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Dave Tolley

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Heriot Bay
Languages: English

Percussion has been Dave's passion for almost 20 years. He has performed all over the world and appreciates the benefit of music in all of our lives. Teaching music in schools develops creativity, discipline, "out of the box" problem solving and teamwork. In these workshops, Dave creates a fun and inclusive environment for students of all ages to explore music and creativity through drums, percussion, recyclable objects and even iPhones.


Testimonials

Dave runs drumming camps during the summer and is always trying to find innovative ways to build up the musical capacity of our community. He has demonstrated a very high level of professional artistry when it comes to his skill and the performances he gives on a regular basis. Stephen Petrucci, Assistant Superintendent, Peace River North
Dave creates a learning environment where students feel safe to explore music and take risks to express themselves. He is extremely encouraging and helps to increase student engagement and output. I have been astounded with the quality of work students produce with David's support. Joe Brooks, Educator, Bert Bowes School
I can only say you were one of the best guest speakers/presenters we ever had at Hillside. You made every kid feel included in all your activities and kept them engaged the whole time. Not many people can do that on a regular basis. I loved how you used recycled materials and made an environmental message out of your music. Brett Wilcox, Hillside Outdoor Education School

Project Examples

Rhythm and Sound


This interactive performance shows what can be achieved with musical ideas, a cajon, a wavedrum (synthesizer), loop pedal, and an iPhone. The presentation is designed to ignite a spark in the students. To give them ideas and inspiration to create music on their own using whatever they find that inspires them. Throughout the performance, students will have the opportunity to play on the instruments and try their own ideas. Most important, this is about expression and creativity. There are no wrong notes and no bad ideas!

Locking in Rhythm


In this class I work specifically with music classes to focus on building their connection as a band. There is no reason why the whole band cannot explore percussion concepts that normally only the drummers learn. Rhythm is necessary for each instrument. By using a variety of rhythms, rudiments, and whatever drums are available in the class, everyone gains a greater understanding of what it takes to lock in as a band. There is also an option to focus specifically on the percussion section: on technique, groove, independence etc.

Music in The Trash


In this project the class uses objects from their trash/recycling bins to create music. We sometimes underestimate what kind of sounds we can make from stuff lying around the house. It might be a water bottle, a plastic tub, or even a set of keys. While playing with all of these sounds students learn about rhythms, musical collaboration, and listening/hearing. At the end students participate in a concert for the others in the class to perform each of their uniques pieces.

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