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Norman R.

Providence, RI


Musical Mysteries Unlocked! - Guitar/Piano/Technology

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5.0 average from 6 ratings
Excellent tutor, very good results.
— Noah, Minneapolis, MN on 4/15/13

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Berklee College of Music, Boston
New Engand Conservatory - Music Education
University of Maryland (UMUC) - Cybersecurity


Berklee College of Music, Boston (Composition)

New Engand Conservatory - Music Education (Master's)

University of Maryland (UMUC) - Cybersecurity (Master's)

About Norman

Music and Music Education have been my passion for over 30 years. My first love is guitar, followed closely by piano and trumpet. Over the years I have performed in a variety of styles including rock, jazz, folk, and world music. I have written or co-written over 100 songs and composed music for corporate projects and modern dance. I am certified in Music K-12 and have taught in both public and private schools, from kindergarten up through high school. Music Theory (AP Music Theory) and Music History are both actually exciting subjects that come alive when done the right way! My most recent focus has been on Music Technology and Computer Security. Music and Music Education have been my passion for over 30 years. My first love is guitar, followed closely by piano and Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Providence, RI 02906
In-person lessons

"Excellent tutor, very good results."

- Noah, Minneapolis, MN on 4/15/13
Elementary Math
Public Speaking, SAT Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development, SAT Reading
General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
American History,
Government & Politics, Music History,
Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Vocabulary
Career Development, Economics, Finance, Marketing,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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American History

American History is an amazing subject, filled with great stories and individuals. At every chapter in our country's development, there are stories of inspiration and human drama. Let's work together and explore it!


Chess develops your abstract thinking. I've been playing for over 20 years and my kids even let me win half the time!

Composition (Music)

You too can crack the mystery of Music Composition!
I am certified in Music K-12 and have taught in both public and private schools. Whether you want to create simple melody and chord structures, or multilayer textures with symphonic instruments (or software based instruments) - together we can get you the right tools for the job.

There is a reason why certain melodies have more "voltage" than others; or why some instruments playing a melody create a dramatically different effect than the same melody on a different instrument. Once you get your musical toolkit stocked, there's no limit to where you can journey on the musical map!

Ear Training

Ear training is a skill worth possessing for vocalists, instrumentalists and students that want to succeed on the AP Music Theory test. Your listening can be developed in a way similar to exercising a muscle - with a well planned training program.

I have taught ear training as part of an AP Music Theory course, but there are plenty of other reasons to perfect your ear training. Its so much easier figuring out songs off CDs when you can recognize popular chord progression. You will sing and play more effectively when you can hear the music in your "inner ear" before you sing or play it.


I studied guitar privately for four semesters at Berklee College of Music. Performed in a variety of styles, including rock, jazz, folk and world music. I have taught beginner - advanced guitar for over 20 years. I custom design the method to meet the student's personal goals. It should be fun and challenging at the same time!


Concepts such as Distribution, Pricing, Retail, and Branding are exciting topics to study, are form the foundation of Marketing Fundamentals. I have worked with students in high school and college, instructing and supporting them while they learn the basics principles and applications of Marketing. Different businesses take different approaches - but the successful ones have all mastered these marketing concepts.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is one of the basic building blocks of computing, I can show you the basics and some of the finer points to this powerful software package,

Music History

I have taught Music History at the high school level for over 4 semesters and would love to help you prepare for exams; or I would be happy to lend a helping hand with background advice for projects. I studied graduate level Music History, Music Education, and World Music at the New England Conservatory. All historical periods produced memorable music - from the Renaissance and Baroque to the Classical, Romantic, and jazz genres - see how it all fits together like a jigsaw puzzle rather than a Rubrics Cube!

Music Theory

Music Theory will make a lot more sense when you understand the big picture-little picture relationship. If you need to prepare for the AP Music Theory exam, you came to the right place!


I took private lessons before high school, as well as private studies at Berklee College of Music. I have taught beginner and intermediate piano students for over 10 years, from 7 years old up to adult. My method is tailored to the student and their personal goals.

SAT Reading

Understanding what you read, making inferences from the text, and extrapolating from the reading are necessary skills for many placements tests.


I have been a band teacher for over 10 years. One of the many instruments I am experienced in teaching is saxophone, as well as clarinet, flute, and brass instruments. Understanding how each instrument produces sound is one of the foundations behind learning to play. Technique comes with time, as does reading music notation.

Social Studies

I have tutored History and Social Studies for over ten years. This includes American History, World History, Ancient Civilizations, American Government and Politics / Civics.


I have written or co-written over 100 songs. Let me work with you and your creative muscles to make you a more effective songwriter. Learn what makes your favorite songwriters so amazing, and borrow their techniques for your own songs. You set the goals and music style: rock, folk, ballad, pop, hip hop..... whatever type of song inspires you - we can work together get there!


Trombone is the only member of the brass family with a slide, and an important part of any jazz ensemble. I have been working, instructing, and motivating brass players for over 10 years. Beginners and intermediate players from middle school to high school: let's get that horn going, that mouthpiece buzzing, and those positions sliding!


I teach beginner and intermediate trumpet. We can break down some tricky or challenging band music into "chunks" before your conductor calls on you to "show 'em how it's done."

There are some great techniques I can share with you for strengthening your lips and improving your technical proficiency. We can create custom tailored audio files for you to be inspired while practicing on your own.

I am certified in Music K-12, and have taught Band and Concert Band at the Middle School and High School level for over 10 years. Although I play many instruments, trumpet is one of the few that I have played for over 30 years.I look forward to hearing you play!

World History

History has always been one of my hobbies. I have a son who has inherited my passion for history, and we have done a lot of research together over the years. It is a fascinating subject, an exciting puzzle with many pieces. When you can appreciate how it fits together, it's like hearing the performance of a Beethoven symphony!


I have worked with high school students writing research papers, and have also partnered with my own three children when they had that overwhelming feeling.

Berklee College of Music, Boston
New Engand Conservatory - Music Education
University of Maryland (UMUC) - Cybersecurity


Berklee College of Music, Boston (Composition)

New Engand Conservatory - Music Education (Master's)

University of Maryland (UMUC) - Cybersecurity (Master's)

Excellent tutor, very good results. — I have hired Norman twice, once for designing a newsletter in Microsoft word, and more recently to create my part of a power point slide show for a presentation in college-level marketing. I got a 95/100 and 9/10 respectively for grades. I am very thankful/humbled by Norman's expertise in terms of teaching. Having said that I would definitely recommend you hire Norman when in need of a tutor. ...

— Noah, Minneapolis, MN on 4/15/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Norman will travel within 25 miles of Providence, RI 02906.