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After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Literature, I moved to San Francisco and worked at the Chronicle as an assistant editor, during which time I also wrote reviews and feature articles for local magazines. I then moved to Los Angeles where I worked on TV documentaries as a writer and producer. When I wasn't working in production I taught ESL classes. I have also been playing guitar for over 35 years and have written hundreds of pop and rock songs.
I am now living in Marin and can offer you a wealth of real-world experience that can be applied to any of the subjects that I am tutoring, and for ESL students I have developed many techniques that make learning English fun.
I was a certified bi-lingual substitute teacher in Los Angeles for several years. I taught all the major subjects, including music. As a result of teaching on a semi-regular basis I have developed effective teaching methods that can be used with students of all learning abilities.
I have been playing guitar and writing songs for over 20 years. I have led several bands in the rock and pop genre. My compositions have been licensed to ad campaigns and to films. I have a good working knowledge of melody, harmony, chord patterns and song structure.
I have been playing acoustic and electric guitar semi-professionally for over 20 years. I can teach chords, scales, picking techniques and song structure. I have also written many songs on the guitar.
I have taken a college-level linguistics course and have learned the teaching of phonics over the years as an ESL teacher. I am good at explaining how sounds are made using the muscles of the mouth. I am also experienced in using flash cards to teach the names of sounds.
I have been writing songs in the pop and rock genre for over 20 years. I have also formed and led many bands that have played my songs live and in the studio. All together have recorded 4 CDs' worth of music. Some of my recordings have been licensed for film and advertising campaigns.
As a college graduate, I have developed several effective study methods. I am also good at showing students how to focus on important aspects of a lesson via proper note-taking. I have also developed many ways to memorize large amounts of information.
UC Berkeley (Literature)
Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00
Cancellation: 24 hours notice required
David will travel within 10 miles of Ross, CA 94957.
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