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Karen H.

New York, NY

$50/hour

Tutor/Instructor in the Arts

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 1/30/14

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Hunter College CUNY
Music
New York University
Master's
The City College of New York CUNY
Graduate Coursework

Education

Hunter College CUNY (Music)

New York University (Master's)

The City College of New York CUNY (Graduate Coursework)

About Karen

I have been a teacher and student of music and art for several years. I have taught in the classroom and on a one on one basis. My students have included children, adults and current teachers who wish to include the arts in their curriculum.

Currently, I am looking to broaden my experiences as a teacher by working with more one on one situations. I am hoping that this position will allow me to extend my experiences as a tutor as I continue my work as a classroom instructor.

I am a music/art teacher and tutor who is happiest when working with students and helping them to achieve their goals. I work with children and adults to be the best that they can be. I can work from the comfort of your home or in the studio. Time and patience are a key factor in learning I have both.

As someone who is continuing to study, I can identify with students and not just a tutor.

Thank you,
Karen H.
I have been a teacher and student of music and art for several years. I have taught in the classroom and on a one on one basis. My students have included children, adults and current teachers who wish to include the arts in their Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of New York, NY 10024
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Music:
Composition (Music),
General Music,
Music History,
Music Theory, Piano,
Songwriting
English:
Bible Studies,
English, Vocabulary
History:
Music History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Phonics,
Vocabulary

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.

Bible Studies

I have taught in the Catholic school system for more than ten years. I have certificates for the Brooklyn/Queens Diocese and the Arch diocese of New York.
I taught religion in grades 1-8, took an online class in The Apostles Creed and continue to update my Virtus online religious readings.

Composition (Music)

I have been teaching music for many years and include music composition in my advanced classes. Upper grade students in my classes learn to compose their own songs after their have mastered the theory lessons. We begin with a short phrase (2 or 3 measures) choosing: a key, subject matter, style and rhythm. These songs are sometimes performed at a performance at the school.

Elementary (K-6th)

I began teaching as a first teacher and remained so for five years. At the request of my principal, then created a performing /creative arts program at my school which lasted for 20 years. After the school closed I alternated between music positions and K-6 positions. I taught K-6 as a substitute teacher for the past 2 years, while teaching music classes and private lessons. I tutored social studies and ELA, as well as critical thinking skills and grammar.
I try to keep the subjects that I know best on the list of my working experiences.

General Music

I have taught classes in general music for many years. I usually begin with a song. Lessons begin with the composer of the song (and lyrics), basic structure (ABA etc.), style (classical, rock etc.). Reading notes and rests, discussing tempo and expression markings. The song is sung and perhaps a variation is discussed which is decided by the students.

Music History

I believe that the study of music history is important as a means of relating to the general history of culture. Beginning with the more contemporary, I sometimes move back to relate how what happens now has connections to the past. I discuss modern music and compare/contrast historical features to the beginnings of the topic.
I teach lessons through composers and their compositions, important world or national events that occurred during that time and the impact on our cultural history.

Phonics

I began my teaching career as a first teacher and phonics was a critical subject. My lessons consisted of: vowel, (beginning and ending), hard and soft sounds, consonants, blends past and present tense, etc.
I have used pictures, and story boards to make simple complete sentences and encourage students to write their own short stories using their knowledge of the words and sounds.

Piano

Being a music teacher, I use the piano a great deal. This is my primary instrument. I have been playing for many years for choirs, and teach privately. I have attended three colleges / universities which required that I have advanced knowledge of keyboard studies and I continue to study privately.
I have studied a wide range of piano music such as sonatas by Beethoven, Mozart and Kabelevsky as well as Gershwin, R. Kelly and Ellington.
I begin my lessons with knowledge of the keyboard, reading notes and hand/finger placement(technique). I encourage students to perform for family and friends.

Hunter College CUNY
Music
New York University
Master's
The City College of New York CUNY
Graduate Coursework

Education

Hunter College CUNY (Music)

New York University (Master's)

The City College of New York CUNY (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Karen will travel within 5 miles of New York, NY 10024.