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Manchester community college (Music Studies, A.A.)
Born in Manhattan NY and raised in Puerto Rico, Hector (Tito) demonstrated passion for music at age 12. He started playing drums and later the guitar at age 15. After mastering these instruments he was an active musician at his local church where he also started singing and learned how to play bass guitar.
At the age of 18 he moved to Connecticut where he continued studying the guitar. In 1999 he joined a Christian rock band called "Three to One" as the bassist of the band and toured all of New England. Later in year 2000, the band recorded their first indie label album in Nashville, TN.
Touring a successful album release, the band unfortunately breaks up in 2002. In 2003 he decides to take his experiences and talents to a higher level and enrolled at The Hartford Conservatory of Music after receiving a scholarship, and studied with Brazilian jazz guitarist Joe Carter. He decides later he wanted a classical background, so decides to study with Dave Giardina in year 2005. He went back to jazz guitar with Jim Martin and Dave Dana at the end of his college years. He also studied piano with Walter Gwardyak to fulfill program and teaching requirements. He earned a diploma in Music Pedagogy in 2007 and Recording Arts in 2009.
While still in school, he interned and taught for National Music Workshop as a guitar and bass instructor and later joined the Hartford Conservatory community faculty staff. He also was an active musician and the director of music at his church at that time. He also taught at the Classical Magnet School in Hartford.
He helped form and worked with a Latin jazz band in 2011 called Sonido Libre. One of his greatest pride is watching one of his student develop and progress who also plays in his band.
Music has gotten to be part of Rivera's life, he says, "It's not the music itself, it's what you perceive through it!.”He is driven by this thought as he continues to study the guitar and other instruments. He also composes and arranges his music.
He is most influenced by Latin jazz, although in his playing and techniques he incorporates all styles of music, including rock and blues. He is currently working on an album, which will reflect all his years of learning, influences and experiences. With this album, he wants to continue spreading the joy and energy of his passion for music.
He currently works with churches in the community teaching, directing and doing sound engineering. He also networks with other respected musicians around the Hartford County.
His influences are: Carlos Santana, Pat Metheny, Sergio Vallin (guitarist from Maná), Maná, The Edge (U2), The police, Eric Clapton, The Cranberries, Counting Crows, Petra, Guardian, Juan Luis Guerra, Joe Carter, Eric Johnson, Fania All stars.
He teaches with passion passing along his years of experience. He loves to see someone that starts with a dream and finish with an achievement. He says, "everyone learns differently, therefore there has to be a different approach to those who need it."
Born in Manhattan NY and raised in Puerto Rico, Hector (Tito) demonstrated passion for music at age 12. He started playing drums and later the guitar at age 15. After mastering
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Speaking in public is one of the most feared task anyone can have. As a graduate in Music Performance, one of the courses in my curriculum was Public Speaking. The experience I have acquired performing as a musician since 1992 and speaking in church settings, along with the tools and techniques I have learned in college has given me the self confidence needed when presenting myself on stage. My positive view and experience in stage presence will help those needing an extra help in the area of public speaking.
I have been dancing socially since 2010. My influence with salsa music goes back since my childhood, as well as other Caribbean music. I have taken salsa lessons "on 1" and on "on 2" with well known instructors such as Eddie Torres in Manhattan-NY, Jimmy Anton, Studio Rumberos in New Haven-CT, Nestor Garcia in Springfield-Ma, and Mike Santiago in East Hartford, CT. I have assisted many Salsa Congresses such as in Puerto Rico, Miami, New York and Connecticut. As a result, I tutor students striving to become better dancers, not only to dance, but to feel and understand the music and the connection that exist in between.