Jesse Medina

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA

About Jesse M.

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Jesse teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: July 2006
Last sign in: Yesterday


I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice, 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, Piano, Drums, and Ukulele

Piano, Ukulele, and Voice

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 Area.

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

Photos and Videos

Here's my students performing at our Summer 2016 music event.


Jan 2011 - Present
Musician Training Solutions

I started my own music education service in the Bay Area in 2011. I started by offering in-home lessons and eventually expanded to opening a studio for individual lessons as well as band classes and workshops.

Nov 2010 - Present

I've been working with TakeLessons since the fall of 2010. I've worked as an in-home, in-studio, online, and Google Helpouts teacher for the following subjects: guitar, bass, piano, drums, voice, ukulele, banjo, string bass, and songwriting.

I've also been appointed as a member of of the TakeLessons Teacher Advisory Panel and as a Team Administrator for their Google Helpouts listings.

Jan 2011 - May 2014
The Riekes Center For Human Enhancement

When I first moved to the Bay Area one of the first contracts I landed was as an aide for a month long rock band class offered in conjunction between The Riekes Center and The Summit School District. Since then, I worked with Riekes Center on many occasions for music classes, camps, special workshops, and one-on-one classes.

English Teacher
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010

For the 2009-2010 school year I taught English at four public elementary schools in Takaski-city, Gunma-Prefecture in Japan. During this time I planned curriculums for a wide variety of classes. Students ranged from 1st grade to 6th grade, and some groups would have weekly classes while others would only have about 3 classes over the course of a year. My classes were often built on participation, games, music, and movement.


Bachelors of Music Education with Honors
Aug 2004 - Dec 2008
New Mexico State University

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Level 1 Orff Schulwerk Certification
Jul 2008
American Orff-Schulwerk Association

Orff Schulwerk is a method of music education designed by Carl Orff. It focuses on learning through organic methods of approaching music and movement.

70 Reviews on Jesse M.

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Irina Z. Apr 23, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio I cannot ask for a better teacher for my son! Jesse is charismatic teacher and a role model.
Robert O. Dec 1, 2016
· Japanese · Online
Daphne R. Nov 6, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio Our first lesson:

Jesse taught my daughter a lot of information about the trumpet that she had not learned in her school band. He talked with her at her level and encouraged her.
Daphne R. Nov 6, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio Our first lesson:

Jesse taught my daughter a lot of information about the trumpet that she had not learned in her school band. He talked with her at her level and encouraged her.
John C. Oct 19, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio John really enjoyed the session today because Jesse accompanied on guitar while he played his favourite music. At 10-years old, it's so important to not just be drilled on the fundamentals but have moments like today when he can just learn through play. Thanks Jesse for picking up on this!
Lynn Jun 27, 2016
· Drum · In studio We've only had a few lessons with Jesse but my son really likes his teaching style and is always looking forward to his next lesson.
Tiffany (student) Jun 24, 2016
· Violin · In home Jesse is a great teacher. He is very patient and caring. He taught my daughter at her pace. He tried using different methods to help my daughter to comprehend quicker and easier. I came there 10 minutes early. He started the lesson immediately. Also at the end of the lesson, he allowed parent time to discuss any concern I might have. We like Jesse a lot!
Alan Jun 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio Jesse is highly skilled and it was evident with every instrument I ever saw him play.

What sets him apart from a lot of other music teachers I have had is that he focuses on what YOU want to learn. He takes in account your current skill level and incorporates the necessary practice regiments that will help you improve while still keeping it fun and engaging.

It is also awesome that he provides band lessons. Learning to play with others is an integral part of learning and enjoying music. I wish such a thing was available back when I was first learning how to play an instrument.
Robert Jun 8, 2016
· Japanese · Online Jesse has been doing a great job with my daughter, he is able to relate to her maturity level keeping her interest while making it challenging.

Can't wait to keep taking more lessons.
Max K. May 17, 2016
· Upright Bass · In studio My son's first experience with a stand up bass was terrific! There was as much smiling as learning. Thanks Jesse!
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