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Kathleen W.

Modesto, CA

$30/hour

Tutor in English, Music Theory, Beginning Piano & Voice

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200+ Hours
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Western Illinois University
Music Education

Education

Western Illinois University (Music Education)

About Kathleen

Welcome to my profile! I enjoy tutoring students in a variety of English skills including grammar, literature, writing, reading, and reading comprehension. I confess that I never actually took any English classes for my college degree because I placed high enough on an English proficiency test to be excused from the entire year of English. Since then, I have home schooled my own two college aged children from grades K-12 and my high school sophomore. We have used several outstanding grammar and composition programs including Shurley English and the comprehensive Analytical Grammar program. Literature analysis is simple when you understand how to break a work into its various components. I also enjoy working with beginning students who are struggling to read, but I can claim no background with learning disabilities. I use a phonics based approach to reading mastery. I am happy to work with your school materials Composition lessons consist of lessons in structure, style, and mechanics including spelling, grammar, and usage.

Additionally, my college degree is a B.A. in Music Education from Western Illinois University, with a vocal and general music emphasis. I would love to help any student master music theory, sight singing, note reading, and even beginning voice or piano (levels 1 and 2). Anyone can learn to read music with some basic instruction and a little diligent practice. Bring your music text, and we can unlock the mysteries of music theory together. Get a strong start in piano or voice. Contact me for help mastering any of these disciplines and learn the joy of musical expression!
Welcome to my profile! I enjoy tutoring students in a variety of English skills including grammar, literature, writing, reading, and reading comprehension. I confess that I never actually took any English classes for my college degree because I placed high enough on an English proficiency test to be excused from the entire year of English. Since Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required

Rate will be increased if travel time is 25 minutes or more.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Modesto, CA 95355
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, CBEST,
GED,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
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.

Algebra 1

I enjoy making Algebra 1 interesting and understandable. Math can truly be fun. Let's dive in and solve the puzzle together!

CBEST

After successfully passing the CBEST test myself, I would be glad to help others do the same. We can work on the entire range or just a part of the test as needed. I do recommend getting a CBEST practice test book. These are available at your public library or most bookstores. Some of the writing preparation may be done via email. I would prefer to meet in person for other topics and for our first session.

Ear Training

Training the ear to discern differences in rhythm, pitch, melody, and harmony takes time and patience. I have a BA degree in Music Education and a strong music theory background. Part of this involves training the ear to correctly interpret what it hears. I have worked with choirs and vocal music in both public and private school situations. I would be happy to help you master the following skills:
Discerning rhythm and metrical patterns,
Discerning pitch intervals,
Discerning major or minor chords,
Recording what you hear using musical notation,
Hearing the differences between major and minor scales (natural, harmonic, and melodic forms),
Identifying various cadences.
Please contact me about getting help to master these skills.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a home school teacher and former public school music teacher, I have spent many years teaching the elementary grades and love to work with young children. I use a rigorous phonics program to teach reading, but I can certainly adapt to the curriculum you are using. Spelling can be improved with a combination of memory work and an understanding of phonics to encode various language patterns. Writing must begin with basic manuscript or cursive skills, spelling words, then constructing clear sentences. We work on improving individual sentences before learning how to write a strong paragraph. Once this is mastered, the student is ready to compose longer papers, reports, essays, and research papers. I have worked with students struggling with learning issues and have developed several different methods to overcome math deficiencies. Students with needs in other subject areas--science and history, art and music--are welcome too.

Elementary Math

I have successfully guided my own three children through Math.
Math skills require mastery of preliminary concepts and the application of logic. It can be like solving a puzzle. Let me help take the misery out of Math for your student.

English

A strong grasp of English is crucial in this country to communicate effectively. I can help my students to master English vocabulary, grammar, usage, spelling, literature, and basic composition. I have taught my own children and others in the home school community using Shurley English and the comprehensive Analytical Grammar program covering all aspects of grammar. Writing consists of structure and style. This can be taught using Andrew Pudewa's Institute for Excellence in Writing. Literature analysis may be mastered using Teaching the Classics by Adam and Missy Andrews. I can also use any curriculum you choose as well.
English mastery is not only crucial, but possible with the right approach and good teaching. I would be happy to work as your tutor.

ESL/ESOL

Learning English as a second language begins with mastering the sounds and phonograms of the English language. The student is trained to read with an American English pronunciation. Grammar comes next, and finally mastery of American-English idioms. Writing skills can also be taught as the grammar and usage of English is learned. I would love to help you improve your English in a logical, systematic method.

GED

I have helped my nephew study for the GED and have successfully passed many similar tests. I understand how to approach testing strategy, math, and language skills. Contact me for assistance on your GED test today.

General Music

As a graduate of Western Illinois University, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in General and Choral music. I have taught music in the Illinois pubic schools. The General Music curriculum includes lessons in note reading, rhythm, melody, harmony, style, music history, form and analysis, singing, keyboard, and recorder skills. This incorporates everything that would be taught in a music appreciation class and more. I currently teach beginning piano and direct a choir at my church. Contact me for further information about how I can help your student excel in music.

Grammar

After educating my own three children using the Analytical Grammar program, which covers every aspect of English grammar, I am positive I can serve your needs as a tutor in English.

Music Theory

This is my favorite subject to teach! Learn the language of music with me. My degree is in music education with a choral and general emphasis (BA - Western Illinois University, 1980), but music theory was my special interest. I hope you will find that I can clearly explain this subject in a way that makes sense and eliminates confusion.
Bring your own text books please.

Phonics

Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing by developing the learners' phonemic awareness — the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes — in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes) that represent them. After completing a training course in the "Spell to Write and Read" program by Wanda Sanseri, I taught each of my three home schooled children and several others to read using this rigorous phonics program. I can help your child to master all the basic graphemes of the English language and learn to recognize and decode them in written material. We can use your child's school materials or put together a Phonics notebook to help encode (spell) and decode (read) the English language using Phonics. I love to work with young students and introduce them to the joy of reading through Phonics. Complete your payment information and contact me to begin tutoring through WyzAnt.

Piano

I have a degree in vocal and general music education and have studied piano for years. I am able to teach the first two years of piano and get a student off to a good start. I use the Suzuki method and books for piano, teaching the piano keyboard and technique before introducing note reading. Note reading is taught gradually in the course of learning to play and is a major focus in the second year.

Prealgebra

My daughter is currently studying Pre-Algebra. We use the Math-U-See DVDs (which I would be happy to share with others as well). I have also used other curriculum for Pre-Algebra and could easily work with whatever you are using. This covers quite a bit of basic Geometry as well.

Reading

Reading Tutor: I have helped many children with early reading issues using a phonics approach supplemented by sight word recognition.

SAT Writing

Does writing an essay for the SAT intimidate you? I can help you with both the structure, mechanics, and style components of writing. We will study your own writing samples to identify areas where improvement is needed, then break the task into manageable segments, pacing each task to meet the SAT time limits. Contact me to schedule your lessons.

Sight Singing

Anyone who can match a pitch can learn to sight sing or read music and sing back what is written. I first learned to read music through piano lessons. I learned to sight sing in junior high school, honing my skills in high school and college. I earned a BA degree in Music Education with a General and Choral emphasis. The process involves becoming very familiar with the scale in both written and aural forms. Learning the basics of rhythm and meter, a student can usually tap out rhythm patterns as written. Musical intervals are also studied until the student can sing any pitch interval ascending or descending they see in sheet music. Join me for private tutoring and master the skill of sight singing.

Study Skills

The job of a home school teacher is primarily to help their student or child to learn independently. This entails planning, motivation, organization, and scheduling the student's daily work. I have been doing this for about fifteen years. To help your student master study skill, I would guide him or her in setting goals, planning work, and scheduling assignments. I would train the student in reading for comprehension, note taking, and memory work. Contact me to help you train your student in these skills.

Writing

Writing composition involves clarity of thought and expression, knowledge of the English language, and the ability to organize ideas into a clear structure and an arresting style. I have received training in Andrew Pudewa's Excellence in Writing curriculum. I have taught several writing composition classes in the home school community, and have helped many students to improve their writing skills. Please let me know if I can serve you in this area.

Western Illinois University
Music Education

Education

Western Illinois University (Music Education)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Rate will be increased if travel time is 25 minutes or more.

Travel policy

Kathleen will travel within 15 miles of Modesto, CA 95355.