University of Georgia (Music)
University of Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music (Master's)
University of Georgia (MEd)
Patient professional with over 25 years of experience teaching all grade levels -- preschool through college. In addition to being a seasoned educator, I play French horn professionally in area community groups and freelance. I am also a private consultant for childcare and parent education programs having presented on topics such as fatherhood, gardening with children, and dealing with difficult people.
I consider myself a facilitator of learning rather than a teacher of facts. I want my students to learn how to learn for themselves and to find within themselves what it is that will help them to continue to learn throughout their lives. I am patient and can listen when it is necessary to listen so that I can help the student find what it is they are missing within themselves to overcome and become a better learner.
I have 10 years of collegiate teaching experience at both Auburn University and Southern Union State Community College. I integrated Music Theory whenever I taught music/band or choir. I have tutored students of all ages in these areas for over 25 years. My methods include incorporating history along with music subject matter to keep things in perspective. I have traveled across this nation to go to historic places to learn first hand what actually happened rather than just rely on what is in a book. I have been to Europe twice where I did the same thing there. I took my children along with me on these trips so that they could experience first hand knowledge of famous places and people.
I have been playing the French horn for 35 years. I studied under Kazimerez Machala at the University of Georgia, Steve Gross and Michael Hatfield at the Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music, and had master classes with Lowell Greer and Philip Farkas. I was a guest lecturer at the College/Conservatory of Music where I did two master classes on the late conductor Bruno Walter. I excelled at music history in all of my graduate work.
When I am not teaching or presenting workshops or traveling with my wife, my hobbies include writing fiction and gardening. Patient professional with over 25 years of experience teaching all grade levels -- preschool through college. In addition to being a seasoned educator, I play French horn professionally in area community groups and freelance. I am also a private consultant for childcare and parent education programs having presented on topics such as fatherhood,
Multiple hour lessons charge at $40/hour.
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I taught for 6 years in a K-5 setting using my skills in music to help teachers with their students in their regular subjects. I used music to help students learn reading, math, science and social-studies. I was often asked to present programs such as the Black History Program, seasonal concerts and also helped deliver standardized tests to students who needed to have their tests read to them.
I have played the French horn since 1979. I have been a member of professional orchestras including the Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra, the Athens Symphony, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, and numerous civic and church groups. I have taught the horn since 1990. I am currently a member of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra and the award winning Cobb Wind Symphony of Cobb County, GA. I studied horn with Kazimierez Machala, Steve Gross, Michael Hatfield and had numerous master classes with Philip Farkas, Gail Williams and Lowell Greer.
I began teaching general music classes in 1995. I taught general music to K-5 students for 6 years and also 8 years to middle school students. I was often asked to be a substitute teacher in general music classes in Troup Country, GA because I could keep the classes going with the typical substitute break.
I began teaching music appreciation/history in 1995. I have taught music history at Auburn University as well as Southern Union State Community College. I have been a quest lecturer on such subjects as the late conductor Bruno Walter as well as Turn of the Century Composers born after 1850 and before 1885.
I have 25 years experience in public school education. I have used my skills as an educator to help turn students around so that they began to succeed in school. I was able to help troubled students learn to fit in socially so that they could begin to learn rather than constantly worry about what others thought of them. I used my knowledge of development to help students learn at the the level they are most comfortable with as well as understand what their learning style was.