When an 8th grade student at Sheridan Junior High School was asked what she thought of Dave’s recent classroom performance she excitedly replied,
I could see the characters inside the songs that he sang. He really helped me to learn a history lesson with music!
Dave is a natural teacher.
He was a highly awarded professional educator for part of his life, receiving the Jack Elbogen Award for Meritorious Teaching, the Toyota Tapestry Grant for innovative methodology, several University of Wyoming grants that he used to place his students into natural resource stakeholder positions, as well as a Wyoming Department of Education grant that supported him in creating a Freshman Academy Transition Program that he used to develop a novel approach at reaching at risk students.
Dave now focuses his communication skills on connecting with audiences, whether they be large or small, young or old, rural or urban.
In educational settings he believes that inviting students inside history, rather than merely telling them about it, motivates them and changes the way in which they think. His live shows capitalize on his talents as a songwriter, storyteller, and educator as he shows students how to look at a history lesson from the inside out. Using the learning modules that he creates, he narratively and musically encapsulates people, times, and places in bringing to life a kind of history with which students can identify. As they become an intrinsic part of the subject that they are studying, he helps learners develop stories, lyrics, and songs that bring out the human side of key historical events.
Imagine using a history lesson as an emotional release for students and you will have an idea of Dave’s effectiveness in the educational arena.
Dave’s enthusiasm for extracting gold from the long worked mines of history books sets his educational performances apart on many levels.
Some of his themes include “Western Expansion: Where the Story Meets The Song”, “Inside the Civil War”, and “High Profile Figures of the West”.
L.G., Student, Sheridan School District #2, Sheridan, WY
A.K., Student, Hot Springs School District #1, Thermopolis, WY
Amanda Haderlie, Star Valley Jr. Music Festival, Thayne, WY
Angela Aitken, Star Valley Jr. Music Festival Chairman
Abby Johnson, Wyo Poets Association
Lisa Shaw – Assistant Director Black Hills Natural Resources Youth Camp
You will soon find Dave’s one of a kind educational songs available through his interactive online courses
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