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Dorian Wallace

Dorian Wallace

My practice connects with other humans in music

Services provided: Music Therapy , Dance / Music / Performing Arts , Musician - Art , Solo Musician For Hire , Piano Musician , Music Entertainment

New York City, New York
$90 / hour
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About Dorian Wallace:

Dorian Wallace is a composer, pianist, and music therapist recognized for his stylistic versatility, improvisational skill, and unwavering commitment to sociopolitical struggles. In addition to a successful solo career, he regularly collaborates with artists such as Bonita Oliver, John Sanborn, Paul Pinto, Pamela Z, Charlotte Mundy, Frank London, and Nicholas Finch. He has provided musical services for political figures such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jarvis Tyner, Angela Davis, Gerald Horne, Blade Nzimande, and Sing In Solidarity.

Dorian spearheaded the New Music Organizing Caucus, a labor advocacy organization confronting systemic inequities in contemporary classical music, and is a co-founding artistic director of Tenth Intervention, a progressive new music collective probing the nexus of social justice and community engagement through contemporary music, with violinist, curator, and activist Hajnal Pivnick.

Alongside activist and healer DeMarisa Steeley, Dorian operates Mederi Muzik. This group takes a radical arts-based approach to healing psychological trauma, both individually and transgenerationally, involving personal and collective action to promote living with respect and dignity. Together, they facilitate music therapy and mindfulness programs at Rikers IslandH.O.L.L.A., the American Humanist AssociationAbout Face, and Footsteps. He draws on his extensive musical experience and therapeutic expertise, covering a broad creative spectrum with the incarcerated community, including spoken word, hip hop, and free improvisation. Their podcast of the same name explores the integrative effects of music and other creative practices and their therapeutic impact on the trauma of colonialism, classism, racism, mass incarceration, and culture. Dorian's Mode, his weekly Twitch stream, explores the intersection between political music and spontaneous improvisation.

One of New York City's most sought-after dance accompanists, Wallace has played for Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, Juilliard, New York University, Columbia University, and many others. He teaches Music for Dancers I & II at the Martha Graham School and is a guest teaching artist for the Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program.

Dorian received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Montclair State University, where he studied with Drs. Brian Abrams and Michael Viega. He interned at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine and the M.J.H.S. Hospice and Palliative Care and completed Level 1 training in Guided Imagery and Music from the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music.

Experience

Rikers Island Corrections Facility, New York, NY        Dec 2021 - Jun 2022

RMAS Arts Project Coordinator

  • Facilitated group music therapy sessions for people in custody (3 groups per day ranging in size from 1 to 50 participants)
  • Developed curriculum focused on music psychoeducation and emotional health processing through lyric analysis, group listening, and music creation (drum circles, beat making, freestyle rapping, lyric craft, etc.)
  • Organized meditation practices through the Path of Freedom model

Mederi Muzik Therapy and Meditation, New York, NY    Nov 2020 - present

Chief Passion Officer & Music Therapist

  • Founded a private practice to provide individual clinical telehealth therapy and community outreach
  • Led weekly individual sessions with clients, centering on a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence model and an existential psychology perspective.
  • Provided educational courses and community group therapy sessions through a diverse roster of third-party organizations

American Humanist Association, Telehealth        Nov 2020 - present

Music Therapist & Meditation Teacher

  • Provided educational meditation courses for beginning meditators
  • Led 4 to 8-week-long community group therapy sessions
  • Coordinated community support networks and COVID-19 emotional process work

About Face: Veterans Against the War, Telehealth        Jan 2021 - present

Music Therapist

  • Facilitated community group sessions for veterans struggling with PTSD (groups ranging in size from 10 to 30 participants)
  • Designed weekly assignments for individual emotional development, processing, and trauma work

Footsteps, New York, NY                        Oct 2021 - present

Music Therapist

  • Facilitated community group sessions through an Exit Counseling model (groups ranging in size from 10 to 30 participants)
  • Worked with individuals and families who have left or are contemplating leaving insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities

Certifications

Aug 2022            Psychological First Aid: National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Jan 2022            Prison Mindfulness Certification

Jan 2022            Violent Extremists: Life After Hate Training Certificate

Aug 2021            Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Practitioner / The Priority Academy

Feb 2021            CBMT Board Certification

Dec 2020            Level 1 Guided Imagery and Music / Atlantis Institute for Consciousness 

Education

2009
U.S. Army School Of Music - Piano Performance
2009-2020
United States Army National Guard
63rd Army Band (New Jersey) / 122nd Army Band (Ohio)
2005 – 2010
Kent State University - Music Composition
2016 - 2019
Montclair State University- B.A. Music Therapy

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