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About Jesse M.

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Learn to speak and read Japanese, have fun, and get considerably better results than you would in a class.

Or use this as a supplement to an existing class and completely surpass it's standards.

Explore the methods that make it possible to be conversational within a year.

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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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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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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BRIAN July 18, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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About Hiromi S.

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I am a native Japanese speaker from Tokyo. Currently, I am an instructor at the Greater Louisville Regional Japanese Saturday School, which provides courses entirely in Japanese. Whether you want to improve your reading or writing skills, or you are simply looking for a conversation partner, let me know!

About Hiromi
I am a student at Ball State University, pursuing a Doctor of Arts degree in piano performance under the guidance of Dr. Robert Palmer. As a teaching assistant throughout my graduate studies, I have worked as an accompanist and taught ear training, group piano, and private piano lessons. Prior to Ball State University, I studied at the University of Kentucky and Ohio State University where I earned Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance, respectively. To expand my expertise in music, I have attended summer music festivals and conferences including Adamant Music School and “Musical Summer at the Mill” International Masterclasses & Festival in Moulin d’Ande, France. Recently, I presented my lecture recital on the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau at College Music Society regional conferences in North Dakota, Montana,
and New York. I was an recipient of the outstanding student presentation award at the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, 2014.
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Hao December 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Just the first leson but i love the way she explained and teached
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Noah October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Hiromi is wonderful. This was my 13 year old son's first lesson on piano, and Hiromi tailor made the lesson to fit his level of experience. He was able to improv and experiment with the keyboard, and Hiromi guided him through perfectly, while then following up with structure. Thanks to Hiromi and a wonderful first lesson. :)
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Noah October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Hiromi is wonderful. This was my 13 year old son's first lesson on piano, and Hiromi tailor made the lesson to fit his level of experience. He was able to improv and experiment with the keyboard, and Hiromi guided h
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About Young-Ju K.

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Students will find that learning Japanese will be fun and engaging, and will excel at learning and memorizing the Japanese alphabet, sentence structure and proper pronunciation.

I use many different teaching methods to keep you fully involved and engaged in learning Korean such has:
1) J-Pop Songs (Lyrically meanings)
2) J Drama (Conversational context)

About Young-Ju
I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I graduated with a degree in Japanese and English literature. After I graduated college, I went to take TESOL(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate. Since then, I have spent several years teaching English, Korean and Japanese and being a supervisor to several other teachers. I have an outgoing type of personality, and enjoy teaching others to improve their knowledge of either Japanese, Korean or the English language. I also enjoy doing yoga, cooking, traveling, staying active, hiking, and also enjoy trying new things.

I like to help people learn languages faster in a fun way. So I use many different materials to boost learning faster. With my my extensive knowledge of the Korean and Japanese language, and Korean and Japanese culture I will be able to teach you an
ything and everything about Korea and Japan. I look forward to teaching you and to help you learn and improve on your goals.
Thank you!!
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Jimmy June 19, 2017
· Korean · Online
Fantastic instructor! Had some technical problems going into the lesson which kinda deterred. But Ms. Young-Ju made the lesson very interesting. I am a complete beginner but she was always patient with me and we had many good laughs. Looking forward to plenty more!
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Shankeria April 22, 2017
· Japanese · Online
My lessons with Ms. Young-Ju are/were amazing! She actually takes the time to teach and make sure you understand what the lesson is about and what is going on. There is also a good flow of communication, no stiffness or awkwardness. And most importantly, the lesson actually feels like a lesson and not as though I'm simply being read a dictionary or reading a book.

A great instructor and I highly recommend her.
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About Shane C.

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Over the years I've spent studying and mastering the language, something that I've learned is that the student is only as good as the resources he has available. I've tried every commercially available method for learning Japanese: classes, programs, textbooks, applications, self study guides and more, but I have found that there is no replacement for one-on-one learning with someone knowledgeable and passionate about Japanese. That sort of personalized teaching is what my lessons will provide!

About Shane
I am currently a Junior at Harvard University majoring in East Asian Studies with a specific focus on Japan and Japanese media. On campus I am also Co-President of the Harvard College Japan Initiative, a student-run organization that hosts an annual Japanese career fair. I also work at the Yenching Library on campus in the Japanese Collection. In my spare time I like to consume Japanese media (games, novels, movies) that I buy on my trips there, act, and practice martial arts.

I have been tutoring in a variety of subjects for over 10 years and am extremely passionate about teaching and education. Sometimes students need assistance tailored to their specific needs and situations that regular classes cannot provide, and so one of my greatest joys tutoring is being able to give one-on-one, specialized help and the little extra push that c
an help them shine. My mother is a former teacher and so from a very young age I've always been drawn to education.

I have taken the equivalent of five years of intensive Japanese classes at Harvard University during my three years here, earning top scores in each class, for which I was awarded Harvard's Tazuko Ajiro-Monane Prize by the Japanese Language Department. The classes I've taken include both traditional language classes as well as the advanced classes which focus on academic writing, Business Japanese, and academic debate on issues in the social sciences. In addition, I have taken intensive Japanese classes in Japan, both at the Ishikawa Prefecture International Exchange Center and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies, the latter of which offers the most advanced intensive Japanese courses available and is primarily aimed at graduate and post-graduate students.

Given my academic experience and awards, extensive experience living and working in Japan and Japanese environments, and my familiarity with the language, I can be of great assistance for Japanese tutoring of all varieties--whether it be help with test prep, high school or university classes, or business, academic, or casual Japanese. I own most commercially available and reputable Japanese textbooks and learning resources (including those written in Japanese), so I'd love to incorporate them into our lessons as well.

I'm very available and approachable, so if you have any questions please do reach out to me at any time! I would love to talk to you more and get to know you on an individual basis.
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Shane C.

Shane C.

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About Patience S.

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I've been in love with the Japanese language for over 20 years now, and teaching it for at least 15. I love to make my lessons interactive, with games, white board activities, and conversation. I use a variety of methods to teach, so my students gain a well-rounded understanding of the language. Whenever appropriate, I incorporate cultural notes and information about Japanese customs and holidays.

About Patience
I have a BS in Japanese, and have traveled to Japan 3 times, including my 4-month homestay experience. I have been a tutor for several years, but previously worked in language exchange programs both at Mount Union College and at University of Pennsylvania.
When I did my Japanese homestay, I lived with a family who had limited understanding of English, so I learned very quickly and relied upon my knowledge of Japanese. Each time I've returned, I've done the same, so that I am constantly learning, practicing, and improving myself.
I have tutored adults, adolescents, and children such as my 3 year old niece. I have a wide range of resources, books, fun games and activities that I have gathered or created over the years, that make learning exciting and keep it interesting.
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Patience S.

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Renton, WA
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Hello, my name is Maxmillion. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Guam, and my parents are both from Okinawa, Japan. I grew up speaking both English and Japanese, and spent many summers attending school in Okinawa. I am comfortable teaching conversational Japanese, hiragana, katakana, basic kanji, and I can also help with proper pronunciation. I currently offer online lessons and in home lessons, but can also meet up locally at a coffee shop, library, etc. よろしくお願いします!

About Maxmillion
I am very proud to have been born and raised on the lovely island of Guam! I have been playing guitar, bass, and drums since I was 15, and have had a passion for music since I can remember. In 2007, I earned my associates degree in music from Musicians Institute Hollywood. I have had my music placed in popular television shows, such as “The Real World” and “Road Rules," as well as the film “The Tested.”

I previously played guitar in a project called Xolie Morra and the Strange Kind. We were featured as the musical guest on the popular late night talk show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in January 2014. We were also featured on the local television programs "Art Zone with Nancy Guppy" and "New Day Northwest." We are also featured on YouTube as sponsored artists on EMGtv and Blue Microphones. I also have had the opportunity to share the stage with
Crosby Stills and Nash, John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile, Russell Ferrante, Travis Carlton, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Guitar is my main focus, but I am also comfortable teaching bass and ukulele. I love all styles, and specialize in rock, blues, funk, pop, reggae, metal, and acid jazz. I have experience teaching students of all ages (as young as 4 years old) and am currently an active teacher. I am also fluent in Japanese.
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Alex Aldana June 17, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Max is very knowledgable about music and it's theories. However, he also understands where his students are and what they need. He made lessons in guitar applicable at my level. He is very patient and works well with kids. You can tell he genuinely cares for people and wants them to improve!
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Kevin Mizuta June 16, 2016
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Max is a great bass guitar teacher. You can tell that he has a deep fundamental understanding of music and he presents lessons very clearly and at a manageable pace. My bass playing, music theory, and music appreciation have improved dramatically under his instruction.
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By having a natural conversation with students, I will make sure that students are understanding what we are covering. I listen/pay attention to students needs. After the first lesson, I'll know what you need and we'll go from there!

About Toru
I grew up in Japan until I came to the U.S. for college. I earned my bachelor's degree on TEFL (Teaching English as a Second Language) in 2016 Winter. I've taught many Japanese students English and I thought I would try teaching Japanese. I'm very friendly and very Japanese (some Americanized). I married my American husband last year and we've just moved to Edmond, OK. I'm looking forward to talking to you!
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Toru H.

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I focus on speech fluency, it doesn't matter if you memorize vocabulary but don't have the confidence to speak the words you took the time to study. I practice with the basics of grammar because I want you to be comfortable saying the first thing that pops into your head, we can work on building more advanced skills later.

About Kyle
Hi, I am an undergrad studying Horticulture at OSU, I enjoy gardening and working together with people and plants. I am a baking enthusiast, I love all forms of food, and I live to play soccer.
My parent's took me to Japan for 3 years as a child to expose me to different cultures and people, which I've taken to heart in believing that however different our upbringing or backgrounds are, we are just people. People who just want to communicate their thoughts, emotions, and observations with others, and I want to help contribute to spreading communication as much as I can.
I have worked as a TA and tutor at OSU for students studying Japanese, and I have helped many Japanese exchange students understand English grammar and how they can relate(make connections with) their native language to English.
I will structure lessons that are practical
for you to learning English or Japanese that relate to your interests and profession. My intentions are for you to become more comfortable speaking in your second language, to develop conversation skills that you can use, and to take enjoyment from using a non-native language.
I am an easygoing, reliable, patient guy. I understand we all start at different levels of fluency and will work with you every step of the way, in other words, fluency is repetition.
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Kyle H.

Kyle H.

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