Tom B.


Tom B.

Tutor

Island Lake, IL 60042

Will travel 20 miles

$35 per hour.

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Enjoy learning in creative exploration of music or statistics.

Until the age of 12, when I was not occupied with schoolwork, I rode my bicycle to the nearest rivers and creeks to search for frogs and turtles, I visited the library and read all I could find on the habits and habitat of these and other creatures native to Southeastern Wisconsin. Some of that must have rubbed off on my son who is a botanist at the Morton Arboretum. When I was in seventh grade, a boys choir was started at the grade school I attended and so began my lifelong love of music... [more]


Music Theory


Statistics


General Music

My undergraduate degree from Carroll University (1969) included a double major in organ and voice. I taught K-5 music in the Grafton, Wisconsin Public Schools from1969 to 1974. In 1972 I became Certified to teach the Dalcroze approach to music education. I taught music in a Dalcroze Eurhythmics course for the Dance Department of the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee from 1972 to 1976. I obtained my PhD in Music Education in 1990 where I taught classes on Music for Classroom Teachers, Music Theory for non-majors in music, and Freshman and Sophomore Aural Theory. I have sung with the Chicago Master Singers since 2001 and have made presentations at the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies in 2013, 2015, and will do so this summer (2017).


Piano

I have a PhD in Music Education and my dissertation was on a topic in piano pedagogy: Key-Finding, Fingering, and Timing Tasks in Entry-level Piano Performance of Children. In July of 2015 at Dalcroze conferences in Geneva, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria, I made presentations about plans for a new piano pedagogy research project. This summer I'm giving a workshop at Laval University in Quebec City with a focus on using improvisation activities in learning to play Kabalevsky's Galop, Op. 39, No 18. In the years since 1984 I have taught as many as 50 students per year - students age 3 years through 80 years.


Voice (Music)

I have a PhD in Music Education (1990, University of Kentucky). In 2011 I obtained Vocology Certification from the National Center for Voice and Speech. I attended Richard Miller's Oberlin College summer course in vocal pedagogy from 1999 through 2003. I have taken singing lessons in Rome, Italy with Valerio Paperi since 2001. I currently study with William Powers and I sing with Chicago Master Singers. I am a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and I adjudicate Student Auditions for NATS for College and High School Students in Classical Singing and Musical Theater.