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Derek - Prof acoustic guitar - Murfreesboro
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Lessons offered by Derek
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Rock Guitar
  • Classical Guitar
  • Blues guitar
  • Jazz guitar
  • All Levels

Professional guitarist, educator, and arranger with over 10 years of experience- Murfreesboro


My teaching method relies heavily on the scaffolding technique used by many educators. In a nutshell, I'll utilize and strengthen your existing knowledge to help you grow as an overall musician. Each lesson is tailored to you concerning your abilities, and your interests are highly valued in my approach to planning.


I am a guitarist who has been active in music education and performance for the last 10 years. I moved to the Nashville area in 2015 to pursue a master's degree in jazz studies at Middle Tennessee State University, where I now teach. I also teach privately in Murfreesboro, and I remain active as a freelance performer and arranger.


Rate for online lessons : $50/h


I require at least 48 hours notice of a cancellation that can be considered for rescheduling. I am willing to work around emergencies and unexpected circumstances, but I generally won't reschedule if I don't receive communication from the student prior to the arranged meeting time.

Lessons offered by Derek
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Rock Guitar
  • Classical Guitar
  • Blues guitar
  • Jazz guitar
  • All Levels

Derek's resume


• Bachelor of Music Education with honors
Central Methodist University
May 2014

• Master of Music-Jazz Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
May 2017

University Teaching/Accompaniment Experience

• Adjunct Music Instructor, Motlow State Community College
August 2017-present
 Teach music appreciation classes in traditional, weekly formats in addition to online and condensed on-site formats

• Adjunct Faculty Member, Middle Tennessee State University
January 2016-present
 Teach jazz guitar techniques to non-jazz majors
 Teach Undergraduate Introductory and Popular Music history courses
 Accompany vocal jazz students in lessons and performances
 Facilitate bi-weekly collaborative jazz performances for students and surrounding community

Private Studio and Public School Teaching Experience

• Guitar and Bass Instructor, Murfreesboro Academy of Music, Murfreesboro, TN
May 2016-present
 Instruct guitar and bass students within varied styles, techniques, and repertoire
 Coach student rock ensembles

• Substitute Teacher, New Franklin R-I, Salisbury R-IV, Fayette R-III Schools, Kelly Services, Inc., Missouri
October 2014-March 2015
 Implemented curriculum, evaluated students and kept records in a variety of academic subjects
 Directed bands and choirs
 Prepared scores, materials, and lesson plans

• Student Teacher, Salisbury R-IV Schools, Salisbury, MO
January 2014-May 2014
 Directed and arranged music all instrumental music ensembles, including beginning band, junior high band, high school band, and high school jazz ensemble
 Taught general music courses
 Prepared soloists and small ensembles for competitions
 Evaluated students and kept records

• Private Studio Teacher, Fayette, MO
August 2008-August 2015
 Instructed guitar, bass, trombone, and piano students in varied styles, techniques, and repertoire

Administrative/Internship Experience

• Director of Music, Redeemer Church-Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro, TN
May 2016-June 2018
 Directed vocal and instrumental worship ensembles in congregational worship on Sunday mornings and other events
 Taught weekly guitar courses for elementary students

• Creative and Youth Ministries Intern, Faith Family Church, Fayette, MO
August 2010-May 2014
 Directed youth worship ensembles and led small-group lessons
 Multi-instrumentalist and worship leader for congregational worship services on Sunday mornings and other events

Publication Portfolio

• Content Writer, MusicCityReview.com
 Write comprehensive reviews of jazz performances in the Nashville metropolitan area

Selected Guitar Studies

• Chip Henderson, Middle Tennessee State University
• Rod Fleeman, University of Missouri-Kansas City
• Ryan McLouth, Central Methodist University

Selected Performance Highlights

• Guitar, Chrissy Collins Performance and Masterclass, Middle Tennessee State University, October 2016
• Guitar, MTSU Jazz Ensemble I at the Main Street Jazz Festival, Murfreesboro, TN
May 2016
• Guitar, MTSU Jazz Ensemble I with Steve Wilson and Gordon Vernick, Middle Tennessee State University, March 2016


• Guitar
 Jamie Page, Joy in the Journey (January 2019)
 Veritas Trio, Truth (August 2018)
• Arranger
 Brian Nathan: “Obsessed” (Single, August 2018)

Academic Awards

• Luther T. Spayde Award, 2012
• MTNA Student Achievement Award, 2013

Professional Organizations

• National Association for Music Education- Collegiate, 2010-2013
• Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Fraternity, 2013
• Sigma Epsilon Pi, 2014

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