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Alisha R.

Hollywood, FL

$55/hr

Artistically Focused Tutoring - Music, Language Arts, and More

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Artistically Focused Tutoring - Music, Language Arts, and More

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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!

Language:
ESL/ESOL
Music:
Ear Training,
General Music, Sight Singing, Voice (Music)
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness,
Soccer
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading

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.

Ear Training

I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Requirements for graduation include, among many other courses, a minimum of 4 Ear Training courses, which were weekly courses that were taken back to back during the first 4 semesters at Berklee. I passed each course with an A average, and had to apply what I learned in ear training in all my subsequent courses at Berklee (Harmony, Counterpoint, songwriting, transcription, etc.).

Elementary (K-6th)

Tutoring elementary students is not simply about going through the motions of a child's homework. Students at this age also thrive from positive words of encouragement, critical thinking situations, and social skills opportunities in order to boost their self-esteem and self confidence.

I have been working with children ages 3-12 years old in after-school and enrichment capacities for over 8 years, and I have been a substitute K-6 teacher in several private schools. Communication among parents, teachers, tutors, and after-school help is essential, and the more help a struggling student has, the better his or her confidence will be.

English

English is pretty much unlike most other languages, in that it utilizes elements of so many other languages. At times it can seem intimidating, random, and out to trip you up - let me help you navigate this path so that you emerge with the confidence to effectively communicate your ideas, be they written or spoken.

ESL/ESOL

English is a tough language to learn, even for native speakers! Grammar, pronunciation, word choice, subject-verb agreement - a lot of these rules differ from one language to another. As an ESL tutor to many international students at Berklee College of Music, and as an ESL student myself (learning both French and Wolof languages for research and travel), I can understand the difficulties and help students navigate them with more confidence.

Fitness

Fitness has been a lifelong passion of mine. Throughout my primary and secondary school years, I played on multiple soccer teams (for club, cup, and Olympic development training). Our trainings were intensive and we were taught the importance of conditioning and endurance, healthy meal planning, and rest and recovery. For 9 years I have been a dancer and performer of West African music, a highly physical and energetic form of dance that requires endurance, flexibility, stamina, coordination, and muscle memory. Our rehearsals were intense and we would spend up to 20 hours per week in training for performances. Currently, I am an avid walker, runner, and gym member, and I plan my workouts around increasing strength and flexibility, while maintaining endurance. Through my own research of the writings of yoga and Crossfit professionals, I learn how to rehab pulled muscles, train preventatively to avoid injury, and increase strength training safely.

Grammar

Grammar can be tricky in any language, but due to the composite nature of the English language, it can be especially challenging to navigate. Whether you're a native English speaker or an ESL student, I can help you out!

Literature

When I was of school age, I devoured books of all types. Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment" and Camus' "The Stranger" may have been school-mandated, but I still re-read them today. Plot, theme, character development, setting, and conflict - we can work through these together to help you develop a clearer understanding of and admiration for the art of the written word!

Proofreading

Proofreading is much like grammar in the sense that you can never be too careful. One small typing error could result in a grade change, or, on a grander scale, a slip-up cemented into a marketing brochure. A second pair of eyes can help students as well as professionals make sure they put their very best foot forward.

Reading

Reading comprehension is an essential part of literacy at any age. There is sometimes a large gap between what a student is able to read aloud and what he or she is able to understand.

As the former Program Coordinator of two after-school programs funded by Miami-Dade county, I saw firsthand the progress our students made (or didn't make) in their daily literacy program. I was able to work with a Literacy coordinator through Project RISE in order to evaluate students' literacy abilities, and provide hands-on remediation opportunities for those who were struggling. We saw dramatic improvement both in the students' reading comprehension as well as their self confidence - the two go hand in hand!

Spelling

Good spelling, whether you realize it or not, could mean the difference between passing that test (or not), and also landing that great job (or not). Correct spelling conveys that you pay attention to detail, and take the time to make corrections before hastily submitting something. Let's work on spelling together so that you always put your best foot forward!

Vocabulary

A good and diverse vocabulary can only provide you a leg up on the competition - in class AND in the job market. Speaking clearly, eloquently, and intelligently can help you to better convey your ideas, feelings, and instructions. Let's get started today!

Voice (Music)

I am a vocalist who has been singing for over two decades. My voice instruction began 16 years ago with private vocal lessons, as well as intensive training in high school concert and chamber choirs, and district choirs. In 2000 I rehearsed and performed with the Pittsburgh Jr. Mendelssohn choir, and I was a member of our high school musical productions. In 2000 I attended the Carnegie Mellon pre-college summer vocal program and gained college credits for all vocal performance and theory courses. I attended Berklee College of Music 2001-2004 as a vocal music major, and had the opportunity not only to study privately with some of the world's best vocalists, but also be judged each semester by those professors on my progress. I frequently utilize vocalization in my group music making sessions as the owner of Just Add Rhythm LLC.

Writing

A lot of times people (students and professionals alike) will say, "I have the ideas up in my head, but I haven't put them to paper yet." Well, what are you waiting for? Writing is one of the clearest ways of organizing one's ideas to convey to teachers, fellow students, colleagues, interviewers, and potential clients - just to name a few. Often times, getting started is the biggest hurdle. Sometimes it helps to have someone to think things through aloud, and then help you organize your thoughts on paper - be it a thesis, a business plan, or a college essay.

Alisha’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Alisha. View all of Alisha’s resources

I recently finished up a teaching gig at a local summer camp, working with children ages 2 1/2 through 13 years old teaching them rhythm, music and movement. Boy, did we have fun! We played so many cool rhythm games that helped the campers improve their listening skills, both musically and otherwise. One of my favorite games is called "A Stitch in Time," a game in Kalani's book "The... read more

Greetings, new readers! This is my first blog post, and considering I'm new to WyzAnt, I have chosen to post about my prior experiences teaching music to little ones. I teach a rhythm curriculum called Rhythm Kids (www.rhythmkids.com), which was developed in the Boston, MA area and has really grown and expanded in the last few years. I also have received training in teaching world rhythms/instruments... read more

Berklee College of Music, Boston
Tufts University
Master's

Education

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Tufts University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

2 hours or more - $45/hr Cancellation policy - if cancelling with less than 24 hours notice, half the hourly rate will apply.

Travel policy

Alisha will travel within 10 miles of Hollywood, FL 33021.


About Alisha

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!

Education

Berklee College of Music, Boston
Tufts University
Master's

Education

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Tufts University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

2 hours or more - $45/hr Cancellation policy - if cancelling with less than 24 hours notice, half the hourly rate will apply.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Hollywood, FL 33021

Alisha’s Subjects

Language:
ESL/ESOL
Music:
Ear Training,
General Music, Sight Singing, Voice (Music)
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness,
Soccer
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading

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.


Alisha’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Alisha. View all of Alisha’s resources

I recently finished up a teaching gig at a local summer camp, working with children ages 2 1/2 through 13 years old teaching them rhythm, music and movement. Boy, did we have fun! We played so many cool rhythm games that helped the campers improve their listening skills, both musically and otherwise. One of my favorite games is called "A Stitch in Time," a game in Kalani's book "The... read more

Greetings, new readers! This is my first blog post, and considering I'm new to WyzAnt, I have chosen to post about my prior experiences teaching music to little ones. I teach a rhythm curriculum called Rhythm Kids (www.rhythmkids.com), which was developed in the Boston, MA area and has really grown and expanded in the last few years. I also have received training in teaching world rhythms/instruments... read more


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