Gwendolyn Amiri
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Gwendolyn Amiri

Gwendolyn A.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
An experienced educator specializing in student-focused lessons. Not every method will work for every student, therefore I will seek to customize the lessons to the students. My goal is to guide the students in reaching their goals and helping them enjoy the process. I enjoy helping students understand the why behind the music and seeing the complexity of the music theory, relationships in keys and chords, and the components of the musical form.

About Gwendolyn A.

Looking for experience?
Customized lessons?
Encouraging feedback?
Positive error correction?

With a wide range of teaching experiences and a love of education, I am always searching for the best methods for my students. Seeking the best way to guide my students began with my education degree yet continues in my professional development. I bring decades of music and teaching knowledge and ask for my students to bring their willingness to grow as a player and/or student. I can be your instructor of technique and knowledge, your cheerleader to celebrate your successes, and your coach to guide you to reach your goals. Learning is a joy, a gift, and a journey that is best celebrated with others.

Music lessons:
-lesson begins with the student choosing a piece to play for me followed by student and teacher assessment of playing
-playing mechanics is discussed next
-method book or graded pieces are used to introduce new material
-one to two “brain break extras” are offered throughout the lesson with topics including rhythm, sight reading, ear training, theory work, sound exploration
-lesson ends with positive assessment and a challenge for next week

Writing tutoring/lessons:
-session begins with an editing exercise
-student shares writing assignment or homework
-student and teacher assess together the writing sample
-stage of writing is discussed and/or introduced (invention, outlining, rough draft, editing, elocution, final draft)
-one or two “brain break extras” are offered to switch gears and learn or practice a new concept through writing exercises, games, conversation
-session ends with positive assessment and a challenge for next week

Questions and requests for alternate times welcome.

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Jeana
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Gwen is a fantastic teacher! Several years ago, my then 3rd grader joined Gwen's homeschool one day a week for science, PE, field trips and recorder lessons. My daughter had a fabulous time! Gwen really is one of the best, most well-rounded homeschool teachers I know and is capable of integrating beyond these specific subjects she teaches. She really listens to your goals, concerns and needs and is creative in coming up with solutions... All so your child can learn most effectively!

Posted Sep 11, 2021
Kelly
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Gwen did a fantastic job of teaching my struggling writer annotating literature and writing. She answered all of his questions, and gave advice when he struggled to understand the content. Her consistently positive attitude and outlook was a real encouragement to him.

Posted Aug 26, 2021
Sabrina
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Mrs. Amiri is so much fun! I learned so much from her and she is so enthusiastic about music and teaching.

Posted Aug 19, 2021
Melissa
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Gwen clearly loves both her subject and her students. She has the knowledge and skills to teach older, more advanced students and the enthusiasm to capture the attention and imagination of newbies. She is excellent at breaking complex skills into manageable challenges appropriate for all ages and skill levels. She sees the student in front of her and delights in helping that child to master the next step. I would not hesitate to recommend her for students of all ages and skill levels.

Posted Aug 19, 2021
Seth Boyce
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Mrs. Amiri is awesome! As a student, I felt comfortable to learn and to make friends with my classmates. She gave me opportunities to work on projects that were interesting and fun, and she offered encouragement and understanding of our efforts, success, and mistakes. 100% reccomend!

Posted Aug 13, 2021

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Experience

Music Teacher, Master
May 2021 - Present

Music & Arts

Develop and teach private lessons to all levels of students studying piano and woodwinds.

Merit Badge Counselor: Music, Reading, Scholarship, Family Life
Oct 2019 - Present

BSA

Volunteer Merit Badge Counselor with BSA

Home School Teacher: Music and Language Arts
Aug 2016 - Present

Home School Learning Center

Have taught or am currently teaching the following classes: Elementary Recorder, High School Music Theory, High School Literature, Middle School Writing

Home Educator
Aug 2003 - Present

Home School

My home school began in 2003 and currently consists of four students in grades 4-12 with one graduate. Music curriculum for my home school includes general music, sight singing, piano, recorder, and music theory. Language Arts curriculum in my home school includes essay writing, grammar, and literature.

Band and Choir Director
Jul 1998 - Jul 1999

Iberia R-V

Elementary general music, middle school band, high school band, high school choir

Band Director
Jul 1995 - Jul 1997

Maries County R-II

Beginning Band, Middle School Band, High School Band, Middle School General Music

Education

Education
Sep 2021 - Present

Northwest Missouri State University

Bachelor of Science in Education - Music
Aug 1990 - May 1995

Missouri State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

TEFL Online
May 2021

TEFL, China

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Online to Young Learners
Registered Instructor
Apr 2021

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Instructor Certificate
Feb 2021

The Classical Historian

Level 1 Certificate
Aug 2020

Lost Tools of Writing

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Apr 2021
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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