About Aaron

My Mission

I create joy by connecting my students to their best skills. 

Most people expect to enjoy playing an instrument, but did you know you could enjoy physics and math as well?  My enthusiasm comes from my genuine enjoyment of all the subjects that I teach.  Expect to get a dose of that joy as you gain competence and confidence. 

Aaron J. Clegg

My Experience

Physics teacher, music teacher, German teacher, and musician

Aaron graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 2000.  He has taught physics at the high school and college level, and he has taught science in less formal educational settings such as science camps (outdoor schools), and a science museum, for a total of 12 years of educational experience.

In addition, Aaron studied German for three years in high school and three semesters in college, plus a school year living and studying in Germany, where he attained near native proficiency (C1/C2).   He has taught German since 2016. 

Aaron learned about teaching music lessons from his father and began teaching lessons himself in 2008. He has three years of experience as a public school music teacher, and he completed the Orff-Schulwerk certification for music education in 2017. 

My Core Values

  • Fun is vital to learning.

Fun and enjoyment are the magic ingredients to learning.  If we don’t get the instrument out of its case, or open the book, nothing else matters.  The enjoyment that keeps us coming back for more is the number one factor in our success at anything. 

  • There are no mistakes.
When we learn most effectively, we take risks and make “mistakes.”  Actually, it’s not even correct to call them “mistakes,” since there is no shame or regret, and these imperfections are expected if we are doing what we need to to learn. 
 
  • Teach to the whole person.

We show up as a complete person every day, as both teachers and students. We don’t exist in a vacuum.  A parrot can’t survive in the arctic, and a polar bear can’t survive in the rainforest.  It’s important to acknowledge the interconnectedness of everything in a person’s life. Most people intuitively like this approach.