I have been a teacher all my adult life. The diversity of my expertise may surprise the reader because I am a professional musician, a dedicated scholar and life-long learner. I teach all ages, up through master's level students. I'm a preceptor to new teachers. Understanding teaching modalities and learning styles is key.
Among my competencies are the ability to tutor writing, reading and literature,history, public speaking and organizational skills for kids with learning challenges.
I have a Masters degree in music pedagogy, and as an award-winning singer of such competitions as the Metropolitan Auditions, I have extensive performance experience. I have taught voice for a number of years, as well as foreign language diction, musicianship and related subjects. I am a member of the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), and write songs under my GoshGusMusic registration.
Writing prose, poetry, lyrics and essays are a passion of mine. I regularly contribute popular and classical music concert reviews to a few widely read online sources.
My most treasured moments as a teacher come when, having seemingly exhausted all the metaphors I know to explain a concept, I somehow pull one more from the air, and hear those exciting words from a student, "I get it!" We celebrate the moment, and take our inspiration to face the next challenge.
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