Search

Stephen M.

Jackson, MI

$50/hour

English-writing, grammar and Music-piano, voice, composition

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 7/31/12

$50/Hour


Send a message explaining your needs and Stephen will reply soon.

Response time:

Contact Stephen

Spring Arbor University
Andersonville Theological Seminary
Master's
Andersonville Theological Seminary
Other

Education

Spring Arbor University

Andersonville Theological Seminary (Master's)

Andersonville Theological Seminary (Other)

About Stephen

Education has become my passion in life. I have spent the last 23 years on staff at Jackson College teaching music (including piano, voice and musical composition) and also conducting seminars on successful writing (including grammar and punctuation).

In 2004, I founded the Jackson Studio of Music Arts and have since then taught hundreds of lessons to people from as young as four years of age all the way up to 75 years of age. I am comfortable with all ages, and I enjoy helping people learn and become better on a weekly and monthly basis. I have performed with some of the best in the world of Gospel music as well as the best in the classical world of music. I am also currently the accompanist for Walled Northern High School under the direction of Mike Peterson. I have recorded several full length albums that are distributed worldwide, and I have also written three books.

My education includes the following: an associate of arts degree from Jackson Community College, a bachelor of arts degree from Spring Arbor University, a master's of ministry degree and a doctor of ministry degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary.

I am currently employed as a master adjunct professor of music at JC and Worship Pastor at Spring Arbor Church of the Nazarene in Spring Arbor, MI.

It would be my pleasure to help you improve your musical or writing abilities.
Education has become my passion in life. I have spent the last 23 years on staff at Jackson College teaching music (including piano, voice and musical composition) and also conducting seminars on successful writing (including grammar and punctuation).

In 2004, I founded the Jackson Studio of Music Arts and have since then taught
Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Certified TESL instructor

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Jackson, MI 49202
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
Bible Studies,
English,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Writing
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Spelling
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word, 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.

Bible Studies

The Bible studies course will be divided into two sections-The Old Testament and The New Testament. The ability to take notes and the desire to ask questions is encouraged. The instructor holds a Master's and a Doctoral degree in Church Ministry.

Composition (Music)

This course will help the composition student with the following: learn basic music theory, learn how to write for instruments, how to arrange music, learn how to enhance and broaden melody writing and how to add chords to melodies.

The instructor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Composition from Spring Arbor University. He has numerous recordings of his original songs and arrangements available all over the world.

Ear Training

Being able to sing back what a student has heard is an absolute must for a developing musician. Ear Training, also known as Aural Skills, will help the student to better grasp the idea of singing in tune and being able to recognize the differences in pitches and chords simply by hearing them.

The instructor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Composition from Spring Arbor University.

English

I am Certified in TESL- English reading, writing, listening and spelling. Completed practicum (60 hours) with Oxford Seminar at MSU on October 22, 2016. I have conducted several workshops on successful college writing at Jackson College.

General Music

As a college music educator, Dr. M. has a firm grasp of the fundamentals of music. This class teaches the basics of music from how it is put together, overviews of each musical period, musical terms used in musical scores and discussions of several major composers including Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and others. The lessons will be a combination of lecture and PowerPoint presentation.

Grammar

As a lover of the English language, I enjoy helping people learn how to use correct grammar and punctuation. I have written three books and routinely write articles for my church.

Microsoft PowerPoint

As a college educator, I use Microsoft PowerPoint almost everyday of the week. I am very knowledgeable about the program and enjoy using it on a regular basis.

Music Theory

As a musical composition major in college, I understand a great deal about music theory and how it applies to music writing and ear training.

Piano

This class teaches the proper way to play the piano. Beginners through advanced are welcome. Dr. M. has over thirty years of piano experience and 23 years of accompanying the award winning show troupe, The Starfleet Ambassadors at Jackson Community College. He enjoys greatly teaching others to be successful on the piano as well. Each student is expected to practice each day and make progress on a monthly basis. Lessons will include the following: Learning scales (Major keys, all three forms of the minor keys), proper technique, appropriate literature and at least two recitals per year which are required.

Public Speaking

As a college professor, performer and workshop presenter, I have over twenty years of experience of speaking to crowds of various sizes ranging from 10 to 200. I incorporate my three "P's" of public speaking which are: Patience, Practice and Perseverance. I also talk about the six signs of an unprepared speaker. For the main part of my lecturing, I elaborate on my list of ten tips on becoming a better orator. I have given workshops on improving public speaking over twenty times. There is always something for everyone no matter how experienced they may or may not be when it comes to being an orator.

Songwriting

Dr. M. has literally written hundreds of songs and they have all been performed. Much of his music has been performed live on the Music Hall stage of Jackson Community College in Jackson, MI. He has numerous recordings that are distributed worldwide. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Composition from Spring Arbor University. Songwriting class will include, identifying what works and what doesn't work in a song, learning to pick out accompaniment chords and styles for a song. Basic music theory as needed and some score arranging. The student will be expected to compose on a regular basis as a means of improving his/her songwriting ability.

Spelling

Learning how to master spelling can be a glorious feeling for any student-young or old. I have written three books and I thoroughly understand the English language and its sometimes crazy rules for word spellings. But keep in mind, to be a better speller, takes patience and practice.

Voice (Music)

This class teaches the proper way to sing. Each student is expected to practice each day and make progress on a monthly basis. The following will be taught: correct breathing technique, correct diction, correct posture, correct tone production (includes jaw position, head position, chest position and laryngeal position), correct and realistic musical choices for vocal performance. The instructor has a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance form Spring Arbor University and taught vocal music at Jackson Community College for over twelve years. One of his vocal students won the Jackson County Rose Queen pageant and competed in the Miss Michigan pageant, ranking third overall. Another student of his won the Ms. Senior Michigan pageant and competed in the National Ms. Senior America, ranking in the top ten.

Writing

As a published author, I know first-hand what the term, "writing" means. It is an art form that few people the take time to master. It involves editing and rough-drafting and then even more revising! It can be painstakingly slow, or it can sometimes come upon a person like flood gates opening. There are techniques that I can teach you to help you become a better writer instantly. Good writing is in your grasp. You can write better.

Spring Arbor University
Andersonville Theological Seminary
Master's
Andersonville Theological Seminary
Other

Education

Spring Arbor University

Andersonville Theological Seminary (Master's)

Andersonville Theological Seminary (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Certified TESL instructor

Travel policy

Stephen will travel within 20 miles of Jackson, MI 49202.