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Richmond Hill 
$40/h
First lesson is free!
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Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by Alberto
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at their home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Vocabulary - Spanish
  • Writing comprehension - Spanish
  • Writing expression - Spanish
Levels
  • All Levels

Learn Spanish and enjoy the process: I’m a native Spanish speaker with an interdisciplinary academic background and years of experience as a pedagogue.

Methodology

I view teaching as the natural extension of my research and artistic interests. As a educator I consider my responsibility to ensure that the student’s learning experience is an enjoyable one, regardless of the topic at hand. Hence I strive to promote a relaxed environment that fosters engagement, collaborative participation, and, above all, creativity. I don't subscribe to a particular published method. I choose class materials and curricula according to the specifics of every situation and I encourage students to experience the language from the beginning through immersion and the use of audio and visual materials.

Background

My academic research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary, encompassing a range of topics relevant to ethnomusicology, cultural studies, and Latin American studies. I completed my Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at York University. I hold a MA in Musicology from the City University of New York and have a BMus in Jazz Performance from McGill University in Montreal. I’m also a profesional bass player and amateur tango dancer.

Rates

Transportation Fee : $10
Rate for online lessons : $ 40/h
Lessons offered by Alberto
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at their home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Vocabulary - Spanish
  • Writing comprehension - Spanish
  • Writing expression - Spanish
Levels
  • All Levels

Alberto's Resume

Academic Preparation
Doctor of Philosophy, Ethnomusicology, York University, Toronto, Canada.
Diss. Title: Tango… the perfect vehicle - the dialogues and circumstances informing the emergence and evolution of tango expressions in Paris since the late 1970s. Supervisor: Dr. Louise Wrazen. April 2015.
Dissertation nominated for the 2016 Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Dissertation Prize and the York University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies Dissertation Prize.

M. A. Musicology, Aaron Copland School of Music, City University of New York, USA, 2007

B. Mus in Jazz Performance, McGill University, Montréal, Canada, 2004


Academic and Teaching Experience

Music Instructor/Coach/Advisor, IHuman Youth Society, Edmonton, 2015

Course Director, University of Alberta, Winter 2015
MUSI 365 – Introduction to Ethnomusicology

Private Instructor, Resonate Music School and Studio, Edmonton, January 2015

Private Language Tutor, Edmonton, winter 2015

Teaching Assistant, York University, Toronto
FA/MUSI 2250 – Contemporary Black Urban Music (Summer 2014)
FA/MUSI 1550 – Latin and Caribbean Music (Fall/Winter 11/12)
FA/MUSI 1000 – Workshop in Musicianship (Fall/Winter 09/10)
FA/MUSI 1000 – Workshop in Musicianship (Fall/Winter 08/09)
FA/MUSI 1530 – Rock and Popular Music (Summer 2008)
FA/MUSI 1000 – Workshop in Musicianship (Fall/Winter 07/08)

Guest Clinician at the Emily Carr S. S., Woodbridge, 2012
B200 junior band and B300/B400 senior bands

Private Instructor, Montréal, 2002–2004; Prince Edward Island, 2004

Private Instructor, Toronto, 1999–2001; Buenos Aires, 1995-1999


Non-Academic Experience

General Manager, August 2016 – August 2017
Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Ontario, Canada

Organizer/Logistic coordinator, Spring 2016
2016 Toronto Latin American Flute Festival

Founder, Artistic Director, Arranger, and Double Bass Player, 2013-2015
PAYADORA Tango Ensemble – (concealed information)

Sound and Light Designer, March 2006 - May 2007
Oxygen Eventworks, New York, USA

Circulation and Sound Desk Attendant, January 2003 - April 2004
Marvin Duchow Music Library, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

General Management, Summer 2003.
Summer Organ Academy, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Monitor - Summer Language Bursary Program (SLP), Summer 2001
York University English Language Institute (YUELI), Toronto, Canada

Resource Centre Supervisor, May 2000 - June 2001
York University English Language Institute (YUELI), Toronto, Canada


Honours and Awards

2011 -Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2010 -Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
-Ontario Graduate Scholarship --- Recommended not funded
2009 -Ontario Graduate Scholarship
-Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
Recommended not funded
2007 -York University Graduate Scholarship, York University
2006 -International House Outreach Grant
2003 -Morris W. Wilson Memorial Bursary, McGill University
-Mary H. Beatty Scholarship, McGill University
2002 -Mary H. Beatty Scholarship, McGill University
2001 -York University Continuing Student Scholarship, York University
-Vera Peikert Memorial Bursary, York university
2000 -Vera Peikert Memorial Bursary, York university
-York University international Student Bursary, York University

Lectures and workshops

Dancing… one tango at the time-Musicianship for intermediate and advanced dancers Four-Workshops Seminar
Dovercourt House, Toronto, June 2017

Music 101 for dancers. Four-Workshops Seminar
Dovercourt House, Toronto, June 2016

Four-lecture Tango Seminar: Beginnings, transitions, travels, and new paths
University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work, May 2016

Contextualizing Piazzolla
Toronto Latin American Flute Festival. Hart House, Toronto, April 2016.

Lo corpóreo y lo musical. Lecture
Guest Speaker, IV Jornadas Internacionales - “Pensar el Tango”
Salamanca University, Spain, February 2016

Feel the beat, rhyme in time… building the hip-hop groove. Weekly Workshop Series
IHuman Youth Society, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June-October 2015.

Tango Workshops - Music 101 for dancers. Workshop
Mile Zero Studio, Edmonton, AB, Canada, May 2015.

Traditional music genres and current expressive needs. Lecture
WIDEN York – Interdisciplinary Graduate Series: "On Expression"
York University, Toronto, ON, Canada, June 2011

Toward an Autonomous Music Form - A Preliminary Examination of Instrumental Tango in the River Plate Area After the1920s.
Lecture - York University, Toronto, ON, Canada, September 2010

Reinterpreting traditions and the emergence of Argentine tango.
Lecture - York University, Toronto, ON, Canada, September 2009

Tango: Introduction to the Dance. Workshop
Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, July 2009

Tango: Music and Dance. Workshop
International House, New York City, NY, US, October 2006

Body movement in relation to music for non-music students. Workshop
York University Summer Language Program, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 2001

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