California State University, Long Beach and Fullerton, CA (Education)
California State University, Fullerton, CA (Graduate Coursework)
California State University, Los Angeles (Other)
Thank you for taking the time to get acquainted. My name is Anni (Ah-nee), and I want to help you succeed! I work one-on-one with students in math, English and music, encouraging them as we advance from a place of difficulty to a better and deeper understanding. Sometimes I back off the problem to simplify, and sometimes I help students look outside the problem to gain a different perspective. Sometimes my students just need someone on board to help them stay focused while they tackle the work on their own. I adapt my approach to the needs and challenges of each student. I assign homework and check work each session so that parents and students can see their positive results or a need to re-align our strategy.
My academic background is in choral music and music theory, general education, and a specialty in linguistics. I have studied in a number of schools and colleges, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, and did so while dealing with a number of learning challenges. My struggles taught me the value of persistence and the value of a team of supportive people who are willing to come alongside when you encounter academic challenges. I want to join you or your child's support team and be part of the difference that means your success.
I am excited about math and real-world applications of concepts pre-algebra students tackle, such as percentages, ratios, graphs, area, volume and probability. I excel at presenting these concepts as everyday problem-solving tasks that students can grasp, while reviewing the steps and formulas necessary.
Words are a passion for me and it's particularly thrilling when someone hits on just the right one! I have studied linguistics, a detailed study of how language works, but also work with language and poetry in music every day in my professional career. I tutor students in English grammar and vocabulary, especially in getting to the roots of meaning and usage and how to learn about and use new words.
I studied math for elementary school teachers in my college training and have tutored math students in K-6th grades. I have worked with gifted and ADD students. I like to get out of the book and find math scenarios that speak to students in their own experiences. I also review basic math functions in concrete, visual, hands-on ways, as needed at this stage of learning, so that students can advance successfully to more abstract concepts in later grades.
I have studied music from the time I was a cathedral choir boy through graduate studies. My areas of interest are choral music, instrumental jazz, theory and composition. I have taught college theory classes and tutored individual in music theory and composition. I work regularly with a group of volunteer and semi-professional singers and instrumentalists, presenting weekly lessons in music reading and theory. I am enthusiastic about de-mystifying and sharing the language of music.
Please contact me to schedule a tutoring session. I am available to work with your schedule, and I look forward to discussing your needs. I want to be on your team for success! Thank you for taking the time to get acquainted. My name is Anni (Ah-nee), and I want to help you succeed! I work one-on-one with students in math, English and music, encouraging them as we advance from a place of difficulty to a better and deeper understanding. Sometimes I back off the problem to simplify, and sometimes I help students look
$60.00 /hour applies to first hour of instruction whenever Tutor travels 25 or more miles (one way). (I live near junction of the 55 & 91 freeways in no. Orange County.)
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My ACT Reading tutoring would include use of four ACT tests that come from the Princeton Review ACT Practice Questions, 3rd edition. These practice exams not only include answers for you to check your progress, but explanations as to how the answers were discerned from the reading passages given. I am an approved ACT Reading as well as ACT English tutor with many years' experience that bring an exceptional understanding of the ACT examinations.
I graduated from CSU, Fullerton with a baccalaureate degree in music while focusing on choral music performance and literature. I have been singing in choirs and classrooms since age four for over 45 years. While studying at Biola University, the staff there asked me to take over a professors' Advanced Harmony and Ear Training class. My approach in educing adult students' development in their ability to apprehend all of harmony includes the use of acoustic instruments - especially 'cello, guitar and sometimes piano. We begin by allowing the student to discover, recognize and master the Perfect Fifth, or better, the 2:3 ratio. Depending on the student's learning style, the student's current ear ability and their own primary instrument, this is usually done by giving them a single bowed or plucked string. The student discovers tonal relationships as they begin to be exposed to the string's overtones. Once the student shows proficiency with the P5's recognition and reproduction, the student listens for the octave and perfect fourth – until at last the 4th 5th and 6th partials are used to develop the student's ability to distinguish the major and minor thirds. This process has worked marvelously with all my students for decades. Many times my students have expressed an ear experience in which a veil or occlusion is removed, and their inner hearing progresses quickly and readily.
I have been tutoring elementary mathematics to 4 through 12 year olds for 8 years. I use a child developmental approach that begins with where the student demonstrates their current understanding, and with specific objectives educe the student's thinking and his/her building of new concrete associations. Some of the texts and methodologies I've used include Saxon and Singapore Math. For the very youngest students, our lessons use tactile teaching aids where the students make the math happen in the most tangible way.
I studied voice with Dr. Mark Goodrich (CSU, Fullerton), Dr. Leland Vail (CSU, Long Beach) and with Maurita Phillips-Thornburgh (CalArts). I hold the Bachelors degree in Music (CSU, Fullerton 2000) with an emphasis in choral vocal studies and literature. I have studied vocal technique with such seasoned conductors as John Alexander, Sir David Willcocks & Frank Pooler. I am at home in both the progressive pop / vocal jazz & bel canto / classical vocal worlds. My private studio enjoys a rich variety of music students studying voice. (They may also study piano and ear training.) I have received extensive higher education in the pedagogy that is student learner / developmental in focus & approach. My passion is learning and teaching, and I enjoy the process and privilege of working with students of all ages!