Derek Hessing

Derek Hessing

Ithaca, NY

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

Teaching since:
August 2008

First and foremost, I'm a musician with 15 years of experience performing with a wide variety of ensembles including jazz bands, marching bands, drum and bugle corps, brass quintets, and symphony orchestras, to name just a few. I hope to use this wide variety of experience to help you achieve your own musical goals.

I take a similar approach in the world of health and fitness. I believe one of the keys to lifelong happiness is through realizing the strength and grace you are capable of. Using tried-and-true approaches to training, I hope to help you define your health and fitness goals and build a plan to achieve them that is tailored to your specific needs and unique strengths.

Whether your goals are musical or athletic (or perhaps both!) I look forward to helping you take the first steps to becoming the best, strongest, happiest version of yourself that you can be!

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Certified Personal Trainer
Nov 2016 - Present
Ithaca College Fitness Center

I work with individual clients and group classes to help people achieve their fitness goals.

Soprano Bugler
Oct 2012 - Jun 2016
United States Marine Corps

As a member of the Commandant's Own United States Drum and Bugle Corps, I performed ceremonial and concert music for various military functions such as parades and ceremonies as well as bugle calls at Marine Barracks Washington, DC and official military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Urbanfit Lead Instructor
Apr 2014 - May 2016
Urban Evolutions- Alexandria, VA

As the lead instructor for the Urbanfit program at Urban Evolutions, I was responsible for designing a group fitness program focused on strength and athletic performance. This included collaborating with a team of instructors wih a variety of movement and teaching specialties to create a well-rounded program that addressed the needs and abilities of a wide client base.

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Head Visual Technician
Aug 2011 - Oct 2011
West Des Moines Valley High School Marching Band

As the lead visual technician for the Valley Marchmasters, I was responsible for designing and teaching special coreography to enhance the visual program as well as rehearsing the drill maneuvers on the field.

Visual and Musical Technician
Aug 2008 - Oct 2010
Theodore Roosevelt High School Marching Band

As field technician with the Roosevelt Marching Band in Des Moines, IA, I provided direct musical and marching instruction to high school students in collaboration with the band directors. I helped design and implement musical and visual exercises to enhance performance and designed coreography to enhance the visual program.

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B.S Athletic Training
Aug 2016 - Present
Ithaca College
Bachelor of Music Education
Aug 2007 - May 2012
Drake University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certified Personal Trainer
Sep 2016
National Strength and Conditioning Association

CPR/AED/First Aid
Sep 2016
American Red Cross

Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor
Sep 2015
Dragon Door

The most highly respected kettlebell specialization in the world of fitness. Hardstyle Russian kettlebell training is designed to build strong, powerful, injury-free movement skills and exceptional athletic performance with minimal equipment.

FMS Screening and Movement Correctives
Jan 2015
Functional Movement Systems

The Functional Movement Screen is designed to identify movement deficiences and categorize them in terms of priority. From there, a program of corrective exercise is developed to reduce injury risk and enhance athletic performance by improving overall quality of movement.

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National Strength and Conditioning Association
Sep 2016

The National Strength and Conditioning Association was founded in 1978 with 76 strength coaches from across the country with the common desire to network, collaborate and unify the profession of strength and conditioning. Since its inception, the NSCA has grown to nearly 30,000 members in 72 countries and become the leader in the research and education of strength and conditioning professionals.

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National Association for Music Education
May 2012

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

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Photos & Videos

Performing with the Commandant's Own Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.

Conducting a Functional Movement Screen with a client in Alexandria, VA. (2015)

Performing jazz with local musicians in San Diego, CA.  (2016)
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Joel M. Jan 7, 2017
Personal Training · In studio

I have had the pleasure of both performing with and being trained by Derek, and I promise you will not be disappointed! His fitness advice helped me reach my training and health goals in a good amount of time.

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