University of Akron (English)
Love of teaching and language started at an early age for me. I became a student tutor in high school and member of FTA (Future Teachers' Association) and French Club. In college, I was a paid tutor in English while I pursued my own studies in literature, writing about literature, and creative writing. I placed into French III upon entering college and was inducted into the academic French fraternity, Pi Delta Phi.
After graduating from college, I continued with my own business as a private English tutor and soon became an editor in Cleveland, Ohio at HBJ Publications, where I was known for having the best knowledge of syntax on the copy editing staff.
I left the professional career to take an active part in my own children's education when I became a mom, and homeschooled my youngest daughter from 6th to 9th grade. Recently, I was a substitute teacher for most of the schools in my county.
I am fully aware that there is a huge difference between knowing a subject and being able to get others to understand a subject. I have been able to make others understand something that they had spent six weeks on previously, with no understanding, in just 30 minutes. This is very gratifying to me. Borrowing from my background as a creativity coach, I use different approaches to learning, knowing what works for one may not work for another. Learning must be flexible and meaningful.
I believe a good teacher must be able to learn from her students, so I will always encourage feedback on my tutoring to provide the best service possible. I will spend hours on my own time to research and develop methods to that end. Although I am flexible in my hours, I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy. However, making up lessons is always an option and is strongly encouraged.
I look forward to helping you overcome any obstacles that have hindered your progress in learning, and to helping you set goals and strategies for success. Love of teaching and language started at an early age for me. I became a student tutor in high school and member of FTA (Future Teachers' Association) and French Club. In college, I was a paid tutor in English while I pursued my own studies in literature, writing about literature, and creative writing. I placed into French III upon entering
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I have been tutoring English since I was in high school. I have been an editor for a Publishing company, and have also won awards in creative writing for poetry.
I am a former editor for HBJ Publications (academic and professional publications), where I had the best knowledge of English syntax on my staff.
I started playing piano when I was nine-years old, being taught with the John W. Schaum piano course which progresses in grades for a total of eight books from beginner to virtuoso. The books each contain a music glossary and quiz for mastering knowledge about composers and their works, as well as music theory.
When I was finished with the Schuam course, I became disillusioned about knowing how to play piano by sight reading only, and began to research books for self study on harmony and melody writing so I could create my own songs and play by ear. As a result, I am now writing my own songs on piano.
This allows me to offer students the ability to do the same, instead of just being a music "assigner".
I have enjoyed performing for elementary children, as well as for seniors in assisted living facilities.
I have been labeled "a natural born lyricist" by Casey Kelly, a number-one-hit songwriter who wrote George Strait's signature song, " The Cowboy Rides Away". I've been mentored by Mary Ann Kennedy, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, whose mentor is a guy known as Sting.
I have been a member of the Nashville Songwriter's Guild where I met Casey who was vice-president, and Rick Carnes, president, who wrote "Long-Neck Bottle" for Garth Brooks.
Here's a very brief summary of what I know as a songwriter--very, very brief:
1. The HOOK is first and foremost. This is what listeners will want to sing over and over, and is usually the title of your song.
2. LYRICS should be conversational, like you're talking to someone across the table.
3. MELODY should stick in your head if you want a hit.
You will need to write three per song: 2 verses, chorus, & bridge (this is the basic format for structuring a modern song)
4. IMAGERY is important. Paint a picture with words.