- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Derek Wesley A. is a professional singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist currently living in the United States. He was born in North Carolina on February 24th, 1983. Derek began learning music at age 4 with the help of his father (Harvey Dalton A.: bassist for legendary Southern Rock band The Outlaws). Derek would play melodies and chords he heard on the radio or around the house and Harvey would explain to him how these related to each other. At the age of 10 Derek began playing drums, and by fourteen he was playing professionally in the nearby counties.
In high school Derek started the band Blue Dust Box with three of his classmates. This band charted for two weeks at #8 in the Australian Unsigned Artist Charts. Derek was the primary songwriter for the group. At age 19 he moved to Raleigh and quickly became one of the most sought-after bassists in the region, which led to multiple tours of the United States and Canada, as well as countless hours of session work. Derek was also consistently the house bassist for five separate music venues in Raleigh over a 7 year period.
While based out of Raleigh, Derek played with John Custer (Columbia/Sony Records), Kenny Soule (Nantucket/DAG), Nick Hagelin (The Voice/Superstition TV Show, Interscope Records, Carolina Ballet), Daniel "Slick" Ballinger (B.B. King's Oh Boy! Records), world renowned blues legend John Dee Holeman (Martin Guitars/Music Maker Foundation) and many others.
Derek now lives in Winston Salem, NC. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition and his Master of Music Degree in Composition at the conservatory University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
As a musician I have been fortunate to tour and record in many places within the United States and Canada. One of the things I've noticed about all musicians, from beginners to "retired" pros, is the desire to learn more AND the passion to show and teach others what they've learned themselves. It is part of the human experience to learn and then teach, and music is one of the oldest parts of that experience.+ Read More
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I had the pleasure of teaching Derek private composition lessons at the UNCSA School of the Arts from 2016 to 2018. He is one of the most versatile musicians I've ever encountered--at home with a wide variety of American styles as well as being an accomplished concert composer. He is well-acquainted with virtually every instrument in the popular music genre, and is a gifted singer-songwriter. Derek is likable and has a winning personality as a teacher.+ Read More
Derek is a fantastic musician and teacher with a wide range of experience in all sorts of music. Whether you are looking for lessons in piano, guitar, popular music vocals, or bass guitar, Derek is a great choice!
Derek shows a consistent understanding of the harmonic and aural significance of the exercises he teaches. I was new to the concept of ear training, and he was able to very clearly demonstrate and explain the material. He has an in depth knowledge of a large variety of styles, and has serious training in the classical tradition.+ Read More
Derek is a wonderful musician! He is highly versatile and very knowledgeable about many styles of music, theory, and composition.
I fully recommend him as a teacher!