Dave L.

Dave L.

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Hermitage, TN

About Dave L.

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David teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Teaching since: June 1994
Last sign in: 4 days ago
Average response time: 4 hours

Overview

Education Experience:

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.

Performance Experience:

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.

Photos and Videos

Performing with Grammy nominated vocalist, John Berry. Trinity Broadcast Network, December 2011.

Experience

Private Instructor Jun 1994 - Present
Self Employed

Began teaching lessons in 1994

Freelance Musician Jun 1990 - Present
Self Employed

Self Employed Musician

Director of Instrumental Music Aug 2002 - May 2006
St. John County Schools

Director at two schools in St. Johns County FL between 2002-2006. Gamble Rogers Middle School and St. Johns County Center for the Arts.

Education

Bachelor of Music Education Aug 1998 - May 2001
University of Central Florida

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

K-12 Music - With specialization in Instrumental Music May 2001
University of Central Florida

Awards

Teacher of the Year May 2006
Gamble Rogers Middle School - St. Augustine, FL
Teacher of the Year - Nominee May 2005
Gamble Rogers Middle School - St. Augustine, FL

Affiliations

National Education Association Aug 2002
NEA

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

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joseph B. April 17, 2014
Saxophone
Verified Student
Well worth the time and money

Dave was able to meet me where I was and move me toward the goals I had. As as an adult learner, I went in with zero experience with the saxophone but a clear picture of what I wanted to play and somewhat how I wanted to sound. Dave has a great set-up where we have privacy to make noise (sax's aren't known for being quiet). He's able to pluck things out on the piano quickly or to pull something up on the computer or just play. I went from starting out, to wanting to play a few songs, to improvising. Dave has been very helpful and ultimately keeps me improving and moving forward. I've taken other lessons on other instruments, but I will say this is one of the better teachers I have had. He listens well and is able to articulate what he wants you to do --- not trying to be a guru, but more of a guide that keeps you on track.
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Jamie Z. December 2, 2013
Piano
Dave is the best teacher. Hands down!

After having some rough experiences with past teachers in my life, I came to Dave with a very specific goal in mind. To learn piano so I may graduate college. I had a lot to learn very quickly! I am an older student which made this task a bit intimidating. He is very patient and is able to explain things in a way I understand. He has a very light and nice personality which makes me want to focus and try hard. He definitely pushes me, but in a way that isn't scary.

Dave is the best. He is an incredible teacher and a really nice guy. His studio is really neat and professional which matches his personality. Take lessons with him. You'll be glad you did!
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David J. September 8, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
AWESOME.

Just want to give a shout out to the best piano teacher ever! Thanks Dave for all your guidance and support. We are having so much fun.. If you are looking for a piano teacher, Dave is your guy! He is so easy to work with & very knowledgeable. After 6-lessons, I am feeling confident in my playing and even my left hand doesn't feel like some stange appendage! LOL (yes, I'm a righty) Hands in the air...so, glad to have you Dave as my teacher!!!!
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Alison W. October 5, 2012
So lucky to have found Dave

My son was on the brink of giving up his saxophone, after becoming bored and disenchanted with school band/orchestra. After 3 lessons with Dave, his passion for his sax is coming back. He has learned exponentially with the one on one attnetion he has received, and Dave is the most patient, mild mannered guy I have ever met, yet he has mesmerized my son with his mad skills and example of what is possible on this instrument. I feel so blessed to have found such a talented person with so much patience and teaching ability who is willing to share. Any student would be privileged to have lessons with Dave.
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Alison W. October 2, 2012
Saxophone
A wonderful teacher!

Dave is very helpful and patient when it comes to teaching. He is certainly my best,and favorite teacher.
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Lisa B. August 20, 2012
Piano
Great teacher!

First of all, Dave is an incredibly gifted musician, but his talent for teaching is top-notch as well. His laid-back personality worked well to put me at ease, and he is very patient in his guidance and instruction. He covers a lot of territory, but he utilizes a building-block method of teaching that makes sense to me. Speaking solely from the perspective of an adult student, he does challenge you to stretch and to think, to search for patterns and logical sequences on the keyboard. This makes the learning feel more collaborative, as though I’m engaging in my own progress in ways beyond the practice time. I highly recommend him if you’re looking for quality keyboard time with a great instructor.
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PatriciaA1 March 29, 2012
Great teacher!

David is a great teacher, my son started playing the piano bit by bit after 3 lessons and he doesn't want to miss a class. David has a lot of patience and explains in a nice way all the musical contents.