Eugene Cantera (B.M. ‘81) studied music education at Hartt from 1977 to 1981. He is currently living in Carrollton, Texas.
What have you been up to since you graduated from Hartt?
I worked at the Hartt Community Division for over 10 years beginning shortly after I graduated. I've always enjoyed one-on-one teaching and performing and managed to stay busy doing both in and around Hartford through the early 90’s.
What are you involved with right now?
Around 1993, we were in Dallas visiting friends from Connecticut when I was fortunate enough to see a sign for the Dallas School of Music and popped in. I had no idea that they had only recently opened their doors so I jokingly said to my now boss “If I relocate here will you give me a gig?” He said “yes” but little did he know that I would show up just a few weeks later ready to work. lol. I became a Partner just a few years later.
DSM is a private community music school in north Dallas. Our youngest students are 3 or 4 and our oldest are in their 80’s - and sometimes they come one after the other! It’s a wonderful challenge that keeps things interesting and keeps one's teaching chops sharp! We are also publishers of online music learning materials (dlpmusicbooks.com) that are used all over the world, and part of my days are spent creating content and heading up the social media aspect of those related blogs and sites.
I recently returned from an artist in residency at a private school in Adelaide, Australia. The trip was incredible and came about almost entirely because of the work we've been doing online over the past 10 to 12 years. I wrote about how the trip came to be, what it took to plan, and how it all turned out on Tumblr - the account it’s far too long but if anyone is interested, here is the link:
What is one of your most memorable things about your time at Hartt?