Dick Grove had a distinguished career as a professional writer and composer in Los Angeles and as a unique innovator in the field of contemporary music education. In 1973 he founded the world-renowned Grove School of Music in Los Angeles and guided this highly regarded institution into the top rank of leading contemporary music schools, mainly on the concepts and methods included in some 70 music education books he authored during this period.
Dick Grove was very active in the music education field, creating many of the courses for the Dick Grove “School Without Walls”, as well as products for Grove/Rasch Music Education Systems. These products are based on his 20+ years of classroom experience in the fields of harmony & theory, keyboard, ear training, improvisation, composition, arranging, orchestration, songwriting and contemporary musical styles.
Previous Teaching Experience: Westlake College of Music 1958 – 61 Cerritos College – 1972 Jazz International, Europe, 1972 various clinics and guest appearance instruction throughout the country 1970 – 73 Grove School of Music 1974 – 92 Grove Center of Contemporary Music 1992
Honors & Memberships: Grammy nomination, Best Jazz Composition “Little Bird” Jazz educator of the Year – 1988 Guest Artist – Norwegian Radio Orchestra – 1991 ASCAP – ASTHMA 1994 Recipient of the 3M Visionary Award for Producing the Liz Story “My Foolish Heart” Album for Windham Hill Records Performer, Conductor, Musical Director, Producer Free Lance Pianist – 1950 – 60 Free Lance arranger , composer, orchestration – 1960 – 1974 Musical Director: Channel 5 TV Variety shows 1960 – 63 Musical Director: Mavis Rivers 1965 – 70 Musical Director: John Gary 1968 – 71 Dick Grove Big Band: Leader, writer, conductor – 1960 – 1972 Producer: Liz Story, “My Foolish Heart” Windham Hill Records