Derek Weagle

Derek W.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Every student is different which is why I love to build a custom curriculum for each musician in my studio! Not only will we get you playing your favorite songs or repertoire in any genre, but we can also build strong skills in musicianship in any areas that appeal to you including ear training, solfege, music theory, sight reading, accompaniment skills, composition/songwriting, arranging and orchestration, and foundations of conducting.

I specialize in working with students age 12 through adulthood; beginners through college preparatory and advanced students welcome!

About Derek W.

A little bit about me as a musician and a teacher…
I’m a trained wearer-of-many-hats. As a musician, you could have seen me as any number of things in the last 10 years: a conductor, a composer, a trombone player, a singer, or a producer. But above all, I have always considered myself a teacher first. While I’m a “classically-trained” musician, I consider myself “genre-agnostic” — I like to begin my teaching from a core part of your identity: your personal taste in music! Every style and genre has the ability to teach us how music is constructed, and how it impacts its listeners.

Some Fun Facts
1. I have synesthesia which means I see colors and shapes when I hear music!
2. I love to learn new things whether they're music or not. Ask me about my other interests; I bet we have one in common.
3. I've invented 4 original languages! One will be used in an upcoming novel series and another was created for a piece of music I wrote for chorus!
4. I'm currently working on a Certificate in Sound Healing, a practice that originates in Ancient Greece and has traveled throughout the world over thousands of years.
5. I sing with a group called Choral Chameleon and I love it more than anything. We're currently recording an album of "choral rave music!"

Top 10 Favorite Albums (in no particular order…)
1. The Golden Echo — Kimbra
2. How To Be A Human Being — Glass Animals
3. El Mal Querer — Rosalía
4. Lungs — Florence + The Machine
5. Cuz I Love You — Lizzo
6. Sing to the Moon — Laura Mvula
7. Begin to Hope — Regina Spektor
8. Family Dinner, Vol. 1 — Snarky Puppy
9. Valtari — Sigur Rós
10. Ulisi — Annutara

Top 5 Favorite TV Shows (very much in order…)
1. Sense8
2. The Magicians
3. Avatar: The Last Airbender
4. Schitt’s Creek
5. The Great British Baking Show


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I've had Derek as a conductor for a small string ensemble for about 5 years and he's truly the best anyone can ask for! He's great with young students and is amazing at motivating and explaining exactly what he wants out of musicians. His love and knowledge for music is extremely evident and that in turn encourages his students to strive to greater heights in musicianship.

Posted Jun 30, 2019

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Large Ensemble Manager
Sep 2019 - Present

The New School, College of Performing Arts

Director of Development
May 2017 - Feb 2020

Refugee Orchestra Project

Manager, Learning and Leadership Programs
Jan 2018 - Sep 2019

League of American Orchestras

Coordinator of Orientation
Mar 2013 - Aug 2015

UMass Lowell, Office of Enrollment and Student Success

Program Manager, Composer-in-Residence & Conductor
Sep 2012 - Aug 2015

UMass Lowell String Project & Lowell Youth Orchestra


M.M. Music Composition & Choral Conducting
Aug 2015 - May 2017

New England Conservatory

B.M. Music Education
Aug 2011 - May 2015

University of Massachusetts Lowell



Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Composers Forum
Feb 2018
The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.
Pi Kappa Lambda
Aug 2017
An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.
American Choral Directors Association
Apr 2016
Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.
Aug 2015
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.
American String Teachers Association
Mar 2015
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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