Music Educator

As an educator, Dave has worked with students from pre-k to post-retirement. He has taught at the university’s public and private schools, outreach programs, and music festivals. One of David's specialties is doing family concerts with symphony orchestras. Has written various orchestral and chamber pieces with multigenerational themes which he narrates.

Teaching Positions
Professor of Jazz, New Jersey Institute of Technology 2014-present
Music Teacher Redoaks School, Morristown NJ 2020-present
Director of Music for the “Aids Resources for Children” Newark New Jersey 1987-2019
Orchestra Teacher, West Orange public schools 2005-2020
Wolftrap instructor for New Jersey Performing Arts Center Newark NJ 2001-2006
Director of Music Education for the Concordia Orchestra NYC 1990-2002

Teaching at festivals and visiting artist positions
Flying Carpet Children’s Festival, Mardin, Turkey
Foreign Language School Hangzhou, China
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Catskills, NY
Mark O’Connor Fiddle camp Nashville TN
Summer Music Camp Ridgewood, NJ
Alabama Allstate Festival Tuscaloosa, Al
Jazz House Kids Montclair, NJ
Oregon Festival of American Music, Eugene OR
Cabrillo Festival of Music Contemporary Music, Santa Cruz CA
Cascade Music Festival. Bend OR
Waco Children’s Festival. Waco TX

His education includes:

  • Graduate of the B.M.I. Jazz Composers' Workshop, New York City
  • MFA (Music Theory and Composition), Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
  • B. A. (Music Education and Violin), Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ
  • Diploma (Music Composition and Guitar), School of Contemporary Music, Boston