University of North Texas (Music)
Criswell College (Graduate Coursework)
University of North Texas (Graduate Coursework)
I have a bachelor's degree in Music, so I took two years of Music Theory classes. I did struggle with it, but eventually passed. I can be patient with those trying to understand the art of composition. I also studied Sixteenth Century counterpoint. I also taught music and singing at my father's school for a year. One student was able to sing on key from then on; the other students already knew how to carry a tune. I also substituted teaching Music at an American school in Guangzhou, China during Chinese New Year one time.
I also taught English for four years in the Peoples Republic of China and learned to write more Chinese characters than I had learned in my youth in Japan. I also studied Cantonese and then the National dialect, but not well enough to pass the Chinese college entrance exam, called HSK (or Hanyu Xueping Kaushir). I find Chinese watercolor and calligraphy fascinating, which is painted or written with the exact same materials, like my fox hair brush, or what have you. Sorry, I do love to preserve the earth, but that's what is used over there—the real thing, not synthetic. I liked to play my Chinese fiddle, made of real snake skin, until it got stolen in Texas; I still have the horse hair bow. I studied under Master Liu, an Erhu recording artist.
I had a great chemistry teacher in Middle School from the Philippines when I lived in Indonesia, and other great High School and college chemistry teachers. My middle school chemistry teacher was a Doctor in Chemistry, but she was stuck in Indonesia because her husband moved there for work or she moved there to consult on something. Lucky me, since she had nothing better to do there but teach our class. I learned my Periodic Table from her and gained a lifelong interest in Chemistry and Electricity.
I studied two dialects of Chinese in China over a period of nine years. I can manage in Mandarin, but I'm especially good at Cantonese. But I still don't know all 10,000 or so characters. Most real Chinese people themselves don't know that many unless they are geniuses. A reading knowledge of 2,000 to 5,000 characters is good enough for college students. Hey, one of the best ways to learn more is to teach, and I have excellent sources to go to if I run into a snag. And I have dictionary resources. I do conversation, mostly. I am very patient in teaching tones, because I struggled with them myself.
I was an English teacher in China for four years. I also know IPA, the International Phonetic Alphabet, which is the international way to put pronunciation on Wikipedia.
I am a very patient, mild-mannered man. My wife calls me "Bear" because I am like her teddy bear. I also drive a school bus and tutor at Middle Schools and a High School in the DFW area. I much prefer 1 student to a class of 60 students (in China, for example). I have a bachelor's degree in Music, so I took two years of Music Theory classes. I did struggle with it, but eventually passed. I can be patient with those trying to understand the art of composition. I also studied Sixteenth Century counterpoint. I also taught music and singing at my father's school for a year. One student was able to sing on
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