David Pennise
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David P.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Identifying innovative approaches to music education is a foundation for my teaching philosophy. I believe that fresh perspectives and new techniques are fundamental for successful learning. As a composer, I recently had works performed by new music ensembles including loadbang, Invoke, and Hub New Music, among others. As a composition teacher, I am interested in working with high school and undergraduate degree levels, focusing on classical, contemporary, pop, rock, and songwriting. Through my teaching, I emphasize building strong compositional techniques and production skills to ensure personal growth and passion for the art.

Over this past year, remote teaching has become commonplace. I am very familiar with the best practices for online learning including Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, and Livestorm. In addition, I have experience designing curricula and educational webinars, while publishing articles related to the industry for music blogs. I am currently on faculty as an adjunct professor of Applied Music lessons for French Horn at Five Towns College.

As a performer, my main instrument is the French Horn, and my secondary instrument is the keyboard. I am confident in teaching all ages and skill levels. I structure my lessons to meet the needs of each student - whether beginner or advanced, I work with individuals to evaluate their interests and abilities to use as a foundation for our work together. I strongly believe that music builds confidence, character, and helps individuals develop their unique voice and express themselves through art.

I treasure fostering growth through motivation, positive reinforcement, and encouragement to bring out best in those I work with.

About David P.

I am a passionate composer, producer, and horn performer and my greatest joy is sharing my love of music with others! I have received performances from new music ensembles including loadbang, Hub New Music, Invoke and Anna's Ghost, and have established an eclectic career as a horn player, even performing twice at Carnegie Hall with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. I have served as faculty for a number of remote composition and performance tutoring platforms, and am eager to delve into an exciting journey with aspiring musicians. My curriculum will be very much based upon what the student is looking for and is far from a "one-size-fits-all" approach. I believe everyone with a passion and willingness to learn has the potential to excel and reap the benefits of a rewarding and enriching educational experience. I measure my success in my students' success, and putting students first is my number one priority.

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Experience

Adjunct Applied Music Instructor
Sep 2020 - Present

Five Towns College

Faculty for private French Horn applied music lessons at Five Towns College, a private institution in Long Island dedicated to providing a top education to musicians, artists, music producers, and performers in a large community of diverse creatives.

Senior Composition Instructor
Apr 2020 - Present

Composition Online

Faculty at Composition Online, the largest worldwide online community of instructors in all types of composition. Composition students of all ages have access to advanced personalized instruction in a collaborative group atmosphere.

Composer Assistant
Sep 2014 - Present

DAP Music

Provide professional engraving, production, orchestration, and transcription services.

Composer & Independent Contractor
Sep 2014 - Present

DAP Music

Freelance composer and producer. Received performances from new music ensembles, including loadbang, Invoke, and Hub New Music. Member of Freelancer and Upwork.

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Composition and Arranging
Sep 2020 - Present

Five Towns College

Master of Arts in Music Education
Aug 2018 - Present

Liberty University Online

Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition
Aug 2018 - Aug 2020

Vermont College of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Science in Music
Sep 2014 - May 2018

Hofstra University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certified Bugling and Merit Badge Counselor
Sep 2014

BSA

Awards

French Horn Performance Scholarship
Sep 2014

Hofstra University

Presidential Scholarship
Sep 2014

Hofstra University

Composer's Fellowship Award
Aug 2014

Vermont College of Fine Arts

Eagle Scout
Dec 2013

BSA

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