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About Thomas Durante

Thomas Durante
Thomas Durante
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Oxon Hill, MD
Speaks: English
Instructs: Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Saxophone
Education: University of North Texas - Bachelor of Music Education; Texas A&M - Masters of Music Education; The University of Utah - Ph.D. - Higher Education Administration & Statistics; Lifetime teaching certifications (TX, ID) & Maryland teaching certification
Performance Experience: 1980 - 1983 -- Original Ragtime Guitars; 1981 - Kickin Country Countdown - warm-up act for Reba McEntire; 1989 - 1995 Bill Lighty Big Band; 1989 - 1995 ID State University Faculty Small Ensemble (including performances w/ Clark Terry); 2000 - present PGCPS Faculty Jazz Big Band
Teaching Experience: 1983 - 1985 Pilot Point High school Director of Bands; 1985 - 1987 - Corsicana High School Director of Bands/district music coordinator; 1987 - 1989 - Graduate Assistant for Bands (Texas A&M); 1989 -1995 - Pocatello High School Director of Bands/School Dist. #25 Music Supervisor; 1995 - 1997 - Graduate Assistant for University of Utah Dean's Office; 1997 - 2000 - Supervisor of Arts Education (Arlington, Virginia); 2000- present - Instrumental Music Teacher, Prince George's Public Schools, MD
Teaching Philosophy: I carry my teaching philosophy to the music studio where I've taught privately since 2000. My belief is that all students - regardless of age - come ready to learn and the words ‘failure’ or 'can't' do not exist. Because all humans make mistakes, we should view them as opportunities for growth. The best thing about mistakes is that you get to fix them! In music, it's called practice! THIS is how we get better. Are you ready to 'get better?'

Get to know Thomas Durante

I'm a native of Brooklyn, New York, I spent my elementary, middle and high school years moving around the US. As a graduate of Richardson High School in Dallas, Texas, it was an easy choice for me to attend the University of North Texas in Denton.  After receiving my Bachelors’ Degree from UNT, I taught elementary, middle and high schools in Pilot Point, Texas and Corsicana, Texas.  Upon completion of my Masters of Music Degree from Texas A&M University- Commerce, I moved to Idaho to direct the Pocatello High School band, eventually becoming the music supervisor of the school system.  The move to Salt Lake City in 1994 to work on my Ph.D. and to teach at the University of Utah was almost as exhilarating as the birth of my first son (Adam)!

Moving to the East Coast in 1997 I became a spokesperson for Arts Education and supervisor of Arts Education for Arlington Public Schools.  In 1999 I testified on behalf of the importance of the Arts before the Senate Committee on Health, Labor and Education.


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Today, I truly am blessed, doing what I love to do.  I’m grateful to teach motivated children, surrounded by world-class teaching staff and store employees.

Thomas Durante teaches at:
6151 Oxon Hill Rd
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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7587 Greenbelt Rd
Greenbelt, MD 20770
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3811 Evergreen Pkwy
Bowie, MD 20716
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