Jesse Torre
Oakland, CA
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Jesse Torre

Jesse T.

Oakland, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Jesse began studying guitar at the age of ten, and in his studies has developed an unwitting passion for playing and teaching. Bay Area native Jesse has studied with classical guitarist Angel Miguel Lejarza Leo, flamenco guitar virtuoso Jason McGuire, and has worked under the mindful instruction of classical guitarist Nicholas Goluses at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York. There Jesse completed his Bachelors in Music (Classical Performance) with distinction, and was honored with a Performer’s Certificate, demonstrating excellence in guitar performance. During his undergraduate studies, Jesse performed in masterclasses led by the prestigious GFA winner, Tengyue Zhang, and Bach expert, Paul Galbraith. His time at Eastman has given him a strong background in music theory; he is an advocate for the written and aural analysis of music, and stresses the importance of composition and instrumental exploration. As a performer and teacher, Jesse specializes in flamenco and classical guitar, though he offers instruction in a variety of genres including: folk, blues, fingerstyle, pop, rock and rumba, to name a few. As a theory educator, Jesse covers theoretical concepts dating as far back as the Baroque, and addresses concepts of harmony and improvisation that overlap with aspects of jazz and contemporary music.

About Jesse T.

I love music and have been composing and performing for many years. And although I love to compose and perform, teaching is probably my favorite aspect of working in music. I get the most joy in teaching when an individual learns something new, or when things start to "click" so to speak. Further, I am always thrilled when any of my students feels inspired and happy by what they're learning and doing.

Jesse T. – Guitar, Ukulele, Music Theory, Aural Training, Composition, Audition Prep

Jesse T. began studying guitar at the age of ten, and in his studies has developed an unwitting passion for playing and teaching. Bay Area native Jesse has studied with classical guitarist Angel Miguel Lejarza Leo, flamenco guitar virtuoso Jason McGuire, and has worked under the mindful instruction of classical guitarist Nicholas Goluses at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York. There, Jesse completed his Bachelors in Music (Classical Performance) with distinction, and was honored with a Performer’s Certificate, demonstrating excellence in guitar performance. During his undergraduate studies, Jesse performed in masterclasses led by the prestigious GFA winner, Tengyue Zhang, and Bach expert, Paul Galbraith. His time at Eastman has given him a strong background in music theory; he is an advocate for the written and aural analysis of music and stresses the importance of composition and instrumental exploration. As a performer and teacher, Jesse specializes in flamenco and classical guitar, though he offers instruction in a variety of genres including: folk, jazz, blues, fingerstyle, pop, rock, and rumba, to name a few. As a theory educator, Jesse covers theoretical concepts dating as far back as the Baroque, and addresses concepts of harmony and improvisation that overlap with aspects of jazz and contemporary music. Beyond guitar and theory, Jesse enjoys giving instruction on the ukulele.

Lessons are tailored to meet each individual student’s needs, interests, and various learning styles in order to ensure enthusiasm and musical growth. His patience and humor make learning fun.

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Pranidhi
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Jesse is an excellent teacher. He is calm, warm and incredibly patient with my 6 year old daughter. After having a thoughtful discussion about how we should start lessons, we agreed on an approach that would further encourage her natural enthusiasm for music. She loves it. Jesse has also been very flexible with offering zoom and in person classes. I have been really impressed with how well he holds my daughter’s attention even over zoom. He is a wonderful teacher and I could not recommend him more.

Posted Jul 29, 2021
Lily
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Jesse masters the art of making teaching be FUN! He is an incredible musician, but knows how to connect with kids to open up their world to love and learn music. My 6 year old son and 7 year old daughter both do ukulele lessons with Jesse, and it’s a highlight of their week. As a parent, I’m excited to have them learning an instrument, and at the same time, I see it building their confidence too. Being brave to practice singing and playing the instrument, despite feeling nervous about it. Jesse has a beautiful way of connecting to the kids with humor and encouragement, so they feel both comfortable and confident. I’m so happy we started music lessons with Jesse, and honestly cannot recommend him enough!!

Posted Jul 25, 2021
Patrick Kennedy
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Jesse structures lessons for the skill of the student and the direction the student wants to go in. Emphasizing the students abilities. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of music. Jesse explains concepts well and also ensures the student understands what is being thought. Great guitarist and great teacher.

Posted Jul 25, 2021
Shikha
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Jesse is great with kids. Our kids are 10 and 7 and they have fun with him while they learn. He strikes the right balance between theory and learning to play pop music. He is also very open to making adjustments specific to the temperament of each child/family which is remarkable. He is always responsive outside of lessons when we may have a question which shows that he truly cares about the progress his students make. We are lucky to have found him!

Posted Jul 25, 2021
Rebecca
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Love of music! Fun! Encouragement! And he knows flamenco! I loved flamenco and have been reading and playing classical guitar music on and off for 50 years, but did not know how to truly play flamenco. Jesse was recommended to me by my world-famous flamenco dance teacher Yaelisa, and he is indeed superb! I had just been playing notes as they were written on a page. Jesse is teaching me how to improvise falsetas and rasgueos, encouraging me bit-by-bit out of my comfort zone! He has a convenient location and a flexible schedule. Also, he’s friendly, out-going, kind, and doesn’t take himself too seriously. I always look forward to our lessons.

Posted Jul 25, 2021
Joy
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I appreciate Jesse’s casual and insightful teaching style, which made me feel less intimidated in taking lessons ( I am an adult student with no formal music background). He is astute, considerate, and definitely a pleasure to work with! I’d recommend Jesse without reservation.

Posted Jul 25, 2021
Shimona Mayo
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Jesse is an awesome instructor! My 10 year old is learning how to play the guitar and increasing in his confidence as well as abilities. Jesse has a great rapport with my son built on jokes, jam sessions and accountability for weekly practice. My son has had a few teachers so far but Jesse has helped him to grow and keeps him engaged. We are sticking with Jesse!

Posted Jul 25, 2021

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Music Teacher
Sep 2020 - Present

Serendipity School

Music Teacher
Jan 2015 - Present

Jesse T. Music Lessons

Offering students of all ages lessons in guitar (Flamenco, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Rumba and Fingerstyle, to name a few), music theory, ear training, composition.

Education

Bachelors of Music 2020 (Classical Guitar Performance)
Aug 2016 - May 2020

Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

Languages

Limited Proficiency

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