Few things are more satisfying to me than seeing that "Ah-ha!" moment when a student understands something new. Being able to participate in that process of comprehension and acquisition of new understanding is a deeply motivational factor in my teaching style. The only thing that's more important to me than helping others to learn new things is to learn new things myself! What sets me apart from other tutors is that I'm deeply inspired by the great polymaths of the world- people who've put i... [more]
I've pursued and excelled in both academic and creative writing in college. So far, my experiences have included writing several psychological research "literature reviews" and a variety of creative styles such as short stories and poetry. Through these experiences, I've honed my understanding of correct grammar and mechanics.
Few things in life are as stimulating and joyful to me as reading. There hasn't been a day that's gone by since being a high school student that I haven't read for pleasure of for my own, self-directed studies. As an avid learner, the written word is absolutely indispensable to me and because of the level of passion I feel for reading, I appreciate how valuable and necessary of a skill it is for all successful people to have.
As a jazz performer, knowing music theory, in and out, is essential to my ability to make music. Having a thorough understanding of what makes music sound the way it does and how to replicate those sounds in the heat of the moment is what gives me the ability to improvise the appropriate bass lines and melodies for any piece of music to which I know the chord changes, and when I don't know those changes, my understanding of music theory allows me to easily figure them out. From classical harmony to basic jazz progressions and most contemporary music, my grasp of music theory can help anyone who wants to know the basics, be able to read music and even those who wish to dabble in writing their own music.
Since high school, the world of reading and writing in the English language has been an enriching and stimulating subject. I placed at the top of my class taking advanced placement English, achieved a high ACT English score, and consistently received feedback from scholarship application reviewers, teachers (including teachers of other subjects) and peers that I should pursue a future in writing. Since then, I've continued my development in taking creative and essay-oriented classes at the university level and constantly expand my vocabulary and literary knowledge on a day-to-day basis.
Psychology is my present major at Metro. Being that it's so near and dear to my heart, I could talk about psychology for days; it's endlessly fascinating to me! As such, outside of my course work, I spend a lot of time studying research, reading the foundational works of the field, as well as applying the concepts I've learned to my own personal experience. As someone who is actively applying what I learn to my own inner-workings, I have an advantage over those who simply memorize the terms. My understanding and ability to help includes social psych, trans-personal psych, and the general overview of the diverse spectrum of topics included in the study of the mind.
I've taken basic music theory classes, both classical and jazz theory, at the high school and college levels which covered basic recognition of interval patterns as well rhythmic and melodic transcription. Also, as a jazz student and professional, I've had to transcribe chord progressions, solos, melodies and bass lines for assignments and real-world application on the gig. Listening is how I learn a lot of the music I have to perform.
I've been playing guitar for over ten years and I've been teaching others how to master the basics since 2010. In addition to my experience teaching guitar privately, I perform professionally in contexts such as musical theatre orchestras and house bands. In addition to these specific experiences with guitar, I studied jazz and commercial music performance at the University of Denver.
Piano was the first instrument I started learning how to play as a child. Starting with years of accumulated experience as a self-taught pianist, I've taken lessons with several different teachers since my initial experiments with keyboards. Since 2010, I've been teaching basic piano skills to children of all ages, working especially with complete beginners. My background in music includes years of professional performance around Colorado in a diverse set of contexts as well as several years of study in the University of Denver's Jazz and Commercial music program.