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About Derek Swink

Derek Swink
Derek Swink
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Westminster, CO
Speaks: English
Instructs: Bass Guitar, Drums, Guitar, Ukulele
Education: Bachelor's Of Music in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University
Performance Experience: Derek has performed with Donny McCaslin, Joey Alexander, Alan Cumming, Jonathan Groff, Jackie Evancho, Eden Espinosa, Drown Your Boots, Lord Sunny The Unifier, Kurt Elling, and many others.
Teaching Experience: He has taught masterclasses, directed rock bands, and taught privately for over 15 years.
Teaching Philosophy: Derek caters his lessons to the individual's goals. He prefers to break lessons into sections of critical listening, technique, and song learning. Whether it's Charlie Parker or The Beatles, Derek enjoys breaking down his student's favorite artists/songs, creating fun and unique exercises allowing the student to grow as a musician.

Get to know Derek Swink

Derek has played around the world for audiences including Saudi Princes, President Obama, and Elon Musk. Growing up listening to Hendrix and Zepplin, he pursued a degree in Jazz Studies. After a short stint working on cruise ships, Derek moved to NYC where he cut his teeth in jazz clubs and pits of musical theatre productions. Throughout his career, Derek has maintained a small studio of students and enjoys combining his love of teaching with real world experience. When Derek isn't teaching, performing live, or recording in his home studio, he spends his time studying Philosophy and playing disc golf.

Derek Swink teaches at:
7350 West 88th Ave Suite B
Westminster, CO 80021
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