Dylan McDonnell

Dylan M.

New Haven, CT

About Dylan M.

Dylan teaches: Ages 10 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2011
Last sign in: Within a month

Overview

I am a performing musician and teacher who graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Musical Studies. Additionally, I began teaching and tutoring subjects in science and standardized test prep during the summer after 11th grade, helping students grasp fundamental principles of our world as well as achieve more desirable SSAT results. I strive to bring the right balance of patience and enthusiasm into all situations, whether working through beatbox flute grooves or evaluating multiple choice vocabulary questions. In music lessons, I strive to offer as much stylistic and historical context as possible, so that students are able to gain a broader understanding of given material, as well as an open yet focused path to exploring their instrument. Ultimately, I wish to help students achieve their goals through harnessing their own strengths for musical and academic applications "beyond the page."

Experience

Music Teacher

Oct 2015 - Present
Freelance

-Teach in-home private flute and saxophone lessons to beginning and intermediate students in New Haven, Connecticut
-Acquire contacts through WyzAnt services as well as word-of-mouth

7th-Grade Science and SSAT Preparatory Teacher

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
Breakthrough Collaborative

-Collaboratively constructed and implemented daily lesson plans on topics in biology, chemistry, and physics
-Designed, administered, and evaluated all assessments
-Prepared low-risk lab experiments
-Revised pre-existing curricula for future improvement of instruction
-Constructed and implemented curriculum and daily lesson plans on development of vocabulary and critical reading skills
-Administered and evaluated mock-SSAT assessments

Camp Counselor

Jun 2014 - Jun 2014
Theater Camp, New Haven Department of Parks and Recreation

-Engaged campers in theater/acting activities
-Helped campers compose small-scale theatrical pieces to be performed at the end of each session
-Organized and managing groups of campers during weekly field trips

7th-Grade SSAT Preparatory Teacher

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
Breakthrough Collaborative

-Constructed and implemented curriculum, daily lesson plans on development of vocabulary and critical reading skills
-Administered and evaluated mock-SSAT assessments
-Facilitated extra-curricular activities as needed

8th-Grade Science Teacher

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011
Breakthrough Collaborative

-Collaboratively constructed and implemented daily lesson plans on topics in biology and chemistry (Geared toward discussion of more in-depth/complex topics and test-taking)
-Designed, administered, and evaluated all assessments
-Prepared several high-school-level lab experiments
-Revised pre-existing curriculum for future improvement of instruction
-Organized and coordinated program trips and activities

7th-Grade Teacher

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
Breakthrough Collaborative

-Constructed and implemented daily lesson plans on topics in biology, chemistry, and physics (Geared toward improving reading for context, graphing, dimensional analysis and lab report-writing)
-Designed, administered, and evaluated all assessments
-Prepared several lab experiments
-Revised of the pre-existing curriculum for future improvement of instruction
-Organized and coordinated program trips and activities

Education

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Musical Studies

Sep 2011 - May 2015
Oberlin College

High School Diploma

Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
Hopkins School

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Awards

James T. Hall Award for Musicology

May 2015
Oberlin Conservatory
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3 Reviews on Dylan M.

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sreraman Sep 15, 2016
Flute · In home
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Dylan is a very patient teacher who taught me my first musical instrument step by step. I had absolutely no background in music before and now able to play flute decently after a few classes with Dylan. He is very enthusiastic and a dedicated teacher.
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Jake Apr 8, 2016
Flute · In home
He helps me get better at playing my flute, he's very patient and helpful.
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Deirdre Fox Apr 8, 2016
Flute · In home
Dylan is patient and calm with my sometimes difficult Aspergers student! With a true love of playing, Dylan's enthusiasm is infectious. A talented and dedicated teacher!!
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