Dwayne Livingstone is an experienced musician, educator and performer with over 15 years of experience in the field. He started playing guitar at the age of five when his dad who also played the guitar taught him some basic chords and progressions.
Immediately after leaving High School, Dwayne left his hometown in St. Ann, Jamaica for Kingston to study at the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts (Jamaica School of Music). He was enrolled in the Caribbean, Latin and American Jazz Studies program with his principal instrument being the electric bass. There, under the tutelage of Jamaican/Canadian jazz guitarist Maurice Gordon, he developed very good bass technique and dexterity.
In 2002, Dwayne graduated as one of Jamaica’s finest bass players from the School of Music. He played and toured both locally and internationally, with Jamaican names such as Maurice Gordon (Maurice Gordon’s Jazz Trio & Quartet), Dennis Rushton & Friends, The Sonny Bradshaw Big Band, Gospel Dancehall artiste Chevelle Franklin and dub poet Mutabaruka to name a few.
In January of 2004, Dwayne started a job as the music teacher at the Brown’s Town High School in St. Ann, Jamaica. There he was the music teacher for 1st-5th form students. It was during his tenure at this institution that Dwayne fell in love with teaching, his reward being the joy of realization that was visible in the eyes of the students upon something new being taught to them. While there he trained guitarists, keyboard players, bass players, drummers and singers to create the prestigious Brown’s Town High School Band which won many awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for Excellence in School Bands.
Over the years he developed his skills of playing the guitar and piano as he did lots of jobs as guitarist in his band, pianist for piano bars in hotels, and pianist/organist for his church.
In April of 2010, Dwayne left for Kingston, Jamaica, where he started his new job as Teacher of Music for the Immaculate Conception Preparatory School which further expanded his love of teaching. He taught between the age ranges of 4 – 12 (Kinder 1–6th Grade). Each age group brought a different kind of enthusiasm for what was being imparted. He developed a very good rapport with the children he taught. It was here that Dwayne developed his violin playing as he taught the violin, guitar, piano and recorder to students of all ages. Dwayne was also responsible for planning and putting on the school’s Christmas concerts (three each year), the biannual Evening of Excellence, and the School Leaving Exercise for each year.
In March of 2019, Dwayne was accepted into the Humber College of Music, Bachelor of Music – Bass program, which he started in September 2019. He is respected amongst his peers and lecturers as one of the finest bass players in the College. Dwayne is presently preparing to go into his final year of study.