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Rick H.

Use Proper English, Humor, Good Diction & Storytelling to Communicate!

Use Proper English, Humor, Good Diction & Storytelling to Communicate!

$50/hour

  • 156 hours tutoring

About Rick


Bio

If you desire to read, speak, write or sing with greater clarity and confidence, Rick can help you! If English is your, (or your child's), second language and you need help with reading comprehension, appreciation, scholarly and creative writing, vocabulary, vocal clarity, accent reduction and public speaking skills, Rick can help.

Good singing, written communication and quality public speaking are dependent on manufacturing and exuding an air of confidence. Rick can help you to learn the...

If you desire to read, speak, write or sing with greater clarity and confidence, Rick can help you! If English is your, (or your child's), second language and you need help with reading comprehension, appreciation, scholarly and creative writing, vocabulary, vocal clarity, accent reduction and public speaking skills, Rick can help.

Good singing, written communication and quality public speaking are dependent on manufacturing and exuding an air of confidence. Rick can help you to learn the tools essential in gaining a confident personal voice and communicating ideas and emotions in effective and entertaining ways.

Learning how to use humor, musicality and storytelling will enhance your ability to communicate your message in the English language. Whether you are an ESL speaker, want to improve your public speaking, writing or performing skills, karaoke performances or just want to learn vocal production and acting for fun, Rick will dedicate his efforts in a personalized approach to improving your skills.

As a child he suffered from a rather distinct stutter and lisp, and with the help of an excellent speech pathologist for a remarkably short period of time, learned how to overcome these obstacles and eventually make a living as a professional actor and vocalist. Rick knows from personal experience about vocal production, how to achieve excellent diction and the proper use and placement of the lips, tongue, throat muscles and breath.

After a rigorous and demanding undergraduate education at Wabash College in Indiana, where he won scholarly and performance awards, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, (and a perfect score on written comprehensives at The University of North Carolina/ Greensboro - a department first), Rick has been a working actor, teacher and clown in the South Bay/ Silicon Valley and the greater SF Bay Area, CA for over 25 years.

He has performed on stage, film, television, radio and for scores of corporate events. From mystery dinner theatre, improvisational theatre, children's theatre,


Education

Wabash College
Theatre
The University of North Carolina Greensboro
Masters
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Other

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $50
  • Rate details: My hourly rates are flexible depending on study location, driving distances, weekly commitments, advance payment and multiple lessons.
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/13/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Film,

Film

I have taught Acting for the Camera and The Business of Show Business, Commercial Acting, and Voiceover for over 15 years to actors of all ages.
Theater

Theater

I have produced, directed, designed, crewed, marketed and acted in over 100 productions and have toured all over the US and to the South Pacific.

Business

Marketing,

Marketing

I served for over 15 years as Marketing Director for California Theatre Center (CTC), a professional, not-for-profit theatre company which specializes in curriculum-based productions for elementary school field trips. I was responsible for marketing, PR and sales for a 10-20 production Young Audiences Series, a Summer Repertory series for adults and families, an extensive education program and Tours across the US. A licensed Realtor prior to that, I marketed residential and commercial rental properties for several years. My minor in college was Business Psychology, so it made sense that I ended up in marketing.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

With a BA in Theatre, an MFA in Acting & Directing, and over 30 years of acting, vocal training, teaching and public speaking, Rick has the knowledge and experience to help students to communicate effectively using the tools of theatre. Acting techniques, storytelling, vocal clarity, humor and musicality are essential tools for public speakers to communicate clearly and capture an audience.
GRE

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an expert in Vocal Production and Accent Reduction. I have decades of experience as an actor and voice artist and have helped students of all ages from around the world to be better understood, overcome speech impediments and gain confidence with expressing their own personal voice in both speaking and writing Standard American English.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

With a BA in Theatre, an MFA in Acting & Directing, and over 30 years of acting, vocal training, teaching and public speaking, Rick has the knowledge and experience to help students to communicate effectively using the tools of theatre. Acting techniques, storytelling, vocal clarity, humor and musicality are essential tools for public speakers to communicate clearly and capture an audience.
Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an expert in Vocal Production and Accent Reduction. I have decades of experience as an actor and voice artist and have helped students of all ages from around the world to be better understood, overcome speech impediments and gain confidence with expressing their own personal voice in both speaking and writing Standard American English.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

With a BA in Theatre, an MFA in Acting & Directing, and over 30 years of acting, vocal training, teaching and public speaking, Rick has the knowledge and experience to help students to communicate effectively using the tools of theatre. Acting techniques, storytelling, vocal clarity, humor and musicality are essential tools for public speakers to communicate clearly and capture an audience.
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an expert in Vocal Production and Accent Reduction. I have decades of experience as an actor and voice artist and have helped students of all ages from around the world to be better understood, overcome speech impediments and gain confidence with expressing their own personal voice in both speaking and writing Standard American English.
English, Reading, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I am an expert in Vocal Production and Accent Reduction. I have decades of experience as an actor and voice artist and have helped students of all ages from around the world to be better understood, overcome speech impediments and gain confidence with expressing their own personal voice in both speaking and writing Standard American English.

Most Popular

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an expert in Vocal Production and Accent Reduction. I have decades of experience as an actor and voice artist and have helped students of all ages from around the world to be better understood, overcome speech impediments and gain confidence with expressing their own personal voice in both speaking and writing Standard American English.
English, Reading, Writing

Music

Voice (Music)

Voice (Music)

Rick has been singing and performing publicly since childhood. From church choirs and solos, to swing and show choirs, musicals and over 6 years of private vocal study with an opera coach formerly with the Metropolitan Opera, Rick has the experience necessary to assist students in finding their natural and unique voice. Having acted professionally and taught for nearly 25 years, Rick has guided many students on how to "sell", interpret and communicate a song, develop a dependable, durable vocal technique, and move an audience. With experience in jingles and voiceover, he can help students discover the theatricality and storytelling aspects of a song as well as exercises in breathing, projection, diction and audition techniques. Since Rick is not an accompanist, focus will be on technique, interpretation and projection rather than pure musicianship. Students will work primarily with recorded music.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an expert in Vocal Production and Accent Reduction. I have decades of experience as an actor and voice artist and have helped students of all ages from around the world to be better understood, overcome speech impediments and gain confidence with expressing their own personal voice in both speaking and writing Standard American English.
Marketing

Marketing

I served for over 15 years as Marketing Director for California Theatre Center (CTC), a professional, not-for-profit theatre company which specializes in curriculum-based productions for elementary school field trips. I was responsible for marketing, PR and sales for a 10-20 production Young Audiences Series, a Summer Repertory series for adults and families, an extensive education program and Tours across the US. A licensed Realtor prior to that, I marketed residential and commercial rental properties for several years. My minor in college was Business Psychology, so it made sense that I ended up in marketing.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an expert in Vocal Production and Accent Reduction. I have decades of experience as an actor and voice artist and have helped students of all ages from around the world to be better understood, overcome speech impediments and gain confidence with expressing their own personal voice in both speaking and writing Standard American English.
GED, Reading, Writing

Test Preparation

GED, GRE, PSAT

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Amazing teacher

Rick is an excellent teacher. He has a great personality and always makes the lessons fun while being able to pin point the areas of improvement I need to focus on.

Yann, 7 lessons with Rick

Excellent lesson!

Rick has a plethora of methods in his teachings. We went over voice warm up exercises then I practiced by mimicking. Rick gave good examples, guidelines and used humor to make the lesson fun and memorable. Overall he’s a jovial person who shares good life experiences and has a creative way of teaching.

Scott, 2 lessons with Rick

Fun and very knowledgeable!

Rick and I discussed my goals for tutoring. He is well equipped with lots of tools and information, and seems eager to help me improve. The lesson was a lot of fun.

Alanna, 1 lesson with Rick

Observant, professional and patient tutor

Rick is very good and very observant too. From the first moment he was able to detect my son's weaknesses like unclear pronunciation since he speaks too fast, not maintaining a good posture while speaking, looking uninterested in people and not maintaining acceptable eye contact. Rick started to work on improving all the weaknesses at the same time. He gives him different sentences (short and long) to say and repeat while maintaining good pronunciation, posture and eye contact. I am sure that with practicing, determination and dedication, he will definitely improve and be a proficient public speaker. Thank you, Rick.

Sally, 4 lessons with Rick

Extraordinary ESL Tutor

Through the first lesson, I knew he was rich in English tutoring especially for foreigners. He didn't start from boring grammar or vocabulary directly but taught me how to accustom to English speaking. During practicing , he was patient to let me find the difference in my pronunciation and help me find ways out. I have to say he is one of the best tutor for whom wants to speak genuine American English.

Qian, 8 lessons with Rick

Very Good English Tutor

Rick is an excellent English tutor, especially in teaching spoken English for foreign students. He is very enthusiastic, very resourceful, and very skillful. He can use many ways and various methods to help students in correcting their pronunciations. If you are a foreigner and want to learn American English, Rich is a perfect tutor for you. I highly recommend him.

Feng , 12 lessons with Rick

Great Enthusiastic Tutor!

Rick is very patient with me even when I am scared to open up and speak. He is very funny, enthusiastic, kind, and helpful. My lessons with him were great and fun! Rick is a perfect tutor for anyone with public speaking, singing, or acting. He spends time understanding you and find the best way to teach you. He is an amazing teacher!

Diana, 2 lessons with Rick

Great Tutor!!

Rick is extremely nice and patient and very helpful, especially improving the pronouncing area. He loves to talk about many subjects. I would recommend him to anybody who would like to improve their English skills.

Jieun, 11 lessons with Rick
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$50/hour

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Response time: 13 minutes