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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, 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
ea.

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 Abby D.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I have been successfully teaching ESL for many years now. I received my TESOL certification from Teachers College, Columbia University and I also have my BEST Plus Certification. I love teaching ESL because it allows me to hone my English and teaching skills, while also giving me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. I am constantly working to discover the most unique and effective teaching methods possible.

About Abby
Hi!

I am a certified ESL teacher and academic tutor. I have experience teaching all levels of English, including English for the workplace. I have taught ESL speaking and writing classes at St. John's University; Teachers College, Columbia University; the New Americans Welcome Center; as well as through numerous private organizations. I also tutor students who need help with English/Social Studies/Literature classes, AP English classes, the REGENTS and the SAT.

I hold a BA in Media Studies and an MA in Middle-Eastern Studies. Therefore, if you need any help writing papers in the arts/humanities/history, I would be happy to help out. Prior to working as an ESL teacher, I worked in publishing as a literary assistant/ online editor and had great success editing manuscripts, papers, and even blogs.

As far as teaching is concerned, I
genuinely enjoy helping others and try to make my classes/ sessions as communicative and engaging as possible. Tutoring is a refreshing experience for me since I learn something new from my students each and every day.

Learning is just a matter of perspective; finding new ways to look at and explore the world around you. I look forward to meeting you and exploring together!
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Milosz February 17, 2016
· English · In home
Abby is a great teacher. I was lucky to find her on this website. She genuinely cares about her students and wants them to improve their language skills. She is very friendly and easy to work with. She let you choose a topic or suggests a topic that you might like it. We have been focusing on my speaking and writing skills. I have made a big progress in just over a year. I highly recommend Abby !
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Kata February 9, 2016
· ESL · In home
Abby is a really attentive teacher, she has been a big help to English. Besides the weekly lessons, we also worked on some articles for my blog and for my portfolio site. She was really involved and she had a lot of original and creative ideas. Working with her is a surprisingly efficient experience for me. Thanks to her, my English knowledge got better earlier than I expected. In addition, she is a really
caring person, and she always has new ideas about how to improve. She also pays attention for her students personal interests and prepares individual materials for each lesson.
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About Bryce B.

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Issaquah, WA
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I have taught ESL or English Second Language to all ages from toddlers to older adults. Classrooms full of teenagers. I really enjoy it and teach in a way that other teachers would never dream of. My approach is casual and pleasurable.

About Bryce
The best non native Spanish tutor/teacher -

I am a Spanish Language Consultant

I am a concierge tutor meaning that I make every meeting personalized for you. Everyone learns a language differently. For some they just want to speak. For others they want to learn to read or write. And some want to do it all. Either way I will do everything in my power to assure that happens.

Where did I learn Spanish?
I took it in high school like all of us and failed out in the second year. Then seven years later I took a class in Bellevue College and got the best grade in the class. Soon after the class finished I moved to Bogotá, Colombia for a year and half where I really improved my level to near native status. When I was a kid in high school I did not see how cool it is to be able to speak another language nor did I care. However, now it w
as a defining point in my life and something that no one can take away from me.

Because I am more expensive I have fewer clients which gives me more time to focus on you the student. My schedule is also very flexible giving you plenty of freedom over when to meet.

I am connected to a network of native speakers who are all my very close friends who can be included in the sessions when the time is right or whenever you may like.

I have been a Spanish Consultant since 2011 and love doing it. I really get fired up when students begin to take off on their own with the language with less and less of my help.

I don't think you will find a more passionate tutor in the area. The passion comes through in the lessons.

Students who will succeed with me can be of any age but should have these traits if they wish to excel:
Discipline
Not afraid to make mistakes
Positive attitudes
Open mind
Willingness to think outside of the box
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Kevin August 2, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Bryce use a method really effective to learn , we speak all the time in spanish , for me the best teacher in the area.
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James July 17, 2017
· Spanish · Online
now my spanish level it's really great, is patient and extremely hepful teacher.
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Amy J. July 16, 2017
· Spanish · Online
He's great. Makes you feel comfortable. Makes it specific for you.
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About Mark G.

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Broomfield, CO

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I have been teaching English as a second language for for over 10 years and have taught over 60 students.

My love for and experience with learning new languages provides me with a unique insight into teaching English to students of all ages. I can utilize my Spanish or Mandarin to help you through beginning lessons if you're not yet confident in your English skills.

About Mark
Hey everybody! Hola and Ni Hao. My name is Mark and I'm a Language Tutor, Yoga Instructor & Organic Farmer with an International MBA and minors in both Spanish and Mandarin. With over 20 years of foreign language study, and 10 years teaching foreign languages to others, I know exactly what works and what doesn't when it comes to learning a new language.

I recently moved to Aurora, CO in order to be closer to my family since I have spent the past 12 years traveling the world.

I am a certified K-12 substitute teacher in the state of Colorado, and will be teaching a Spanish immersion class for 3 months starting in January. I have the flexibility to work with you around your schedule and will create a customized lesson plan that fits your needs and unique learning methods.

My main requirement of you as a student is to be committ
ed and dedicated to learning the language we are studying and to work on the homework assignments I provide.

Hope to talk to you soon!

Mark
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Maresa G. January 7, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Mark is a very patient instructor. I learned a lot
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Eva S. December 29, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Mark is a great teacher who personalizes each lesson!
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Jill S. December 9, 2017
· Mandarin · Online
My son was struggling in his second year of high school honors Mandarin. He had immediate improvement in his grade and confidence level once Mark began tutoring him. Mark is very reliable, flexible with scheduling, personable, and very prompt in responding to email. I highly recommend him.
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About Helena R.

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I have a vast experience teaching English as a Second Language. I did it for almost 20 years in my home country, Portugal and am now teaching it in a college.. I have worked with different age groups, from 5 year-olds to adults. I understand the difficulties of learning a new language and I try to provide intensive practice in the four major skills in language learning: speaking, reading, listening and writing. I am very patient and enthusiastic.

About Helena
I am a native speaker of Portuguese and got my degree in English (ESL) and French Teaching in my home country, Portugal. I have been teaching foreign languages and ESL for more than 20 years and am comfortable working with all age groups. I taught 17 years in Portugal (ESL and French; 6-12 grades and Adult Education Programs) and ever since I moved to the US in 2010 (Portuguese and Spanish in a corporation, and tutoring all four languages at home or online). I am a very patient, motivated and enthusiastic teacher and I always adjust my teaching methods to the student's age, needs and purpose. I never give up on a student and I am sure I can help him/her attain his/her full potential. I believe anyone can learn a new language but consistent repetition and refreshing before, during and after class is needed. I expect the student to be resp
onsible, patient and persistent in his learning process and I am willing to help him/her on the way.
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Dawn B. November 9, 2017
· Portuguese · In studio
My husband and I have been taking Portuguese lessons from Helena for the past 8 months in preparation for our move to Portugal in 2018. She is an amazing teacher! We look forward to our lesson each week, she inspires us to strive for a strong grasp of a very difficult language. We are lucky to have found a teacher as wonderful as Helena.
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Dawn B. March 2, 2017
· Portuguese · In home
My husband and I really enjoyed our first lesson with Helena and are looking forward to our next one.
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Ángel D. November 21, 2016
· French · Online
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About Michelle W.

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West Chester, PA

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I have worked with ESL students at my job, and I volunteer with a local ESL program.

About Michelle
I'm currently a college student working on my B.A in Music Ed, and have been making music since I was 7. I've had the most experience with students aged 8-14, but I'm open for anything. As a Spanish minor, I speak Spanish fairly well and have experience with an ESL program.
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Rachel A. November 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
Michele was great! Always worked with our busy schedule and worked well with our 14 year old data!
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Amrita M. August 19, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
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Brenda July 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Michelle is patient and maintains her sense of humor - making her a great instructor!
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About Jim C.

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The most obvious reaction by a student who's studying English as a Second Language is, "This is different from my native language." That's why I begin with a systematic discussion of the differences between English and the student's native language. For example, there's a rule in Spanish that words don't begin with "sp," so we have the words 'espagnol' and 'especial.' As a result, native speakers of Spanish have trouble pronouncing "Spanish" and 'special."
This is what psychologists call "negative transfer," and there are many other examples.
Once we have dealt with negative transfer issues, I proceed on the principle that it is easier to go from pictures to words than from words to words, so I use a lot of picture books, which lend themselves to discussion questions.

About Jim
From the time I was about 12, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. It's the only thing I've ever wanted to do, and the only thing I've ever done. I taught Russian for 31 years at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and now that I'm a Professor Emeritus, I miss the classroom and want to teach as much as possible.
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Jim C.

Kennett Square, PA 19348
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About A. M. R.

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Cypress, TX
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I am a master ESL teacher. I have been teaching second language learners at the secondary and post secondary level. I also have experience teaching adults. My areas of expertise are reading, writing and speaking for students who are interested in improving their English.
Each lesson will be tailored according to your skills and abilities and experience in knowing English.

About A. M.
I am a high school ESL teacher. I formerly taught reading intervention using the READ 180 program. My other experience teaching is as an adjunct professor at Lone Star College where I teach Writing Level 3. In addition to my time as a professor I teach adult ESL classes for the school district.

Credentials :
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
MASTER OF EDUCATION-INTERNATIONAL LITERACY
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE -SOCIAL SCIENCES
University of Houston (Downtown), Houston, Tx
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS -GENERAL STUDIES
Lone Star College (NHMCCD), Houston, Tx
EDUCATIONAL AIDE II
State Board for Educator Certification
CONTENT CERTIFICATIONS
English/Language Arts/Reading (4-8)
Pedagogy Exam EC-12
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English/Language Arts (8-12)
Second Language TESOL certification (Sam Houston State)
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