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

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, and Trumpet
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 Francis
co 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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Ayse K. March 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
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Robert O. March 1, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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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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About Taro T.

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Washington, DC

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I'm a native Japanese speaker educated in leading universities in the United States. I will tailor your lessons to your specific needs for real-life uses. You will receive customized homework such as reading material and speaking practices to start improving your Japanese immediately.

About Taro
Hi. I'm a native Japanese speaker from Kobe. I was born and raised there and speak both standard Japanese and Kobe dialect. I'm an expert at bringing one's overall language level from the beginner to intermediate. I will assist you more with English first if you're a beginner and gradually transition to using only Japanese as you get closer to an intermediate level.
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H.H March 18, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Taro is a great teacher. Rather than simply expecting rote memorization, he uses practical applications to help you learn and understand the material.
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Gabriel Freitas December 21, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Taro is a very nice helpful and professional Sensei

Highly recommended.
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Shell December 2, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Mr. Taro is a marvelous teacher! He is very patient and kind. He works hard to tailor his lessons to your need. His lessons encompass speaking, reading, and writing. It doesn’t matter if you are new to Japanese or already have foundational conversational skills, Mr. Taro can help your Japanese skills reach the next level!
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Taro T.

Washington, DC 20016
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About COKKO K.

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Quincy, MA
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Experienced teach of 6 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate/advance student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Let's get started! more easy way to learn Japanese I know.

About COKKO
Experienced teacher of 5 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Lets's get started.
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COKKO K.

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About Ai P.

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Oceanside, CA
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Hi, I’ve taught Japanese since 2002 and I’ve always enjoyed teaching and interacting with students. I have taught American adults and college students for over 5 years now. Teaching Japanese to American military personnel and spouses who were stationed in Japan was the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. They truly needed the language skills to live in Japan, and they really appreciated that they were able to learn survival Japanese that’s instantly useful out in town.

I grew up in Japan and came to US to go to college. Since I was a college student, I taught Japanese to middle and high school students during summer in Japan. I have Master of Education in TESL. Yes, I used to teach English more vigorously, but I found teaching Japanese more rewarding. I teach all levels including those who are starting out and also want to improve their fluency and understand the culture and history!
I’m looking forward to working with whoever is interested in my language :) Thank you!!

About Ai
I started my teaching career when I was a college student. In Japan, I taught both English and Japanese to middle and high school students at a private academy. I have also taught Japanese to adults especially the spouses stationed in Japan and also community college. I have the Master of Education in TESL; therefore, I’ve taught English more vigorously, but know what it takes to be successful at second language acquisition. I really find it rewarding to teach those who are interested in Japanese language and culture.

I like to get to know your learning styles and what motivates you. I will cater to your needs and make your own lesson plan just for you.

I love teaching and discovering my own culture through the eyes of the students. I love to meet new people and just love the people who want to learn a foreign language. It gives you
an opportunity to widen your view of the world!

I’ve also played the piano since I was 3 years old and have the Yamaha certification; therefore, I teach piano too. I also love to play!!
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Katie March 22, 2018
· Piano · Online
Ai has been very responsive and worked with us to find a good fit for our daughters lessons, she is 4. The first lesson went well and my daughter enjoyed it, which is all I wamted. Thanks Ai!!
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Ai P.

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$19 / 30-min

About Naoko G.

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Ithaca, NY

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Online Japanese lesson.
Focus on speaking practice with correct pronunciation and word order. Moreover, surely adopt in every fields of grammar, listening, reading and making composition skills as well.

About Naoko
Hello! My name is Naoko, a native Japanese.
I moved to New York state in 2010 and have been teaching Japanese as a private tutor.
I really enjoy my work and the interaction with people from all over the world.
Japan has so many interesting little cultural quirks that foreign visitors tend to bombard their hosts with questions, like 'Why do you have to take your slippers off before entering a tatami room?' ' Why can't the Japanese say 'no' directly?' 'Why do people fill glass each other?'
The reason I became a Japanese teacher is to answer the all 'why' questions, to teach correct Japanese language and to spread real Japanese culture.
I am a friendly and enthusiastic teacher (a bit strict for correction though ) and teach local students everyday.
There are some Japanese children who try to catch up with Japanese school curriculum,
there are some college students taking Japanese class at school, and there are business person who work with Japanese.
Now I am studying for the license of Japanese Traditional Culture and a Leader to acquire the qualification.
I make lesson plans for each student according to their needs, such as business conversation, practice for job interview, travel preparation, Keigo, JLPT exercise and intensive Japanese etc.
My lesson is full of originality according to your needs.
If you
・Need help with assignments or making resume or job interview
・Are having trouble with grammar or unknown idiomatic expression
・Have unknown Japanese expressions and proverbs
・Would like help improving your pronunciation
・Want to practice speaking Japanese fluently
・Want me to correct your Japanese strictly
I'll see your Japanese level and create the original lesson materials for the next lesson. I keep all lesson record to see your progress.
Specially I focus on speaking skill with correct pronounce but surely adopt in every fields of grammar, listening, reading and making composition as well.
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Jody March 13, 2018
· Japanese · Online
I am so happy that I am able to continue my Japanese language study with Naoko. She is always happy and helpful, answering all of my questions and giving me the right amount of push to continue learning, and the right amount of support so I don't get frustrated. I recommend her to anyone looking for a native Japanese speaker who wants to take their learning to the next level.
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Nick March 7, 2018
· Japanese ·
Naoko-san has been a great teacher. In my experience, she is very devoted to helping her students. She is very helpful with answering questions about Japanese language and culture. She covers grammar, penmanship, pronunciation, conversation, culture, and more and truly seems to enjoy teaching. She is always happy to help me with anything I need instruction with regarding Japanese. Her lessons do a good job of introducing grammar and vocabulary, and she is very patient and helpful when her students have trouble with pronunciation or grammar. I am very thankful to have found a teacher as great as Naoko-san. ありがとうございます、先生!
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About Kalina S.

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Frisco, TX
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I lived my whole life in japan and educated in japan.

About Kalina
Hi! My name is Shinbi Kalina, I was raised in Japan and moved to the U.S. 4 years ago. I love to play baseball, and I am pretty good at math. I am a sophomore in college. Give me a chance!
My mom was an English teacher in Japan and my father was a professional speed boat racer. My life so far has been very interesting.
Thank you for reading this!
Arigatou gozaimasu,

Kalina
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Kalina S.

Online
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$17 / 30-min

About Natsuki M.

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El Paso, TX
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Hi there. I came to the States as an international student and now live in El Paso, TX. I have worked in several Japanese companies in several states and now live in West Texas. I used to teach English in Japan and now I want to use the skills to teach Japanese. I will be your conversational partner and teach you basic to intermediate Japanese!

About Natsuki
I love Japan and its culture! I want to help share our beautiful language to as many people as possible. I have taught for 4 years back in Japan and it was a blast. I have a BS in Business Administration and worked in several Japanese companies in the States. I can teach from useful phrases for traveling to business Japanese.
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Yang April 6, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Just took my first class with her. It was fun! She taught me a few cool phrases to use next time I hang with my Japanese friends!
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Lisa April 6, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
I worked with Natsuki in Japan when she was working full time. She was the most popular teacher at our school and her students varied from kids to retired people. I always heard laughters coming out of the classrooms! She also taught me outside of work to help me improve my speaking skills. She is awesome!
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Emily April 6, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Natsuki has been teaching me for a few months now. She taught me basic Japanese for my upcoming business trip in Japan at first but now I am learning business Japanese from her. Her insightful knowledge in Japanese organizational culture helps me with my work.
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