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James M.

New York, NY

$50/hour

Inquisitive PhD student of Math and Music at CUNY Graduate Center

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500+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/20/15
4.8 average from 128 ratings
Intelligent, Understanding and Patient,
— Elizabeth, East Setauket, NY on 7/27/16

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SUNY Potsdam
Mathematics
SUNY Potsdam
Master's

Education

SUNY Potsdam (Mathematics)

SUNY Potsdam (Master's)

About James

I am an inquisitive student of the seemingly disparate disciplines of mathematics and music. I am currently a Pure Mathematics PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. I also have my BM from the Crane Institute for Music Business in Music Business with a specialization in double bass and my MA in Pure Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam.

I most enjoy the process of developing a student's understanding from the foundations. All too often, teachers of math are not familiar with the foundations of what they teach and cannot discuss the motivation behind the definitions and facts that students are required to learn and understand. This is unfortunate. I have an exceptional understanding of how and why math concepts "work" and am excited to share this with students.

For my graduate study, I specialized in algebraic geometry. I have taken Calculus I, II, III, Linear Algebra I, II, Set Theory and Logic, Theory of Sets (graduate), Modern Algebra I, II, Abstract Algebra I, II (graduate), Advanced Calculus I, II, Real Analysis I, II (graduate), Complex Analysis I (graduate), and have tutored Probability and Statistics. I have also taken a sequence of business courses for my Music Business degree, including Micro/Macroeconomics, Accounting, Marketing, and Management. I can tutor/teach any form of math you need me to tutor/teach, basically!

I am a young, patient and passionate tutor with an interdisciplinary background. My musical and business backgrounds allow me to speak articulately and passionately about math with students who may not find math so fascinating or understandable. I have myriad examples of real-world applications in mind when I discuss math with students, especially since I have been involved in research projects regarding the application of math to quantum computing and am an amateur app developer - fascinating stuff!
I am an inquisitive student of the seemingly disparate disciplines of mathematics and music. I am currently a Pure Mathematics PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. I also have my BM from the Crane Institute for Music Business in Music Business with a specialization in double bass and my MA in Pure Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam. Read more

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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of New York, NY 10016
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In-person lessons

"Intelligent, Understanding and Patient,"

- Elizabeth, East Setauket, NY on 7/27/16
James replied on 7/30/2016

Thank you, Elizabeth!

"Super Helpful and Clear"

- Tara, New York, NY on 8/2/17

"I highly recommend him!!"

- Aditya, Glen Oaks, NY on 7/28/17

"Great teacher, very patient"

- Cemoy, Bronx, NY on 7/26/17

"Amazing experience! Def will continue!"

- Mark, New York, NY on 7/22/17

"Helpful Finite Math Tutor"

- Hedi, Westport, CT on 7/21/17

"Good Start!"

- Sherif, Woodside, NY on 7/7/17

"Smart and patient tutor!!"

- Flavia, New York, NY on 4/3/17

"Great Tutor"

- Keith, Medford, NY on 12/11/16

"Awesome tutor!"

- Jesse, Forest Hills, NY on 9/24/16
James replied on 9/27/2016

Jesse, thank you very much for taking the time to write such a positive review!

"GREAT!"

- Roy, Shoreham, NY on 7/23/16
James replied on 7/25/2016

Thanks Roy!

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Dave, Bronx, NY on 12/4/15
James replied on 12/6/2015

Thank you!

"Excellent, understanding, flexible"

- Kaitlin, Oneonta, NY on 11/19/15
James replied on 11/22/2015

Thank you, I appreciate you taking the time to write such a positive review!

"Very nice and competent"

- Goetz, Westhampton Beach, NY on 8/18/15
James replied on 8/19/2015

Thank you very much!

"He was amazing."

- Mary, Westbury, NY on 7/7/15
James replied on 8/19/2015

Thank you so much!

Art:
Art History, Composition (Music)
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
GRE, SAT Math,
SSAT
Computer:
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word
History:
Art History, Music History
Business:
Business,
Economics, GRE, Marketing, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

I have tutored several students for the math portions of the ACT and SAT, and have a strong understanding of the fundamentals that these exams test. I work with each student to master these foundational concepts so that he or she can apply them to any problem encountered on the exam.

Algebra 1

My passion for mathematics motivates students! A recent graduate of the renowned BA/MA Mathematics program at SUNY Potsdam has instilled in me a great love for mathematics, and I have no difficulty motivating students to feel the same. I have extensive tutoring experience for someone as young and lively as myself, and have tutored in one-on-one settings privately and in academia for four years.

I also received my BM in Music Business from The Crane School of Music, where I studied the upright bass. My musical background and experience with a discipline so different from very technical mathematics allows me to humanize math for students. I also have research experience that exemplifies what it is that you can do with a mathematics education. I find that students want to know why they should study math, and I can provide many examples from my own personal experiences. (including quantum computing!)

Algebra 2

I have a MA in Mathematics and specialized in Algebraic Geometry, which is centered around Algebra. I have extensive experience tutoring students as a result of my graduate assistantship, where I was responsible for tutoring students in Calculus 1, 2, and 3, PreCalculus, Probability and Statistics, and Set Theory and Logic.

Business

I graduated with a degree in music business from the Crane Institute for Music Business and Entrepreneurship and have won several awards in academic Entrepreneurial Competitions including the Undergraduate Excellence Award at the New York State Business Plan Competition hosted at SUNY Polytechnic Institute for an app development idea that I am currently developing.

Calculus

As a graduate assistant during the completion of my MA in Mathematics, I was responsible for tutoring students in Calculus I, II, and III. I have been tutoring Calculus at the college level for over three years in various settings, including group, one-on-one, and lab tutoring.

Composition (Music)

I have a massive portfolio of my own compositions, ranging from jazz to classical and a degree in Music Business from the Crane School of Music with a concentration in upright bass, where I studied classical music in great detail. I have been writing my own music for over 6 years.

Discrete Math

I am proficient in graph theory and have experience with algebraic graph theory as a result of an undergraduate research project, where the adjacency and Laplacian matrices were studied extensively. I am comfortable with Boolean algebra and combinatorial logic. I understand the principle of mathematical induction and how to apply it to develop combinatorial arguments, particularly to determine the closed form expressions.

Ear Training

I have taken a complete aural skills sequence at the Crane School of Music. This sequence includes sight singing, interval training, chord recognition, rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic dictation. I performed exceptionally.

Finite Math

I am a PhD student in mathematics, so I have grappled with all of the topics that will be introduced in such a course. I understand fully the notions of proof by induction, set theory and logic, graph theory, and basic number theory and have had several years experience tutoring students in these areas as a tutor working for the college. I have also conducted research in graph theory and combinatorial methods for analyzing quantum networks utilizing the adjacency and Laplacian matrices.

General Music

I graduated with a BM from The Crane School of Music with a concentration in double bass. I play the double bass, electric bass, guitar, and sing professionally in such ensemble settings as chamber orchestras, jazz ensembles, and jazz combos. I have an extensive knowledge of music theory and composition technique due to my classical training.

Geometry

My graduate study focused on Algebraic Geometry, the application of algebraic methods to geometric problems, so I am extremely well-versed in geometry. In fact, geometry is one of my favorite subjects in mathematics. I have tutored several students for the Geometry Regents exam and have tremendous experience doing so.

Linear Algebra

Linear Algebra is an integral portion of Algebra as a whole and I am a PhD student in mathematics. I am familiar with the Rank-Nullity Theorem and understand how to apply it to make conclusions about the dimension of a space. I fully understand the notions of eigenvectors and eigenvalues and how they pertain to linear transformations. Furthermore, I have experience working with matrix theory to describe networks in quantum information theory due to a research project I was involved in.

Logic

I am a PhD student in mathematics and logic is an integral topic within mathematics. I have tutored students in set theory and logic, finite math, and discrete math for several years. I understand various proof techniques, including proof by induction, proof by contraposition, proof by contradiction, etc. and in fact employ these techniques each and every day in my own coursework.

Microsoft Excel

I have used Microsoft Excel for various business scenarios and have demonstrated its functionality to colleagues of mine in a variety of settings, including business, physics, engineering, statistics, and mathematics.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have prepared several business presentations with PowerPoint and have given talks using the software. I currently teach at SUNY Farmingdale and incorporate PowerPoint into my lessons.

Music History

I have graduated from The Crane School of Music which requires its students to take a sequence of three music history courses which cover the music of the Renaissance to today.

Music Theory

I am a recent graduate of The Crane School of Music, where I studied Music Business and concentrated on Double Bass. Thus, I have taken a sequence of four courses in each of Aural Skills/Sight Singing and Music Theory. I have a substantial composition portfolio and I received a perfect score on both the Aural, Theoretical, and Sight Singing portions of the Advanced Placement exams.

Prealgebra

The focus of my MA in Mathematics is in Algebraic Geometry, which encompasses quite a bit of Algebra. I have a vast amount of experience and have tutored several students in Algebra I, II, and Prealgebra.

Precalculus

My experience as a graduate assistant during the completion of my MA in Mathematics allowed me the opportunity to tutor several students in PreCalculus, Calclulus I, II, and III. I have tutored in a variety of settings: one-on-one and group included.

SAT Math

I have prepared several students for the math portions of the ACT, SAT, and other standardized tests. I have a MA in Mathematics and was a graduate assistant during the completion of my degree, where I tutored students in subjects such as Probability and Statistics, PreCalculus, Calculus I, II, III, Set Theory and Logic. I have tutored in a variety of settings, including one-on-one and group.

Sight Singing

The Crane School of Music requires all of its graduates to undergo a sequence of four aural skills classes which involved rigorous training in sight singing.

Songwriting

I have been writing songs and various compositions for many years now and have a vast portfolio.

Trigonometry

My experience as a graduate assistant during the completion of my MA in Mathematics allowed me the opportunity to tutor students in PreCalculus, Calculus I, II, and III - all subjects that consider Trigonometry to be a prerequisite. Thus, my experiences tutoring PreCalculus, Calculus I, II, and III are by extension, experiences tutoring Trigonometry.

SUNY Potsdam
Mathematics
SUNY Potsdam
Master's

Education

SUNY Potsdam (Mathematics)

SUNY Potsdam (Master's)

Intelligent, Understanding and Patient,

James is a wonderful tutor. I am enrolled in an online calculus class and James has been very helpful. We meet every week for hours and he goes over all the material, explaining each concept and breaking it down into simpler terms. He's always accommodating with meetings and makes himself available for as long as you need. Since its an online class, James is not only just my tutor but also like a

— Elizabeth, East Setauket, NY on 7/27/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

James will travel within 40 miles of New York, NY 10016.