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Dave H.

Writer, Musician, Poet, and Journalist

Writer, Musician, Poet, and Journalist

$40/hour

  • 659 hours tutoring

  • Concord, CA 94521

About Dave


Bio

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)....

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 two anthologies of Bay Area poets, My Dreaming Waking Life (2009), and Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry From California (2015).

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.


Education

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

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Rate details: My cancellation fee if a lesson is missed without 24 hours notice is half the lesson amount, for example, $20 cancel fee for a $40 lesson.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Concord, CA 94521
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/6/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking

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.

Corporate Training

Proofreading,

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,

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.
ESL/ESOL, Grammar

Elementary Education

Reading,

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."
Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I frequently perform my poetry (and music) 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.
Proofreading,

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,

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,

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."
Writing,

Writing

Dave's poetry has been published in several journals, and won prizes in the Thomas Merton’s Poetry of the Sacred contest, the Maggie Meyer Memorial Contest, the Dancing Poets, and Ina Coolbrith contests. His essay was published in Raven Chronicles (Seattle). His book, which tells the story of reuniting with his Anishinaabe Ojibwe ancestors, won a Cultural Literary Award from Artists Embassy International (San Francisco). He was included in three anthologies, including Descansos, Words from the Wayside, where his work received a Pushcart Prize nomination.
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary

History

American History,

American History

I currently have a work in progress, a new perspective on American Indian history and Spiritual Traditions. One chapter from it was published as an essay in Raven Chronicles, Seattle WA.
Religion,

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.
World History

World History

I have tutored World History for over a year. My interest in it began with specializing in American Indian history about which I have written several columns for examiner.com. I am researching and writing a book about the relationships and interactions between indigenous American Indian populations and colonialists coming to the continent from Europe, Spain, France and England.

Homeschool

English,

English

I frequently perform my poetry (and music) 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,

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 playing for Unity Center, Walnut Creek, church services, and performing in clubs and concert settings as pianist for singers Camille Larrea and Chappell Holt.
Reading,

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."
Writing,

Writing

Dave's poetry has been published in several journals, and won prizes in the Thomas Merton’s Poetry of the Sacred contest, the Maggie Meyer Memorial Contest, the Dancing Poets, and Ina Coolbrith contests. His essay was published in Raven Chronicles (Seattle). His book, which tells the story of reuniting with his Anishinaabe Ojibwe ancestors, won a Cultural Literary Award from Artists Embassy International (San Francisco). He was included in three anthologies, including Descansos, Words from the Wayside, where his work received a Pushcart Prize nomination.
ESL/ESOL, SAT Reading, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL

Most Popular

English,

English

I frequently perform my poetry (and music) 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,

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 playing for Unity Center, Walnut Creek, church services, and performing in clubs and concert settings as pianist for singers Camille Larrea and Chappell Holt.
Reading,

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."
Writing,

Writing

Dave's poetry has been published in several journals, and won prizes in the Thomas Merton’s Poetry of the Sacred contest, the Maggie Meyer Memorial Contest, the Dancing Poets, and Ina Coolbrith contests. His essay was published in Raven Chronicles (Seattle). His book, which tells the story of reuniting with his Anishinaabe Ojibwe ancestors, won a Cultural Literary Award from Artists Embassy International (San Francisco). He was included in three anthologies, including Descansos, Words from the Wayside, where his work received a Pushcart Prize nomination.
ESL/ESOL

Music

Music Theory,

Music Theory

During my years as a classical music student at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, I took several music theory classes and exams. I've successfully used this knowledge in my later experiences as a jazz/pop performer and composer. I currently teach music theory using "Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory" (Alfred Publication).
Piano

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 playing for Unity Center, Walnut Creek, church services, and performing in clubs and concert settings as pianist for singers Camille Larrea and Chappell Holt.

Other

Religion,

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.
ESL/ESOL

Summer

Piano,

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 playing for Unity Center, Walnut Creek, church services, and performing in clubs and concert settings as pianist for singers Camille Larrea and Chappell Holt.
Reading,

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."
Writing,

Writing

Dave's poetry has been published in several journals, and won prizes in the Thomas Merton’s Poetry of the Sacred contest, the Maggie Meyer Memorial Contest, the Dancing Poets, and Ina Coolbrith contests. His essay was published in Raven Chronicles (Seattle). His book, which tells the story of reuniting with his Anishinaabe Ojibwe ancestors, won a Cultural Literary Award from Artists Embassy International (San Francisco). He was included in three anthologies, including Descansos, Words from the Wayside, where his work received a Pushcart Prize nomination.
ESL/ESOL

Test Preparation

ASVAB, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews

Dave is a knowledgeable teacher and kind listener.

I saw Dave for a public speaking evaluation for a celebrant school I am currently enrolled in. I've never done any public speaking. He was very helpful and provided great insight to improve my style.

Kimberly, 1 lesson with Dave

Very helpful tutor

Dave made the information very accessible. He is very patient. Great first lesson. Got a better understanding of the bass clef, and how to visualize chords.

Yan Yan, 11 lessons with Dave

The most reliable tutor ever!!

I'm trying to find an English tutor someone professional and responsible. You know, it's not an easy thing, and I've experienced changing tutors. However, finally, I met Dave! He has a right educational solution and heartful concern about my child. Every time I got a tutoring, he reported me about tutoring; what they did do, talk, homework, and next session plan too!! It's a wonderful time to having a tutoring with Dave!!

Jinuk, 36 lessons with Dave

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, 78 lessons with Dave

Very patient and knowledgeable!

Dave tutors my 12 year old son in English and Literature. Surprisingly with an added bonus, Dave also is very knowledgeable in History, Religion, and Piano! He is patient, kind, intelligent, and very thorough. After every lesson, Dave has written me very detailed account of how the lesson went, as well as suggestions on how my son can improve. My son likes to be challenged and has a tendency to get bored and disinterested if a tutor is too lenient or too easy to please. Dave seems to have a genuine interest in helping my son, as well as being very flexible. I feel very fortunate in finding him through WyzAnt. Thank you!

Maila, 239 lessons with Dave

Fantastic Tutor!

I cannot believe how lucky I am to have found Dave to be my piano teacher. He is the absolute best. My lessons with him are getting better all the time!! He makes learning so much fun with his confidence in me and his willingness to have me succeed. Thank you for your neverending patience! I will be signing up for another package with Dave! Thank you so much!

Cheryl, 10 lessons with Dave

Great Tutor

Dave is extremely knowledgeable. Gives great feedback on my progress. Corrects me where I need the attention. I am satisfied with my decision to take up private lessons. These lessons have brought me to a level where I will be able to keep up with instruction once my class at DVC begins in August.

Silvia, 10 lessons with Dave
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