AJourne S.

Sisters, OR


Philosopher/teacher. Will tutor math or whatever. Music by ear.

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Maharishi International University


Maharishi International University (Education)

About AJourne

I love people, teaching, stories, poetry, nature, philosophy/thinking, choral singing, teaching music – chord patterns and song structure – by using the piano (though I'm not a pianist). I have taught (beginning) guitar. I have taught and tutored students in a wide variety of subjects.

I'm a philosopher, naturalist, musician, and craftsman ... designer/builder, welder, woodworker. I have sewn tipis and yurts, built houses, done big-rock landscaping ... plumbing and electrical work, and have been a Hospice CNA. I earned a Certificate of Interpersonal Counseling from the Counselor Training Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia.

I have tutored many students that were having some problem or other. In most cases there is something unfortunate happening between the subject area and the student's self-esteem – the subject is making the student feel stupid. (And, of course, this is quite common with mathematics, since it's so easy for a human being to experience math as intimidating.)

There is more than one way to approach this problem ... but it needs to be dealt with. The problem won't readily go away merely by spending more 'time on task'. But once the (underlying, emotional) problems get handled – you're 'flyin'. I suspect that a year's worth of academic material can actually be learned in about six weeks – once the student is engaged' and wants to learn it.

I believe that this world needs people – and that COULD be your son or your daughter or you – who are ready to (stop fooling around and) commit to the well-being of our great great grandchildren. We need to make up our minds that we are going to pass on to them a planet whose life-support systems are healthy and intact. No industry that I can think of (and of course, every industry is made up of individual human beings) is thus committed. That means that we are ALL fooling around... making money, or getting rich, or something... which would be OK if our FIRST commitment were to our progeny. If we continue as we have been, our collective expectation - NOT to survive as a species - will actually come to pass.

Suppose we were all required to attend a meeting - tomorrow - a meeting with (and convened by) our great great grandchildren, wherein they will require of us an accounting – for why we allowed them to inherit a world in such a wrecked condition. What would we have to say for ourselves? – that we WOULD have done something? ... that we WOULD have done better, only it would have been too much trouble? or it would have cost us too much money? What would we be able to say to them?

If there ever was a time to value KNOWLEDGE... LEARNING... (rigor in) EDUCATION & COOPERATION, NOW is that time.
I love people, teaching, stories, poetry, nature, philosophy/thinking, choral singing, teaching music – chord patterns and song structure – by using the piano (though I'm not a pianist). I have taught (beginning) guitar. I have taught and tutored students in a wide variety of subjects.

I'm a philosopher, naturalist, musician, and
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1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Sisters, OR 97759
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, GED, Geometry, GRE, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Ecology, Elementary Science, Geology, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physical Science, Praxis, Psychology, Sociology, Zoology
Composition (Music), Ear Training,
General Music,
Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Sight Singing, Songwriting
Composition (Music)
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, CBEST, GED, GRE, NCLEX, Praxis, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TEAS
ESL/ESOL, Reading, Russian, Writing
Classics, Geography, Religion, Social Studies, World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary, Writing
ESL/ESOL, GRE, Public Speaking, Writing
Cooking, Sewing

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.

Ear Training

Using sol-fa, I analyze train whistles and bird calls. (My ambition is to be able to do this with human speech.) I have sung in fourteen choirs and sung (and played) in several Folk groups. I have worked under (and with) many very talented musicians from whom I learned much. As a musician I am strongest with harmonies, chord patterns and song structure. I believe that music (especially singing) should belong to everyone. We should all do it. But since music / singing is unavoidably intimate and self-disclosing, most people are afraid, and quite a few have a ‘story’ that they can’t sing. The birds (and the Beatles) don’t read music, and they sing okay. Music is meant to be fun. You need to do music in a way that is enjoyable … and then learn by doing. Humans are intelligent. Anyone can improve … at anything. When I led a children’s choir, I designed and administered a test for my students - to allow me to assess their musical development in basic areas (including what is called musical ‘ear’.) I have a good ear myself and am patient, nonjudgemental, and creative (with regard to finding ways of helping someone.) I love music … and people.

Elementary (K-6th)

My degree is in Education. It's a BIDS-Ed (a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Education). There were only a couple courses that the regular Education majors took that I didn't ... and I took a number of math and physics courses (etc.) that they didn't.
In the community I was in (for 17 years) in Arizona it was my job for a couple years to teach the little boys (ages 4 to 6 ... there were no girls at that time in that age group). I taught them everything. I would take them to the (municipal) library every week, and on many other outings – hikes ... or to see art ... a bit of rock climbing. While traveling in the van, I would put on good music: Copland, or Bizet, or Slavic choral music – not romantic, but beautiful, colorful, and not small. I taught them to tie their shoes. When I realized they didn't know the days of the week, I made up a song (comprised of the names of the days) and taught it to them. I taught them wood shop (tool bonding). I loved it. We loved it.

My interest in Education is longstanding and deep.

General Music

I have sung in fourteen choirs. I was (elected) president of my high school A Capella Choir for four years. I have taught choral music on many occasions. I took a couple years of piano lessons as a child, and learned guitar in high school. I have given (beginning) guitar lessons to several students. I can accompany about any song, even if I've never heard it before.
I am very good with harmonies and chord patterns/song structure. Using the keyboard, I can teach someone (with normal pitch and rhythm) how to play any song and accompany themselves on the keyboard – in a very short time!

Maharishi International University


Maharishi International University (Education)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

AJourne will travel within 25 miles of Sisters, OR 97759.