Writer, Musician, Poet, and Journalist
Writer, Musician, Poet, and Journalist
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.
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
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
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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