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Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Ukulele
David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode! (And that was way before 'Wii - Just Dance!')
He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school:
“Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”
David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.
Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.
As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. He currently partners with soprano/harpist - Janie Imperial of HeartStrings Music. Successful in competitions, David won first prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.
David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.
Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance
Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance
Certificates of Professional Study:
- L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy
- Aspen Music Festival
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Ukulele, Banjo
As the son of a professional pianist from New Orleans, I was born and raised in a musical household. I began playing drums at age 6 and gradually began writing my own music on piano and guitar. I studied Jazz Performance at VCU, where I earned a B.A. in Jazz Drum Set & Piano Performance. After college, I spent 7 years performing, recording and touring in Austin, TX. In 2007 I started taking private music students and began teaching other subjects in public & private schools. My wife and I moved to Durham in 2011.
Guitar, Piano, Music Theory, Songwriting
David M. first encountered music at age 8 when he started weekly piano lessons. He and his three sisters would often have fun by improvising duets on the piano. It wasn’t until age 12 that he noticed the guitar, which he loved both for its sound and portability, and began teaching himself so that he could play with his friends. Throughout high school, David pursued rock bands with friends, sang in chorus, attended regular private guitar lessons, and wrote his own original songs. During this time he became more interested in music theory and improvisation, and would sometimes wake up at 5 a.m. to practice his scales and chords before school.
After high school, David realized he enjoyed jazz music and He enrolled in Tone Zone Music in Cary, NC after hearing that they teach with a strong emphasis on jazz improvisation as an integral component in helping the student unlock their greater creative potential, which still resounds in his teaching philosophy. After taking lessons there for a year, he was offered a teaching position there at age 19. He also pursued independent in-home private lessons to get more students. After two years he decided to enroll in North Carolina Central University’s successful Jazz Studies program in the Fall of 2010, which involved him performing an original solo guitar work for his audition. He is currently still completing his degree. At NCCU, David has performed in school jazz combos, jazz big bands, and guitar ensemble, accompanied singers, and arranged original compositions for performance.
Always striving to be an active musician, David currently plays rhythm guitarist in a gospel quartet band, has recorded a few jazz songs in studio with a quartet, has written and recorded 20 compositions this year for a progressive rock band he is currently forming to perform them, and has plans to form a either a jazz quartet or quintet playing standards and blues. In addition to guitar, David also plays piano, drums, and bass, and has played trombone and chromatic harmonica in the past.
As a teacher, David hopes to guide the student to become an active participant in the creative process by gradually introducing elements of music while simultaneously encouraging him or her to write original music and become comfortable with improvisation as a tool for personal expression.
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