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Joseph B.

New York, NY

$50/hr

Knowledgable and patient Spanish, Italian, Latin, German Tutor

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UMass Amherst
Music
Manhattan School of Music
Master's

Education

UMass Amherst (Music)

Manhattan School of Music (Master's)

About Joseph

My educational background in the field of foreign languages is quite extensive, having begun Spanish at the age of 12, and studying it all the way up to the age of 20. My Spanish language skills have only been reinforced by the study of Latin for 4 years (in which I achieved a gold medal on the National Latin Exam 4 years in a row, receiving a scholarship award) and my intensive study of the similar romance language of Italian, along with classes in advanced linguistics from my undergrad institution, Umass Amherst. In grad school, I continued my pursuit into the Spanish language, delving into flamenco music and Argentinean poetry as part of the requirements for my master's degree.

In the field of actual application of this knowledge unto other students I have experience tutoring (Spanish specifically), which I did through my former high school, (Doherty Memorial High School) where I would tutor students who were struggling with their Spanish studies. I also have experience tutoring both English as a second language, and German to aspiring business people (In Co. Sligo, Ireland).

My teaching philosophy with the teaching of foreign language is that a mix of both fundamental and technological skill and engaging cultural activities (music, movies, pop culture) can properly instill a student with both the knowledge and interest to learn (respectively). I find that many students when struggling with a foreign language merely do not get enough time in modern day public school classrooms to adequately explain the points of grammar and vocabulary that are necessary to absorb a new language. As such, a student can fall farther and farther behind, when each new concept in a language hinges on the last thing taught. Extra tutoring and succinct explanation of concepts (relating them to English, a mix of formulaic introduction and cultural application) can remedy this issue.


Thank you, and I hope you will enjoy your lessons with me.
My educational background in the field of foreign languages is quite extensive, having begun Spanish at the age of 12, and studying it all the way up to the age of 20. My Spanish language skills have only been reinforced by the… Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 6 miles of New York, NY 10025
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
English,
Grammar,
Vocabulary
Language:
German,
Italian,
Latin,
Spanish
History:
Classics, Geography, Music History,
Religion, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English,
Piano,
Spanish
Corporate Training:
German,
Grammar,
Italian,
Latin,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Composition (Music)

I have a bachelor's degree in Music where I studied composition with renowned composer Salvatore Macchia.

I also have a master's degree in Music from the Manhattan School of Music.

Ear Training

I have a bachelor's degree in Music where I took 4 semesters of Aural Skills with Gary Karpinski

I also have a master's degree in Music from the Manhattan School of Music where I took 2 semesters of ear training with Chris Vassiliades

English

I am a native speaker of English and have 4 years of English study, including grammar, spelling, literature, and history of the language.

General Music

I have a bachelor's degree in Music from Umass Amherst and a master's degree in Music from Manhattan School of Music.

German

I have 3 years of German study in University as well as a few summers in Munich, Germany doing language study there.

Grammar

Grammar is a strong point of mine, having studied both analytical linguistics in college, along with many foreign languages. I am currently an ESL teacher, and am well suited to teach both native speakers and foreign students English grammar.

Italian

3 years of language study in College (Umass Amherst) 4 summers of study abroad. 3 years of the study of poetry and phonetics.

Latin

4 years of intensive study, winner of the National Latin Exam with Summa Cum Laude gold medal (the highest honors) 4 years in a row.

Music History

I have a bachelor's degree in Music from Umass Amherst and a master's degree in Music from Manhattan School of Music.

I took 6 semesters of Music History and placed out of ALL of the music history courses in grad school.

Piano

I have a bachelor's degree in Music from Umass Amherst and a master's degree in Music from Manhattan School of Music.

I took private piano lessons in Undergrad with Ludmila Krasin, and private piano lessons in Grad school with Marjean Olson.

Spanish

I have 8 years of Spanish experience, including travels abroad to Argentina, Uruguay, Puerto Rico and Europe. I have 5 years of tutoring experience in Spanish, Italian and Latin.

Voice (Music)

I have a bachelor's degree in Music from Umass Amherst and a master's degree in Music from Manhattan School of Music. My focus was voice. I am an opera singer by profession. I have my music resume on file if needed and also many recordings of myself singing.

UMass Amherst
Music
Manhattan School of Music
Master's

Education

UMass Amherst (Music)

Manhattan School of Music (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Joseph will travel within 6 miles of New York, NY 10025.

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