Carol A.

Ridge, NY


Learning on Both Sides of the Brain

In-person lessons
200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/6/10
4.8 average from 40 ratings
— Mayola, Cherry Hill, NJ on 12/17/10


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education (music)

About Carol

If you've ever tried to learn an unfamiliar language or solve a problem in a subject you find difficult, you know what a challenge it is just to get started. Our potential for effective thinking and problem solving is linked to our ability to tap into both sides of the brain. Your creative right side and your analytical left side are equally available and we each have the potential to unlock both of them when needed. Where do we start? Learn to think like Leonardo da Vinci! My inspiration for learning comes from this great Renaissance thinker, artist and inventor, who truly knew how to think on both sides of the brain, and fostered that perfect balance between art, science, logic and imagination--a phenomenon known as 'whole brain thinking'. In college, I majored in music composition and education, with a minor in communication arts. While still in school, I played flute and piano professionally, and I am now learning to play jazz cello, which I love! I am a former music and English/ESL teacher and am certified to teach those subjects. My career has taken many turns since then, which has required me to make some changes in my thinking and learning. After teaching in a program for gifted and talented for several years, I managed an art gallery and music performance space, then worked as a freelance copyeditor for various New York trade magazines. I also studied acting and did some TV and film extra work while learning to drive (again). Finally, I woke up in the digital age and decided it was time to get serious about technology. I took courses at night in computer graphics and various software packages, and eventually became a certified Microsoft Office specialist. I can figure out just about anything in Word, Powerpoint and Excel. Of course, I am always learning, which makes me a better teacher! I love e-learning--It's a great way to see the world on a budget, although I have to say surfing the web is no substitute for biking, or even walking. A lot of my approach to teaching is based on Da Vinci's principles of Whole Brain Thinking because I have found it really works! Beyond every teacher's motivation to 'Aspire to inspire', my motivation is to help my students become truly successful and achieve their potential not only in school, but in life.
If you've ever tried to learn an unfamiliar language or solve a problem in a subject you find difficult, you know what a challenge it is just to get started. Our potential for effective thinking and problem solving is linked to our ability to tap into both sides of the brain. Your creative right side and your analytical left side are equally Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Ridge, NY 11961
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In-person lessons


- Mayola, Cherry Hill, NJ on 12/17/10
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, GED, Geometry, Microsoft Excel
Elementary Science
Ear Training, Flute,
General Music,
Music Theory, Piano,
Sight Singing, Songwriting
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Career Development, GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
French, Reading, Spanish, TOEFL, Writing
American History, Geography, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Business, Career Development, ESL/ESOL,
Law, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Writing

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.

Elementary (K-6th)

Much of my classroom experience has involved teaching music and math in an interdisciplinary curriculum for grades 4-8 (middle school), and the gifted and talented in the upper elementary grades. This is an age range that I feel I can teach most effectively and for whom I can provide the most support in a variety of academic subjects. I have taught music and mathematics (grades 3-6) in the public school systems of Atlanta, New York, and Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, I taught grades 4-6 in an accredited private school for gifted and talented and in a similar program for two years in Long Beach, NY. I have worked with both young people and adults in after school programs, summer school sessions and in literacy programs administered by public libraries and community organizations. I am currently certified to teach music in grades K-12 in New York and Georgia.


After working in an academic program office at Emory University and interacting with international students on a regular basis, I realized I could make a difference for them in my capacity as a native English speaker. The challenge of non-native speakers is twofold: (1) communicating effectively in the target language (both spoken and written), and for adults, in the language of their specific professional discipline, and (2) understanding the culture of the target language, and the social, business and practical skills necessary to succeed in that culture. In preparation for helping international students meet these challenges, I completed an accredited TEFL certificate program offered by the Royal Society of Arts/University of Cambridge through an authorized US affiliate in San Francisco, CA. This certificate program is considered the equivalent of the US master's education degree in TESOL.

My ESL teaching experience includes two years of classroom teaching experience in Philadelphia,
as well as four years of small group teaching and private ESL tutoring for two of the largest and most respected commercial language schools, Berlitz and Inlingua. In both cases, I also successfully completed their extensive ESL teacher training program. My experience in teaching ESL for adults
has resulted in numerous success stories for employees at Panasonic, CIba Vision, Sony, Philip
Morris, and other international corporations.


As part of my music training at Northwestern University and music education degree program, I studied all the band/orchestral instruments, including the performance methods and repertoire associated with each "family" onf instruments. My major, however was flute, and I have studied and played this instrument for over twenty years. My experience has included performing in solo concerts, various university chamber music ensembles, as well as professionally in symphony orchestras, jazz, commercial music, and music theatre projects. The instrument has always been a fresh source of inspiration for original arrangements of pop and classical standards. Additionally, as a composer/arranger, I feel I can bring a richer understanding of the technical and musical/expressive capabilities of the instrument for young musicians as well as adults seeking to find their musical voice for the first time.

General Computer

My life in the digital age began in 1995 when I was introduced to the Mac Classic and worked in a Macintosh shop as part of a team of presentation specialists at a major NYC publishing firm. My computer education continued in the form of classes at various trade schools with a transition to Windows in my role as a member of the desktop publishing/design services team at a PR firm. I have lived and worked with all the popular business software programs that have evolved over the last ten years (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio, Access). I hold product certifications in Windows XP and Windows 2003 server, and am a Microsoft Office (MOUS) Specialist. As part of my role as a software tester and application analyst for several corporate IT departments for the last seven years, I have developed fluency in using the internet for research and training purposes, and am currently advancing my skills in web programming and multimedia applications.

General Music

My music education degree (B.M.E.) and teacher certification (NYS permanent license) have prepared me to teach general music for all ages. I am proficient in sightreading, ear training, basic harmony and music notation, scales and modes, and I have a basic understanding of all orchestral instruments and the technical requirements of playing them. I am also able to provide direction and support in music history and basic theory. My first teaching position involved rehearsing and conducting a high school chorus, and I have worked with several semi-professional choruses and mixed ensembles throughout my professional life. I have also worked as a rehearsal (piano) accompanist for several church choirs.


In graduate school, my major was composition, which meant I used the piano routinely to "play back" my arrangements for multiple instruments. I was also the piano accompanist for several vocal groups and a dance ensemble for five years. During this time I was studying theatre, and often used the piano in my auditions. While I am not a virtuoso performer on the instrument, I can teach basic to intermediate piano technique, am very familiar with the standard classical repertoire and piano pedagogy. I can also provide insight and direction on playing jazz and blues chords and assist singers who wish to develop some technique on piano in order to practice scales and accompany themselves with simple, musical arrangements.


I have an MMus degree in composition from Northwestern University. I also studied jazz and pop songwriting and arranging at Berklee College of Music. I perform original songs and arrangements on a variety of instruments and lead a small composers ensemble consisting of advanced students and professional musicians.



education (music)


Carol has been a tremendous help to me this semester. She is intelligent, caring, well organized, patient and sensitive to my needs. It's been a pleasure working with her this semester, and I look forward to using Carol's services in future.

— Mayola, Cherry Hill, NJ on 12/17/10

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Carol will travel within 20 miles of Ridge, NY 11961.