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Nathan C.

99th %-ile SAT / LSAT teacher, professional musician/film composer

New York, NY (10033)

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SAT lessons:

My SAT score was a 2330 (99+ percentile). I have been teaching test preparation for a number of years, and have many devised and proven techniques for helping students reach mastery. My goal with students is to break every difficult question into several very simple steps that are easy and natural to figure out.

LSAT lessons:

My LSAT score was a 174 (99th percentile). My methods are very simple and very effective - when I was preparing for the LSAT, they were able to get my practice scores up into the 99th percentile in just a few weeks - and all of my students see visible improvement in their performance when they begin studying with me.

Music lessons:

I have over a decade of professional performing experience worldwide, as well as having composed for various movies/television...Whatever you would like to do with music I can help you with, including lessons in woodwinds (saxophone, clarinet, flute), piano, theory, composition, MIDI production, jazz improvisation, you name it...!

Conversational Hebrew/Bar Mitzvah Lessons:

A lot of experience teaching and reading for various synagogues in the US and Canada - please be in touch for more details!

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Clarinet

In the professional performance world, the woodwinds are often grouped together - saxophonists, for example, are very often expected to be proficient on the clarinet for certain jobs. Because of this, over my 10+ year performance career as a saxophonist, I was necessitated to study and become proficient at the clarinet. Because of the large skill overlap, this was not very difficult, and much of my saxophone expertise was transferable. My knowledge base and experience on clarinet are certainly sufficient to teach lessons at a beginner or intermediate level.

Ear Training

Having studied at Berklee College of Music, I took the most advanced ear training classes, including Advanced Ear Training, Atonal Solfege 1, and Atonal Solfege 2. I teach private instrumental lessons and always emphasize ear training as an important tool for musical improvement. My methods are to work on each interval individually and help to facilitate a vivid image of that interval in the student's memory, and eventually translate that ability into longer musical phrases and pieces.

Flute

In the professional performance world, the woodwinds are often grouped together - saxophonists, for example, are very often expected to be proficient on the flute for certain jobs. Because of this, over my 10+ year performance career as a saxophonist, I studied and became proficient at the flute. Because of the large skill overlap, this was not very difficult, and much of my saxophone expertise was transferable. The flute has been called for as a double for many jobs I have done, and I have played everything on it from jazz charts to Vivaldi concertos. My knowledge base and experience on flute are certainly sufficient to teach lessons at a beginner level.

General Music

I graduated with two degrees from Berklee College of Music, in Performance as well as Film Scoring. My education includes expansive knowledge in music theory spanning a wide variety of styles and genres, as well as the study of composing and orchestrating for all sorts of different instrumentations. I have experience teaching on a few different instruments, including saxophone and piano.

Hebrew

I have a formal Hebrew/Jewish education and have worked professionally as a Torah reader at a plethora of synagogues in the New York area as well as Boston and Canada, including experience teaching Hebrew/bar mitzvah lessons. I spent one year studying classes in Hebrew at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University in New York.

LSAT

My LSAT score was 174 (99th percentile), largely due to my extremely simple and effective practice methods, which I teach to all of my students. I have been teaching test preparation for a number of years, and have many devised and proven methods for making tests that seem tough as easy as they can possibly be.

Macintosh

I own a Mac and work with it for hours every day. Part of my employment is producing music for videos and the like, which involves the most advanced of techniques and shortcuts on the Macintosh platform. My degrees from Berklee had a huge technological component which involved getting to know the Macintosh computer inside-out, in order to facilitate quick and efficient work no matter what the task.

Music Theory

I studied at Berklee College of Music, where I graduated with two degrees, in performance and film scoring respectively. Additionally I have over a decade of professional experience as a musician and composer in the United States and Canada.

Piano

My degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music involved taking classes in piano technique, and composing, orchestrating, and sequencing music on the piano/keyboard. I have coached piano students up to an intermediate level in subjects such as general musical theory, jazz performance techniques, and advanced chord voicings.

Poker

I was drawn towards learning poker a number of years ago when I began playing recreationally with friends, and started noticing that even though a lot of luck was involved, very often it was the same people winning and the same people losing. I wanted to pinpoint exactly why I seemed to be beating my friends so often, so that I could institutionalize whatever it was into my game, and discover more ways to exploit the weaknesses of other poker players. I began to watch and study poker on TV and the internet, and read books detailing strategic conventions and ideas. This was when I realized just how multi-faceted of a game poker is - it involves so much of memory, rational thought, discipline, and mathematical understanding, but at the same time, a great deal of simple instinct. Then, the experience of playing hundreds of thousands of hands online was what engrained the instinct in me of what to do with any particular hand in any particular situation, since I had been faced with every situation before and tried different strategies, my memory always noting the one that worked the most often. This knowledge is easily teachable to others in much less time than it took for me to assemble the knowledge and experience.

SAT Math

My SAT score was 2330, and my math score was a perfect 800. My goal with students is to break every difficult question into several very simple steps that are easy and natural to figure out. I have been teaching test preparation privately for a number of years.

SAT Reading

My SAT score was 2330, and my reading score was a perfect 800. I have been teaching test preparation for a number of years, and have many devised and proven techniques for helping students reach mastery of reading comprehension. I focus on breaking down difficult passages and sentences into very clear and simple parts.

SAT Writing

My SAT score was 2330, and my writing score was 730 (98th percentile). I have done a lot of freelance English editing, and have been teaching test preparation for a number of years. I focus on fixing a few common types of grammatical errors that many students make, and breaking down difficult sentences into very clear and simple parts.

Saxophone

My degree in Performance from Berklee College of Music was specializing in the saxophone. I have studied with some of the greatest saxophonists of this generation, and have performed with a wealth of ensembles worldwide. I have a lot of experience tutoring and coaching saxophonists at every level.

Sight Singing

Having studied at Berklee College of Music, I took the most advanced ear training classes, including Advanced Ear Training, Atonal Solfege 1, and Atonal Solfege 2. The crux of improving at ear training, for myself and for my students and peers, has always been training at sight singing. Creating a vivid pitch memory for every note is crucial to improving at ear training, and in turn at any facet of musical skill. Sight singing is a particular skill that trains that aspect most effectively. I have spent a lot of time at the piano training in sight singing in order to improve my pitch memory, and have used these techniques in teaching others.

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Education

Berklee College of Music

Yeshiva University (Graduate Coursework)

Terrific tutor, amazing results! — Nathan's approach to tutoring is all 'student-centric'. He methodically gauges one's strong-suits as to enable him to focus more heavily in areas where the student needs the most improvement. Since I've been working with Nathan, I've seen tremendous improvement in a very short period of time. ...

— Martin from Bronx, NY on 7/19/13

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Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I offer package discounts if you book more than one lesson per week. Please inquire for details.

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Nathan will travel within 40 miles of New York, NY 10033.

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