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Rebecca D.

Nicholson, GA

$40/hour

Classical Strings and Piano, Conversational Spanish

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Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs Ga
Music

Education

Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs Ga (Music)

About Rebecca

I am a classically trained Strings, Piano, & Spanish instructor dedicated to the success of my students, striving to impart to them the same passion that I have for music and language. In 2009, I graduated as valedictorian from Emmanuel College with a degree in Cello Performance and a minor in piano. My studies also focused on the Spanish language, music theory, chamber music, and orchestra, as well as string and piano pedagogy. My history of teaching, however, goes back to just after I had graduated high school, when I began giving private and group music lessons in 2002. I quickly learned to love it. During college, I took on some new students and continued to gain experience in a variety of instruments as I took classes and taught not only cello, but also piano and violin. Within months of my college graduation, I became involved with a mission school in the Dominican Republic, where I taught music theory, history, chorale, and private lessons -- all in the Spanish language. Now, back in the United States with my little family, I have a home studio where I continue to offer lessons. I love watching students become musicians as their love and knowledge of music grows. As for Spanish, I teach it to my own children daily, and tutor others as the opportunities arise.

We have all heard that “practice makes perfect”. In reality, perfect practice makes perfect, and true improvement comes from proper practice technique. That can seem a difficult goal for students, so each lesson targets a realistic goal for practice techniques and improvement. As we work on the short-term objectives, we also have the long-term goal of recitals and possibly other performances throughout the year. Music theory has a place in each lesson, as it is one of the basics for eventual success in musicianship. I try to keep lessons engaging, however, and include duets and “fun” music to help spark an interest and love for music in the student. Because each student has his or her own learning style and purpose for studying music, lessons are individualized in order to help each one achieve his or her ultimate goal in music.

When tutoring in the Spanish language, practice and repetition is key to learning. While there is always some serious study to be done, I encourage students to speak and to use everything they have learned, know matter how little they believe they know. Mistakes are naturally a part of learning, and should not be cause of discouragement or embarrassment. As a supplement to study and memorization, speaking, listening, and even singing are key to improvement.
I am a classically trained Strings, Piano, & Spanish instructor dedicated to the success of my students, striving to impart to them the same passion that I have for music and language. In 2009, I graduated as valedictorian from Emmanuel College with a degree in Cello Performance and a minor in piano. My studies also focused on the Spanish Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

$40/hour: Private lessons in my studio $60/hour: Private lesson in student's home. Discounts for group classes in my studio or for additional family members taking private lessons.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Nicholson, GA 30565
In-person lessons
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
History:
Music History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

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.

Cello

I began studying cello at the age of five, and continued through college, in which I received a BA in music. I have been teaching cello for 12 years, both privately and in group lessons. I use the Suzuki, Essential Elements, and All for Strings methods.

Ear Training

Since I began high school, I have actively been involved in theory and ear training workshops and evaluations, regularly receiving "Excellent". I also have a BA in Music, and am trained in solfege. I have taught Ear Training in group and private lessons for the past several years, and have had students succeed in this area of music.

General Music

I have studied music since age 5, taking part in many choirs, ensembles, and orchestras. By age 16, I was directing a local string ensemble as well as a small choral group. I graduated college with a BA in Music, after which I taught classroom music and private lessons through a mission school for two years.

Music History

I began studying music history during high school via private study and attending music workshops. I graduated with a BA in Music, which requires taking several semesters of music history. After graduation I taught general music education in a private school, with a main focus being music history as each period (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century) relates to the development of West
ern culture.

Piano

I began studying piano at age 12, and continued through college, when I graduated with a BA in Music. I have taught piano for about 10 years, using the Alfred, Bastien, and Faber methods. Apart from classical piano, I also play and teach hymn playing and improvisation.

Sight Singing

I use solfege and intervals to teach sight singing, which I have studied since high school, and continued to study throughout college, where I received a BA in Music. I myself am a good sight singer, and have successfully trained others to do the same.

Spanish

I studied Spanish formally for four years, learning the grammatical structure and basic vocabulary. After college graduation, I lived in the Dominican Republic for two more years, where I became fluent in conversational Spanish and broadened my vocabulary. I am now married to a Latino, and we continue to speak Spanish in our home.

Violin

I began teaching violin after studying string pedagogy while in college, taking part in an Arts Academy program for the local community. Since that time, I have taught privately and in group lessons. I have used with success the Suzuki, All for Strings, and Essential Elements methods.

Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs Ga
Music

Education

Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs Ga (Music)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$40/hour: Private lessons in my studio $60/hour: Private lesson in student's home. Discounts for group classes in my studio or for additional family members taking private lessons.

Travel policy

Rebecca will travel within 15 miles of Nicholson, GA 30565.