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Scott F.

Danbury, CT


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Indiana University
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Western CT State U
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UCLA (Graduate Coursework)

About Scott

An inventor and musician since my youth, I studied math, music and computer science in college, which built a valuable foundation for my future. I have found that a blend of the Arts and Sciences - in my case, music and math, and computer science - gave me technical and conceptual skills one needs to be able to succeed in a wide range of opportunities in the world.

After graduating from Indiana University with a BA, Individualized Major Program in Music and Computer Science, my work experience has encompassed everything from designing laser light effects for film, television, and rock 'n roll shows (including the late Michael Jackson, Madonna and Pink Floyd), to working at Paramount Pictures as a software developer, and becoming a skilled computer graphics professional that allowed my to design computer (video) games for the PlayStation & PC, to later becoming an entrepreneur several times; I designed the first hand-held surgical laser made in China; I also invented MagneBlocks, an award-winning geometrical / educational toy that was carried at Toys 'R Us, Target, and 12 countries, and voted one of the top 10 toys of the year by NBC's "The Today Show".

My professional experience has included the life lessons from working with a wide range of people, with a wide range of abilities. I have taught piano for over 30 years, and in August 2011, I earned my State of CT secondary ed teaching certificate in Mathematics, 029. The state's ARC training program includes state-of-the-art teaching methods to provide the best educational experience for students, while complying with all State and Federal laws.

I am currently working on several books: one is a book on my experience inventing Magneblocks and running an international toy company; one is a book on Re-Thinking the Computer Interface; the other is an instructional philosophy book on the piano. I truly enjoy sharing my love of computing, math, music, and philosophy. I look forward to applying my experience to help you find the best technique that works to empower Your learning.
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"Excellent Tutor!"

- Chris Ann, New Milford, CT on 5/28/13

"He was amazing, knowledgeable and patient! Has my son on the right track to complete a project!"

- Rita, Oxford, CT on 6/6/15

"Great Tutor - Highly Recommended"

- John, Ridgefield, CT on 2/25/14

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Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Geometry,
SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Composition (Music),
Ear Training, General Music, Music Theory,
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Adobe Flash,
Adobe Illustrator,
Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop,
Computer Engineering,
Computer Programming,
Computer Science,
DOS, Dreamweaver, General Computer,
HTML, Java, Macintosh,
Microsoft Access,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project,
Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, SQL, Video Production,
Visual Basic, Web Design
Business, Finance, Law, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Martial Arts,
Table Tennis, Tennis, Yoga

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Adobe Flash

I have used Flash since it was a Macromedia's product (and used Director before it became Flash). I have used it to design interactive interfaces, animations, multimedia work, and games. I did animated interface buttons and have programmed some games. So I know the programming paradigm in addition to the graphical design elements. Action Script is a typical JavaScript-like OOP, which is demonstrated in Triaxx. I also used Flash for displaying MPEG video for the web. I was disappointed to hear that it won't be supported by Adobe moving forward - Java is cool, but the IDE for making UI's and vector animations is one of the best. I also used Swift 3D, a 3D Flash-based animation tool.

Adobe Illustrator

I began learning Adobe in the early 1990's after cutting my teeth on Harvard Graphics, then Corel Draw, which was a very good vector image authoring suite, similar in scope, but less expensive than Adobe, and it worked on the IBM! But as my skill grew, and my needs evolved, I took the plunge and bought Photoshop and Illustrator.

I took courses in NYC, studying with Lynda (Weinman, of Lynda dot com, who is a GREAT instructor, BTW) on the entire Adobe Suite (including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and now Flash, Dreamweaver..I know 'em all!); Illustrator is a very sophisticated vector image editing program, versus Photoshop, which is primarily a raster image editor. These two products are largely becoming one, "with two faces," because there are many features and interface processes that align well between raster and vector image editing, so this is a logical, expected evolution. I learned some nifty tricks in these classes, which I used in subsequent projects.

Some of the projects I have done include extensive websites. I also did my CD cover art, flyers, and all sorts of various printed media, including playing cards, fabric banners and large format output.

Adobe Photoshop

I have been a Photoshop user for nearly 20 years. I first used it at Paramount Pictures Television to create graphics for the studio, and on several Star Trek projects (I got to work with Mike Okuda, Star Trek: TNG's production designer a few times!) Then while producing Sony PlayStation games, I used Photoshop to create game images for the user guides, promotional flyers/ brochures, and manipulate screen shots. As a web developer for Pfizer Corporate Communications, I received Photoshop certification, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Flash certification (basically the entire Creative Suite before it was the creative suite). I also had the good fortune to have Lynda Weinman as an instructor. Running my own marketing company for my toy invention Magneblocks, I used Photoshop to create the product packaging graphics, website graphics, instruction guides, marketing communications content, and maintaining a media library of over 10,000 product photos (source photos to edited/ composited/ variable resolutions in multiple digital asset formats incl. *.psd, *.ai, *.jpg, *.mov, *.mp4, *.avi, *.wmf,..). Finally, we use Photoshop to manage our family photo library from multiple digital camera inputs as well.

Algebra 2

I am a certified High School Math Teacher, and my student teaching was in Algebra 1 & 2. Although I have never worked full-time as a teacher, I have done quite a bit of Algebra 2 tutoring (10 students in my first year), and have attained good results (as my profile indicates). With the market forces being what they are, tutoring has fallen off recently, which means I have fewer students, but the ones I work with are very appreciative, and attentive, which it all the better for everyone. In Public Education, the emphasis is on the students who need an IEP (Individual Educational Program), which cuts down on the teaching time in class. That's one of several reasons I tutor - so I can focus solely on the student, their needs and areas of improvement. I find I get to teach more as well!

Composition (Music)

Composer/ performer since 1975
Studied music, jazz (with legendary David Baker), electronic music at Indiana University, graduating with B.A. Independent Major Music & Computer Science
Studied film scoring at BMI Los Angeles certificate program
Performed and recorded with Narada recording artist Jesse Allen Cooper (, performing on his recording 'Moment in Time'.
Composed music for industrial videos ("The Living Cell") and independent film ("Ski Telemark")
Composed CD of original instrumental compositions, "Astral Waves" ( copyright 2003
ASCAP member
I teach piano privately, from beginners to advanced, in classical, jazz, and popular music.
I perform as a soloist and in 'Sargent Lefferts,' a Beatles tribute band (
I have Finale and ProTools at my home studio, a Yamaha S-80, Minimoog, and a KAWAI acoustic piano.

Computer Engineering

I have been building my own computers for over a decade, using off-the-shelf components, which nowadays is simply the CPU & motherboard, power supply, drive (hard or DVD/Super Drive), I/O buss (FIreWIre, USB, HDMI, IEEE 802.3, etc.) and the case. I also have written software in many languages including:
- Basic
- Fortran
- Pascal
- Forth
- C, C+, C++
- Java
- .ASP/ VB
- PHP, Cold Fusion, PERL, Java Script, HTML/XML
- DB3, SQL
- Assembly
and work with OS's: MS-DOS, UNIX, Linux, OS-X, Windows NT Server... and I am surely leaving some things out!

Computer Programming

A degree in Computer Science and Music from Indiana University, followed by post-graduate work in mathematics and computer science at UCLA and Wescon. I developed software for Paramount Pictures (Nielsen data analysis, and multimedia applications for Star Trek: Voyager and UPN); then after 4 years producing PlayStation videogames, I developed web applications for Pfizer (obtaining a Cold Fusion certification and a Sun Java Programmer cert.). At Euro RSCG, I was the architect of an e-publishing system for the NY Daily News, and a B2B SaaS eCRM platform based on J2EE web services. After running my own company for six years, I returned to web app development, where I have been creating financial applications using Apache/Oracle/Java for cloud computing and mobile devices.

Computer Science

Currently, I work as an IT Project/ Program Manager Consultant to Fortune 500 firms. My latest assignment was with Pepsico on their global HCM migration, to SAP/Success Factors "Employee Central" HR/ ERP cloud application (website implementation, legacy database integration, and custom application development). Working with the HR Operations Team as Project Manager, doing typical PM tasks like business systems analysis, create the project plan, design numerous data trackers, status reports, and training presentations, and provide strategic analysis to the PMO and executive team.

General Computer

I began my journey with computers in high school math (there were no school computers then!), learning about the BASIC programming language. In college, I started as a Comp. Sci. major (ending w/ a minor). I learned Fortran, Assembly, C, Unix, Computing Hardware (microprocessors), and more.

My first computing job was as a tech, repairing IBM, clones, & Apple computers. I built custom computers using various motherboards & power supplies, etc. I even built custom ISA I/O boards.

My career is mostly IT-based (having taken 6 years off to run my own geometric educational toy company from my invention).I worked as a programmer (Corporate IT), systems analyst (Corporate), web developer (Corporate, Free-lance, and marketing agency), systems architect (marketing agency), project manager (Videogaming), program manager (Videogaming, Telecom), ultimately Director of CRM Enterprise solutions (Advertizing).

I am a certified Math teacher, piano teacher, and computer consultant, so I have plenty of teaching experience to draw upon. I guarantee I can help you.


During my undergrad program in Physics, Computer Science and Music, I studied, then tutored Calculus, which requires a solid understanding of analytical geometry. During the first part of my career, I was an electro-optical engineer, working on laser systems (designing the first hand-held surgical laser made in China for the US Market), and optics requires a solid fundamental knowledge of Geometry. In fact, Geometry holds a special place in my heart. After working in the laser effects and programming fields, I produced video games, which requires a solid understanding of coordinate systems, quaternions, and affine space (advanced geometrical concepts). Then I invented MagneBlocks, an Award-Winning educational geometric manipulative/ magnetic construction toy, which required learning Solid Works, a 3D CAD software tool for constructing the blocks. Subsequent to that endeavor, I began my post-grad work at Wescon in Mathematics, earning a High School teaching certificate. I have been tutoring math (including geometry) for more than six years now.


I began working on Apple products as a computer repair tech back in 1986, working on Apple II's and the very first MacIntoshes. Later, I would work for Mark Wozniak, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's brother. I have used every version of Macintosh since HFS, and currently own 3 types (Powerbook, G4 and iMac). I have worked with all Mac software, including Mac versions of Microsoft Office as well as their native Mac competitors (Pages, Keynote, etc.) I have used the Mac professionally, working with ProTools audio system for the Mac, and the Adobe Creative Suite. Having used Windows for 20 years as well, and having to exchange files on both platforms, I am well-versed in the inter-operability issues. I have also set up my own hybrid Mac - Windows network. I also have a network of Mac Users I can reach out to for obscure issues.

Martial Arts

Judo - yellow belt. 2 years of training
Tae Kwon Do - Black Belt. 5 years of training & sparring. Instruct beginner students.
Krav Maga - 3 years of training & sparring (no belts used)
Tai Chi Ch'uan - 5 years of studying the '108' with Master Marshall Ho, Los Angeles
Yoga - 10 years of Hatha Yoga
Private one-on-one instructor/tutor of self-defense techniques for 2 years.

Microsoft Access

I have used Access since it was released around 1992. I have programmed macros, as well as used VBA to code functionality. I can use the GUI to make Tables, Queries, and reports; I can use the Schema Editor to make ER diagrams; I can then use the Access-generated SQL (which I then modify to meet the ANSI SQL standard, so that the SQL can be used with Oracle, SQL Server, or MySQL databases). I can set up and then point to ODBC data sources; I can import and export data to and from CSV, Excel, or other parsed file types. I can also use the Form Builder to make reports.

Microsoft Excel

After graduating with a computer science degree in ancient languages (Fortran, Forth, Assembler, Pascal), I worked my first corporate IT job at Paramount Television, writing database software for Nielsen ratings analysis, which included migrating a DBIII application into the nascent Excel (using their macro language - until VB came out and I used that). So I've used Excel, and taught corporate professionals how to use it for 20 years. I even "converted" a bunch of die-hard Lotus 1-2-3 for the IBM PC users into Win/Excel.

More currently, I have been using Excel every day for just about anything and everything: Reports; Data Analysis (and the Stats add-in); import/export (data translation); using conditional formatting, data validation, formulas, graphics (clip art, shapes, etc.), and cell/worksheet protection (password protection).

I am also a certified high school math teacher who has never taught for my career (but I have tutored math, computers & piano for 30-odd years). I guarantee you will learn what you need to, so if you truly want to EXCEL, give me a call!

Microsoft Project

I began using MS Project in 1996 as an executive producer of videogame software, managing software development of five projects, and Project was an incredibly useful tool that I learned on my own. Throughout my career, whatever my title, involved project management in some form or another: 'Waterfall' SDLC or 'Stage Gate' product management methodologies. Project was also useful in responding to RFP's, using its Gantt chart interface to help create projections and cost/resource estimates.

In my current position as Program Manager, I use Project 2010 daily: I have an active Project file for each implementation I am working on (currently I maintain 2 six-figure projects). I utilize the basic task/resource features; I create custom views, add custom fields, compare auto-scheduled baseline dates against actuals, add & cost resources, and exporting (to XML for integration, and to PDF for reporting to clients without Project).

Music Theory

I began my study of music theory in piano lessons when I was 6. In high school, I studied music theory with jazz drumming legend Buddy Rich's band arranger, Bill Channon, who began with 4-part chorale signing & theory (the traditional "bass/tenor/alto/soprano voicing");

All the while, I was studying classical piano, and played in a jazz-rock band (it was the '70s), which really developed my ear (there's nothing better than picking out songs from a 33 1/3 LP (except using a CD or MP3 - kids today are so enabled with music technology!) I studied classical piano, so sight reading naturally develops the more you do it. I studied Jazz piano and theory at Indiana University (with jazz educator legend David N. Baker), and I know harmony to the 15th part (2 octaves), so I can play a "C#7 #9 b13," and tell you why it resolves to an F#Major 9.

If I had been born with a good instrument, I would have been on American Idol (I'm a little old for that now..), because I love music, and any program that promotes live musicians playing & singing can't be all bad. After 10 years in Los Angeles, trying to be a film scoring rock star - getting close a few times, having recorded with a trendy band you never heard of ("Pleasure Mask"), to releasing my own CD 'Astral Waves'), among other adventures - I decided that I love music, but not the music business. What about you?


I have studied piano since age 6. After the typical elementary years with a local teacher, learning the basic beginning classical repertoire, I studied music at Simsbury High School under William Channon, who was an arranger with Buddy Rich. Relocating my junior year of high school, I entered Kentucky Weslyan College's music conservatory as a pre-baccalaureate piano student. I began to play professionally at the age of 16, working with area bands, notably with 'Rainbow Warrior' a group from Florida who was Lynyrd Skynyrd's opening act. Attending Indiana University, I studied jazz under the famous David Baker, studying piano with Terry Eder and Jim Beard.

After receiving a BA in Music and Computer Science, I moved to Los Angeles, and studied piano with Larry Carlton keyboardist Terry Trotter, and Frank Zappa sideman Tommy Mars. I performed with Sonia Gaia recording artist Jesse Allen Cooper, recorded on Jesse's second album 'A Moment in Time'. In 2003, I released a CD of original keyboard compositions, Astral Waves. I have taught piano privately for over 10 years, and at CT locations including The Music Learning Center, Danbury; Ridgefield Music, Ridgefield; Norwalk Music, Norwalk, Chuck's Music, Brookfield. I currently play with Sgt. Lefferts Phoney Hearts Club Band, a Beatles tribute band, and I am working on my second CD, a collection of original modern jazz compositions.


The change from elementary school math to Middle (Secondary)) School math can seem like a frightening prospect to many students, and so it is important to manage this transition carefully for the best results. I have had some practical experience with this, having done a few summer sessions of student teaching 7th and 8th graders who were entering either Algebra 1 as an 8th-grader, or Freshman Algebra 1. I have also had a number of private students who needed PreAlgebra help, so I am confident I can help your child succeed. Best regards to your child's mathematics success!


A Math and Computer Science undergrad degree, I did software development for 15 years, then went back to college to get a second Bachelors in Math so I could get a Mathematics Teaching Certificate - secondary school. Although I have the certification, software pays better, so I only tutor math on the side.

Note: I tutored calculus back in my undergrad years, and have done so for the past 3 years. I also studied physics, and worked with lasers for the first part of my career as an electro-optic engineer, so I know practical applications of math & calculus. And calculus is nothing more than Trigonometry, which is really just Geometry and Algebra, so I understand how to build foundations that will last a lifetime, and hopefully instill an interest (if not passion) for math.

Public Speaking

As inventor of MagneBlocks, I have been invited to speak at a number of math conferences including ATMNE, MATWEST, and SNEC; Universities (Pace University); High Schools (Joel Barlow Redding, CT, Brookfield High, Ridgefield and Hall High in West Hartford); Elementary schools, and Houses of Worship. During my corporate career, I often gave lectures to large groups of colleagues, including an early Internet presentation to over 200 Pfizer, Inc. employees; I also gave informational and educational lectures to co-workers, on topics like CRM to Euro RSCG, and in my role as a product evangelist for Sony, at trade shows including CES and EEE during the launch of the PlayStation. I have given entrepreneurial 'pitch' presentations to groups of investors, as well as to smaller groups of executives. I have been interviewed on television several times, including WTNH News and 'A Better Connecticut'.


As a certified High School Math Teacher, I know the typical subject requirements of school, but that is just the beginning of the topic! Trigonometry is foundational for Calculus and Physics, and understanding these connections are vital to understanding the mathematics. Throughout my career, trigonometry has been a handy skill which I've used to solve a wide variety of engineering challenges in electro-optics, computing (videogaming and finance) and sound design.

In college physics, especially acoustics, trig is the primary tool for modeling sound waves, which is demonstrated with the additive synthesizer. As a performing keyboardist with such an instrument (a Moog synth!), I can show students how sound is created, and how mathematics describes the sound.

Light (and the science of Optics) also uses trig, and I began my career as a laser engineer, so this is another discipline I can utilize to base the mathematics on. In fact, one reason I love Trig is because it not only describes phenomenon I love (such as music and 'light'), but can be used to predict results, create beautiful geometries, and expand one's consciousness.

Trig has allowed me to solve many problems in my personal and professional life, such as calculating the brightness of light (laser beam), or setting the sensitivity of the steering wheel in a PlayStation game I produced, or calculating a rate problem for my wife's MBA project.

I began tutoring math during my undergrad calculus classes around 25 years ago, then re-started math tutoring about five years ago. If you want a friendly, creative, competent and compelling tutor, give me a call!

Video Production

I began working with film in my youth, making 8mm films and learning about the intricacies of staging (lighting, sound, costume, script, technology etc.). I began making videos in the 90's in Los Angeles, eventually working on film & television, including Star "Trek: The Next Generation" (tv), "Beastmaster II", "Starman" and "Real Genius" (film). As a composer, I also composed music for film & video. I first learned Adobe Premier in the 90's, I work with ProTools and Avid, and of course, know iMovie, and Final Cut Pro. I have also produced commercials, web videos, and even acted a speaking role in a lousy movie!

Web Design

As Computer Science major in college before the World Wide Web began, I learned HTML when it first came out in the early 90's. Since then, I have been certified in Java (Sun), Web Analytics (Net Genesis), Content Management (Interwoven), J2EE Java Beans (ATG Dynamo), the entire Adobe Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver and InDesign; I have taken web graphics with Lynda Weinman; and a host of other tools and languages (like Cold Fusion, PERL). In terms of websites, I have built smaller catalogue type sites and more sophisticated complex, dynamic, multi-tiered architecture sites, leading a development team. In terms of web development and technology, I am an expert.

Indiana University
Independent Major
Western CT State U
Graduate Coursework
Graduate Coursework


Indiana University (Independent Major)

Western CT State U (Graduate Coursework)

UCLA (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent Tutor! — Scott F. has been working with my son to prepare for his Trigonometry final. My son got a bit lost in class and needed extra one-on-one instruction to understand the lessons. Scott has been very helpful and provided my son with a lot of information that he needed. My son told me that he feels more confident about the material that they covered and that he enjoyed working with Scott. ...

— Chris Ann, New Milford, CT on 5/28/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I am willing to negotiate my rate for specific cases, such as an additional discount for longer term engagements, or for students with special circumstances and other considerations.

Travel policy

Scott will travel within 35 miles of Danbury, CT 06810.