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Becca M.

Middletown, CT

$50/hr

Focused and Creative ESL, Piano, and Voice Tutor

Background check passed as of 9/23/14
Usually responds in about 1 hour

Focused and Creative ESL, Piano, and Voice Tutor

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Hello and thank you for browsing my tutor profile!

My name is Becca, and I am a highly creative and educated individual with a passion for inspiring students the way I was inspired by several teachers when I was growing up and attending college.

I received by Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in 2005, where my concentration was in English Literature and British Studies. I had the opportunity to study and live abroad in London, England during my junior year and this added a wealth of knowledge to my education.

I graduated in 2013 from BridgeTEFL online with my certification in teaching English as a foreign language. I currently tutor students in ESL who wish to improve their conversation, grammar, and pronunciation skills. I tailor my lessons to the interests of the student as well as their specific difficulties and needs. I welcome new ESL students! I also am available to tutor students in English, Writing, and Literature in college, as well as middle and high school.

I am currently contracted as a Children's Music Director and Musical Theater Teacher with a local community theater, and I have 27 years of performing arts experience and over 10 years of semi-professional music and theater performing experience. In addition, I have played the piano for over 20 years and was professionally trained for 10 years.

I tutor beginning and intermediate piano students ages 7 and up. A lot of my piano students are adults who always wanted to learn. I teach voice students of all levels beginning at age 10, 11, or 12 depending upon the maturity and focus of the student. My voice lessons are technique focused with special attention to connecting to the emotion of the music, and the material I choose for my students is selected from the musical theater and classical libraries. I teach regular weekly lessons as well as audition preparations. I am available to travel to the homes of my students to teach lessons, or conduct lessons in my own home studio.

My tutoring style is very precise but also relaxed. I believe that in order for students to fully learn, they must be given ample time to practice the lessons they are taught, so my lesson plans always allow for a beneficial practice and production period through the course of the lesson. I encourage questions and discussion, as I do not feel that anyone learns very well by just being lectured and only experiencing "teacher to student" interaction.

The most important thing you could know about me is that I am not only knowledgeable in the areas of ESL/TEFL, Music, Theater, Piano, English, and Literature, but I am very excited about these fields and love sharing them with others.

While I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy, I am flexible with offering make-up sessions.

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have, and I would love the opportunity to tutor you in any of the fields in which I am knowledgeable.

Testimonials

"Great Teacher, Very Patient and Flexible"

- Bruna, Hartford, CT on 9/5/14

"Very Patient "

- Erica, Plantsville, CT on 8/28/14

"Climbing Even Higher"

- Tonya, Rocky Hill, CT on 5/6/14
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature, Public Speaking
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Grammar
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Piano
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

English

I hold an English Literature degree from Florida State University and graduated with over a 3.5 GPA in my concentration. I studied abroad in London, England and learned much more about Literature as a whole.

I recently graduated from BridgeTEFL, receiving my certification with a Grammar endorsement.

ESL/ESOL

I am certified to teach English as a foreign language by Bridge TEFL, and I also have a grammar endorsement from that company. I received an English Literature degree from Florida State University and graduated with over a 3.5 GPA in my concentration. When tutoring ESL students, I focus on equally teaching the four elements of English, including speaking, writing, reading, and listening.

Grammar

I recently received my TEFL certification with a grammar endorsement, having added 40 credit hours in grammar study to my program. I graduated with a B.A. in English from Florida State University.
I used to be a proofreader at a publishing company of non-fiction help books, and have edited, proofed, and published two books for friends of mine.

I have been responsible for grammatically correcting multiple newsletters and other documents for two of my previous positions.

Piano

I have tutored beginning students in how to read music and play the piano. I began taking piano lessons in 1990 and continued through 2001, winning multiple regional and state awards for my performance. I have accompanied other performers and have played for church services. I am able to play by ear as well as by reading music.

Public Speaking

I took a public speaking course in college and received a 100% grade in the class. Two of my previous jobs required me to speak publicly. I have given public speeches in front of a college class at Parsons Institute in NYC, and for the Professional Jewelry Association in NYC. My teaching method for public speaking includes ways to make the student feel more relaxed and comfortable with themselves in order to effectively get their point across.

Sight Singing

I learned how to read music at the age of three and am a classically trained vocalist. I have performed as a soloist and with numerous groups where I have had to sing directly from reading the music on the page. I have given brief tutoring to one student on how to read music and sing this way.

Theatre

I have nearly 20 years experience as an actor in leading roles, supporting roles, and chorus roles for both dramatic and musical theatre. I have performed regionally and semi-professionally and have taken many workshops over the years with experts in the field to hone my craft. I am a musical theatre teacher at a community theatre in my area.

Voice (Music)

I was classically trained in voice beginning at age 5 from two maestros, and sang with various regional and national choirs. I have nearly 20 years of experience in musical theatre, and 10 years experience as a semi-professional jazz/standards singer. I have coached vocal students to prep them for musical auditions. I am a Musical Theatre teacher at a community theatre in my area.

Florida State University
English Literature

Education

Florida State University (English Literature)

Great Teacher, Very Patient and Flexible — Becca was an awesome ESL teacher. She has a great method, always bringing some theory with practice and fun activities/games that helped a lot to develop my communication in English. What I think was wonderful is the fact that Becca is a really complete tutor: as she teaches voice classes, she helped me improve my pronunciation, going deep inside the language and the sounds I had trouble speaking. ...

— Bruna, Hartford, CT on 9/5/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My normal rate is $50 for one hour and $25 for a half hour. Please contact me directly for any rate negotiations.

Travel policy

Becca will travel within 25 miles of Middletown, CT 06457.


About Becca

Hello and thank you for browsing my tutor profile!

My name is Becca, and I am a highly creative and educated individual with a passion for inspiring students the way I was inspired by several teachers when I was growing up and attending college.

I received by Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in 2005, where my concentration was in English Literature and British Studies. I had the opportunity to study and live abroad in London, England during my junior year and this added a wealth of knowledge to my education.

I graduated in 2013 from BridgeTEFL online with my certification in teaching English as a foreign language. I currently tutor students in ESL who wish to improve their conversation, grammar, and pronunciation skills. I tailor my lessons to the interests of the student as well as their specific difficulties and needs. I welcome new ESL students! I also am available to tutor students in English, Writing, and Literature in college, as well as middle and high school.

I am currently contracted as a Children's Music Director and Musical Theater Teacher with a local community theater, and I have 27 years of performing arts experience and over 10 years of semi-professional music and theater performing experience. In addition, I have played the piano for over 20 years and was professionally trained for 10 years.

I tutor beginning and intermediate piano students ages 7 and up. A lot of my piano students are adults who always wanted to learn. I teach voice students of all levels beginning at age 10, 11, or 12 depending upon the maturity and focus of the student. My voice lessons are technique focused with special attention to connecting to the emotion of the music, and the material I choose for my students is selected from the musical theater and classical libraries. I teach regular weekly lessons as well as audition preparations. I am available to travel to the homes of my students to teach lessons, or conduct lessons in my own home studio.

My tutoring style is very precise but also relaxed. I believe that in order for students to fully learn, they must be given ample time to practice the lessons they are taught, so my lesson plans always allow for a beneficial practice and production period through the course of the lesson. I encourage questions and discussion, as I do not feel that anyone learns very well by just being lectured and only experiencing "teacher to student" interaction.

The most important thing you could know about me is that I am not only knowledgeable in the areas of ESL/TEFL, Music, Theater, Piano, English, and Literature, but I am very excited about these fields and love sharing them with others.

While I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy, I am flexible with offering make-up sessions.

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have, and I would love the opportunity to tutor you in any of the fields in which I am knowledgeable.

Testimonials

"Great Teacher, Very Patient and Flexible"

- Bruna, Hartford, CT on 9/5/14

"Very Patient "

- Erica, Plantsville, CT on 8/28/14

"Climbing Even Higher"

- Tonya, Rocky Hill, CT on 5/6/14

Education

Florida State University
English Literature

Education

Florida State University (English Literature)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

My normal rate is $50 for one hour and $25 for a half hour. Please contact me directly for any rate negotiations.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Middletown, CT 06457

Becca’s Subjects

English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature, Public Speaking
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Grammar
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Piano
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Becca M.

Becca M. passed a background check on 9/23/14. The check was ordered by Becca through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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