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Michael C.

Brooklyn, NY

$65/hour

Tutor with a BA in English Literature with teaching experience

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$65/Hour


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The University of Oregon
English

Education

The University of Oregon (English)

About Michael

For over 23 years, I have taught English and Spanish. I have taught kindergarten through university level and enjoy working with all ages. I lived in Barcelona and Sevilla, Spain for five years, am married to a Spaniard, am fluent in Spanish, and conversant in French, Italian, and Portuguese. I also lived in Saigon, Vietnam and have traveled extensively in Europe and southeast Asia. I have a seven year old daughter, and we are raising her to be bilingual. Language and culture are an essential part of my life.

In addition, I am a musician (singer, songwriter, guitarist), write about music, and do a podcast about music. I am also a passionate photographer and love to draw. Overall, I consider myself to be a creative, open minded person. I enjoy helping others gain the skills needed to participate as global citizens

I lived in Spain for over five years, am married to a Spaniard, speak Spanish every day, and return to Spain at least twice a year. This gives me deep insight into Spanish language and culture. Having taught English as a Second Language and being a former student, I know firsthand the struggles of learning another language. I have also traveled Spain and Europe extensively and am an expert in Spanish culture.

I have a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Oregon, taught English as a Second Language for ten years, Literature for three years, and have been a freelance journalist for ten years. I love to write poetry, songs, stories, and articles about music.

I have played guitar (acoustic, electric, rhythm, and lead) for over 26 years, perform regularly as a musician, and am well versed in many styles: folk, rock, pop, reggae, blues, country, etc. I was once signed to Island Records, have toured Europe and the USA, and have a deep knowledge of music, the music business, and performance. In addition, I have taught School of Rock to middle school students and helped orchestrate live student performances. I love helping students achieve their artistic and creative goals.
For over 23 years, I have taught English and Spanish. I have taught kindergarten through university level and enjoy working with all ages. I lived in Barcelona and Sevilla, Spain for five years, am married to a Spaniard, am fluent in Spanish, and conversant in French, Italian, and Portuguese. I also lived in Saigon, Vietnam and have traveled Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11231
In-person lessons
Art:
Art History, Drawing,
Photography
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary
Computer:
Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Photography
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
History:
Music History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Chess, Cooking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Cooking

Having lived and traveled extensively in the USA, Europe, and south east Asia, I have had the great fortune of being exposed to some of the most fantastic cuisines of the world. As a language teacher, I regularly bring my knowledge to the class and have lead cooking workshops on recipes such as Spanish potato-egg omelettes (tortilla) and gazpacho. I cook regularly at home and enjoy trying more challenging recipes from south east Asia. Teaching cooking is one of the best ways for students to understand another culture.

Drawing

I am a lifelong, passionate drawer. I received top grades in Drawing and Art in high school, won blue and gold ribbons for my work in the Boston Globe Student Art Awards, and had my work exhibited in Faneuil Hall in Boston. Using a number of techniques as outlined in the book "Drawing on The Right Side of The Brain" I teach my students not just how to "look" but also how to "see."

English

I received a B.A. in English Literature from The University of Oregon and taught English Literature and English as a Second Language for over 13 years to children and adults in public and private schools as well as at the university level for The City University of New York (CUNY) and The University of Barcelona. In addition, I am a published journalist, songwriter, and poet. I teach everything from critical essay writing to creative writing. Please contact me and let me help you realize your full writing potential.

ESL/ESOL

I have a B.A. in English Literature from The University of Oregon, taught for over 23 years, and have worked with all ages and levels from kindergarten through university. Through patient, supportive feedback and real time critique, I help my students gain confidence and achieve their academic goals. Please contact me for more information.

Guitar

I have played guitar (acoustic, electric, rhythm, and lead) for over 26 years, perform regularly as a musician, and am well versed in many styles: folk, rock, pop, reggae, blues, country, etc. I also play bass, ukulele, banjo, and am experienced recording live and in the studio. I was once signed to Island Records, have toured Europe and the USA, and have a deep knowledge of music, the music business, and performance. In addition, I have taught School of Rock to middle school students and orchestrated live student performances. I love helping students achieve their artistic and creative goals.

Literature

I have a B.A. in English Literature from The University of Oregon, taught for over 23 years, and have worked with all ages from K-University level students. By providing patient, supportive, constructive criticism, I instill confidence in my students and help them achieve their goals. In addition, I am a writer and have published articles in The NYPress, Elmore Magazine, and have written for various independent school publications.

Music History

I am a musician, music journalist, and a life long fan of all genres of music including classical, folk, jazz, world, and rock and roll. I avidly read and collect books about the history of music as it informs my practice. In addition, I have worked in live music production for Yale University's Summer School of Music and Art, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Waldorf Astoria, and being an active musician, have a deep knowledge about the music and arts scene in New York. Music is one of my greatest passions which I love sharing with students.

Music Production

As a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer of 26 years, I am highly experienced recording music. I have a keen earn for production, mixing, and editing, and use a variety of programs for production and publication. I am passionate about music and enjoy helping students realize their creative goals.

Photography

I have been an avid photographer for over 20 years and have studied studio, lighting, and darkroom techniques at The New School and The Camera Club of New York. I am also well versed in Photoshop and modern photography techniques. My photographs have accompanied stories in American Dance Media (a magazine about dance), digital and print publications for The Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, and I taught a course on photography to middle school students at The Berkeley Carroll School.

Public Speaking

I have over six years experience as a radio broadcaster, d.j., and news reporter at high school and college stations. Currently, I produce the podcast First Place Radio which features "musicians and creative stripes of all types from Brooklyn and beyond." In addition, I have taught for over 23 years; coaching students in public speaking is a key aspect to classroom learning. Collectively, my experience gives me deep insight on public speaking, enunciation, projection, articulation, confidence, and more.

Songwriting

For over 26 years, I have been a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. I have written over 100 songs, perform regularly as a musician, and am highly experienced at recording and publishing music. In addition, I have lead School of Rock programs for middle school students, taught private guitar lesson, and greatly enjoy helping students realize their creative goals.

Spanish

I have taught Spanish and English for over 23 years and have worked with all ages and levels. I lived in Sevilla and Barcelona, Spain for five years and am completely fluent. My wife is from Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and we return twice a year. I am highly knowledgeable about Spanish language, history, and culture.

Aside from the essential skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, my lessons often incorporate music, literature, art, acting, cooking, and technology and can be tailored to meet different learning styles and needs.

The University of Oregon
English

Education

The University of Oregon (English)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 10 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11231.