Dave began teaching while still in High School, at the School of Scottish Arts. Dave’s students range in age from Kindergarten to College to Adult Education to Senior Center workshops. Dave is assistant professor at Norwalk Community College, and adjunct professor at Kent School, & Wooster School.  

Formerly teaching at Fordham University and Marymount College, he also teaches numerous private students, and several bagpipe band drum lines. He also teaches seminars, summer camps, and festivals all over the country, including master classes at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School.

Dave’s experience as an educator began while still in High School, and covers a wide and varied range including private lessons, drum line coaching, group lessons, seminars and Master Classes. His students span from recreational & special needs to Colleges and Music Conservatories, and range in age from elementary school to senior citizens. Dave presently teaches adjunct at three significant institutions, as well as group and private lessons.

Kent School, a prepatory boarding school located in Kent Connecticut, has recently celebrated 100 years in education. Dave has been there since 1996, teaching applied lessons on drum set and percussion, as well as a weekly Djembe class. Working closely with Charles Emerich, the Music Department Chair, Dave also coaches the percussion sections for the Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band and Dixieland band. In addition, Dave is proud to be a member of the Kent Music Honor Society.

Wooster School, a private day school for K-12 (Kindergarten through 12th Grade) is located in Danbury Connecticut with Marilyn McAleavey chairing the Music Department. Dave began teaching at Wooster in 1997, again teaching applied lessons, mostly on drum set, to students from the lower, middle and upper schools. He then began directing the ensemble class “CIE” (Contemporary Improve Ensemble) and added “History of Rock & Roll” to the upper school. In addition, Dave has added CIE, ‘Intro to Percussion’ and ‘Intro to World Music’ classes to the middle school roster as well. For the lower school, he started “the Drum Club” an after school program, where kids from 2ond to 5th grade can learn traditional African Djembe techniques and rhythms, as well as modern ensemble playing.

Norwalk Community College is located in Norwalk Connecticut, with Dr. Michael Dilthey chairing the Music Department. Beginning in 2006, Dave teaches a hand drumming class on West African Djembe, and will expand to teach “History of Rock & Roll” in the fall of 2008.

Bagpipe Band Drum Lines have been a specialty of Dave’s since he became a World Champion on the Scottish Style Rudimental Snare Drum in 1974. For more than 30 years now, Dave continues to perform, coach, give private lessons, group lessons, and compose drum scores for countless pipe bands throughout the Eastern US. In addition, Dave taught master classes at Juilliard School, and returns regularly to give Master Classes at The Manhattan School of Music in NYC. Since 1992, Dave continues to work closely with The Police Pipes & Drums of Bergen County, NJ.
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