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Libbie S.

Duncanville, TX

$40/hr

Elementary Math to Algebra 1 Tutor

Elementary Math to Algebra 1 Tutor

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MUSIC THEORY/COMPOSITION/CLARINET QUALIFICATIONS:
I am a recent graduate (Magna Cum Laude) of Southern Methodist University (ranked by USA Today as the #1 music college in the US). I majored in clarinet performance and music composition, therefore I have done lots of advanced music theory and taken many analytical music courses including form and analysis, contemporary music analysis, counterpoint, 4 semesters of ear training, and 4 semesters of general music theory. I also took 8 semesters of private composition lessons from 4 different composition professors, all with very different styles of writing. As a clarinetist I took 8 semesters of private lessons from a Dallas Symphony Orchestra clarinetist and gave 2 recitals performing the most advanced repertoire. As far as teaching goes I have taught clarinet lessons for a semester and have taken a music pedagogy course.

(PRE-)ALGEBRA/GEOMETRY QUALIFICATIONS:
In high school I took all the highest level math courses up to AP BC calculus. For 2 years in college I had the opportunity to tutor pre-algebra, algebra 1, and geometry to some 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. When I tutored, I saw the best results when I first demonstrated how to solve the problem, asking the student "what should I do next?" after each step in the problem. Then I have the student solve a similar problem with as little help as possible from me. This way the student can learn to ask the same questions to themselves when they're on their own.

ESL QUALIFICATIONS:
Another passion of mine is teaching English, especially English pronunciation. In college most of my friends were international students. Many of them had trouble with their pronunciation and therefore would be frequently misunderstood by Americans. I devoted a lot of time helping these international friends with their English. Because my parents are linguists and my mom used to be a phonetics professor, I know effective ways to get rid of strong accents. Just like the process of becoming a trained musician, learning to speak a language correctly begins with hearing it correctly, noticing the difference between different sounds and being able to correct oneself. Developing the students ear, teaching how to make the sounds (where to put the tongue, lips etc), and then giving constant feedback is the best way I found to teach English pronunciation. When I teach conversational English, I have lots of conversations with the student, correcting them as we speak, rather than having them memorize grammatical rules or vocabulary lists.

Math:
Algebra 1,
Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Reading
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
Reading,
Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

In high school I took all the highest level math courses up to AP BC calculus. For 2 years in college I had the opportunity to tutor pre-algebra, algebra 1, and geometry to some 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. When I tutored, I saw the best results when I first demonstrated how to solve the problem, asking the student "what should I do next?" after each step in the problem. Then I have the student solve a similar problem with as little help as possible from me. This way the student can learn to ask the same questions to themselves when they're on their own.

Clarinet

I am a recent graduate (Magna Cum Laude) of Southern Methodist University (ranked by USA Today as the #1 music college in the US). I majored in clarinet performance and music composition. As a clarinetist I took 8 semesters of private lessons from Dallas Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Paul Garner and gave 2 recitals performing the most advanced repertoire. As far as teaching goes I have done a little clarinet teaching in college and have taken an instrumental music pedagogy course.

Composition (Music)

I am a recent graduate (Magna Cum Laude) of Southern Methodist University (ranked by USA Today as the #1 music college in the US). I majored in clarinet performance and music composition, therefore I have done lots of advanced music theory and taken many analytical music courses including form and analysis, contemporary music analysis, counterpoint, and 4 semesters of general music theory. I also took 8 semesters of private composition lessons from 4 different composition professors, all with very different styles of writing. I also gave a composition recital where I played in and conducted my own music.

Ear Training

I am a recent graduate (Magna Cum Laude) of Southern Methodist University (ranked by USA Today as the #1 music college in the US). I majored in clarinet performance and music composition, therefore I have done lots of advanced music theory and taken many analytical music courses including form and analysis, contemporary music analysis, counterpoint, and 4 semesters of ear training and 4 semesters of general music theory. My professors were excellent and taught me some very helpful tricks on how to listen critically and identify different harmonies and intervals. This greatly helped me with dictation and sight-singing.

ESL/ESOL

In college most of my friends were international students. Many of them had trouble with their pronunciation and therefore would be frequently misunderstood by Americans. I devoted a lot of time helping these international friends with their English. Because I used to live overseas in Africa (4 years) and Europe (a couple summers), and because both my parents are linguists, I know effective ways to get rid of strong accents. Just like the process of becoming a trained musician, learning to speak a language correctly begins with hearing it correctly, noticing the difference between different sounds and being able to correct oneself. Developing the students ear, teaching how to make the sounds (where to put the tongue, lips, etc.), and then giving constant feedback is the best way I found to teach English pronunciation. When I teach conversational English, I teach the most obvious way: having lots of conversations with the student, correcting them as we speak and having them use more descriptive words the further they progress rather than having them memorize grammatical rules or vocabulary lists.

Music Theory

I am a recent graduate (Magna Cum Laude) of Southern Methodist University (ranked by USA Today as the #1 music college in the US). I majored in clarinet performance and music composition, therefore I have done lots of advanced music theory and taken many analytical music courses including form and analysis, contemporary music analysis, counterpoint, 4 semesters of ear training, and 4 semesters of general music theory. In school I helped many of my peers with music theory assignments.

Prealgebra

In high school I took all the highest level math courses up to AP BC calculus. For 2 years in college I had the opportunity to tutor pre-algebra, algebra 1, and geometry to some 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. When I tutored, I saw the best results when I first demonstrated how to solve the problem, asking the student "what should I do next?" after each step in the problem. Then I have the student solve a similar problem with as little help as possible from me. This way the student can learn to ask the same questions to themselves when they're on their own.

Reading

I've always loved reading, especially when I was a kid. In high school I took Advanced Placement reading classes and wrote long 15-20 page research papers on classics such as "Crime and Punishment" and "Jane Eyre." Now I listen to a lot of audio books while cooking or exercising.

Southern Methodist University
Music Composition

Education

Southern Methodist University (Music Composition)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Depending on the distance, if the student comes to me instead of me coming to them then I will decrease the price/hour by $10

Travel policy

Libbie will travel within 20 miles of Duncanville, TX 75116.


About Libbie

MUSIC THEORY/COMPOSITION/CLARINET QUALIFICATIONS:
I am a recent graduate (Magna Cum Laude) of Southern Methodist University (ranked by USA Today as the #1 music college in the US). I majored in clarinet performance and music composition, therefore I have done lots of advanced music theory and taken many analytical music courses including form and analysis, contemporary music analysis, counterpoint, 4 semesters of ear training, and 4 semesters of general music theory. I also took 8 semesters of private composition lessons from 4 different composition professors, all with very different styles of writing. As a clarinetist I took 8 semesters of private lessons from a Dallas Symphony Orchestra clarinetist and gave 2 recitals performing the most advanced repertoire. As far as teaching goes I have taught clarinet lessons for a semester and have taken a music pedagogy course.

(PRE-)ALGEBRA/GEOMETRY QUALIFICATIONS:
In high school I took all the highest level math courses up to AP BC calculus. For 2 years in college I had the opportunity to tutor pre-algebra, algebra 1, and geometry to some 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. When I tutored, I saw the best results when I first demonstrated how to solve the problem, asking the student "what should I do next?" after each step in the problem. Then I have the student solve a similar problem with as little help as possible from me. This way the student can learn to ask the same questions to themselves when they're on their own.

ESL QUALIFICATIONS:
Another passion of mine is teaching English, especially English pronunciation. In college most of my friends were international students. Many of them had trouble with their pronunciation and therefore would be frequently misunderstood by Americans. I devoted a lot of time helping these international friends with their English. Because my parents are linguists and my mom used to be a phonetics professor, I know effective ways to get rid of strong accents. Just like the process of becoming a trained musician, learning to speak a language correctly begins with hearing it correctly, noticing the difference between different sounds and being able to correct oneself. Developing the students ear, teaching how to make the sounds (where to put the tongue, lips etc), and then giving constant feedback is the best way I found to teach English pronunciation. When I teach conversational English, I have lots of conversations with the student, correcting them as we speak, rather than having them memorize grammatical rules or vocabulary lists.

Education

Southern Methodist University
Music Composition

Education

Southern Methodist University (Music Composition)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Depending on the distance, if the student comes to me instead of me coming to them then I will decrease the price/hour by $10

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Duncanville, TX 75116

Libbie’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1,
Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Reading
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
Reading,
Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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