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Ypsilanti, MI

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Hello Future Students!

I recently moved from NYC to Ypsilanti - very close to Ann Arbor where I was born. 10 years on the East Coast and another 10 before that in Chicago has helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching. Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home or through the use of Skype. I hope to get my Car fixed soon!

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is sometimes the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subjects not directly related
to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.

One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I have developed throughout my life and I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.

I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music, Thomas Jefferson College (MI), and have a BA double majoring in Music Composition and English at Columbia College Chicago.

Besides touring internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist, I am a Songwriter. THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all Songs. So, if you are a songwriter, we can polish up your approach!

If you would like to learn how to compose a Solo, a Duet or Ensemble, I can get you started in a low-stress, one-step-at-a-time procedure. As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. I am Composer and Conductor for New York City's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra; a 13-member ensemble.

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

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My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!

For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!

For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.

I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.

For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
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Cathy September 9, 2017
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I was very pleased with my granddaughters first lesson. Ben was patient, speaking to her positively and encouraging. Nora was very happy, showing her dad what she learned and is looking forward to her next lesson.
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Elizabeth S. April 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ben is a great teacher! He communicates very well. He is relaxed and very professional.
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saber February 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very down to earth and very knowledgeable in lots of aspects of music
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Bridgeport, CT
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I combine my two decades of experience as a professional tutor and corporate writer with my own personal understanding of the learning struggles faced by students to create unique methods for every student to learn, regardless of the subject. I use creative innovations to make learning fun and enjoyable for my students. My students quickly see how much I care for their progress and success. Many have chosen to retain me as their tutor for more than a year.
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Devorah Leah July 9, 2015
· English · In home
I had the opportunity to work with Douglas a number of times during my tenure as a part-time instructor at SCORE Educational Center. What I noticed about him was that he related very well to the children he worked with - he was a very enthusiastic tutor of English and math! He was most generous with the "high fives" and praise, and he also knew how to get students back on track if their focus strayed. Also, I saw him work very well with the parents; he always took the time to patiently explain lesson plans and students' progress between sessions. I have known Douglas personally for many years. He was the one who encouraged me to work at SCORE Educational Center given my background in Education - I thank him for that because I enjoyed my time there very much while I was able to stay (unfortunately, I had to leave that position for a full-time job elsewhere). SCORE Educational Center is no longer in existence. Douglas currently works as an independent tutor, and given how long I've seen clients stick with him, I have no doubt that they are enjoying the same level of attention and enthusiasm he provided at SCORE. When he speaks about the progress of independent clients and how they respond to him, it is with enthusiasm and a glowing smile. If you are looking for a tutor that is intelligent, dedicated, enthusiastic, and simply great with kids and parents, then Douglas is your man.
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Douglas S.

Douglas S.

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Portland, OR
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After graduating high school at the top of my class, I got full funding for an economics degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where I was born. I was very busy in college--my extracurriculars included 2 semesters abroad (Spain, Singapore), writing an honors thesis, being a consultant to the academic advising office, and being president of an honor society; besides this I worked my butt off in classes and graduated with a 3.7.

Besides academics, I am super interested in fitness, general wellness and psychology.

I would love to talk it out with you wherever our learning interests intersect!
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Natalie L.

Natalie L.

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About Aron G.

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Spring Valley, NY
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I offer individual tutoring for all middle school, high school and college mathematics, physics and computer science classes and all standardized exams. I come with more than 8 years of teaching and tutoring experience, pedagogical know-how, educational resources, and am always professional. I welcome any interested parties to contact me regarding my services.
A little about myself. I was enrolled in a top mathematical high school and won multiple mathematical olympiads starting at a young age. I graduated university with honors and the highest departmental distinction. While at the university I served as a teaching assistant and tutored other students, because I love to explain math and help students understand it.

Mathematics and teaching are still my big passions. I’ve taught math classes at a local school as well as tutored studen
ts of all ages and all levels. I am committed to helping students succeed in any math course.
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Aron G.

Aron G.

Spring Valley, NY 10977
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Miami, FL
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I'm a current student. I have a history of teaching people subjects that include Engineering concepts, programming, and various things. I'm passionate in my fields of interest. I have certifications in the following: Robotics and Autonomous Systems(from Embry Riddle), Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD and Adobe Premiere. I also have a strong history of volunteer work that included Elementary school assistance, Community Organizations, and Church Activity for under-represented people.
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Rance G.

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Atlanta, GA
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My name is Luke Benjamin Jackson, I am a experienced musician practicing mainly classical romantic and Baroque styles. My most practice instruments are the clarinet, the bassoon, the oboe, the tenor saxophone, the cello. I am a highly experienced an educated music theory teacher I've been tutoring high school and middle school students since 2014. And it is my personal believe that music helps relieve stress and drives inspiration and two other parts of life, I think everyone should learn to play at least one musical instrument in their lifetime. I've been tutoring academia since 2013 I am in the top 5% of my class at my current School and I would like to help everyone with their academic troubles.
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Luke J.

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I'm a science enthusiast. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Marist College. I have traveled to Mexico twice to conduct research in caves as well as traveling locally to conduct research in caves which I'am a coauthor of a recent publication. I have also conducted research at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri. Research is my passion and I'am always eager to learn more.

Outside of science I do a lot of athletic activities. Nordic skiing is my sport and I have competed in numerous races and I currently do. Therefore I love to run many miles during the week.
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Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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I am originally from Maui, Hawaii. Growing up in a melting pot of a state I spent much of my time in school helping students with language barriers. I have patience for students who want to learn and make an effort to spend time figuring out goals and timelines for each student. I currently study psychology and early childhood education at Marist College as a senior undergraduate student. I have worked with children my entire life and love to see them grow with their learning!
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Casey M.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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