Rated 5 out of 5 by Mert Great experience...
I really enjoyed taking lessons from David. Unfortunately I had to take short break as we are expecting a new baby, but I will go back to taking percussion lessons from him as soon as I get a chance...He is very professional, very patient, and truly invests in you. He also adjusts his teaching approach based on your learning style to make the lessons much more efficient. Thank you David...
November 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by wuziq david whitman is an excellent teacher
I took lessons from David for several months. In a few words, David is legit. He knows what he is talking about. Note that the 5 star ratings across the board are not because of my laziness, but are an accurate representation. His knowledge about drumming and percussion in general, both in theory and practice, is so vast. He has a lot of academic and real-life experience. He teaches at SDSU, and I've seen one of his recitals there, which was pretty awesome.
I had wanted to learn the fundamentals of drumming, and how to practice. He fully appreciated this, and gave me good approaches for establishing a good foundation and developing good technique. He also stresses the importance of musicality and of feeling the music and letting that come out in your playing. He knows this, and he strikes a good balance between having fundamentals and having a good time.
One little cool thing is that he also encourages his students to record their lessons (e.g., on their cell phones) and review them. This has helped me a lot because I don't always remember things later. He sometimes also plays during the lesson, which helps to guide and inspire.
I have met at least 5 of his students, and they represent a range of ages and skills.
David is good-natured, friendly, and forthright. Last but not least, he's got dope beats on lock, if you're into that.
Do not hesitate to take lesssons from David.
July 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JoshF Highly Recommend
As a self taught drummer with no prior instruction, I came into my lessons wanting to learn the fundamentals; and David was perfect for what I wanted to accomplish! He understood where I was at in my skill level, understood how I wanted to improve and knew how to get me there. Trough his instruction, I was able to mend what I already knew with new (to me) concepts to give me a complete understanding of percussion and it's role in music.
I felt that his lessons were catered specifically for me, and every week I looked forward to my lessons with him because he's fun, passionate and very knowledgeable. I would highly, highly recommend David for any level of drum Instruction!
October 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MarikoH Great Instructor !!
He has always passion and my son really like David's lessons.My son is lucky that he could meet with wonderful instructor.
June 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by KathyS3 I am a beginning drummer who started drumming a year ago. I am over 50 years old!! Have only had a few lessons so far with David W., but looking forward to many more. He is knowledgeable, thorough, really pays attention to what you are doing. He recognizes that I am serious about learning, and doesn't minimize my education just because I am starting late. He's a great find!
June 29, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by MonetP Fun and Engaging, First-Class Instructor!
I've been taking drum lessons from David for a couple months now, and it has been a great experience! David is personable, professional, and in the short amount of time that I have taken lessons, I feel very comfortable at the drum set! He has tailored the lessons to what I want to accomplish and I always look forward to my weekly lesson. I highly recommend David to potential students of all ages. He knows his stuff, and know hows to teach it in a way that is easy to understand, relatable, and encouraging! Thanks, David!
April 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by ErnestoR Great attitude very knowledgeable and flexible
Mr. Whitman is a talented musician and extremely patient instructor.I learned so much in only a few classes I've taken with him, I recommend Mr. Whitman to anyone who wants to learn percussions in a friendly and professional atmosphere.
January 3, 2011