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Robert N.

Colorado Springs, CO

$44/hour

CO ARTS Tutor for Saxophone/ Music, English, and Social Sciences

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Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
Lib. Arts - Elem Ed
Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado
Graduate Coursework
University of Colo at Colo Springs
Graduate Coursework

Education

Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO (Lib. Arts - Elem Ed)

Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado (Graduate Coursework)

University of Colo at Colo Springs (Graduate Coursework)

About Robert

I am a former Colorado licensed teacher. My experience and expertise are in the following areas:
GENERAL MUSIC (ages 7-adult), PRIVATE SAXOPHONE INSTRUCTION (ages 9-adult),ENGLISH (grammar, syntax, creative writing, vocabulary, phonics, ages 7-adult), and the SOCIAL SCIENCES (including the disciplines of American History, Elem. Social Studies, Colorado History, Geography, and Mapping skills, ages 7-18. I have academic training and experience in teaching Colorado history for grades 3-4.

One of the most notable points mentioned in nearly all teacher evaluations, was that of my strength in working with small groups and individuals, applying understanding, care, and patience required in doing so. I always enjoy the dialogue, feedback, and challenges which my students bring me. I try to be as candid with them as possible, with professionalism, courtesy, and strong ethics/values as my guide.

A copy of my resume will be on file with WyzAnt. If you have any questions, please feel free to submit them to me, and I will reply as soon as possible.
I am a former Colorado licensed teacher. My experience and expertise are in the following areas:
GENERAL MUSIC (ages 7-adult), PRIVATE SAXOPHONE INSTRUCTION (ages 9-adult),Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80916
In-person lessons
English:
ACT English,
Bible Studies,
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
GED
History:
American History, Geography, Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I will assist the student in sharpening his/her skills in the following disciplines of English: grammar, vocabulary, syntax, sentence structure, proper tenses, differences in figures of speech, clear and concise writing, formatting brief letters or paragraph writing, proper spelling, proofreading, etc.

I have scored around or above the 90th percentile in various English aptitude and vocabulary tests myself, and I am extremely meticulous and 'fussy' about writing, speaking, and listening to "proper English" from kids and adults alike!

I personally think it's a shame that so many ADULTS, let alone children and youth, cannot (or do not) speak better English, for a country which is founded upon this language!

In addition, I'm convinced that learning English, or some of the basics of excellent English skills, does not have to be boring, monotonous, a 'drag' or tasking, but can be fun and exciting, as well as a "challenge" to some.

Obviously, I would be assessing your student in the first one or two sessions, to see just where his/her focus is needed, in preparing for the English portion of the ACT exam. I am confident I can help your son/daughter in this critical area of the ACT.

Thank you for your consideration of me as a tutor, as you review my credentials, background, and experience as a Colorado licensed teacher.

Bible Studies

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry, along with eight years as a "credentialed" minister with the Assemblies of God. I was licensed for six of those years, with "Christian Education" and "Music" as my two specialized areas, with this particular minister's license.

I have conducted Bible studies for adolescents (teens) and adults alike, as well as served as a Children's Pastor as part of my portfolio as "Assistant Pastor" in one church.

I am capable of leading both a topical Bible study, as well as studying the Books of the Bible, chapter by chapter. There are advantages for teaching the Bible both ways.

The approach I will use will depend upon the student's desires and request. I am very flexible with that, and am confident I can positively assist the interested student(s), in whatever way we work best together, to accomplish the goals and objectives.

Clarinet

I can teach or tutor beginning clarinet students, based upon my skills and experience on the clarinet. It is a basic woodwind instrument, and many clarinet students later turn to learning saxophone, as an additional instrument (key in playing in jazz, blues, rock music groups, etc.).

I plan to assist beginning clarinet for children and adults alike. No one is too old to learn an instrument, if they have the desire, patience, and work ethic (desire and motivation to practice!).

I studied both saxophone and clarinet at the University of Northern Colorado (College of Performing Arts), in Greeley, CO.

My approach to teaching students is to give them basic instruction on the fundamentals of music reading, learning the fingering system and mechanics of the clarinet itself, and teaching them from a method book, as well as selecting some beginning and fun solos they can work on, and attain, w/o much difficulty.

The rest is then up to the student, and how far each student 'wants to go' w/ his/her instrumental skills.

Elementary (K-6th)

I was a Colorado certified and licensed elementary school teacher, from 1994-2012, specializing in general classroom teaching and music instruction as well.

I have a total of 18 yrs. experience of both contract and substitute teaching. I specifically taught 4th and 5th grades (under contract), student taught in a 3rd grade classroom, and co-taught in my first year of teaching (teaching reading and language arts).

I have substitute taught in multiple school districts throughout Colorado Springs, Longmont, and Loveland, and was highly requested by many teachers to return for additional assignments.

Particularly at the elementary level, I was highly regarded for my special attention and care toward my assignments, and for my professionalism, yet 'personal touch' in the lives of my students. Close and constant communication with parents was noted in my evaluations, in addition to treated each one as highly valued and individualistic.

I was always eager to learn and improve upon my teaching strategies, methods, and techniques, as well as healthy and consistent classroom management, according to my colleagues and mentors.

I strove to emphasize utilizing the arts in my classroom, since that is a passion close to my heart (i.e., music & classroom drama).
In addition, my evaluators typically remarked on how well I facilitated small groups and worked with individual students well.

I'd be glad to answer any questions you might have!

GED

We will spend time working on the basic subject areas that are necessary for you to pass the GED, taking into consideration the
knowledge of subject material, and academic training you already have in your background.

For example, I would expect to emphasize skills and concepts in the following subject areas: English (including correct grammar, spelling, sentence structure, correct vocabulary, etc.); topics in American history and general social studies, including some basic map skills (reading/understanding legends, compass, basic directions, & other key concepts); and basic math skills, including those of geometry, algebra, percentages...but not higher math (i.e., calculus, trigonometry, or statistics).

Basic Science and General Reading and Writing skills and key concepts will also be presented, and again, depending upon your level of key concepts already learned, we can pick up from there, and I can assist you with those 'missing pieces' in your learning and knowledge, which will best prepare you for the GED exam.

General Music

Since leaving the University of Northern Colorado (College of Performing Arts), in the 1970s, I have since served and taught as a Substitute Teacher, and for General Music classes, specifically. In addition, I taught instrumental music (band, orchestra) at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.

Basic concepts in music (usually set forth by the contracted music teachers) were laid out for me to use in my instruction for their students, and I carried them out, supplementing and enhancing the children's learning, by using some of my own ideas (always with permission of the regular music teachers). Those who were impressed with how I handled their classes in their absence, were compelled to ask me to return again and again. It was an honor to have been highly regarded in this manner.

I can teach basic, fundamental music skills and concepts, such as rhythm, musical styles,
scales and arpeggios, some basic chords, musical notation, some background on some music composers, a very broad background in music history, and appropriate dance movements which children enjoy using. In addition, I have helped students with bells, hand drums and other percussion instruments, and an enrichment recorder class (after school). I have and can assist students in the preparation of selecting a musical instrument (i.e., guitar, clarinet, violin, drums).

Teaching the music in this way helps students to be use tactile, visual, and auditory skills and development, simultaneously (good for the left and right brain together!).

Admittedly, I have to give credit where credit is due. I had the luxury and good fortune in growing up in a home where music and the arts was prevalent with our family and in our home.
My own father and mother are both retired music instructors from public school districts, and it fortunately 'rubbed off' on me. I have always grateful for that upbringing and influence upon my life.

Concluding, I have many excellent references from professional musicians and music teachers in the Colorado Springs area, if you'd feel more comfortable in checking with a few of them. I have no problem with you contacting any number of them, and can provide you with a list, upon request.

Religion

I have two degrees in theological studies: an Associate of Arts in Bible, and a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry/Evangelism.

I have studied other religions within the context of Western Civilization, Church History, Anthropology, and other college-level coursework.

While I am no expert in other major religions, or more obscure ones, I believe I have the capability and knowledge of presenting overall doctrines, creeds, and philosophical highlights of several of them.

Saxophone

This tutor has excellent and professional experience on the saxophone, as he studied and majored on saxophone and music education, at the University of Northern Colorado (College of Performing Arts), in the 1970s. In addition, he has further musical training and academics from Colorado State University-Pueblo.

In high school, Rob N. accomplished and achieved in saxophone studies and performance, and received numerous local awards and honors in his band. He was selected as a "Who's Who in American High School Music Students" for 1975, and also was the first recipient of a regional jazz scholarship, named for the late John "Fez" Bryant, of Colorado Springs. The scholarship involved a full expense paid trip to a Stan Kenton Jazz Clinic in California.

In addition, Mr. Noxon competed in jazz performance in Reno, Nevada, with his HS jazz band placing in the upper group of bands from all over the country. Rob also
toured with a full HS concert wind ensemble, in Europe (1973).

In college, Rob continued to excel in jazz performance, becoming the Lead Alto sax player in Jazz II band, just one of four acclaimed jazz ensembles, coming out of the University of No. Colo.

During his adult life, Rob has taught numerous students (some adult) throughout his life, and has performed in community and semi-professional bands and ensembles clear up to the present day.

Rob studied with the late Allen Uhles, of Colorado Springs, Dr. Loren Bartlett, of Greeley (UNC), and has played alongside some of the finest saxophonists in the Pikes Peak region and in Colorado.

I have taught band at two private schools (Elem./MS/HS), and three high school jazz ensembles, during a "long-term" substitute teaching assignment, in the Longmont (CO) area. In addition, I played with community bands and jazz bands in the Loveland-Fort Collins-Greeley area, from 2006-09.

Finally, Rob has played in three saxophone quartets, directing two of those three. Therefore, he also has experience in assisting or doing clinical work with saxophone ensembles/groups.

Social Studies

I was a Social Sciences major, for a sort time, by accumulating a min. of 30 undergraduate credit hours in Social Studies, + a few Continuing Ed. credits after graduating.

My specialty disciplines include: General Elem. Social Studies, American History, World History, Map skills and Geography, and Biblical Geography, Culture, & Customs.

One of my former students' favorite class projects was something I coined, "License Plate Geography", which I believed to be an effective tool in students becoming motivated to learn more about U.S. Geography and their own choice of state(s)' demographics and geography/history.

The Historical Books of the Old Testament is an area I can also tutor in, if you are a Christian school student. I am confident I could assist with this specialized area of Biblical History/Geography/Culture, as I was a Licensed Minister in the 1980s, specializing in Christian Education.

Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
Lib. Arts - Elem Ed
Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado
Graduate Coursework
University of Colo at Colo Springs
Graduate Coursework

Education

Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO (Lib. Arts - Elem Ed)

Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado (Graduate Coursework)

University of Colo at Colo Springs (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $44.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Robert will travel within 25 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80916.