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Kit R.

Stafford Springs, CT

$40/hr

35 Years Experience Teaching Writing, Music, Theater

Usually responds in about 2 days

35 Years Experience Teaching Writing, Music, Theater

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I was a public school teacher for over thirty years. I taught English, History, Music and Theater. I retired in 2010 and was bored to tears. I have been a substitute teacher in all grades since my retirement. I love working with young people and have had great success as both a mentor and motivator for students of all ages. There are many different kinds of intelligence of which "book learning" is only one. Every student needs to learn where their talents lie and capitalize on those skills. My job as a teacher is to help students discover those skills which come naturally to them and to develop techniques to improve those skills which they find more difficult. Above all, learning must be a pleasant activity. My style makes it fun to learn, and once a student experiences success and starts to know the joy of accomplishment, amazing things start to happen.

English:
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Video Production
History:
American History, European History, Music History, World History
Music:
Composition (Music),
General Music, Guitar,
Music History, Music Theory, Piano,
Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, Voice (Music)
Art:
Art History, Art Theory , Composition (Music),
Drawing, Film, Painting, Theatre, Video Production
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
Piano,
Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Corporate Training:
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.

Composition (Music)

I am certified to teach Music by the State of Massachusetts and have done so for over 25 years. My compositions have been performed at public events and festivals and I have taught and tutored Music Composition to students who have gone on to succeed in colleges and universities throughout the country. One of my students works in Los Angeles, CA writing music for the film industry. Music composition combines theory with artistic flare and creative energy which results in unique and original music. One must not only learn the rules of the game, so to speak, but also be able to bring their own style to their compositions.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a 35 year veteran teacher k-12. I taught in the Massachusetts public schools and have retired to Connecticut. I have tutored students of all ages in English, Writing, Reading, History, Music and Theater. My expertise includes motivational development and positive self imaging for students. Learning is, and should be fun. My approach is to meet each student where they are and help them grow to grade level and beyond.

Guitar

I am a professional guitarist as well as a 25 year veteran High School Music Teacher. I have taught private and group lessons. My focus is on teaching students the basics and bringing them to the point where they can move to whatever style or genre they choose. From rock to classical, the guitar, like the piano, does it all. It is a truly versatile and brilliantly designed instrument.

Piano

As a 25 year veteran High School Music Teacher and church organist/pianist I have a great deal of experience playing the piano. Traditional piano teaching approaches the student as if he/she were going to become a concert, classical pianist. I teach my students how music works, and then how to apply it to the piano. Fingering, chord structure, reading and the basic elements of music (rhythm, melody & harmony) are, of course, common to all piano music, however endless scales and exercises I have found to be counterproductive to most student's learning process. I teach my students how to make the music they like on the piano using that music as their vehicle to mastering the instrument.

Public Speaking

I am certified by the State of Massachusetts to teach Drama and Speech and did so in High School for over 30 years. The art of Public Speaking also often includes the art of Speech Writing as well. I did my graduate work at the A.R.P at Harvard University, with a concentration in Speech and Drama. I teach both formal and informal elocution, with an emphasis on enunciation, style, dynamics and rhetoric.

Study Skills

I am a veteran teacher and tutor who has always concentrated on study skills as a prerequisite to the study of any and all subject areas. Listening, understanding, note taking, organizational skills, critical thinking and reading skills should be taught with the subject area as the vehicle to teach them. To paraphrase the old adage, "I don't give my students fish, I teach them how to fish!" I try to promote a lifelong love of learning in my students, which can only be accomplished if they are successful.

Voice (Music)

I am certified by the state of Massachusetts to teach both vocal and instrumental music. I am the music director/choir director/organist at the Wales Baptist Church in Wales, Massachusetts and am a professional vocalist myself singing at weddings, funerals, clubs, hotel lounges, restaurants and resorts up and down the East Coast for over thirty years.

American InterContinental University
Harvard University
Master's

Education

American InterContinental University

Harvard University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kit will travel within 30 miles of Stafford Springs, CT 06076.


About Kit

I was a public school teacher for over thirty years. I taught English, History, Music and Theater. I retired in 2010 and was bored to tears. I have been a substitute teacher in all grades since my retirement. I love working with young people and have had great success as both a mentor and motivator for students of all ages. There are many different kinds of intelligence of which "book learning" is only one. Every student needs to learn where their talents lie and capitalize on those skills. My job as a teacher is to help students discover those skills which come naturally to them and to develop techniques to improve those skills which they find more difficult. Above all, learning must be a pleasant activity. My style makes it fun to learn, and once a student experiences success and starts to know the joy of accomplishment, amazing things start to happen.

Education

American InterContinental University
Harvard University
Master's

Education

American InterContinental University

Harvard University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Stafford Springs, CT 06076

Kit’s Subjects

English:
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Video Production
History:
American History, European History, Music History, World History
Music:
Composition (Music),
General Music, Guitar,
Music History, Music Theory, Piano,
Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, Voice (Music)
Art:
Art History, Art Theory , Composition (Music),
Drawing, Film, Painting, Theatre, Video Production
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
Piano,
Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Corporate Training:
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.


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