William “Billy” White
• Classroom Music Teacher,
Hooper Avenue Elementary, LAUSD
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.
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?
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
2003 – Touring keyboardist for Heezbus (Universal France), 2005- Autumn (Columbia), BK Massive ,2 014 – Pablo Ygal (Plug Research/Brainfeeder)
Performed at: Rockwood NYC, Fat Baby, Milk Bar, Hotel Utah, Tupelo
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)
“Bowling Blind (2011) – Jury Prize, Lighthouse Film Festival
Brooks Brothers Summer Collection Website (2012)
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)
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)