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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA

Learn the elements of a good solo or group performance.

About Jesse

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 class
es 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.

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, and Drums
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Voice, Piano, and Ukulele
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

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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Lynn June 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.
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Tiffany (student) June 24, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
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!
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Alan June 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.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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$40 / 30-min
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Nicholas M.

San Jose, CA

About Nicholas

Nicholas M. is available to give voice and piano lessons in-home and in-studio.

What to expect in a voice lesson:

Vocal warm-ups
Technique and style development
Selected songs to practice
A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.

As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers and pianists in any style they desire.

Nicholas' Choral Experience:

Past Conductors:
Dr. Sharlene Archibeque, Dr. Amanda Quist, Lou De La Rosa, Daniel Hughes and Dr. Jef
frey Benson.

Past Choir Concert Tours:
Europe 2005 with De La Rosa and 2010 with Dr Quist.
"Star Wars in Concert" October 2009 (Sacramento and San Jose)
"€œAndrea Bocelli in Concert"€ November 2012 (San Jose)
"The Rolling Stones 50 and Counting Tour" May 2013 (Oakland and San Jose)

Other Productions:
Eric Whitacre€™s "Virtual Choir"€ (Beta, 1, 2, 3)

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice and Piano Lessons

+ Vocal and/or piano warm-up exercises
+ Technique and style development
+ Selected songs to practice
+ A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.

As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers and pianists in any style they desire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano Keyboard with Music Stand.
Piano and Vocal Song Books
Lesson Recording Device

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a selection of music books to read from, a piano keyboard if the student does not have one, and a lesson recording device. Students may provide any music they wish to work on.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in singing and teaching Art Song and Opera/Concert Arias.
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Suriya M. December 28, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
10 stars! He's very good. He's always on time. Recommend!
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Michelle P. December 27, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Nicholas is a great singing teacher that is nice and is a great singer!! He helps my daughter understand easily as she tells me great comments about her lessons. Over all it has been great!!!
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Ruma S. January 19, 2015
Classical Voice · In home
Nicholas is an amazing singer and a great teacher! He is very professional, came before time, and went over time. My daughter and our entire family really liked him. He also teaches a colleague's daughter who spoke highly of Nicholas. All in all, a great experience!
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Nicholas M.

Nicholas M.

San Jose, CA 95126
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Katherine S.

Sacramento, CA

I teach the basics of music performance - how to stand, when to wait, how to bow, everything needed to have a great performance or a successful audition.

About Katherine

Kat S., Soprano, has her Bachelor's of Music in Classical Voice, as well as teaching singing lessons in San Jose and Sacramento, CA. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she strives to support her students in finding their voice, no matter what level they are at. A proponent of being able to use your voice healthily for all singing styles, she is versed in classical, jazz, musical theater, and pop styles. She also has experience teaching beginning theory.

Now a teacher for elementary school music in San Jose, CA, she is also a professional singer for Holy Family Chur
ch. Previous jobs she's had are section leader for St. Mark's Methodist Church, professional singer for Fremont Presbyterian in Sacramento, and director for music for young adult Masses at the Sacramento Newman Catholic Community. Her own private teacher is the renowned Dr. Robin Fisher, Soprano. Dr. Fisher is one of two classical voice instructors at CSU Sacramento, and has performed in both the United States and Europe.

Lesson Details:
I teach from a comprehensive approach, taking into account mind and body: the science of voice as well as the art.

Studio Equipment:
- Piano
- Multiple books of music for: classical or opera voice, jazz voice, musical theater, children's music

Travel Equipment:
- Multiple books of music for: classical or opera voice, jazz voice, musical theater, children's music

Specialties:
Opera - Jazz Voice - Pop - Folk - Classical
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Reviews

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Roxanna B. July 25, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very informative, detailed, and helpful! Gives a lot of instruction in varying methods to better teach you.
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Annie S. July 20, 2016
Christian Gospel · In home
Verified Student
Kat is great! We focus a lot on posture, air flow and creating the sound with the mouth. I feel like I've already learned a lot and I've only had a few lessons!
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Kayleen July 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
This was not my daughter's first lesson with Katherine. My daughter took lessons from Katherine a few months ago, and I stayed a couple of times. Katherine is very competent in knowing what skills my daughter needed to work on, and she is so wonderful with children!
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Katherine S.

Katherine S.

San Jose, CA 95124
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Cecilia C.

San Jose, CA

Music performance is serious business, expect to be expected with high expectations

About Cecilia

I earned my B.A. in Music with a minor in Italian Studies from Santa Clara University. I am currently getting my master's degree in education from Santa Clara University while working on a high school teaching credential. I have taught students from 5 year old to 70 year old and I studied classical singing with the most renown singers and teachers. I also had special training in music multiple times in Italy. I helped many people with pitch issues, tone quality, musicality, performance, and acting. My students were able to build their confidence; they turned from beginners to performers. I hav
e performed with many great singers around the world and have experience singing in opera productions, choirs, solo recitals, to name a few. The knowledge my students get are the essence from not only all my musical experience, also all my teachers and colleagues' essence.

I set my expectations high for all students. Students are expected to learn all the assigned music and practice throughout the week. Music is fun but it also takes a lot of work. However, students' progress will vary. As long you are eager to learn, passion about music, diligent with the work, you will far exceed even your own expectations.

Most of my students improve tremendously in a short period of time. I not only teach them singing, phrasing, and language, but I stress vocal techniques, emotions behind music, acting in character, and performing as a professional.
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Jimmy D. August 25, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have confidence in my teacher. I already learned a lot in my first lesson. I am looking forward to my second lesson and maybe many lessons later in future.

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Katia July 20, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She got my voice flowing more smoothly in the first lesson! She really knows her technique and how to properly treat your voice :)
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Agnes T. June 23, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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Cecilia C.

Cecilia C.

San Jose, CA 95131
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$40 / 30-min
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Devin K.

San Jose, CA

I provide instruction in preparing for auditions and leading a band or accompanist in performance. Everything from count-offs to cut-offs. Microphone technique and the proper way to face your audience, with confidence and poise.

About Devin

I have been involved in music my entire life, and I love sharing my knowledge with others. I began taking vocal lessons from the age of 9 and have studied a variety of genres such as Musical Theatre, Jazz, Classical, Rock and Roll, and Folk. I studied Voice Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

I have been playing the violin for 16 years, and was classically trained from the start. I was involved in the Award-winning Sacramento Youth Symphony for several years before heading to Berklee. I was a member of Berklee's Contemporary Orchestra, and was involved in string quart
ets, Celtic ensembles, and led my own band. During college I branched out to fiddle styles such as Jazz, Celtic, and Folk, and became known for my improvisational ability.

Since moving to the West Coast, I have performed at venues including House of Blues Sunset, The Viper Room, The Hard Rock Cafe, The Pasadena Playhouse, and more. I am an accomplished songwriter, utilizing voice, violin, and ukulele in my arrangements.

My vocal instruction style varies based on the genre my students wish to pursue, and I have had excellent results. One student went on to tour in the international company of Bring It On - The Musical.

As a violin teacher, I instruct in the traditional style, and highly believe in a solid basis in reading music. As a fiddle teacher, I teach both from the page and by rote, and focus heavily on rhythm. I am happy to provide references from current students, if needed.
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Dawn P. August 26, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Devin is great, she works well with my son and his friend and takes her time teaching them thoroughly. I love listening to her play when she's teaching the boys, she's great!!
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Pilariza Tapel August 16, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
This is long overdue. Devin has been patient with my kids and they are sounding a lot better! We love it when she plays a tune to demonstrate for the kids. It fills the house with wonderful music. Looking forward to having the kids play like her in the future. Thanks Devin!
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Ranjani R. July 10, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Devin is really an awesome instructor for my 6 year old kid. She is very patient and really knowledgeable. Ideal for getting the basics right for starters and kids. Purchasing long-term packages with her now.
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Devin K.

Devin K.

San Jose, CA 95117
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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