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About Jesse M.

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*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, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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Piano and Ukulele
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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 Are
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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 the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students 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:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*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

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, 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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About Amy C.

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Weehawken, NJ
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About Amy
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldekrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and I am currently studying for a masters in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help the student discover their individual and unique voice, weather it be through singing, acting or writing. I share with my students tools to gain the ability and con
fidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those arena's for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teachers job to respect each students individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, blues and cabaret artists and published writers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the students individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal exercise come next, then when the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that the student be part of the process of picking material since the more they personally respond to the material the more apt they are to be engaged in their lessons and the more quickly they will learn. After three to six months they will understand the fundamentals of breathing and relaxation and its importance to proper vocal training. They will have begun the process of extending their range and will understand the principles of performance in song.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the must compelling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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Kathleen A. Brennan October 9, 2017
· Improv Acting · In studio
Amy is very professional and knowledgable as well as focused. Her manner of working is positive and informative. I am enjoying working with her.
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Julie September 13, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Amy is a truly incredible teacher and person. All of her students love her and those I've referred have thanked me profusely for the introduction. My daughter has studied voice with Amy for a number of years and after just the first lesson, the improvement in her technique and confidence was remarkable. Amy can bring out the best in anyone's voice. She is encouraging and nurturing and provides the safe and positive relationship anyone would want to have with their teacher.
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Kumiko March 16, 2017
· Jazz Voice · In studio
Amy is amazing singer and great teacher. I can't find anyone else who suggests right direction about singing. Singing from the Source.Now, I live in Japan and still singing. No matter how far from U.S., I always sing with the mind that Amy's saying ”Singing from the Sourse. I love Amy!
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About Maria O.

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Irvine, CA
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My name is Maria, I was born and raised in Torino, Italy and I have been teaching Italian for the past 13 years. I moved to California in 1997 and I have been living here in Orange County with my family ever since. I have a degree in Political Science from the University of Torino, Italy and a Master in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.

I have been teaching Italian both to children (from "mommy & me" classes to middle school students) and to adults; I taught from the beginner level to the advance one; I taught to single students, to small groups and to large classes. Because of my very diverse teaching experience I learned the importance and the necessity of customizing all my lessons. So, I will teach you what you will want to learn.
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Dalia October 18, 2017
· Italian · In studio
Maria is a wonderful instructor. She is energetic, funny and dedicated. I learned a lot from her and was looking forward to my classes with her. She is very interactive and organized. I highly recommend her!
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Liza October 15, 2017
· Italian · In studio
Maria Olivieri Minney has been a very enthusiastic, caring and welcoming professor. During my time in her course, I feel that I have truly been given the experience of learning in a fun and engaging environment. She has given me the opportunity to learn and practice Italian in helpful ways. She helps me to understand by speaking in conversations and writing properly. Professor Maria is very organized and has been extremely proficient in her teachings.
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William October 14, 2017
· Italian · In studio
Could not imagine a better Italian teacher than Maria Olivieri Minney.  Professional, experienced, intelligent, enthusiastic, and makes class very fun.  One feels like he is in Italy for 90 minutes/week, while in Maria's class.
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About Maggie H.

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Glen Rock, NJ
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Do you want to express yourself in English with fluency, accuracy, clarity, and confidence? I would love to help you. Mastering the English language may be tough, but it can also be great fun. Time spent together working towards achievement of your English language goals will be a sound investment in your personal, academic, and professional success. What are my qualifications? I hold a Master's degree in Adult Education with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and have over fifteen years of instructional and administrative/advisory experience in the field. Working in private language schools and in a university setting, I have taught and advised students from all over the globe, from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Kayode October 13, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
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Gloria June 19, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Maggie is patient to correct every detail of my pronunciation. She is the instructor I need!
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Gloria June 19, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
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About Frank N.

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Moreno Valley, CA
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I am from Peru, which is where I started my career in teaching. For nearly four years I taught Spanish as a Second Language to American young adults who were preparing to serve Spanish-speaking missions in South America.

Additionally, I was a Spanish editor. I developed great attention to detail and excelled in the correct and elegant use of the Spanish language.

Lately, I have worked as a Spanish Instructor for Language Bird in Los Angeles. During that time, I taught students and career professionals from the basic, intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish.

I am very capable in adapting and customizing lessons to fit your learning style. I would be able to help you develop your Spanish language skills in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, grammar, listening and speaking.

It would be a pleasure to meet with you a
t your convenience to discuss my qualifications, as well as any Spanish language needs you may have.

Thank you for your time and consideration.
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Shawnak D. May 10, 2017
· Spanish · Online
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John B. April 1, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Very professional instructor!
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About Paul G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am a Tenor, Opera Singer in training. I am still developing my voice.
I Started singing since I was 6 years old. After that my voice turn to an Operatic Style. In 2008 I Joined to a Scenic Program in Mexico where I started singing as part of the voices group in a Theater located in Mexico. In 2011 I started auditioned to a Private Opera Company in Morelos, Mexico where I joined to a great group of Opera singers directed by a Professional Soprano who performs in the National School of Music and who also studied in the National Conservatory of Mexico. I learn mainly about classical singing Technic and breath support. I participated in Operas and many concerts as part of the chorus and soloist. Nowadays I am joining to a many different genres, exploring my voice. I have worked with groups of people and individuals as a vocal coaching, (In
person and even online). I try to help singers to find their right voice and to understand the vocal projection.
I am very glad to help as much as I can to anyone who loves singing and would love to have help from a Classic singer.
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Shila Kim August 5, 2017
· Spanish · In home
I was very confused about my Spanish pronounciation, but I was helped to read and talk with a very neutral accent in spanish, that was awesome, now I have a huge knowledge of how to speak better and read in a better way. Paul was very kind and patient.
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About Isoko D.

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I am a native Japanese speaker and translator living in the United State. I have 2 years of experience to teach Japanese language to American high school students. During my college days, I assisted the Japanese class instructor and helped college students to read, write and speak Japanese. I tutored several students too. I enjoyed it very much.

I studied linguistics and one of the linguistics classes I took was Applied Linguistics, basically how to teach foreign languages. I chose Japanese and ended up with getting self-published with a Japanese grammar book.

I want my students to enjoy learning Japanese, because it is fun to learn a foreign language. I can teach any level and any age. Let me help you to speak real Japanese. Your life will be more colorful.
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About Pablo G.

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Bloomington, IN
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Hi there, future student! I am from a small offshore town in the mediterranean coast of Spain. In 2012 I started to teach english lessons to kids in my town to get some extra money and pay my studies. Promptly I started to get more and more students, both kids and adults. I noticed that teaching was something that I really liked so I kept teaching for the following four years. I was hired by an english academy to teach part-time to small groups of people.

Last year I move to the United States due to my studies, and I tried to keep doing my favorite hobby: Teaching. I post an announcement for Spanish lessons and it had a very good reception. I love how americans are interested in spanish and it´s so fulfilling to show them something that is a part of me: my language and my culture.

About my personal life, I´m happily married with a wonde
rful turkish woman (what a mix!) and enjoying the lifestyle of America, although I miss Spain so much!
I am a very relax person and I believe humor is the best tool to face any aspect of life, and learning a language is not an exception. I always try to create a relax environment in my classes where jokes and small chats are allowed. Thanks to this method I become friends with many of my old students!

In short, if you are thinking to learn spanish or you want to perfect your accent, or you want a teacher for your kids, or even if you want to drink a beer watching "el clasico" with a spanish, don´t hesitate for a second: just let me know and I would do whatever is in my hands to make you succeed in your "spanish goals"

Dear future student, I am looking forward teaching you very very soon. Best, Pablo.
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Bloomington, IN 47401
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