Hello to everyone who is reading this! My name is Richard, and I have been playing music and doing mathematics for a substantial amount of time. Let me begin with telling you about my math background: I started taking a basic Algebra 1 course at my community college. At first I just wanted to take math to get it out of the way; I will be completely honest, when I was younger I really disliked math, but as I started taking math at the college level, I slowly started to realize math was my thing, and I fell in love with math. Even though math wasn't my major, I took every class at my community college level, with the exception of Statistics. This includes Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations. Linear Algebra is the most difficult class offered at this community college, with maybe the exception of organic Chemistry (I hear that class is very tough). Out of a class of 20-30 students, I got the highest grade in my class, missing a total of 3 points. I am not the kind of guy who tries to seem smarter than I am. If I am asked a question, and I don't know the answer, I won't pretend to know it, and give you false information, but what I WILL do, is I will figure it out, and find the answer for you. There is no way of knowing EVERYTHING, but my promise to all of my students is, if I don't know something, I will figure it out, and make sure my knowledge is passed onto you. I have tutored for my college, in the math lab, and in the "MESA" center. MESA stands for Math Engineering Science Achievement. I tutored Calc 1, Calc 2, Calc 3, Linear Algebra and some Differential Equations. The MESA center also offered workshops for students to gain a more in-depth understanding of a particular subject. I ran the Linear Algebra workshop, and had a group of about eight people who showed up on a regular basis. Now that you know a bit about my math background, let me tell you about my music background: when I was 14 years old I was homeschooled, because my mother believed it was much better to learn at your own pace, and to focus on subjects that really meant a lot to you. Well, I was homeschooled through what they call a charter school. At this charter school they offered many courses, such as math, biology, guitar, etc. I had accidentally walked into a guitar class, and I sat in the first day, and became very interested in music. At this point in time, I didn't own a guitar, but I learned as much as I could without one. After 6 months of learning guitar (remember I didn't own one at this time), I finally bought one from a pawn shop. After one week of owning a guitar, I was the top guitarist in the class, playing my exercises very well, and accurately, with speed. My teacher saw my talent and he asked me to play guitar for his choir. I played guitar almost every waking moment until I was 16. When I turned 16 I was introduced to the piano. At this moment, I fell in love with music and the passion that came with it. Music is very powerful. With the stroke of a key, or the pluck of a string, you can make anyone laugh, or cry. Music brings emotions out in anyone, and I love the feeling when I can make music speak to people. There is no better feeling in the world than bringing joy and happiness to others through music. When I was introduced to the piano, I couldn't afford a full size piano, so I practiced on a four octave plug-in keyboard. After eight months of playing on a small keyboard, I realized I really needed a full sized 88 key piano, so I stopped playing piano for four months to work very hard at a honey factory, where we took the honey from the honey comb, and put it into barrels, so the owner could sell the honey for profit. After buying my piano, I started practicing for twelve hours a day, doing this for two years straight. I used to wake up every morning at 5:30am, eat breakfast, then start my practice at 6am (I am SURE my mom loved getting woken up every morning by a piano, haha). I had some very high goals for myself, since I started piano "late" in life. I wanted to be a concert pianist, that is where my dedication and focus came from. I performed my first piano recital after playing piano for only three months. I performed "Rondo Ala Turka" or as others may know it, "Turkish March" composed by Mozart. This piece was performed for a small group, of about 20 people, at my old church, and was played by heart. After playing piano for two years, I started taking private composition lessons from a man named Ron, out in the country. I took composition lessons for two years with Ron, then took a two-year course of music theory at my college. I scored nearly 100% in this year series of four classes: Theory 4,5,6,7. I am a very dedicated student myself, and I love to learn. There isn't a day where I am not learning something. To learn is to succeed, and this is what I am here for. I want to help people succeed in their own personal goals, and become the best they can be. I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I really hope to hear from you soon, have a wonderful day, and in every step we take, keep on learning! Take care everyone!
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