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Kate M.

Seattle, WA

$50/hr

Creative Piano & Composition, Reading and Writing

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Creative Piano & Composition, Reading and Writing

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Tutoring in Reading, Comprehension and Creative Writing
Published author and public speaker, experienced in nationally successful method of teaching reading and comprehension.

Piano and Composition Instruction: Classical Technique - Creative Expression
I welcome children and adult music students of all levels and abilities. My goal as a teacher is to support the unique spark in each individual while helping to develop his or her knowledge and enhancing their appreciation of music.

Areas of focus are performance (learning and polishing pieces), technique (developing finger control and agility), and music theory (the language of music) through creative work (improvisation and composition, including notation).
Students learn scales, chord progressions and arpeggios and create and play music in all of the major keys. Classical repertoire is emphasized, with some jazzy and boogie-type pieces included. I encourage students to bring music of interest - please ask me about playing music of any style!

“We can’t thank you enough for all of your wonderful, dedicated work with Sean. He’s done so well learning to play, and enjoys playing, piano - all because of you!”

“You found the love of music in a child and helped it grow like a garden flower.
Your patience and skill have nurtured his hidden talent that we enjoy in every incredible performance.
His family and friends are forever in your debt, knowing the future is bright and melodious.
You are forever in his heart as a teacher and a friend, giving him a tremendous gift he will have always...”

“I still play piano, for myself. I am so thankful that I took lessons from you as a child. Those memories are priceless! You were a great teacher, Kate. I hope to find a teacher for my baby someday that could compare to you. You were more than just a piano teacher to my family and I. We talk about you often!”

English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Music:
Composition (Music),
Ear Training, General Music,
Music Theory, Piano,
Sight Singing,
Songwriting
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English,
Piano,
Reading,
Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading,
Public Speaking

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.

Composition (Music)

I have composed, performed and recorded music for solo piano, instrumental ensemble, choir and orchestra. "The Seeker," recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, won Best Instrumental Album at the 2004 Just Plain Folks Music Awards.

English

I have tutored students in reading, spelling and comprehension. I am also a published writer. I love words!

General Music

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music. Studies covered Music History, Theory, Jazz, World Music, Classical Performance.

Piano

I have a B.A. in Music, Piano Performance. I have taught piano for over 20 years, and write and perform piano music.

Proofreading

My first degree was in English Literature. I am a published writer and I have edited both fiction and non-fiction.

Public Speaking

A public speaker and performer for more than 30 years, I am able to coach the speaker on finding ease, grace and confidence in the midst of terror. Humor is helpful, too!

Reading

I have been trained and have worked as a clinician in an international reading program which emphasizes spelling and comprehension. I am also a published writer.

Sight Singing

I have taught note and rhythm reading since 1990.

Songwriting

I have written songs for solo voice and choir, and have coached many in their song-writing.

Writing

I have an A Level Certificate in English Literature. I am a published author, and I have edited fiction and articles.

B.A., Sonoma State University
New England Conservatory
Graduate Coursework

Education

B.A., Sonoma State University

New England Conservatory (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kate will travel within 3 miles of Seattle, WA 98116.


About Kate

Tutoring in Reading, Comprehension and Creative Writing
Published author and public speaker, experienced in nationally successful method of teaching reading and comprehension.

Piano and Composition Instruction: Classical Technique - Creative Expression
I welcome children and adult music students of all levels and abilities. My goal as a teacher is to support the unique spark in each individual while helping to develop his or her knowledge and enhancing their appreciation of music.

Areas of focus are performance (learning and polishing pieces), technique (developing finger control and agility), and music theory (the language of music) through creative work (improvisation and composition, including notation).
Students learn scales, chord progressions and arpeggios and create and play music in all of the major keys. Classical repertoire is emphasized, with some jazzy and boogie-type pieces included. I encourage students to bring music of interest - please ask me about playing music of any style!

“We can’t thank you enough for all of your wonderful, dedicated work with Sean. He’s done so well learning to play, and enjoys playing, piano - all because of you!”

“You found the love of music in a child and helped it grow like a garden flower.
Your patience and skill have nurtured his hidden talent that we enjoy in every incredible performance.
His family and friends are forever in your debt, knowing the future is bright and melodious.
You are forever in his heart as a teacher and a friend, giving him a tremendous gift he will have always...”

“I still play piano, for myself. I am so thankful that I took lessons from you as a child. Those memories are priceless! You were a great teacher, Kate. I hope to find a teacher for my baby someday that could compare to you. You were more than just a piano teacher to my family and I. We talk about you often!”

Education

B.A., Sonoma State University
New England Conservatory
Graduate Coursework

Education

B.A., Sonoma State University

New England Conservatory (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 3 miles of Seattle, WA 98116

Kate’s Subjects

English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Music:
Composition (Music),
Ear Training, General Music,
Music Theory, Piano,
Sight Singing,
Songwriting
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English,
Piano,
Reading,
Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading,
Public Speaking

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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