TEACHING, MENTORSHIP AND WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE
Dave is not only a seasoned musician, but a committed music educator. As a classroom music teacher at Bigfoot Arts, peripatetic piano teacher at the Globe Academy, central presence on the Southwark Music Hub Musical Futures programme and freelance workshop leader, Dave works across London and the UK at various schools with students aged 4-18. In addition, he also professionally teaches music theory, improvisation to non-keyboard instruments, singing, drum kit and percussion, soundpainting and various types of composition. In 2014, Dave was invited onto the panel of Trinity College London’s Rock and Pop Examinations, leading to work with students across the world in the Maldives, India, Dubai, Italy and the UK. As a leading figure in European music production for jazz and improvised music, Dave has been invited to speak and present on industry panels at Jazzahead! (Bremen), Jazzpreis Ruhr (Dortmund), London Jazz Festival, Jazz Futures @ 12 Points Festival (Dublin) and as a 12 Points Festival Ambassador, Dave has attended this festival for young European artists as a delegate in Porto, Dublin and Umea.
As a workshop leader or panelist, Dave can offer advice on special event start-up and production, running successful PR campaigns, building and maintaining partnerships, writing public grant funding applications, portfolio building and festival management. Additionally, WSP can lead group-style seminars and panels on engaging audiences, exploring new methods of performance, professional musicianship, and tour management.
Past workshops have been delivered in London (The Vortex, Rich Mix, The Latymer School, Grand Union Youth Orchestra), Basingstoke (Anvil Arts Centre), York (The University of York), Oxford (Magdalen College School), St. Germain de Calberte Festival (France) and Oslo (as part of the 2013 Match&Fuse festival). Other schools include: Hackney New School, Mossbourne Academy, Skinners Academy, Steinerskole (Oslo, Norway), MaTeMù - Centro Di Aggregazione Giovanile del CIES (Rome, Italy), Kingsdale (Dulwich)
“It has been an eye-opening experience for students that were on the whole classically trained - we’re delighted with the outcome and that we’ve had the chance to bring Match&Fuse to the next generation of musicians.”
Jon Cullen, Director of Music, Magdalen College School, Oxford
“WSP and Norwegian 'match and fuse' band SynKoke…[delivered] three practical workshop sessions…the bands' music came as a breath of fresh air….The references to composers such as Zappa, Ligeti and Part were useful, and the way in which the players spoke about their own music, as well as encouraging contributions from our students, showed a sensitivity to the context in which the sessions were taking place. The fact that most of our students, though in many cases quite experienced performers and eclectic musical listeners, had never heard anything quite like what the bands performed at Latymer, lent the day a sense of adventure and musical liberation. It was well worth organising and I would recommend something similar to other schools if the opportunity arose.”
Dr Jim Harrison, Head of Music, The Latymer School (Edmonton, London)
“My students really enjoyed the match and fuse rehearsals and concert. For most it was their first on that scale and such a prominent stage. They all felt the pace of the sessions was great and we had lovely feedback from their families. The organisation was simple and effective and all students felt comfortable yet challenged. I look forward to working together
James Ramsay, Music teacher, Stoke Newington School, London