Dave Crum

Dave C.

Ridgefield Park, NJ

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Dave delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1995

I've been performing and teaching professionally for over 20 years. While the guitar is my main instrument, I have a degree in Music Education from NJCU, where I learned to play and teach multiple brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. I have been an elementary public school band director in North Jersey for 17 years. I have been honored with the Governors' Teacher of the Year Award in 2008 and have won several awards with my school ensembles. I can teach beginning through intermediate levels on most instruments, and advanced/professional lessons on all styles of the guitar. I am also an active performer, playing over 200 shows a year and have original music released worldwide under my own name. Please check out my website for more information: www.davecrum.com

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Jan 2013 - Present
Big Bang Baby

I have been performing with the party cover band, Big Bang Baby since 2013. We perform over 200 shows per year at venues ranging from private events to clubs and concert halls.

Band Director
Jan 2002 - Present
Board of Education

Teaching elementary/middle school instrumental music and conduct/rehearse the concert and jazz bands. I teach all of the woodwind, brass and percussion instruments from the very beginning, up until high school.

Private Guitar Instructor
Jun 1995 - Present
Guitar Lessons

I have been teaching guitar for over 20 years. I teach all styles and levels of the instrument from beginner to advanced.


MA Jazz Performance
Sep 2005 - Jun 2008
New Jersey City University
BA Music Education
Sep 1995 - Jun 1999
New Jersey City University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


New Jersey Teacher Certification
Jun 2000
New Jersey


Teacher of the Week
Sep 2008
The Record (Bergen County)
New Jersey Governor's Teacher of the Year
May 2007
New Jersey

2 Reviews

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Armando Jun 2, 2017
Percussion · In studio

Dave Crum is by far the best instructor for percussion I have had the pleasure of knowing. He understands a students needs and builds his teaching curriculum around each individual student and group. He actually takes the time to make sure you can move on to the next level of training and helps you master your craft effectively. His knowledge and expertise in percussion is exceptional. My expertise in Marimba and many other latin instruments are all thanks to Dave and his unbelievable passion and support for music and the arts. If you require a mentor that will make you a better musician. I recommend anyone and everyone to Dave Crum.

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Shirley Jun 2, 2017
Guitar · In home

Dave started teaching my son Logan when he was in 6th grade and continued to teach him right through senior year of high school. Dave was easily relatable and my son looked forward to all his lessons. Logan played in several bands during his teen years at such venues as Webster Hall in NYC and The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. By working with such an amazing teacher, he got into the music program at William Paterson University. Dave is great with kids and really knows his stuff. Any kid would be fortunate to work with him.

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