Micah Walter

Micah W.

Greenfield, MA

Lesson Details

Latin

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Latin provides a window not only at one of the greatest civilizations of all time, but also the entire Western intellectual world – including religion and science – until the nineteenth century. Latin is also a great place to talk about the history of English, and languages and grammar generally.

I began studying Ancient Greek at age 4 and Latin at 10. I continued to study through the college level, when I also began to study linguistics formally, earning a Bachelor's degree in the subject. Because of my background, I can teach Latin not just by having you memorize arbitrary "rules" but using approaches based on intuition, fascinating facts about other languages, and the history of our own language. In grad school I took courses in medieval and renaissance Latin, and I enjoy teaching about those forms of the language as well.

I use Wheelock's Latin as a beginning and intermediate textbook. Beginning at the late beginning and intermediate level, I tailor my materials based on interest, including material from the middle ages or even the present day.
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Micah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+

Teaching since:
2011

Hi! I'm Micah, and I'm passionate about making, writing, analyzing, and teaching music. I graduated with high honors in music from Haverford College, where I studied music theory, violin performance, choral singing, and composition. I completed a Master's degree at Harvard University in music; I studied the place of music in history and culture, and continued to study music theory and analysis.

What I especially love, however, is making connections with the music you or I enjoy. When I teach music theory, I always try to bring the focus back to that spark that makes the music so exciting in the first place. I also study folk music, and teach fiddle – I love that music like this is able to connect with so many people in ways that extend beyond the concert hall, and most of all let everyone have fun!

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Experience

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2017 - Dec 2017
Harvard University

I taught introductory music theory to a group of five students, two hours per week, in the context of a 35-student class. I also met with these students individually to work on specific concepts in music theory, ear training, and sight-singing.

Education

A.M., Music
Aug 2015 - Aug 2017
Harvard University
B.A., Music and Linguistics
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Haverford College

Languages

Dutch
Limited Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency

Affiliations

Phi Beta Kappa
May 2014

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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Photos & Videos

Me playing an original fiddle tune.
Excerpt from an original composition, performed in 2014.
Photo by Micah W.
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