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Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner guitar students. Please refer to my studio partner Melissa:
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Intermediate
Learn about common variations of the tonalities you already know and start to venture into more complex rhythm ideas like polyrhythms. Also start to build the chops to learn parts more accurately when learning songs.

Advanced
Expand into more complex polyrhythms as well as asymmetrical meters. Also expand harmony and melody to include modes and chromaticism. Push your skills through original creations or original arrangements of existing material.

About Jesse
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I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

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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 Mex
ico 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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I have been working as a professional musician since 1987. In that time, I've played many roles alongside a wide range of established and emerging talent, from around the world, including band leader, accompanist, music producer, composer, arranger, co-writer, teacher, coach and mentor. Along the way, I have continued to pursue my passion for education, teaching private music lessons to amateurs, professionals and hobbyists from all walks of life.

Guitar is my main instrument, and I have been playing since I was 13 years old.

About Alan
Beginner, intermediate and advanced are all welcome. I give the same attention to teaching amateurs as I do professionals.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy:
Forty-eight (48) hours advance notice is necessary to cancel or reschedule any lesson. Otherwise, students are responsible for the full payment. In the event of a last-minute reschedule, with your cooperation, I will always do my best to find us a make-up slot. However, I cannot guarantee one. This option is only available if it does not postpone any future lessons or exceed seven (7) days. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and cooperation.
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Bobby Newman October 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Awesome instructor, musician, coach, person! Listened to me for just a few minutes and confidently outlined a plan to help me meet my goals. Goals he painstakingly sought to clearly understand. This is going to be a fun journey.
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Elisa July 31, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
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Rudy April 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
A true professional in every sense of the word!
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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock, as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

About ELENA
Hello!
Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in Colleg
e. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

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**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
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Steve A. October 3, 2017
· Singing · In home
Elena is a gifted teacher. She is patient, enthusiastic, and flexible with her lesson plans. She is amenable to tailoring the sessions to the student's needs and interests. And she provides the whole package; singing, songwriting and guitar instruction. Most importantly, she makes the sessions fun and interesting. I would highly recommend Elena for singer/songwriters who want to improve their performance skills.
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Presley S. July 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
I asked my daughter today after her first lessons how it went and she seemed really happy👍🌻
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Lihi S. May 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great personality, very good teacher
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I create structured lesson plans tailored specifically to each individual student’s skill level and musical aspirations. Students are instructed in proper technique so as to avoid injury and develop finesse, dexterity and muscle memory. Not all students are interested in theory, but those who are will learn triads, basic scales, modes, chord extensions and superimposition, as well as substitutions etc. Students are also taught to develop a practice routine. I strive to help students bridge the gap between their imaginations and their fingers, turning the music they hear in their heads into a reality. Most importantly, I provide my students a fun, positive experience and help them to realize the fulfillment of their own creativity, something they may not have previously had access to.
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Roberta Hikes December 22, 2016
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
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Jillian G. July 16, 2014
· Guitar · In home
I absolutely love Ariel's guitar lessons! He is SO knowledgeable and passionate about music, his enthusiasm is contagious. I had tried learning guitar in the past with other teachers but had never gotten the hang of it and was feeling pretty discouraged. Thankfully Ariel laid everything out so clearly and simply, put together such an easily-followable practice routine for me and made learning guitar seem totally doable. His rates are also super affordable, especially considering he seems to know way more about guitar and music in general than anyone I've ever met. Give him a try!
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I have been a music teacher for 17+ years and an instructor for an online platform for guitar instruction--which collaborates with Full Sail, Berkeley, and Musician's Institute, as well as artists such as the famous Brent Mason, Joe Satriani band members, Bumblefoot (Rolling Stones) and others.

About Dave
I own a local music/art/production institution which hosts lessons for many instruments and artistic pursuits. Personally, I've been teaching for over 17 years, and I teach beginner to advanced students in instruments like guitar, bass, piano/keys, voice, and drums, and depending on your needs, our studio offers a variety of professional teachers that teach all woodwind, brass, and stringed instruments.

I also am an online teacher for a the world's biggest web platform for guitar instruction, and teach lessons alongside those in Berklee alumni, Musician's Institute, as well with many very famous artists that are now in the music business.

Though I've had the fortune to work with some of the best in studios, as a songwriter, and player, and in education, both professional and informal, I love to teach entry level players up through
the intermediate levels the most. I enjoy watching people discover things for the first time, and in my teaching I really do my best to craft my lessons to the needs of the students. My primary aim in teaching is that I would cultivate in my students a love for music and learning. With these two things in place, a student can go on to be and learn anything.

Join me and my studio. We'll have a great time, and we'll get you to your goals while we're enjoying the journey of music together!!
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Maureen Rolnick September 28, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Dave is very knowledgeable, patient and friendly. He is a talented musician. Dave was upfront and honest regarding my singing ability and whether or not I will be able to benefit from lessons. I am going forward. Time will tell.
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Cheri June 25, 2018
· Beatboxing · Online
First lesson is never a good assessment of what may come. I am sticking with it for now!
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Mike January 12, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great teacher who knows a lot...and is patient with a slow learner like me!
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Berklee College of Music alumnus, touring musician, and former Music Director of a school in Brooklyn here to help you learn to develop your artistic voice in a fun, creative, and energetic class! My classes are not just classes on music and technique. I offer a musical mentorship. I strive to develop you or your loved one in every facet artistically and musically. I will fine-tune your musical ear, refine your artistic sensibilities. I want to inspire you! Ultimately I want to help mold an artist, not just teach you music. I provide the means and the tools to take the steps towards developing your art.

About Francisco
Hi there! I am Francisco, a small town Hispanic artist whose life was completely transformed and given meaning to thanks to music and God. I want to share the beauty and wonder of music with you. I am a Berklee College of Music alumni and a seasoned professional musician with first-hand "real world" experience having toured several countries. My music has received critical praise through mediums such as The Deli NYC, Vice Colombia, Noisey, and more. For more than 2 years I served as Music Director and Music Instructor in DG Rockers Guitar and Music School located in Brooklyn, NY. During my time at DGR I designed and oversaw the majority of the music program, taught students of all ages, and through my upbeat approach to teaching I helped increase the number of students to 8 times the amount from which I started. Most importantly, I inspir
ed and developed many artists that will forever be some of my greatest friends!

My passion is spreading light and healing through music.

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Cora R. December 31, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Great approach!
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Lauren A. December 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
Francisco does a great job and keeps Lauren engaged while teaching her and encouraging her at her own pace!
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Latrivia S. October 21, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Francisco has been a great instructor thus far. It's evident he loves teaching. He explains techniques in a simple manner and is extremely patient and encouraging. I would recommend Fransico to any beginner or advanced guitarist.
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I teach all areas of Guitar. I teach you how to read the music, understand the theory, and to play many different styles as well as genres of music. I also work on playing by ear and transposition as well as how to follow a lead sheet or chord sheet.

About Lisa
Lisa Abrams has a Vocal Music Education Degree from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.

She graduated in 1997 and has been teaching professionally, both in schools and privately, since that time. She has taught General Music grades K-8 in the Parochial School System. She has been the Music Director and Worship Leader for several Churches where she has directed Adult Choir, Praise Team, Bell Choir, Chime Tone Choir, Orchestra and Children's Choir. She has accompanied all these ensembles on Piano, Guitar, and Organ.

Lisa Abrams teaches all areas of music: Theory, Technic, Reading, Counting, Ear Training, Composition, etc. When you take lessons from Lisa, her goal is more than teaching you how to play or sing a song. She gives you the tools necessary to be able to play ANY song. She teaches what few others teach; how to BE a music
ian. She wants you to be able to pursue any avenue of Music that appeals to you, professionally or personally.
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Lorraine D. September 27, 2018
· Banjo · Online
going to be a lot of fun starting me out right where I want to be
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· Trumpet · Online
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Madonna Z. August 2, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Lisa is a multi-talented musician. She has been gifted with voice as well as the understanding and ability to play music. It was an honor to be in the Mt. pleasant choir and be led by her. She shows compassion and patience and her love for music is contagious. She is a blessing to everyone she teaches .
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I have 20 years of experience as a working professional musician. Whether a beginner or a budding artist I have something to offer all levels. From basic music theory and guitar technique to advanced classes in live sound, recording, gigging 101, and vocal technique. Student have access to my professional recording studio with a wide array of vintage and modern industry standard equipment. Classes and lesson plans are adaptable to all skill levels and based on the students musical goals.

About Stephen
I am a singer songwriter guitarist with over 20 years experience. My first gig was in a blues ensemble with my first instructor at the age of 16. He went on to become a professor at the University of CIncinnat and eventually director of the music dept. where I also attended. It lit a fire in me to perform that has never dimmed. We performed at many high level blues and music festivals opening for legends of the blues and rock genre. the 1998 I joined an established touring band and hit the road for a couple years performing original music on the club and festival circuit. We officially released one album and countless live recordings exist. In 2003 I decided to focus on my own material and began performing a solo singer songwriter. Since then I have released 2 full length albums, 1-ep, and several singles. In 2011 I built a professiona
l studio where I teach and produce my own material as well as other artists. I have mentored several students that went on to successful music carreers. I have also owned two different live music venues over the last 20 years selling the last in 2017. I still provide live sound reinforcement gear and mixing services as well. I hold over 50 copywrites and my songs have been covered by several artists, licensed for television, and used in film in addition to being available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and most other streaming sources. Throughout my entire career I have taught and mentored other aspiring musicians. I truly enjoy teaching and seeing the excitement students of all skill levels have as they learn to play.
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Andrew June 29, 2018
· Blues Guitar · In studio
I’ve had 3 teachers in the last year and a half and he is by far my favorite. The lessons are well paced and engaging.
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Renee June 25, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
This experience has been incredible! Steve is a very patient teacher! I have taken other lessons with no success. I have learned more in just a few lessons with Steve than months with other instructors. Going to sign my kids up as well because he is a great teacher and so patient. I cannot day enough great things about my experience with this instructor. Also, his house studio is a really cool and comfortable place to learn. I enjoy my time there.
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