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I am registering with WyzAnt as a general academic tutor and as a provider for two distinct skill sets.
I was an excellent student in school and am well-versed in general academic subjects like math and reading. I have worked as a classroom teacher, lecturer, and one-on-one tutor. As a father of three nearly grown kids with varying school difficulties, I have experienced the drama of elementary, middle and high school as a parent.
I have been a music teacher for 30 years, in classroom and one-on-one settings. My music lesson clientele consists of elementary, middle and high school students and adults from diverse economic and social backgrounds at all levels of experience. I offer lessons for piano, electric bass, guitar, voice, and arranging/composition/theory. Styles include: jazz, gospel, rock, sacred, folk, and other contemporary genres. I use my experience as a freelance musician in my teaching. I have a Master's in Jazz Piano and currently play keyboard for a soft-rock band, lead worship for an African-American church and direct the choir for a large-scale city-wide annual event. In addition to private teaching and performing, I do transcription, arranging, workshops and studio session work.
I have worked in multiple tech jobs since 1979. I have experience in a variety of platforms, but my strongest work is with MS Access and VB which I have worked with for more than 15 years. I have been an application developer for government agencies, non-profits and small businesses. Past and ongoing projects include the maintenance and enhancement of:
•A Project Tracking System for a telecommunications provider that services government and commercial installations
•A student information system for a community adult education program
•Reporting systems for violence studies at State department
•Rental agreement tracking system for real estate company
Tools: Primarily MS Access with VBA, DOS, other MS Office Applications
I also have extensive experience with and advanced knowledge of the rest of the MS office suite, especially PowerPoint.
I have extensive experience with Biblical studies. Beside undergrad and grad level classes, I have been an active student of the Bible (both testaments) since I was a teen. I consistently score very highly on Bible trivia games, and am very comfortable using tools like Strong's concordance and lexicons.
I have been a teacher in the Christian community for more than 20 years. When I co-pastored a church, I regularly taught from the Bible. In my current church, I am on the preaching rotation and been studying the concepts of exegetic preaching.
My favorite book is Habakkuk, my favorite chapter is Psalm 117, my favorite verse is Isa 43:19. While reared on the KJV, I use multiple translations including the under-valued Phillips new testament.
As part of my work to get a Master's degree in Jazz performance, I had to take Jazz Theory, Orchestration, Ethnomusicology, Jazz History, and an independent study with the chair of the composition department.
I write and arrange in many different styles and have pieces for sax quintet, large mixed choirs, gospel choir, cello and piano, etc. I write hymns, pop songs, jazz tunes, pieces for electronic music, and much more.
I have been playing for more than 40 years and have an active roster of satisfied students. I play both acoustic and electric guitars and teach many styles, including rock, folks, pop, gospel, and beginner jazz. I also have proficiency in solo guitar.
I am a well-known worship leader and use my 12-string frequently to lead small and large group singing.
I work with intermediate students to expand their chord vocabulary, focusing on both open chord forms and movable forms, including 4-note jazz chords. I also work to help with finger picking techniques ultimately using all 5 fingers of the picking hand.
I also focus on the cycle of fifths and encourage students to write music using the basics of diatonic harmonic theory. I use the cycle to teach transposition and challenge intermediate students to use it to learn to play songs in less guitar-friendly keys.
In my teaching, I provide students with examples of the skills being presented. I encourage them to bring examples of the music they would like to play as well.
I have 20 years of experience as an Access programmer. I have held several jobs in which Access database maintenance was a primary function.
I have been using Excel since the 80's. I currently use it to support several clients in their statistical analysis, often writing macros to import or export into or out of Access. I also use VBA to automate reformatting of regularly needed data.
I can teach the basic skill set for piano. I have been playing for more than 40 years and have an active roster of satisfied students in addition to references for engagements I've played for. I also have a Masters Degree in Jazz Piano.
I have been a programming in VB since 1994. I have designed applications using VBA and MS Access for a multitude of clients.
Here are some of the projects I've used Visual Basic for:
Application developer for government agencies, non-profits and small businesses. Ongoing projects include the maintenance and enhancement of:
• A Project Tracking System for an international telecommunications provider that services government and commercial installations
• A student information system for a community adult education program
• Reporting systems for violence studies at Mass. Dept. of Public Health
• A product pricing system for military installations
Past projects included:
• Rental agreement tracking system for real estate company
• Student/parent directory for small independent school
• Food Service Management Tool for camp kitchens of an international religious youth organization
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