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Alan H.

Durham, NC

$50/hour

Ivy League PhD

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Background check passed as of 2/10/14
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U. North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Religion-Music
UNC-CH
Master's
Univ. of Pennsylvania
PhD

Education

U. North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Religion-Music)

UNC-CH (Master's)

Univ. of Pennsylvania (PhD)

About Alan

I have an Ivy League PhD in Religious Studies (Penn), and have done classroom teaching in most areas of Religion from Bible, to Religions of East Asia, to Women in Religion. I have also taught Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.

I have been doing private tutoring for several years in various areas of the humanities. I try to customize the experience to the student's needs as much as is possible. I never go into working with a student with a set agenda, although I may develop one as time progresses and I get to know the student's needs better. I am comfortable with either traveling to a student's house, or having him or her come to me in Chapel.

I also have a degree in Computer Science and over 50 semester hours in Music with a specialization in music theory and composition.
I have an Ivy League PhD in Religious Studies (Penn), and have done classroom teaching in most areas of Religion from Bible, to Religions of East Asia, to Women in Religion. I have also taught Hebrew, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Durham, NC 27703
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
Bible Studies
Computer:
General Computer
Language:
Greek,
Hebrew
History:
Religion

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Bible Studies

I have three degrees in Religious Studies with specializations: General Bible (BA), Hebrew Bible (MA) and New Testament (PhD). I have taught in all these areas in colleges and churches. I also have a published book in the field of Early Christianity, and several published articles in Religious Studies generally.

Composition (Music)

I was a theory/composition major in college (until I switched at the last minute to Religion). I have about 53 semester hours in music in college, including at least 12 hours specifically in composition. Since college, I have spent most of my composition time on songwriting.

General Computer

I have taught introduction to computing at three different colleges. I have a BS in Computer Science, with 24 hours at the graduate level.

Greek

As part of my PhD in Religious Studies, I have studied a good deal of Greek (7 semester courses). I have also taught it privately.

I should point out, however, that my field is ancient Greek, and Koine (Biblical) Greek in particular. I would not be qualified to teach modern conversational Greek.

Guitar

I have been playing guitar seriously for 42 years. I studied classical guitar in college, I was a (paid) church band director for 10 years (playing guitar, electric bass, and piano, as needed), and I have played in various bands over the years. My best area of expertise is in the area of pop (acoustic and electric), but I have also trained in jazz and blues.

I have taught guitar on a one-to-one basis, both beginning and intermediate, on and off for years. I have also done guitar classes for beginners. All guitar lessons are customized to the student's needs and specific interests (I look for songs that you like that are also good for pushing your level).

Hebrew

As part of my education leading to a PhD, I took 9 semesters of Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic in college (I also had a couple semesters of Akkadian). However, only one of these classes was in modern spoken Hebrew, so I would not feel comfortable tutoring in that area.

For Biblical Hebrew, however, you will not find too many people with better qualifications. I have taught it (as well as Aramaic) in college, and am, in fact, currently teaching a class (privately).

Music Theory

I was a theory/composition major in college (until I switched at the last minute to Religion). I have about 53 semester hours in music in college, including at least 14 hours specifically in music theory (another 12 hours specifically in composition).
Since college, I have spent most of my composition time on songwriting, so I know how to apply music theory concepts to real applications.

Religion

I hold a PhD in Religious Studies generally, specializing in ancient Mediterranean traditions (esp. Judaism and Christianity), but with plenty of teaching experience training in other sub-disciplines.

I have taught "World Religions" at three different colleges, as well as more advanced courses all over the spectrum.

Songwriting

I have been writing songs consistently for over 40 years and have trained others in the art. I have taken private lessons in songwriting, as well as classwork. I was also a composition major in college.

My personal style is primarily pop-oriented, but that has not limited my appreciation of other styles. I can help with crafting quality lyrics, interesting music, arraignment and marketability. I also have a significant background in digital recording, if you need help at that stage.

U. North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Religion-Music
UNC-CH
Master's
Univ. of Pennsylvania
PhD

Education

U. North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Religion-Music)

UNC-CH (Master's)

Univ. of Pennsylvania (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alan will travel within 30 miles of Durham, NC 27703.