David C.

Springfield, MA


Professional Music Educator and Performer

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Westfield State College, Westfield, MA
Music Education


Westfield State College, Westfield, MA (Music Education)

About David

I graduated from Westfield State College with a degree in Music Education. After graduation, I continued to work at Falcetti Music Studios where I chaired the Percussion Department developing the percussion curriculum as well as expanding the program to include studies in total percussion. While at the studio, I carried a full load of private students and percussion ensembles (approximately 30 hours a week). Teachers were and still are required to enroll students in the New England Music Festival. I consistently led teachers from all studios in percentage of enrolled and festival winners. I was instrumental in the implementation of adding percussion ensembles, multiple percussion and state championship categories. I have adjudicated at this festival for the last six years. Many of my students performed in their respective high school ensembles, went on to colleges for music and/or business degrees and continue to play professionally. Additional duties at the studio included Assistant General Manager, Sales, Marketing, Purchasing and School Department Liason.

I have been a performing percussionist since 1972. My background and performances are varied and have included band leader and sideman for various ethnic ensembles, country, rock, original, theater, classical and currently with the Latin/jazz quintet, S'fere. Among some of my career highlights are receiving the Distinguished Musician’s Certificate presented by the US Marines Youth Foundation and the National Band Association, traveling and performances in the Bahamas and Carnegie Hall.

After leaving Falcetti Music, I worked for The Hartford Insurance Group in various capacities which included telemarketing, consulting, productivity improvement and as an IT Developer. After 25 years of service I retired and currently work as a substitute teacher.

I possess over forty years of experience working with children to achieve academically, musically and athletically. Additionally I have worked with my three sons to achieve and sustain high levels of success from elementary school through their high school and college careers and beyond.
I graduated from Westfield State College with a degree in Music Education. After graduation, I continued to work at Falcetti Music Studios where I chaired the Percussion Department developing the percussion curriculum as well as expanding the program to include studies in total percussion. While at the studio, I carried a full load of private Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Springfield, MA 01118
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
General Music,
Music History,
Music Theory
Grammar, Public Speaking,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

History has become one of my secret passions. Whether it be the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, an HBO special, or simply a good book, it opens up a whole new world of adventure and intrigue that is the true reality show. American history is not always easy to take once we get beyond the sanitized versions that are presented to the general population. But I have learned that American history is a fascinating topic no matter what period is studied.

So are you or your child interested in American History or maybe having problems with the subject in school? Then it is time to get started so that you can get a better understanding of our history.


I grew up playing baseball and continued on into high school. After high school I attended college and concentrated on my major study of music.

Later in life, I coached my oldest and youngest sons on their respective baseball teams.

As a player, my primary position was catcher as were the primary positions of my two boys who played. As a coach, I stressed fundamentals and the enjoyment of the game.


As a Music Major at Westfield State College I studied mallet percussion, snare and traps. I also had private drum set studies. I am adept at various styles of music including country, rock, jazz, classical, theater, religious and ethnic styles.

After my college graduation, I chaired the Percussion Department at Falcetti Music. During my tenure I developed the standard percussion curriculum and expanded the program from only drum set to a full percussion experience, including percussion ensembles. I was also responsible for developing the platform upon which drums and percussion categories were added to the annual ATAM competition (now known as the New England Music Festival which just celebrated its' 50th anniversary). I have also adjudicated at this festival for the last six years.

My accomplishments have allowed me to travel and perform including Carnegie Hall and places such as the Bahamas. Today, I still do some teaching, perform with my Latin/jazz group S’Fere, adjudicate, consult and freelance. As a teacher of private students, I have seen many of these students forge careers in the music profession as educators and performers.

Whatever your personal goals are for music or for the art of drums and percussion, together we can set a curriculum and a path towards the achievement of those goals.

Elementary Math

Math – a basic foundation for almost everything we do in life. This list includes finances, decision making, home improvement projects and even music. If the student does not get the proper foundations built at an early age then frustration and a lack of learning are just around the corner.

Working with your child, I will foster a love for the math skills necessary to succeed in school, on tests and for later on in life. We will work towards building the solid foundation necessary for success in the field of math. All that is left now is for us is to get started on that journey.


Language is how we communicate with one another. Ineffective communication leads to misunderstandings and frustrations. Slang, colloquialisms and contemporary usage all have their place but, to succeed in our global society, proper usage of the English language is a must.

Working together we will learn effective communication skills including verbal and written. We will work to improve overall test scores if necessary. If writing effective essays for college applications or improving interview skills are the objectives, we will focus in on those areas for improvement. Or, if the need is simply for a better understanding of English basics, we will focus our attention on that objective. In order to arrive at the required destination we need to get started. Contact me and let us see how I can help you for success in today’s world.

General Music

Music is the backbone of almost everything that we do, see, hear and experience. It is almost impossible to get away from it but, to me, that is a good thing. I am a Music Education graduate of Westfield State College and have been performing, teaching, consulting and adjudicating since 1973.

As your General Music Educator, I will strive to reinforce the love of music that is inherent in every child. We will build upon that love of music by learning the building blocks of music; explore the history of music and finally, experience the performance aspects of playing musical instruments.

Let’s get started now for a life long musical journey!

Music History

I am a Music Education graduate of Westfield State College. I have gained extensive experience in performance, teaching, consulting and adjudicating since 1972.

It is not enough to perform or be aware of today’s musical environment. We did not get here by accident. There is a history that has been repetitively built upon to get us to the present. As your tutor, we will discover and study all types and styles of music. If the goal is to increase your knowledge of music history, then your journey will be one of great discovery. When we are done, you will have a much fuller appreciation of music. That enjoyment can begin today.

Public Speaking

Public speaking - those two words will strike fear into almost anyone. Why? Simply because people are concerned about what others may think of them - and that really is a valid argument. But public speaking, like any discipline, simply takes practice; practice to overcome one’s fear of standing in front of an audience, to be accepted as a person of interest, to be looked upon as an expert or for a multitude of other reasons that would require one to speak in public.

I have been speaking in public in a variety of forums for over forty years. Whether it has been an informal situation such as speaking to a team or the parents of that team, speaking from the stage as a master of ceremonies or in more formal arenas such as speaking in front of the Springfield City Council; I have experienced the fears, concerns, anticipation and excitement of preparing and speaking in public.

I will work with you to achieve the necessary confidence, to develop poise, learn proper research methods, learn how to present the material to an audience, present yourself professionally and how to finalize an effective presentation. Although it may seem to be a daunting task it really is simply following a process. Once the process is understood, then all you need to do is practice, practice and then practice some more. So when do we get started?


Reading is essential, not only for future success but also for pure enjoyment. When it comes to education and careers, reading will get us information quicker and in a more logical manner. On the other hand there is nothing like opening a book and getting lost in another time or place.

So how will I help your child with their reading? Well, the obvious come to mind – grammar, vocabulary and the English language. To improve one’s reading skills, and, ultimately, the enjoyment of the written word, we will need to tackle the basics. We will need to set a base line from which to work and then determine a process to achieve the required goals. There are a few ways to gather this information but a good starting point will be from the school reports.

So, contact me and let us begin the road to a life time of reading enjoyment!


Not growing up with soccer, I was a relative novice when my oldest and eventually all three of my sons played. Being thrust into this foreign sport necessitated my learning the sport very quickly. This all began in 1986.

Since that time I have attained various USYS and NSCAA coaching licenses, attained my referees license, coached teams in the P & R as well as the PVJSL, managed Olympic Development teams and held the following positions for various local youth organizations: Executive Council Member to the Pioneer Valley Soccer League,
Director of Soccer, Soccer Registrar, Director of Coaching and a Coach for various age groups.

Many of my players, including my three boys, have played at the highest levels of youth soccer (MAPLE, ODP, SuperY, Academy, Region 1, high school) received accolades, traveled nationally and internationally and continued to play into college.

I am a member of the National Soccer Association of America, United States Youth Soccer Association and Massachusetts Youth Soccer.

In the soccer community I have achieved a level of recognition and respect that I never thought possible. I believe that I have earned this status due to my due diligence to learn the game by respecting the game and those that are associated with it as well as my quest to continue to learn the game at the highest levels possible.

Study Skills

Learning how to study for maximum effectiveness is crucial to achieving the desired results. Although a teacher, tutor or parent can provide the necessary tools, it is ultimately the student who will decide what works or doesn't work and find the best process to achieve any of the desired results.

My experience has taught me that consistency is necessary to get the required results: consistency in time spent on a subject, daily studies, environment and the time chosen to study. Once the study time, subjects to be studied and the environment have been determined then I have found the following tasks to help in the overall process. First, limit each subject to 45 minutes of studying; taking a short break between subjects to stretch, take care of nature, grab a quick snack and clear the mind. When studying a particular subject it is also good to do some review first. This keeps older information current and may also aid in learning and retaining newer information. It also helps to shorten study time for a quiz,test or final. Distractions should be kept to a minimum (e.g. TV, cell phones, social networking). This allows the mind to concentrate on the task at hand and help the retention process. And finally, allow time at the end of studying to unwind and get to a state of relaxation before retiring for the night.


Writing is an essential form of communication. Effective writing helps one to get their opinion, idea or story to a larger group of people. It also helps when preparing college applications. There are various styles of writing but they all must have the same bottom line criteria - does it get the point across.

I have many years of personal writing experience as well as reviewing the writings of others. If you are interested in assistance with this skill, contact me and let's have a conversation as to how we can begin a process for success.

Westfield State College, Westfield, MA
Music Education


Westfield State College, Westfield, MA (Music Education)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 40 miles of Springfield, MA 01118.