Indiana University Bloomington (Music)
Indiana University Bloomington (PhD)
Purdue University (Master's)
I've taught middle-school and high-school math in public schools, but I've been tutoring off and on for the last few years, and I enjoy tutoring more than standing in front of a class. Every student is different, and working one-on-one, I can both tell what an individual student needs and adopt my approach to them far more than with a group.
I've always found it very rewarding to help young people learn anything that I think is worthwhile, and, in my opinion, very few things are more worthwhile than mathematics! It's vitally important for citizens in our society to understand and to have some confidence in their understanding in order to make good decisions when they think about what they hear and read about.
But the way math is taught in almost every secondary school I know of is practically guaranteed to leave a lot of students confused and/or frustrated. So it's especially meaningful to me to help students with math. I also have years of experience as a software engineer and musician, and I've found ways to use both computers and music to help explain mathematical concepts.
For example, the frequencies of notes in a scale increase exponentially, and waveforms of musical notes are roughly periodic. So showing them the waveforms of notes in a scale or melody can help students understand both exponential and periodic functions. I've taught middle-school and high-school math in public schools, but I've been tutoring off and on for the last few years, and I enjoy tutoring more than standing in front of a class. Every student is different, and working one-on-one, I can both tell what an individual student needs and adopt my approach to them far more than with a group.
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I spent 10 years as a programmer and consultant at a university, then was a professional software engineer for another 20 years. One of the languages I used was R. I've also used R as part of a graduate seminar in music informatics that I taught several times; most of the students knew nothing about programming at the beginning of the class, so I wrote my own tutorials as well as many sample programs.