Derek Dunivan

Derek D.

Fort Lee, NJ
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Country Guitar

Levels Taught:
Advanced
Hi! I am a professional multi-instrumentalist who has been playing and performing for over 20 years and teaching for 15. My goal with students is to enrich their lives with music and help them to cultivate a passion and love for the art. My lessons are fun and engaging, emphasizing the importance of technique while allowing the students to learn songs they love. I love seeing my students grow and become excited about what they're learning. I'm confident in saying, a few months with me will allow a student to call themselves a real musician! Send me a message and let's see if we're a good match!
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Derek delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2004

I am a professional multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, producer and audio engineer with over 20 years of experience in the music industry. I've been teaching for a number of instruments for the last 15 years, in both private and classroom settings.

Currently, I work as a session and touring musician, working and sharing stages with several grammy award winning and multi-platinum selling artists, including Jon Bellion, Beyonce, Andre 3000, Twenty One Pilots, One Republic, and many more. Furthermore, I work as a producer and audio engineer, producing artists on an independent and major label level. Songs I've produced and written have been featured on a number of television shows (ABC, VH1, MTV, Discovery), feature films and video games.

Some of the musical styles I teach are: Pop, Rock, Metal, Punk, Blues, R&B, Country, Folk, and Jazz.

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Experience

Guitarist/Music Director
Oct 2016 - Dec 2018
Beautiful Mind/Jon Bellion

Music director, guitarist, background vocalist for Capitol Records recording artist Jon Bellion.

Session musician
Feb 2013 - Jun 2014
Jungle City Studios

Session musician at NYC's famous Jungle City Studios

Music Director/Guitarist
Feb 2009 - Oct 2012
Hollywood Records

Music director, guitarist and songwriter for Hollywood Records recording artist Alpha Rev.

Guitar/Piano instructor
Sep 2004 - Sep 2008
MECCA

Guitar/piano instructor for an afterschool program at several elementary schools in the Houston area.

Guitar/Piano instructor
Apr 2003 - Jul 2006
Rockin' Robin

Guitar and piano instructor for a wide variety of styles and age groups.

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Best Guitarist
Jun 2008
Houston Press
Best Guitarist
Dec 2005
Free Press Houston

Affiliations

BMI
Jan 2017

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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