Darnell Patton

Darnell P.

Lexington, KY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have studied music since I was in the 3rd grade! It has become a major part of who I am and I invite you to join me in starting your own rewarding journey into the world of music. Studying music with me is unique in that I bring a different perspective to my lessons. Music is as much a psychological skill as it is a physical one and my instruction style ensure to address both. In my lessons we will cover everything from Basic Theory to Conquering Performance Anxiety and is 100% catered to your needs and interests as a student. Whether you're brand new to music, learning a new instrument or auditioning for grade school or university ensembles, our lessons together will be goal oriented to aide you in your musical pursuits!

About Darnell P.

I have been a musician since 3rd grade. I began on recorder and never turned back. I continued on to play bass and piano with my grandmother's church over the summers for 7 years. I began brass instruments in middle school and by the time I was heading to college I could play every horn in the brass family except French Horn. I earned a scholarship to the University of Alabama for Jazz Trombone and Euphonium. While in college, I had the oppprtunity to participate in Drum Corps International playing Euphonium for the Bluecoats as well as playing cymbals with the Atlanta Quest a WGI Indoor drumline. My sophomore year I changed majors to Percussion Studies and continued on to graduate with a degree in Music: Percussion Performance from the University of Alabama.

Upon recieving my undergrad, I began teaching band with the Birmingham Public Schools System for 2 years. On the weekends during my tenure in BPS, I was the Music Director for the Scrollworks Nonprofit Community Music Organization. There, I aided in curriculum development and was the Assistant Conductor for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.

The following year I was accepted into grad school at The University of Florida where I earned a master's degree in Elementary Education K-6 and my NCATE Music K-12 certification. While in Florida, I was a member of several community based ensembles, most notably the Gainesville Pops and the Gainesville Community Orchestra on percussion. From there, I taught 5th grade with a local charter school and was a percussion instructor with the Gainesville High School Marching Band.

I began playing guitar and drums with the Rashon Medlock Band. There we set up a professional recording studio where we have put out two albums and are studio musicians for many local and often national artists. Our skillset spans any genre needed by our artists which will be the basis of my guitar lessons. Versatility opens you up to be anywhere and play anything. My experience on guitar has taken me through a full spectrum of music styles from blues to classical, and from bluegrass to jazz. I am still a student of music to this day and I invite you begin your journey with me. Allow me to share what I have gained from my music mentors throughout my career with in hopes of helping your progress to meet your own self determined goals! Thank you for your time!


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Studio Musician/ Recording Artist
Jan 2013 - Present


Studio Guitarist Studio Percussionist Vocals Recording artist

Percussion Instructor
Aug 2012 - Nov 2012

Gainesville High School Marching Band

Percussion Instructor for the GHS drumline Composed percussion ensemble music Taught advanced marching techniques

Assistant Band Director of Bands
Jul 2008 - Jun 2010

Birmingham Public Schools: Carver High School

Assisted in ensemble music instruction in preparation for: concerts, marching band competitions, solo/ensemble festivals, and private lessons. Composed/ Arranged full band pieces Taught marching drill for weekly football games Jazz Ensemble instructor Music in World Cultures Instructor

Band Director
Aug 2008 - May 2009

Birmingham Public Schools: Kirby Middle

Head band director where prepared students for the high school level band and orchestra programs. Taught beginner-intermediate music theory/composition Rehearsed and performed in parades, high school football games, and two full band concerts.


Masters: Elementary Education
May 2011 - Apr 2012

University of Florida

Bachelors: Music Performance: Percussion Studies
Jun 2004 - May 2008

University of Alabama


Professional Teacher Certification
Jul 2012

Florida Department of Education

Elementary Education K-6
Professional Teacher Certification
Jun 2012

Florida Department of Education

Music K-12


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