Greetings, families and prospective students! If you are looking for a tutor who specializes in the arts (language, music, creative/performing, and more), then I hope you'll take a closer look at me! My name is Alisha, and I have an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Prior to that, my undergraduate degree was in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (summa cum laude, class of 2004). My musical education ranges from voice to theory to instrumental. My voice skills include classical/opera, choral, pop/rock/country, jazz, musical theater, folk, and world styles. Theory education includes music theory, harmony, sight-reading, etc. My instrumental work covers prior piano training and current world music percussion instruments, including West African drums and various hand percussion. Additionally, I am a dancer of West African styles who has performed in a variety of professional and amateur companies in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Miami. My master's research was conducted in Senegal, West Africa, where I had first-hand experience researching professional drum and dance companies. Also, I had the opportunity to improve my French and Wolof (native spoken language of Senegal) speaking skills while there.
In addition to music and performance-related activities, I am also highly qualified to work with tutoring in language arts, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, studying and writing skills. While gaining my research-based master's degree, I had an opportunity to greatly improve my writing, studying, research, and critical thinking skills - plus I proofread like you wouldn't believe!
Lastly, you may be asking yourself how this qualifies me to work with children of any age. I have been working with children ages infant to middle school for the past 8 years, in a variety of settings - fitness, recreational, after-school, substitute teacher, music and movement instructor, and others too numerous to mention. In 2011-2012 I was the Program Coordinator for a grant-funded after-school program that services several sites in Miami-Dade county, which required not only supervision of instructors and administrative duties, but also direct care work with the students in the program as their Rhythmic Art instructor. Currently, I have ventured out on my own to create a business that promotes social skills and life skills development through the fun medium of rhythm!
I look forward to working with you or your family members in the future, in order to help them achieve their academic and artistic goals!
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