“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ― Robert Frost

Derek (D.V.S*) has been a professional educator for over 10 years. While many busy artists hide their tips and tricks in fear of being copied and/or surpassed, Derek offers up his toolbox on a regular basis.

Derek teaches workshop while on the tour, via skype, and to groups and individuals in the Austin, TX area.
Areas of focus include:
Ableton/ Music Production/ Composition
Strings with Frets ((guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo, and ukelele)
Music Theory
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Notable experiences:
In June of 2015, Derek held a 3 day Ableton/ music production workshop at Chapel of sacred mirrors in Upstate, NY.

In late 2012 and early 2013, Derek was a guest clinician at several Ableton 9 launch parties (L.A., N.Y.C., Atlanta, Chicago, and Miami) where he performed and discussed his methods of using Ableton with live instrumentation.

He has taught as an adjunct teacher at the University of Colorado and Naropa University. Areas of focus included guitar, mandolin, music production, theory/ composition, banjo, classical guitar ensemble, and electric bass.

Derek holds a B.S. in Music Production from Middle Tennessee State University, and and B.M. in Classical Guitar from the University of Colorado.

Below is a video of D.V.S* presenting at the 2013 Ableton 9 Premiere Event in New York City. The presentation is at 21 minutes.

Also, check out the D.V.S* Push freestyle video that was featured on earlier this year.
Check the post here.