Mr. Dirk T., Music Instructor
Dirk T’s love for music began at a young age. He received private music lessons from the age of ten and his interest in music only grew from there. He was awarded music scholarships from the Fountain of Pembroke Pines Certificates of Achievement and later received his Bachelor of Arts in music in 2001. He has studied with musical greats and opened for some of the biggest gospel artists. 1990-2001 Cardinal Hayes H.S New York City , Notre Dame S.S Graduated O.S.S D Ontario, Canada, Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto, Canada Graduated July 28, 2001 Bachelor of Arts in Music Specializing in Church Music) Florida Memorial University, Miami, Fl Continuing Education, Florida Atlantic University. Mr. T. has been awarded Certificates of Achievement from FMC Dean’s list and President’s list, Prayer Tower Foursquare for work with youth choirs. Honors – Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Florida Memorial University with a GPA of 3.9 and a Cumulative GPA of 3.8.
Mr. T. has had much musical success throughout the years. He has played jazz piano professionally in Miami, as well as being apart of the FIU Jazz Program. He also taught at Music America, a private music school in 2002-2006. He was also a Minister of Music of Prayer Tower Foursquare Church from 1998-2004. He has recorded two singles “Not Another Day” and Get Your Praise On” with RWCCI Choir and opened for gospel artists Byron Cage and Mary Mary with the RWCCI Choir. Mr. T. has also opened with RWCCI in the Bobby Jones Gospel Retreat.
Mr. T. taught music at schools such as Larkdale Elementary and Eagle Charter Academy Middle school where his duties consisted of teaching music in ages ranging from Pre-K to 7th grade. He has taught an average of five hundred students each week and instructed instrumental music in the middle school marching band. He is certified to teach grades K-12 by Broward County School and is now the Vice President for the Lauderhill Multi-cultural Arts Center, where the mission is servicing communities in the Arts and Entertainment field.
Mr. T's expertise and career tenure has been related to classroom management, meetings, certifications programs and continuing education classes as well as documentation of incidents, accidents and curriculum. He has taught FCAT skills in reading and writing as well as tutoring in different capacities over a six year period. He has also evaluated students in tests and portfolios and arranged seasonal concerts and performances. Mr. T. has also supervised after school program groups and instructed instrumentals and vocal methods. Mr. T. says, “I gladly welcome the opportunity to be a part of TakeLessons.com. TakeLessons.com is a company that seeks to empower individuals and allow them the opportunity to cultivate their talents and gifts in a real world atmosphere.”
*** Lesson Details ***
I am generally an easy-going individual with high expectations for my students, but realistic ones. I try to cultivate a relaxed atmosphere in my lesson time in order to give the student the opportunity to express themselves better. High pressure situations are often a detriment to growth when placed in a learning environment. Students will have enough pressure when they perform whether they place it on themselves or others do. I not only train my students to deal with their abilities. I try to inspire them with belief in their own ability to succeed within themselves.
I expect three things from students.
1) That they have the right attitude to accomplish their goals
2) They are prepared to learn the material taught to them and practice
3) They enjoy the lesson and have learned something different from the time they started the lesson.
Three things that students can expect from me.
1) I will always encourage them to succeed in their talents
2) I will do my best to point them in right direction.
3) I will expect them to progress forward each lesson.
After 3 to 6 Months students will have confidence in their ability to play their instruments in front of family and friends.
Students will be " concert ready" to share their gifts with the public.
Students will have the ability to teach themselves new things while still being guided by a teacher who will cultivate their progress.
Students will be able to compose, perform and write their own music if they choose to do so.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have an open area to be able to teach as well as an instrument and stand, and metronome and a seat or chair A music note pad for future lessons. I would bring my instructional materials.
*** Specialties ***
Classical guitar, blues,heavy metal rock,jazz, gospel on the guitar as well as bass jazz, r'nb. On the piano, classically trained as well as played jazz professionally. experience in gospel, r&b and the blues