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Indiana University
Music - cello
Carnegie Mellon University


Indiana University (Music - cello)

Carnegie Mellon University (Master's)

About Lisa

I have taught writing and music to children, teens and adults. I hold a master of public management with highest distinction from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College (2012). The MPM curriculum included classes in algebra and oral presentations. While working at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) (2008-2013), I managed the University Lecture Series (ULS) and was exposed to hundreds of lectures.

From 2012-2013, I volunteered with a weekly hip hop music program that used the resources of CMU to expose pre-college youth to subjects such as writing, history, storyboarding and audio engineering. My approach in helping students with their writing varied depending on where the student was stuck.

What I love most about engaging students in the learning process is witnessing students light up when concepts "click." This happened when one student realized she had constructed a story that flowed from scraps of paper and again when another student saw new possibilities as she began to look at her lyrics from the boy's perspective instead of from the girl's perspective.

We begin life as natural learners with insatiable curiosity. Learning both satisfies and further stimulates that curiosity. Let's discuss your needs and/or your child's needs and what works best. Schedule a session now and step into empowerment.
I have taught writing and music to children, teens and adults. I hold a master of public management with highest distinction from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College (2012). The MPM curriculum included classes in Read more

6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Bethesda, MD 20817
Elementary Math
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Reading
Public Speaking

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.

Public Speaking

There is an expression about music conductors: "The score should be in their head, not their head in the score." To speak publicly, know and be comfortable with the content. Also know your audience, who they are, why they are attending your talk, and what they are expecting. This information will help determine how slow or fast to speak and which words to use. If, for example, you are a scientist speaking to a men's glee club, you will need to explain concepts with plain language rather than technical terms.

In my current position, I travel to association chapters in Denver, Seattle, and Georgia to speak to state and local procurement professionals about association resources and opportunities for participation. I also speak at Forum, an annual conference that hosts 1,000 procurement professionals. Usually, I speak to an audience of about 100 members. For the first part of the talk, I introduce myself as the Global Practices Developer at NIGP. I also tell audience members about my previous position at Carnegie Mellon University (2008-2013), where I managed the University Lecture Series and earned my master of public management (2012). I then ask the audience questions so I understand their level of familiarity with global best practices. Next, I engage attendees with an actual global best practice document by asking them to take a couple of minutes to write down anything they notice (e.g., the content is chunked). Because I know that the audience is interested in useful knowledge, I partner with procurement professionals to discuss a specific global best practice and its use in day-to-day operations. Collaborating with others for a talk brings up additional considerations such as scheduling, practicing, discussing flow of presentation, and roles and responsibilities. I end the talk by summarizing the main point. The global best practices are written for the use of procurement professionals and it is procurement professionals that write the global best practices. This is followed by a call to action for audience members to use the global best practices as a resource, reference, and support for what they do and why they do it. I also encourage audience members to participate in the development of global best practices. The call to action information is included on a handout that is given to attendees. I end by thanking the audience for their engagement and inviting them to contact me to discuss what resonates with them.

When I worked at Carnegie Mellon University, I witnessed hundreds of lectures and learned what works and what doesn't work. One of the lectures that worked beautifully was given by Nancy Duarte of Duarte Design, the firm that developed the PowerPoint for former Vice President Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” In addition to the tips picked up from that lecture and from Duarte’s book Slide:ology, I completed a course in presentations as part of my master in public management curriculum.

The following are some of the tools that I use when preparing and giving a presentation. When tutoring, I would select the appropriate tool to advise others. For example, when rehearsing for a presentation, I record myself. This helps with timing, pace, volume, and tone. A recording will alert you to any "filler" words or phrases such as "you know" or "um." It will also help you achieve the correct phrasing and emphasis. Recordings are also useful for the live event. I recorded the talk I just gave in Seattle and am using it with a consulting company to review and improve my public speaking. Another way I rehearse is by looking in a mirror and noting my posture and gestures. If a PowerPoint or props are involved, I always rehearse with them. If possible, I schedule a technical run-through where the talk takes place to ensure that computers, microphones, and PowerPoint are all set up and working.

I begin a talk by introducing myself and stating my credentials. I then connect to the audience to capture their interest. In Seattle, for example, I spoke about the two amazing Washington Chapter colleagues with whom I had worked for over a year, and how wonderful and active the entire Washington Chapter must be.

Next, I give the audience an overview of what I will cover (learning objectives). I use analogies, but you might use stories or data to illustrate and support your points. Engage the audience through questions, brief tasks, or examples. Maintain eye contact and notice facial expressions and body language. The best way to communicate with the audience is to be real! If you are comfortable with the subject and with yourself, the audience will be comfortable, too.

Finish by restating the main point and then issuing a “call to action,” what you would like the attendees to do now that they have gained something useful from your talk. Thank the audience and then congratulate yourself! You’ve just added another talk to your repertoire!


Much of my current job requires writing. Additionally, I completed graduate-level courses in Professional and Technical Writing and Style. Additionally, I completed a grammar and composition class at the Writing Center in Bethesda.

Indiana University
Music - cello
Carnegie Mellon University


Indiana University (Music - cello)

Carnegie Mellon University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lisa will travel within 5 miles of Bethesda, MD 20817.