- Teaches students:
- Females 8+, males 10+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I am Professional Singer, Conductor, Music Teacher, and Church Musician. I graduated from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN in 2016 with a B.A. in Vocal Performance and a B.M.E. in Vocal and General Music Education. I have extensive experience with training choirs as well as solo performers both in and out of college.
Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice is different and needs to be treated with great care and attention. I will work with the students to expand their range and find what works best for THEIR voice. Every voice I have taught has dramatically improved with a few just weeks under my instruction. I can help anyone sing with confidence and grace.
As a music teacher I have experience teaching in a title 1 K-8 school where I taught a variety of ages and skill levels including students with special needs in our school's cross-categorical classes. From song writing with my middle school students to basic piano skills to choir. I have donet it all in the music classroom.
As a conductor and performing musician I have had the blessing and opportunity to travel all over the world. Some of the highlights of my career have been a 5-week opera program in Siena, Italy. During this time we lived in apartments and were fully immersed in the Italian culture, we performed over 20 times during those 5 weeks. Other musical ventures include various Choir tours throughout the United States and Europe.
My personal passion is Classical and Broadway music but I firmly believe that great basic technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
I was the K-8 Music Specialist. While working here I taught all grades in a classroom music setting.
Bethel Lutheran Church ElCA, Canton Ohio: Feb. 2012-Aug. 2013
Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Mound MN: Sept. 2014- Aug. 2015
Living Christ Lutheran Church, Chaska MN: Aug. 2015-May 2016
Desert Chapel UMC, AJ Arizona: August 2017- May 2018
Derek was hired to lead a volunteer choir of mostly non-musicians. He worked with them, teaching enunciation, tone, intonation and more, until our choir was quite adept in singing 4 part octavos. He taught with compassion and care.
Derek is a wonderful teacher of music! He includes music history, which is fascinating, and gently nudges his students to do more than they think they can. I highly recommend him to anyone who likes to sing!
I didn't take actual "lessons" from Mr. Bates--I was a member of a church choir he directed. He knew his stuff. He helped us produce tones correctly for best quality; I became a better singer under his instruction. He was patient with members who needed help with learning their parts, always willing to repeat a section until it was solid. He was fun, with a great sense of humor and fun. He also made profound comments on the lyrics, which made a difference in the depth of our singing. I'm so glad I had this experience!+ Read More
Derek is very encouraging. He believes everyone is capable and he will help you reach your vocal goals and take it to the next level, helping you reach goals you didn’t even know you had.