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Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA

Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the viollin. Explore the range of your instrument through various scales. Build solid skills through understanding the mechanics of how your body and instrument work together.

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 with my wife, Melissa. We're very happy to be developing our own business, and are ready to help you any way we can. She specializes in beginning piano lessons for children. Please check her account on TakeLessons if that's what you're looking for:
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. 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.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but I prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible like my older students as well.

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 drum set

*An electric piano console

*A 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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Christopher C. February 8, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very friendly. Will walk you through at the pace you need. Will continue lessons with him and would recommend him.
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Ajeenkya B. December 11, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My first class with Jesse was great! He was really patient with me considering this was my first music class ever. The pace of the class was really good. Not too overwhelming, not too easy, but very balanced. I'm really excited for my second class and to learn more with Jesse :)
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Lily November 13, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jesse is a great teacher, I would recommend him to everyone!
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA 94303
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$30 / 30-min
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Helena G.

San Jose, CA

About Helena

Classically trained at prestigious Mussorgsky school of music in St. Petersburg, Russia, with over 20 years of teaching experience. I teach Violin, Viola and Piano Performance, Music Theory, Music History, Sight Reading and Ear Training to children and adults of beginning to advanced level. I utilize several teaching methods to best suit the needs of a student and make lessons enjoyable and productive. I introduce my students to a variety of styles while teaching classical techniques for lifetime skills. When not teaching, I play with Nova Vista Symphony (First Violin) ,Campbell String Chamb
er Orchestra (Concertmeistress), Winchester Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of instrumental Ensembles featuring Klezmer Music, Russian Tangos and Brazilian Choros.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are a balance of fun and focus. My students quickly learn the basics and start playing familiar melodies. I teach memorization techniques to develop a performing repertoire.
In addition, my students develop abilities in rhythm, melody, harmony, understanding of theory, and improvisation. I also help with school orchestra practice and audition preparation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, desk, piano, recording equipment, music stands, couch for parents to observe and wait or participate.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their own violin and bow, music stand and a notebook. Students may also need to purchase sheet music/music books. I will provide basic recording equipment (audio and video), and pre-recorded piano or orchestra accompaniment. A live piano accompanist is available for recitals and pre-recital rehearsals.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin, Viola
Fiddle - Klezmer, American, Celtic
Piano - beginning and intermediate levels
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Improvisation.
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Christina P. September 28, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
She has a great teaching style especially with young children. A very patient instructor. Recommend!
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Serena P. September 12, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Helena is wonderful! She is so patient with both my 6 year old daughter and I. We are both new to the violin but loving it so far!
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Dana N. March 21, 2015
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
I'm very happy with my first lesson. Helena is very informative, and I really like the way she teaches, with wonderful attention to detail. I'm looking forward to next lessons. Meanwhile I'm practicing!
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Helena G.

Helena G.

San Jose, CA 95111
(13)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Brianna J.

Campbell, CA

I use a variety of materials for the violin, depending on the skill level and desires of the student. I am well rounded in classical, folk, and popular literature at these levels. I will work with students to select materials that are effective and enjoyable.

About Brianna

Music has been a large part of my life since I first started taking piano lessons at the age of six. In fifth grade, I learned to play the flute, and I performed in bands all the way through college. In high school, I also picked up the violin, and enjoyed playing in orchestras as well. I earned my Bachelors degree in Music Education and my California teaching credential from Biola University in Southern California. During that time, I enjoyed playing many other instruments. My primary instruments are the flute, piano, and violin, although I also play several other instruments.

In ad
dition to giving private lessons, I also teach school band and orchestra, so I bring the added perspective of a conductor who can help students learn how their part fits in with the whole ensemble. I have taught elementary, middle school, and high school band and orchestra, as well as clinics and small group classes.

Currently, I teach music in a local school district. I also enjoy occasional performance opportunities. I have years of experience teaching private lessons on several instruments to students of all ages and backgrounds. I love to help students experience the joy of music, whether it is as a future career, or simply as a hobby. My goal for my students is to learn and grow as musicians, and to have fun in the process!

*** Lesson Details ***
I approach teaching private music lessons in a way that is both fun and productive. Students will find my personality to be very warm, encouraging, and easy going. I am genuinely passionate about helping students reach their musical goals, whether they are career oriented or simply as a hobby. I am well versed in a variety of literature on each instrument that I teach, and will help students find enjoyment in learning to make music at any age. I believe in having a strong foundation in the basic fundamentals of music technique and also in the importance of playing styles of music that are both fun and rewarding. It can certainly be challenging to learn a new skill, but with hard work, determination, and fun motivation, it will certainly be worthwhile!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open living room setting. Upright piano. Couches for parents. Parking nearby. One small, friendly dog (stays in another room during lessons).

*** Specialties ***
I am very well rounded in both popular and more traditional styles of music. I do not necessarily insist on teaching from any one particular series of method book, although I am familiar with several. I will work with each student to determine which method books are most appropriate and also suggest supplemental materials. If you already own a book, have a particular one in mind, or are already playing from a certain book in school, that is fine, too!
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Wing P. August 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We choose Briana because we like her background as a music teacher for a school district. We are looking for someone who's resourceful and have ways to encourage kids to enjoy and love music. We hope not to just learn & practice one piece after another, but find someone who can influence, introduce and educate. Our first meeting went very well. My daughter, who's generally very quiet and reserved, likes Briana's warm, upbeat and encouraging approach. We are looking forward to our next lesson.
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Liza G. June 14, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter Liza enjoyed the lesson.
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Rebecca (Becky) Routon June 5, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Brianna is very sweet, very encouraging, and she is a wonderful piano teacher! I'm 64 years old, and she has the patience of a saint with me! I really feel that she is interested in helping me become a very proficient player! I couldn't be happier with her!
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Brianna J.

Campbell, CA 95008
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$40 / 30-min
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Lin X.

Santa Clara, CA

I have played violin for more than 10 years and have passed the highest Chinese violin performance grade test (Grade 10), and have once played in the orchestra. Now I have been teaching children and adults to play the violin for years.

I am a very patient person and enjoy communicating with people. I offer one-to-one private violin lessons for beginners or students who want to learn an instrument for fun or as an interest. I will introduce a most-fit teaching material to you, with a lot of supplementary sheet music also provided in order to bring more fun and enhance your playing skills. I will also make a customized teaching plan for each student according to your performance level.

Now I am accepting new students in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Milpitas.

About Lin

I am a native Chinese speaker. I have got my Master degree in Education, and I have also got a teaching credential in China. I have been teaching children/adults Chinese and Violin for years. I have gained a lot of teaching experiences on designing private lessons for students of different age.

I am a very patient person and enjoy communicating with people. My class is a student-friendly, one-to-one, private lesson. I will introduce a most-fit textbook for you, with a lot of supplementary learning materials also provided, and a customized teaching plan will also be offered according to your
goals and learning performance.

I am now accepting students in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Milpitas, and Fremont.

For Violin Class:
I have played violin for more than 10 years. I have passed the highest Violin Performance Test (Grade 10) in China and have once played in a orchestra. I offer one-on-one private violin lessons for kids or adults who are at the beginning level or who want to learn an instrument for fun or as interest. I usually use Suzuki Violin School, Hohmann Violin Method, or Essential Elements for Strings for beginners, but plenty of supplementary exercise materials will also be introduced to bring more fun and enhance the playing skills.

For Chinese class:
I am experienced in designing customized private Chinese/Business Chinese lessons for children and adults. My lessons cover various aspects of conversation, reading, writing, culture and literature appreciation. I exploit vast learning materials and will introduce a most-fit textbook for students with plenty of supplemental learning materials. Some class information is listed below:
1) Entry level lessons-- A lot of emphasis on one-on-one practical daily conversations, grammar and vocabulary building, accent reduction, culture introduction, pinyin spelling, and simple character writing. 
2) Intermediate -advanced level lessons-- The lesson materials promote you to a more complex conversation such as business talks, writing, advanced reading, literature appreciation, and a more thorough comprehension of the Chinese culture and philosophy.
3) Business Chinese - Focus more on culture points and formal Chinese usage under business contexts, with abundant supplementary learning materials to help you succeed in business communications and negotiations.

If you give me the opportunity, you will find that I am the teacher you are looking for:)
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Michael January 24, 2016
Chinese · In home
I have had Ms Lin teaching my son for a year. It has been a big difference since my son switched from his after school program to Ms Lin. Before, he hated the tedious writing homework and school. Now he is interacting with Ms Lin with intense interest, enjoying the class. I can also tell my son's Chinese improving significantly.

Because Lin has done such a good job, I now have my daughter taking lesson from Lin as well.
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Lois January 3, 2016
Violin · In home
My 13 yo son wanted to learn violin, and I found Lin's profile online and she seemed like a good fit. Her communication was prompt, and her schedule flexibliity worked well for us. She's very friendly, supportive and always provides clear instructions during the lesson as well as specific homework for my son to practice in between lessons.
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Sheryl December 1, 2015
Violin · In home
Lin teaches my 6 year old son the beginning level violin lessons in fluent English. She is very patient, dedicated, professional, has an excellent understanding of music and a good musicality. Within the 6 months of learning, my son can play many lovely songs, like Jingo Bells, Odd to Joy. He has made tremendous improvement, and can move his fingers on G, D, and A string freely, and can read the notes faster than we do. Lin provides different versions of violin classes, one for adults and the other for kids. She is a wonderful teacher, helps us enhance our knowledge of musical theory and definitely violin too. We highly recommend her.
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Lin X.

Santa Clara, CA 95051
(10)
starting at
$45 / 40-min
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Seth B.

San Francisco, CA

Want to learn the violin? Do want to learn classical, celtic or folk styles? I am a teacher and performer from the Bay Area with seven years teaching experience on the violin. I work with my students to build their skills and make the instrument fun no matter what you're playing!

About Seth

Seth is a teacher, performer and composer from the Bay Area. He has been teaching privately for the past seven years on a variety of instruments. He has performed in Vienna, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Berkeley and Sacramento with classical orchestras, and as a soloist and in multiple bands.

***VIOLIN***

Seth has experience with the Suzuki Method, but teaches using his own style that is geared towards each student's strengths. He has helped his many students achieve proficiency on the violin.

It is Seth's belief that music was made to be made with others. He accompanies his class
ical students on the violin, and his traditional students on the mandolin. He teaches his students with an emphasis on ensemble playing, to prepare them for orchestral and chamber music, not only solo playing.

Seth studied violin classically with William Barbini, Catherine Heusner-Willefert and Florie Brown. He has taken classes led by fiddlers Alasdair Fraser, Jeremy Kittel and Mark O'Connor.

***MUSIC THEORY***

Seth currently studies Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Elinor Armer. He has studied traditional harmony, counterpoint and Schenkerian Analysis. His own compositions feature traditional and 20th century harmonies, serialism and free atonality.

Seth teaches music theory from the ground up, beginning with chord constructing and going all the way to formal analysis.
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Terese B. January 31, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Seth was very patient and taught me a piece in one hour.
I enjoyed the lesson very much.
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Asha M. January 20, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Seth is amazing. The very first lesson with my daughter was a huge success - and ever since then, she always looks forward to her lesson with him.
Seth is very professional, caring and engaging. He makes learning the violin fun! I would highly recommend Seth as a violin teacher.
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Mizuki October 28, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Seth is patient and kind with my daughter.
She's looking forward to having next lesson.
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Seth B.

Seth B.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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starting at
$40 / 30-min

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