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Mara

I am a composer and pianist currently living in Tucson, AZ. My experience in teaching both academic and performing arts curricula as a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst helped me develop a teaching style that focuses on experiential learning and personal communication, asking questions and allowing students to explore new ways of thinking while attempting to facilitate creative and critical approaches to learning. As a former homeschooled student, I have been able to develop strong organizational and independent study skills that I hope to share with my students, and as a musician and improviser I value and encourage creative thinking and curiosity in my approach to teaching and learning.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of North Texas - Bachelors, Music Performance

Graduate Degree:

 University of Massachusetts Amherst - Masters, Music Composition

GRE Verbal: 165

I love music and currently work for a hip-hop theatre project. In my free time, I love playing the piano, going for walks with my crazy shepherd mix, and going out to hear live music!

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

College English

College Level American History

Creative Writing

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing

Homework Support

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Music

Music Theory

Other

Piano

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

World Literature

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would ask questions and try to relate the concept to the student's interests and experiences.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I find a conversational approach that prioritizes learning the student's interests and the challenges they're facing, and setting clear and achievable short-term goals to be successful strategies when working with a new student.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I believe that asking students to define concepts with their own words is a great way to be sure that a student understands the material.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I try to provide perspective and draw attention to the student's strengths and progress.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs both through asking them what they think is challenging about the material and by starting conversations about the material to find any gaps in understanding.