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LSSU (Fine Arts Writing Music)
CSU Dominguez Hills CA (Master's)
With my strong Liberal Arts background, I am qualified to help in any area of Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling and Language Arts courses,, as well as GED and ACT prep. My Bachelor's degree is in Fine Arts with concentrations in Writing and Music, and my Master's degree is in Humanities, with a Music concentration and coursework in Literature and Art History. I teach Humanities at the University level, which encompasses a broad look at history, philosophy, art history, music history, literature and civilization from prehistory to the present age.
As an avid lifelong learner, I was able to test out of 84 credits of college-level coursework in subjects ranging from Biology to Spanish to Government, Composition and Algebra, when I returned to college 25 years after my high school graduation. I graduated Magna cum Laude and went on to earn my Master's degree from California State University, where my Thesis was chosen as a finalist in the "Thesis of the Year" award.
I am an experienced teacher with a strong background in everything from one-on-one lessons to lectures of large groups of students. I prefer small groups or individual instruction, where I am able to really hone in on a student's challenges or discoveries.
While I consider myself a strong all-around academic, my strongest suit is anything involving the reading/speaking/writing or understanding of the English Language. My Bachelor's degree has a writing concentration, and my Master's thesis was on Jane Austen's works as presented in contemporary multi-media formats.
I am an Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Music at LSSU, and the Music Director for the local Fine Arts Community School. I also have had a private music studio for 20 years, where I teach violin, viola, piano and clarinet. I have been a strings specialist at a public school, and am currently the founder and director of several youth and adult community orchestras,. I have played clarinet, violin and viola semi-professionally, in pit orchestras and symphonies. With my private students, I incorporate a great deal of Music Theory and Music History into the applied lessons.
I believe that an engaged teacher gets to know his/her students, and by knowing them, can find multiple ways to present information. With my strong Liberal Arts background, I am qualified to help in any area of Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling
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I have a Master's degree in Humanities which required intensive course work on Baroque Music, Opera, Beethoven, and the Classical Era. In my Bachelor's degree, I took five semesters of music history, covering early music through modern. My master's thesis was on Musical Adaptations of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. As a Professor of Humanities, I cover an overview of music history from prehistory through modern.
I am an experienced violin and viola teacher, with 15 years of experience in a private studio and three years as a strings specialist in a public school setting. I took applied violin lessons for my undergrad degree, and play semi-professionally with two different orchestras. I am the music director of a local arts school and a founding member of a working string quartet.