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Michael Bear S.

Springfield, MO

$50/hour

From Music to Math to English and Science and back again

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California State University, Long Beach
Missouri State University Springfield, MO
Master's

Education

California State University, Long Beach

Missouri State University Springfield, MO (Master's)

About Michael Bear

"The ideal individual has a balance between gymnastics and music." Plato said this in his famous work, The Republic. It was his way of saying that a well rounded person needed to be educated in body and mind. I attempt to employ this philosophy in my education techniques. Subject matter needs to be relevant to the student. By finding what speaks to the heart of the student and finding those connections to the subject at hand, the teacher can make the learning experience enjoyable. Using sports analogies for music, or how science has won wars can spark the interest of a student in a given subject. Ultimately, instilling the desire to learn as well as the ability to learn on one's own objectifies my goals. I strive to make my position as an instructor obsolete.

How is this done? I have been very blessed to have traveled the world, performed as a musician, and taught elite students as well as at-risk youth. I bring life experiences to the student. In so doing, I hope to make the learning experience exciting and desirable. Ideally, self-discipline and self-motivation will drive the student forward. Until then, positive reinforcement and encouragement will be used to attain the desired goals.

I have taught all my life. I taught my first private student when I was only 12 years old. In the many years since then, I have taught in schools from California to Missouri. The epiphany that a child experiences when being taught can not be bought at any price. It is a treasure. For this purpose, I continue to pursue excellence as an instructor. Having just received my Masters Degree in Music - Theory and Composition, I will seek to further my abilities by pursing a doctorate.

My hopes are that my experiences and knowledge can by shared with your or your children. I look forward on speaking with you on how I can help you attain your goals. Thank you for your consideration.
"The ideal individual has a balance between gymnastics and music." Plato said this in his famous work, The Republic. It was his way of saying that a well rounded person needed to be educated in body and mind. I attempt to employ this philosophy in my education techniques. Subject matter needs to be relevant to the student. By finding what speaks Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Springfield, MO 65803
In-person lessons
Math:
Elementary Math, Prealgebra
Music:
Composition (Music),
Music Theory, Trombone,
Trumpet
English:
English, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
History:
American History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

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.

Composition (Music)

I am a professional trumpet player. I have been playing for over 30 years. Professional playing experience has including Ringling Brothers, Medieval Times, ABC, and Disney.

Additionally, I started as a music education major at Cal State Long Beach. As such, I took all the methods classes for brass, woodwinds, and strings. I currently continue to teach brass and woodwinds at home and at Palen Music in Springfield, Missouri.

As a composer, I have composed and arranged for Medieval Times, Ted Turner, Hour of Power, Evangel Univiersity - Springfield, MO. I have recently graduated with my Masters Degree in Music Theory and Composition from Missouri State University where I served as a Graduate Instructor teaching first and second year theory as well as jazz theory.

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught in the Magnolia School district in Anaheim, California for seven years. In that time, I was utilized as a substitute for special assignments, long-term assignments, intervention programs, and music assignments. They placed me in classes from K - 6.

I instituted music programs at two elementary schools - Mission Meadows Elementary, Vista, CA and El Morro Elementary, Laguna Beach, CA.

Phonics

In my tenure as an instructor for the Magnolia School District in Anaheim, California, I was part of many in-services designed to improve reading skills for students at all levels. Among the many aspects of reading that were covered in training, phonics was included.

The subject of phonic instruction included its introduction to very young learners (kindergarten) to older readers who needed additional help.

Study Skills

As both teacher and student, I have had to demonstrate and employ solid study habits to achieve superior results.

As a teacher, I have seen what works well for my students and that which does not. Each student has strengths and weaknesses to overcome. As such, it is my responsibility to find the methods that work best for each student.

As a student, I know what has worked for me. I will share those strategies with my students. Again, everyone is different. So, while these study skills may have worked well for me, they may not always work well for others. But, it does give one a starting point from where to begin to develop study skills and strategies.

Trombone

I am a professional trumpet player. I have been playing for over 30 years. Professional playing experience has including Ringling Brothers, Medieval Times, ABC, and Disney.

Additionally, I started as a music education major at Cal State Long Beach. As such, I took all the methods classes for brass, woodwinds, and strings. I currently continue to teach brass and woodwinds at home and at Palen Music in Springfield, Missouri.

Trumpet

I am a professional trumpet player. I have been playing for over 30 years. Professional playing experience has including Ringling Brothers, Medieval Times, ABC, and Disney.

Additionally, I started as a music education major at Cal State Long Beach. As such, I took all the methods classes for brass, woodwinds, and strings. I currently continue to teach brass and woodwinds at home and at Palen Music in Springfield, Missouri.

California State University, Long Beach
Missouri State University Springfield, MO
Master's

Education

California State University, Long Beach

Missouri State University Springfield, MO (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael Bear will travel within 15 miles of Springfield, MO 65803.