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About Jesse M.

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the viola. 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, Ukulele, and Piano
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Piano, Ukulele, and Drums
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 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 Elisa B.

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Oregon City, OR

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Correct play position, reading viola clef, scales, etudes, solo pieces, shifting, vibrato. Possibility to play in a student string orchestra!

About Elisa
Violin Teacher's Certificate - Sibelius Academy, Finland
Suzuki Teacher Training - Marylhurst University, OR

Classical and Suzuki options - starting Suzuki students as early as 3 yrs old. Teaching Suzuki Books 1-11.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels
I am using classical method books including Kayser, Wohlfart, Kreutzer, Mazas, Dont and Paganini Caprices with students looking for more rigorous studies and more advanced skills.
Keeping music and technique in balance - Learn how to enjoy performing - Find your own highest potential - Fall in love with music

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I am friendly and like to inspire my students to find their own best potential. Suitable challenges are fun and needed to keep the personal progress going on. "No suffering in my studio!" means that the process of learning needs to be enjoyabl
e but at the same time I am asking the students to give their best effort. Setting frequent goals in form of group classes and recitals keeps us in full sail and teach us to enjoy the act of playing both alone and in front of friendly audience.
I teach both classical and Suzuki methods. I like to keep my students musically well fed and encourage exploring music reading and music theory next to practical skills. I stir my students toward high standard personal level in their studies, an ingredient from Finnish cultural climate.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method and classical method, fiddling, beginning jazz, improvising
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Elspeth November 8, 2017
· Cello · Online
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Kate M. September 18, 2017
· Viola · Online
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Bonnie Q. October 26, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Elisa has been great with my teenage boys. She is always prepared for the next step and has really picked up on what will inspire them.
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Elisa B.

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About Thomas W.

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Downingtown, PA

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I can help beginning students on viola 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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Terese R. January 3, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
iI just finished doing a lesson with Thomas, and he has helped me tremendously wiTh my scales and embrasure building
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Ethan December 20, 2017
· Oboe · Online
Excellent. Great lesson
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jia L. November 17, 2017
· Violin · In home
Mr. West is very knowledgeable and patient, my daughter enjoyed the lessons!
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About Siobhan C.

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Miami, FL

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Lessons will involve building technique (scales, arpeggios, intonation exercise, bow exercises), sight reading, performance practice, and building repertoire. Can incorporate Suzuki method if that is your preference

About Siobhan
Siobhan is an internationally performing violinist originally from Detroit, Michigan. Currently residing in Miami, Florida, she maintains an active studio of violin, viola, and piano students while being an active performer on stages all over the country.

She has most recently served as Principal Second Violinist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Miami Chamber Orchestra, Guest Principal Second Violinist of the South Florida Symphony, and Principal Violist with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. She currently holds a position in the violin section with Miami-based NuDeco Ensemble and often performs with several other orchestras, including the Southwest Florida Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Villages Philharmonic, as well as the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. She has appeared recently as a soloist wit
h the Filarmonia Xalapa in Veracruz Mexico performing a variety of solo repertoire and concertos.

Siobhan has performed on stage with Plácido Domingo, Emanuel Ax, Midori, Andrea Bocelli, Audra McDonald, and Christine Goerke, as well as on tour with nationally recognized artists including Il Volo, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. She is currently the touring violinist for the internationally recognized cinematic rock band, Starset.

She has maintained violin and piano studios in Michigan, Florida, and online for all levels. Her teaching experience includes mentorship with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Music Project, and after school music programs at the Cushman School in Miami.

She holds a Master of Music in Performance as well as a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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Derek January 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Siobhan has been teaching our 10yo daughter piano for the past 18mths. Siobhan demonstrates a strong understanding and expertise of the piano. Siobhan's bright and cheerful manner has meant our daughter enjoys her lessons each week and is excited to keep learning piano.
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About Emily S.

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Philadelphia, PA

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I can teach beginning-advanced viola students, and I can also help a student in the process of switching from violin to viola.

About Emily
My name is Emily, and I am looking for students of all ages and abilities! I have been playing violin for 14 years and have a degree in violin performance from Temple University's Boyer College of Music. I have taught violin in various music programs in the Philadelphia area. I can also teach viola and piano from the beginner-intermediate level. I have a very encouraging and positive teaching style, and you will have fun as you learn and explore new things about music!
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Angie C. October 6, 2016
· Violin · In home
It is a year later and my daughter is playing well. Anje enjoys her classes and thinks Emily is a great instructor.
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jennifer R. May 3, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Emily is a really good teacher and musician, very patient and helpful.
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Anje C. October 15, 2015
· Violin · In studio
I am still at the beginning of my lessons but I enjoy very much. She is a very nice person.
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Philadelphia, PA 19145
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About Rachel C.

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Nashville, TN

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My teachings will assist you in working on orchestral repertoire, solo pieces and any other musical interest you would like to learn about. Students of mine have gone on to advance to audition-only groups.

About Rachel
Hello there! I'm Rachel C., a bass player and singer on the stage who also enjoys playing and teaching all stringed instruments. I have a degree from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in Music Education. I've taught lessons for over 10 years and truly love working with eager students of all ages. It's never too early or too late to pick up an instrument and make music! I look forward to working with you!
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Heather Kingsbury September 26, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I've only had one lesson so far, but Rachel did a great job. She is knowledgeable and very talented. I'm excited to continue on my rockin' acoustic guitar journey. I highly recommend her as she was super nice and very kind to come get me at the bottom of the hill, so I can find her studio in the future. I'm a newbie at guitar and don't know very much but she encouraged me & I can't wait to get further into it.
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Michelle B. July 25, 2017
· Mandolin · Online
I like Rachel's approach to learning and her attitude. Relaxed and upbeat. Always has the next thing for me to add to my practice and suggestions for improving areas im struggling with.
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Noah June 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She is great with young kids, and I enjoyed that she let my daughter apply what she learned and be creative during the lesson.
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About Emma M.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Emma is a Performance Major (Viola) at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University. She is under the tutelage of Kerri Ryan, assistant principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Emma was previously the Principal Violist of the Stretto Chamber Orchestra, touring with them.
She has experience teaching the Suzuki system to multiple private students (beginning violin and viola) as well as teaching theory and chamber music at the Blue Mountain Music Festival.

About Emma
Emma is a Performance Major (Viola) at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University. She is under the tutelage of Kerri Ryan, the assistant principal of the Philadelphia and has previously studied with the respected violinists, Genaro Medina and Robert Vieira. She was the Principal Violist of the Concert Orchestra this past semester and was previously Principal Violist of the Stretto Chamber Orchestra, touring with them through eastern Europe in 2013.
She has experience teaching the Suzuki system to multiple private students (beginning violin and viola) as well as teaching theory and chamber music at the Blue Mountain Music Festival (Day Camp).
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Caroline April 1, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Emma taught my daughter for two years, and I have nothing but gratitude for her. Emma was only in high school then, but she showed marvelous aptitude for teaching, she encouraged my daughter and fostered in her a true love of music. Being a classically trained musician myself, I can tell you how impressed I was with Emma's level of playing as well as her knowledge of teaching theories and techniques. No lesson is ever a waste with her.
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Philadelphia, PA 19122
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About Zach T.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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Greetings! I'm a full-time private music tutor who has taught more than 22,000 lessons in the past 15 years! I teach beginner-advanced violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano, I specialize in working with young beginners (ages 4+), I currently teach 50+ students each week, and I'm the Chief Curriculum Designer for a web-based music lesson service.

Exact Notes is a self-learning music notation system for kids. The site is a comprehensive resource for classrooms, private teachers, self-learners, and homeschoolers. It has everything you need to stay on track before, during, and between lessons. It features an easy-to-read notation that takes the hard work out of learning music, and is so easy that 4 year olds can learn songs on their own!

As the lead curriculum designer, my job is to make sure every student has a fun and successful experience! Every student who joins the website gets a free orientation from me, and a free first lesson. If you're nearby, this could be at my private ...

About Zach
I play violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano. I love classical music (especially Bach), improvising on the piano, Irish fiddle music on the violin, and Spanish guitar!

Since 2002, I’ve taught more than 23,000 lessons. From 2009-2012 I owned and operated a set of three fine arts centers for kids across West Michigan called Lil’ Learners. I currently teach 50+ students each week online, in my home studio, at Keyboard World, and for Hamilton Schools Homeschool co-op and Niles’ Homeschool Partnership.

I also own and develop ExactNotes.com, which is the online home for my patent-pending music notation.
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Tehila December 21, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Sofya December 9, 2017
· Violin · Online
My 6 yo is taking violin classes with Zach online. The classes are high energy, very engaging, informative, and fun.
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Sofya Tairova December 1, 2017
· Violin · Online
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About Akin S.

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I have been playing viola for 14 years. I've been involved in many orchestras throughout this time including advanced orchestras from elementary school to high school and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. I love helping people of all levels improve their technique and sound.

About Akin
I am a violist.

Violist students can expect to improve every week in their technique. I teach students anything from the basics of beginning how to play to advanced techniques to help students learn to play new pieces and improve their sound.
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