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Hi, my name is David. I have tutored at Shelton School in reading. Also, I have two and a half years of special education with the Plano ISD schools. I am currently studying music at the Texas Woman's University. My major instruments are viola, tenor saxophone, and some piano. I am pursuing a Bachelors degree in music education. Thanks, David
As a tutor at Shelton Evaluation Center, I have spent 10 years with students who are dyslexic. The book that we used at school is structured to help the student in reading and writing. The first step is reading from left to right, then step two, I ask for a definition and a sentence. The third step, I ask for oral spelling, then written spelling, if the student misspells the word, he or she will write the misspelled word three times on a memory board for muscle memory, the student then writes on paper for correct spelling. Step four, the student reads a sentence then paraphrase in his own words, step five, I give dictation on five sentences, step six, the student will write five sentences using any of the vocabulary used during the lesson. Then we do auditory so students will distinguish sounds at the beginning and word family. After auditory, we go back to the next lesson. After lesson is over, the student will read a book aloud for about ten minutes. This strategy has been used since 1975 at Shelton Evaluation School. It's been my experience that this program has helped students in reading and writing.
I have taken the piano barrier test at the University of North Texas which is required for Music Majors and in the process have taken four semesters of piano class. I will use books from piano class "Keyboard Strategies I" and "Keyboard Strategies II" in my private lessons with students. I am currently teaching private piano lessons and all lessons based on what I was taught from piano class and private lessons. I will accommodate and assess the students level of skill and teach at whatever level student feels comfortable.
I have been in jazz band in school, Concert Band at North Texas University. I participated in the Richardson Community Band on saxophone. I have been taught to play all scales major and minor keys. I performed in recital on saxophone at Richland College. I am currently teaching other instruments, but although I am not playing the saxophone, going back would be like riding a bike. I would start with learning fingerings using a saxophone book that has diagrams of each fingering note. I would start from the basics-learn fingerings and learn how to use your diaphragm so you can use a large amount of air blowing in and making a phrase with one breath. I do have games that are educational and fun to learn like name notes and musical symbols. This is what I use for my students as they are learning note names and symbols. This will encourage growth in learning the saxophone.
I have played the violin/viola for 13 years. I have worked on major scales and all three forms of minor. Books that I used are Mogill Scale Studies for Viola, Hofmann Melodic Double-stops Studies, Hofmann First Studies Opus 86 for viola, Schradieck school of Violin-Technics transcribed for the viola. The performances I've played include Hindemith 1-4 movements, Telemann 1st and 2nd movements. I can teach church music that's played in service. I can teach scales, arpeggios, etudes, and repertoire pieces. I can teach from the "Elements 2000" book that is taught in elementary and middle schools, hence I can teach what is expected in elementary and middle schools. I can teach the wrist vibrato that is taught in school. I can teach the student the basics and come up with challenges, but attainable for the students. I can make learning fun in the process.
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