Instructor
Joined in
2018

Derek

Instructor

Teaches Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Music Theory

Derek is a fantastic musician and an excellent teacher! He does a great job of catering the lessons to my specific strengths and weaknesses. I stay challenged without being overwhelmed and, most importantly, I enjoy playing my guitar more and more. 

—Michael A., former student

Interested in taking lessons with Derek

Teaches at:
Levels Taught

All, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Areas of Instruction

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Music Theory

Specialties / Genres Taught

Alternative, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Folk, Funk, Grunge, Jazz, Metal, Pop, Progressive, Punk, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Ska, Acoustic, Electric, Lead Guitar, Soloing, Improvisation, Rhythm Guitar, Flatpicking, Strumming, Fingerstyle, Songwriting, Music Theory, Ear Training, Chord Progressions, Instrument Maintenance, Restringing

Current Projects

d'Averill & Derek Acoustic Duo

Education

Arizona State University

About Derek

My name is Derek, and teaching music is my passion.

For the past 20 years, I have immersed myself in the world of music—I've played hundreds of shows with several musical groups, recorded in professional studios, and taught thousands of lessons to students across the Valley. I'm proud of what I've accomplished, and I couldn't have done it without the help and inspiration from my music teachers along the way. Just as those teachers did for me, I want to use my experience to help students achieve their musical goals.

I believe many people make music more difficult than it needs to be. I strive to make it easy. Whether you're brand new or have experience, I want to help you build a foundation of technique, music theory, and songs—and show you how to tie all those things together. Students have described me as positive and encouraging, and I think people learn best when they're having fun. Students who find the most success take ownership of their musical journey—they have a desire to improve, they play their instrument frequently, and they enjoy exploring new music. Together we will create a personalized path to your musical success.

Now think of a song, book some lessons, and let's get started today! 

 

 

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