Hi! First and foremost, I would like to emphasize that learning shouldn't be painful, no matter what you're studying. My teaching style focuses on understanding a topic or specific learning point, instead of simply memorizing right or wrong answers. When it comes to languages and music, mastery comes from a well-rounded understanding of WHY something is correct, not just WHAT is correct. I've become very good at explaining the "why" aspects of language.
Before moving back to Colorado (I was born and raised here)I was an English teacher in Japan for 3 years. I taught all different ages, ranging from 2-years-old to 65-years-old. Many of my adult students were preparing for the TEFL exam, and I have extensive knowledge of the test.
I have the second-to-highest level of Japanese proficiency of the Japanese government recognized JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test). Basically, that means I can attend a Japanese university as a normal student.
I minored in Spanish at Willamette University. I've also taken graduate-level courses in Madrid at La Universidad Complutense.
I've played clarinet for 16 years, including two university bands. Before moving to Japan, I was a private clarinet instructor with Colorado Academy of Music and Dance. I can teach regular B-flat and E-flat soprano. Not only do I teach music and music theory, but also proper playing techniques specific to those clarinets (E-flat is especially unique).
Let's have some fun learning!
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