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About Jesse M.

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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
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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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About Ai P.

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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 a 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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William H. July 6, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Anthony P. June 29, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Very smart & knowledgeable. Great teacher, can’t wait to take more lessons.
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Brian R. June 23, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Ai is a great teacher. Her lesson plans are well prepared and organized. She is very patient and flexible. She does not rush through the lessons and makes sure you understand the material before moving forward. I would highly recommend Ai if you are looking for a Japanese teacher.
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About Naoko G.

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Two online lessons provided, each tailored to maximize student's abilities according to their goals. I recommend the 45 minute lesson.

◆45 minute lesson: All in one comprehensive lesson with speaking, listening and reading, new vocabulary and grammar.

◆60 minute lesson: Integrated Japanese course with the added practice of writing composition from a 45 minute lesson.

About Naoko
Hi, everyone! I am Naoko. I live in the upper New York state and teach Japanese online and in-person since 2010.

I am a friendly, cheerful and enthusiastic teacher.
I love teaching and interacting with people from all over the world. I would love to help you study. Japan has so many interesting little cultural quirks that foreigners want to know about. I know a lot about the traditional culture of Japan, feel free to ask me all the questions that you like.

​My lessons are full of originality and are designed to match your level and meet your goals. For beginning students, I focus on teaching grammar first and using that grammar to practice making short sentences. For the middle and advanced levels students, we will work together to strengthen your vocabulary, listening and reading skills. Also they write composition homework every
time, and we correct mistakes together in the next lesson. Advanced level students discuss one or two news articles or themes which you decide.

So why don’t you take a trial lesson and start learning Japanese with me?
I look forward to seeing you soon!​
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Justin June 1, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Naoko-san is definitely a 5 star instructor for learning Japanese! I would highly recommend her classes, especially for beginners like myself. She breaks everything down in easy to understand ways & makes each lesson a lot of fun. I very much look forward to continue learning about Japanese language & culture with her!
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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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I grew up in Osaka, Japan and can teach both regular Japanese and Osaka accent if interested.

I am open to how student wants the lesson to be. It can be from casual conversation or can be a serious lesson time. You tell me how you want to learn Japanese from me.

About Hiroshi
I am new to takelessons, but passionate to teach. I Grew up in Japan and spent my college years in Oklahoma / California.

Would love to help teaching Japanese or Math as needed. And love meeting new people.
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Hiroshi Y.

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$34 / 30-min

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I am originally from Tokyo, Japan and have been teaching Japanese in high schools and colleges in the US for 20+ years. I have experiences of teaching in various levels, ages and motivations, so I can customize your curriculum according to your needs. My goal is for you to enjoy learning Japanese language, about people, culture in a most fun and relaxing way. If you are interested in starting your Japanese lesson with me, please let me know!

About Mari
I am a professional high school teacher in a independent private school in NYC and have taught in various institutions and ivy league colleges prior to the current position. I am originally from Tokyo and have been living in the US for about 30 years. I really appreciate when people are interested in learning about our language, culture and people and I have a great passion of teaching them. Since my experience extends from beginners to advance, conversational, AP, SAT Japanese to business, I can customize your lesson according to your needs and goal.
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Mari R.

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I am an elementary education major at Howard University that has taken Japanese up to level 4 in college. I am dedicated to education and that's why learning with me is so unique. I am not just teaching a hobbie. I am using methods that real teachers use to help students learn effectively. I am obsessed with Japanese culture and many times I am watching Jdramas. Because they are a great way of learning the language I always use them(and anime) in my lessons. I have taught two introduction Japanese courses in two different college classrooms and I am very confident that if you are okay with memorizing Japanese will be a great language to learn.
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Hi! My name is Uchenna!
I am a Senior Elementary Education Major at Howard University! I am very excited to start lessons with you whether is be for saxophone or Japanese. I am a very fun and colorful person as alot of my materials are visual based. Nut because I am becoming a teacher, I have helpful strategies that are important for any kind of learner! Even though I love to teach and i am very fun, we will be partaking in very detailed lessons that will take hard work and dedication to achieve the best results. If you want to learn all you can about playing saxophone or speaking Japanese, even random facts that will put you ahead of others when displaying your new skill. I am the one!
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