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Gregory A.

Passionate, Creative, and Friendly Learning Facilitator

Burlington, VT (05401)

Travel radius
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Hourly fee
$45.00
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Greetings:

I'm a passionate, creative, and friendly music professional with many years of experience in music/arts education with diverse populations. In addition to having a great deal of background in writing and creativity, I have also personally studied philosophy and theology and received straight A's in anatomy & physiology courses. While I am available to tutor and teach a number of subjects, my favorite is music. My parents tell the story of how as an infant I would stand up in my crib and conduct the music on the radio, so it seems I was always in love with music.

I also have an deep interest in the pronunciation of language - both English and other. I have extensive training in Voice/Speech, Voice-Over, Dialects, and the correct pronunciation of Italian, German, and English. I am very well-versed in the International Phonetic Alphabet that standardizes the way that pronunciation of language is communicated across language-barriers. I'd be more than happy to help you with your oral skills, grammar, and written English, and if you like, even teach you IPA.

My relationship with powerful teachers has been the most powerful inspiration through all my experience and training. I remember listening with rapt attention as an 8 year old to my voice teacher give an art song recital in French. Rewinding Mariah Carey's "Vision of Love" over and over on my Walkman, trying to get those runs. Admiring the seeming effortlessness of the Dirty Loops' searing virtuosity with my students in the Kid City jazz program. We all know too well the stories of those who were discouraged or disempowered by their teachers. All these moments leave their mark. That is why we need positive experiences associated with creativity - encouraging and liberating forces.

I have worked with people of all ages on finding, honing, and presenting their self-expression. I've been gathering people together to create and share art since I myself was a child. One such project called "What's Alive Inside" (for which I was a founding collaborator and served as Music Director, Arranger, and Pit Musician/Conductor) is an experience that encourages members of the audience and the community to access and expand their creative selves. At the moment I am teaching young musicians at the Kid City South Park young people's jazz orchestra in downtown LA. This is a group of kids from the ages of eight to eighteen of varying levels of experience and skill who all work together to enhance their understanding and articulation of music.

In 2011 I had the opportunity to co-found the educational group Artists for Positive Change to work closely with middle-school students on exploring modes and methods of creative self-expression and collaboration.

I welcome the opportunity to discuss my qualifications in detail and learn more about what your needs and learning goals may be. Please let me know whatever questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Gregory A.

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Gregory’s subjects

English:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Anatomy, Philosophy, Physiology
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Speech
History:
Music History, Religion
Music:
Ear Training, General Music, Music History, Music Theory, Piano, Sight Singing, Voice (Music)
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), ESL/ESOL, Piano, Reading, Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Piano

I've been playing piano since I was a child, with formal lessons starting at the age of 9 and consistent playing, accompanying students and singers, and composition/improvisation ever since. I tested out of piano requirements in my college music program and was able to complete the final stage through accompanying voice students. In the last ten years I've played professionally in many bands of diverse genres, including folk, jazz, pop, dance, and rock.

I will take you from your current skill level in piano playing to an even greater awareness of technique, chordal movements, rhythmic forms, improvisation methods, repertoire or any other elements you may be interested in exploring.

I am happy to teach musical literacy by presenting music theory lessons from a beginning to an intermediate level through handouts, lessons, and practical assignments. Assist in the development of technical virtuosity through the introduction and implementation of Hanon and Persichetti scale/finger exercises, as well as other similar patterns. Also, we will explore composition and improvisation, through assigned compositional tasks and in-person improvisation exercises, as well as book and conversational study of the many diverse approaches to improvisation. Let's figure out what kind of piano player/musician you want to be.

Voice (Music)

I began professional voice training at the age of eight, taking lessons, singing in choirs, and working under some of the greats in music education (such as George Bragg, founder of the legendary Texas Boys’ Choir and Gregg Smith, founder of the Gregg Smith Singers [Stravinsky’s favored vocal ensemble]). I am classically trained so I am quite proficient in reading and learning music, and my harmonic ear is very developed. Throughout my life I've constantly listened to and sung a broad array of genres, in fact in several professional instances I’ve performed music that spanned many eras and genres in one show. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater and then spent about a decade playing keyboards and guitar and singing in bands that played pop, rock, folk, dance, and reggae. I have also music and vocal directed several full-stage productions. Throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to not only sing with Dave Brubeck twice but also sing back-up for the Chieftains. Since moving to Los Angeles a year ago I’ve recorded tracks with YouTube “Top 100” star Nice Peter (of Epic Rap Battles of History), 2013 Streamy Award-winner for “Best Online Musician,” and Wu-Tang Clan Producer DJ Choco, among others.

I will take you from your current skill level in singing to an even greater awareness of technique, music theory, sight-singing, ear-training, rhythmic forms, improvisation methods, repertoire and any other elements you may be interested in exploring.

I am happy to teach musical literacy by presenting music theory lessons from a beginning to an intermediate level through handouts, lessons, and practical assignments. Assist in the development of technical virtuosity and ear-training through the implementation of carefully designed modular and intervallic exercises. Broaden your awareness of various vocal genres and examine them in alignment with your needs and interests, developing and expanding your repertoire of songs and styles. Also, we will delve into improvisation, through in-person improvisation exercises, as well as book and conversational study of the many diverse approaches to improvisation. Let's figure out what kind of vocalist/musician you want to be.

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Education

State University of New York at Fredonia (BFA musical theater)

Community College of Vermont (Other)

My best tutor ever — Gregory is the very tutor I was looking for. First of all he is a very interesting person and we can talk about million things. My main goal was to find a teacher for improving pronunciation and to get conversational practice and that is what we are working now on. I'm sure that with this tutor I will be able to see good results very quickly. ...

— Svetlana from North Hollywood, CA on 2/16/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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Travel policy

Gregory will travel within 10 miles of Burlington, VT 05401.

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