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Chris Y.

Austin, TX

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University of Miami
Music

Education

University of Miami (Music)

About Chris

I began teaching music lessons at age 16, so I have been teaching for over 20 years. I have taught at the university, high school, middle school and elementary school levels. I taught in the music department of the University of Miami, was the jazz guitar program director at the New World School of the Arts in Miami and also taught a jazz improvisation class for all instruments. I worked as a professional guitarist for over 10 years and toured and recorded as a sideman with jazz, pop and R&B artists in the United States and overseas. I can teach music theory, ear training, and guitar as well as music production.

I lived in Japan for close to 10 years and am fluent in Japanese and received the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level I (Fluent) Certification in 2009. I can help students currently studying Japanese with grammar, conversation, reading and writing.

I taught English at the elementary and middle school levels in the public school system and later taught at Tamagawa Academy in the elementary and high school divisions and received my Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in 2013. I have extensive experience teaching reading, writing and presentation skills so I am able to assist ESL students who may be struggling with grammar, reading and writing and presenting in English. I'm also able to assist students who are native speakers of English who are having trouble with things like reading, writing grammar, presentations public speaking etc.

At Tamagawa Academy I also assisted in music production classes and helped the students create multimedia music and video productions. After that, I worked for a video production company that produces documentaries and television programs about Japanese culture for the Japan Broadcasting Corporation. Thus, I can help with things like video production and photography.

I have always been a naturally curious and enthusiastic learner so I do my best to help students experience the joy in learning. My personal philosophy about education is that it's best when it stimulates and encourages the naturally inquisitive minds of students. I believe in indirectly assisting the learning process rather than simply feeding information. In other words, I do my best to use more questions than statements when I teach. I am a very flexible and passionate teacher I look forward to the opportunity of working with your student!
I began teaching music lessons at age 16, so I have been teaching for over 20 years. I have taught at the university, high school, middle school and elementary school levels. I taught in the music department of the University of Miami, was the jazz guitar program director at the New World School of the Arts in Miami and also taught a jazz Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

2 students - $45/hr 3+ students - $35/hr

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Austin, TX 78757
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Music:
Ear Training,
General Music,
Music History, Music Production, Music Theory, Songwriting
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Japanese,
Reading,
TOEFL, Writing
History:
Music History, Writing
Special Needs:
Phonics, Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Public Speaking, Writing

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

I began formal ear training studies in high school and studied for four years. This included interval recognition, triad recognition, aural melody transcription as well as advanced ear training exercises such as recognizing complex chords with extensions and transcribing jazz solos by ear. This kind of ear training continued throughout university and into my professional life.

ESL/ESOL

I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester.

I taught EFL (English as a Foreign Language) in Japan for approximately 8 years. I began in a conversation school teaching children and adults of various abilities for 2 1/2 years and then worked as an assistant EFL teacher in the public school system for 2 1/2 years where I taught in elementary and middle school. After that, I began teaching at a private academy in the elementary and high school divisions where I taught remedial reading, advanced writing and advanced speaking for 3 years.

I take a very communicative approach to teaching English and try to keep it game-like and fun. I do my best to incorporate a wide range of activities and media to address various learning styles - audio, visual, kinesthetic etc. and make efforts to balance speaking, listening reading and writing skills. I'm very good at adapting to students' needs and helping with specific problems or weaknesses. I have deep knowledge and extensive experience helping students understand the sometimes confusing grammar of English. I worked very hard to become fluent in Japanese and so I understand how difficult learning a second language can be.

General Music

I began playing guitar at age 8 and reading music at age 10 and then attended the High School for Visual and Performing Arts in Houston, Texas. Here I studied music theory, ear training, music history, jazz improvisation, and jazz and classical guitar. It was also at this time that I began teaching guitar and working professionally as a jazz guitarist .

I enrolled in the University of Miami jazz guitar program under a scholarship, where I studied jazz guitar, improvisation, arranging, music history, music theory, ear training, conducting, singing, piano, and performed in various ensembles in and outside of school. I taught as adjunct faculty in the program after graduating and also directed the jazz guitar program and taught jazz improvisation at the New World School of the Arts, an arts magnet high school in Miami.

I have toured, played and/or recorded with several renowned musicians and artists.

I have extensive experience teaching many different age and ability levels and a deep knowledge of music theoretically and practically. There is a lot of discipline involved in learning to play music so I do my best to keep things fun!

Grammar

"in 2012, I had the opportunity to share and English composition class with Mr. Young.
Some of the students were required to translate Japanese sentences extracted from the past college entrance examinations into English. Mr. Young corrected the students' mistakes, as well as provided grammatical explanations and model answers.… what amazed me most was how skillful he was when he corrected the errors. I believe the students got by far better in English writing with his help."

- Tomizo Kakimoto
Proficiency Testing Support Office
Tamagawa Academy Upper Secondary Division
Machida, Tokyo, Japan

"I was much impressed with his infinite ideas to keep students attracted to the class. He was able to readily identify and respond to students' needs and design teaching plans that would best serve them. He was popular with students for his energy and enthusiasm. His outstanding techniques made Japanese students motivated, even if they were without much knowledge about English."

- Atsushi Arikawa
Teacher of English and Robotics
Tamagawa Academy
Machida, Tokyo, Japan

Japanese

Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 2 (Business) qualification - 2006
Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1 (Fluent) qualification - 2008

Reading

I have 8 years teaching reading in an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) including 2 years of 9th grade rudimentary level classroom reading instruction experience.

Study Skills

I believe I am qualified to help students with study skills because throughout my own education and professional career I have developed organizational skills and learning strategies suited to my own personality and way of thinking. I have been teaching for over 22 years and am very good at helping students of various personalities and abilities understand material in a way that suits their unique specific learning styles. Most importantly, I am able to help students find the motivation to change and improve their study skills.

University of Miami
Music

Education

University of Miami (Music)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

2 students - $45/hr 3+ students - $35/hr

Travel policy

Chris will travel within 20 miles of Austin, TX 78757.