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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Learn how to learn English, have fun, and accomplish more than you would in a class.

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
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Piano and Ukulele
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 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.

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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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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Jesse M.

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About Aliaksandra P.

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Manassas, VA
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I've been teaching English for 13 years and my students have gone on to develop travel abroad, participate in and win different competitions and contests, and build their careers. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to communicate in it in everyday life and as time goes on you'll be able to make new friends and study and work in it. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Aliaksandra
Hi, there! My name is Aliaksandra and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2001 and have loved helping my students communicate in the language they want, make new foreign friends, and travel and study abroad. I went to Minsk State Linguistic University (Republic of Belarus) and earned a Master degree in Philological Sciences in 2003. I'm a responsible person always ready to help and my teaching style is students’ needs oriented, cooperative, and activity-approached. My motto is Practice makes perfect. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Iryna October 22, 2017
· · In home
I am so sorry for misspelling the name...
Not Aleksandra, but Aliaksandra!
Good luck to everyone who is determined to learn!
She can definitely do it!
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Iryna October 22, 2017
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My daughter Kira, who is 10 now, has been taking French lessons for almost two years with Alessandra. I can’t be happier with her progress! And I certainly can’t be happier with Aleksandra, who is not only a professor and can teach adults and teachers, but also has an amazing way with children!
My daughter loves her and always is looking forward to the next class, responsiby does her homework and able to teach me a few things :)
But what I truly appreciate as a parent as well, is that she is never late and always makes the day and time that has been arranged, which is very important with everyone’s busy schedules.
I would highly recommend Aleksandra for teaching children and adults!
My best friend is French, and I had Aleksandra over when my friend was visiting, my friend was impressed with her fluency of the language.
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Aliaksandra P.

Aliaksandra P.

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About Natalie L.

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Portland, OR
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I have deep intercultural sensitivity, after spending significant time abroad studying and traveling; and I have sophisticated English language skills.

About Natalie
After graduating high school at the top of my class, I got full funding for an economics degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where I was born. I was very busy in college--my extracurriculars included 2 semesters abroad (Spain, Singapore), writing an honors thesis, being a consultant to the academic advising office, and being president of an honor society; besides this I worked my butt off in classes and graduated with a 3.7.

Besides academics, I am super interested in fitness, general wellness and psychology.

I would love to talk it out with you wherever our learning interests intersect!
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Yahmeet October 28, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Natalie is very patient and deliberate. We look forward to many great lessons!
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Natalie L.

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About Amy K.

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Topeka, KS
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I have given both private lessons as well as teaching formally in an institution. I have my Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and am also certified in this field. I keep my costs low but provide the best experience possible. As a Spanish speaker, my bilingual Spanish/English students feel at ease with their language transition. Because I have traveled to more than 24 countries, cultural competence is crucial for all students, as I will do my best to make them feel right at home, respecting their culture, values, and norms.

About Amy
Hello everyone! Welcome to my profile. Whether you're here for piano, ESL, or Spanish lessons, I'm here for you. Each lesson is catered to YOUR specific need. We will evaluate what the best method is for you for learning a particular topic. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. I keep my costs low, so we can take advantage of more time meeting your goals.

My educational background is:
Bachelor's Degree in Spanish
MA Teaching English as Second Language
MS Instructional Design and Technology
Certificate in Online Teaching and Distance Education
Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language
Ed.D in Leadership in Higher Education and IDT (In progress)

I can't wait to get to know you!
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Craig August 14, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Seemed to take into account what I was looking to accomplish. And both agree with a lesson plan to help get me closer to my accomplishing the lesson of learning Spanish. Thanks Amy
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Amy K.

Amy K.

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About John K.

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ESL is a matter of sharing life lessons. Students already possess their own special talents and are full of life experiences from their L1 learnings. I will teach English as an L2 tool by sharing my life experiences, thereby making your life that much richer in language. In this day and age with texting and digital communication, the "Art of Communication" has been lost. My desire is to enthusiastically share my experiences in this lost art. Coming out of my lessons, students will have the confidence in their ability to express themselves comfortably within the American culture.

About John
Hi, my name is John Kim, and I am an experienced native American English teacher. I am a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel with American diplomatic certifications in Japan and Korea. I have taught myself to be proficient in 5 languages. I taught Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced TOEFL English levels formally in school classrooms of 10-17 students. And of course, 1-on-1 private lessons also. You know that the four dreaded skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking are required in English schools, and you have already heard it over and over in your previous school lessons. Now, let me show you and share with you a different level of learning...called the "Art of Communication".
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John K.

John K.

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About Benjamin W.

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Boston, MA

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Hello and Welcome! If you are interested in improving your English language skills whether its’ with speaking, writing, or just boosting your knowledge of grammar, I would be happy to help you reach your learning goals. I have been an ESL Teacher and Tutor for almost four years now and have helped hundreds of students from around the world become more fluent in the English language.

I am a college graduate from The George Washington University where I earned my Bachelor’s degree. I received my TEFL/TESOL certificate from the International TEFL Academy that is based out of Chicago, Illinois, USA in January of 2014.

I earned a final grade of 98% over an 11-week period and was certified shortly after that. In addition to the 180 hours of instruction I received, I have more than twenty hours of past practical tutoring and observation at the an ESL Academy in Queens, New York.

I have put my TEFL certificate to good use over the last few years. Most Recently, I was an English ...

About Benjamin
Benjamin is a graduate of The George Washington University where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Political Science with a minor in Geographic Information Systems.

In addition to his undergraduate studies, Benjamin has spent the last two years and a half overseas in Istanbul, Turkey where he worked as an ESL High School Teacher and most recently in Medellin, Colombia where he was an English Teaching Fellow with the Heart for Change Volunteer Program to support the efforts of creating a more bilingual Colombia.

Benjamin has a background in both the Spanish and Turkish languages and is currently developing his proficiency in Portuguese. Benjamin is an individual who is dependable, motivated and personable.

Benjamin looks forward to having you as his student if you choose to decide to enroll in one of his clas
ses. He loves teaching new students and enjoys the learning process. He works his hardest to make sure that all of his students succeed to the best of their abilities.

Thank you and feel free to contact him with any further questions or queries. Benjamin currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts where he is a full-time ESL instructor and education services assistant.
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Benjamin W.

Benjamin W.

Online
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$34 / 30-min

About Mary Jane O.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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Experienced teacher for 9 years. I have taught English to different level of students(kids, high school students, university level and adults). All ages are welcome. I will be glad to improve your English skills(speaking, reading,listening and writing). Lessons are designed to achieve the goals of the students. Looking forward to teach you!

About Mary Jane
I am a professional English teacher for nine years. I have ample teaching experiences to different level of students(kids, high school students, university students and adults). I have ample experience in simplifying the lessons to meet the goals of yhe students. I am also expert in designing and developing educational objectives and preparing teaching materials.

I used to live in Japan for almost five years and can speak a little bit of Japanese. I learned a lot of things in teaching Japanese kids in public schools.

I have genuine passion for teaching and would love to see my students improve their English skills to the best of their abilities.

I will make sure the learning experience is easy, fun, engaging and interesting. I look forward to meeting you and making you a great speaker of the English Language.
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Mary Jane O.

Mary Jane O.

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About Nadia R.

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Learning ESL with me will not feel like homework. We will practice together by focusing on every day activities as well as discussing topics of your choice. Learning ESL will be fun!

About Nadia
My name is Nadia and I enjoy teaching ESL. I first began teaching ESL in Thailand, where I fell in love with my students and the country as well. I spent most of my free time travelling, making friends with the locals, and perfecting my Thai. Teaching students ages 4-12 really gave me a broad understanding of the various lessons and activities that help students succeed and enjoy learning.

After Thailand, I taught in South Korea and just like in my previous school, I learned how to strengthen my lesson plans and manage my time better.

I enjoy teaching because it allows me to see how much I can help others in ways that are truly necessary. Teaching is also fun, innovative, and brings out the creative side of me which I love. Learning a new language is a wonderful skill and I encourage everyone to try to learn at least one new langua
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Nadia R.

Nadia R.

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