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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice, 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, Piano, Drums, and Ukulele
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Piano, Ukulele, and Voice
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 instr
uments 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 along.

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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Robert O. December 1, 2016
Verified Student · Japanese · Online
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Daphne R. November 6, 2016
Verified Student · Trumpet · In studio
Our first lesson:

Jesse taught my daughter a lot of information about the trumpet that she had not learned in her school band. He talked with her at her level and encouraged her.
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Daphne R. November 6, 2016
Verified Student · Trumpet · In studio
Our first lesson:

Jesse taught my daughter a lot of information about the trumpet that she had not learned in her school band. He talked with her at her level and encouraged her.
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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Nina Chia-Chi Y.

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Cupertino, CA
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Nina Yen, born in Taiwan, discovered the piano at age of five. Within a few years, she has won many prizes in Taiwan. In 2009, she was admitted into the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a merit scholarship, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree under tutelage of Professor Haewon Song. In May 2015, Ms. Yen completed a Master’s Degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University studying with Professor Yong Hi Moon.

Ms. Yen was a participant in many prestigious music festivals, including Music Festival at Walnut Hill, Cooper Piano Festival at Oberlin, Aspen Music Festival a
nd School. She has also performed in piano master classes with world leading pianists, such as Hung-Kuan Chen, Meng-Chieh Liu, Ruth Slenczynska, John Perry, Choong-Mo Kang, Matti Raekallio, and others. Among the venues in which she has performed include Jordan Hall (Boston, MA) Le Petit Trianon Theatre (San Jose, CA), Mayer Theatre (Santa Clara, CA), Warner Concert Hall (Oberlin, OH), Chung Shan Hall (Taichung, Taiwan), Glass Museum (Hsinchu, Taiwan).
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Nancy K. March 7, 2017
· Accompaniment · In studio
Nina played piano accompaniment for my student's competition. She agreed to play for my student a week before the competition since our original piano accompanist could not make it. Nina is very professional and responsible. She knew the music throughout and even led the rehearsal when I could not be there in person. My violin student won the third place in the US Open Competition and I am very thankful that Nina was so nice to help.
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Nina Chia-Chi Y.

Cupertino, CA 95014
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About Nancy K.

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San Jose, CA
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Hello there I'm Ms. Nancy! I have earned two masters degrees in Music Performance and in Music Education and I have been teaching violin/viola private lessons, chamber coaching and music classes in classroom settings. I enjoy teaching music and to bring joy and excitement along with challenge into my lessons, I love seeing students grow in this safe and trust environment we create together and to accomplish new knowledge and musical skills, and I believe all students will be successful in life through learning music; gain self-esteem, learn problem solving, and to always be hardworking, strike
for the best!
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Chloe Lai September 8, 2015
· Viola · In studio
Nancy is one of the best teachers i've ever had. Her lessons are engaging and productive. She communicates music in a way that is meaningful, constructive, and easily understood which for me are the most important and desirable elements learning music from scratch. With her majors in both performance and eduction, she is able to provide a hands-on teaching style integrated with the theory basis. Nancy is definitely the ideal teacher if you are looking for someone professional and fun to grow your music journey.
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Natasha September 8, 2015
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Nancy is very patient with kids. I found my daughter getting more interested in playing the viola. She is a very experienced and responsible teacher!
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Nancy K.

San Jose, CA 95123
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About sophie V.

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Bonjour! I offer customized French tutoring specializing in middle school and high school students, homeschoolers and adults. Learning French can be one of the most rewarding educational opportunity. As a French native, I am passionate about teaching and sharing my language skills. I offer simple steps to understand grammar, pronunciation and build vocabulary to gain confidence in speaking. I have a BA in French Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I can make it fun and teach any levels. I teach in person and online.
Merci!
Sophie
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sophie V.

sophie V.

Scotts Valley, CA 95066
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$35 / 30-min

About Evgenia M.

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Santa Cruz, CA
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I have been always fascinated with people and languages. How do languages develop, change, interact? How does your cultural background and the languages you know affect your perception of the world? These and many other questions motivate me to learn more about intercultural communications and languages and make me a passionate interpreter, translator and language mediator.
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Evgenia M.

Evgenia M.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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$25 / 30-min

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