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Greg S.

Tacoma, WA

$25/hour

Laid back tutor of music and Mandarin

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University of Washington, Seattle
Music

Education

University of Washington, Seattle (Music)

About Greg

Hello, my name is Greg, and I'm interested in tutoring music and Mandarin Chinese. I've been involved with music in one way or another since I was 6 years old. My primary experience is related to singing. I've sung in choir since I was 8 years old, and I studied voice at the University of Washington. I can give voice lessons, and also help with theory, ear training, and building skills fundamental to being a musician. Whether music is your desired profession, or simply a hobby, I can help you feel more satisfied with yourself as a musician, and feel happier and more comfortable while singing. I gave voice lessons during my Junior and Senior year at the University of Washington. One of my students could not even hit middle C before taking lessons with me. However, after helping him relax, and let go of excessive tension while singing high, he was able to regularly sing the E above middle C comfortably. I am open to tutoring both male and female students, and I have studied the female voice as well as the male voice.

My experience with Mandarin Chinese is quite different. I started learning Mandarin three and a half years ago, in the summer before my Senior year of college. After a very intensive year, in which I took Mandarin classes and regularly spoke with native Chinese speakers (via Skype), I moved to Taiwan, where I lived for two years. During my time in Taiwan, I taught English and spoke Mandarin whenever I was not at work. It took some getting used to, but my goal in learning Mandarin was using the language to communicate, so I tried my best to talk to people as much as possible. I found talking to people in a foreign language, and having conversations which would not be possible in English to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Having lived in an immersed environment, I improved dramatically, to the point where I did not feel nervous about speaking to people in Mandarin.

At this point, I might not be able to translate a physics textbook into Chinese, but I have no difficulty communicating in the language. After all, languages are essentially tools for communication. Many people claim that Chinese is the hardest language in the world, and nearly impossible for native English speakers to learn. I can assure you that this is not the case! Learning Mandarin can be challenging, especially in the very beginning, but the more you learn, the easier it gets. It certainly takes time to adjust to using tones and characters, but if you are intent on using Mandarin as much as possible, and willing to make mistakes in order to learn, you will find speaking Mandarin to not only be possible, but fun and rewarding! If you are interested in learning Mandarin, you've made a wonderful choice. It is a truly fascinating language steeped in 4,000 years of history, and is spoken by over a billion people worldwide. I would be happy to help you with your Mandarin learning journey. Learning this language has been the main focus of my life for the past three and a half years, and I know what it takes to learn Chinese effectively.
Hello, my name is Greg, and I'm interested in tutoring music and Mandarin Chinese. I've been involved with music in one way or another since I was 6 years old. My primary Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 4 miles of Tacoma, WA 98416
In-person lessons
Music:
Ear Training,
Sight Singing, Voice (Music)

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Ear Training

During my time in choir and as a music major at UW, I spent an extensive amount of time on ear training. As a music educator, I have to use the skills I've learned regularly, whether it be pinpointing mistakes a choir makes, analyzing the harmony of a given piece, or determining how difficult a melody might be to sing. While learning ear training can be a tedious process for some, it is essential to find uses for ear training, i.e. analyzing favorite songs, popular songs, etc. Utilizing ear training skills can make the process of learning ear training much more entertaining.

Voice (Music)

I have been singing since I was 8 years old, and took voice lessons during my undergraduate at the University of Washington. I've also studied vocal pedagogy, so I understand the internal mechanisms of singing, as well as proper technique. This fall, I worked with a high school treble choir in Tacoma, and helped the girls in that group sing with a much fuller, more resonant sound.

University of Washington, Seattle
Music

Education

University of Washington, Seattle (Music)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Greg will travel within 4 miles of Tacoma, WA 98416.