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Colin D.
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Learn to play Irish, Scottish, and Nova Scotian traditional music on the tin whistle!
I studied Tin Whistle at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland (and more importantly, in the pubs and parks nearby). I've had a lifelong passion for Irish music, growing up listening to the Chieftains with my mother, and I'm thrilled to pass the tradition along! My lessons are relaxed, with lots of interaction and activity. I love to teach through music my students love, so when a student comes in with a piece or a song that they'd like to learn, I always try to work it into my lesson plan. Students in my lessons can expect a learning path tailored to their musical or cultural interest, experience level, and schedule. You can learn important musical concepts through any style -- in my lessons, you'll get a well-rounded musical education and a firm understanding of many topics like: Music Theory (and how to use it in practice) Scales (and why they aren't as boring as we think) Rhythm (and blues, if that's your jam) Groove (or how to play with yourself and others) Music History (and why heritage is important) My lessons are relaxed, with lots of interaction and activity. I love to teach through music my students love, so when a student comes in with a piece or a song that they'd like to learn, I always try to work it into my lesson plan. I can't wait to meet you!
About Colin D.

Hello! My name is Colin. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in music. I play keyboards, saxophone, bass, guitar, ukulele, various Irish folk instruments, and drums professionally in a variety of styles, including jazz, pop, soul, classical, and rock and roll. I've been playing piano since age 5 and saxophone since age 12 and have taken lessons with a number of excellent teachers. I have extensive experience teaching music theory, technique, performance, arranging/orchestration, production, and recording techniques. From 2016 to 2022 I was music director at Kid City Hope Place, a non-profit after school program for high school students, and taught more than 2,000 individual lessons and band practices to dozens of students. Since its founding in 2021, I've served as musical director, arranger, and saxophonist for one of the nation's most popular cover bands, Tom Sandoval & the Most Extras (fronted by Vanderpump Rules star Tom Sandoval)! I've also played and recorded with dozens of other bands in and around LA, and am one half of a duo, Colin and Steve, that remixes famous video game themes in various hip-hop styles. What can you expect from a lesson with me? I start with a customized approach based on the needs of the individual student and a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of room for student initiative -- bringing in songs or pieces to learn is encouraged! I push my students to explore many styles and approaches because I believe that a well-rounded foundation lets you pull the best parts from each style and synthesize them to become a more versatile performer. I can't wait to meet you!

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Tin Whistle
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Musical Director
Jun 2021 - Present
Tom Sandoval & the Most Extras
Served as musical director, arranger, and saxophonist for one of the nation's most popular cover bands, fronted by Vanderpump Rules star Tom Sandoval!
Music Director
Dec 2016 - May 2022
Kid City Hope Place
Took over and grew a music program that provided dozens of free music lessons and band practices to low-income students in downtown Los Angeles
Irish Traditional Music
Jan 2014 - Jun 2014
University College Cork
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Aug 2011 - May 2015
University of California, Berkeley
Spanish
Professional Proficiency
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Dec 2015
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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Tin Whistle
Teaches 6 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
This teacher is not currently accepting students