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

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Piano
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 Francisco Bay Ar
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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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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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Robert O. August 10, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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Jesse M.

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About Hikaru I.

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Savannah, GA
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I'm a student at University at Albany working on my Master's degrees for ESL Education Program and Intercultural Communication. I am passionate about teaching, and I absolutely love the idea of cultural exchanges and learning about students! I was also an ESL student when I first came to the States and I understand how hard it can be. I have experiences in teaching a class of more than 25 students as well as one-on-one tutoring sessions of various proficiency levels. Hope to hear from you soon!

About Hikaru
はじめまして!My name is Hikaru. I'm originally from Tokyo Japan, and this is my eighth year living in NY so it feels like my second home now. I'm currently pursuing my Master's degrees at SUNY Albany for Language Education and Communication and completed my Bachelor's Degrees in Music Department, Music Performance and Political Science. I LOVE to teach languages and also the enjoyment in devoting your time to music! Excited to hear from you!
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David January 12, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Very patient and humble.
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Cecily Campbell March 3, 2016
· Japanese · Online
Hikaru is patient, encouraging and had been super flexible in scheduling our sessions.
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Matt D. November 10, 2015
· Japanese · Online
Amazing teacher. She really helped me further my studies in the Japanese language. I can't wait for additional lessons.
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Hikaru I.

Hikaru I.

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About Helena R.

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Suwanee, GA
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I have a vast experience teaching English as a Second Language. I did it for almost 20 years in my home country, Portugal and am now teaching it in a college.. I have worked with different age groups, from 5 year-olds to adults. I understand the difficulties of learning a new language and I try to provide intensive practice in the four major skills in language learning: speaking, reading, listening and writing. I am very patient and enthusiastic.

About Helena
I am a native speaker of Portuguese and got my degree in English (ESL) and French Teaching in my home country, Portugal. I have been teaching foreign languages and ESL for more than 20 years and am comfortable working with all age groups. I taught 17 years in Portugal (ESL and French; 6-12 grades and Adult Education Programs) and ever since I moved to the US in 2010 (Portuguese and Spanish in a corporation, and tutoring all four languages at home or online). I am a very patient, motivated and enthusiastic teacher and I always adjust my teaching methods to the student's age, needs and purpose. I never give up on a student and I am sure I can help him/her attain his/her full potential. I believe anyone can learn a new language but consistent repetition and refreshing before, during and after class is needed. I expect the student to be resp
onsible, patient and persistent in his learning process and I am willing to help him/her on the way.
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Dawn B. November 9, 2017
· Portuguese · In studio
My husband and I have been taking Portuguese lessons from Helena for the past 8 months in preparation for our move to Portugal in 2018. She is an amazing teacher! We look forward to our lesson each week, she inspires us to strive for a strong grasp of a very difficult language. We are lucky to have found a teacher as wonderful as Helena.
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Dawn B. March 2, 2017
· Portuguese · In home
My husband and I really enjoyed our first lesson with Helena and are looking forward to our next one.
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Ángel D. November 21, 2016
· French · Online
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About Britta Y.

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Round Lake, IL
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I love helping people with their English language learning goals! I am a language and travel enthusiast with a variety of ESL teaching and tutoring experiences. Each lesson is custom designed to meet each student's unique goals and learning preferences. We'll draw from a variety of sources, such as song lyrics, articles, novels, ESL books, and my own materials. I meet students in coffee shops, parks, libraries, or other public places that work for both of us.

Please contact me with any questions and to get started. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you! :)

About Britta
My name is Britta, and I love piano and teaching! Music has brought great joy to my life, and it all started with the piano. I am eager to share that joy and power with you.

I started playing piano before I can remember and began lessons at age 5. I studied under my phenomenal teacher in Minnesota until I moved away when I was 18. I continued playing duets and quartets at her studio anytime I was back in Minnesota. I spent a few years living abroad and at college in Chicago. I taught first graders for a year at LEARN Excel Charter School in Chicago. Now I’ve relocated to Round Lake Beach, where I have a beautiful 80-year-old baby grand piano and a peaceful in-home studio.

When it comes to music, I think it's important to stay relaxed, push yourself, and have fun. Learning to play an instrument like the piano can be a very rich and
transformative experience for anyone. Whatever it is you're looking for in learning piano, I'm eager to help and share the gifts my teacher gave me.
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Leon J. December 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Britta was so encouraging for my 8 year old nephew who is just starting out on the piano. She's flexible (had to reschedule a couple of times) and kind which creates a comfortable learning environment.
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Emma September 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter had a good time at her first lesson !
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Tru September 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter was very happy with her lesson. She is excited to learn and grow with her skills.
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Britta Y.

Britta Y.

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About Michelle W.

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West Chester, PA

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I have worked with ESL students at my job, and I volunteer with a local ESL program.

About Michelle
I'm currently a college student working on my B.A in Music Ed, and have been making music since I was 7. I've had the most experience with students aged 8-14, but I'm open for anything. As a Spanish minor, I speak Spanish fairly well and have experience with an ESL program.
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Rachel A. November 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
Michele was great! Always worked with our busy schedule and worked well with our 14 year old data!
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Amrita M. August 19, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Very good
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Brenda July 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Michelle is patient and maintains her sense of humor - making her a great instructor!
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West Chester, PA 19383
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About Donald T.

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Raleigh, NC
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I mastered the English language decades ago and I can help you do the same. Whether you need to succeed in school, at work, or socially where English is used, I can help you achieve your goals. I hold a degree in linguistics and a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language. I can correct your pronunciation issues and explain the finer points of the English grammar as well as improve your writing. Give my lessons a try and start boosting your English skills quickly.

About Donald
I studied the English language systematically. So if you are learning the language to more than just talk to English speaking people, if you need it for your academic study or to communicate effectively in the corporate world, you are in good hands.

I hold degrees in linguistics and computer engineering as well as a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from American universities and I look forward to improving your English language skills in short order.
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Donald T.

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About Katie L.

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Ballwin, MO

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I make learning English fun and interactive. We will listen to music in English, read interesting articles at your level of English, and act out situations in which you would use the language.

About Katie
I am a certified teacher and have been teaching for over 8 years. I have experience teaching students who speak English as their first language and those who speak it as their second language. I studied Spanish for many years in school, but I didn't learn to speak it fluently until I lived in Argentina and had to use it daily. Through my experiences with teaching the English language and learning the Spanish language as well as studying Italian and Portuguese, I have come to develop a style of teaching that helps students acquire a language in a more authentic way that combines the direct instruction of the language with the practical use that comes up conversationally and in cultural aspects like music, stories, and media. I am patient and know how challenging learning a language can be. In a class with me, you can be sure that we w
ill learn at your pace and have fun!
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Katie L.

Katie L.

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About Jim C.

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Kennett Square, PA
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The most obvious reaction by a student who's studying English as a Second Language is, "This is different from my native language." That's why I begin with a systematic discussion of the differences between English and the student's native language. For example, there's a rule in Spanish that words don't begin with "sp," so we have the words 'espagnol' and 'especial.' As a result, native speakers of Spanish have trouble pronouncing "Spanish" and 'special."
This is what psychologists call "negative transfer," and there are many other examples.
Once we have dealt with negative transfer issues, I proceed on the principle that it is easier to go from pictures to words than from words to words, so I use a lot of picture books, which lend themselves to discussion questions.

About Jim
From the time I was about 12, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. It's the only thing I've ever wanted to do, and the only thing I've ever done. I taught Russian for 31 years at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and now that I'm a Professor Emeritus, I miss the classroom and want to teach as much as possible.
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Jim C.

Jim C.

Kennett Square, PA 19348
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$42 / 30-min

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