Most would say that my attention to detail in foreign languages borders on obsessive, though I think it helps. The years, and years, that I have put into studying both French and Japanese, as well as validation by native speakers on my proficiency has proven worth it. As detail-oriented as I can be about these two languages, however, I can be even more so about my native tongue, English. As a writer, grammar and its proper use are important to me, just as much as developing one's own voice on paper.
I can assure you that any student will receive my full time attention. Where languages and singing are concerned, pronunciation and articulation are two areas that I focus heavily on. Having been a Japanese tutor this past academic year, I can say with great pride that all of my students have greatly improved in both of those areas, as well as having gained leaps and bounds in their understanding of Japanese grammar. In teaching, I try to compensate for the bumps in the road that students will reach, as I myself did, with my knowledge and compassion.
It helps to have a killer voice, as well. Having sung for all of my life, self taught might I add, I have overcome a great deal of criticism to come out as a well rounded vocalist, with a wide range and a variety of styles. I can sing in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean, and I can teach individuals to do the same, both linguistically, and stylistically as well, each language having its own niche market.
I care about a student's success in their endeavors, and I think that asking for help in reaching one's goals is one of the best indicators of just how important of a goal it is. That said, I would be honored to be involved in a student's learning process.
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