State University of NY at Albany (English and Music)
Hundreds of students have benefited from my patient, organized, and fun approach to teaching and tutoring, which I have been doing for 20 years. Aside from my degree in English and Praxis II certification in Language Arts, your student will also benefit from something hard to attain in school—real-world knowledge that I’ve gleaned from 20-plus years experience as a professional copy editor and writer.
Working in non-academic environments has given me expertise in the demanding worlds of business and advertising. My long-time experience as a pharmaceutical editor and writer also adds a nitty-gritty, practical dimension to my science tutoring. In addition, I completed four months of successful ESL tutoring in June 2013 at a school in Clifton, NJ.
But teaching is more an art than a discipline; students respond best to teachers who know the material, and, more important, know how to entice and excite their interests. My experience as a theater writer and director helps me excel in this capacity. Students also respond best to teachers with a sense of humor. I pride myself in an easy-going style leavened, where appropriate, with wit and humor. Please request to see my references. They will speak best to these qualities in me. Hundreds of students have benefited from my patient, organized, and fun approach to teaching and tutoring, which I have been doing for 20 years. Aside from my degree in English and Praxis II certification in Language Arts, your student will also benefit from something hard to attain in school—real-world knowledge that I’ve gleaned from 20-plus
$30 per half hour.
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I've written professionally for 20 years, from compositions for theater to jazz band to scores for industrial film. I currently write and produce music for pharma advertising. As a long-time teacher, I can give you a solid understanding of music-composition techniques that will help you develop your own musical voice.
I have a Certificate of Eligibility (English) for K-12 in NJ (Cert #801387), which means I can be hired as an English teacher in any NJ K-12 school.
As a piano teacher for 20-plus years, I am trained in classical technique (UCLA and CSUN, Northridge) and jazz (Berklee College of Music [Boston] and the Grove School [Los Angeles]). I feel strongly that solid fundamentals form the foundation for piano and keyboard playing, no matter what genre. Given a strong base, you will be able to branch out quickly. I also strongly believe it's important to start playing something soon, so you don't lose your inspiration. With that in mind, in the first few weeks, I will provide you with digital or CD accompaniments so you'll be able to start making music immediately. Numerous references will attest to my excellent rapport with children and adults.
In preparation to getting a Certificate of Eligibility for NJ schools in 2010, I passed the ETS Praxis I test (0014) in Elementary Ed: Content Knowledge (on 3/13/10) and the Praxis II test (0041)in English Language Literature Composition Content Knowledge (on 4/24/10).
I am a published songwriter, by several of Nashville's biggest publishers. I've had songs in movies. Also, I have a music production website and have written numerous songs and underscoring for the pharmaceutical marketing industry. In addition, I have a Broadway musical I'm working on, which has already received $50K in investment. I've taught songwriting at community arts centers and after-school programs in New York. I studied music composition and production at Berkelee College of Music, the New School, and UCLA. Numerous samples of my songs can be supplied upon request.
As a substitute teacher for Paterson Schools for two years, a private English tutor for 15 years, and father of two academically awarded children, I have proven study-skills methods that work. Organization is key. I believe in using overlapping, or redundant, methods so that the student studies each subject from different angles. Redundancy is also crucial in helping a student with poor study skills to plan for each assignment and be able to fulfill it at a comfortable pace.