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Branden N. Sunnyvale, CA

About Branden

Branden is a successful graduate in music with a concentration in composition and jazz performance, completing his degree in only three years. He is a passionate performer as well as a dedicated teacher. He was awarded Cum laude for his great academic achievement. Branden is an accomplished songwriter, composer, musician, and teacher. Originally born in Chicago, Branden is now based in San Jose area, playing various events throughout the South Bay. Branden has been hired to play local gigs as well as a contract to tour with a jazz band. His experience in teaching guitar for the last 4 years has ranged from teaching elementary school classes to private lessons. *** Lesson Details *** From past experiences teaching students ranging from 7 to 14, Branden has developed many ...

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Zunaira Q. January 23, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great for grown ups too!

ABOUT TAKE LESSONS
I came across TakeLessons and was skeptical about what I would find. The customer service has been excellent (thank you Rafael!). Okay, like any company that would like you to enroll in their service, you might find them pushy. But if you're really interested in learning music of any sort, then go to TakeLesons to get your start. I did and I'm happy :-#

ABOUT BRANDEN
As a "grown up", finding guitar lessons around the Bay Area is no easy task. I was pretty sure Branden would be impatient and patronizing given I'm really old and don't know the ABCs of music.

I was very, very nervous driving up to Branden's with my acoustic guitar. I mean, would he just look at me and say you're too old to learn anything?

What a refreshing surprise! My fears were imaginary.

I've had 2 lessons so far. Branden is easy going, absolutely gets it and is no-fuss. We stick to our lessons, he is quick to point out where I'm going wrong and very patient #please don't change that Branden!#. He also highlights techniques to help learn smarter. Make sure you take your notebook with you when you go, he gives homework and it would be nice if you track it in the same place.

Also, I'm worried about booking appointments at different times and TakeLessons/Branden assured me that can be worked out later. Good to know.
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LeeAnne K. September 7, 2012
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Branden is a great bass guitar teacher.

Branden is a great teacher. He is skilled and patient. He understands that beginners want to get started on challenging songs as soon as possible and he helps with that. After 3 months of lessons, he helped me get accepted to my school's jazz band.
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zackiel July 30, 2012
My teacher Branden is 5 star. I love my lessons. I am slow but i know i can learn. Trying my best to memorize my lessons. Anyone in the bay how wants a wonderful real teacher Branden is it.
Jesse M. Palo Alto, CA

About Jesse

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 ...

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Kimberly W. March 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jesse gave me a great run-down on what he was working with my son on his lessons and my son was quite pleased with his lessons. Unfortunately even this short period of time, his workload at school prevented him from practicing enough.
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Nima A. November 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I've had a great experience with Jesse so far. He clearly knows what he is doing. My learning experience as an adult has been a lot of fun so far.
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Kia G. October 8, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Jess is dedicated, patient, and confident teacher!!!

I am so happy that I have found Jesse as the ukulele teacher of my 7 years old son. You can tell that he lives for music and it's not just a job for him teaching students. He is determined but patient with the kid and really has educational skills.
Pierce Peter B. Menlo Park, CA

About Pierce Peter

Hello! Thanks for checking out my teacher profile. I'm an experienced teaching artist with an extensive background as a professional singer/actor. As a professional (member of Actors' Equity Association) singer/actor for over 30 years, I've performed leading and featured roles in the Broadway productions of Sir Cameron Mackintosh's LES MISERABLES and MARTIN GUERRE, the national touring company of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and in many productions at major professional regional theaters around the country, as well as in concerts, cabarets, TV, film, and in recordings. As a teaching artist since 1996, I have taught classes, workshops, private sessions, and master classes around the country, and am currently on the faculty at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater Young ...

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Lori H. February 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Pierce,

Has been a great help to my son in identifying the right songs for his upcoming audition. Pierce goes above and beyond to help his students.
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Myra G. August 13, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My 16 year old daughter had the wonderful opportunity to take lessons from Pierce and he was outstanding as an Instructor. His energy and passion for music and teaching really comes through in his lessons and was an excellent vocal coach. Besides the singing aspect, my daughter loved his insights and tips on stage performance and auditioning. Pierce is a wealth of knowledge, an excellent teacher and most of all, a great person, who you would find friendly and full of integrity. I wholeheartedly recommend Pierce for lessons.
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Kuhoo E. August 11, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My 12 year old daughter had the ability to sing but lacked everything else - technique, acting, strength, and stamina - That's where Pierce came in. He taught her how to emote when singing, how to control her expressions and how to sing with confidence. His care and commitment meant the world to my daughter - she had someone in her court that had a vested interest in her success. As a mother, that meant the world to me. Pierce is wonderful - he is upbeat, hugely talented, and a joy to work with. I would recommend him any and everyday.
Sheri L. Palo Alto, CA

About Sheri

Playing music is so much fun! I have enjoyed music my whole life and being able teach music makes me very happy. Here is what one parent says about my teaching style... "Sheri, Is a lot of fun to work with. Her positive attitude on life flows from her which then helps others to have the same feelings. She is very encouraging and thoughtful of others needs. Her talents in music are un-measurable." May 31, 2011 Currently I am working on my Master's Degree in Music Education and I especially love to teach drums! I have many years of experience teaching music and I am extremely patient with those who may need a little extra encouragement or need a creative approach to learning. If you have a talent show, performance, contest, or just want to have fun playing the drums, ...

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Susie B. October 29, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My Daughter started taking lessons with Sheri in the Spring and is LOVING the drums! Sheri is SO enthusiastic and has a real connections with kids. She has sparked a passion in my daughter and I think she is Fantastic!
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Divya S. September 27, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Sheri is an awesome teacher!

Sheri is a natural and amazing teacher. She is so positive and encouraging and I always look forward to her lessons. It is evident that she gets a lot of joy out of teaching music and working with students and that enthusiasm transfer to you and makes you enjoy the lessons and motivates you to learn. She is patient and she understand your strengths and weaknesses and breaks down complex pieces such that you can pick it up easily. I was probably her last student for the day and yet she has always been bubbling with energy and enthusiasm every single time I walk in for my lessons.
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luisa R. May 25, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Best Drums Teacher

Sheri is the best teacher I have ever had. She makes everything easy to learn. I have been taking drums lesson with Sheri for more than one year and I have never been disappointed of any of her lessons. Thank you Sheri !
Melody P L. Mountain View, CA

About Melody P

Melody is a board certified music therapist in the US. She holds a Master’s of Music in Music Therapy from Colorado State University, and earned her Certificate in Music Therapy at Shenandoah University, Virginia. She is a Neurologic Music Therapist and applies NMT strategies with children with autism and others. Bilingual in Chinese (mandarin) and English, she brings Music Therapy to a wide range of cultures in the Bay Area, California. She completed her internship in Virginia at a day program for elders and at the Westminster Canterbury, an Assisted Living Facility. She provides group and individual music therapy sessions for a broad age range of clients including elders with dementia, adults with developmental disabilities and children with special needs.

Susan J. Mountain View, CA

About Susan

I started teaching because I have a passion for teaching, as well as helping students reach their true potential. I not only teach the students looking to learn their craft, but also those looking to better their ability. My goal is to impart my knowledge and love of music, theater and speech to all of my students. I have been a professional Actress, Show Singer, Commercial Voice-Over Artist and Teacher for the past 25 years in the Bay Area. I have a BA in Theater Arts from University of Minnesota, as well as from San Jose State University. I have studied Theater, Dance, Music, and Mime at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. I have 30 units in "Early Childhood and Development" from DeAnza College in San Jose, CA. I am also a member of the AFTRA, SAG and EQUITY unions.

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Greg G. February 19, 2015
Singing · In home
I am about to have my fourth session with Susan and i'm looking forward to it. Susan is wonderful. I'm a guitar player in a band and have never tried singing outside the car, and she has been extremely helpful and encouraging. Susan provides a great mix of techniques that I never would have guessed would be helpful, but they are! Susan has quickly give me the training and confidence that will allow me to sing in my band very soon. She is not a clock watcher and she gives you 100% of her attention and dedication. I absolutely would recommend Susan to anyone. I wish I hadn't waited so long.
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Susan J. February 18, 2015
Singing · In studio
"Susan is great! Experienced, great with kids, excellent constructive feedback. My daughter has learned so much already and is very excited about working with Susan"

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Susan J. February 18, 2015
Singing · In studio
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"My daughter has taken a few lessons with Susan and we couldn't be happier. She does a variety of practices, breathing techniques and warm ups as well as singing. She genuinely cares about her clients and goes out of her way to support them. Her lessons are a lot of fun and my daughter always looks forward to go."
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"I am about to have my fourth session with Susan and I'm looking forward to it. Susan is wonderful. I'm a guitar player in a band and have never tried singing outside the car, and she has been extremely helpful and encouraging. Susan provides a great mix of techniques that I never would have guessed would be helpful, but they are! Susan has quickly given me the training and confidence that will allow me to sing in my band very soon. She is not a clock watcher and she gives you 100% of her attention and dedication. I absolutely would recommend Susan to anyone. I wish I hadn't waited so long."
- Greg G.

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