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I am a composer and arranger, and even arranged the Rocky Theme for string quartet, which was a request by a bride for her exit piece. My training was a music conservatory (Eastman School of Music), and also composed a ballet orchestra piece, part of which is published on-line. I am also a member of the National Music Teachers Association.
I attended Eastman School of Music (part of University of Rochester), studied with professors at Juilliard and Northwestern University, and have trained formerly labeled 'tone deaf' students to listen musically.
I have been tutoring English for over 10 years on the North Shore. After working on the creative part of a writing assignment, I am rigorous about spelling and grammar. In reading English, I am fluent in phonics and pronunciation. I also use a Socratic teaching style which pushes my students to think critically, and delve deeply into the topic we are reading or writing.
Having lived and taught in Japan, China, Egypt and Israel I have had many opportunities to teach English. Pronunciation is probably the most difficult task for non-native speakers. My training at the HB Studio in New York City in speech/diction helped me overcome my own regional accent. These techniques are very useful in helping others improve their English speaking.
I am a musician, educated at Eastman School of Music. I have an extensive library of books, and especially interesting are the memoirs and letters of the major composers, which I have studied thoroughly. I have a vast knowledge of composers, their works, as well as their place in world history. Many times when I perform for groups I give a brief talk about the work, the composer and what to listen for in the composition.
One needs a strong theory background to compose. I have a great method of teaching both theory and composition in combination! I composed a ballet orchestra piece which was approved and submitted by Chicago Federation of Musicians Local 10-208 president Gary M. to the 2016 Summer Olympics, were Chicago to win its bid. I am also a member of the National Music Teachers Association.
I am a conservatory trained piano teacher, as well as a member of the National Music Teachers Association. My students have won competitions and scholarships to college. I also have a YouTube channel with over 35 samples of my students' work.
In my training as a writer and editor, I have learned how to proofread texts quickly and efficiently. Several family members are scholars from foreign countries, writing papers in English, their non-native tongue. I've been editing and proofreading their papers for the past two years.
I have been a public speaker for many years. My next speaking engagement will be at the Illinois Chapter conference of the National Music Teachers Association this fall in Chicago. An activist for several organizations in the past, I was chosen to be their spokesperson in fundraising events.
I love reading and writing, and personally overcame dyslexia to become a superior reader. I use a Socratic teaching style which pushes my students to think critically, as well as develop metaskills.
I attended Eastman School of Music (part of University of Rochester), studied with professors at Juilliard and Northwestern University. I have wonderful sight-singing books to teach from, as well as my own method I developed from over 20+ teaching. I also teach solfege.
Song-writing is very enjoyable, and with a basic understanding of rhythm, harmonic structure and an inspiring poem or lyrics, music can be composed to express the emotions you need. I am a composer, and teach music theory, and have coached some of my students in writing their own songs. We can work with a recording of your ideas so far, then notate, and elaborate until you are happy with the result.
I love reading and writing, and happen to have a photographic memory, so spelling has never been an issue in my own editing of various articles I have published. The rules of spelling are like the rules of math or grammar, and I enjoy using fun ways of tutoring my students to eventually spell better on their own!
Becoming proficient in speaking, reading and writing English in your particular field insures better success in university, and later in your employment. I have many years experience teaching English to foreigners, teaching public speaking, developing a concise writing style, building vocabulary skills.
I am also a conservatory trained violin/viola teacher and a member of the National Music Teachers Association.
I love reading and writing, and currently over 200 pages written in my own book. In working with editors and published authors, I’ve gained much expertise perfecting my own skills. I use the book, Elements of Style by E.B. White for teaching grammar, punctuation and style.