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About Jesse M.

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics and how they apply to singing. Develop skills for matching pitch as well as generating sense of pitch internally. Work to control and sufficiently support your breathing. Explore the elements of tone and diction that really make your singing sound good.

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
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 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 Melody S.

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I start every lesson with vocal warm-ups. Then we learn different techniques to increase range, posture, and breathing. I can make song recommends and we work on songs that the student wants to learn. I set up video for my students to see and hear themselves. I accompany the student on either the piano or the guitar.

About Melody
My musical experience began at the age of 4 on the piano. I have been classically trained for most of my life. I have performed on soundtracks, played with bands (in genres from Jazz to Metal), and accompanied choirs. I have taught intro to piano and music theory since the age of 15. Currently, I teach throughout the Dallas metroplex, play in several bands, as well as write music for Television and Film.

I see music as a language. Once it is mastered, it can be shared with anyone, anywhere. My goal as an instructor is to provide my students with an opportunity to discover their own musical potentials. From breaking the ice from playing for the very first time, to perfecting even the most structured and difficult pieces, I feel there are no limits. I feel comfortable teaching in any genre and always tailor my classes to match my studen
ts own individual learning style. In my lessons, I highlight important principles right from the start, such as posture, proper fingering, and rhythm training, to ensure no bad habits form that later are hard to break. As we become more confident in our playing, we transfer some of the traits contained within us. Those traits become the character and style of our "musical speech," which will help to define us as musicians. I recommend books and provide sheet music when we start learning songs. Learning music with me has been said by many of my students as, "the most fun they have ever had playing music."

In addition to music, I teach science in the subjects of Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology. I have my 200 hr yoga teaching certification and teach private class to aid people in living a healthy, fulfilling life.

Thanks again for reading my profile. Hope to meet you soon.
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Ellhen August 8, 2017
· AP Chemistry · In home
Here is my fake 5 star review that looks like a child's writing review because I have bad punctuation and run-on sentences but rest assured this is a student not an instructor trying to plump up my own reviews!Thank you teacher. Signed another funky spelling of a 1st name.
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Saranya D. August 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
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Isabella July 31, 2017
· Singing · In home
Melody is great working with my daughter. She allows her to express herself. Melody also has patience and encourages our daughter to learn more.
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About Jonathan B.

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State College, PA

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Singing is closer to me than any other instrument. The downside of that is you can feel everything, both good and bad. With students,I always seek the key to unlocking the best singing experience

~For young singers I find music they love and make singing as easy as possible
~Intermediate students usually need solutions to problems; I offer those and help find performance opportunities
~With advanced students I coach for technical mastery and deep musical sensitivity

About Jonathan
I studied music therapy and music theory at Temple University from '06-'10. Learned a lot. Then again, I learned even more teaching at a school for kids with learning disabilities and working as a traveling street performer. Once you see the world and work with some unexpected challenges, you learn how to open up and knuckle down at the same time!

I am currently a full-time YouTube Creator, sidelining in cover bands and a solo act. Teaching is a big part of what I do online so I see my work as a private teacher as 'research' for the lessons I create. Although I'm firmly grounded in a classical music training, there's nothing you can ask about that I won't try to figure out. My favorite thing about teaching is using unexpected questions to develop new ideas that I then integrate into my original compositions. Check out my intro to the B
lues Raga video if you want to hear a good story about what I mean.

Recently I've had several articles published by the TakeLessons Blog. Check out my most recent post here.
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-acoustic-guitar-like-john-mayer-z01
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Kuby H. August 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great lesson today! Johnathon is really good with young kids. We started with learning structured notes, and then he let my son improvise. It was magical. I'm happy to see how Johnathon makes the lesson interaction so much fun!
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Anne July 22, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Jennifer March 24, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My son responded very well to his techniques and his teaching ability speaks for itself.
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About Elliot W.

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Olympia, WA
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Learn how to express your true self! Lessons will range from healthy singing technique, vocal exercises, ear training, and, of course, singing songs! Individual artistry will be emphasized, as each voice is different!

About Elliot
Hi, there! My name is Elliot and I'm very excited to start working with you! I've been teaching lessons since 2011 and love watching students grow and succeed during our time together (and beyond). I have Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Voice from Western Michigan University and a Master's degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami. I also have significant experience in the musical theater world, having music directed several shows for community programs and high schools.

My approach to teaching is to bring out self-expression, joy, and artistry in each of my students. My goal is for you to reach your highest potential! Have an upcoming audition or performance? We can work hard to make sure it's a massive success! Love singing and want to gain experience and expertise? You're in the right place! Whatever your goal,
I will work hard with you to make it a fun and enjoyable learning experience.
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Grace March 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Eliot is so gentle and great with our child! Highly recommended!
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Janice M. July 1, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My son liked his ability to connect with Elliot. He is a really cool and fun guy to get singing lessons from. Recommend!
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About Vandi E.

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Carmel, IN

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I have extensive performance and teaching experience in singing. Whatever your desired style or genre, I am happy to work with you. My students have had a wide variety of skill levels and ages. I will work with you as an individual to create a voice program that is tailored to your needs.

About Vandi
Credentials:
Crittenden Opera Workshop 2017-Washington D.C.
CISCO 2017-Stage Combat Certifications
Vianden Summer Program 2016-Luxembourg
CISCO 2016-Stage Combat Certifications
MM in Vocal Performance, the University of Akron, May 2015
BFA in Musical Theater, Shorter University, May 2011
(Theatre minor and Equivalent of a piano minor)
Cosmetology Instructor's Certification and License, Gadsden State Community College, May 2007
Cosmetology Certification and License, May 2006

Vandi has extensive performance experience in multiple genres: opera, musical theater, straight theater, film, church music, jazz, and contemporary music.
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Jennifer April 14, 2017
· Broadway Singing · Online
I thought as a theatre teacher that I didn't have much more to learn. I was wrong. Vandi has given me the confidence to sing. I hid in the altos for years and she helped me find the wider range I was seeking. She includes great visualizations in her lessons which helps a visual learner like me. I have the confidence to trust my breath and sing in ways I never thought possible. She is a wonderful teacher. Take lessons from her!
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Rose J. December 8, 2016
· Singing · In home
Vandi is awesome!! My 13 year old has been working with Vandi for several months now and her voice has improved significantly. Vandi is upbeat, happy and encouraging with her, while at the same time teaching her vocal control and technique. Also, we've had no issues with an on-line lesson - in fact, I love on-line lessons. It's very convenient. I highly recommend Vandi!
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Veronica November 3, 2016
· Singing · Online
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About Pete H.

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Whether you're just starting out or preparing for a major professional hurdle, lessons with me can help you get to that next level! I have nearly 20 years of experience and my students get excellent results. Contact me today!

About Pete
Are you looking to advance your music or writing skills? Look no further! With almost twenty years' teaching experience and a Ph.D. in Musicology, I offer a range of lessons from drumming and singing (my two areas of specialization) to writing and study skills.
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Henry June 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
Very good instructor. Great advice and guidance for our adolescent son. Seems very knowledgeable and supportive.
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About Danielle L.

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A good lesson to help you out, that is easy to learn and understand. Then recipes to help out with harder lessons.

About Danielle
Hi, Im a 33 year old college student, that has a son. I am a experienced singer, I taught myself to sing 12 years ago. Because I always wanted to learn. I have good teaching abilities that make it easy for my students to learn. I also taught myself spanish, which took one year, I was'nt perfect but I was at 90%, when I was 17. I took singing music class in elementary and found it boring, mrs.mayfield was a good music teacher but it was boring. We didnt sing envogue or swv.
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About Laura S.

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As a classically trained opera singer, I've been performing in musicals, operas, concerts, recitals, and overseas for over eight years. My experience allows me to to offer unique opportunities to students, and to provide them with professional advice, training, and technical coaching necessary to achieve their full potential.

About Laura
I am a professional singer, artist, voice artist, and actress. I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors of Music, and a Professional Studies degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, both specifically voice performance.

Voice and music students will work weekly to improve their vocal technique. I teach students to use the proper foundational breath and tension-free techniques to find their individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

Art, acting, and other students will learn the basics in their subject and professional level advice and training.
I teach music and art students of all different ages and backgrounds.
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I have been classically training in voice for eight years. I have had a passion and love for singing and music for as long as I can remember. I would love to help others become passionate about the instrument they carry with them every day--their voice! I have extensive knowledge in classical voice training, musical theater voice, music theory, and aural skills. If you have never sung before, that's okay! I will start from the ground up with singing basics and help you become the best singer you can be! All ages are welcome!

About Macy
I am currently in my final year of college at Kansas State University dual-majoring in Vocal Performance and Apparel & Textile Marketing with a minor in Business Administration. This May I will have a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. I have been training in classical voice since 2008, and I have taught students in classical voice and musical theater since 2013.

Because of my extensive musical background, I am able to incorporate music theory and aural skills into my lessons. These skills help students become more well-rounded musicians and help them understand why they're learning what they're learning. I am also experienced in choosing the right literature for every voice.

Not only do I include music theory and aural skills in my lessons, I also teach my students to embrace the uniqueness of their voices. Instead of teaching st
udents to model other opera and musical theater singers, I strive to teach them to maximize and improve upon the voice they were given. Every voice is unique, and every voice is beautiful.
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Jessica August 2, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
Very professional and patient! I highly recommend Macy for any of your vocal needs!
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Amy McCoy August 2, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
Macy is extremely talented. She is very professional and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her!
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Bobbi August 1, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
Very professional and personable!
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