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Carl A.

Humanities and Music Expert offers friendly facilitation

Berkeley, CA (94702)

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Hi. I believe in the "organic" method of tutoring. That means I start out LEARNING FROM YOU THE STUDENT, about what you already know, how you talk about it, and what type of learning process works for you. From there, I create an approach to expressing MY understandings by starting with what you know and speak and expanding on that. Now, there are times when this doesn't work so well, and I need to introduce you to something that is quite unfamiliar at first glance. But even then, I seek common ground through allegory, analogy, or metaphor. The result is that I have a very high rate of student comprehension and excellent learning outcomes. Please give me a try and you will find a "friendly facilitator" indeed!

My background includes 8 years of teaching, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in music composition. I scored in the top 2% on the SAT TEST. I have taught and tutored students from age 3 to 64. I have had 16 articles published. I also worked in the corporate world.

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Carl’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Piano, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
GRE, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Adobe InDesign, Desktop Publishing, Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Photography
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Linear Algebra
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

Adobe InDesign

Basics of desktop publishing on Mac, using Adobe InDesign, Graphic Converter, Photoshop elements, iPhoto, Fonts, mock-ups, and printers. Carl was in charge of desktop publishing at a publishing company in Berkeley, CA, and has been editor for a newsletter for medical professional. He has laid out three books, and many other documents of all types. Interface with printers is an important aspect of successful publishing, and InDesign also interfaces with the online publishing world. This is an introductory-to intermediate course, and does not cover the most advanced features of the latest versions.

Composition (Music)

Music composition and improvisation are quite related. I show how music is structured, so that the patterns can be improvised or written down, either way. Based on the Chord-Scale families system formulated at Berklee College of Music, I show you the quickest way to gain familiarity and competence at putting together melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. The first stage requires gaining basic knowledge of scales on your instrument, ability to read simple melodies and chords of written music. However, I can accept a student at any level.

Desktop Publishing

Using the Mac Computer, there are many small applications and tasks that add up to being able to design and print materials that truly communicate your ideas. This is an art as well as a technology, and we can develop both through the system and steps that I learned myself when working with a publishing company. It is mainly a protocol for self-examination and system organization that leads to a successful communication in printed media. But the details are important also, and I will be sure to cover those. Key applications are: Pages, graphic converter, iPhoto, Keynote, Adobe Acrobat, and at the more advanced level, Illustrator and inDesign.

Ear Training

Do you have trouble writing down your musical ideas? Or improvising music with other musicians? Chances are that ear training is the answer. Learn to identify intervals, harmonies, scale-types, Rhythm patterns. Using solfeggio, a piano if you have one, recordings, and your instrument, I will help you get a firm idea of where your music is coming from and going to.

Elementary (K-6th)

Most difficulties in primary education stem from communications issues. I have a degree that focused on written, spoken, and media communications. From this and my years of experience with teaching children, I work to open up a clear and friendly channel of communication, and develop from that the students' own interests into an understanding of the value of the three R's and of basic science and arts understanding. Curiosity is encouraged, and direction is gentle.

Elementary Math

I like to emphasize how math helps us to figure out problems in everyday life. This makes it more meaningful. I also employ flash cards to help reinforce the memory. I have helped many children by tutoring them in math.


English for non-native speakers who are seeking education in the English language. Based on the instructor's certified teaching of ESL in South Korea and Thailand, and his own endeavors to learn three foreign languages, you be assured that you are in the care of an experienced and adept teacher. Includes preparation for tests such as the TOEFL exam, Carl goes deep into the nuances and cultural quirks of the English Language as practiced in the United States.


I have tutored many students in high school and middle school. I received the highest 1% of scores on the SAT test myself, winning a full scholarship to the university of my choice. I can help you with your study strategy and habits, to make learning the vocabulary and critical thinking skills easier. Give me a try, and you will be glad you did!


I love Geometry! It is like Sherlock Holmes solving mysteries! It requires careful examination and fitting each problem to the rules of the postulates, so it is great training in paying attention to details and being methodical. I have one student now who has moved from a C- up to an A- in just a few weeks! I use flash cards and critical thinking techniques. See you at our next tutoring session!


Mac Operating system OS 10.5 or 10.6, "Tiger" or "Snow Leopard", as well as the basic free applications that come with every Mac: iPhoto, Mail, iCal,address book, iMovie, TextEdit, Safari, graphic converter, stickies, garage band, etc. I also can help you with Microsoft Office for Mac 2008, Pages, Keynote, Quicktime, Skype, Real Player, Firefox, Adobe Acrobat, and several graphics applications. My certificate in Scientific Illustration qualifies me to teach you how to set up graphs, charts, and make simple illustrations and pictures to accompany your text in papers.

Music Theory

Carl studied music theory as a piano major at Berklee College of Music through the third year, and then transferred to California Institute of the Arts, where he majored in music composition for a year. He also studied with private teachers who are acclaimed composers after these four years. He has taught workshops in songwriting and regularly teaches a theory component to his piano students.


Are you a shutterbug? Not used to the digital approach? let me show you the ropes. I have been working as a photo-journalist using an Olympus C-8080 Camedia digital still and video camera, iPhoto, iMovie, Graphic Converter, and Photoshop Elements. I can show you how to clean up, enhance, and post your photos online to various communities.


Carl attended the Berklee College of Music as a piano major, and California Institute of the Arts as a Composition Major. He has won awards for his compositions, arrangements, and songs. He played keyboards behind several famous singers and lots of not-so-famous ones. He plays jazz, blues, classical, latin-jazz, pop, motown, funk, and folk. Carl is the official Piano instructor at Ingrams Music store in Merced, CA.


Proofreader experience: novels by Alan Robertson, articles for magazines, four books, several business plans, PowerPoint presentations at universities, and various ad copy.

Public Speaking

A successful delivery stems from good preparation. Just like playing an instrument, practice and methodology are important. Carl has been a classroom teacher for over eight years, and has given lectures at community colleges and in public meetings. He studied public speaking while still in high school, and has continued with self-study ever since. Recommended text is called "Resonance- the art of presentation"


When you are reading, concept development, precise vocabulary understanding, and the difference between inference and deduction are all important to being able to absorb and evaluate what is being expressed. This is very important for anyone planning to get a university degree in a science subject. I have developed various "skill cards" to help students grasp these concepts and differentiate between objective and subjective expression. I have been a journalist for a number of years, focusing on technology and political issues. I bring a rich understanding of the nuances of English language to the table.


What makes a song memorable? what makes it stand out? How much of a song do we remember? These aspects are determined by song structure, understanding the culture of language, and a little-known property called prosody. We will look at song structure as we create songs together. Pre-requisite: ability to play chords and scales on guitar, piano, harp, mandolin, or accordion.


4 years of experience tutoring students in writing.
16 articles published.
2 years as editor for authors, editing, organizing and structuring their books. Very high scores on SAT and GMAT tests.
Sat on business plan judge panel at University of Washington's entrepreneur program. 2 years writing patent applications.

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Evergreen Sate College (Master's)

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Very smart tutor Carl A. is nice and polite. He is personal and soft spoken in teaching. He used good everyday examples to convey math problems. ...

— Donna from Hayward, CA on 4/27/12);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $33.00

Cancellation: 10 hours notice required

Except for piano lessons I charge $45 per hour, or $30 per half hour.

Travel policy

Carl will travel within 10 miles of Berkeley, CA 94702.

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