon and everywhere in between. Currently based in Mississippi, I'd love to share the incredible gift of language with those who have a passion for Japan and Japanese culture!

I began learning Japanese at the age of six, when I fell into a world of anime and video games. Largely self-taught, I graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a B. A. in Japanese Language and Culture, and moved to Japan three months later.

In Japan, I was an educator for a few years in the countryside, before moving to Tokyo to work at a financial company as a translator and editor. In 2015, I passed the JLPT N1, the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, held in only six cities in the US.

I have worked as a translator for seven yea
rs, and In the past, I worked with emmy-award winning director Leo Eaton, as a translator and editor for the PBS documentary 'Sacred Journeys.'

As someone who loves popular culture, and sees anime, manga and video games as excellent outlets to help Japanese stick in the minds of students, my lessons are hand-crafted for every student, and not bland or regurgitated material. Japanese is difficult, but with some confidence and passion, it's a gift that young people can enjoy for a lifetime.

I am happy to teach from my home in Madison, but am also happy to teach at nearby establishments, such as Starbucks or the local library. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions!
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About Mitch H.

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San Jose, CA
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With over 8 years experience in tutoring, I have learned what methods work and those that don’t. I’m upbeat, patient, easy going, empathetic, and generally well-liked by others. I’m very good at adapting to different learning styles and have a knack for eliciting the best out of my students through motivation and positive reinforcement.

Throughout university, and after, I mentored many students with great results. In addition to academics I helped them get the most out of their college experience. Everyone I helped benefited greatly, and one runs a very successful consulting business.

I recently returned from spending 2 years in Japan. My current level is JLPT N4.

About Mitch
Whether you're completely lost, just need a little help, or need some test/note taking tips I can be very helpful. My patient, easy going, and positive mindset is very conducive to creating a great learning atmosphere. I can also be very useful to those that aren't motivated, I have a knack for finding the source of motivation for others.

Are you frustrated with the college application process? I can assist in this area and in aclimating to college environment. I've mentored many students through college, with great success.

Hope to work with you soon.
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Yahi C May 2, 2019
· Algebra 2 · Online
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Mitch H.

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$37 / 30-min

About Kana K.

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Danville, CA
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I am a native Japanese speaker and I love teaching! It's a joy for me to teach Japanese to students who are interested in learning about the language. I have been teaching Japanese for over 20 years. I do not just teach Japanese, I also teach you the culture if you are interested in learning about it. The Japanese culture has strong ties with the language. My philosophy of learning Japanese is through Immersion environment. I have my own technique that I show my student to improve their vocabulary, writing, speaking and listening. And mostly I make it fun! I received my AA from Japanese college from Hagoromo College in Osaka and MBA from university in the US. I had worked for various companies in the US. I tailor my lesson to each individual level and goal.

I look forward to hearing from you.

About Kana
I love teaching especially language as I am passionate about language. I also speak Chinese and currently learning Spanish. I have been teaching Japanese about 20 years from the age of 2 to adults. I do not just teach but I also try to give you the culture/background of the Japanese language. I believe that helps for many people to master the vocabulary, listening, writing and speaking. I also have worked with companies of understanding about the business culture in Japan.
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Kana K.

Danville, CA 94526
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$42 / 30-min

About Yuna N.

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It's first time for me that I teach somebody Japanese as a teacher. I've taught a lot of my foreign friends Japanese by taking about culture, travel tips and food. What I will do in my class would be having a daily conversation with me. How I studied English was I always asked questions like "what does this mean?" "how do you say this in English?" so in my classes ASK me questions about Japanese! I think it's the quickest way to learn languages :)

About Yuna
Hi my name is Yuna. I'm born & raised in Osaka, Japan and living in Fort Worth now. I studied English without any serious studying. I studied English by meeting & interacting with a lot of English speaking people. I would like to teach you Japanese in the same way as I learned English. So what I offer in my class is that you will have a chat with me like you are in cafe and having a fun chat with your friends! You are welcome to question me about Japanese culture, sight-seeing places, food and some travel tips too. P.S I've lived in Oahu, Hawaii too so if you guys want to have a chat with me about Hawaii hit me up too ;) I am so excited to meet you all :) Thank you!
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Jasmine White September 11, 2019
· Japanese · Online
Yuna is the best! She is patient, fun, and a great teacher!
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Yuna N.

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About Madeleine G.

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Redwood City, CA
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Learning Japanese is fun and cool! Madeleine has 7 years teaching experience with Japanese.
With Madeleine, you can learn in a way that...

-Memorizing things is easy and fun
-You can learn cool historical and cultural connections to the language
-You can make the transition to watching anime RAW/subtitled!
-You can feel confident traveling or doing a homestay in Japan

Madeleine will even suggest travel plans! She has many years of experience leading group trips to Japan and can help make your Japan Trip fun and amazing!

About Madeleine
Madeleine lives and breathes music.

When not playing in pit orchestras or conducting musicals, she adores playing videogames and studying physics.
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Madeleine G.

Redwood City, CA 94061
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About Satoru L.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Learn Japanese from a Japanese! Not only will you learn to communicate, we can learn to enjoy Japanese content. I can teach you to read and write, so you can read 僕のヒーロー and watch Konosuba with original voice acting without subtitles, even create your own content in any media that only you can create! I will contextualize our lessons so that it is most relatable to you and your goals. My lessons will utilize the power of recall and memory, so you can be sure that it's more useful than listening to an audio tape while you sleep!

About Satoru
I am a native Japanese speaker, with over 22 years living in the United States. I attended Virginia Commonwealth University, and have since traveled across the country and met and taught Japanese to many people who were interested in learning from simple conversation to being able to read their favorite mangas!

The most important thing about learning anything, language included, is to contextualize materials in ways that become personal, so that you can retain information more efficiently. I'm here to provide the necessary materials, and work with you personally not only so the information becomes easy to digest, but make the lessons fun! After all, you won't practice unless it is enjoyable!

I'm here to understand where you want to take your learning, and guide you into managing expectation from what you can get from our lessons. T
here is no right or wrong way to start, as long as you keep at it and move forward. Let's get started!
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Satoru L.

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