Guitar, Bass Guitar
The Atlanta Institute Of Music, University of Akron
Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Heavy Metal
Music Teacher, Expert
Teaching professionally for 17 years, he is a full-time instructor for one-on-one and group lessons. He was the owner of Falls Music Academy in Ohio. He has taught private lessons, small group and rock ensemble bands in Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus as well as abroad. He also directs student recitals and around the area routinely.
He spent 10 years in Asiateaching and performing guitar in Killing Fields, along witha mix of styles like rock, blues and metal with local ethnic bands. The exposure to a vast multitude of ethnic styles andsunds greatly broadened his musical palette. He learned to teach guitar in Thai as a second language.
Teaching and performing are a passion of Derek's:from beginner through to advanced; for the aspiring child to adult. Theory is taught along the way with skills to arrange, compose and learn one's own voice alongwith emulating our favorite artists.
Derek loves spending time playing out on weekend gigs around Columbus and Cleveland, and arranging current new material to be released in the modern metal genre. New YouTube channel in the making on modernmetal guitar playing.
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