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Michele B.

Midlothian, VA

$60/hour

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Greensboro College
Music
Converse College
Master's

Education

Greensboro College (Music)

Converse College (Master's)

About Michele

Continuous learning is a way of life for me, whether it is sharpening abilities in an already-acquired skill, or taking on something totally new. While it can be a challenge to tackle a new subject or method of learning, it is always worthwhile. Sharing new discoveries is one of the most satisfying aspects of tutoring.

As a teacher with over 15 years' experience in public schools, I have been responsible for preparing students for musical performances and teaching the fundamentals of music,such as theory and effective listening skills. I have a currently active (renewed July 1, 2013) license in music education (teaching on the master's degree level) from Virginia with the specialty area of Music Vocal/Choral PreK-12.

I specialize in reading, spelling, vocabulary, writing, and English as a Second Language. Students in every discipline acquire knowledge in various ways; therefore, I use diverse learning strategies in order to help students grasp the concepts with which they need assistance.

In order to improve the tutoring experience, I welcome feedback from students and parents. It is important to communicate on a regular basis so that we are "all on the same page."

While I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy, I try to be flexible when the student has extenuating circumstances, and in those instances, will offer a makeup time.

I prefer to meet students in a neutral location, such as a library or coffee shop. Parents/guardians are encouraged to observe the tutoring session.

I am looking forward to meeting with you and helping achieve your learning goals!
Continuous learning is a way of life for me, whether it is sharpening abilities in an already-acquired skill, or taking on something totally new. While it can be a challenge to tackle a new subject or method of learning, it is always worthwhile. Sharing new discoveries is one of the most satisfying aspects of tutoring.

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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Midlothian, VA 23112
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
Music History
Elementary Education:
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

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

While a candidate for the bachelor of music degree, I was able to pass the equivalent of the final exam in ear training the first week of the first semester with a 100% accuracy rate. Also, while working on my master of music degree, I taught ear training as a graduate assistant, assessing students' progress in their ability to hear isolated intervals and the intervallic structure of compositions. Note: this subject is often taught in the same class with sight-singing and dictation.

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL classes, and am taking further ESL training in early June. I also have done extensive work in tutoring reading for over 10 years.

General Music

As a teacher with over 15 years' experience in public schools, I have been responsible for preparing students for musical performances and teaching the fundamentals of music, such as theory and effective listening skills. I have a currently active (renewed July 1, 2013) license in music education (teaching on the master's degree level) from Virginia with the specialty area of music vocal/choral preK-12. I use various pedagogical methods to encourage students in strengthening their musical talents. I have participated in many types of staff development for teachers which I now use in teaching, including blended learning, critical thinking skills, multicultural studies, and instructional alignment, i.e. emphasizing the connections between various school subjects. I also am certified to teach Orff Level II music classes.

Music History

In order to earn both my bachelor's and master's degrees in music performance, I was required to take music history classes in all of the recognized periods of music composition (Medieval/Renaissance, Baroque/Classical, Romantic, and Modern). As a candidate for the master of music degree, I presented a "master talk/lecture" (the equivalent of a master's thesis defended in front of a jury) on a music history topic of my choice. I chose to discuss the three periods of Beethoven's piano sonatas.

Piano

I hold bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance. I have taught piano lessons since high school. I have won awards in piano competitions and have been a featured soloist with a symphony orchestra. One of my elementary students won first place in a Federation of Music Clubs competition. In my my studio, I explore various pedagogical techniques to engage the musician and encourage them to expand their talent and love for music.

Sight Singing

While a candidate for the bachelor of music degree, I was able to pass the equivalent of the final exam in sight-singing/dictation the first week of the first semester with a 100% accuracy rate. Dictation of isolated intervals and simple melodies was a part of this class. Also, while working on my master of music degree, I taught sight-singing as a graduate assistant, assessing students' progress in their ability to hear and then write isolated intervals and the intervallic structure of melodies that I sang or played on the piano. Note: this subject is often taught in the same class with ear training.

Greensboro College
Music
Converse College
Master's

Education

Greensboro College (Music)

Converse College (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michele will travel within 20 miles of Midlothian, VA 23112.