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Classical Guitar, 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
*** Lesson Details ***
Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most?
Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more!
And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!
I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".
*** Travel Equipment ***
I carry my own Ipad, computer, cd player.
Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.
*** Specialties ***
I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Music Recording, Piano
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.
*** Lesson Details ***
I like to let the student guide the lesson. Tell me where you are and where you'd like to be, and I'll offer my unique experience to help set long-term goals. Over the course of our lessons we will break those long-term goals down into achievable short-term goals and create your musical path forward. Every student is different, and I never teach the same lesson twice. I strive to inspire and support my students to develop a lifelong relationship with the music they love.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Room: amps, guitars, drum set, keyboards, music stands, music library. Parents can sit in on lesson.
*** Specialties ***
My degree in Music Performance helps me teach a wide variety of styles, including rock, blues, funk, country, classical, jazz, bluegrass and pop. My specialties include working with young students (age 4+) as well as adult beginners (I've had students in their 70's and 80's).
Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Novice to Intermediate Guitar Lessons
My name is Billy J., aka 'the Beard Man' and I have been playing guitar for almost 20 years. I've played in 2 bands' 'Conformity Falls' and 'Black Smoke Whiskey', as well as done some solo work.
My mission is to make music accessible to those who want it. Those who want to learn it, love it, and live it.
I have decided to start this business and share my knowledge with the world! I generally work with people from ages 10 and up, but am willing to make exceptions if the student shows a true eagerness and passion for learning to play. I also can work with some special needs children.
Willing to travel more than 10 miles for lessons. Contact me for additional info on this.
"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."