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Dave H.

Concord, CA

$40/hr

Writer, Musician, Poet, and Journalist

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BA San Francisco State University (SFSU)
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MA San Francisco State University (2013)
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Education

BA

BA San Francisco State University (SFSU) (Enrolled)

MA San Francisco State University (2013) (Enrolled)

About Dave

Dave, born in Toronto, Canada, received his music education at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He began putting his poems to music and this led to his migration to California to seek recognition as a songwriter. He played with several music acts in the Bay Area in the 1970s/1980s and composed scores for the theater. Following the muse of poetry and fiction writing, he went to San Francisco State University and earned Creative Writing (English) degrees (B.A. Summa Cum Laude,‘93, M.A. 1995). He is published in several poetry journals, won a Thomas Merton Foundation’s Poetry of the Sacred prize, and was featured in the 9th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival, 2011. He is included in an anthology of Bay Area poets, My Dreaming Waking Life (2009).

Though mainly of English/Irish ancestry, he is also descended from a great story telling family, the Debassiges of West Bay First Nation Ojibwe, notable on Manitoulin Island (Ontario) for preserving the history of their Ojibwe leaders, elders, and warriors for over 300 years. He tells the story in his book, Voyages to Ancestral Islands, which was awarded a Cultural/Literary award by Embassy International in San Francisco (September 2013). He is currently working on an American Indian history about the times before European contact and the changes that happened at first contact.
Dave, born in Toronto, Canada, received his music education at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He began putting his poems to music and this led to his migration to California to seek recognition as a songwriter. He played with several music acts in the Bay Area in the 1970s/1980s and Read more

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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Concord, CA 94521
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Professional yet personable"

- Jennie, Danville, CA on 7/8/15

"Very patient and knowledgeable!"

- Maila, Concord, CA on 1/5/15

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Cheryl, Lafayette, CA on 6/26/14

"Great Tutor"

- Silvia, Pittsburg, CA on 6/24/14
English:
Bible Studies, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History,
European History, Music History, Religion,
Social Studies, World History
Music:
Music History, Music Theory, Piano,
Songwriting
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English,
ESL/ESOL, Piano,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading,
Public Speaking

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American History

I currently have a work in progress, a new perspective on American Indian history and Spiritual Traditions.

English

I frequently perform my poetry in public at SF Bay Area schools, elder homes, and cafe/restaurant poet readings. I also served my previous employer, Wells Fargo Bank, by giving speeches to employees about community service opportunities. As a result I have acquired good public speaking skills.

Piano

I studied Piano and Theory at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto Ontario Canada, and before that took examinations in their method up to Grade 10 Piano. I have taught Piano in private practice in Santa Rosa CA. Also currently perform in clubs and concert settings as a pianist for singer Chappell Holt.

Proofreading

I have been a member of a poets workshop, who self-published our anthology, for over seven years. We critique and proofread each others work at our monthly meetings.

Public Speaking

I first gained a lot of public speaking experience at my previous employer Wells Fargo bank (I'm now retired). I was involved in their diversity program and won a Diversity Champion award in 2008. Thus I regularly spoke to our various departments (Payroll, Marketing, Retail) about service opportunities available in the community to volunteer and otherwise help local native peoples institutions, and encourage attendance at their events. I gave financial workshops to young entrepreneurs using Wells Fargo's Hands on Banking program. Presently, I am called upon to give talks in Native American history and culture for Gifts for the Imagination Salon held at Cafe Arrivederci, San Rafael CA; and Jannie Dresser's Poetry salons sponsored by her Sugartown Publishing company (references available upon request). I am a performing poet reading at various poetry events and clubs around the Bay Area and have won local prizes (2 Maggie H. Meyer awards) for my work.

Reading

Daniel Brady, poetry host at Sacred Grounds Café, San Francisco's longest poetry reading venue, commented that I, "presented a very good set of poems. He gave us a great feature, bringing in history, magic and life. [He has] a powerful voice and good perspective."

Religion

I studied Comparative Religion at the college level, though my degrees are in English. I have studied several sections of the Bible closely over many years. I have also read classics like the Dhammapada (Buddhism), The Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism), the Gospel of Thomas, the Book of Enoch, Chinese Daoist Chuang Tzu, and read the Tao Te Ching several times through. I have used this background to write for an online publication where there are about 40 columns I have authored about many topics in religion and interfaith, including also Native American spirituality, Sikhism, Judaism, etc. I have also taught classes in world religions at St. Michael's Episcopal Church and Unity Church.

Writing

I have an essay that will be published in the upcoming issue of Raven Chronicles, Seattle, WA.

BA
BA San Francisco State University (SFSU)
Enrolled
MA San Francisco State University (2013)
Enrolled

Education

BA

BA San Francisco State University (SFSU) (Enrolled)

MA San Francisco State University (2013) (Enrolled)

Professional yet personable — Our kids look forward to their lessons with Mr. Dave. He makes learning fun. One of the best tutors we've had in a long time. ...

— Jennie, Danville, CA on 7/8/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Dave will travel within 20 miles of Concord, CA 94521.

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