Testimonials

  • "My son has taken voice lessons from Lindsay for two years. From the first lesson, I knew we were dealing with a teacher who knew her craft. My son sings in musical theater and the city director questioned him about his vocal lessons, verifying that my son was learning the "right" kind of skills and techniques for his level. Lindsay has coached him through voice and maturity changes, improving not only his ability but also his confidence. Her support and encouragement are constant, fair, and full of positive energy. She is a great teacher who knows how to connect, motivate, and "grow" her student's skill!"

    "My son has taken voice lessons from Lindsay for two years. From the first lesson, I knew we were dealing with a teacher who knew her craft. My son sings in musical theater and the city director questioned him about his vocal lessons, verifying that my son was learning the "right" kind of skills and techniques for his level. Lindsay has coached him through voice and maturity changes, improving not only his ability but also his confidence. Her support and encouragement are constant, fair, and full of positive energy. She is a great teacher who knows how to connect, motivate, and "grow" her student's skill!"

    Rosemary K.
    San Jose, CA
  • "I've been taking lessons with Jesse for over 6 months. I've always wanted to learn how to play the guitar but never got a chance to as a kid. I figured 30 isn't too late ;) Jesse made me feel comfortable and excited about learning right from the start. He has created an environment where you can escape the chaos of work/school and just have fun playing guitar for half an hour. If you're on the fence - stop thinking about it and call Jesse! You'll be so glad you did!"

    "I've been taking lessons with Jesse for over 6 months. I've always wanted to learn how to play the guitar but never got a chance to as a kid. I figured 30 isn't too late ;) Jesse made me feel comfortable and excited about learning right from the start. He has created an environment where you can escape the chaos of work/school and just have fun playing guitar for half an hour. If you're on the fence - stop thinking about it and call Jesse! You'll be so glad you did!"

    Vinsu T.
    San Jose, CA
  • "I have been training with Lindsey for over an year. I can see a change in the way i sing and the confidence i have while touching the notes which i thought i wouldn't ever be able to. Lindsey makes sure you practice and work towards your goals. Along with the songs that i like, she also suggested me many great songs which would worked great with my voice.I can't thank Lindsey enough for the classes. I look forward to the class every week."

    "I have been training with Lindsey for over an year. I can see a change in the way i sing and the confidence i have while touching the notes which i thought i wouldn't ever be able to. Lindsey makes sure you practice and work towards your goals. Along with the songs that i like, she also suggested me many great songs which would worked great with my voice.I can't thank Lindsey enough for the classes. I look forward to the class every week."

    Sailaja B.
    Stillwater, OK
  • "I've taken guitar lessons from Jesse for about a year. He's very professional about his teaching. He encourages you to give it your best but doesn't make feel guilty if you don't do as well as you wish. Many other teachers do. Once you get the hang of some technical aspects (some reading); Jesse uses songs you're familiar with to make it fun to learn. He'll team you up with other students at your level and I found this to be a way to motivate you and the other students. Jesse, Great job!"

    "I've taken guitar lessons from Jesse for about a year. He's very professional about his teaching. He encourages you to give it your best but doesn't make feel guilty if you don't do as well as you wish. Many other teachers do. Once you get the hang of some technical aspects (some reading); Jesse uses songs you're familiar with to make it fun to learn. He'll team you up with other students at your level and I found this to be a way to motivate you and the other students. Jesse, Great job!"

    Roxana Pat S.
    San Jose, CA
  • "I and my daughter have been taking guitar lessons with Jesse for a year now. His experience, knowledge of music and patience has helped us move from being absolute novices to highly enthusiastic guitar players. Jesse brings in the right mix of technique and fun to each lesson. My daughter now also takes singing lessons from Lindsey, and is enjoying music - which means practicing without being supervised. I recommend Jesse highly if you just want to pick up an instrument or need to hone your musical skills."

    "I and my daughter have been taking guitar lessons with Jesse for a year now. His experience, knowledge of music and patience has helped us move from being absolute novices to highly enthusiastic guitar players. Jesse brings in the right mix of technique and fun to each lesson. My daughter now also takes singing lessons from Lindsey, and is enjoying music - which means practicing without being supervised. I recommend Jesse highly if you just want to pick up an instrument or need to hone your musical skills."

    Kiran K.
    San Jose, CA
  • "Jesse has been helping my son for about two years in piano and he's doing great. I recommend people to go learn how to play guitar or piano from him and if you sing his wife is a great vocal coach. The Thomas Family."

    "Jesse has been helping my son for about two years in piano and he's doing great. I recommend people to go learn how to play guitar or piano from him and if you sing his wife is a great vocal coach. The Thomas Family."

    Deborah T.
    San Jose, CA
  • "I always wanted to learn to play the piano and at 31 years old I called Music Heaven and asked if he teaches stubborn adults. :) I started taking lessons with Jesse about a year ago now and my dream to play piano has become a reality. Not only is Jesse a very patient and talented teacher but he's just a good guy over all! I meet with him once a week for 30 min, and I always look forward to it. My lessons are always challenging but so much fun! He goes way beyond just tossing a book in front of you and walking you through it. He teaches you music theory while also keeping it fresh by having you pick songs you love and teaching you to play them. If you are considering taking music lessons, I highly recommend Jesse."

    "I always wanted to learn to play the piano and at 31 years old I called Music Heaven and asked if he teaches stubborn adults. :) I started taking lessons with Jesse about a year ago now and my dream to play piano has become a reality. Not only is Jesse a very patient and talented teacher but he's just a good guy over all! I meet with him once a week for 30 min, and I always look forward to it. My lessons are always challenging but so much fun! He goes way beyond just tossing a book in front of you and walking you through it. He teaches you music theory while also keeping it fresh by having you pick songs you love and teaching you to play them. If you are considering taking music lessons, I highly recommend Jesse."

    Ashley A.
    San Jose, CA
  • "My daughter started working with Lindsey for voice lessons just a few months ago - and I can't believe how much her voice has grown in such a short amount of time! Her self-confidence and knowledge about her voice has just grown exponentially! I'm quite impressed.
    Lindsey works with her on more than just voice technique - she's teaching her how to broaden her range, where she sounds good, what songs fit her voice, and how to get in front of a mic and rock it out. My daughter is singing songs that she (and us) wouldn't have initially picked out - but they sound so good for her. My daughter tackles each song with confidence. Lindsey is great to work with - my daughter comes out of each session happy and confident, even if it was a "tougher" night. It has been so great working with Lindsey - I am so glad we have found her!"

    "My daughter started working with Lindsey for voice lessons just a few months ago - and I can't believe how much her voice has grown in such a short amount of time! Her self-confidence and knowledge about her voice has just grown exponentially! I'm quite impressed.
    Lindsey works with her on more than just voice technique - she's teaching her how to broaden her range, where she sounds good, what songs fit her voice, and how to get in front of a mic and rock it out. My daughter is singing songs that she (and us) wouldn't have initially picked out - but they sound so good for her. My daughter tackles each song with confidence. Lindsey is great to work with - my daughter comes out of each session happy and confident, even if it was a "tougher" night. It has been so great working with Lindsey - I am so glad we have found her!"

    Egyptian Mo M
    San Jose, CA
  • "I am so grateful for this place! When I started taking lessons I didn't even want to use a microphone because I didn't want to hear myself. Now I'm here, years later singing with other people. It has been a wonderful experience that I will never forget."

    "I am so grateful for this place! When I started taking lessons I didn't even want to use a microphone because I didn't want to hear myself. Now I'm here, years later singing with other people. It has been a wonderful experience that I will never forget."

    Sarah W.
    San Jose, CA
  • "This review is actually written by my 11 year old daughter that has been a student of the Music Heaven for over a year and a half. Let me just start off by saying this... la la la! Lindsey is a wonderful, inspirational, and caring person. She has helped me become a better singer, but not just that. She has helped me get over my stage fright, and has given me the oppurtunity to sing on a stage. In class, we work one on one on where I need help, whether that be extending my vocal range, or working on a specific song. Lindsey is VERY helpful, and I am very thankful. I am able to actually sing without my family cringing at my voice! If you have the oppurtunity to have a lesson with her, take it!"

    "This review is actually written by my 11 year old daughter that has been a student of the Music Heaven for over a year and a half. Let me just start off by saying this... la la la! Lindsey is a wonderful, inspirational, and caring person. She has helped me become a better singer, but not just that. She has helped me get over my stage fright, and has given me the oppurtunity to sing on a stage. In class, we work one on one on where I need help, whether that be extending my vocal range, or working on a specific song. Lindsey is VERY helpful, and I am very thankful. I am able to actually sing without my family cringing at my voice! If you have the oppurtunity to have a lesson with her, take it!"

    Steve M.
    San Jose, CA
  • "Jesse is an awesome teacher! My 9 year-old son is having a great time playing his guitar and singing songs. Practicing his guitar is the only thing that I actually don't need to nag because he enjoys it. Jesse is very patience, encouraging and fun. My kid looks forward to every lesson!"

    "Jesse is an awesome teacher! My 9 year-old son is having a great time playing his guitar and singing songs. Practicing his guitar is the only thing that I actually don't need to nag because he enjoys it. Jesse is very patience, encouraging and fun. My kid looks forward to every lesson!"

    K D
    San Jose, CA
  • "I've been taking guitar lessons from Jesse for about 1.5 years. When I started, I could barely play a few chords. Jesse has an excellent program for new students (and it works well for adults too). He's helped me develop a variety of basic skills and playing styles. By the one year point I had ability to read sheet music and started learning new songs on my own. Jesse also does an excellent job keeping students challenged; just as I get close to mastering a lesson, he starts a new exercise. I really appreciate that he asks for the type of music that interests me and uses that to development my proficiency.In February, I started bringing my 10yo daughter to vocal lessons with Lindsay (while I attended guitar lessons with Jesse). My daughter really enjoys it and we have seen great improvements already. At her school talent show, she caught the attention of the coordinators and was asked to sing the national anthem at the opening. She was terrific. I've really been pleased with our results and highly recommend to anyone at any skill level. Thanks Jesse!"

    "I've been taking guitar lessons from Jesse for about 1.5 years. When I started, I could barely play a few chords. Jesse has an excellent program for new students (and it works well for adults too). He's helped me develop a variety of basic skills and playing styles. By the one year point I had ability to read sheet music and started learning new songs on my own. Jesse also does an excellent job keeping students challenged; just as I get close to mastering a lesson, he starts a new exercise. I really appreciate that he asks for the type of music that interests me and uses that to development my proficiency.In February, I started bringing my 10yo daughter to vocal lessons with Lindsay (while I attended guitar lessons with Jesse). My daughter really enjoys it and we have seen great improvements already. At her school talent show, she caught the attention of the coordinators and was asked to sing the national anthem at the opening. She was terrific. I've really been pleased with our results and highly recommend to anyone at any skill level. Thanks Jesse!"

    Steven M.
    Gilroy, CA
  • "If you are looking for a good guitar tutor, your search ends here, Jesse is your man. Jesse has all the patience to work with you at your own pace especially if you are a working professional. Lessons are arranged with increasing order of complexity and he encourages his students to pick their own songs to practice which is a big plus. He also pairs his students with similar skills/interests for combined lessons/Jam sessions. These sessions are great as it introduces you to playing in a band environment. Its a pleasant learning experience."

    "If you are looking for a good guitar tutor, your search ends here, Jesse is your man. Jesse has all the patience to work with you at your own pace especially if you are a working professional. Lessons are arranged with increasing order of complexity and he encourages his students to pick their own songs to practice which is a big plus. He also pairs his students with similar skills/interests for combined lessons/Jam sessions. These sessions are great as it introduces you to playing in a band environment. Its a pleasant learning experience."

    Loyal B.
    Sunnyvale, CA
  • "My daughter has been taking voice lessons from Lindsey for a few years. I could tell a difference in the strength and quality of her tone after the first lesson. After two months she went from the "cute little girl" in the school program to "how can that huge voice come out of that tiny body?" Now she is the go-to-girl for the music department.It isn't only singing that Lindsey helps with. She practices lines for the school play or presentations for homework. Anything that relates to using your voice as a powerful instrument.She is wonderful with children, adults, and any type of music."

    "My daughter has been taking voice lessons from Lindsey for a few years. I could tell a difference in the strength and quality of her tone after the first lesson. After two months she went from the "cute little girl" in the school program to "how can that huge voice come out of that tiny body?" Now she is the go-to-girl for the music department.It isn't only singing that Lindsey helps with. She practices lines for the school play or presentations for homework. Anything that relates to using your voice as a powerful instrument.She is wonderful with children, adults, and any type of music."

    A H.
    San Jose, CA
  • "Many years ago, we hired a band for our wedding. The Jesse Charles Band... and they rocked! They did such an amazing job, almost everyone was on the dance floor that night. A few years later, my eight year old daughter recently wanted to try guitar. By serendipity - we found Music Heaven, and met up with Jesse again. My daughter is a novice. Jesse helped her pick the right guitar, understand chords, read notes, etc. He teaches with patience and makes learning fun. With young kids, they can be finicky especially taking on an instrument. The fact that my daughter loves it and is flourishing is testament to Jesse's ability as an instructor. Diamond in the rough!"

    "Many years ago, we hired a band for our wedding. The Jesse Charles Band... and they rocked! They did such an amazing job, almost everyone was on the dance floor that night. A few years later, my eight year old daughter recently wanted to try guitar. By serendipity - we found Music Heaven, and met up with Jesse again. My daughter is a novice. Jesse helped her pick the right guitar, understand chords, read notes, etc. He teaches with patience and makes learning fun. With young kids, they can be finicky especially taking on an instrument. The fact that my daughter loves it and is flourishing is testament to Jesse's ability as an instructor. Diamond in the rough!"

    Vanvy H.
    San Jose, CA
  • "Jesse is very patient and a good music teacher. His passion for music shows and he engages teenagers by instilling a love for music in them. In a few months since my son started classes with Jesse this February, he gave my son the confidence to perform the guitar in public. I like the fact he encourages my son to learn new songs and guides him. We recommended my son's classmate to Jesse for the guitar and another classmate to Lindsey and they are both very happy."

    "Jesse is very patient and a good music teacher. His passion for music shows and he engages teenagers by instilling a love for music in them. In a few months since my son started classes with Jesse this February, he gave my son the confidence to perform the guitar in public. I like the fact he encourages my son to learn new songs and guides him. We recommended my son's classmate to Jesse for the guitar and another classmate to Lindsey and they are both very happy."

    George P.
    San Jose, CA
  • "I've been leaving too many negative reviews lately, so I know there's some positive ones in back in the recesses of my brain that I needed to get to and this is one of them. Long story short. I am in my 30's and have been playing music since I was in high school. I've done lots of different bands and projects over the years. Some of these projects I was the lead singer/frontman. I loved being the frontman, but was never confident with my voice. I decided enough was enough and wanted to get my voice to at least a point in which I would be confident. Before I decided on Lindsey at the Music Heaven, I really was worried that it would be embarrassing as an adult to go into a lesson at someone's house only to have a 5th grader leaving from the lesson before me. Well, that's what happened. But you know what? Lindsey was so sweet, nice, outgoing, and approachable that my concern mostly went away. Notice the word "mostly." I still wasn't sold if i was going to get anything out of this. But within a month or two of weekly lessons, I noticed that not only was I hitting notes with more confidence and comfort, I was singing along to songs that normally would hurt or weaken my voice (due to improper singing) with ease. Then we started working on songs that I had composed. Not only did she help me sing those better, but she recommend changes to the songs themselves. Even though I didn't use all of her suggestions, more often than not, they were good ideas. This is incredibly impressive since Lindsey probably doesn't listen to the same music I do or even know what the song may be about. She was my teacher AND producer. I completed about 9 months with Lindsey and am currently taking a break, but will be back for some more practice, advice, and tips. Go to her. You won't regret it."

    "I've been leaving too many negative reviews lately, so I know there's some positive ones in back in the recesses of my brain that I needed to get to and this is one of them. Long story short. I am in my 30's and have been playing music since I was in high school. I've done lots of different bands and projects over the years. Some of these projects I was the lead singer/frontman. I loved being the frontman, but was never confident with my voice. I decided enough was enough and wanted to get my voice to at least a point in which I would be confident. Before I decided on Lindsey at the Music Heaven, I really was worried that it would be embarrassing as an adult to go into a lesson at someone's house only to have a 5th grader leaving from the lesson before me. Well, that's what happened. But you know what? Lindsey was so sweet, nice, outgoing, and approachable that my concern mostly went away. Notice the word "mostly." I still wasn't sold if i was going to get anything out of this. But within a month or two of weekly lessons, I noticed that not only was I hitting notes with more confidence and comfort, I was singing along to songs that normally would hurt or weaken my voice (due to improper singing) with ease. Then we started working on songs that I had composed. Not only did she help me sing those better, but she recommend changes to the songs themselves. Even though I didn't use all of her suggestions, more often than not, they were good ideas. This is incredibly impressive since Lindsey probably doesn't listen to the same music I do or even know what the song may be about. She was my teacher AND producer. I completed about 9 months with Lindsey and am currently taking a break, but will be back for some more practice, advice, and tips. Go to her. You won't regret it."

    Kevin C.
    San Jose, CA
  • "My son started a year ago playing guitar, when he first started he knew nothing about the instrument, now he is learning how to read music and has the confidence to play. It's definitely worth your money. I couldn't ask for a better teacher, Jesse has the patience and the knowledge. My son love's it!"

    "My son started a year ago playing guitar, when he first started he knew nothing about the instrument, now he is learning how to read music and has the confidence to play. It's definitely worth your money. I couldn't ask for a better teacher, Jesse has the patience and the knowledge. My son love's it!"

    Lisa G.
    San Jose, CA
  • "I am a singing drummer in my band and worked with Lindsey to help me work out a few kinks in my technique. I had no prior formal vocal training so anything she could do for me would make a difference. She immediately recognized that I had a tendency to sing with a high larynx, which explained why I was straining to hit notes and coming home after a gig a bit hoarse. She showed me all kinds of great warm-up exercises that helped me relax my throat, lower my larynx, and make better use of my head voice so I didn't need to belt out the high parts and irritate my vocal chords. At first, I felt very silly doing these lip roll exercises and singing peculiar sounds that prepared my mouth and throat to properly sing all the various vowel sounds. Then I watched a PBS special which focused on Arnel Pineda, the Philipino lead singer for Journey and saw how he warmed up before a show. He was doing many of the same exercises. Of course, I have no false illusion that my work with Lindsey will some day allow me to sing like Arnel. Rather, this documentary just validated all the hoops that Lindsey would have me jump through.I give a BIG thumbs up to all the valuable training I received from The Music Heaven. Whether you want vocal lessons, guitar lessons from Jesse, or to learn about digital recording in a complete recording studio, I know you will enjoy the experience. Lindsey and Jesse are the nicest people and real pros in the business who won't waste your time. It is money well spent."

    "I am a singing drummer in my band and worked with Lindsey to help me work out a few kinks in my technique. I had no prior formal vocal training so anything she could do for me would make a difference. She immediately recognized that I had a tendency to sing with a high larynx, which explained why I was straining to hit notes and coming home after a gig a bit hoarse. She showed me all kinds of great warm-up exercises that helped me relax my throat, lower my larynx, and make better use of my head voice so I didn't need to belt out the high parts and irritate my vocal chords. At first, I felt very silly doing these lip roll exercises and singing peculiar sounds that prepared my mouth and throat to properly sing all the various vowel sounds. Then I watched a PBS special which focused on Arnel Pineda, the Philipino lead singer for Journey and saw how he warmed up before a show. He was doing many of the same exercises. Of course, I have no false illusion that my work with Lindsey will some day allow me to sing like Arnel. Rather, this documentary just validated all the hoops that Lindsey would have me jump through.I give a BIG thumbs up to all the valuable training I received from The Music Heaven. Whether you want vocal lessons, guitar lessons from Jesse, or to learn about digital recording in a complete recording studio, I know you will enjoy the experience. Lindsey and Jesse are the nicest people and real pros in the business who won't waste your time. It is money well spent."

    Steele H.
    Menlo Park, CA
  • "Lindsey is a FANTASTIC music teacher! I started taking lessons from her with no previous vocal lessons. She has great vocal exercises and a great way to make you feel comfortable getting you to the place you need to get your voice to. She is super patient and has so much knowledge and experience. She does a great job explaining what she hears in your voice and picking up what needs work. I LOVE The Music Heaven. Great vibe and energy!"

    "Lindsey is a FANTASTIC music teacher! I started taking lessons from her with no previous vocal lessons. She has great vocal exercises and a great way to make you feel comfortable getting you to the place you need to get your voice to. She is super patient and has so much knowledge and experience. She does a great job explaining what she hears in your voice and picking up what needs work. I LOVE The Music Heaven. Great vibe and energy!"

    Kidist A.
    San Jose, CA
  • "If you or anyone you know has ever thought about taking Voice Lessons, Lindsey is your go to girl. Lindsey stays on top of her game. She is very patient and an amazing Teacher, not to mention she is a Great and talented singer."

    "If you or anyone you know has ever thought about taking Voice Lessons, Lindsey is your go to girl. Lindsey stays on top of her game. She is very patient and an amazing Teacher, not to mention she is a Great and talented singer."

    Fernando S.
    San Jose, CA
  • "My son has been taking guitar lessons with Jesse for the past year and he has learned so much! Jesse is a very kind and patient person and he definitely knows his stuff! We also love following his band at the different venues they play at. My son loves seeing his teacher rock out!"

    "My son has been taking guitar lessons with Jesse for the past year and he has learned so much! Jesse is a very kind and patient person and he definitely knows his stuff! We also love following his band at the different venues they play at. My son loves seeing his teacher rock out!"

    Annette G.
    San Jose, CA
  • "I have been taking guitar lessons from Jesse for 3 years He is really good at boiling down topics into easily understandable chunks and helping you apply them to your actual playing. His patience and lighthearted nature make him a perfect instructor for all skill levels. Highly recommend!"

    "I have been taking guitar lessons from Jesse for 3 years He is really good at boiling down topics into easily understandable chunks and helping you apply them to your actual playing. His patience and lighthearted nature make him a perfect instructor for all skill levels. Highly recommend!"

    Mahsa K.
    San Jose, CA
  • "If you are looking for a guitar teacher that can teach multiple levels, multiple styles and multiple ages -- and keep the fun in it at the same time -- look no further --- call Jesse and Lindsey at The Music Heaven! I found out about Jesse Charles and The Music Heaven from a friend whose daughter has been taking lessons there. My son and I have been taking guitar lessons with Jesse for about two months now, and it is great how Jesse is able to customize the lessons to each player's ability. ...My son had taken some lessons from another outfit last year, and just wasn't improving. Since we started lessons with Jesse, there has been a BIG improvement in my son's playing - he's really picking up on technique, timing and theory, and sounds SO much better! I wish we had started with Jesse from the very beginning for my son's guitar lessons. As for me, I played guitar growing up, but stopped playing about 20+ years ago. I had been wanting to restart, but wanted to learn blues and jazz (especially Texas Blues, along the lines of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tinsley Ellis, etc.). It isn't easy to find a good blues guitar teacher -- especially someone who can teach an old dog like me new tricks -- and I am absolutely thrilled to have found Jesse Charles. The guy knows his blues and jazz, and has been able to help me work on rebuilding my skill set while moving me in the direction of the music I want to learn to play. Within the first lesson, he had a good idea of where I was at with my playing - asking me to play various chords, etc., - and quickly came up with music (and even a solo!) that fit my interests. He's also helped me fix a lot of bad guitar playing ergonomic habits (like my picking technique) that I had developed years ago (and didn't realize I had!), that were making it harder for me to play well and were also impacting the sound. I am actually amazed at how much progress I have made in such a short time. Also important, I am having fun! As I get my groove back, Jesse keeps throwing me new music and new techniques to work on -- to put my new skills in play and keep my mind working. Jesse is also really patient, and is great about answering questions or going over music that I am having trouble figuring out. Finally, it's so refreshing in this day & age to find people that care as much about their students as much as the folks at The Music Heaven. Jesse really goes the extra mile to help his students -- I recently needed to get a new guitar, and Jesse took time out of his schedule to go with me and look at the one I was thinking of getting. I was amazed (and very thankful for the help!). My husband and my daughter also want to start guitar lessons when their schedules open up. ...And you know where I am going to send them -- The Music Heaven!"

    "If you are looking for a guitar teacher that can teach multiple levels, multiple styles and multiple ages -- and keep the fun in it at the same time -- look no further --- call Jesse and Lindsey at The Music Heaven! I found out about Jesse Charles and The Music Heaven from a friend whose daughter has been taking lessons there. My son and I have been taking guitar lessons with Jesse for about two months now, and it is great how Jesse is able to customize the lessons to each player's ability. ...My son had taken some lessons from another outfit last year, and just wasn't improving. Since we started lessons with Jesse, there has been a BIG improvement in my son's playing - he's really picking up on technique, timing and theory, and sounds SO much better! I wish we had started with Jesse from the very beginning for my son's guitar lessons. As for me, I played guitar growing up, but stopped playing about 20+ years ago. I had been wanting to restart, but wanted to learn blues and jazz (especially Texas Blues, along the lines of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tinsley Ellis, etc.). It isn't easy to find a good blues guitar teacher -- especially someone who can teach an old dog like me new tricks -- and I am absolutely thrilled to have found Jesse Charles. The guy knows his blues and jazz, and has been able to help me work on rebuilding my skill set while moving me in the direction of the music I want to learn to play. Within the first lesson, he had a good idea of where I was at with my playing - asking me to play various chords, etc., - and quickly came up with music (and even a solo!) that fit my interests. He's also helped me fix a lot of bad guitar playing ergonomic habits (like my picking technique) that I had developed years ago (and didn't realize I had!), that were making it harder for me to play well and were also impacting the sound. I am actually amazed at how much progress I have made in such a short time. Also important, I am having fun! As I get my groove back, Jesse keeps throwing me new music and new techniques to work on -- to put my new skills in play and keep my mind working. Jesse is also really patient, and is great about answering questions or going over music that I am having trouble figuring out. Finally, it's so refreshing in this day & age to find people that care as much about their students as much as the folks at The Music Heaven. Jesse really goes the extra mile to help his students -- I recently needed to get a new guitar, and Jesse took time out of his schedule to go with me and look at the one I was thinking of getting. I was amazed (and very thankful for the help!). My husband and my daughter also want to start guitar lessons when their schedules open up. ...And you know where I am going to send them -- The Music Heaven!"

    Jackie D.
    San Jose, CA
  • "The Music Heaven is a wonderful place to to take music lessons. I've taken guitar there for a few years and have learned so much from Jesse Charles. The lessons are given in his personal music studio and he provides a solid foundation of music technique and theory. Fun guy to be around, you will love taking lessons here. Definitely recommend it!!"

    "The Music Heaven is a wonderful place to to take music lessons. I've taken guitar there for a few years and have learned so much from Jesse Charles. The lessons are given in his personal music studio and he provides a solid foundation of music technique and theory. Fun guy to be around, you will love taking lessons here. Definitely recommend it!!"

    Jenner K.
    San Jose, CA
  • "My son Drake has been taking Guitar lessons from Jesse for over a year. He has learned so much, especailly technique and is now getting to play in a group. He loves being taught by Jesse and continues to learn every lesson. I highly recommend taking lessons from Music Heaven, they are the best in the San Jose Area!"

    "My son Drake has been taking Guitar lessons from Jesse for over a year. He has learned so much, especailly technique and is now getting to play in a group. He loves being taught by Jesse and continues to learn every lesson. I highly recommend taking lessons from Music Heaven, they are the best in the San Jose Area!"

    Drake D.
    Walnut Creek, CA
  • "I have been taking lessons for a few months from Jesse and so far I have learned more that I have in years with other instructors. Jesse does a great job at keeping me challenged and on a consistent path of improvement. Also, Jesse has been able to facilitate a band environment which has been super helpful for learning to play with others. For anyone who is looking to eventually play in a band or just looking to improve on a personal level, this is an excellent place to learn."

    "I have been taking lessons for a few months from Jesse and so far I have learned more that I have in years with other instructors. Jesse does a great job at keeping me challenged and on a consistent path of improvement. Also, Jesse has been able to facilitate a band environment which has been super helpful for learning to play with others. For anyone who is looking to eventually play in a band or just looking to improve on a personal level, this is an excellent place to learn."

    T A.
    Campbell, CA
  • "Simply said, if you wish to explore music, The Music Heaven will give you everything. I went from not playing to actually playing. Jesse Charles gave me an unbelievable, unparalleled foundation of music. I have been playing with Jesse for less then a year and I am excited for the future and all he has yet to give. Thanks Jesse"

    "Simply said, if you wish to explore music, The Music Heaven will give you everything. I went from not playing to actually playing. Jesse Charles gave me an unbelievable, unparalleled foundation of music. I have been playing with Jesse for less then a year and I am excited for the future and all he has yet to give. Thanks Jesse"

    Steven S.
    San Jose, CA
  • "My daughter currently is receiving guitar lessons from Jesse and voice lessons from Lindsey. I like how Jesse is thorough and explains what he is teaching. He makes sure my daughter understands and is also very patient with her. With each lesson he records the lesson she is to practice and has her gauge where she thinks she is on progress with a lesson. My daughter tends to be shy and she is building up her confidence with the voice lessons from Lindsey. Lindsey works with her to get the most from her voice and is very encouraging. Both Jesse and Lindsey make her feel at ease and she enjoys her lessons. I highly recommend them to anyone interested in learning music."

    "My daughter currently is receiving guitar lessons from Jesse and voice lessons from Lindsey. I like how Jesse is thorough and explains what he is teaching. He makes sure my daughter understands and is also very patient with her. With each lesson he records the lesson she is to practice and has her gauge where she thinks she is on progress with a lesson. My daughter tends to be shy and she is building up her confidence with the voice lessons from Lindsey. Lindsey works with her to get the most from her voice and is very encouraging. Both Jesse and Lindsey make her feel at ease and she enjoys her lessons. I highly recommend them to anyone interested in learning music."

    Nancy C.
    San Jose, CA
  • "I have been taking guitar lessons from Jesse Charles for the past few months. He is a very accomplished guitar player/teacher and also runs his own professional high quality music band (The Jesse Charles Dance Band) ) I like Jesse's teaching style. I know nothing about music and Jesse made it really easy for me to get going. He lays a strong emphasis on fundamentals, but, as soon as you show signs of progress, he gets you into the next level. Within the first three months, I was playing a couple of songs by the Beatles. He has a very relaxed teaching style and also it is obvious that he is passionate about teaching. He is also very flexible when it come to scheduling. I have a long work commute and hence sometimes I get stuck at work and call him last minute to reschedule. He is very understanding and works with you to reschedule. I really appreciate this in him. I liked him so much that when my 8 year old daughter said she wanted to learn guitar, I got her started with Jesse. She really enjoys her lessons. We now practice together at home. Jesse has a very reasonable fee and offers great value in return. Jesse also teaches a few other musical instruments like the Keyboard. His wife offers voice lessons. If you are looking for a guitar teacher in south San Jose, I highly recommend Jesse."

    "I have been taking guitar lessons from Jesse Charles for the past few months. He is a very accomplished guitar player/teacher and also runs his own professional high quality music band (The Jesse Charles Dance Band) ) I like Jesse's teaching style. I know nothing about music and Jesse made it really easy for me to get going. He lays a strong emphasis on fundamentals, but, as soon as you show signs of progress, he gets you into the next level. Within the first three months, I was playing a couple of songs by the Beatles. He has a very relaxed teaching style and also it is obvious that he is passionate about teaching. He is also very flexible when it come to scheduling. I have a long work commute and hence sometimes I get stuck at work and call him last minute to reschedule. He is very understanding and works with you to reschedule. I really appreciate this in him. I liked him so much that when my 8 year old daughter said she wanted to learn guitar, I got her started with Jesse. She really enjoys her lessons. We now practice together at home. Jesse has a very reasonable fee and offers great value in return. Jesse also teaches a few other musical instruments like the Keyboard. His wife offers voice lessons. If you are looking for a guitar teacher in south San Jose, I highly recommend Jesse."

    Siva K.
    San Jose, CA
  • "I took both vocal and guitar lessons at the music heaven. Being a rookie in both, I was given techniques, guidance, and support that was much needed and had a ton of fun learning from the both of them. Whether you are picking up a new skill or refining an already established skill, this is the place to do it and these are the people to do it with!"

    "I took both vocal and guitar lessons at the music heaven. Being a rookie in both, I was given techniques, guidance, and support that was much needed and had a ton of fun learning from the both of them. Whether you are picking up a new skill or refining an already established skill, this is the place to do it and these are the people to do it with!"

    Billy H.
    Santa Cruz, CA
  • "My six year old has been taking piano lessons with Jesse for about a year now. He has done so well. Jesse makes learning music fun and interesting. Jesse is patient and caring and has a great sense of humor. We look forward to many more lessons in the future."

    "My six year old has been taking piano lessons with Jesse for about a year now. He has done so well. Jesse makes learning music fun and interesting. Jesse is patient and caring and has a great sense of humor. We look forward to many more lessons in the future."

    Lori W.
    San Jose, CA