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William M.

Music lessons/MS Access training

Boston, MA (02124)

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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.

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William’s subjects

Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Visual Basic
Composition (Music), Ear Training, General Music, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Sight Singing
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Corporate Training:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Bible Studies

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.

Composition (Music)

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.

General Music

I have been playing music for 50 years. I have a masters in jazz piano and 35+ years experience as a church musician. I currently co-lead a worship team, teach private lessons and play in a band.


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.

Microsoft Access

I have 20 years of experience as an Access programmer. I have held several jobs in which Access database maintenance was a primary function.

Microsoft Excel

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.

Visual Basic

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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Brandeis University

New England Conservatory (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

William will travel within 15 miles of Boston, MA 02124.

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