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Derek B.

Chicago, IL

$50/hour

Music, English, and Foreign Language tutor

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Webster University
Northwestern University
Master's

Education

Webster University

Northwestern University (Master's)

About Derek

Learning is my primary passion in life, and there is nothing that I love more than imparting the knowledge I've gathered, whether that be through performance, education, or conversation. The characteristic which has allowed me to adapt so easily to whatever task is put in front of me is my interest in viewing life as a generalist-- someone with far-flung interests sweeping across many fields; my interests extend from music to martial arts, from literature to computer programming. One of the other aspects of a generalist is the desire to then spread whatever knowledge is collected, which I feel very strongly pulls me toward education.

I am currently about to complete my Master's in Music at Northwestern University with a degree in Voice and Opera. I teach non-major voice through the university and have maintained my studio for the past two years. As as singer, I have had the opportunity to live in France and Austria, so my linguistics skills have been sharpened through experience. I also have a second-degree black belt in WTF Tae Kwon Do and have been practicing since 1997; I was certified as an instructor in 2005.

I have taught a wide span ages-- from age 4 to age 70-- and feel comfortable in almost any environment in which I find myself.

I think I have a lot to offer any potential student. Thank you for your consideration!
Learning is my primary passion in life, and there is nothing that I love more than imparting the knowledge I've gathered, whether that be through performance, education, or conversation. The characteristic which has allowed me to adapt so easily to whatever task is put in front of me is my interest in viewing life as a generalist-- someone with Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Chicago, IL 60626
In-person lessons
Music:
Ear Training,
General Music, Guitar, Music History, Music Theory,
Piano,
Songwriting, Voice (Music)
History:
Music History
Sports/Recreation:
Martial Arts

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.

Ear Training

I am a member of the voice faculty at a college, where I hold a studio of 19 students. I've earned my master's degree from Northwestern University, and my bachelor's degree from Webster University. I've been teaching for about two years, and love having the opportunity to watch my students grow in new and authentic ways.

Music Theory

I was required by my degree program to take two years of Music Theory and made 'A''s in all four courses (Theory I-IV). I was approached by peers who didn't understand the material and assisted them in their comprehension. I also had to teach myself Theory IV and pass pre-designed tests for the course, further cementing my skills.

Piano

I have studied piano for a total of 10 years. Additionally, I spend most of my professional life as a voice teacher accompanying my students' lessons. I am also very competent when it comes to fundamental technique and pedagogy.

Voice (Music)

I serve on the faculty at North Central College, with a 19-member studio. I just finished my master's degree at Northwestern University, and I earned my bachelor's degree from Webster University in 2011. I've taught now for about 2 years, and I love helping young singers grow in their talent and achieve a truly authentic sound.

Webster University
Northwestern University
Master's

Education

Webster University

Northwestern University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Derek will travel within 20 miles of Chicago, IL 60626.