Emily Whapham

Emily W.

Longwood, FL
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Saxophone lessons with me are unique because I had a very prestigious saxophone lessons teacher when I was in high school, and he taught in some bizarre and amazing ways. Sometimes lessons would be 8-10 hours long, involving singing, switching to flute or piano, and sometimes just blowing air through the instrument intentionally without sound. I think these lessons are what allowed me to become first saxophone in marching band and the Boston College Wind Ensemble, as well as win a competition as lead in a saxophone quartet. Other achievements included making the district band 3 years in a row in Massachusetts CDMMEA, and winning a gold medal in jazz ensemble 3 years in a row as lead tenor saxophone. My diversity plays a role in my success as well, as I have played bari, tenor, alto, and soprano, each for multiple years. I have played saxophone for 14 years and so far have only taught college age intermediate level students but would like to start teaching saxophone more permanently because music has been my passion for a very long time. When I was in high school I was diagnosed with cancer and although I am cancer free now I have lost the ability to do most of the hobbies I once loved. One that never left me was my ability to play saxophone, so it has a special place in my heart. Currently I only own a tenor but could purchase an alto if there is a demand for it.

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Emily teaches



Emily delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 11+

Teaching since:

"It's not about learning, it's about understanding."

Hi! My name is Emily and I am 23 years old. I am originally from Massachusetts, where I earned my degree in physics at Boston College before moving to central Florida in August 2017. I took off with just what I could fit in my car and drove from Massachusetts to Orlando to try a new life on my own. Tutoring was an accidental passion that definitely saved me. I was messaged around midnight by a worried mother telling me her son received a 0 on his last chemistry exam, and that the teacher gave him a day to take it home to retake for partial credit. At this time I had been applying and applying to jobs with no luck so I jumped on the opportunity and messaged her back right away. The next night I was at their house for hours helping their son understand the material and retake the exam. He received the full partial credit on the test. After 1 more session with him the folllowing week, he had another exam. He received a 100%! His mother was in shock and at that moment I realized I had something special. I loved the nights we spent fighting through material just as much as I loved the nights where everything just clicked for him. Since then, I have tutored over 30 students in subjects including (not limited to) middle school math, pre-algebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, college algebra, pre-calculus, liberal arts math, arithmetic, college calculus 2, biology, AP chemistry, AP physics, college physics, and test prep including SAT, GED, GRE, GKT, and ASVAB. I attribute my success to not focusing on memorization because problems memorized are problems forgotten! Instead, I teach the students how to teach themselves how to start a problem because even complex problems are just series of simple steps disguised by complicated word problems and extraneous information. It's not about learning, it's about understanding. So far I have been blessed with students who will openly tell me "I do not understand" which is an awesome thing to say! It gives me a great place to start: from the beginning. (It's okay if you don't say you don't understand...I will still know ;) ) Often students will just say they do not know how to start a problem, but this hides a deeper dependence on memorization and lack of conceptual understanding. The only way to teach true understanding is to let go of the conventional concept of memorization. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio and I hope to hear from you soon!

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Private Tutor
Oct 2017 - Present

Tutored over 30 students, ranging in age from 11 to 50+ in the folllowing subjects:

As of August 2018:

Middle school math (2 students), pre-algebra (1 student), algebra 1(5 students), algebra 2 (6 students), college algebra (1 student), geometry (6 students), liberal arts math (1 student), arithmetic (1 student), pre-calculus (2 students), college calculus 1 and 2 (1 student), test prep math (see test prep)

Biology (1 student), chemistry (5 students), AP chemistry (2 students), AP physics (1 student), college physics 1 and 2 (2 students), environmental science (1 student)

Test prep:
GED math, science, and grammar (2 students), SAT math (1 student), GKT math (1 student), GRE math (1 student), ASVAB math and arithmetic (1 student)

English + Social Studies:
High school English (multiple levels, 3 students), High school history (multiple levels, 2 students)

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Bachelor of Science, Physics
Aug 2013 - May 2017
Boston College

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Tom Feb 11, 2019
Saxophone · In home

Superb instructor! I am a beginner with alto sax. I would highly recommend Emily for teaching. She is very knowledgeable, patient, and organized!

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