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Ron S.

Cary, NC

$30/hour

Professional & Practical Instructor, PhD

Background check passed as of 9/16/16

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Millersville State University
Visual Comm Education
The Ohio State University
PhD
Bowling Green State University
Master's

Education

Millersville State University (Visual Comm Education)

The Ohio State University (PhD)

Bowling Green State University (Master's)

About Ron

Hi there!
I teach guitar and Web design-related courses.

MY GOALS FOR YOU
1. Become proficient in the subject as quickly as possible
2. Give you your moneys worth
3. Facilitate the achievement of your specific goals
4. Make difficult concepts in the book understandable
5. Teach you techniques and tips that books alone cannot do

My approach is professional, practical, effective and fun. I will teach you the theory and practice of the subject. Each week, I will teach you a blend of theory, examples, techniques, exercises, and professional tips. I will ask you some probing questions to make you think and to assess your understanding. I will asses your strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations to strengthen your weaknesses or further develop an area of interest. Each lesson will build upon the previous lessons.

We will not progress until you have mastered your current lesson. I will periodically review key information to reinforce your comprehension and to tie the pieces together for you. I will assign a manageable homework lesson for the next lesson using an excellent, required book and some handouts. I will give you opportunities to request deeper learning in a particular topic of interest or a deficiency. I will organize your lessons in a very logical, effective way and make learning your learning as simple and fun as possible and you will be impressing your family and friends (and yourself) in months!

GUITAR INSTRUCTION
As a guitar instructor, I will teach you the theory and practice in note reading, scales, chords, playing techniques, tips, tricks, habits, exercises, songs, etc. I am a highly talented with rhythm guitar (some lead) playing and instruction (electric & acoustic): Blues & Classic Rock. I have been playing guitar for over 25 years, starting in 3rd grade. I studied guitar and music for four years from an excellent, accomplished guitarist, and have taught myself many things too. I have also created several instrumental pieces of my own.

I will teach you the art, theory, practice, techniques and emotion of music and guitar, including note reading (traditional and tablature), chords (open chords, power chords, barre chords, etc.), scales, exercises, riffs, songs, finger-picking, muting, note bending, hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, slurs, and more. I will help you increase your confidence as you progress. In a few weeks you will actually be playing your own song that you created! In a few months, you will be impressing your family, friends and yourself!

I currently own four fantastic guitars: PRS Custom 24 and Ibanez Artist electric, 12-string Ibanez dreadnaught acoustic, and Epiphone Masterbilt 6-string electric-acoustic. I can also teach you how to select a great guitar.

WEB DESIGN & USER EXPERIENCE INSTRUCTION
I hold specialization in several areas including Information Architecture, User-Centered Design, Information Design, Data Visualization, Interaction Design, User Research, Workflow/Task Analysis, Usability Evaluation and Testing, Professional and Technical Writing, Curriculum and Instructional Design, and Desktop Publishing.

I have 16 years of professional experience in Web User Experience, including Information Architecture, User-Centered Design and Usability. My professional experiences are in finance, healthcare, telecommunications, education, information and technology sectors. I hold an interdisciplinary PhD in Education from the Ohio State University, spanning Communications, Technology and Education disciplines. I hold a Masters of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Bowling Green State University. I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Communications Technology Education from Millersville University. I am certified to teach Visual Communications at the K-12 level. I am also a certified Usability Analyst with Human Factors International. I have seven years of instructional experience at the high school and university levels, including classroom instruction, lesson planning, curriculum design, and student evaluation. I have taught many students Web design, Desktop Publishing, Photography, and Graphic Communication at the university level and I get great satisfaction from watching my students become professionals in their field.

I will teach you why and how to create professional wireframes, interactive prototypes, task flow diagrams, site maps, functional specs, usability testing plans, journey maps, taxonomies, personas, scenarios, and surveys.

MY TEACHING EXPERIENCE
I have 7 years of full-time professional teaching experience at the college/university and high school levels. I have also taught as a substitute teacher at the elementary school level. While in college, I gave guitar lessons to other students.

MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Instruction should be practical, effective, and fun and should apply and balance theory and practice. Instruction should match the students learning style. Instruction should include real, practical examples and exercises. Instruction should be cumulative, progressing on and applying what has been learned. Instruction should include periodic reviews to tie the pieces together to for a holistic understanding. Instruction is a contract between the instructor and student, each having their own goals, responsibilities and rewards.

MY LEARNING PHILOSOPHY
Follow your passions, practice, practice, practice, learn from your mistakes, never give up, and never stop learning new things!

PERSONAL SIDE
In my spare time, I love to play and listen to music, spending time with my family, traveling, attending church, hiking, swimming, and learning new things.

I look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Don't be intimidated by my PhD. I am very down to earth, practical, friendly and patient. Contact me to learn more about myself and services, and to schedule your first lesson!
Hi there!
I teach guitar and Web design-related courses.

MY GOALS FOR YOU
1. Become proficient in the subject as quickly as possible
2. Give you your moneys worth
3. Facilitate the achievement
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Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Online rate: $30/hour or $15 per half-hour (1st 4 lessons). At my home in Cary, NC: $30/hour or $15 per half-hour (1st 4 lessons). Regular/In-person rate: $44 per hour or $22/half-hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Cary, NC 27513
Background Check: Passed

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Adobe Illustrator

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, and have 7 years experience teaching graphic communication using Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Fireworks, and other applications on the Mac and Windows PC at the high school and university level. I studied, taught and practiced graphic communication at the college and high school levels. In my IT profession as a user experience architect of 16 years, I designed various graphic illustrations using Illustrator. I have 16 years professional experience in Web information architecture, usability, user research, workflow analysis, and user experience.

Adobe InDesign

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, and have 5 years experience teaching desktop publishing at the university level. I my careers as user experience architect and visual communications instructor, I have produced various publications using Adobe InDesign and related applications such as Illustrator and Word.

In my graduate studies, I also studied how to create curricula and lessons, and practiced these skills in my teaching career while designing several new courses.

Desktop Publishing

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University. I have taught desktop publishing at the college level (Eastern Washington University and Wayne State College) for five years, using Adobe PageMaker, Quark Xpress, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Word. I taught introductory and advanced levels of the subject.

I have taught and practiced the desktop publishing design and production processes, sketching, how to use these software applications, typography, information design, graphic design principles and practices, page layout, media assembly, copy writing and editing, image editing, printing, color theory, spot color, CMYK process color, trapping, printing history, gestalt theory, reproduction methods, image scanning, binding methods, Macintosh and Windows PC use, file saving practices, and more.

In some of my jobs as Web Designer/User Experience Designer, I have also done some desktop publishing work for print media using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Word. I have designed and created flyers, newsletters, business cards, instructional illustrations, greeting cards, promotional brochures, graphic resumes and more.

I also have 5 years experience operating an offset lithographic print reproduction press.

I also studied and practiced how to create desktop publishing curricula and lessons.

Dreamweaver

I have 2 years professional experience using Dreamweaver.

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio state University and have taught visual communications technology for 7 years, including Web Design. I studied and practiced how to organize curricula, create lessons, teach effectively, and evaluate students.

General Computer

I have taught various (Windows and Mac) computer-related courses at the college level for 5 years. I have also used Windows and Mac computers in the IT industry for 16 years, producing Web and print media.

I hold a PhD in Communication Technology Education from the Ohio State University and have designed and taught various communications courses, lessons, and evaluations in Web Design, multimedia, desktop publishing, graphic communication and photography.

Graphic Design

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, and have 7 years experience teaching visual communications using a Mac and Windows PC at the high school and university level. I have taught Web design, multimedia, and desktop publishing using the Mac and Windows PC. I understand vector and bitmap graphics (JPG, PNG, GIF). I studied, taught and practiced color theory, data visualization, information design, graphic design, graphic communication, graphic reproduction, semiology, and gestalt theory using Illustrator, Photoshop, and Fireworks.

I studied and practiced how to create curricula and lessons.

Guitar

I have been studying music and playing guitar for over 25 years. I play rock, blues, and some country and contemporary Christian music and have created some of my own music. I play rhythm and lead guitar (electric and acoustic) and play pick and finger-style.

I graduated from the Ohio State University with an interdisciplinary PhD spanning communications technology and education. I have an unmatched education, experience and talent that can help you achieve your learning goals.

MY GOALS FOR YOU
1. Become proficient in the subject as quickly as possible
2. Give you your moneys worth
3. Facilitate the achievement of your specific goals
4. Make difficult concepts in the book understandable
5. Teach you techniques and tips that books alone cannot do

MY GUITAR INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD
I will teach you the art, theory, practice, techniques and emotion of music and guitar, including note reading (traditional and tablature), chords (power chords, barre chords, etc.), scales, exercises, riffs, songs, fingerpicking, muting, note bending, hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, slurs, and more. I will help you increase your confidence as you progress. In a few weeks you will actually be playing your own song that you created! In a few months, you will be impressing your family, friends and yourself

MY MUSICAL TRAINING
I began taking guitar lessons at age 8. In college, I completed a music theory course from a very accomplished musician/instructor. As an adult, I took online guitar lessons for 4 years from a highly accomplished and talents guitarist. He told me that on a musical talent scale of 1-10, I hold a 9. I now create my own music. I have also taught myself how to play many songs and am now an independent, life-long student of music.

Macintosh

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, and have 5 years experience teaching desktop publishing using a Mac and Windows PC at the university level. I have taught Web design, multimedia, and desktop publishing using the Mac. I also own a Mac and use it daily.

I studied and practiced how to create curricula and lessons.

Microsoft Excel

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, and have 5 years experience teaching desktop publishing, Web Design and Graphic Communications at the university level. In my careers as user experience architect and visual communications instructor, I have produced various styled Excel spreadsheet documents, including tables, graphs, charts, and more.

In my graduate studies, I also studied how to create curricula and lessons, and practiced these skills in my teaching career while designing several new courses.

Microsoft Outlook

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, and have 5 years experience teaching Graphic Communications at the university level. In my careers as user experience architect (16 years) and visual communications instructor, I have used Microsoft Outlook daily for email messaging, scheduling meetings and other events, managing tasks, maintaining notes, and more.

In my graduate studies, I also studied how to create curricula and lessons, and practiced these skills in my teaching career while designing several new courses.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, and have 5 years experience teaching visual communication at the university level. I my careers as user experience architect and visual communications instructor, I have produced various presentations and reports using Microsoft PowerPoint.

Microsoft Windows

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, and have 5 years experience teaching desktop publishing using a Mac and Windows PC at the university level. I have taught desktop publishing using a Windows PC. I also own a Windows PC computer and use it daily.

I studied and practiced how to create curricula and lessons.

Microsoft Word

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, and have 5 years experience teaching desktop publishing at the university level. I my careers as user experience architect and visual communications instructor, I have produced various text documents using Microsoft Word, including business letters, resumes, technical specifications, proposals, instructional lessons, and more.

In my graduate studies, I also studied how to create curricula and lessons, and practiced these skills in my teaching career while designing several new courses.

Music Theory

I have been studying music for over 25 years. I graduated from the Ohio State University with an interdisciplinary PhD spanning communications technology and education. In college, I completed a music theory course from a very accomplished musician/instructor. I have 7 years of full-time professional teaching experience at the college, university and high school levels. I have a strong understanding of musical theory and concepts, and can share this understanding with you.

Photography

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, and have 7 years experience teaching black & white, and color photography using an SLR camera at the high school and university level.

I also own a digital SLR camera and love to take photos of nature and people.

I studied and practiced how to create curricula and lessons.

Web Design

I hold a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, and have 7 years experience teaching Web design using a Mac and Windows PC at the high school and university level. I studied, taught and practiced Web design, user-centered design, interface design, information architecture, user experience, usability, HTML, CSS, responsive design, color theory, data visualization, information design, graphic design, graphic communication, graphic reproduction, semiology, and gestalt theory using Dreamweaver, Axure, Visio, Omnigraffle, and others.

I have 16 years professional experience in Web information architecture, usability, user research, workflow analysis, and user experience.

Millersville State University
Visual Comm Education
The Ohio State University
PhD
Bowling Green State University
Master's

Education

Millersville State University (Visual Comm Education)

The Ohio State University (PhD)

Bowling Green State University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Online rate: $30/hour or $15 per half-hour (1st 4 lessons). At my home in Cary, NC: $30/hour or $15 per half-hour (1st 4 lessons). Regular/In-person rate: $44 per hour or $22/half-hour.

Travel policy

Ron will travel within 15 miles of Cary, NC 27513.