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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, 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
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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 Olga C.

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San Mateo, CA

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I am very excited to share great news: 2 of my students took Certificate of Merit exam this spring. Both passed with honors. They also did 99% and 100% in their Music Theory tests.

You can see Olga perform role of Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly by Puccini with West Bay Opera (Palo Alto) in May 2016.
Described by critics as "flawless in her singing" (Cultural World Bilingual ), "natural singer with beautiful colors...sings wonderfully, communicating the excesses of passion and emotion, the quick contrasts of mood , with grace and conviction" (San Jose Mercury News); possessing “a pure, strong soprano with phrasing of sumptuous elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle), " dazzling high notes are piercing without being ugly" (San Francisco Classical Voice), "beauty of her voice is outstanding...it has power to set the theater ringing, but it
also has a wealth of color... Her stage presence...is magnetic" (Peninsula Reviews), "Her mezzo tones...evoked memories of Maria Callas' spell-binding rendition" (San Jose Mercury News),
Olga was announced the Best Leading Female Singer in North East in season 2006-2007 by Opera Online.
A native of Russia, she appeared on the stages of the Bolshoi Opera (Maria in Mazeppa, Prilepa in Pique Dame, Brigitta in Iolanta, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Musetta in La Boheme, to name a few), Kazan Opera Theater (Mimi in La Boheme), Stanislavsky Opera Theater (Micaela in Carmen), and Malmo Opera Theater in Sweden (Musetta) before emigrating to the U.S.A., where she appeared with Hawaii Opera Teater as Mimi in La Boheme, San Francisco Lyric Opera in title role of Aida, West Bay Opera and DiCapo Opera in New York in the title role of Manon Lescaut, Opera San Jose and Illinois Opera Theater as Tosca, and with Cedar Rapids Opera, Gold Coast Opera,Golden Gate Opera and Opera North as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, with San Francisco Opera Merola Program and Tampa Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. In autumn of 2009 she appeared in Cairo as Tosca and, in spring of 2010 debuted it Italy at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, where she returned following summer in the title role of Aida. From 2006 till 2010 Olga performed with touring company Teatro Lirico d’Europa all over United States in multiple performances of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida, Carmen,La Boheme, Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana. Olga appeared in title roles with local opera companies like Opera San Jose (Tosca),;; West Bay Opera (Manon Lescaut, La Forza del Destino), Livermore Opera (I Pagliacci), Martinez Opera (Madama Butterfly), Golden Gate Opera (Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana), San Francisco Opera Company (Aida)
Olga appeared with Orchestra Sinfonica Romana at the concert stage of Santa Cecilia in Rome and Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Verdi Requiem, Quatar with Gala concerts, Opera Santa Barbara in an evening of music by Giocomo Puccini, DiCapo Opera (Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini), in Russia at the Nizhny Novgorod Concert Hall for Bach’s Mass in B-minor, at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory for Mahler’s Sympony No. 4 and for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Moscow’s Cathedral Catholic Church for Bach’s Easter Oratorio, as a featured soloist for both the Notti Musicali Modenesi Festival and Costa Rica’s XIII Festival de Musica Credomatic; and as a featured soloist for the political-cultural event entitled “Days of Russian Culture in Bulgaria, jointly sponsored by the Russian and Bulgarian Ministries of Culture and attended by the presidents of both countries.
In 2002 Olga participated in San Francisco Opera Center Merola Opera Program for young singers and sang Musetta with Western Opera on tour.

Currently Olga devotes herself to voice teaching and performs locally."
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Yachen August 29, 2017
· Singing · In home
The lesson was very helpful! I look forward to more!
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Jim F. May 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Too early to tell how it will go.
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Jason September 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Olga is a kind, patient instructor. We are glad to have her as our singing teacher.
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About Marshall J.

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Turlock, CA

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Are you ready to take your learning to a new level? For over 10 years I have been exploring the world of entertainment, from music to photography to video production and am ready to share with you the secrets to success in the performing arts.

Learn the intricacies of guitar, piano, and vocal performance
Master professional writing techniques
Promote yourself with hands-on audio production and videography
Make killer music videos
Become the best you can be!

Party on dudes,

Marshall J. III
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Michael May 21, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I am a beginner. The lesson was great!
Lots of good tips to start off with and good exercises that I can use for years to come.
Looking forward to learning more. I recommend lessons for sure.
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Katelyn C. May 19, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Marshall is easy to work with and is an amazing teacher to my daughter.
So far so good!!
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About Sarah M.

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North Little Rock, AR
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Sarah graduated from Lees-McRae College in May 2017 with her BFA musical theater and minor in art and design. Prior to her studies at LMC she was studying at North Virginia community college where she studied American sign language. She had been dabbling in learning it on her own since she was in grade school. She available to teach lessons online and in her studio located in North Little Rock, AR.

Currently she is an actor at Arkansas Art Center and in the rehearsal process for the next two musicals. Last summer she was a company member at Trumpet in the Land in New Philidelphia, Ohio. If you are local she would be more than happy to teach you in person, however she has found great success in online teaching as well.
She is very well trained in musical theater, especially voice. She is also able to teach sign language, she studied AS
L at Northern Virginia Comm. College. She looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals and helping them do so in the way they learn best. Every lesson will include warm ups and vocal exercises, also we will work on different songs and build up your repertoire.
She also teaches a variety of other classes such as : facial exercises (which is great for anyone who sings or uses their voice a lot Daily), acting, improv, makeup (both stage makeup and day-to-day), abstract painting, child acting, musical theatre, musical performance, and more! She is trained in a variety of areas and would love to help you and guide you through your endeavors to better your craft! She is very passionate about all aspect of art and love sharing it with others!
You can learn more about her and what she does by sending a message here, through TakeLessons!
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Valerie January 29, 2018
· Singing · Online
Sarah is wonderful with my daughter, Valerie. She is patient and encouraging. My daughter enjoys the lessons and looks forward to them. After only 3 lessons I can see a difference and truly appreciate Sarah’s guidance and kindness!
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Renee A. January 24, 2018
· Singing · Online
Sara is Amazing TEACHER and A GREAT SINGER! I was not sure what to expect but now I’m soo excited and can’t wait for next lesson!! She is a true PROFESSIONAL in every way and had so much patience with me too !!
5 stars is not enough for HER !! SHE is a 10 STAR!!!!!
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Barbara January 20, 2018
· Singing · Online
My daughter, Valerie, is 7 years old and has had two lessons so far with Sarah. Not only does Valerie love the lessons and looks forward to them, but I love the way Sarah talks to her and is caring and compassionate. She explains the exercises so well, praises Valerie when she does well, and gently corrects her when she misses the mark. Sarah communicates with me regarding Valerie's lesson and it is very easy to schedule lessons as well. I would highly recommend Sarah as voice coach for younger students as well as older ones!
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About Julie B.

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I am an artist and an educator. I am running lessons in arts and German language for children and adults. I bring many years of professional experience in various areas of child and youth work, including day care and nursery, up to the management of kindergartens. From 2002 to 2010, I have led a kindergarten in Germany. From 2010 to 2015 I have lived in Shanghai, China. 2012 I have founded my own company and did countless arts workshops with adults, youth, children, families, NGOs, academia, other artists and fashion designers. In 2013 I have supported a first-year pupil with Auditory Perceptual Disorder in reading and listening skills and dealing with aggression, in cooperation with his mother. From 2014 to 2015 I have taught German to Chinese children. Since January 2016 I live in Chattanooga and work as a teacher. I have three own chil
dren. I love to live my work and like to do things, and not just to see it as a job. I would be very happy to be your teacher!
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About Tracy C.

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Horton, MI
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"I've always wanted to learn how to play the piano!"

Well, now's the time! You can do it with no-stress lessons regardless of your age.

I am a mom with a passion for education and music. I am excited to see people, young or old, learn new things and stretch their boundaries. I want you to have fun.

My educational philosophy is that "success breeds success." As I guide the student to achieve small successes at the beginning, you will gain confidence in your ability. As your confidence grows, you will be able to conquer more challenges and succeed beyond what you might expect.

In fact, learning the piano will aid in learning all other musical instruments, improve hand-eye coordination and increase appreciation for music of all genres. But the benefits for your preschooler don't end at the keyboard. It will im
prove language development, math concepts (patterns, and counting), persistence, delayed gratification, critical thinking, logic, history, empathy and much more. And the benefits of playing the piano aren't just for preschoolers. Mature students show improvements in memory, brain function, health and coping with stress and anxiety.

I can't wait to see you or your child enjoy the music as much as I do.
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Tracy C.

Horton, MI 49246
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About Veronica H.

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San Antonio, TX
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Teaching language is a passion, not only a profession. When you teach language you have to engage students in the culture, to spark motivation and broaden horizons, to promote diversity and tolerance.
My bachelors is in Psychology from my country of origin, but coming to this country I began working in language when looking for bilingual opportunities for my own children. Not being able to find the right person I decided to study so I could provide the best learning experience to my own children and that became my new career more than fifteen years now.
I have traveled through Latin America and gained cultural and academic knowledge. I have owned a language program for ten years and trained and supervised hundreds of language teachers and enjoyed thousands of young and old students' language accomplishments.
I have also had the hon
or and the privilege of teaching language to the military for almost eight years, developing curriculum for all levels and all ages.
Every student is a new opportunity to inspire and improve a life. I look forward to that every day.
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Lia A. January 8, 2018
· Spanish · In home
She is amazing,the girls love her. She makes learning fun and understands what each child needs to be a successful Spanish speaker.
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Patricia November 15, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Mrs. Hernandez is an amazing instructor. Her one-on-one classes are catered to the specific needs of the student as an individual. I like the use of multimedia because it accommodates to different learning styles. Her charismatic approach makes the student feel confident and encouraged to participate and fully engage in class.
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William November 4, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
I studied Spanish with Mrs. Hernandez for a year and a half. You won't find a better Spanish instructor anywhere. She uses a wide variety of teaching strategies and media to keep the classes interesting and to get the most out of the time in class.
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About Jiawan B.

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East Lansing, MI

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Hi there! This is Jiawan, and I'm here to help you achieve your goal.

A little about me. I was born and raised in Beijing, both my parents are professors. I went to Japan for high school, after that, England. I spent almost five years there, got my Bachelor's and Master's degree. After severn years of living oversea, I went back home in 2010 and worked in a film/animation company for several years. In 2014, I came to the States, finished another Master program at University of Miami. After graduated from UM, I moved to Michigan to live with my boyfriend. Last summer, we just got married. Right now, I’m working as s freelancer for a LA based indie film company. In my spare time, I also write my own stories and scripts.

A little about my Chinese lesson. I started to teach Chinese (both simplified and traditional) as a part-time job si
nce 2007, so I'm pretty confident on it. Student of all ages and levels are welcomed. One thing I would like to point out is unless you have required textbook, I tend not to use any existing learning materials as they always turn out rather boring and disappointing and so out of date. The first session will just be we get to know each other and discuss your goal (and it will be free), then I will design each session and make materials by myself.

A little about my Math lesson. I don't believe that Asian people are better at Math, but I do agree that we have some unique ways to master basic Math, which may make Math easier for grade school student.

A little about my writing lesson. As an international student, I graduated from my bachelor's program with a GPA 3.5, my first master's program with a GPA 3.8, and my second master's program with a GPA 4.0. Academic writing can be tricky, especially for those international students who do not have any experience before. I will show you the rules of academic writing, and you will find out that you don't need a perfect English to get an A for your essay.

A little about my college admissions lesson. To apply for a program is to make yourself different from other candidates and suitable for the program. I did my undergraduate and postgraduate application all by myself, and got accepted by my first choice school. With a little bit luck, let's knock your dream school's door open together.

A little about my IELTS prep class. IELTS is a language level test for non-native English speakers, so to get a higher score, a good foundation is necessary. Also, you need test taking skills and proper trainings to master it. That is why I'm here to help.

Thanks for reading this. If there's anything I could help, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a nice day!
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East Lansing, MI 48823
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About Jose M.

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Hi! My name's Jose. I am 22 years old and my #1 passion is teaching/inspiring others to reach their full potential. My knowledge and experience can and will enhance everyone, no matter what level you feel you're in. Let's help one another and start this inspiration for you!
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I am a native French speaker and an experienced teacher as well who believes that learning and fun are two compatible words. I always try to understand where students struggle with and figure out how to overcome learning obstacles by implementing engaging lesson combined with recreational activity.
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