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I specialize in helping students get the most out of their work in Music, English, Italian, and Math. Having been an elementary school homework tutor and a preschool teacher's aide in New York City, a college teaching assistant at Wesleyan University, and a guitar and music theory teacher in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I've learned that everyone learns differently, and that the more you appreciate the experience of working on the material, the more it sticks with you. I move at the speed and style that best fits the student, and I believe that patience, flexibility, and good humor are superconductive to understanding.
I have been fortunate: the universe has dealt me some great teachers. I'm a 2007 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University and a 2003 graduate of Regis High School in New York, where I picked up lots of names, dates, formulas, and study habits, but above all, I've been supremely lucky to learn that when being a student gets frustrating, the feeling of overcoming a challenge is completely worth the effort.
To borrow a line from Thich Nhat Hanh, the most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. I've been given that gift many times, and I look forward to every opportunity to pass it on.
Ear training is a crucial building block of good musicianship. As a music major at Wesleyan University, ear training was a major part of the theory component of my coursework. I use well known melodies and songs to familiarize students with the different types of intervals and harmonies, and then challenge them with transcription, playing, and singing exercises.
While a student at Regis High School in Manhattan, I worked as an after-school homework tutor for elementary school students, concentrating in math and English. Being musician-brained, I enjoy the patterns and applications of elementary math concepts. Patience is my most valuable tool in helping students jump one mathematical hurdle at a time.
A lifelong love of reading from great experiences in English and literature classes has given me a keen eye for what makes a good turn of phrase (and made me a stickler for good grammar and syntax.) I've been an after-school elementary English and math homework tutor, and have been a staff editor and contributor to a San Francisco non-profit's main publication. I not only love to read, but also to write, proofread, and edit.
It's easy to get discouraged when you're fighting a battle against your own body. Fitness is not about punishing yourself - it's about making habits that make you feel great. I emphasize compassion toward yourself while you're making consistent small steps that turn into significant victories. I've been a runner for fifteen years, a two-sport athlete in high school, a rower in college, and a lifelong exerciser in the pursuit of happiness.
A music lover from the age of seven, I've made my passion my work. From piano lessons, school band in elementary school, marching band in middle school, guitar lessons, bands in high school and college, the eclectic music major at Wesleyan University, freelance guitar teaching, and years of being a professional musician, I've carved out an understanding and appreciation of music that I love to share. My primary instruments are guitar, piano, and voice, and I use them to illustrate concepts of theory and appreciation for the evolution and interrelatedness of musical genres and eras.
I have been playing the guitar for over 15 years in a wide array of ensembles and styles. While I was a music major in college, I gained great experience in theory, classical playing, and composition. I've been a professional musician for years, playing folk, rock, country, and jazz on acoustic and electric guitar. In my freelance guitar teaching I combine a steady focus on technique and general theory with building a repertoire of the student's favorite music.
Buongiorno studenti! As a Music/Italian Studies major at Wesleyan University, I spent a semester in an immersion program at the University of Bologna, Italy. I worked as a teaching assistant in my senior year for Italian 101 and 102 classes and was awarded the university's Scott Prize for Excellence in Modern Languages. From 2009-2013 I worked as a customer service agent for Art.com's Italian subsidiary, Allposters.it, and I make a pretty mean pasta primavera.
I began my study of music theory on my first day of piano lessons as a seven year-old. As a music major at Wesleyan University, my training in theory ranged from the repetitive to the practical to the transcendental. In my guitar teaching, I present theory with the purpose of illuminating, rather than intimidating. Rules are meant to be broken, but first it's good to know the rules.
Reading and retaining information is a skill that is fundamental to the development of infinite other skills, so it should be nurtured all the time. Not to mention, reading should be fun! Having been an after-school homework tutor at a Manhattan elementary school and a staff editor at a San Francisco non-profit organization, I have learned to have a critical but patient eye when fostering communication with written words.
I started writing songs in elementary school, and I still do, as a member of the touring band Goodnight, Texas. My work appears on the Goodnight, Texas album "A Long Life of Living," as well as on "Coattails" by P. Wolf and Avi and on the "Patrick Dyer Wolf" EP. In teaching songwriting I emphasize the importance of strong melodic structure, original and sensory-laden lyrics, and toeing the line between sounding familiar and catching the listener by surprise.
Finding your voice as a writer is an important and challenging process, and a fresh set of critical eyes can help guide that voice toward full expression. As a staff editor for the main publication of a San Francisco non-profit organization, I have proofread and edited a variety of pieces, while contributing feature articles. As a musician, I craft interview responses, biographical blurbs, and social media content. As an elementary school homework tutor, I have helped students find the verbal structure and confidence they need to communicate effectively. All of this experience has taught me that it's hard work to write with simplicity and clarity, but well worth the effort.
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