Instructor
Joined in
2017

DARBY

Instructor

Teaches Cello, Violin, Viola, String Bass

Life is so much easier when you enjoy what you're doing.

Interested in taking lessons with DARBY

Teaches at:
Levels Taught

All

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

The Danged, Illuminage, Dueling Pianist

Areas of Instruction

Cello, Violin, Viola, String Bass

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Specialties / Genres Taught

Classical, Pop, Improvisation

Teaching Experience

Currently student teaching at the Ladue School District, Preceptor in Biomusicology at Joseph Baldwin Academy, Clinical Teaching Experience at Novinger, RA at Missouri Fine Arts Academy, 3 years of private instrumental instruction

Musical Interests

Electronic, Acoustic songwriting, Classical composition, Classical improvisation, Literally everything

Education

Bachelor's of Arts in Music from Truman State University, Masters of Arts in Education currently in progress from Truman State University

Current Projects

Keyboard player in a cover band of The Damned called The Danged, Singer/Songwriter under the name of Illuminage, Exploring electronic music composition with GarageBand and Logic Pro, Composing a piece for solo piano entitled Into The King's Hall

Favorite Instruments

Piano, Mountain Dulcimer, Cello

Favorite Bands

Owl City, Lifehouse, Mika, Sick Puppies, Taylor Swift, Fleet Foxes, Andrew Bird, The Script, Anamanaguchi

Performance Experience

Bassist and violist with Truman Symphony Orchestra for 4 years, Principal bassist for 2017 All-Collegiate Orchestra, Three recitals of solo literature for the string bass and piano, Gold Medal Concerto Competition performance

About DARBY

Hello! I am currently a graduate student at Truman State University and am about to receive my master's degree in music education. Since beginning my musical journey on the violin at age five, I have taken lessons on the string bass, piano, cello, viola, marimba, violin, and harp, and I have also taught myself several other instruments including flute, guitar, and drums. I have taken lessons in composition and have created works ranging from a short, acoustic pop album to a suite of dances for concert band. All-in-all, I love everything about music: learning new instruments, creating new works, performing pieces, and teaching others everything I know.

My teaching style is very student-oriented in that I am constantly checking for student understanding, passion about the material, and the student's own connection with the music and instrument. The best motivation a student can have is to truly love playing their instrument, and this is exactly what I hope to spark in all of my students. I am extremely interested in correct technique and how to play the instrument in a way that will avoid injury or incorrect usage of the instrument. I have my own set of warm-ups that I prefer my students utilize on a regular basis that will get them into the correct technique of playing much more smoothly with an instructor guiding them.

I am looking forward to working with you!

Bridgeton Music & Arts 314-739-4265 Bridgeton MO