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William “Billy” White




Work History

   Classroom Music Teacher,

Hooper Avenue Elementary, LAUSD

(Sep.-Dec. 2018)


         Designed and implemented curriculum centered around culturally important Latin music

 to serve the needs of a predominantly Latino community in South Central LA as full-time

 classroom music teacher to grades 3-5.


   Piano Teacher, KC & Friends

       (Oct 2015-Jun 2016)


Taught weekly in-home lessons to 21 students.  Developed curricula as well as implemented proprietary

 curriculum, prepared students for annual performance. 


   Classroom Teacher (2009-2012) - Mindbuilders Arts Center, Bronx, New York


Taught weekly keyboard proficiency/music theory classes to groups of up to six.  Coordinated bi-annual performances, composed for and accompanied most groups.   



   Private Piano Teacher  - Freelance, (2001-present)


Taught private piano lessons to a roster of about 11 students aged 3 – 67 years, some for more than 6 years, sometimes whole families including special needs  Almost all accepted as beginners,  now capable of reading and composing music.   Some have gone on to enter prestigious music programs.


   Accompanist   -Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY (2009, 2011,2013)


Accompanied tri-weekly classes for both Martha Graham and Ballet techniques for beginning and intermediate dance majors. 


   Minister of Music –  New Journey Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY.



     Led worship music for  20-30 member gospel Church in Bed-Stuy. Brooklyn. Coordinated repertoire, hired musicians, played piano and organ, sang, and handled sound and technical issues. 


Formal Education/Awards/Scholarships

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Dates attended: 2000-2005 (absent 2004)

Degree attained: B.A., Ethnomusicology


Awards & Scholarships

   Education Through Music Fellowship/Mentorship teacher training (2009)

   UCLA Gluck Fellowship (Music Education Outreach, led Q&A/concerts around Los Angeles) (2005)

   Martin Feldman Award (piano) (2000-2005)

   David A. Abell Jazz Award (piano) (2000-2005)

   Duke Ellington Jazz Award (piano) (2000-2005)

   CMEA Command performance (1996-2000)


Languages, Interests and Skills

Languages: French, basic Spanish, minimal Hebrew & Japanese. 

Instruments: Piano, Organ, Voice, Drums, trombone, guitar. Bass

Skills: Composition, Arranging, Group leader, Music Production, Sound Engineering

Software: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Reason, Sibelius. 

Hardware: Can assemble PC from scratch, troubleshoot network/plugin/compatibility issues

Coding: Ruby on Rails, Python, Java

Academic: Music History, Music Pedagogy, Neuroscience, Ethnomusicology, Literature


Websites & Links

Jazz Piano Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77WIyC70ck8&list=PLbrmuZXBVD9VYDYlacL8nYE-WlSVtH4ly Music Direction Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvRdosfPPOw&t=900s






2001-present: Jazz Pianist


Performed with: Paula West, Irwin Mayfield, Herlin Riley, Linda Oh, Essiet Essiet, Maiysha Kai, (Grammy nominee) Marcus Shelby, Dayna Stephens (Grammy winner)


Performed original music/lead group: Minton’s, Fat Cat NYC, Garage, Smalls’, Pearl’s, B2, Red Poppy


Released “First Things First” (Porto  Franco Records) (2012) : *** review in Down Beat Magazine


2008-2019 keyboardist/producer


2003 – Touring keyboardist for Heezbus (Universal France), 2005- Autumn (Columbia), BK Massive ,2 014 – Pablo Ygal (Plug Research/Brainfeeder)


2013-2016 Singer-Songwriter

Performed at: Rockwood NYC, Fat Baby, Milk Bar, Hotel Utah, Tupelo


Co-writer credits:

Bret Purchir (Girls Generation)

Jess Domain (Pokemon)

Bridget Barkan (Scissor Sisters)


Keyboardist/Pianist Recording Credits:

“Speakin Nuyorican” – Captain Planet (Bastard Jazz)

“Light up the Darkness” – Teeko

“English Heart” – Ronnie Spector (Eusonia 2016)


Movie Scores:

“Bowling Blind (2011) – Jury Prize, Lighthouse Film Festival


Commercial Scores:

Brooks Brothers Summer Collection Website (2012)


Musical Theater:

Co-Composed “Finding Harlem Dawn” with Ano Okera (Rent)




CMEA Command Performance (1996-2000)

                   Duke Ellington Award (2001-2005)

               David Abell Jazz Piano Scholarship (2001-2005)

               Martin Feldman Award (2001-2005)

Honorarium – New Journey Baptist Church (Music Minister)


Album Production:

Fannie’s Oyster Bar, Ramanan Rhagavendran (Blues) (Recorded Bird & Egg studios 2015)

Steven Lamar Moore Film Score Portfolio (Jazz) (Bird & Egg Studios 2016)

Strange Destiny, Ramanan Rhagavendran (Megasonic Sound 2017)


Performance of "Billie Jean" by students at Mindbuilders Arts Center, Bronx, NY, 2009.  Arranged/conducted by Billy White.