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Durward M.

Wilson, NC

$45/hour

Professional Singer/Conductor w/strong English Bckgrd.

In-person lessons

$45/Hour


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University of Florida (Music Voice)

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About Durward

Hi! I'm a singer, conductor, and educator. I have taught voice and directed choruses at the college level; I spent a decade in New York City as a professional singer; and I have many years of experience as a singer and conductor in colleges, churches, and at the community level.

I love teaching students who are eager to learn! Helping others learn and grow because of that added knowledge is immensely satisfying to me (and to any true teacher/ tutor). I make every effort to gear my teaching to the student whenever possible. I still maintain contact with many of my former students, and I celebrate their successes with them; knowing that they are having success, and that I have helped them achieve success, is a vital part of my personal happiness.

I was a state winner of the National Council of Teachers of English writing contest in high school; following that, I was an English major at Emory University for two years (until I realized that my only real love was music). During my decade in NYC as a singer, I also worked as a proofreader/copy editor for Dell Books, in addition to work in business and legal proofreading.

As a singer and as a conductor, I have done much public speaking: introducing selections on a concert, speaking in front of various audiences to promote one group or another, and serving as a host for concerts and other public functions in which I was otherwise not involved. In addition, I have a strong background in theater: I have performed off-Broadway and on tour with noted actors. I am an operatic lyric tenor, and my experience with stagecraft has given me poise and confidence in virtually any public speaking situation.

I hold two degrees in music (my Master's is in voice performance with a minor in voice pedagogy) with additional coursework toward a doctorate in choral conducting. Music history is the essential foundation for any classical musician; a performer must understand the context in which music was written in order to understand fully what s/he must bring to its performance. Anything less is unfair to the listener, the composer, colleagues, and oneself. Music history coursework at the graduate level is extensive, to say the least.

Additionally, my background in music ranges from lyric rock and country/folk music to jazz and pop: In 2013 I presented a concert entitled "Sinatra and Company: Love Songs of the Greatest Generation," featuring popular music from the 1920s through the mid-1960s.

I was born to teach; If you want it, and if you're willing to put in the time and effort, I'll help you get it! Feel free to contact me for further information. Peace and joy!
Hi! I'm a singer, conductor, and educator. I have taught voice and directed choruses at the college level; I spent a decade in New York City as a professional singer; and I have many years of experience as a singer and conductor in colleges, churches, and at the community level.

I love teaching students who are eager to learn! Helping
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Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Wilson, NC 27893
In-person lessons
Music:
Music History, Voice (Music)
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking
History:
Music History
Elementary Education:
Grammar
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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University of Florida
Music Voice
University of Texas
Master's
University of South Florida
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Florida (Music Voice)

University of Texas (Master's)

University of South Florida (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Durward will travel within 40 miles of Wilson, NC 27893.