Dave Ricco, Guitar

Scholarly musician, private teacher, performer, producer, and tutor with the ability to simplify concepts, develop goal-achieving strategies, and assist students in both their academic as well as personal pursuits. Hard-working and diligent. Friendly approach that gives students ease. Social network saavy and personable.


Music Tutor, NJCU MDT Department
Jersey City, NJ — 2012-2014

Tutors undergraduate students with Music theory classes such as Harmony I-IV, Ear Training I-IV, and Keyboard Methods I-IV. Concepts and exercises include melodic dictation, sight-singing, four-part writing and analyzation, and chord building.

Shadow/Assistant, Cannon Found Soundation
Union City, NJ — Summer/Fall 2013

Assisted in preparing drum kits and microphones. Offered helping hands towards other miscellaneous tasks. Shadowed 60+ hours of professional level recording sessions. Continually receiving mentorship and guidance by Producer Jesse Cannon

Performer/Arranger, Bees & Butterflies Performing Arts Inc.
New York City, NY - 2012-2013

Performs on piano, guitar, and drums for rehearsals, recitals, and concerts. Assists in arranging original music that is performed by children and adults.

Pit Bassist, OneDreamProductionsLLC
RIdgewood/Fairlawn, NJ - 2011

Performed in two shows by newcomer production company OneDreamProductions. The first show was a cabaret featuring songs from multiple hit broadway shows. The second show was a production of Rent, featuring the original songs and score from the smash hit.

Pit Bassist - BergenPAC (Beyond Education)
Englewood, NJ — Summer 2012

Performed on bass for Beyond Education production of Children of Eden. Received sheet music and rehearsed show during tech week

Band Guitarist - Live it, Breathe it Music festival
Kean University - Union, NJ — Spring 2013

Performed electric guitar for numerous R&B artists including Steve Lowell, Ari Lennox, and Luke James. Read sheet music, listened to demo tracks as reference, and perfected songs during tech week.


New Jersey City University
B.A. in Music w/no specialization — 2010-2014

Studied classical guitar and composition privately for four years as a music undergraduate. Maintained GPA of 3.3 or higher while on full scholarship.

Bergenfield High School

Graduated at top 5% of class (4.4 GPA). National Honors Society Member, Tri-M Music Honors society member.


- Plays Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar, Saxophone, and Piano at advanced proficiency
- Quick learner and highly motivated
- Has 10 years of experience songwriting and playing on many instruments in different styles.
- Utilizes multimedia skills such as video production, audio production, and social network literacy through independent profitable projects.
- Proficient in programs Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Microsoft Office.
- Clear, articulate, and insightful
- Hardworker and Jack-of-all-trades


Kathy Moore - SACC Supervisor - 201-245-0055
Dr. Min Kim - MDT Chairman, NJCU - 201-200-2025
Peter Ejeh (NJCU FLEX Team Graduate Assistant) – 201-344-2949
Jesse Cannon - Producer - 973-441-6354
Teresa Bastien - Supervisor, Bees and Butterflies Inc. - 646-474-5767

Let's create music together

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