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Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone
Private Lessons - 20 years
Public School - 4 years
Instruments taught: piano, woodwinds
Dave 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 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 has been touring and recording with platinum selling band, Sister Hazel since 2012.
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.
*** Lesson Details ***
All students who sign up for lessons will receive a basic fundamental foundation of musical knowledge. Once the fundamentals are understood and assessed, we can then begin to take a more in depth approach in reaching the student's specific goals as a musician. Aspiring songwriters, usually playing piano or guitar will have a different agenda than a high school saxophonist practicing for their state music assessments. Lessons are built around each student's specific interests.
It is important to know that your musical goals can be met with consistent practice, discipline, and dedication to your chosen instrument. So what is the most valuable and sometimes the most difficult skill musicians must learn and subscribe to? HOW to practice...and that will be the underlying theme to each and every lesson we share. The way we practice shapes us as musicians!
Remember that each time people hear you play or sing, you are only compared to the best there is. Smart practice makes perfect!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Parents may accompany students at lessons - sitting area in office / lesson studio room, or down stairs in living room. Electronic digital piano - 88 keys fully-weighted, music stands; iPad, Metronome, saxophones, clarinet, flute; books
*** Travel Equipment ***
Apple iPad, metronome
*** Specialties ***
Traditional methods for all instruments; begin with fundamentals while measuring consistent application of skills learned from week to week. For piano in addition to traditional methods, I also can teach a songwriter based course with more emphasis on chord structures, ear training, and chart writing. I also place a big emphasis on HOW to practice rather than just how often.
Arrangement and Composition, Clarinet, Ear Training, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting
I have been a professional musician, entertainer and private educator for over 20 years. My career has taken me around the world to 51 different countries. I've performed and appeared on stage with artists such as: Michael Brecker, Arturo Sondoval, Jerry Bergonzi, David Sanborn, Bob Mintzer, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Jamey Aebersold, Bobby Shew, Poncho Sanchez, Duffy Jackson, American Idol's Kimberely Locke, Earth wind and Fire, Lionel Richie, Clarence Clemets, William Shatner, Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Band. I've also performed and worked on Royal, Celebrity and Princess cruise lines as a musical director, orchestra saxophonist and entertainer. I have taught 100's of students of all ages and levels with great results. I offer lessons at my studio, online and at your location. Please visit my personal website for more information.
Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Clarinet, Composition, Ear Training, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piccolo, Songwriting
Zoe has played flute in several ensembles over the past ten years. Most recently she performed with the Milwaukee Honors Band, Middleton Players Theater Pit Orchestra, Middleton Symphony Orchestra, Middleton Wind Ensemble, the University of Wisconsin Madison Concert Band, University of Wisconsin Whitewater Concert Band, and the Volunteer State Jazz Ensemble. Zoe was featured as a soloist with the Madison Jazz Society and Middleton Concerto Competition in Wisconsin, and the Volunteer State Jazz Ensemble. During High School, Zoe annually competed in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Solo and Ensemble Festival earning a total of eighteen medals at the District and State Levels. Over the past four years, she developed an interest in clarinet and earned a gold medal at WSMA Solo and Ensemble less than six months after she began learning the instrument. Zoe has been teaching lessons privately since 2009 and is a member of the National Association for Music Education.
Zoe recently moved to Nashville Tennessee to further her education and continue her music teaching career. She has recently started working on a series of method books for flute as well as a series of etudes to use with her students, and a dictionary of musical terms by language. She believe is teaching with good technique at an early age to help prevent repetitive motion injuries
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."