Thomas Durante

Thomas D.

Bradenton, FL

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About

Thomas delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6 to 86 and special needs

Teaching since:
2009

I am a part time Elementary and Middle school teacher at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, looking to fill my schedule the rest of the time teaching and repairing pianos.

I teach students to understand the language of music through the understanding of music theory. I believe it is very difficult to understand music without this knowledge. This approach has the benefit of fitting any style of music for any instrument, and with a little patience anyone can find themselves understanding and performing music better through theory.

Experience

Music Instructor
Feb 2016 - Present
IMG Academy

Started as Elementary school music instructor, and recently added a Middle school class. Teaching students to understand music, identify musical styles, understand and appreciate music history, learning about music technology, as well as putting together winter and spring concerts for performance experience, as well as running the Just, Arts, and Music Club (J.A.A.M.).

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Owner. Sole Proprietor
Jul 2013 - Present
Durante's Music Technical Services

I am the owner of this company, I started it up after graduating the first certificate curriculum at The Chicago School for Piano Technology, I began operating in the greater Chicago area while finishing my second certificate, and I now run it from my home here in Bradenton, Florida where I grew up. I rebuild player pianos, as well as regular pianos, and tune, as well as voice, regulate and any other repair service your piano may need!

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Music score editor
Mar 2015 - May 2015
Asolo Theater Company

Worked on the production of a new musical called "Luck be a Lady", based on original music by Frank Loesser. I assisted the music team by editing the scores and creating parts for the band to play.

Music Instructor
Aug 2008 - Aug 2009
Stubbs Music Center

Taught, piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, percussion, and was in charge of teaching weekly theory lessons to groups of students between 2-10 students of all ages 4-18.

Education

B.A. Liberal Arts Music
Aug 2009 - Apr 2012
Florida State University
A.A. Arts and Sciences
Aug 2007 - Jun 2009
State College of Florida (frmly Manatee Community College)

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Russian
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate of Advanced Piano Rebuilding Curriculum
Aug 2014
The Chicago School for Piano Technology

Spent one year fulfilling the requirements of the advanced piano rebuilding curriculum course of study at The Chicago School for Piano Technology.

Certificate of Basic Piano Technology Curriculum
Aug 2013
The Chicago School for Piano Technology

Spent one year achieving the requirements of the basic course of piano technology, repair, tuning, regulation and voicing. As well as basic business operating techniques.

Certificate of Russian Language
Jun 2011
Moscow State University, Linguistics Department through FSU

Spent one summer semester abroad at Moscow State University, studying the curriculum to achieve the Certificate of Russian Language through Florida State University's study abroad program in conjunction with Moscow State University.

Certificate of Musical Skills and Performance
May 2009
Manatee Community College

Met all the requirements to achieve this certificate through various coursework and study, as well as giving a solo 30 minute concert open to the public.

Awards

Various Childhood musical awards
Apr 2000
Florda state music teachers national association.

Affiliations

Piano Technicians Guild
Jun 2013

The Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) is the world's premier source of expertise in piano service and technology. The mission of the Piano Technicians Guild is to promote the highest possible standards of piano service by providing members with opportunities for professional development, by recognizing technical competence through examinations and by advancing the interests of its members.

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