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Joseph M.

Experienced Accounting Tutor Specializing in QuickBooks

Scottsdale, AZ (85250)

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My name is Joseph and I'm a professional accountant and an amateur musician. I also speak, read, and write Russian fluently. I live in north Scottsdale and I would like to become your tutor if you are looking for help in Russian language, sight-singing, or accounting.

I received my B.A. degree in Russian language from Temple Univeristy in Philadelphia. I supplemented my education with two summers of Russian language study in Leningrad (today- St. Petersburg), Russia, and to this day, I keep current by watching Russian television via the internet, keeping in touch with my Russian friends via Skype, and occasionally translating or interpreting. I can help you with grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening comprehension, literature, and culture.

I am an avid amateur musician. Nowadays I am a tenor in the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and in two other vocal ensembles in the Valley. I also play the 25-bell carillon at St. Barnabas church, (near Scottsdale and Lincoln) on Sunday mornings and often on Sunday evenings too. I became a good sight-reader while singing in an ensemble that sang only a capella, not only in concert, but in rehearsals too. For a singer, the better a sight-reader you are, the more likely you will land a paying church or synagogue job. In fact, many choir directors will choose a good sight-reader over a singer with a more beautiful-sounding voice, but who can't sight-read well. I can help you become a good sight reader using the methods and tools that made me the good sight reader that I am today.

And yes, if you are a singer interested in the Russian repertoire, I can provide you with accurate transliterations and translations, so let me help you with that, too!

I am a also professional accountant. I've worked in the accounting field for over thirty years. I can help you with what it takes to get from books of original entry to financial statements and everything in between.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to helping you learn!

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Joseph’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks
Government & Politics, Music History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Accounting, Law, Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks
Accounting, English, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, LSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Accounting, Grammar, Law, Microsoft Excel, Proofreading, Russian


I have been working as an accountant in small businesses since 1985. I have had the opportunity to work with the entire accounting cycle hands-on from books of original entry through financial statements. I have first hand knowledge of Excel and accounting programs such as QuickBooks and Peachtree. Let me help you with your accounting education or workplace needs. Together we can see which approach works best for you to maximize your learning experience.


I learned chess when I was 10. I have several books on chess, including one in Russian (in which I am fluent). I regularly play online and sometimes analyze the chess game in the Sunday NYTimes. I am an intermediate player and can help a beginner or novice advance to that level.

Composition (Music)

I am qualified to tutor Composition (Music) because I have arranged music for the carillon for several years. I take church hymns and anthems, and, occasionally, popular music, and I arrange them for use on the two-octave carillon located at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Paradise Valley. This requires knowledge of music theory and knowledge of the restrictions of the instrument. My ability to arrange, my knowledge of music theory, and my past experience as a professional singer make me a good tutor for someone wanting to learn about music composition.


I learned to love English in sixth grade when I discovered that books are great things, and, later, when I discovered the beauty of poetry. My favorite poets are Robert Burns, R. L. Stevenson, A. E. Housman, and Edgar Allan Poe.

I learned how to write well in my undergraduate years with the help of a business writing class. Later, when I was a law student and a practicing attorney (1988-1992), I wrote a great deal in the way of briefs and one law review-style article. Lawyers persuade others through language. Without good language skills, a lawyer can't succeed. I did well in law school, graduating magna cum laude from Seton Hall Univ. School of Law in 1992. During four years of law practice after law school, I did a great deal of legal research and writing.

My undergraduate degree (Temple University, Philadelphia, 1979) was in Russian language. I also had three years of Latin in high school.

Studying these foreign languages forced me to analyze and dissect the English language in great detail and actually strengthened my understanding and appreciation of English, as odd as that may seem.

Let me help you or your child with English. While I share my knowledge and experience with you, I will also continue to learn. Qui docet discit. He who teaches, learns.

General Music

I have been an amateur musician since 1971 when I started singing in choir in high school. Since then, I have sung in many different choirs, studied voice professionally, sung professionally in a church in New York City for six years, and I have on occasion performed as a tenor soloist in classical music concerts.

Currently, in addition to singing in the Phoenix Symphony chorus and two other vocal ensembles, I also am the carilloneur at St. Barnabas church, playing a 15-minute program on the 25-bell carillon every Sunday morning and most Sunday evenings. I arrange all of my own music for this instrument, the carillon, taking the music that is used in each Sunday's service, and making it fit, so to speak, on the two-octave carillon for all to hear as they come to and go from the church service.

To sum up, I am a self-taught musician who has performed most of the standard choral repertoire. I am also knowledgeable about the orchestral repertoire in general and about many composers and their works, and am generally familiar with music theory and the orchestra's various instruments. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to share with others my knowledge of general music.

Government & Politics

I am familiar with our political system, our form of government, and the constitutional law behind it. I graduated from Seton Hall Univ. School of Law magna cum laude in 1992 and practiced law for four years. I've kept up with current events for over thirty years. I'd be happy to help you with your studies in government and politics.


I graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1992, then practiced law for four years. I studied accounting on the undergraduate level and have worked as an accountant for many years.

Let me help you with the business law portion of your accounting or business studies. I have practical experience in both law and accounting and can give you the help you'll need.


Based on my experience, tactics are important in passing the LSAT. Process of elimination is a major tactic. Determining the best answer amongst two or three possibly correct answers is another.

Let me help you prepare for the LSAT.

Music Theory

My name is Joe. I am a professional musician, and I would be very happy to help you with music theory.

I play the carillon, which is a musical instrument consisting of at least 23 bells and can be played somewhat similar to an organ, with the hands and the feet striking wooden batons which are connected to wire cables which move the clappers and strike the stationary bells. This rare instrument, of which there are about only 700 in the whole world, can be heard in Scottsdale on N. Mockingbird Lane south of Indian Bend Road on Sunday mornings.

The carillon that I play has 25 bells. Most carillons have over 30 bells. A few, only about 30 in the whole world, have 23-30 bells. There is very little music published for this small size carillon so I must arrange my own music, which I do regularly using Finale or by hand. I also prepare scores for small instrumental ensembles for the music program at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Scottsdale, where the carillon is located.

In addition to the carillon, I am an experienced singer, having sung in the tenor section of many choirs for over forty years. I have studied voice professionally and have, on occasion, held my own as a soloist.

I am a self-taught musician. Some self taught musicians are world famous, as are English composer Edward Elgar and Russian composers Alexander Borodin, Modest Mussorgsky, and Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov. I have studied and learned a great deal about music because I am passionate about it.

You will see on my profile that I am also qualified to tutor accounting and Russian. This is true, and it is not so unusual for a person to have two or three specialties. The great Russian writer Anton Chekhov was a medical doctor. The great Russian composer Alexander Borodin was a world renowned chemist. The French composer Henri DuParc, whose songs are standard art song repertoire, was a lawyer. I am certainly not world renowned, but I am a person who specializes in three different fields, and I enjoy tutoring students in all of them!


I wrote and proofread a great deal while I was a law student and a practicing lawyer (1988-1996).

Lawyers persuade people and writing is their tool. Without good writing and proof reading skills, it is difficult for a lawyer to succeed, either in law school or in practice.

I graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall Univ. School of Law in 1992 and practiced law for four years after that. During these years I wrote many briefs as well as a law-review style article for my family law class. In addition to my own writing, I also proofread articles for one of the school's law journals. We used E.B. White's Elements of Style as our guide.

Let me share my proof reading skills and love of good writing with you.


I have worked as an accountant for many years. I have used the QuickBooks program extensively since for over ten years now doing the accounting and producing financial statements and other reports for many small companies. I have also tracked inventory using QuickBooks and an add-on program. I would be very happy to help people get started or improve their QuickBooks skills.


I have a B.A. degree from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) majoring in Russian language. My overall grade point average was 3.06, but I got straight A's in Russian. As part of my undergraduate studies, I spent two summers in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, studying Russian language and culture at Leningrad State Univ. with native Russian teachers in a program for foreign students administered through Georgetown Univ. (Wash., D.C.).

Since my undergraduate days, I have kept up my Russian language skills. I continue to speak, read, and write Russian fluently. Nowadays, in addition to reading, I often watch Russian television via the internet and I keep up with my Russian friends via Skype and facebook. I also occasionally coach local classical singers who venture into the Russian repertoire with pronunciation and translation. And I have provided the Phoenix Symphony Chorus with transliterations and translations of Russian choral works that they have performed in recent years. Most recently, I translated a fifteen-minute presentation on the history of the carillon in Russia at the World Carillon Federation congress that took place in Detroit, MI in June of this year, and I also translated from Russian into English an article written by one of Russia's leading carilloneurs that was published recently in a newsletter of the Guild of Carilloneurs of North America.

My Russian pronunciation is very good. Native Russians have asked me how is it that I speak without an accent. But I continually increase my vocabulary and improve my grammer on a daily basis.

I would be happy to tutor Russian. Not only would I be sharing my knowledge with students, but I would learn also. Qui docet discit - He who teaches, learns.

Sight Singing

I have been an avid amateur musician since 1971 when I started singing in my high school choir. Over the years, I have studied voice professionally, sung in many choirs, including professionally in a church choir in New York City, and have performed as a soloist on several occasions.

I became a good sight reader while singing for several years in a small choir that sang only a capella. Not only performances, but also rehearsals were completely a capella. No piano whatsoever. We only had a pitch pipe. Our director would bring a stack of music, and we would sightread through it all. Then we would decide which pieces to include in the next concert.

My experience in singing in this and other choirs, plus practice using available solfeggio exercise manuals made me a good sight singer.

Good sight singing is a necessary skill for all singers, and could mean the difference between being hired or not. Many choral directors will choose a good sight singer over another singer with a more beautiful-sounding voice, but poor sight singing skills.

I use my sight singing skills often: in the Phoenix Symphony chorus and two other vocal ensembles in which I currently sing. I also play the 25-bell carillon at St. Barnabas Church (near Scottsdale and Lincoln). My sight-reading skills come in very handy with the carillon, too.

As a tutor of sight singing, I can help my students become good sight singers- using theory as well as practical exercises.

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Temple University, College of Liberal Arts (Russian)

Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.)

Baruch College-CUNY (Other)

Very thorough, patient, and friendly! — Joe was very fast to respond to my message; I had a reply within hours of sending it. After that, he was willing to work out a time to meet up ASAP due to my need to find a tutor before my next class. He used a combination of writing out examples for diatonic and chromatic scales, as well as using a computer program to visually show how to transpose between C Major and any other major scale. He w ...

— Brandon from Gilbert, AZ on 3/10/14

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