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Who's Who: David Chidsey

Name: David Chidsey

Position & school(s): Guitar and Classroom Music at Monticello High. I also direct (Chamber) Emerging Ensembles, teach Music History and advise the Music Honor Society.

How long have you been teaching? This is my ninth year in Monticello. Previously I taught at the college level and have taught private lessons for over 18 years.

Where did you go to college? What degrees do you hold? I came to Monticello from New York City where I completed an MA and EdM degree in Music Ed at Teachers College, Columbia University and received my NY state professional teaching certification. I am also a professional classical guitarist, having received an MM in classical guitar from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I went to the Lawrence Conservatory of Music for my BM degree in performance.

Any awards/accomplishments? Any claims to fame? I lived in Vienna, Austria and toured Europe. I have performed in Europe and Canada and have won a few prizes in some major competitions. I've studied classical guitar with Sharon Isbin and Javier Calderon and Jazz Improvisation with Les Thimmig.

What's your favorite part of the job? Working with music, and seeing students exceed expectations.

Why did you become a music teacher? I love music and I enjoy helping people overcome obstacles.

In your opinion, why do you think music education is important? Music, and all of the arts, are essential in providing society with an outlet for expressing ideas and critically thinking.

Who is your favorite musician? Julian Bream (classical guitar), AC Jobim (Jazz), Joe Satriani (Rock guitar), Phish (Jam Band)

What are your hobbies? Yoga and meditation, outdoors and traveling.

What advice would you offer to an aspiring musician? Find an interesting or unusual way to get through the difficult moments of practice and study. The work will never seem like work.

Anything else you'd like to add? Feel free to find sound clips and video lessons at my website