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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Saxophone, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Electronic, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Darrell V In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Saxophone, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Electronic, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Fredonia School of Music, Composition and Conducting
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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

 

Overview:
Darrell worked at the primary, secondary/preparatory, and tertiary levels at some of the top-rated private schools in New York, conducting and directing since 1986.  He has been a professional producer, director, performer and private instructor/mentor in Austin, Texas since 2009. Performing since 1980, Darrell has worked with all levels of musicians, from beginners to professionals in a wide variety of genres in many facets of music production, from center stage to backstage and in the recording studio.
EXPERIENCE
30+ years performing experience: baroque, classical, jazz, orchestral, march, gospel, blues, folk, bluegrass, big band, country, rock, metal, theater, pop, punk, Americana, avant-garde, grunge; Solo, small combo, large band, and orchestral experience. 20+ years teaching experience: guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric], electric bass, voice, piano, keyboard, woodwinds [specializing in saxophones], percussion, violin, brass, composing, arranging, songwriting, recording, management; A long roster of satisfied clients. Excellent professional and personal references available.
METHODS USED
My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory.  In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment.  All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory.  Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments.  This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.
LESSON STYLE
Curriculum:   Elements of rhythm>>> Elements of pitch>>> Elements of dynamics>>> Elements of articulation>>> Reading notation>>> Writing notation>>> Counterpoint>>> Harmony>>> Live performance>>> Duets>>> Ensemble performance>>> Studio performance>>> Advancing to the next level>>> Finding your range>>> Expanding your range>>> Tone development>>> Accuracy>>> Dexterity>>> Speed>>> Projecting>>> Improvisational techniques>>> Playing by ear>>> Finding your signature style>>> Expression>>> Lyricism>>> Composing>>> Arranging>>> Project management>>> Recording
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