Sewanee: The University of the South
My name is Matt and I am a rising sophomore at Sewanee: The University of the South planning to major in Economics with a minor in Education with a concentration in Pre-Law. I am currently working with the Office of Admissions recruiting and working with prospective students as well as launching new projects to influence surrounding public school students to go to college and to facilitate the college process.
I graduated from Lincoln County High School in 2011 in the top 10% of my class with honors and a 4.0 GPA. There I performed in the award winning marching band, jazz band, and concert band, and was ranked 3rd in high school guitarists by the Middle TN School Band and Orchestra Association in 2009 while starting and managing my own private music instruction business out of my home. I also received the Jazz Band Award both in 2009 and 2011. I was an active member of the Beta Club and officer in the Future Business Leaders of America. Outside of the classroom, I served as the Youth Music Director at the First Oneness Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ where I taught both musical instruments and vocal songs to children from ages 2-18 for performance. I also was a speaker for youth church events for ages 2-65.
After completing my first year at Sewanee, I am an active member, community service chair, and secretary of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and Arcadian for the Office of Admissions. My passion is law and education and I am eager to work with students especially in Tennessee in consideration to the current state of Tennessee's public school education. I enjoy working with children of all ages and conveying the importance of education and disciplined work ethic. I am highly goal-oriented, able to work efficiently under stressful situations, and possess exceptional penmanship and writing skills.
During my time teaching, I have found that the best way to motivate students to do well is the visibility of positive results of their diligence. Rewarding a student for good work goes much further than reprimanding a student for poor work; therefore, I have made the foundation of my teaching method encouragement. Through this mission, I have seen more progress from students that were reportedly known for misbehavior or poor performance in a school setting than ever before. I believe that education and taking advantage of a student's potential is the greatest gift a tutor or teacher can give. My name is Matt and I am a rising sophomore at Sewanee: The University of the South planning to major in Economics with a minor in Education with a concentration in Pre-Law. I am currently working with the Office of Admissions recruiting and working with prospective students as well as launching new projects to influence surrounding public school
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Using my knowledge of music theory and performance skill, I express basic music theory to students (scales, modes, notation, etc.) as well as the importance of listening and performance skills through learning about music from every genre. I was taught by guitar virtuoso John Cook (studio musician for Herbie Hancock and Cece Winans to name a few). I was also ranked 3rd in high school guitarists by the Middle TN School Band & Orchestra Association in 2009 and received the Jazz Award twice in three years at Lincoln County High School. I have also performed theater music as well as performed with gospel, blues, country, folk, and rock bands.