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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the violin. Explore the range of your instrument through various scales. Build solid skills through understanding the mechanics of how your body and instrument work together.

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, Drums, 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 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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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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BRIAN July 18, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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I can help beginning students on violln learn the basics.

About Thomas
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania
and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Risa S. July 5, 2017
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Jack June 22, 2017
· Trombone · In home
First lesson was a great success, Mr. West got straight to work and had my son sounding much better after only half an hour. Looking forward to my son gaining skill and confidence with Mr. West's guidance.
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Gene K. June 21, 2017
· Piano · Online
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About Kan W.

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violin is one of the most tricky instrument ever. When you listen to it, it is amazing, when you start to learn it, you feel horrible. you cannot wait to ask your children or yourself to quit ASAP. trust me, once you pass the pivotal point, you will love it, never feel tired of holding it, never feel crazy of its creepy sound!

About Kan
The concertmaster, Kan, handled her difficult solos with disarming ease. -Mark Swed
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Acclaimed by the LA Times as a soloist Kan has been a concertmaster in various orchestras, as Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and MJD International Symphony Orchestra, she has collaborated with numerous renowned musicians, including Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav L. Rostropovich, Lang Lang, Yundi Li, and Josep Carreras among others. Kan earned Bachelor’s Degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China, where she studied with Professor Ding Zhi Nuo. Currently, she is the concertmaster of Azusa Pacific Uni
versity Orchestra, and a student of Artist Certificate Programme under Professor Charles Stegeman on full scholarship.

She received her bachelor's degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Professor Ding Zhi Nuo. To further pursue her music career, Kan came to study in the United States on full scholarship at Azusa Pacific University, where she received the Artist Certificate Program Diploma in 2010. Meanwhile, she served as concertmaster for the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra. Kan studied under professor Charles Stegeman, and recently obtained her Music Performance masters.

*** Lesson Details ***
First, I need to talk to my students about their goals. Not only for the adult, teacher also need to know what kids want to know about music. They are interested in it sometimes, they just don't know. Second, I will let them know, interests is just the first step. If you want to learn, you have to pay! Pay your patient, and your endeavor. I will teach in some specific ways to motive students to approach the goals. for example: listen, singing, playing, reading is the process to make the students catch the goal faster without lost their interests! So involve more activities in the lessons is very important! Also, serious technique practice is necessary. As I mentioned before, not only interests, if you want to learn , you have to pay. Once you catch your goal, you will feel happy that the teacher has been pushed you for some boring finger exercise.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I do have a grand piano at home.For violin students, they should have their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki style, classical, contemporary, modern music
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Anna Z. May 1, 2017
· Violin · Online
Excellent! So happy that we could find so great violin teacher online!
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Phoebe January 21, 2017
· Violin · Online
She has a very keen eye for spotting issues, and provides amazing instruction on technique and sound. Plus she as a great attitude and will go over allotted time if I am having trouble. I couldn't be happier to take lessons from her.
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Georgia A. August 2, 2016
· Violin · Online
I love class with Kan in violin. I can tell she is very passionate about it and that's exactly what I need. She's only made my love for the violin never ending; she has all the patience in the world and more. Wonderful Instructor!
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About Josephine L.

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Beginner through intermediate.
All ages.

About Josephine
6 Years professional private violin teaching experience

Loves to play and teach classical, bluegrass, and Celtic genres!

Lessons catered to meet your goals!

Beginners - Intermediate

Learn to read music, sight read, theory, history, and play with passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons catered to your needs and goals!

Learn Classical, bluegrass, or Irish fiddling.

I typical beginner classical lessons follows this structure:

-warm up and scales

-Theory (All for strings theory workbook)

-Etudes (Essential Elements for Strings)

-Songs and classical pieces (Suzuki or Essential Elements for Strings)

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Bluegrass, or Irish fiddling lessons!
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Breana L. April 17, 2015
· Violin · In home
Josephine is just the violin teacher I was looking for!

Every lesson includes scales and etudes along with a couple of songs to work on. Her teaching is attentive to detail and well-rounded (spot-on technique, music reading, easily-digestible theory, etc.), while still really fostering enjoyment in playing and slow but steady growth. Whether you’re looking for classical violin, fiddling, or bluegrass, Josie will help you learn whatever you want to learn!

I definitely recommend a longer class time if you can do it - a few extra run-throughs of each song and scale make a big difference in your muscle memory and ability to practice efficiently on your own.

Of the few violin teachers I've had in my sporadic years of playing violin, Josie has inspired me to play the most, and I know I will continue taking lessons with her for as long as I can. Highly recommended!
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Sourav B. July 30, 2014
· Violin · In studio
Josephine teaches violin to my 8 year old son Kanishk, continuing for over 7 months. She is great with my son and very patient with him. She is very professional and guides my son to do his best. My son is doing great and we have increased the session from 1 to twice weekly.

She has a very positive attitude towards my son and always encourages him with good feedback.
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About Concetta A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Learn folk music or classical. Explore the various styles and genres this instrument is capable of!

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Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education, Continuing Adult Education
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Winston Thomas June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
It was truly a pleasure meeting Concetta for my first ever violin lesson. It is difficult to learn anything at the age 40, specially a musical instrument, but she made it comfortable and easy to understand. She's extremely patient a key quality when teaching a subject such a music to anyone. I would say, give her teaching style a try and you won't regret it. Very knowledgeable indeed.
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Matthew February 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
She was great, first lesson and I learned a lot about how to improve my singing, demonstrably so. Very pleased, looking forward to continuing.
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Blyth February 2, 2017
· Fiddle · Online
Very patient and beyond knowledgeable! I haven't done anything with TakeLessons before and my online class was hosted via skype so it was easy to get connected and learn at my own pace. I like that my lessons will be tailored to my style and my level of musical understanding. She has excellent follow-up for after the lessons as well. I'm excited to be a student again :)
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I have been teaching in a variety of settings for the past 12 years. I am an encouraging and structured teacher who wants to help students set and reach their goals! After years of extensive classical musical training, I have developed a refined teaching style that suits students of all ages and backgrounds!

About Emily
At the age of four, I began studying violin at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California. I was trained using the Suzuki Method until the age of nine. Throughout my adolescent years I competed in solo violin competitions, performed in numerous orchestras, attended prestigious music festivals, & began teaching! I received my Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and my Masters Degree in Violin Performance from DePaul in Chicago. After intensively studying with instructors and performers from all over the world, I developed a diverse teaching philosophy that allows me to customize lessons to each student's needs. I am a very positive, supportive, & energetic person who knows how challenging it is to learn an instrument so I try to make it as fun as possible! Whether
you or your child's goal is to become a professional or to become professionally awesome at "Twinkle", I look forward to helping you achieve it!
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Emily October 21, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Emily has a vibrant attitude and a straight forward approach in teaching. I'm delighted to be her pupil!
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Bijou September 9, 2016
· Violin · In home
Great first lesson
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Jose August 9, 2016
· Violin · In home
Emily is so awesome, she reviews with me till I get it.
she makes learning easy and fun and interactive.
I am a hard learner and she makes it easy for me to retain information….
she is very patient with me.
I feel totally comfortable in her guidance .
We are purchasing five more classes and probably five more after those…
I am so happy with Emily.
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I began privately instructing students while I was still in high school. Thirty years later, my studio teaching experience continues to instill a passion for music and students that are performing in their own venues in school and the community. Knowing that the time I have with each person is leading them to grow and share their own abilities with others is truly the heart of where I think musical instruction should lead.

About Kendra
My love of music and sharing that through one on one instruction has only increased over the course of my career. I began studying violin and viola during my primary education. With the tutelage of my wonderful private instructor, I was able to successfully audition and perform with various youth orchestras in Denver. This experience inspired me to continue my musical studies and performance at the university and professional level. Later in my career I expanded my studies and performance to other musical genres including blues, jazz, rock, folk, latin, as well as traditional and contemporary worship. With an appreciation and new found ability to improvise and play alternative musical styles I have been able to truly tailor my instructional approach. Whether online or in person, each of my students has been able to pursue their part
icular musical interests while learning a solid technical foundation.
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Clayton August 3, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very knowledgeable and patient.
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Chad D. May 3, 2017
· Violin · Online
All I can say is that Kendra has been the perfect teacher for my daughter. Very patient and with clear direction. Many times she goes over the time limit too which indicates she is more about helping the student.
A+ teacher
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Sofia N. March 3, 2017
· Violin · In home
Our 9 year old daughter loved her first violin lesson with Ms. Kendra!
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Katherine creates lessons designed with her student's interests and abilities in mind. Her lessons fuse technique with musicality, allowing her students to explore the vast world of music while learning to play well. She bases her teaching in the Suzuki method but adjusts her style according to her student's needs. When not teaching, Katherine plays for the Old Log Theater, Charanga Tropicale, and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

About Katherine
Hello! My name is Katherine, and I'm a violinist in the Twin Cities. I look forward to making music together! I believe learning music should combine technique with musical exploration, and I try to incorporate both into my teaching. I base my teaching in the Suzuki method, which emphasizes ear training and the idea that all people have the ability to make music at a high level. However, I am adamant about recognizing each student's individuality and learning style, therefore I tailor my lessons to fit the student's own goals and needs.

After graduating from St. Olaf College, where I was a member of the St. Olaf Orchestra for four years, I moved to France to teach English for a year. Since relocating to the Twin Cities, I have been teaching violin and working in special education at High School for the Recording Arts. In addition to te
aching, I play for the Old Log Theater's production of GHOST, a Cuban band Charanga Tropicale, and in the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
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Newhall, CA

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I classical violin, I uses the Suzuki method and the Galamian scale and arpeggio book. I will also accompanies students if they are studying a piece that requires piano.

About Joshua
I began studying music at the age of seven, I play and teach piano, guitar and violin, music theory, composition/arranging, and ear training. I began teaching professionally in the summer of 2014 and have a variety of students ranging from the ages of 5-60 . I teach both classical and pop from beginner to advanced, and jazz and blues from beginner to intermediate. I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from The Master's University and have performed Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, John Rutter's Requiem, and various symphonies by Beethoven and Mendelssohn on violin. I have performed for Kawii Pianos at the NAMM show, and will be continuing to work with them. One of my compositions can be viewed on Youtube, as well, and was performed by the North Hollywood Orchestra.
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Sean June 16, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons from Josh for years, classical piano, and she is advancing faster than with previous instructors. He has constantly challenged her to become a greater performer and to play beyond her own limitations.

We have been very happy having Josh as her teacher and will continue to keep Josh as her teacher for as long as he is available.
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Kathleen D June 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Josh is an encouraging and enthusiastic teacher who takes the time to ensure that my daughter not only masters material but also that she is challenged, so she does not become bored. My daughter has been playing piano for 5 years and Josh is by far the best teacher she has ever had because he continuously brings her to the next level of piano all while making it enjoyable and fun.
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Trent June 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lessons from Josh for about 6 months now. Easily one of my favorite teachers I have ever had the pleasure of learning from. I feel like every lesson is progress being made to what I want to become as a musician. From theory to the improvisation scales he has taught me, he has worked on giving me exactly what I have asked for and applying it in terms I can understand. Would very highly recommend anyone that wants to learn music to learn from Joshua.
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Learning to play the violin doesn't have to be a task. I believe conquering a musical instrument is as much about love as it is dedication. I wouldn't be where I am today without the love and support of my teachers throughout the years. With my teaching, I intend to instill great technical facility as well as a love and respect for the instrument. (Students must provide their own violin)

About Lucas
Hi! My name is Lucas and I love to teach! I've been playing violin since I was 11 years old and currently hold two degrees. A Bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a Master's degree from DePaul University in Chicago - both are degrees in Violin Performance. I began violin in the public school system in Tallahassee, FL and eventually began taking lessons privately with an emphasis in the Suzuki Method.

I love coffee, cats, Meryl Streep, and basset hounds <3
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Kullen M. August 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
Lucas is fantastic! My daughters thought he was very kind and they are motivated to practice and do their best for him!
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Kenley M. August 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
Lucas is fantastic! My daughters thought he was very kind and they are motivated to practice and do their best for him!
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Kaylee L. August 2, 2017
· Violin · In home
Lucas was very professional and took time with my daughter and evaluate her experience level, so that he could begin her training.
Awesome.
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