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Alberto M.

Lake In The Hills, IL

$35/hour

Alberto - Clarinet, Voice, & Music Theory

In-person lessons
4.5 average from 2 ratings
Patient and knowledgeable tutor.
— Rosa, Addison, IL on 12/8/15

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Butler University
B.M. Music Education

Education

Butler University (B.M. Music Education)

About Alberto

My name is Alberto M., and I am a recent graduate of Butler University with a B.M. in Music Education. While there, I was trained as a vocalist, clarinetist, and secondary pianist. I graduated Summa cum Laude with Honors in the Jordan College of the Arts and the highest GPA of my class. Music education students at Butler are required to participate in two semester-long internships throughout their time there. As such, I taught middle school and elementary general music during each of those internships on top of Student Teaching experience this past spring. During student teaching, my cooperating teacher at the high school level gave me complete control of his AP Music Theory class and intermediate Symphonic Band, testament to my passion and skill. While at Butler, I also taught regular clarinet lessons to students of varying ages.

Tutoring is something that I've done for several years now, and I find that it is the most enriching kind of teaching experience there is. Yes, It is most rewarding to be in front of a group of students teaching them, but to be able to interact with a student one-on-one is unparalleled. I not only truly get to know and understand the student, but I can then put myself in their shoes and help them in a way I think would be best to cultivate their unhindered growth. We as tutors also get to see firsthand their strengths and weaknesses, their impressive strides and lapses in confidence, and most importantly, we our solely responsible for their being able to overcome that which they alone cannot. It's an honorable charge.

I spend plenty of time each day practicing my different instruments. It's a rigorous schedule I keep - I make sure I get through all of the exercises I need. Even in a musician's practice regimen, though, there needs to be spontaneity, spice, 'pizzazz'. Can't just do the same old exercises every day. So what better way to overcome staccato tonguing than by making up an exercise that I feel I can accomplish without frustration? I can create one based off a theme of an etude I'm studying or simply come up with something off the top of my head. Doing this kind of 'spontaneous' practicing is crucial in getting us as musicians to see or approach something in a different way than what is usual. The same idea goes for teaching students - if my student is not understanding something, I need to change it up. I can use metaphors, or connect what we're discussing to something that they're familiar to. If I know a student likes a particular rock band, then in a theory situation, I can say, "This chord we're studying right now is the SAME chord in this particular song that you like!" Boom - then it sticks, never need to go over it again. This is the stuff of teaching, and I think I'm very good at providing it.

Beethoven once said, "Do not just practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise man to the divine". This is something I strive to do every day, and even though one could call me a teacher, I consider my lifelong occupation to be a student. I always keep learning new things, and my teaching or tutoring students is not only an enlightening experience for the student, but for me as well. It's a win-win for all.
My name is Alberto M., and I am a recent graduate of Butler University with a B.M. in Music Education. While there, I was trained as a vocalist, clarinetist, and secondary pianist. I graduated Summa cum Laude with Honors in the Jordan College of the Arts and the highest GPA of my class. Music Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Lake In The Hills, IL 60156
In-person lessons

"Patient and knowledgeable tutor."

- Rosa, Addison, IL on 12/8/15

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Approved subjects

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Clarinet

While in undergraduate, I was principal clarinet of the Butler Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, and the Ballet Orchestra. Consecutively, I regularly appeared as a performer for the Jordan College Composer's Orchestra, responsible for the premiers of new works by student composers. I formed a trio of my own consisting of Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (dubbed the MartoBriscoe Idiom), and we performed regularly. Finally, I taught clarinet lessons weekly for two years while at the university.

Ear Training

While teaching AP Music Theory in student teaching, I proctored a number of different ear training exams ranging anywhere from interval identification (ascending and descending P4, P5, P8/M2, M3, M6, M7, m2, m3, m6, m7), chord quality (M, m, d, a), and seventh chords (M7, 7, m7, h/d 7, d7) to melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation. I was so keen on theory in undergraduate that I tested out of first semester sophomore theory after having taken the first year. I never scored lower than an A on any music theory course and excel particularly at ear training. Musicians use their ear every waking moment of every day.

Sight Singing

This goes hand-in-hand with the information submitted about ear training and voice. I regularly taught this subject while in student teaching and excelled in the subject while in undergraduate school.

Voice (Music)

While in undergraduate, I was both a clarinet primary and a voice primary, a rare breed in any music school. I studied anything from Caro Mio Ben to arias of Mozart operas and the Lieder of Schubert. After student teaching, I was awarded Outstanding Student Teacher in the Choral Area for my skill and knowledge of the pedagogy. While in Indianapolis, I was often asked to substitute as a director and singer for various church choirs.

Butler University
B.M. Music Education

Education

Butler University (B.M. Music Education)

Patient and knowledgeable tutor. — Alberto was great! He helped me with music theory and he showed me some really great tricks for understanding harmony better. He was patient and he is very knowledgeable. ...

— Rosa, Addison, IL on 12/8/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alberto will travel within 30 miles of Lake In The Hills, IL 60156.