Guitar, Piano, Singing, Flute, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting
Hello! My Name is Salvatore! I am a multi-instrumentalist songsmith with a passion for live performance. I have been taking private music lessons since age 8 and graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 2011. I have always worked as a musician whether its been teaching, playing in theater pit bands, playing in clubs, or making tracks for T.V. This gives you, as the student, a phenomenal resource of different musical styles and careers to learn about! Studying with me is a blast! You are my co-pilot and we are on this musical journey together!
Broad experience as a music teacher in both public and private schools as well as private, one-on-one instruction. I am willing to teach all levels of flutists, as well as beginning and intermediate piano, guitar, voice, music theory, mandolin, saxophone, and clarinet. My goal as a teacher is to give you the tools you need to become a self-sufficient musician. I am passionate about making others well-educated and excited to participate in music!
Education: Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN
Bachelor of Music Education - in cursu honorum
GPA 3.875 Dean’s List
Certification in grades K-12, Choral and Instrumental
State of Tennessee Teaching License (expired, reapplied)
Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Master of Music in Flute Performance and Pedagogy
Experience: Professional (2000-present)
-Band Director & Music Teacher at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Mt. Juliet, TN (2nd grade - 12th grade)
-Flute/Piccolo/Saxophone in the Nashville Praise Symphony
-Alto Saxophone in the Jazz Alliance, Mt. Juliet, TN
-President & Flutist in the Nashville Flute Choir
-Member of MTSBOA, National Flute Association, NAMGAR (National MGA Registar)
Formerly: Music Teacher (K-8) Madison Campus Elementary, Madison, TNMusic . Teacher (K-12) Family Christian Academy & Nashville Christian Advancement Academy, Madison, TN . Private Flute, Voice, All Band Instruments, Piano, Guitar, Lessons Instructor . President, Nashville Flute Choir, Smith County High School Adjunct Music Instructor. Cumberland Children’s Chorus Assistant . Primera Flautista in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey Mexico . Bryan Symphony Orchestra & Chorus . Independent Daycare Teacher(ages 2-6)
Student Teaching (2001-2002)
David Lipscomb High School Chorus . David Lipscomb Elementary School .
Hendersonville High School Band & Orchestra . Smith County High School Band & Chorus . Smith County Middle School Band
MENC – Music Educators National Conference . TMEA - Tennessee Music Educators Association . American Choral Directors Association . Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Coed Music Fraternity .
MTVA – Middle Tennessee Vocal Association . National Flute Association
Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone
Private Lessons - 20 years
Public School - 4 years
Instruments taught: piano, woodwinds
Dave J. holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from The University of Central Florida. While teaching for the St. Johns County School system in St. Augustine Florida from 2002-2006, Dave was twice nominated for Teacher of the Year and wrote several award winning grants for his school's music program. Certifications from the state of Florida he has held include K-12 instrumental music.
Dave J., aka Dave LaGrande as performed and worked throughout the United States, including Hawaii, and also in Europe, & the Caribbean. His primary instruments include keyboard instruments and saxophone.
Dave has performed or toured directly with artists such as 80's Pop icon Tiffany, Heidi Newfield (formerly of the platinum selling band, Trick Pony), late Opry star, Mel McDaniel, Grammy nominated vocalist, John Berry, and in 2013 is playing regular tour dates with platinum selling band, Sister Hazel.
Dave has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry numerous times as well as national television, with shows including The Late, Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson, The Academy of Country Music Awards, and various TV specials on the Trinity Broadcast Network.
Prior to and since moving to Nashville in late 2007, Dave has always established a solid reputation among the professional musical community and continues to reach new goals each year as a musician and music educator.
Professional endorsements include, Nord Keyboards, Accusound Cables, and Westone In-Ear Monitors.
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