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Roosevelt C.

"With Only Two Notes We Can Build a Song"

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My name is Roosevelt. I'm a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts. I attended The University of the District of Columbia. I visited Hart School of Music in Hartford Connecticut for 3 months, also I visited Howard University where I was offered a scholarship.

Experience: Maury Elementary School in DC with their after study program. I volunteered teaching theory at USPS with various co-workers. I performed at various churches, halls and clubs using my own compositions and arrangements.
I tutored two students in bass and piano! My teaching methods combine physical practicing, along with theory. I have a 20 lessons to start, then another 20 lessons plans and so on. I do add scriptures in my lesson, because this is where the understanding comes in to play. A student cannot grow unless he/she understands each lesson.



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Composition (Music)

I've taken music classes at University of the District of Columbia. One of the subjects was Composition.

I was tutored by a senior from Hartt School of Music.

I composed/arranged hundred of musical pieces and performed them.

I would teach the student scales:7 letter of the alphabet A-G.
I would teach accidentals: shapes and flats: Shape raise a note a half step, Flat lowers a note a half step.

I would teach clefs: treble and bass.
I would teach intervals: the distance from one note to the next.
What notes do I use? I would teach Key signatures. Esp. The key of C has no shapes or flats, A-G are the notes you use.
I would teach harmony: each note has its own chord that's assign to it. C=Cmajor7,D=Dminor7,E=Eminor7,F=Fmajor7,G=Gdominant7.
I would teach chords: 3 notes or more played together.
I would teach arpeggios: 1st,3rd, and 5th., which is a triad.
I would teach repeats: where a 1 or more is play over.
I would teach how to connect different part of the piece to another part.
I would teach accent: making a note shorter (staccato)use a (.), or softer (pianissimo) using a (p)
Encourage a student to practice, and what ever he comes up with to write it down.

I can't teach imagination.


I have completed the Hal Leonard All About Drums Book/CD Series.

I have been studying Drums for more than 20 years.

I have Taught/Instructed the drum section for a Jazz Youth Ensemble.

I have Taught/Instructed at church.

I've recorded many Gospel tracks and Some Jazz tracks, and perform live.

The Student will learn how to hold the drum sticks properly. Left hand drummers are in for a treat, because I am left handed, so the lefty student will get "extra" personal training.

General Music

My Time at UDC was as a Full Music Major, which included Ear Training & Sight Reading, Piano, Private Bass lesson, Music Theory, and Jazz History, all while Performing 6 nights a week at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Crystal City.
Music is an art form whose core is sound and silence.

The student will learn about Pitch.
The Student will learn about Melody and Harmony.
The student will learn about tempo, meter, and articulation.
The sttudent will learn about Dynamics.
Music ranges from strict organized composition,and improvisational art form.
The student will learn the division of Music.
The student will learn the difference between Performing Art, Fine Art, and Auditory Art.
The student will learn why music can be an important part of people lives.
The student will learn what the Greeks and Indians philosphers thougths on Music.
The student will learn what the 20th century composer thought about music.
The student will learn what Musicologist Jean-Jacques Nattiez thoughts on music were.
The student will learn about Prehistoric music.
The student will learn what the Indian classical is.
The student will learn what are some the oldest prehistoric musical instrument are.
The student will learn what the oldest available musical notation is.
The student will learn music of Eqypt.
Did a Egyptians god create music?
Biblically: whose the father Harp and Pipe?
The student will learn who was the person who performed for king Saul.
What age did the Greek start teaching their boys?
In Greece a double reed instrument is called what?
In Greece a plucked string instrument is called what? The student will learn.
The student will learn what is the oldest completed musical composition.
The student will learn when did the advances in music start, and by whom.
The student will learn what a monophonic liturgical plainsong is called.
The student will learn when the Renaissance Period started.
The student will learn where the musician performed in the Renaissance Period.
The student will learn where some of the best composers came from during that time.
Northern France composers were called what?
The student will learn when the Baroque Period started?
Who was J.S. Bach?
The student will learn what musical form came from this period.
The student will learn what musical forms expanded during the Baroque Period.
The student will learn when the Classical Period started.
The student will learn what the Homophony Style is.
The student will learn what a Trio, String Quartet, Serenade, and divertimento are.
The student will learn the well known composers of Classical Period.
The student will learn when the Romantic Period started.
The student will learn what well known that were of the Classical & Romanic Periods.
The student will learn the Prevalent Theme of Romantic Period.
The Student will learn what art form evolved in the Romantic Period.
The student will learn what the Indian classical music is.
The student will learn what the Chinese Scale is.
The student will learn about 20th & 21st Century Music.
Where did Jazz originate?
What are some of the elements of Jazz?
When did Rock start, and from what forms did it come about?
The student will learn what derided from Both Jazz & Rock.
The student will the difference between Analog Music & Digital Music.
The student will learn what an unknown Composer's music is called.
The student will learn Ornaments of Music.
The student will learn what Trills can do.
The student will learn what Turns are.
The student will learn about Lead Sheets.
The student will learn how to Flesh Out or how build a tune from a Lead Sheet.
The student will learn about Improvisation.
The student will learn about Chordal Accompaniment.
The student will learn the Introduction to:
-Basic Musical Notation
-Basic Chord Construction
-Basic Musical Rhythms
-Basic Forms and Texture
-System of Major and Minor Tonality.
-Musical Syntax
-Monophony Sounds
-Polyphony Sounds
-Homophony Sounds
-Basic Piano Knowledge (since the piano range can cover All Musical Instruments).
-Appreciation for Basic Singing
-Appreciation for Basic Vocal Harmonies.
-Appreciation for the discussion on explaining how and why Music is Perceived.
-Improvisation and Jazz Concepts.
The student will learn where Professional Musicians Perform.
The Student will learn the difference between an Amateur and a Professional.
-The Instructor will lead the Student into the realm of Cognition. The mental process of knowing why or how music is analyzed, composed, and performed. The possible limits of musical systems. Touching upon understanding Naturnal musical ability. Also, understanding emotional concepts of music. For esp. deaf people can experience music by feeling the vibrations in their body By: This will learn the student learn.
-The Student will Sociology.
a. High Culture
b. Low Culture
-The Student will learn Musical Media and Technology.



The Lowest Part of the Harmoy Chord structure.
The Groove Keeper.
The helper of The Time.


The had Stark or Stroll
The Machines or Tuners
The Nut
The Neck
The Finger Board
The Bridge (Wood for Upright or Metal electric)
The Tail Piece (Upright)
The Peg (Upright)Metal or Wood
The Heart of the Tuning is The 4 String set up, which consist of (from lowest to highest) E-A-D-G
Extended range set up to 5 - 8 string Indivisually.
Or 8 string which is a 4 String with an Octave String doubling each string. Or 12 string, which is a 6 string with an Octave String doubling each string.
The student will be Taught that Bass is:
The Upright (or Acoustic or Stand up) has an average string Lingth of 42".
The Electric has an average string length of 26" to 36".
There are an average of from 30 Frets to 26 Frets.
The Simandl Method teaches the use of 4 finger: Pinter, Middle Finger, with Ring and Pinky together. Unorthodox fingering is: Pointer, Middle, Ring, and Pinky used separately.
Simandl Version is Best over the long haul, because the the Ring and Pinky are on the same Tenon, therefore used together the hand remains strengthen. Ring and Pinky fingers played Separately put constant stress on the Hand, which could lead to damage.

One will will Teach:

That the Bass is to support, complete the Harmony, and lead (also).
a. Support: backup leader, Aid with Time Keeping.
Help drive and push the Band, add necessary Groove
b. Complete the Harmony (A Chord consist of 3 or more notes being played smultaneously). The Lead note or Voice(solo [melody]), Middle note or Voice (backup horns or piano), and The Root Note (The Bass) The Chord is not complete without The Bass (or Root Note).
c. Lead: The long Range of Low E to 3 octave up to G affords the Advanced Bass Player to play Melodies, Harmony insertion and Solos.

One will Teach How to Read Bass Parts, Chord Changes, and How To Play By Ear.
a. Bass Part: read one Note at a time.
How to recongise musical symbols such as Bass Clef, Key Signature, Repeats, Rest, Accent Marking.
b. Chord Changes(are Chord that fix over a measure of molodic tones.) One will teach How Beak down a Chord on sight. One will Teach How To choose the correct Notes to support Band, Play Melodies, of Solo.
-One will Teach the Porper way to sit or stand, while playig The Bass.
-One will Teach How to Tune A Bass using Open String Technique, Harmonic Technique, Piano Technique, and by using a commerial toner.
- One will Teach Thumb, Slay, and Pull Techniques, and
-One will Teach Picking Technique, Strumming Technique Also.
a. Thumb: The use of The side of the player thumb to strike the string causing the string vibrate.
b. Slap: using the palm side of the hand usually slappin the string where the fingers Hit the string Between Middle to Top of the Palm side of the hand.
c. Pull: One uses the pointer or the Middle finger to Pull a string from Underneath Lifting if Outward, then Letting ot go.
d. Picking Technique: While holding a pick Using the thumb and Pointer. One would Teach the proper up Stroke and down Stroke Melodically and Chordal.

-I will teach the student the Two Octave Major and Minor Scales.

- One will teach The Six Positions on the bass.

-One will teach Harmonics.

-One will teach The Thump Position and beyond.

-One will teach Musical Modes also.

-One will teach the Complexity of Jazz Music, and how to walk Bass Lines. Also, how to understand and play The Swing, Bebop, Cool, Modal, Free Form styles of the idiom.

-One will teach the intricate rhythms of Raggae Music.

-One will teach the diversity of Gospel Music.

-One will introduce the practice of Classical Music.

-One will teach the syncopated Style and rhythms of Latin Music.

-One will teach the Brazilian Samba of the Bossa nova Style of Music.

-One will teach Hand Strengthening Techniques.

-One will Teach Wrist and Fore Arm Strengthening Techniques.

-One will teach the patience, endurance, strength, and beauty of Ballads.

-One will teach the Waltz (3/4 time)Music.

-One will teach how to sing while playing the Bass technique.

-One will teach how to prepare for Auditions.

-One will teach how to prepare for Performances.

-One will teach how to recognize and correct the unusal.

- One will even Teach How To Knot a Broken String.


I studied piano at The University of District of Columbia.
I also had some private lessons.
I was hired as a pianist for several local churches.
I have written hundreds of songs for piano and voice.

Piano Lesson:

The student will be taught: How to sit properly at the piano.
The white keys are your natural keys or notes.
The Black keys are your sharp or flat keys or notes.
The thumb is your 1st finger on your right hand.
The pointer is your 2nd finger on your right hand.
The middle finger is your 3rd finger on your right hand.
The ring finger is your 4th finger on your right hand.
The pinky finger is your 5th finger on your right hand. (Same for the left hand)
But will suggest my alteration of fingering, which I personnally find helpful.
esp. The pinky finger is your 1st finger on your left hand.
The ring finger is your 2nd finger on your left hand.
The middle finger is your 3rd finger on your left hand.
The pointer is your 4th finger on your left hand.
The thumb is your 5th finger on your left hand.
How to assign each note with the right finger
Treble clef: (mainly right hand playing)
Bass clef (Mainly left playing
Chords: 3 or more notes that play simultaneously.
Rhythm: different syncopated patterns and passages
Read music: right hand reading/playing.
Left hand reading/playing.
Both hands - simultaneously playing with both hands.
How to recognize and understand key signatures.
How to recognize and understand meters.
How to play accents, accidental, and all musical expressions.
The student will learn: Damper pedal - the right pedal on the piano, which removes all devices from the string(s), allowing the string to vibrate freely.
Sostenuto- sustained - the middle pedal.
Led: means to press the sustain pedal.
*: means to release the pedal.
Soft Pedal: the left most pedal
Una corda - instruction for the left soft pedal to be press.
Tre corde - is for una corda instructions to be canceled.
Dynamics: Pianissimo (pp)- [to play]very soft
Piano (p) - soft
Mezzo piano (mp) - moderately soft
Mezzo forte (mf) - moderately loud
forte (f) - loud
fortissimo (ff) - very loud
Tempo: quarter note=104 means that the quarter note gets or represent the beat, and that 104 quarter notes will be played a minute or one quarter note a second.

Pick up notes: The notes that are just before the main section (or notes that lead up to the main melody).

Prelude: A series of noes (music)[that set up the pitch and key] played before the main melody.

Interlude: A series of notes (music) inserted between or into the main melody.

Post-lude: A series of notes (music) played after the main melody.

Ubergreifen: to cross the hands in piano playing.
The student will taught the Grand Staff (the Treble staff and the bass staff combined).

Sight Singing

While I was at The University of the District of Columbia Majoring in music, I studied Sight Singing.

Sight Singing opens up a range of possibilities.

1. Sight Singing helps with Sight Reading. I will teach the student how.

2. Sight Singing helps the musician understand difficult passages in music. I will the student how.

3. Sight Singing helps the player to gauge and recognize intervals, apeggios, jumps, leaps, modents, turns, and the like. I will teach the student how.


I have been tutored and encouraged by my brother Arthur (who was a proficient poet).

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Roosevelt is a one of a kind tutor. Creative and Skillful . Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. Very Professional. He is serious about music and teaching music. Patient and Sensitive to the need of the parent and student. ...

— Elaine from Silver Spring, MD on 11/20/11);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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Roosevelt will travel within 20 miles of Washington, DC 20019.

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