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Peter B.

Brooklyn, NY

$60/hour

Experienced Spanish, English, and Music Tutor

Background check passed as of 10/17/16
5.0 average from 5 ratings
Absolutely superb tutor!!
— Sofia, Brooklyn, NY on 10/7/16

$60/Hour


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Skidmore College
Spanish and English

Education

Skidmore College (Spanish and English)

About Peter

I'm 23 years old and I love languages, literature, and music. With the Spanish language I have a lifetime of experience-- I grew up with Spanish in my household, and began studying the language formally at age 12.

In English I began reading at a young age, and when I got to college majored in literary studies. With music, I have about 10 years of experience with various instruments, and have spent much of my life involved in and leading different musical groups.

With regards to tutoring, all my life I found I enjoyed explaining subjects, ideas, and theories to peers who were struggling in classes, and it wasn't until last year that I had the opportunity to begin teaching formally.

After graduating from Skidmore College in 2015, I moved to Madrid, Spain for a year to work in a bilingual Spanish/English school. In my year at the school I gained experience working both with classes and individual students, from ages 5 to 15. I compiled materials, developed techniques, and was always working to find better ways to bridge the gap between the two languages. In after school hours, I instructed a Cambridge English Test preparation course, and tutored individual students in English, and had one student to whom I gave guitar lessons.

As I mentioned above, I have a lot of exposure to and experience with Spanish, and I believe that the combination of my time living immersed in the language, and my formal education of the language's tricky grammatical structures gives me an advantage when it comes to tutoring. Being a non-native speaker, I know exactly what parts of the language are hardest to grasp for those of us learning it from an English-speaking background, and I know what explanations and exercises helped me grasp concepts that at first present challenges. I'm passionate about the language and the idea that being bilingual, particularly English/Spanish for Americans, is an enormous advantage in one's life both personally and professionally. I love the idea that being able to speak Spanish could help you make connections with people that you perhaps never could have made before. Being able to think and conceptualize in a foreign language is also a tremendous exercise for the brain. And, not to mention, a second language like Spanish helps a lot in many job markets.

My English degree at Skidmore taught me that the ability to read and engage with a text, and then to be able to express your opinions clearly and thoughtfully, are two absolutely crucial skills for anyone to develop. There is so much to gain from reading literature-- a better understanding of the world around us, a more developed cultural and historical awareness, a greater sense of empathy for people we may not understand or relate to, and a deeper understanding of the self, to name a few. However, it does take some work to be able to extract and analyze the most important parts from any text, and that is one of the reasons we study English formally. I consider myself a qualified tutor in this area of study because I am interested in it personally, and excelled in it at Skidmore College-- there I received a writing award in junior year and my capstone project on poet William Blake received honors in the English department.

Music is another real passion of mine, though I have not dedicated time to it in a formal academic sense. I began learning drums at the age of 12, and in high school was a leading member of the music department's percussion section and drumline. At 16 I began playing guitar and singing, joined the chorus in High School, and by the time I got to college I joined an a capella group there and was invited to sing professionally in a group called the Vineyard Sound in the summers. In my senior year I was the music director of my school's a capella group, a position that requires great organization, and the ability to teach and explain every piece of music that we learn throughout the year. And finally once I was in Spain, I was teaching bilingual music classes at my school there, and tutored one student in guitar. I believe that music is ultimately a form of expression, and that therefore the music teacher should encourage the student to create and improvise, while guiding him or her through helpful techniques and strategies to refine their self expression.

If you are interested in any of these subjects, I am an enthusiastic teacher and will work hard to help develop your skills! Please contact me with any questions-- I would love to hear from you.
I'm 23 years old and I love languages, literature, and music. With the Spanish language I have a lifetime of experience-- I grew up with Spanish in my household, and began studying the language formally at age 12.

In English I began reading at a young age, and when I got to college majored in literary studies. With music, I have about
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1 hour notice required

My rate is flexible depending on special circumstances, which is something we can communicate openly and figure out together.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11217
Background Check: Passed

"Absolutely superb tutor!!"

- Sofia, Brooklyn, NY on 10/7/16
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Literature, SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish

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Guitar

I have been playing guitar for 7 years, and took lessons at the beginning for two years. I have played guitar in a number of rock bands throughout the years. Last year, I had the opportunity to teach guitar to a 4th grader who was just beginning to play, and the lessons went really well-- I was able to work with him not only on guitar, but also on rhythm, being able to sing a tune, match pitch, and other skills that are necessary for a beginner musician to have, apart from the technical aspects of the instrument he or she is learning. I am very patient and truly enjoy watching a student develop in his or her musical skills and understanding.

Voice (Music)

I started singing about 7 years ago, and of all the instruments I play it is the one that has come most naturally to me. I have sung in many groups, from rock to choral, directed an a capella group, and in the summers of '13 and '15 worked as a singer for a professional a capella group. I am truly passionate about singing and am entirely confident that my experience singing and working on my own voice combined with my experience teaching and leading groups would make me a highly competent voice teacher.

Skidmore College
Spanish and English

Education

Skidmore College (Spanish and English)

Absolutely superb tutor!!

My daughter really looks forward to her tutoring sessions with Peter. He's patient, innovative and resourceful. I'm quite confident that she will continue to excel in Spanish with his guidance.

— Sofia, Brooklyn, NY on 10/7/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

My rate is flexible depending on special circumstances, which is something we can communicate openly and figure out together.

Travel policy

Peter will travel within 10 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11217.