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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 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
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Piano, Ukulele, and Drums
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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 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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About Taro T.

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Washington, DC

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I'm a native Japanese speaker educated in leading universities in the United States. I will tailor your lessons to your specific needs for real-life uses. You will receive customized homework such as reading material and speaking practices to start improving your Japanese immediately.

About Taro
Hi. I'm a native Japanese speaker from Kobe. I was born and raised there and speak both standard Japanese and Kobe dialect. I'm an expert at bringing one's overall language level from the beginner to intermediate. I will assist you more with English first if you're a beginner and gradually transition to using only Japanese as you get closer to an intermediate level.
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Gabriel Freitas December 21, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Taro is a very nice helpful and professional Sensei

Highly recommended.
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Shell December 2, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Mr. Taro is a marvelous teacher! He is very patient and kind. He works hard to tailor his lessons to your need. His lessons encompass speaking, reading, and writing. It doesn’t matter if you are new to Japanese or already have foundational conversational skills, Mr. Taro can help your Japanese skills reach the next level!
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Douglas M. November 14, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Taro Taguchi is a fantastic teacher. He is highly knowledgeable, prepared, and always willing to help throughout the week. Along with being expedient in his responses, he is always capable of answering any questions clearly and concisely. I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn Japanese. Happy to rate him 5 stars, and would give more if I could!
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Taro T.

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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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Sarah January 9, 2018
· French · In home
Kenji was a great French teacher, he was very easy to work with to schedule lessons at a convenient time and he helped me improve my French speaking in advance of a big test.
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Noel T. December 29, 2017
· Portuguese · Online
With today being our first lesson with one another it was great. Kenji took his time to make sure that my per punctuation was correct.
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Brandon November 23, 2017
· Japanese · Online
I studied Japanese for a while at university, but I never really found a comfortable study style or pattern. Working through things with Kenji helped me find that style. Lessons with him seem casual and friendly, but have been immensely effective in advancing my Japanese skills.
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Kenji Luis T.

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About Richard W.

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O genki desu ka?
Hi, I'm Richard, and I can teach you simple Japanese. I graduated from BYU in Japanese and lived as an LDS Missionary in Tokyo for two years in 2003-2005. I love teaching everything that I know in a simple, understandable way. So I can help you learn the basics faster than you would normally. I know what it's like learning in school where you seem to take forever, and don't get very good. I also know what it's like talking to many people in Japan, and learning very quickly, and knowing the difference. I want to help you learn as efficiently and as quickly as possible. I also have a one hour presentation of the basics of Japanese grammar, that basically covers like the first 2 years of college Japanese classes! No joke, it's a powerpoint presentation I've put together that will really give you the "big picture" with the backwards grammar that we try to understand. Ask me any question, and I'll do my best to help you out! Mata ne!

About Richard
My goal is to help students ENJOY the piano by finding ways to make it easier and doable. I have a very useful approach in helping students become self sufficient to sight read very well, to see patterns, understand music theory to either help them play well, or to even create their own music(I compose a lot of great music as well)

I couldn't sight read very well until I was 16, but I had a great sight reading teacher that showed me how to develop it, and now I can say that I'm one of the best sight readers out there that I know. I was a ballet pianist at Brigham Young University for several years where all I did was sightread binders full of ballet/classical music. I play for choirs, church congregations, jazz bands, or musical jam sessions all the time, and I couldn't do that at all if I didn't learn how to sight read well.
I would love to help you learn the piano, and I will do my best to make learning as effective as possible. I especially enjoy teaching those who quit and would like to try again, because I know what that is like.

Concerning my musical background, I've played, arranged, and composed piano for choirs, bands, jazz combos, singers. I've been in bands all my life, and have composed for jazz bands, choirs, and orchestras at BYU and in Eastern Europe. I also play about 10 different instruments. I won two Student Emmys in Hollywood for my compositions to BYU's animations in 2010 & 2014.

I am currently writing music for video games.
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Valerie L. December 15, 2017
· English · Online
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Rachel M November 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Richard is awesome with my daughter. He continues to be patient with her and with me, as often my work schedule conflicts with lessons. He continues to work with me despite the schedule conflicts. My daughter is enjoying Piano more and more, as he continues to find ways to help her learn. Thanks for all the hard work.
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Glover November 14, 2017
· Japanese · Online
He has helped me a lot. Japanese is challenging!
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About Kaz H.

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Over the years I've used different books to teach, and I've found that the following books have worked well for my students:
- Youths (Ages 10 - 17): Japanese for Young People; Japanese from Zero
- College Students: Genki; Elementary Japanese
- Adults: Japanese for Busy People
- For the intermediate Japanese learners: Japanese Tutor - Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook.
- I can also get the textbooks that the students use at their classrooms.

About Kaz
I am a native Japanese speaker, born and raised in Japan. After moving to the U.S. to attend college, I worked for a couple of U.S companies before I came to work for Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, as a staff member.

My tutoring sessions are usually held on the Cornell University campus or at coffee shops in Ithaca. I also provide interactive online lessons using Skype. My services include: spoken and written language lessons; school work supplement for high school- and college-level courses; and cultural and travel preparations.

I offer a free initial interview session to see how I can best customize my lessons for each student. We can decide which material would be appropriate for the individual students at the initial interview session. (Please note that the students are responsible for providing their own materials.)
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La Jolla, CA
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Improve your Japanese speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills from lessons taught by an instructor with a degree in Japanese language. I lived in Japan for 15 years, teaching at high school, university and business levels. I can also offer insights into Japanese culture and living in Japan. I have devised a "crash course" in Japanese which is ideal for those planning to relocate or visit soon.

About Kevin
I am an English language instructor (native-speaker) with over 18 years of teaching experience, the nine most recent of which have been in post-secondary, diplomatic, and university settings. My qualifications include an M.A. TESOL (New York University) with a 4.0 GPA, B.A. in Japanese and Linguistics (Massey University), and Cambridge CELTA. I have extensive experience teaching a diverse range of adult English Language Learners in the USA, Belgium, and Japan. My most recent teaching positions involved instructing academic, professional, and general EFL courses at the New York University ALI Tokyo Center and academic English courses at Waseda University in Japan. I have also taught English to junior and senior high school students in Japan. I am a reliable, well-organized, positive, and cooperative individual with a love of teaching, em
powering, and motivating my students to help them fulfill their potential. I would truly appreciate the opportunity to contribute to your learning.
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Harsha R. October 15, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
It was a good experience. I especially liked the attention Kevin gave to details such as how to say particular syllables, the mouth movement etc..
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Rose October 8, 2017
· ESL · Online
Kevin is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable and provides many useful suggestions to help me achieve my goal. So far I have benefited a lot from teaching experiences he shared during the class. He is also very willing to accommodate for my learning needs. I highly recommend his class!
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About Jessie N.

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I am a native Japanese speaker with a Japanese teaching credential. All ages and levels are welcomed! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I am also qualified to tutor graduate students (Master’s and PhD) doing their thesis.
I believe when we learn other languages, it is important to learn their culture, history, etc. for better understanding. I’ve learned Japanese drums, how to wear Kimono, Tea and flower ceremonies so that we can explore Japanese culture more than just learning the language!

About Jessie
I am a native Japanese speaker with a Japanese teaching credential. All ages and levels are welcomed! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I am also qualified to tutor graduate students (Master’s and PhD) doing their thesis. 
I believe when we learn other languages, it is important to learn their culture, history, etc. for better understanding. I’ve learned Japanese drums, how to wear Kimono, Tea and flower ceremonies so that we can explore Japanese culture more than just learning the language!

Bio:
I have been in love with language my whole life. This led to learning and studying English for the past 30 years. In learning English I rediscovered my love of Japanese language as well. I would like to share my enthusiasm for Japanese language with you.

I grew up in a family in which everyone was a t
eacher including my grandmothers, grandfather, aunts, uncle, and my parents. My family inspired me to become an educator as well where I would have the chance to make a difference in students' educational, social, and emotional well-being. I earned my teaching credential from Kochi Women's University in Japan and a Master's in Intercultural communication from Kobe University, Japan.

During graduate school days, I worked as a tutor for international Master's and PhD students to assist them on their theses in Japanese. After I moved to Los Angeles, I started my career in the corporate world, and have worked in the US, Canada and Japan for last 15 years. In Canada, I taught Classic Japanese and Chinese Poetry at Toronto Japanese School as a high school teacher.
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Jessie N.

Jessie N.

Online
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About Daniel F.

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Having lived in Japan and worked in Japan for over 8 years in a number of places, I can speak in casual language, dialects, and in polite language. I focus on speaking and learning/memorizing patterns that are useful so rather than trying to translate from English to Japanese, you can just put together basic sentences in simple ways and communicate in a more natural way.

About Daniel
I have been teaching for over ten years in a wide variety of situations and in a lot of different places. I have lived in two of the biggest cities in the world, New York and Tokyo. I have visited quite a few countries. I have taught people from all over the world. Doing that has given me a lot of interests and information. I am always trying to learn more from my students and also share with them the many things that I have learned from students, travel, and life in general. I am open, outgoing, positive and I am very good at focusing on details and coming up with a plan. That helps me figure out what students need, make a plan for them, and motivate them to follow it. I have a lot of interests, so I am easy to get along with and talk to. I love music, travel, cooking, health, the outdoors, sports (bouldering, hiking, watersport
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Daniel F.

Daniel F.

Online
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My lesson includes cultural aspect in Japan with life style It is totally depends on what my students are interested in, such as food, sports, music, art, and more. I have a philosophy in teaching. Speaking actively with my student interest enhance writing and reading all at once with letting them to have the maximum motivation to speak up what they want to say. Grammar will catch up naturally by listening how I speak to my students and reading materials they present or I exchange. It works a lot better than text book teaching. My lesson would not be authentic, which means I teach Japanese language that has been used the most in actual life My students speak natural/common Japanese faster. As you are talking about your interest in Japanese language, your vocabulary will increase faster, also you will find other Japanese people or learners who share the same interest quicker and they will stay confidence in speaking with others. Overall, my students like my lesson because this

About Toyoko
Hello, my name is Toyoko Leonard, but everyone call me Yoko because they make mistake to call me Tokyo or even Toyota. Yoko is your new Japanese friend/teacher who teach you anything you want to learn about Japan. I am a mother of two daughters one is 27 and another one is almost 17 years old. Older one was born in Japan, younger one was born in Maine. I was from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. I moved to Maine in 1995 with my older daughter to study English, now I have lived here in Maine as a professional in both Social work and Education field for 22 years. I am still passionate in teaching and teaching is in my blood.
I graduated University of Maine, Orono with BS in Education. I also have Social Work degree with Child Psychology minor in Japan.
I am working at University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine as a Nursing
Lab Specialist. I have taught in University of Maine, Orono Campus as Japanese instructor back in 2003-2004 and also had variety of students in past outside of University, age between 12-80. They are from middle school students, business personal to retired people. I have worked with special needs students in past work, so any people who have disabilities are welcome. I understand that life is more bright to start new things, and I have patience in my teaching. I am very friendly, my time is flexible if you request other lesson schedule than listed here, but I work full time, evening online lesson hours are the most flexible. Please pick the topic what you like to talk about and start from there, you will be surprised how fast you can learn Japanese!
I am open to everyone and open to your needs in education.
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Karly December 31, 2017
· Japanese · In home
Excellent teacher. She has decades of experience and is very enthusiastic about her work. She will truly take the time and cater to your individual learning style to ensure that you get the most out of her sessions. I would highly recommend this instructor.
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