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In elementary school, I received a perfect score on the Iowa test, the only one in the country to do so. I started reading at age two. By kindergarten I had memorized all the muscle groups in the body and by elementary school was reading college-level textbooks in science, biology, and biochemistry. My undergrad degree is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Spanish, Business and Music. My Master's degree is from the University of Chicago in Psychoneuromusicology, a field of science I invented. I wrote a book on the study of the nervous system and stage fright and am currently pursuing a PhD from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology which I expect to complete in 2013. My book on stage fright and the nervous system, Stage Fright in Music Performance and Its Relationship to the Unconscious, is being used as a textbook at major universities and I have taught at the UCLA Geffen Medical School's East-West Division. I am also an accomplished professional musician, having played with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at their summer home, the Ravinia Festival.

I have been teaching and tutoring students in all subjects, from English, Writing, Spanish, Science, Math and Music since I was in high school, when as a high schooler, I tutored my first student. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I worked in Admissions as part of my work, reviewed applications and made decisions to admit students to school and made decisions on transfer credits. I have been a Graduate Advisor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and did academic advising at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as part of my position of Adjunct Faculty there. I currently am Adjunct Faculty at Santa Monica College.

I have been thoroughly background checked by the Culver City and Santa Monica Unified School Districts and by the Santa Monica Community College District and cleared to work with students as part of my teaching there. Teaching is my passion and I can help you do your absolute best and remove all the obstacles in your way! I am also an expert on test anxiety issues and any kind of performance anxiety issues in any field.

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Michael’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biostatistics, Botany, Chemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Geology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Organic Chemistry, Pharmacology, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology, Zoology
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh, Mathematica, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, QuickBooks
Language:
History:
American History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Music History, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Art:
Art History, Art Theory , Composition (Music), Drawing, Film, Painting, Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Business:
Accounting, Business, Career Development, Economics, Finance, GMAT, GRE, Law, Marketing, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, QuickBooks
Homeschool:
Accounting, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Career Development, College Counseling, GED, GMAT, GRE, IELTS, LSAT, MCAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking
Corporate Training:

Accounting

I took accounting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the top schools for accounting in the U.S. I also have been a Chief Financial Officer for a corporation and have worked in the accounting departments of a top Fortune 500 company doing managerial, financial, cost, governmental and special reports accounting.

I would be glad to help you with your accounting and decode its complicated language for you so that you will do very well in it!

I will work with your schedule. I make accounting simple and fun so that you will do very well.

ACT English

I have been trained at the University of Chicago, in their world-renowned “Little Red Schoolhouse” writing and English program. I teach anyone English and writing for the ACT English section and my students all do very well on the exam as I did. I have been tutoring students in these subjects for years and I am a world expert on managing test-taking anxiety and test-taking strategies.

Professionally, I have personally written a book, many articles, and have written a newspaper column for seven years. I make things simple, fun, and my students learn English, writing and grammar for the ACT English section very well and have fun doing it at the same time! In addition to the articles and book I wrote, I currently am pursuing a PhD so I am writing all the time!

ACT Reading

I have been trained at the University of Chicago, and have had to analyze hundreds of texts over the years in reading. I have coached many students in the ACT over the years and they have done very well on the reading section of exam. I can teach anyone to excel on the reading portion of the exam. I keep things simple, yet keep the standards high. My students have fun but get very good at reading and analyzing answers for the ACT reading section. Currently, I am constantly reading texts and articles for my PhD which I am finishing part-time.

The University of Chicago where my reading and analysis skills were perfected, has the most Nobel laureates in the world.

I would be delighted to teach you or your student how to read and analyze texts well in order to succeed on the ACT Reading section!

ADD/ADHD

I have been working with ADD/ADHD students for years as a consultant, tutor, private and classroom teacher. I have helped ADD/ADHD students go from poor grades to As. In the PhD in Psychology that I am finishing, I have specifically studied and done research on the diagnosis and treatment of those with ADD/ADHD so I am very well-trained in the best way to help these students in the learning environment.

Algebra 1

I have been trained at the University of Chicago, in their world-renowned graduate program in math as part of the graduate program there in our astrophysics and nuclear physics coursework. I teach anyone math from school age students to adults. Professionally, I use math in my PhD studies. I make things simple, fun, and my students learn to do math very well while having fun at the same time!

American History

I have been trained at the University of Chicago, and taken many history courses there from some of the world's experts in history. I teach anyone history from school age students to adults. I keep things simple, yet keep the standards high. My students have fun but get very good at history or complicated texts of any kind. Currently, I am constantly reading history texts and articles for my PhD, which I am finishing part-time.

The University of Chicago has the most Nobel laureates in the world.

I would be delighted to teach you or your student how to study history and analyze texts well!

Anthropology

At the University of Chicago, in graduate school, I had extensive coursework in anthropology from two of the leading anthropologists in the world for South West Asia. I also have done extensive individual study in anthropology and am an expert on the anthropology of the Plains Indians of North America, particularly the Lakota Indian Nation. My anthropological studies have also taken me to study the peoples of Asia, Oceana, Australasia, Africa and Japan as well as various other indigenous groups in the United States, Central, and South America.

Astronomy

I have been trained at the University of Chicago by a number of the world's top astronomers. Rocky Kolb, who has also worked for NASA and has been the head of astronomy at the University of Chicago was one of my teachers for astronomy, cosmology, and astrophysics.

I recently participated in programs with the University of Chicago on the Giant Magellan Telescope with the top astronomers in the world and two weeks ago, participated in another University of Chicago Astronomy event at the Mt. Wilson Observatory, using the same telescope that Edwin did, the 60-inch reflecting telescope to see Saturn, Mars, the M92 galaxy, Cat's-Eye nebula, the Fox Red Ring Star, and other nebulae and star clusters.

Bible Studies

I have studied the Bible at the University of Illinois in a number of classes, Lutheran Confessions, Twin City Bible, and as part of Dr. Richard Scanlan's Ancient Civilizations and Religions class. At the University of Chicago, I have studied the Bible as part of David Bevington's English class, and extensively studied it with one of the world's top religious scholars, J.Z. Smith in his Mediterranean Ancient Religions class. I have also studied it with three distinguished rabbis, Rabbis Alpert, Arsers, and Sniderman. Study with Rabbi Alpert was under the supervision of the Chief Rabbi of Chicago, Rabbi Rine.

We studied textual analysis, concordance technique, cross-referencing to other Biblically related texts, among other study modalities. I have taught Biblical studies for years.

Biology

I have been trained at the University of Chicago, one of the best scientific institutions in the world with the most Nobel prizewinners. I teach anyone science from school age students to adults. Professionally, I am a neurophysiologist, (not MD) and have taught at the UCLA Medical School in Santa Monica, CA. I make things simple, fun, and my students learn to work with science very well while having fun at the same time! In addition to the articles I write, I currently am pursuing a PhD so I am studying science and medicine all the time!

I have also written a book on stage fright and the nervous system and have presented at the International Symposium of the Performing Arts Medicine Association in Aspen, CO.

I can help you or your student do well in science!!

Business

My undergrad degree is in Spanish, Business and Music from the University of Illinois. I have served as Chief Financial Officer for a corporation and have also worked for a major Fortune 500 company for two years and have run my own company for many years.

I am very well-versed from my education and experience in all aspects of the business world, marketing, accounting, sales, planning, and whatever aspects that are involved in business in today's world. I teach business and my students do very well.

Career Development

As an academic advisor at the University of Illinois, I served for many years as a career counselor for both undergrad and graduate students as part of my work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Urbana campus and in my Adjunct Faculty position at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At the University of Chicago, I was part of programs discussing and presenting career choices related to the programs at the Graham School there.

I have also counseled many adult students and adults in career guidance in many areas in my position with Trumpetworks Press since 2003 and am an academic and career counselor as a part of my individual teaching at Santa Monica College where I am Adjunct Faculty, guiding my students and giving them advice relating to their careers.

Classics

At both the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois, I took many courses in the Classics from some of the world's leading experts in the field, Richard Scalan, Jonathan Z. Smith, and others who incorporated the classics into our curriculum at UChicago. I have written about the Classics and used this information in my own academic writings. I also have studied the works of Tacitus in his histories of Rome found in his Annals and his Histories. At the University of Chicago graduate school, we were required to have a professional level of knowledge of the Classics.

College Counseling

I was an academic advisor and did college counseling at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for both undergrad and graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for 3 years. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, I was an academic advisor and college counselor in the Performing Arts Department as part of my Job as Adjunct Professor there. I also understand transfer credits and admitted students to school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I continue to advise students and do academic advising and college counseling in my current job as Adjunct Faculty in Music at Santa Monica College

Drawing

For a number of years, I studied drawing, painting and sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, winning a Director's Prize where my works were put on permanent display. My works were also shown in galleries at a number of Chicago museums. My teachers at the Art Institute were world-renowned. I have been drawing, painting, sculpting and teaching ever since. I design all the professional artwork for our recording label here in Los Angeles and I also created a Memorial Tribute art piece devoted to the memory of John Lennon, for the annual Lennon tribute on the anniversary of his death held in Urbana,Illinois. My drawing and painting styles are modeled after those of Renoir, and Van Gogh, and my sculpture after that of Rodin.

Ear Training

I have been trained in Ear Training at the University of Illinois as part of my bachelor's degree there. I took the ear training course as part of the music theory coursework at that institution. In addition, I also took the David Burge ear training coursework series, which is far more detailed than any university coursework and goes into far more detail on intervals and intervallic relationships and unusual intervals. The course involves hundreds of hours of tapes and tests.

Also, as part of my teaching in music for the past 20 years, I have taught ear training and have coached students in this area as well and they have done very well.

As a professional musician for 20 years, I use my ear training skills constantly and have played with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. I also use my ear training skills daily and in my job as Principal Trumpet with Symphony 47 in Los Angeles under the Music Director Eimear N.

In addition, I am Adjunct Music Faculty at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, CA where I also coach students on ear training and I did this as well in my former position as Adjunct Performing Arts Faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Economics

I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which includes Spanish, and Business. As part of this degree, I had many courses in Economics, Macro, Micro, and other more advanced Economics courses. At the University of Chicago, where I received my Master's degree, I also had additional coursework that covered other aspects of Economics.

Elementary Math

I have been trained at the University of Chicago in math and science. I can teach anyone to do well at elementary math from school age students to adults. I make things simple, fun, and my students learn to do math very well while having fun at the same time! I currently am pursuing a PhD and still have to use math for it!

English

I have been trained at the University of Chicago, in English literature by one of the most renowned English professors in the world. I teach anyone English literature from school age students to adults. Professionally, I have extensively studied English at both the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois with two professors from Harvard University. I make things simple, fun, and my students learn, understand and interpret English literature very well while having fun at the same time! In addition to my previous training, I currently am pursuing a PhD.

I would be delighted to teach English and English literature to you or your student.

ESL/ESOL

I have been trained at the University of Chicago, in their world-renowned “Little Red Schoolhouse” English program. I can teach anyone how to speak English well from school age students to adults. Professionally, I have personally been teaching English to students and others since I was in high school. I continued to do this with my Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, my Master's degree from the University of Chicago, and my PhD that I am finishing at the Chicago School.

You can speak English well and I can teach you!!!!

French Horn

I have been playing the French horn as well as the trumpet for years. My teacher on the French horn is the famous, Arnold Jacobs, the great brass pedagogue from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and I also received some help and advice from Dale Clevenger, the Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the last 40 years or so. I have taught many French horn students, and have sent students to study with Dale Clevenger at Roosevelt University Music School in Chicago, to the Julliard School, UCLA Music, and USC Thorton Music School, the University of North Texas, Eastman, Cleveland Institute, and the University of Cincinnatti-College of Music among others. I am on the Music faculty at Santa Monica College. Personally, I can play the Mozart horn concerto on the instrument and it is easy for me to play among other pieces. I teach horn players from beginners to pros and can teach any style.

GED

I would be glad to tutor you or your student for the GED. I went to the University of Chicago for graduate school for my Master's degree where I was expected to be excellent at every subject. I received an A average there.

All of my students have done great and have passed their tests.


General Computer

I have been using computers since their inception. I have also been a UNIX administrator for the University of Illinois' computer system for a number of years and assisted in the creation and marketing of the world's first browser Mosaic, which became Internet Explorer, as an employee of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. I was also involved working with Netscape, the second browser, and have since followed every major trend in computing since that time.

General Music

I have taught General Music as part of my teaching for the past 20 plus years. I am very familiar with all aspects of General Music from my Adjunct Faculty positions in the Performing Arts Department and the Music Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and at my current position as Adjunct Faculty at Santa Monica College.

My undergrad degree from the University of Illinois is in Spanish, Music and Business, while my Master's degree from the University of Chicago is in Music and Psychology.

I have helped hundreds of students with General Music and have also tutored them privately in the subject for many years.

I also have used all aspects of General Music in my 30-year career as a professional performer. I also teach General Music to members of my current professional orchestra and the general public.

Grammar

I have been trained at the University of Chicago, in their world-renowned “Little Red Schoolhouse” writing and grammar program. This is the original program that uses the famed Chicago Manual of Style for writing and grammar. I teach anyone to write and use grammar well from school age students to adults. Professionally, I have written a book, many articles, and have written a newspaper column for seven years. I make things simple, fun, and my students learn to write very well at the highest levels while having fun at the same time! In addition to the articles I write, I currently am pursuing a PhD so I am writing and using grammar correctly all the time!

GRE

I have been trained at the University of Chicago one of the finest academic institutions in the world and one of the hardest to get into. I can tutor anyone on the GRE. If you break the test down into its component parts, you will see that it's not that hard. It is just a matter of understanding what they are looking for, what their rules and time limits are, and building the confidence through practice exams to get the flow of how the test goes within the allotted time! Being a PhD student with a busy schedule, I understand how to fit things in and perform well under pressure!

You can do this!

Guitar

I have been a professional guitar player and recording artist and a member of the Musician's Union for years. I have played many venues and have taught many students over the years how to play the guitar.

IELTS

I have been prepping students for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, for both the General and Academic sections of the exam for over 20 years and all of my students have done well on it. The number of students that I have prepared for the IELTS exam come from many different countries in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Law

I have helped many law students and attorneys with their legal research and writing. I have also helped them review their briefs and pleadings, and written pleadings for them, most recently in a massive 5-year multimillion dollar civil case. Attorneys seek my advice and counsel on the clarity and substance of their legal writings and pleadings in both Los Angeles and Chicago. I also have done extensive legal research for attorneys on behalf of their firms in a number of cases and testified as a witness in court in different areas of law and given my opinion which resulted in a winning verdict for the Defendant.

Linear Algebra

At the University of Chicago, as part of my coursework in graduate school for my Master's degree, we had to use linear algebra and have an advanced knowledge of it to understand astronomy, cosmology, and astrophysics. Star behavior and other astronomical calculations are dependent on the use of linear algebra. I continue to be involved with the University of Chicago and its Astronomy programs with faculty at the Mt. Wilson Observatory in California and continue to use linear algebra in order to be able to do and understand the sophisticated calculations required in order to be able to understand star behavior and the use of astronomical instruments.

For my PhD that I am finishing, there are also some aspects where the use of linear algebra is needed.

Logic

At the University of Illinois, I was the student who set the curve in my Symbolic Logic class, one of my favorite subjects. We also used symbolic logic in my research projects at the University of Illinois and I did outside research on Bertrand Russell and his relationship to symbolic logic. I tutored pre-med students who were in my Logic class at Illinois and helped them understand it and pass the course. I also had numerous discussions with the Professor about Bertrand Russell and went further into the deeper aspects of inquiry into advanced potential concepts related to symbolic logic and its function. Logic is one of my favorite subjects. We also did some work on logic in graduate school at the University of Chicago, where I received my Master's degree that was incorporated into some of the classwork in quantum physics related to cosmology and in philosophy in our Meaning and Motive class, as well as other classes.

Macintosh

I worked at the University of Illinois Center for Supercomputing Applications where I was a member of the Software Development group that worked with Steve Jobs at Apple and Bill Gates at Microsoft and developed all the internet software that became the current Microsoft Explorer and the Apple OS X system for web browsing and use.

I worked there for a number of years. My suite mates eventually went on to form Netscape. I worked there for two years and have since been working in Macintosh and Microsoft products since then. Also, I have been the IT manager for another Department at the University of Illinois.

MCAT

I am a neurophysiologist trained at the University of Chicago where I received my Master's degree in psychoneuromusicology, a field of science I invented to study the bioeffect of the nervous system on the neurophysiology of stage fright. My advisor was one of the world renowned researchers in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

I have written a book on the subject, published numerous articles in academic and other journals, and have presented to the International Symposium of the Performing Arts Medicine Association in Aspen, of which I am a member. I also have taught at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine's East-West Division in Santa Monica on the subject.

As a result of my broad background in all aspects of the MCAT, physical science, verbal reasoning, biological science, and writing that I received at the University of Chicago, an institution with the most Nobel laureates in the world, I am especially adept at coaching students in the MCAT to a successful result. My students have all passed the exam.

I have been around science all my life, began reading at age two, memorized all the muscle groups of the body by kindergarten, and began reading college biochemistry and chemistry texts in grade school. I also am an expert on nerves related to test anxiety.

Microsoft Outlook

I worked at the University of Illinois Center for Supercomputing Applications where I was a member of the Software Development group that worked with Steve Jobs at Apple and Bill Gates at Microsoft and developed all the internet software that became the current Microsoft Explorer and the Apple OS X system for web browsing and use. We extensively worked with Microsoft Outlook and helped make it better and developed a corresponding encryption system to it.

I worked there for a number of years. My suite mates were Marc Andreesen, Eric Bina and Lou Montulli who eventually went on to form Netscape. I worked there for two years and have since been working in Macintosh and Microsoft products since then. Also, I have been the IT manager for another Department at the University of Illinois.

Music History

I first began teaching Music History at the University of Illinois when I was an undergrad there and gave lectures to Music Appreciation classes on the subject, about period instruments and the concertos of Hadyn.

After that, I continued to teach music history to my students in my music Adjunct Faculty jobs at both the University of Illinois at Chicago, and at Santa Monica College, where I currently am Adjunct Faculty in the Music Department. I have given and continue to give lectures all across the country where I talk about aspects of Music History as part of my presentations, and I teach members of my professional orchestra, Symphony 47, about music history and historical background and stylistic considerations in performing the pieces that we do. I also write articles in major music journals where I discuss the role of music history in style.

My teacher, Adolph Herseth, of the Chicago Symphony, whom I still get advice from, is considered one of the world's top experts on music history and its application to music pieces.

Music Theory

I have had years of experience in music theory and harmony and have taught the subject as Adjunct Music Faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was trained at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My bachelor's degree is in Spanish, Music and Business, and I have been a professional musician for years and played with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a member of the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. Currently, I am Principal Trumpet of Symphony 47, in Hollywood a professional orchestra conducted by Music Director Eimear Noone.

I also did research on music performance for my Master's at the University of Chicago where I studied musicians and their reactions to stage fright, something I am continuing with my PhD I am still finishing.

Currently, I also teach at Santa Monica College as an Adjunct Professor in the Music Department. I currently am reviewing an excellent book by Paul Hindemith on harmony that we may use if you decide to work with me. My theory students have all done very well. I help my students learn music theory and harmony in a very straightforward and clear way and we have fun doing it yet keep the standards high.

Organic Chemistry

At the University of Chicago, I took a number of courses that contained and required Organic Chemistry knowledge as part of my Master's degree taught by advisor, Dr. Philip C. H., who was faculty r the University of Chicago Medical School in Pharmacology, and was also Professor of Neurobiology, Pharmacology, and Physiology at the University of Chicago. Dr. H. taught me all aspects of organic chemistry as part of my coursework at the graduate level. The first day of class we did a massive organic chemistry problem.

I also had to use and understand organic chemistry to do research on my thesis on the nervous system and stage fright since I had to analyze the interaction of organic compounds on a neurotransmitter level. So I am very familiar with organic chemistry and use my knowledge in my current research for the PhD I am finishing. The pharmacology course I took for my thesis was the same pharmacology course the med students took and required a knowledge of organic chemistry. I took this course with my advisor as teacher.

In addition, I began reading college level textbooks in organic chemistry in the 5th and 6th grade and tried to work out reactions then. So O Chem is something I have been dealing with for a long time.

I have also taught a class to second-year medical students at the UCLA medical school's East-West Division which had aspects of organic chem in it that were fundamental to understanding the course.

Painting

For a number of years, I studied drawing, painting and sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, winning a Director's Prize where my works were put on permanent display. My works were also shown in galleries at a number of Chicago museums. My teachers at the Art Institute were world-renowned. I have been drawing, painting, sculpting and teaching ever since. I design all the professional artwork for our recording label here in Los Angeles and I also created a Memorial Tribute art piece devoted to the memory of John Lennon, for the annual Lennon tribute on the anniversary of his death held in Urbana,Illinois. My drawing and painting styles are modeled after those of Renoir, and Van Gogh, and my sculpture after that of Rodin.

Pharmacology

At the University of Chicago where I received my Master's degree, I took the actual pharmacology course that the Med students take and used the same textbook, Goodman and Gilman. My thesis advisor at the University of Chicago, Philip C. Hoffman, PhD taught the Pharmacology course at the University of Chicago Medical to the Med students and was my tutor. I received an A and used that course to continue further research on pharmacology, specifically the interaction of propanolol hydrochloride and its effect on beta receptors in the synaptic cleft and its other effects on neurotransmitters.

I continue to do research in the pharmacological area and have written academic articles in journals and continue this research with my PhD that I am finishing now. I created a field of science, psychoneuromusicology, to study, the effects of propranolol hyrdochloride a pharmacological agent, on neurotransmission.

I continue to research and lecture about this aspect of pharmacology at universities across the country as I have for the past seven years and in my work as an Adjunct Faculty at Santa Monica College.

Because of all these reasons, I would be glad to help any student, medical or graduate, or pharmacology student, with their pharmacology coursework.

Phonics

I have been reading since the age of two. By kindergarten, I memorized all the muscle groups of the body, and by grade school, I was reading college-level textbooks. I mastered phonics very early and have coached others for many years, including students from foreign countries.

By the time I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and my Master's degree from the University of Chicago, my ability to teach phonics reached a very high level. It is at an even higher level now as I finish my PhD.

I am able to teach phonics to anyone, from children to adults.

I am able to break down the steps and levels of phonics down to a simple format, so that the young student can master each level sequentially and get to the next stage. Phonics is a step-by-step process of mastery which I help my students easily achieve.

Physiology

I have been trained in Physiology at the University of Chicago where I received my Master's degree in Psychoneuromusicology and was trained as a neurophysiologist on all aspects of the physiology of the nervous system and the human body by my advisor, Dr. Philip C. Hoffman, Professor of Physiology at the University of Chicago Medical School. My thesis there dealt with physiology. I constantly am researching physiological topics and issues in my PhD that I am finishing and in the articles and books that I write. I have also taught at the UCLA Geffen Medical School at their East-West branch to second-year medical students on the neurophysiology of the body and stage fright.

Prealgebra

At the University of Illinois I did many advanced levels of Math through Calculus and at the University of Chicago I went to even higher levels of Math studying astrophysics and the Math required for astronomical and physics calculations of particles, their behavior, and their acceleration.

Proofreading

I have been proofreading for years. I was trained at the University of Chicago in writing and proofreading, one of the greatest writing and literature institutions in the world. I have a Master's degree from that institution and a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois. I am a published writer, book author and have many articles to my credit in which I served as my own proofreader. I have proofread many articles in many different subjects. I can also proofread in Spanish in which I am fluent.

I would be glad to proofread your work in any subject. I have an extensive background in psychology, history, math, science, computer science, business, literature and English in proofreading as well as in nearly 100 subject areas.

Psychology

I am currently finishing a PhD in Psychology from the Chicago School. My Master's is in psychoneuromusicoloogy from the University of Chicago and my bachelor's degree is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I have served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Santa Monica College where I currently teach. I have been tutoring students for years and they have all bee very successful. I also have written articles and a book on the subject and lecture across the country at major universities as an expert.

I would be glad to tutor you or your student in Psychology and help you succeed.

Public Speaking

I have been a public speaker and public speaking consultant since 2003. I have coached hundreds of people in public speaking and have done many many talks and lectures across the country and in Canada at many institutions and major universities and on the BBC.
At the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and the American Federation of Radio and TV Artists for actors in Hollywood I did many workshops and presentations that involved public speaking and performance. I also was a member of Toastmasters and did their public speaking training as well. In addition, I wrote a book on stage fright in 2003.

My students have successfully cured their public speaking problems and done very well. One of my students, Cathy Silvers, actress on the long-running TV show Happy Days, daughter of Phil Silvers said regarding my public speaking tutoring of her:

"If it wasn't for Mike G., my speech would have never gone as well as it did. This guy really knows his stuff"
-Cathy Silvers, "Jenny Piccolo" from Happy Days.

I am able to deal with my students' fears and anxieties about public speaking as well. I am an expert on performance anxiety in public speaking due to my training at the University of Chicago and my work as a stage fright and performance consultant for public speakers here in Los Angeles.

I have helped trial lawyers, accountants actors, musicians and many people from many walks of life with their public speaking and they have all done very well.

QuickBooks

I have been running Quick Books from its start, in my small business for many years, for my own company doing daily bookkeeping, managerial accounting, financial and tax reports..

I have tutored in Quick Books for years since I have used it in my business to employees and others.

This combined with my accounting background from the University of Illinois, and my computer expertise, makes Quick Books something that I am very good at teaching. I can teach anyone Quick Books and get them to a high level of competency.

Reading

I have been trained at the University of Chicago, and have had to analyze hundreds of texts over the years in reading. I teach anyone to read from school age students to adults. I keep things simple, yet keep the standards high. My students have fun but get very good at reading complicated texts of any kind. Currently, I am constantly reading texts and articles for my PhD which I am finishing part-time.

The University of Chicago has the most Nobel laureates in the world.

I would be delighted to teach you or your student how to read and analyze texts well!

Religion

At both the University of Illinois, the University of Chicago, the Hillel Foundation, and the Catholic Church I have taken extensive coursework from some of the world's foremost experts on every major religion of the world. Some of the coursework titles were, J.Z. Smith, Ancient Mediterranean World Religions, (UChicago), Wendy Doniger, Indian Religion (UChicago), Christianity, Catholicisim, David Bevington, (UChicago), Milton Ehre, Russian Orthodoxy, (UChicago), Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism, Rabbis Howie Alpert, Chief Rabbi Rine, Bet Din of Chicago, Rabbis Michael Arsers and Sniderman. (Hillel Foundation, Anshai Emeth, Rabbinical Court of Chicago), Lutheran Confessions and Martin Luther (UIllinois), Rixhard Scanlan, Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman Religions (UIllinois), Msgr. Rev. Close, St. John, Catholicism, (Catholic Church of Chicago). This is not a complete list but gives you an idea of my extensive background in the study of religion.

I also have tutored and taught the subject privately for many years since my training at the University of Illinois.

SAT Math

I have been trained at the University of Chicago in math and science as well as the University of Illinois. I teach anyone math from school age students to adults. I make things simple, fun, and my students learn to do math problems in all situations and levels and through practice SAT tests. When the SAT exam comes it will be easy for them in contrast to others and they will do well. I currently am pursuing a PhD where math still comes in handy!

SAT Reading

I have coached many students to success on the SAT in all areas. I am an expert at coaching for standardized tests. My students have come to me with deficiencies in their preparation, and have ended up with very high scores. There are many things a student needs to know when tackling deficiencies in reading comprehension, and these are the things that I teach them. I have been reading since I was two.

SAT Writing

I am an Adjunct Professor at Santa Monica College. I also am currently a PhD student. I am a writer and an author, having written a book, and many articles as well as a column in a publication for seven years. I could easily help you or your student with their writing difficulties on the SAT. I have helped many, many, students with their writing and all my students do very well.

I constantly write essays for my PhD and wrote many, many essays while at the University of Chicago where I received my Master's degree. I had many writing courses there from some of the greatest academic writers in the world. I also was trained in writing at the University of Chicago's world-renowned “Little Red Schoolhouse” writing program. They really taught me how to write very well!

You can do this!

Sight Singing

I have been teaching sight singing, solfeggio for nearly 20 years. My teacher for sight singing was a student of the legendary Marcel Tabiteau oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and faculty of the Curtis Institute. I was taught by his student, Arnold Jacobs in sight-singing and also was trained in sight-singing at the University of Illinois. I am one of the few teachers who teaches sight singing or solfeggio in the European system.

My students gain perfect pitch along with the ability to sight sing. I am also a professional musician and vocalist and my students range from grade school to professionals. I have played as a member of the Ravinia Festival Orchestra summer home of the Chicago Symphony and am also a trained opera singer and an expert on breathing and respiration. I have prepared many students for auditions and entrance tests on sight singing, including stage fright issues.

Social Studies

At the University of Chicago, I had extensive training in social studies, with one of the world authorities in the area, Ralph Nicholas, faculty, who is also a social studies editor for the Encyclopedia Brittanica. In his graduate course, and in other courses such as Ancient Mediterranean Myth, Religion, taught by J.Z. Smith, and in Wendy Doniger's Indian Anthropology and Religion course we covered extensive sections of the social studies curriculum. In addition, at the University of Illinois I also received advanced credit in social studies in the CLEP examination program. In my current PhD, we have already had extensive social studies coursework as part of our U.S. and international coursework, involving religion, anthropology, political science all blended together as part of a social studies component.

Sociology

At the University of Chicago, where I received my Master's degree, I had extensive coursework in sociology, taking classes from two of the greatest sociologists and anthropologists around. We covered sociological theories and perspectives from the present day from all countries and systems including the U.S., and the history of sociological thought and perspective and even discussed Indian sociology in great detail from the Vedic era.

Songwriting

I am an accomplished BMI professional songwriter and a member of the American Federation of Musicians and a member of the International Federation of Musicians as well. I have extensive musical training and have written a number of published and copyrighted works that have been broadcast to over 7 million listeners in major markets. I know how to write songs from all the basic steps to make a hit or for whatever purpose the writer wants.
My songs have been recorded and published on commercial recordings and are available digitally as well.

Spanish

I have been trained at the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois. I have a degree from the University of Illinois in Spanish Arts and Literature. I read, speak, and write Spanish fluently. I work with students from grade school to adults. I have been tutoring Spanish to students since I was in high school and have been speaking the language since childhood. I make things simple, fun, and my students learn to speak, read and write very well while having fun at the same time! In addition to the articles I write, I currently am pursuing a PhD so I am writing all the time!

Study Skills

I have been teaching study skills in my past job as Graduate Advisor for the University of Illinois for 2 years, and as part of my job as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Illinois at Chicago and in my current job as Adjunct Faculty at Santa Monica College.

I also have been teaching study skills for 20 years in my private tutoring. My students have all done extremely well in study skills. I make study skills simple, straightforward, and efficient enabling all of my students to do very well in school in whatever subject they are studying.

I have had to use study skills myself when I received both my bachelor's degrees from the University of Illinois, my Master''s from the University of Chicago, and in my current PhD program which I am finishing up.

Theatre

I am a professional actor and have been in motion pictures, television commercials and have done voice-over work. I have been trained in the Uta Hagen and Constantin Stanislavski schools of acting in the theatre. I have also been a member of a professional theatre company where I acted on stage. I am also an expert at performance practices for the stage, auditions, eliminating stage fright and increasing efficiency for actors in their work on stage, television, and film. I also serve as a consultant for the Screen Actors' Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists and teach workshops and give private coachings on curing stage fright for auditions and regular television, film or theatrical performance and rehearsals.

Trombone

I have been playing trombone and baritone for many years. My teacher on the trombone and baritone and tuba, was Arnold Jacobs, the legendary tuba, trombone and brass teacher from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. My bachelor's degree has been in Spanish, Music and Business from the University of Illinois and I have been a member of the Ravinia Festival Orchestra with members of the Chicago Symphony and have been a professional musician for nearly 30 years and have been teaching brass students including trombone for all of that time.

Trumpet

I have extensive experience and years of both teaching and performing on the trumpet. My advice and counsel is sought world-wide, and I have been featured in numerous magazines and articles and have been on the British Broadcasting Corporation's Classical Show, where myself and my work has been profiled.

My teachers, Adolph Herseth and Arnold Jacobs, are considered the two greatest trumpet and brass legends in instrumental history and I am carrying on their traditions. I currently am the trumpet professor at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, CA.

Voice (Music)

I have been taught correct vocal technique and breathing by Arnold Jacobs, one of the world's foremost authorities on singing and respiration. He coached some of the most famous singers of the 20th Century from the Metropolitan Opera of New York and the Lyric Opera of Chicago among other places.

I have sung professionally as a member of the Brunswick Balladeers, in professional choruses, and have given recitals in Italian.

My other voice teacher has been Elizabeth Hale Knox, of the Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus, Grant Park Chorus, Music of the Baroque and Handmaiden to the great soprano, Joan Sutherland.

I also sing commercial music having done professional pop recording. I have coached singers for many years in additional to instrumentalists and have been interviewed by one of the two top operatic and singing magazines in the World, Classical Singer.

Writing

I have been trained at the University of Chicago, in their world-renowned "Little Red Schoolhouse" writing program. I teach anyone to write from school age students to adults. Professionally, I have personally written a book, many articles, and have written a newspaper column for seven years. I make things simple, fun, and my students learn to write very well while having fun at the same time! In addition to the articles I write, I currently am pursuing a PhD so I am writing all the time!

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Education

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

University of Chicago (Master's)

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Enrolled)

A True Professional Michael is a fabulous teacher! His resume speaks for itself. We are very fortunate to have been able to work with Michael and benefit from his expertise. My son is a 10th grader and off to the best start in his entire academic life. Michael is versed in an array of subjects and academic skills. ...

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