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Laura S.

Deltona, FL

$48/hour

Professional Educator (personality-based instruction)

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5.0 average from 30 ratings
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— Aziz, Winter Park, FL on 12/25/15

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Georgia College and State University
Music Education
Everest University north orlando campus
MBA

Education

Georgia College and State University (Music Education)

Everest University north orlando campus (MBA)

About Laura

I teach because I love to see students of all ages, grasp a new concept or one they have had trouble understanding. I have taught music performance and theory in both public schools, church organizations, and private lessons, as well as other academics. I have had great success with teaching all ages and types of students based on using a "personality-needs" assessment approach. I also have experience teaching students who speak Spanish, have been diagnosed as mildly/mentally handicapped, ADHD/ADD, Asperger's Syndrome, blind, and labeled as "unable to learn".

I am very straight-forward yet sensitive to each student's needs and responses. I always try to be fair, firm and consistent. I teach organization and self-discipline in every area that I tutor. I am currently and have been a music instructor/performer for 29 years; coached both cheerleading and softball teams; graduated with a 4.0 in the MBA program, with a focus in accounting. I have prepared personal taxes for 14 years through a reputable tax firm. I love to cook, exercise and dance. I like to bring order to other's chaos. I look forward to assisting you in the areas that you desire to improve.
I teach because I love to see students of all ages, grasp a new concept or one they have had trouble understanding. I have taught music performance and theory in both public schools, church organizations, and private lessons, as well as other academics. I have had great success with teaching Read more

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Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Group rates for a class of 3 or more will be $30 per student/per hour session.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Deltona, FL 32738
In-person lessons

"Great First Session"

- Aziz, Winter Park, FL on 12/25/15
Math:
Elementary Math,
Prealgebra
English:
Bible Studies,
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Public Speaking,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
Music History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Accounting, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking,
Tax Preparation
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Softball

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.

ADD/ADHD

I have found through years of teaching, that ADD/ADHD are most often people who have the two strongest (extrovert) personality traits of the four. Everyone is a blend, but ADD/ADHD most often have the two dominant personalities, thus making it difficult for those who have "quiet" personalities to deal with.

They have lots of energy, and they often love to talk (and usually it is loud). These students have difficulty in a "traditional" classroom because they are expected to conform to certain behavior standards. When they fall short, they are often referred to Special Education teachers, and then labeled as: "behavior" disorder, or learning disabled, or both. These students also are often sent to the principal's office and are assigned detention, and even suspension, on a regular basis.

Understanding a person's natural personality will enable a caring professional to adapt to their needs, so that the student can learn according to their strengths, without so much focus on their weaknesses. I also feel that it is important for students to understand the personality traits, so they can see why they are misunderstood.

While teaching public school, I had the responsibility of teaching students at both ends of the learning spectrum: from severely mentally/emotionally handicapped to the average, and on up to the gifted. I have many success stories of "special" students who had difficult learning in a traditional classroom, but were able to succeed in mine.

My hope is that they are able to apply their successes in my classroom to other subject areas, so they can succeed there as well. As they mature and age, they will be able to use this knowledge to work toward their advantage in the work arena, and hopefully to find a job that fits their personality, instead of goes against their natural gifts.

Bible Studies

I have taught various studies on different Bible topics to children, teenagers, single adults and young marrieds, as well as senior women. I grew up in the Christian faith and memorized Scriptures, won Bible "sword" drills, sung/played for services, and participated in the puppet ministry. I have given devotions during choir rehearsals to support the scriptural basis for the music we are singing. I currently teach Sunday School to single/divorced adults using Lifeway Literature, Concordances, Biblegateway.com and other resources. I prefer the NIV or Amplified versions of the Holy Bible because they clarify larger words into simpler language, where more people can understand the context.

Cooking

I love to cook and I also love to bake. I do it for fun and to share with people who need to feel special (birthdays, new neighbors, hospital visits, etc.) I have had to prepare meals for one person, up to 120 people. I was raised with southern foods, but I have tried to make them a little healthier, with less lard and salt, than usual. Haven't had any complaints on my cooking. I also enjoy adapting recipes to meet dietary needs.

Ear Training

My undergraduate degree was in Music Education. Having a concentration in piano and vocal performance, ear training was part of the curriculum requirements. I excelled in this area of study. I have taught it throughout my 26 years of teaching and conducting choirs.

Ear training is the concept of being able to play or sing back what you have heard. A student will be able to identify both harmonic and melodic intervals of music (unison, seconds-octaves), by sight and by ear. Another part of ear training is being able to identify styles of music and the period of time it represents.

Elementary (K-6th)

My music certification was K-12. I taught Music for 14 years to 6-8 graders, with one year including K-5. I have taught music to students age 4-72, and can adapt concepts to each students level. I relate concepts to things/experiences that the student has been a part of, which aids in understanding. Younger students need lots of repetition and hands-on experience. Also, they need to use large motor skills, so movement assists them in learning as well. I've taught young children to play "by number or letter" as opposed to "by note".

Elementary Math

Making math fun is a key element in student success. I have found that students have difficulty comprehending concepts that aren't explained on a level that they can relate to. As a teacher, I try to relate the concepts to areas of interest for the student. Once they truly understand a concept, then they can use it.

Elementary Science

Science is the study of knowledge, and it can be fun, though at times challenging. Learning about the makeup of both animate and inanimate objects can be much like investigation. There are facts and there are unknowns. Using proven resources, students can learn how to understand the purpose of science, and apply what they read to determine a conclusion.

English

English is a language which involves many different elements. Learning to speak the language requires understanding phonics, spelling, and the alphabet. Once a student learns these elements, then they can begin writing English...communicating on paper. Students who excel in English can become great teachers, writers, journalists, editors, and speakers.

ESL/ESOL

English is my first language. I have excellent speaking and writing skills, and have always been a very good student in foreign language study. I love meeting new people and helping them adapt to our culture.

I have had 3 years of Spanish and have traveled to countries predominately Spanish speaking. Part of my bachelor's degree was to sing in Italian, German and French. Then I had to sing them. I also have sung Latin, and studies one year of Latin. I had to research the language and translate the meanings of the texts.

I have taught a conversational Spanish class for an Adult Community Class, teaching colors, numbers, and basic statements. I have lots of patience when crossing language barriers.

General Music

I have taught general music in public schools for 14 years, and in children's choirs and private lessons for 20 years. This class would teach basic note reading skills, and how to play various melodic and percussive instruments (bells, tambourine, triangle, drum, recorder, tonechime, etc.)

Examples of some of the Concepts of music covered are: dynamics, meter, pitch, rhythm, tone, vocal parts and expression. My classes give hands-on playing experiences, which allows students to make music while learning the concepts.

Guitar

As a music major, I had to select a stringed instrument. I chose the guitar. I had to learn all of the basic parts of the instrument, as well as how to play melodies and various chords. I am very comfortable teaching "beginning level students" in this area, mainly because they need to learn to read music and use proper technique when playing the guitar. My music theory is very strong, and I help them develop a strong foundation on which to build more difficult musical skills. Once they complete level 2 of a guitar method series, I refer them to a teacher whose primary instrument is the guitar. I have found that many guitar teachers teach by rote, and thus students only learn what they are shown. I believe it is more beneficial for students to learn how to read music, then they can apply that knowledge to any instrument of their choice.

Music History

Music history is the study of music, primarily from the Medieval and Renaissance Eras to the Contemporary Era. This course will also include studying the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary Eras, as well as various composers during each era, and the development of instruments. Students will listen to samplings of music per era, and learn to identify common aspects of each era.

Having received my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, this was one of the many topics we studied indepth. I have also taught Music History through the General Music Curriculum in public schools for 14 years, as well as the history of church music.

Music Theory

Music Theory is the foundation for learning to read/write music. Having taught students ages 4+ since 1985 has brought some very successful stories to my reputation. If you feel like you are learning a foreign language when you see music, I can help you make sense of it...guaranteed!

Phonics

I have always enjoyed teaching people how to sing and speak correctly and clearly. As a voice teacher, I am very comfortable teaching how letters sound and how to properly form each sound with your mouth. Students who learn their phonics will do very well in vocabulary, spelling, writing, as well as speaking and singing.

Piano

Piano and voice are my two main instruments. I have played since I was 8 and have sung even longer. I currently teach private music lessons and have annual student recitals.

I currently serve as the Minister of Music at a local church in Sanford and plan/oversee all the music in the church. I also direct the worship choir. I handle all of the music instruction and accompanying for the choirs, as well as the services. I also play for holiday parties, receptions, weddings and funerals.

Public Speaking

Becoming a good public speaker requires confidence, as well as clear speaking voice. These are both skills that can be learned. I am a proficient speaker, having been in front of audiences in school settings, church settings, business meetings, and one-on-one consultations. Confidence about a topic I aids in a persons ability to be able to speak with an authoritative tone and with confidence. Using vocal inflection will also affect whether or not your listeners will want to keep listening to you, or ignore you.

Reading song lyrics, scenes from dramas, and other literature are excellent ways to practice speaking skills. While students are speaking or reading, I listen and evaluate their pace, diction, emotional interpretation, and facial expression. The best way to succeed in public speaking is to practice and then to perform.

Reading

Reading opens a world of knowledge to every person. Finding topics that interest young readers is key in success. Also learning proper sounds for phonics enables success. I have taught students aged 4+ how to read music, and phonetics to elementary and middle school students. Making learning fun allows students to learn without realizing that they are working hard.

Sight Singing

My sightreading skills are excellent!!! I have been reading music for approximately 40 years, and have played piano the same amount of time. I teach music privately and have taught publicly as well as directed choirs in churches. I can look at a piece of music and sing it with 90%+ accuracy and play it with 85%+ accuracy. It amazes people how I can do this, but years of experience have strengthened this area of music for me.

Softball

I have played softball over a 20 year period. Most of it was women's slow pitch, but for the past two years I have played on a co-ed church team. I love the sport, and the exercise, but there is more!

I have had the opportunity to coach a beginner co-ed youth team. I feel it is even more important to teach the skills of playing, along with the rules. I give students practice opportunities at every position, so that they can improve all around.

Players learned they were not irreplaceable nor did they have sole ownership of a particular position. If they showed poor sportsmanship, they sat on the bench. It usually only took once for them to know I was serious about playing as good sportsmen. We had a few close calls, but ultimately, we won first place for the season. Although some "competitive" parents disagreed with my philosophies, they were very satisfied with the outcome.

I believe the players learned that they could improve at any position as long as they were willing to work hard, understand the rules and expectations, and were given an opportunity to play each position.

Tax Preparation

With over 11 years of hands-on tax preparation experience, I prepare individual and sole proprietor returns, using an excellent program which has resulted in favorable and accurate results. I take continuing ed classes each year to stay certified and have a preparer id number on file with the IRS. Returning clients are the best proof of my skills. I explain difficult concepts in a simpler way, so that other preparers, and even clients can understand.

Trumpet

My brass instrument of experience has been the french horn. However, most of the brass family have three valves, which share the same fingering. I have taught trumpet and french horn before, and have given playing advice to tuba players as well. I have directed a pep band, a church orchestra, bell choir, etc. I teach how to read music through the use of various instruments. I am very comfortable teaching the trumpet.

Voice (Music)

My two favorite hobbies are playing the piano and singing. As a music education major, these were my two instruments of choice in college. I took piano lessons as a child, and then played and sung my way through elementary school choirs, high school chorus and jazz band, church youth music camps, college madrigal dinners, operettas, and other seasonal concerts.

I have also played and sung for children's music theatre, taught in public schools, and currently play for church services and teach private voice and instrumental lessons, summer camps, and children's/adult choirs.

Georgia College and State University
Music Education
Everest University north orlando campus
MBA

Education

Georgia College and State University (Music Education)

Everest University north orlando campus (MBA)

Great First Session — We discussed what it is I need to improve on mainly, however she's really easy to talk to and I'm excited to see what we can accomplish in further sessions! ...

— Aziz, Winter Park, FL on 12/25/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $48.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Group rates for a class of 3 or more will be $30 per student/per hour session.

Travel policy

Laura will travel within 20 miles of Deltona, FL 32738.