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Berklee College of Music
Music Education
Portland State University
Master's

Education

Berklee College of Music (Music Education)

Portland State University (Master's)

About John

Since earning my teaching degree, I have been certified as a teacher in five states. I am presently certified as an educator in both Washington and Oregon. As a classroom teacher, I have taught high school public speaking, high school math, high school health and P.E., elementary music and middle school choir. I have taught tutored students in math, English, music theory, piano, singing and drums.

In New York City, I taught in public schools, private schools, college extension division programs and in community music schools. I have been a private music teacher since 1980. I love tutoring and teaching privately as an alternative to all of the classroom teaching I have done. I like establishing a one-on-one relationship with a student and being totally undistracted by the needs of other students. This way, I can tailor-make my teaching approach to serve that individual.

I have tutored high school math students with dyslexia and other learning challenges. I am very skilled in simplifying and putting into plain language the most difficult math concepts.

You will find me to be a very enthusiastic, attentive and encouraging tutor and teacher. To my dedication to the art of learning I add decades of teaching and tutoring experience. Please call or email for further information or to set up a meeting.
Since earning my teaching degree, I have been certified as a teacher in five states. I am presently certified as an educator in both Washington and Oregon. As a classroom teacher, I have taught high school public speaking, high school math, high school health and P.E., elementary music and middle school choir. I have taught tutored students in Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Portland, OR 97215
In-person lessons
English:
English, Grammar, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Composition (Music)

MA Music (composition, arranging, choral music), Portland State University. My final project was a concert of my original jazz compositions, which I arranged for jazz and orchestral instruments. In New York City, I worked professionally as a songwriter and composer.

Drums

BA - Performance: Drums & Percussion, Berklee College of Music. I have taught drums and percussion privately since 1980. I was a professional performer and teacher in New York City for 17 years. I specialize in all musical styles, reading and orchestral percussion.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am certified in both Oregon and Washington to teach grades, K-12. Since first becoming certified (K-12) to teach in Massachusetts and New York in the early 90s, my actual teaching experience has focused on elementary grades. In New York, I mainly taught K-3 music. This past year in Washington, I taught music, grades 1-4. In the coming year, I will be teaching K-4 music in Oregon.

General Music

I hold a BA in music education from Berklee College of Music, Boston, and an MA in Music from Portland State University. Between 1990 and 2000, I taught general classroom music, grades K-6, in public and private schools in New York State. At the same time, I taught private students in piano, drums, voice, music theory and sight-singing. I presently hold teaching certificates, grades K-12, in both Washington and Oregon.

Public Speaking

As music department chair and high school public teacher at the Browning School for Boys in Manhattan, I designed and taught a semester course in public speaking. Using a textbook on the subject, my freshmen students gave speeches of persuasion, commemoration and eulogy. They learned the basic tools of public speaking: extemporaneous (notecard) speaking, manuscript delivery, and impromptu speaking.

Sight Singing

During my undergrad at Berklee College of Music, I studied solfege/sight-singing for three years and was an A student. I was teacher of voice and solfege (sight-singing) at the Long Island Conservatory, NY, 1999-2001. Last year (2015-16), I taught middle school choir in Battle Ground, WA. Each week we began our morning rehearsals with sight-singing exercises from a text on sight-singing I purchased for the class; I own this text and have found it very useful for students of all ages.

Voice (Music)

I received my MA in Music from Portland State University in Spring 2015 with a focus in choral pedagogy. Before this, I taught lower school (elementary) vocal music, grades K-6, 1995-2000 in public and private schools in New York City. During 90s, I also taught private voice students, grades 3-12, in New York City and on Long Island, NY. This past year (2015-16), I taught middle school (grades 5-8) choir and elementary (grades 1-4) general and vocal music in Battle Ground, WA.

Berklee College of Music
Music Education
Portland State University
Master's

Education

Berklee College of Music (Music Education)

Portland State University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 20 miles of Portland, OR 97215.