Welcome to my profile! My name is David Stevens and I am originally from California. I moved to Boston two years ago and have developed a love for the city. I am currently pursuing a second master's degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Music Theory. I have a passion for teaching youth have taught privately for almost a decade. I believe adapting to the individual students' personalities and learning style as well as presenting topics in a personal and engaging manner is of utmost importance in tutoring. In addition to tutoring, I work as a professional freelancing musician, a tutor for inner-city kids with Tutors for All, and teach music lessons privately and at EKS Music School in Quincy. In addition to teaching, I enjoy playing tennis, table tennis, a variety of other sports, hiking, camping, reading, and exploring museums and art galleries.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Fullerton - Bachelors, Instrumental Performance
Graduate Degree: New England Conservatory of Music - Masters, Music Theory, Saxophone Performance
Baking, cooking, tennis, table tennis, ultimate frisbee, reading, attending concerts, museums, historical places, hiking, legos
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I strive to adapt to each individual student's needs and method of learning. I think it is important to give the student opportunities to think critically for problem-solving and create an environment of openness for questions and discussions.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first gauge the student's current level of competency in the specific field of study and start charting out a game-plan for achieving tangible goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Becoming an independent learner is one of the most important characteristics students can acquire. By showing them the joy of learning, the plethora of tools for self-instruction, and creating opportunities to reflect and develop critical thinking skills, a student will grow immensely.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation comes from how the teacher and student approach the process, as well as the result. If the process is engaging and the student sees improvements, then the student will be successful. If the goals or results are tenable and translates into a personal desire of the student to seek the final goal, then they will be more likely to strive towards the goals.