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Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting
David P. began formal training with St. Elizabeth‚¬Ä¬ôs church organist on piano at age eight.¬† His older brothers and sisters taught him how to play guitar at home, and at school he was a featured vocal soloist at concert performances.¬† During his high school years, he began playing drums and singing at shows around the greater Cincinnati area.¬† While attending Xavier University, David continued to play in several groups.¬† He performed with the Xavier University Choir for four years under the direction of conductor and music department chair Helmut Roerig.¬† David performed with the Xavier University Percussion Ensemble and studied drums with John Gardner of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for four years.¬† He studied voice with Harriet Beebe and piano with Rebecca Slater among others for four year also.¬† While studying electronic music at Xavier, David began teaching classes with professor James Hart.¬† Today, professor Hart and David are co-composers at Ambient Studios.¬† David has written countless compositions heard across the globe on networks such as Lifetime, MTV and VH-1.¬† He is the head of Ambient Studios and Ambient Studios Music Academy.¬† David has taught at Midwest Music, Queen City Music, Take Lessons, Willis Music, Music Makers, Norwood High School, and Roger Bacon High School.¬†
*** Lesson Details ***
Students will learn to read music literature, play songs, and have fun!¬† I am an easy-going instructor, while at the same time, I still want to challenge students so they can excel at their instrument.¬† Most students really look forward to their lessons all week. For drums, students will learn rhythm, rudiments, beats, and fills.¬† I use a couple of Rick Latham's drum workbooks, and a couple of Ted Reed's workbooks among others.¬† For beginner's I have eighteen lessons I've designed to get started.¬† For piano, students will learn keys on the piano, chords, scales, key signatures, grand staff, read music and play songs of all styles, including classical, pop, jazz, folk, gospel, indie, and traditional.¬† There are children and adult beginners and intermediate workbooks that will be referred to students.¬† I also have a lot of material I like to use that I've designed.¬† For voice, students will learn scales, keys, breathing techniques, delivery, and diction.¬† Breath is the most important tool for proper pitch and vocal strength.¬† Students are encouraged to play an instrument to help with voice lessons, but this is not necessary.¬† For guitar, students will learn notes on the guitar, chords, scales, key signatures, read music and play songs, including, pop, rock, indie, jazz, folk, and traditional.¬† Students can learn to play their favorite songs.¬† I accept students from beginner to intermediate experience on guitar.¬† For music theory, students will learn intervals, chords, scales, key signatures, harmony, composition, and figured bass.¬† Students are encouraged to learn music theory using a piano, but another instrument may be used as well.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are held at Ambient Studios, a professional commercial recording studio where famous legends like Bootsy Collins have recorded.¬† Here, students are able to record their own performances, and perfect their craft.¬† Available instruments are a Roland V-drum set, a Mapex acoustic drum set, a Studiologic 88-key grand piano, Fender, Yamaha, Gibson, and Martin guitars, and state-of-the-art pre-amps and microphones.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in pop, rock, and funk drums. For piano I specialize in classical, pop, rock, and gospel. For voice I specialize in pop, rock, classical, broadway, and gospel. For guitar I specialize in pop, rock, and folk.
Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
I have been playing guitar since the age of 9. I have studied Classical, and Jazz at CCM's Prep Dept. in middle school and throughout high school as well as rock, folk, country etc. with other local teachers. I started teaching lessons at the age of 18 in local music stores and have never stopped. While doing this I attended The College of Mount St. Joseph where I studied Classical and Jazz guitar as well as Music Ed. In addition to my 22 years of private lesson experience, I have 2 years of classroom experience teaching general music in elementary schools. I believe it is my years as a student and instructor that enable me to be an effective teacher, having had learned what worked for me as a student, and what has shown to work as a teacher.
*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lesson to the individual. I like for students to have a structured practice routine and working knowledge of music and their instrument, but it has to be fun. I have students who learn Classical, rock, and Jazz. Each lesson is different. Some people just want to be able to play their favorite songs by a camp fire, and others want to go on to perform at Carnegie Hall. I enjoy teaching both lessons and put forth the same enthusiasm for each one. You get out of the guitar or bass what you put into it in terms of learning and practicing. The level of achievement is up to you, I will help guide you to meet your goals regardless of how large or small they are.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Spare music room: guitars, amps, bass; computer with recording software, ProTools seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the equipment necessary. I would like the student to have an instrument, but if not I can provide one for the lesson.
*** Specialties ***
I'm really pretty versatile. Over 18 years of teaching anywhere from 80 to 100 students a week will do that.
Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
From a young age I was interested in being an artist and/or performer. I enjoy all types of artistic creation and dabble with writing, photography, painting, and clothing design. At the age of twelve, I began playing the guitar and 38 years later, I feel I am still learning to play the instrument.
My musical style can best be described as a blend of Big Band, Country, and Rock. However, visitors to my performances, quite often tell me that I am difficult to categorize. Most recently, I was told that I am "way out side the box" and "refreshingly unique". I make no conscious effort to be different or to produce commercially acceptable material. I am just doing what I feel.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."