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Fredonia School of Music, Composition and Conducting
New York State School Music Association [NYSSMA]: 100, 6A+ [highest rating possible]
Special Guest with US Navy All-Star Band
Numerous awards for Best Drum Major, New York State Field Band Conference [NYSFBC], 1986-87
Darrell is a very good teacher with a great sense of humor. I enjoy my time with him and his knowledge of music and music theory is excellent.
Darrel is very through and passionate about music.
Great motivator. He was the exact match I needed to start playing an instrument I had set down for many years and learning to understand music like I never did.
Darrell is a real professional. He knows music theory and much more. I enjoyed his lessons and appreciate his patience with me. Has a way to make you enjoy the process of learning a wonderful experience, playing the piano.
Darrell taught me that there is a BIG difference between playing an instrument and playing music. As both a student and parent of a student I can tell you that no matter how little or how much you think you know - Dr. D. will take you to the next level and way beyond. You want to be in honor band? Or if you have the drive and desire to be first chair then you need an instructor that will provide the technique AND the theory in a practical manner - and accept NO slop along the way.
I agree with previous reviews. He definitely knows his stuff. He's not going to let you slack. I was really impressed particularly that music theory, which I'd previously loathed as boring/pointless, is now absolutely applicable and makes SENSE. If you're serious about learning, understanding, getting things right, and improving, he's your guy.
Darell is the right man for my kids ! He is tough (even sometimes scary for my little sensitive ones ;-) ) and demands results which is what I am expecting from my kids too !
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
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