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Reginald P.

Durham, NC

$65/hour

Dr. Violisto: French Professor and Violin Instructor

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Oberlin College
Francophone Studies
Duke University
PhD
Oberlin Conservatory
Other

Education

Oberlin College (Francophone Studies)

Duke University (PhD)

Oberlin Conservatory (Other)

About Reginald

I was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on August 6th, 1982. I have received a Ph.D. in 2016 and an M.A. in 2010 from the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. I also attended Oberlin College and Conservatory where he received a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies as well as a B.M. in Viola Performance.

While , I also have worked in a university setting, I also have experience teaching both music and languages from K-12. In terms of language instruction, I spent a year as an English Teaching Assistant in Guadeloupe French West Indies working for the Ministry of Education for the French State. There I was required to learn the French system of measurements.

When I arrived in 1st grade in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I was told first hand of an apparent serious problem pertaining to my reading level and its relationship to that of my peers. In fact, this ‘problem’ was so urgent that my mother had to report to the principal’s office for a conference to be told that her six year old, Reggie, who had spent countless nights with read-along books and cassette tapes and even records in addition to sing-along books with sheet music, was reading too fast and too well. Furthermore, if there was not an immediate intervention instructing him in the local methodologies of phonetics, he would be hindered. Later on that year, I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, and it was subsequently decided that I could not learn and that it would be difficult for me. In retrospect I'm not sure what that was all about, but I hear that it is often heard all too often of many children. I never slowed down, and I did learn their way. As far as A.D.H.D. was concerned, my family decided that I would pick up a new activity to keep my focused, and I was enrolled in violin.

I attended Oberlin College and Conservatory where I received a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies as well as a B.M. in Viola Performance.
Currently, have completed my Ph.D. in Romance Studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. I have dedicated ample time, resources, travel, and imagination ‘to say’ and ‘to play’ something readying itself for consumption due to my research and interest in the publication of one particular book which, by far, is the one book which has had the most profound influence on my personal and professional life since 2003 when I came across a collection of fables printed in 1846 on the island of Martinique located in the French West Indies on a research project. What was remarkable was that the book was printed in the local French-Creole dialect printed in Creole on the island. I would soon discover that this book and this author were is also connected to the production of Creole literature in 9 islands and territories in the Caribbean and as far as the Indian Ocean--all of which speak a unique variety of French-Creole, a true language developed by slaves. The development of the project has taken me on multiple long term research projects living abroad visiting libraries, rare book collections, and museum in the French West Indies in Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe as well as in metropolitan France. Reading has always taken me on an adventure, but it is the writing that has brought me back home.

Before studying abroad in France my junior year, I served two years as resident assistant at the Francophone house in order to share my knowledge with and to learn from other students about Francophone language, culture, literature, and history.

Both during my coursework and research trips, I have lead coursework, organized and participated in conferences in English, French, and Haitian Creole during my graduate career at Duke University throughout the United States, France, Germany, and the Caribbean. My language skills are as such: English, French, Haitian Creole (Native Fluency): Guadeloupean Creole, Spanish (Speak, Read, Write); Martinician Creole and Italian (Read, Intermediate Speaking). As writer, I am particularly keen to recent developments in the French Language. I have a Certificate of Achievement in Applied Linguistics (2008), and I am certified to grade the National Oral French Proficiency Test.

Before studying abroad in France my junior year, I served two years as resident assistant at the Francophone house in order to share my knowledge with and to learn from other students about Francophone language, culture, literature, and history.

I also attended Oberlin College and Conservatory where I received a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies as well as a B.M. in Viola Performance.

I received a scholarship to attend a music School in Berkeley, California, a private music and academic institution where my musical studies were introducing me to a radically different concept of reading words and letters that I had not previously conceived: foreign languages. Having been born in Frankfurt, Germany to American parents, I had always expressed to my parents that had we not left when I was only 4 months, I certainly would have been fluent in German. While learning the basic repertoire of violin and viola at the music and arts school, we were also required to perform in the choir where we sang and performed in arias in French medieval madrigals, German cantata, Italian operas, Latin masses, and jazz and gospel in English and African American Vernacular English. When I transferred to a new school I excel at everything but French, I failed French. I attribute the turnaround moment to being assigned a lead role in the French play done every year. I memorized my lines and something clicked. Still to this day it is still somewhat of a mystery to me I became acutely self-aware of having knack of learning foreign languages with an ability to accurately remember and pronounce words with great accuracy.

During my years in middle and high school, my reading took a rather monumental developmental detour whereby in addition to learning English advanced grammar, I continued to study French language and literature, and I eventually had the opportunity to stay with a host families in Switzerland and France for two weeks. In my junior year in high school, I traveled on a two-week tour with 60 or so students sponsored by the Oakland Youth Orchestra to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Cuba, and I discovered that I understood what was happening around me. I Cut even communicate and understand thanks to my French. Upon return I studied Spanish for myself and studied French and Spanish in my senior year in high school. Thanks to that confirmation with Spanish, I decided to study Italian on my own in order to prepare for a month long music festival in Italy funded partially by scholarship as well by donations from a my solo recital. By the end of high school, I was confident that in my career and future that I would practice and perform music these languages daily, and then I understood that my success depended upon my mastery of them.

In music, I participated in The Panama Project musical mission performing and touring as a member of a resident quartet for a 55-member music festival in Panama City. We coached in Spanish private viola lessons and eventually performed, chamber music and orchestral repertoire throughout the region.

I was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on August 6th, 1982. I have received a Ph.D. in 2016 and an M.A. in 2010 from the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. I also attended Oberlin College and Conservatory where he received a B.A. in French and Francophone Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Durham, NC 27704
In-person lessons
Music:
Composition (Music), General Music, Music History, Music Theory
Art:
Composition (Music)
English:
Grammar
Language:
French, Spanish
History:
European History, Geography, Music History
Elementary Education:
Grammar

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Oberlin College
Francophone Studies
Duke University
PhD
Oberlin Conservatory
Other

Education

Oberlin College (Francophone Studies)

Duke University (PhD)

Oberlin Conservatory (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Reginald will travel within 20 miles of Durham, NC 27704.