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Meagan F.

English/Math/Science/Music Tutor available

English/Math/Science/Music Tutor available

$30/hour

  • 92 hours tutoring

  • Lothian, MD 20711

About Meagan


Bio

Music lessons: violin, viola, piano, beginning guitar

I began teaching private lessons in 2001, and playing in pit orchestras for community theatre in 2002. I've worked with seniors and people with carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as young children. I'm not focused on any one particular teaching method, but as the Suzuki repertoire is pretty much standard for county and state Solo and Ensemble festivals, I use it as a starting point. I like introducing students to a wide variety of music...

Music lessons: violin, viola, piano, beginning guitar

I began teaching private lessons in 2001, and playing in pit orchestras for community theatre in 2002. I've worked with seniors and people with carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as young children. I'm not focused on any one particular teaching method, but as the Suzuki repertoire is pretty much standard for county and state Solo and Ensemble festivals, I use it as a starting point. I like introducing students to a wide variety of music styles, from movie soundtracks to Celtic to pop. For piano, I like Thompson and Bastien, but I'll work with whatever material the student has. For guitar, I prefer the student bring in whatever they want to learn, be it in standard notation or tablature.

I don't have a music degree. I began studying violin in elementary school in 1979 and began private lessons with a certified Suzuki teacher 2 years later. I switched to viola in high school, at which point my teacher suggested I audition for the Maryland Youth Symphony, which granted me the opportunity to tour Taiwan and Hong Kong as a performing musician. But when it was time to apply for college, I went "academic" and chose "pre"architecture instead of music for my major, and took classes in piano, guitar and theory as electives.

Academics: English, Math, Sciences

While preparing my portfolio for architecture school, I took archaeology classes from the anthropology department, as I was interested specifically in restoration architecture. But as I learned more about anthropology and its multidisciplinary nature, I took additional courses in human evolution, cross cultural anthropology, and spent a semester researching the development of creativity in the human mind. When all was said and done, I ended up with bachelors degrees in biology, which included studies in botany, biochemistry and microbiology; anthropology and art. I earned my 3 bachelors degrees in 6.5 years, graduating from UMCP in 1995. Throughout my time at the University of Maryland, I would tutor grade school students on Saturdays for a little pocket money, but it was a teaching assistantship for art theory class that helped me recognize the different ways of learning, and how some teaching methods work with some students better than others. I've also discovered that knowledge is interrelated -- who would have thought that my AFROTC training would help me teach time signatures in music class?

Since graduation, I worked full time in graphic design--desktop publishing, until 2001, when terrorists slaughtered a significant percentage of our clients. I still freelance on occasion, mainly for business development--proposals.


Education

University of Maryland, College Park
undergrad

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $30
  • Rate details: I offer discounted rates for students needing more than one visit per week.
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Lothian, MD 20711
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/13/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is THE INDUSTRY STANDARD in most publication and print houses. Whether you want to make your photos brighter, make animated gifts or create digital collage art, just about any retouching tool you can think of can be available at the click of a mouse. My own experience: I used this software from its "infancy" while working in printing/publication and the CS series while working as a photographer's assistant.

Business

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Computer

Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is THE INDUSTRY STANDARD in most publication and print houses. Whether you want to make your photos brighter, make animated gifts or create digital collage art, just about any retouching tool you can think of can be available at the click of a mouse. My own experience: I used this software from its "infancy" while working in printing/publication and the CS series while working as a photographer's assistant.
General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

General Computer, Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

Math is central to our everyday lives. It's not just for scientists and geeks - we use math whenever we go shopping, when we cook, or when we plan a party. Shoring up these skills makes a stronger foundation for higher math. I can help troubleshoot stumbling blocks your student may have.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is fundamental to all aspects of life. From filling out taxes and signing contracts to reading food labels and comic books, being able to make sense of verbal information is of utmost importance. I will help you troubleshoot any problems you might have, and show you how to use available references when you read independently.
Elementary Science, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

Reading,

Reading

Reading is fundamental to all aspects of life. From filling out taxes and signing contracts to reading food labels and comic books, being able to make sense of verbal information is of utmost importance. I will help you troubleshoot any problems you might have, and show you how to use available references when you read independently.
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra is fundamental to all other mathematics, and whether we realize it or not, we use it all the time in our daily lives.
Piano,

Piano

The piano is said to be an entire orchestra at one's fingertips. And it would not be a totally inaccurate statement - the entire musical range from low bass to high soprano is available, and with 10 fingers available to make sounds, the sonic combinations are almost endless. (I'm sure there's a math expression to figure out the exact number of combinations...) I began studying piano while in college, after almost 10 years of violin, viola and guitar study. My favorite piano method is Thompson, but I'll use whatever method the student is most comfortable with.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is fundamental to all aspects of life. From filling out taxes and signing contracts to reading food labels and comic books, being able to make sense of verbal information is of utmost importance. I will help you troubleshoot any problems you might have, and show you how to use available references when you read independently.
Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Spelling, Writing

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra is fundamental to all other mathematics, and whether we realize it or not, we use it all the time in our daily lives.
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra is fundamental to all other mathematics, and whether we realize it or not, we use it all the time in our daily lives.
Piano,

Piano

The piano is said to be an entire orchestra at one's fingertips. And it would not be a totally inaccurate statement - the entire musical range from low bass to high soprano is available, and with 10 fingers available to make sounds, the sonic combinations are almost endless. (I'm sure there's a math expression to figure out the exact number of combinations...) I began studying piano while in college, after almost 10 years of violin, viola and guitar study. My favorite piano method is Thompson, but I'll use whatever method the student is most comfortable with.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is fundamental to all aspects of life. From filling out taxes and signing contracts to reading food labels and comic books, being able to make sense of verbal information is of utmost importance. I will help you troubleshoot any problems you might have, and show you how to use available references when you read independently.
Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Writing

Music

Guitar,

Guitar

I began teaching private lessons in 2001, and playing in pit orchestras for community theatre in 2002. Whether your favorite music is rock, country, Latin, jazz or even classical, guitar is one of the core instruments in many ensembles. I can help you pick out a guitar that fits the style of music you love/want to play (if you don't already have one), show you how to read music and tablature, as well as tuning and basic maintenance. If you have issues, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or small hands, I can help you work around them. I like to tailor lesson material to students' preferences, so I am not loyal to one method over another, and I am a big fan of students practicing with recordings to gain an understanding of timing and feel. Overall, it's about playing something that sounds great, and feeling great while playing.
Piano,

Piano

The piano is said to be an entire orchestra at one's fingertips. And it would not be a totally inaccurate statement - the entire musical range from low bass to high soprano is available, and with 10 fingers available to make sounds, the sonic combinations are almost endless. (I'm sure there's a math expression to figure out the exact number of combinations...) I began studying piano while in college, after almost 10 years of violin, viola and guitar study. My favorite piano method is Thompson, but I'll use whatever method the student is most comfortable with.
Violin

Violin

Violin - the upper voice in the string family that carries the soaring melodies in cinematic music, and a favorite instrument among classical composers. I began studying the violin in 1979, in 4th grade strings class. Soon after, I began private lessons with a Suzuki method teacher. While I like the repertoire of the Suzuki method (and most of it is approved for State Solo & Ensemble Festivals), I prefer students having strong sight reading skills as well. Mainly, I want the student to enjoy playing. Music should be a form of therapy - it shouldn't be a reason to NEED therapy.

Science

Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Microbiology, Physical Science

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra is fundamental to all other mathematics, and whether we realize it or not, we use it all the time in our daily lives.
Piano,

Piano

The piano is said to be an entire orchestra at one's fingertips. And it would not be a totally inaccurate statement - the entire musical range from low bass to high soprano is available, and with 10 fingers available to make sounds, the sonic combinations are almost endless. (I'm sure there's a math expression to figure out the exact number of combinations...) I began studying piano while in college, after almost 10 years of violin, viola and guitar study. My favorite piano method is Thompson, but I'll use whatever method the student is most comfortable with.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is fundamental to all aspects of life. From filling out taxes and signing contracts to reading food labels and comic books, being able to make sense of verbal information is of utmost importance. I will help you troubleshoot any problems you might have, and show you how to use available references when you read independently.
Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Writing

Ratings and Reviews


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4.8 (29 ratings)
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Reviews

Great 1st Lesson

My daughter was very happy with her first lesson which is saying A LOT, she made great progress today with Ms. Meagan's help.

Erica, 3 lessons with Meagan

Knowledgeable and great with kids!

My girls warmed to Meagan right away. She was able to run through their orchestra pieces with them, gently correct their errors, and suggest exercises to improve their violin/viola skills. Awesome!

TREMESHIA, 1 lesson with Meagan

Very Patient

Megan is doing a good job tutoring my daughter in Geometry. My daughter has a better understanding of Geometry and seems to be more comfortable asking questions in class.

Beverly, 63 lessons with Meagan

$30/hour

Meagan F.

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