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I am a graduate of The College of William and Mary where I double-majored in Music and History. After graduating, I decided to continue my education in graduate school by combining my two majors and I am currently enrolled in an MA/Ph.D. program in musicology at Rutgers University. I am also currently a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course this semester at Rutgers (Introduction to World Music), where I am working with non-major undergraduates learning about ethnomusicology and non-western musics. While I tutor in many subject areas, I particularly enjoy History, Music, and Writing. All of these topics are integral to my graduate degree in musicology, and I love helping others to learn and enjoy those subject areas. In any kind of teaching environment, I find the best way to help a student is to give him or her the tool necessary to learn and do for themselves. So, instead of simply helping them to memorize information, enough to get by, I try to teach them ways to learn and comprehend the information for themselves and to assist in their studies even beyond the tutoring session or particular subject area. Also, I find that motivation is a key factor in studying and that finding what interests you about a subject or even an unconventional (but effective) way to approach a subject can instill that motivation on its own, giving the student the desire to move forward for him- or herself. Even though I spend a lot of time reading and writing in my own studies, I particularly enjoy doing so outside of them as well, reading different types of fiction (especially historical fiction) and other topics that interest me. I also love to play video games in my spare time.

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Michael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: College of William and Mary - Bachelor in Arts, Music/History

Graduate Degree: Rutgers University-New Brunswick - PHD, Musicology


music, reading, video games

Tutoring Subjects

AP United States History

AP US History

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History



Music Theory

Public Speaking

Social Studies

US History


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