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Michael C.

Brooklyn, NY


Brown and Yale-educated tutor in English, Music, Spanish

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Brown University
English, Music


Brown University (English, Music)

About Michael

I'm a Manhattan-based tutor in primarily English, Music, Spanish, and computer software. Studied at Brown undergrad and Yale for grad. I've been tutoring since I was in high school, realizing my knack for it after friends would approach me for one-on-one help in all kinds of subjects after class. For me, tutoring is as much about teaching as it is about learning -- learning how a student learns, and tailoring the teaching approach to best fit the student.

A little more about me: I grew up on Long Island, and attended Brown University where I double-majored in English and Music, graduating with honors. After college, I spent a few months living in Madrid, Spain, where I honed my Spanish language skills. Tutoring is a nice supplement to my primary work, which is sound design and music composition for theatre. I've been studying voice and guitar for 9 years, and can give singing, ear training, and basic guitar lessons as well.
I'm a Manhattan-based tutor in primarily English, Music, Spanish, and computer software. Studied at Brown undergrad Read more

10 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11238
In-person lessons
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra
Composition (Music),
Ear Training, General Music, Guitar,
Music History, Music Theory, Sight Singing, Songwriting, Voice (Music)
Adobe Photoshop, Art History, Art Theory , Composition (Music),
Theatre, Video Production
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, General Computer, HTML, Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Video Production, Web Design
American History, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Music History, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Composition (Music)

I studied music composition at Brown University under Gerald Shapiro. I completed a composition honors thesis, as well as coursework in orchestration, ear training, and music theory. I teach the basics of counterpoint, voice leading, and harmony before delving into the specific style of music the student is interested in composing.


I have been playing guitar for 8 years, initially self-taught and then training under several private instructors. I studied Music at Brown University, and while I incorporate some music theory into my guitar lessons, I do not require students to be able to read music or have any prior musical background. I cater my lessons to the type of music that the student wants to be able to play, although I have the most experience in the genres of rock and folk. Can also tutor in bass guitar.

Social Studies

I have completed coursework in social studies of all kinds including World History, European History, and American History at the high school level, and Economics and Political Science at Brown University. My approach to tutoring social studies focuses not only on simply memorizing the facts and dates, but teaching the historical and societal contexts wherein the facts make sense. My goal is to discover what the student finds interesting about a particular time period or culture and use it as a stepping stone to the rest of the content.

Voice (Music)

I can help you develop your tone, intonation, breath support, and range by teaching you proper singing techniques and working through specific pieces of vocal music with you. I have been singing in choirs ever since I can remember, and was classically trained in voice from the age of 16. I studied Music at Brown University, and served as the Music Director of a co-ed jazz singing group that competed with similar groups at the national level. I also have a background in rock/pop music and musical theatre, and my teaching style values these different modes of singing equally. Since I have a degree in Music, I can also help you become a better musician by teaching you a little music theory, rhythm, and sight singing.

Brown University
English, Music


Brown University (English, Music)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 10 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 15 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11238.