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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, 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 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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Max K. May 17, 2016
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
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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Natasha April 29, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Awesome! Jesse is an encouraging and knowledgeable teacher! Only had one lesson so far, but I look forward to more!
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Andy March 18, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
he is GREAT!
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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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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Joe A. March 10, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I am an adult beginner. Helena is amazingly patient and has clearly mastered teaching the violin. I am very excited that I found her and look forward to having her guide me on my journey to learn such a beautiful musical instrument.
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Dawson S. February 25, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
She is doing a wonderful job sharing the experience of music with our son.
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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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Helena G.

San Jose, CA 95111
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Lin X.

Santa Clara, CA

I have been playing violin for more than 12 years and have passed the highest violin performance level test (Grade 10). I have once played in an orchestra and took many performance competitions in China. Now I have been teaching children and adults in bay area to play the violin for years. I would like to share my experiences with you :)

I am a very patient person and enjoy communicating with people. I offer one-on-one private violin lessons at your place or in my home studio. I am teaching students who want to learn an instrument for fun to entertain themselves, or for a even higher goal to achieve their music pursuing in the future. You will learn rhythms, melody, harmony, dynamics etc with me, and we will also have a chance to dig deep into the functions and principals of various performing techniques on a step-by-step learning progress. 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/or ...

About Lin

I have got a Master degree in Education, with a high school teaching credential, and I have passed the highest violin performance level exam in China. I have been teaching children/adults Chinese and Violin in bay area for years. I am very experienced in customizing private lessons for students of different age, with a lot of successful experiences to share with you:)

I am very patient and easygoing. My class is designed in a student-friendly way. I will always discuss your learning goals and expectations at the very beginning; I believe a mutual understanding of the big picture between the
student and the teacher will serve a good start. I always enjoy exchanging ideas with my students in the class and let them dig deeper through this back-and-forward communication. In my class, you can learn with joy, making a steady progress step by step. I will also introduce a most-fit textbook to you, with plenty of supplementary learning materials provided, as well as a customized teaching plan offered based on your goals and learning progress.

I am teaching violin and Chinese now, and I accept new students in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino.
I am looking forward to working with you soon:)
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Mia May 13, 2016
Chinese · In home
My daughter, currently 14, has been learning Chinese from her for about a year so far, and she really enjoys it. I can tell that she has learned a lot from Ms. Lin so far, and she really enjoys it. Ms. Lin is a native and is knowledgeable. My daughter is naturally very curious, and Ms. Lin has been able to answer her questions with patience. I would definitely recommend Ms. Lin to another student.
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Emi April 24, 2016
Violin · In home
Ms. Lin is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. She is good with kids and genuinely wants them to learn and gain a passion for the violin. She was a very good teacher for my kid as she started her violin career.
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Loirey L. February 26, 2016
Chinese · In home
My two kids stayed with Ms Lin and their Mandarin has improved quite a lot. They also enjoyed the interesting chats Ms Lin brought up every time. They not only improved speaking, writing, but also learnt quite a lot about Chinese culture. Thank you Ms Lin!
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Lin X.

Santa Clara, CA 95051
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Devin K.

San Jose, CA

Instruction in classical and contemporary styles through technique and music reading.

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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Ayesha A. April 5, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Devin is a great teacher. I enjoyed my first violin class. Thank you Devin :)
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Daisy E. April 5, 2016
Devin is a terrific musician. She brings joy to whatever she plays. She has a warm and inviting personality which makes her easy and fun to be around. She has a natural ability with young people, making her a perfect choice in teachers.
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Devin K.

San Jose, CA 95117
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Margaret G.

Palo Alto, CA

I teach violin to adults and kids age six and older, of all levels and welcome adult beginners. I offer an approach to clasical violin studying the Strictly Strings and Suzuki Books, emphasizing reading music and music theory. I also provide tutoring for student orchestra members and assistance with orchestra music. I offer optional recitals once or twice a year for students to experience performance.

About Margaret

I am a professional violin, fiddle, and viola instructor offering studio lessons for kids and adults. I teach out of locations in Palo Alto and San Jose. I have performed in orchestras, chamber music groups, bluegrass bands, and country bands, throughout the bay area. I have played violin since 1988 and taught since 2003. I hold a Bachelor of Music (violin performance) from San Francisco State University and an A.A. in Comprehensive Musicianship (music theory and performance) from De Anza College.
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Patrick April 3, 2016
Fiddle · In studio
I took took violin lessons from Margaret for a few months. She is very good at explaining concepts and teaching technique. She helped me correct my technique from what I was taught by another teacher I was with briefly and that helped immensely. I highly recommend taking lessons with Margaret!
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Margaret G.

Margaret G.

San Jose, CA 95130
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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