University of Maryland (Philosophy)
George Washington University (Graduate Coursework)
I have been teaching and performing for many years. I remember very clearly when I began the study of guitar, at the age of 8. I remember the challenges, as well as the joys, that come with the study of a musical instrument. I therefore understand, and am able to address, the challenges students face in trying to improve their knowledge and skill in studying a musical instrument, improving their writing, or any other subject.
While my teaching experience is primarily in guitar and music, my degree is in philosophy, a subject which is very writing-intensive. In addition to editing and writing experience with local newsletters and in closed captioning, I have provided ESOL tutoring for foreigners learning English at the college level. I am continuously engaged in writing projects, and consider it very important to help others improve their writing wherever such an opportunity presents itself.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy; post-graduate coursework in editing; essays and articles written for newsletters; years of closed captioning editing and daily news transcription and editing experience
Years of professional experience performing as a classical guitarist, including solo guitar recitals and duets with flute violin and clarinet; college coursework completed in music theory and history; many years as a guitar instructor, including Dale Music Co. and Montgomery College Music Department, as well as out of home music studio
I look forward to finding out exactly what your educational goals and needs are, and to determining whether the tutoring I provide would align well with them. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. I have been teaching and performing for many years. I remember very clearly when I began the study of guitar, at the age of 8. I remember the challenges, as well as the joys, that come with the study of a musical instrument. I therefore understand, and am able to address, the challenges students face in trying to improve their knowledge and skill
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I have been performing as a professional classical guitarist for over 25 years. I have at least 15 years of experience teaching guitar, including teaching at Dale Music Co. and Montgomery College Music Department as an adjunct guitar instructor. I am currently on the faculty of the Maryland Music Academy as a guitar instructor.
I started guitar lessons when I was 8 years old, and have studied with well known concert guitarists. I have performed in master classes with internationally recognized guitarists, have given solo guitar recitals in several concert halls, as well as performed in international music festivals. I have made several guitar transcriptions of classical composers, have written guitar-related articles, and have released two CDs of solo guitar music.
I was exposed to Spanish initially in elementary and middle school. I subsequently completed 16 credit hours of Spanish courses prior to completing my Bachelor of Arts degree, consistently maintaining A's for each of them. I have since worked as a Spanish bi-lingual customer service representative, and have also worked on Spanish closed captioning and translation. My wife is Peruvian, so I have had considerable practice in refining my fluency in speaking Spanish. As a classical guitarist, I have been especially motivated to research much of the guitar's history relating to its Spanish origins, in the original Spanish texts. I have also been teaching guitar classes in Spanish for quite some time.