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Miranda
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Miranda
« I had Musa Gurnis as a professor for two courses when I was in college. She is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about her subject. I found that her excitement made the subject material more accessible for me, as her enthusiasm was contagious. From a hard-skills perspective, she taught me to be a much better writer and editor. I still approach projects with her standards in mind several years later. I would absolutely recommend her as an instructor and can vouch for her legitimacy. »
$40/h
Verified profile and diploma
Response Time 3h
Lessons offered by Musa
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Acting
Levels
  • All Levels

Understanding Shakespeare: English prof can help you make Shakespeare's language playable. Know what you're saying and the audience will too!

Methodology

These sessions are not lectures. I work with students collaboratively to find meaning in the speech. We'll build on a foundation of clear paraphrase and explore particular language for playable information. We can work on verse and meter or draw from historical context to develop the role. The sessions are tailored to your process.

Background

I am a former English professor who taught Shakespeare for 12 years. I'm currently a classical actor, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Are you working on a Shakespeare piece but struggling with the language? Let me help you unpack the speech and understand its original context to make difficult language clear and playable.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $40/h
Lessons offered by Musa
Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Acting
Levels
  • All Levels

The 21 reviews on Musa
  • 5/5

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21 recommendations

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Miranda

I had Musa Gurnis as a professor for two courses when I was in college. She is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about her subject. I found that her excitement made the subject material more accessible for me, as her enthusiasm was contagious. From a hard-skills perspective, she taught me to be a much better writer and editor. I still approach projects with her standards in mind several years later. I would absolutely recommend her as an instructor and can vouch for her legitimacy.

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Calann

I am a law student at Washington University School of Law, and I had the sublime privilege to be taught by the distinguished Professor Musa Gurnis. When I was a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, I took my first class with Professor Gurnis, and I could not leave the university without taking more. Professor Gurnis never cuts corners; she gives every class everything that she has. She is active, and she is brilliant. I would describe her teaching style as aggressive compassion. She encourages reading texts aloud and physically acting out scenes (and virtual learning will be unlikely to change that). Her students grow because she tells us when we are right and instructs us when we are wrong. She digs deeply into the text from the entendres, to the puns, to the pentameter. It was never enough to just have her students know the material. Musa Gurnis lifts the texts off of the page. She demands excellence, and she demands engagement. She always knows where to meet her students in their learning, and I have personally seen her face light up when we meet her as well. She is a gem to every student she instructs, and she never disappoints.

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Grace

I often say Musa was the best professor I had in college. She changed the way I approached academic writing completely, and was an attentive, passionate professor. I found myself producing work I was very proud of while in Musa's class, and I accredit this to the rigorous, engaging discussion that she always generated. She also consistently conducted an inclusive, accessible classroom environment.

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L

Musa inspired me to pursue an English major and was an incredible mentor throughout my undergrad career. She taught me so much about early modern history, Shakespeare, and literary theory, but most importantly she taught me how write a really good academic English paper. She gives concrete advice, and she is honest and straightforward in her criticism. She would go through drafts with me, argument by argument, sentence by sentence, finding ways to cut out muddy reasoning, add supporting evidence, and to clarify the structure. She challenged me to read carefully, to think and write clearly, and to revise ruthlessly. With each successive paper, I gained confidence in my own abilities. I now work in editorial at a literary publishing house, and I owe it all to Musa. I can't think of anyone I'd recommend more as an educator in this field.

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Kristen

I took multiple English Literature classes from Musa at Washington University in St. Louis. She was an amazing teacher and advisor. She is very passionate and knowledgeable about literature, and she is deeply committed to helping her students learn and develop. Her classes made me a much better reader and writer. She is energetic and engaged as a teacher, and her coaching and guidance is thoughtful and detailed. Overall, I can't recommend her highly enough.

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D

Musa was my Lit Hum professor and one of the best teachers I have ever had. She is not only very knowledgable but also brings an infectious enthusiasm and energy to every class. I remember wishing that she had been my professor for every class I had to take.

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Daniel

Musa was the first professor to really teach me how to write. She is deeply invested in her students and the material she teaches, and because of her my critical thinking and argumentation improved dramatically.

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Andie

More than any other teacher, Musa helped me learn how to really engage with texts and evidence. During meetings with her about every essay, she pushed me to go deeper and be more thoughtful. She held me to higher standards than any other professor, driving me to really reflect and improve on my writing skills at every possible opportunity. Under her instruction, I became better at choosing evidence, analyzing it carefully, and organizing that into a coherent essay. By emphasizing concise and loaded argumentation, Musa helped my work become denser and more meaningful. Her deeply empathetic and respectful treatment of all of her students provided the perfect environment to grow.

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Michael

I was a student in several literature courses Musa taught at Washington University in St. Louis. She was my favorite professor at the university and pushed me to develop my discussion and writing abilities. Musa is extremely passionate about her work - her classes are always exciting and well-planned. I would recommend her to any student looking to improve their writing and critical thinking abilities.

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Adrianne

Having worked closely with Musa on a theatrical project, her knowledge and experience on the dramaturgical subjects was outstanding. Not only is she knowledgeable, but she is also friendly and a joy to work with! I would definitely recommend her for any help you need!

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