Instrument: Piano (some guitar, bass, drums)
Genres: rock, folk, contemporary, classical
Location: Montgomery County, Silver Spring, College Park, Columbia MD
Why I work well with kids?
I work well with kids because I listen to them and react to their struggles with enthusiasm and encouragement. I have 10 years of experience giving piano lessons, substitute teaching in public schools, and performing and entertaining teenagers.
Dave T. Bio and Resume
Location of Birth: Long Island, NY
I grew up on Long Island, New York and started playing the piano at the age of 6. After a few years of playing casually, I was classically trained until I was 15 at which point I decided to expand my knowledge of music and started taking up other instruments, and exploring other musical cultures. At 18, I moved to Maryland to attend The University of Maryland as a Music Business major. Over the next couple of years I began rededicating myself to the piano. Upon graduating, I started a piano based rock band, Hotspur, and spent the next few years touring the country and teaching lessons on my down time. Recently, I have begun to expand my student base, and am hoping to improve my teaching skills to give effective and efficient lessons to my students. I am hoping working with your company will open new opportunities, and help me gain valuable experience to be a better instructor.
Education 2000 – 2004 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND College Park, MD B.A. in Individual Studies/Music Management University Individual Studies Program (IVSP) University Markets & Society Program Experience STARRFISCH (Sole Proprietor) Beltsville, MD March 2010 to Present • Private music lessons and artist development throughout the DC metro area. HOTSPUR, LLC (Co-Founder) Rockville, MD January 2005 to Present • Co-founded a Limited Liability Company for the purpose of recording, marketing, and publishing original music. • Handle cash and credit transfers from merchandise sales in fast paced, crowded environments. • Interact with customers, keeping them happy and excited to come back for more. • Lead meetings, helping to maintain a positive group dynamic. MONTGOMERY COUNTY SCHOOLS (Substitute Teacher) Rockville, MD September 2004 to 2010 • Taught K-12 classes in various subject areas for absent teachers, as well as instruct students with disabilities in all levels and on various topics. MTV.COM – MUSIC & TALENT DEPARTMENT (Intern) New York, NY May to August 2003 • Helped create and debug website content, and brainstorm viral video and internet promotion strategies. • Coordinated and instructed teams of new interns. • Supervised talent. SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (Intern) College Park, MD February to May 2003 • Helped to organize and promoted the William Kapell International Piano Competition at CSPAC.
Most Influential Musicians/Bands: Mute Math Beethoven John Coltrane Muse Frank Sinatra Ben Folds Five
Favorite Quote: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” ~Henry Ford
Favorite Movie(s): Tropic Thunder, Fight Club, American Beauty, Aladdin
Places Traveled: Everywhere in the US. Not much else…yet.
How would your friends describe you?: creative, funny, eclectic
Hobbies: piano, singing, basketball, writing, cooking
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