I grew up immersed in the music industry in the Muscle Shoals Alabama area where greats such as Cher, the Allman Brothers and Aretha Franklin got their start recording with the world renowned Muscle Shoals Sound.
After playing piano professionally in high school, I attended the University of Montevallo- Alabama's oldest and most respected music school and earned a Bachelor of Music Education in Piano and Voice. In fact, I studied classical piano with Dr. Robert Cowan of the nationally acclaimed duo piano team- Yarbrough and Cowan- and studied voice with Bruce Tolbert and Madame Baruvka- a world renowned European opera singer. I was also a fellow classmate of the current Broadway diva, Rebecca Luker.
After graduating from Montevallo, I moved to Atlanta and starred in professional theatre while working as a public school choral music director and attending Georgia State University for Post Bacculaureate studies in Theatre. In fact, I completed some of my actor training at the HB Acting Studio in NYC.
Some of my favorite roles have included the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Rudolfo in A View from the Bridge, Serge in The Food Chain, the teacher in School House Rock, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, multiple characters in The Harvey Milk Show and Raywanda in Saga: The Story of Whitney Bonneville. I've been seen on stage at the 14th Street Playhouse, Neighborhood Playhouse, Actor's Express, Terrific New Theatre, the World Congress Center and Six Flags Over Georgia.
In 1995, I earned a Master of Education degree in Counseling from Georgia State University and completed 2 more years of additional post graduate studies in Counseling at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
After working in the public and private schools for a number of years, I combined my music, theatre and counseling experience into creating David M. Artist Development in 2005.
I particularly enjoy working with semiprofessional and professional musicians and actors in the Atlanta area looking to expand their knowledge, skills and experience; and adults who've ignored their creative sides for most of their life while attending to family and career matters instead.
*Music Educators National Conference
*Georgia Music Educators Association
*American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
*American Choral Directors Association
*American Counseling Association
*American School Counselor Association
*American Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
*Association for Humanistic Psychology
*National Association of Educators
*Georgia Association of Educators
*Gwinnett County Association of Educators
*Alabama Educators Association
*Birmingham Association of Educators
*Human Rights Campaign
*Professional Association of Georgia Educators
*** Lesson Details ***
PIANO LESSONS FOR ADULTS: Beginning to Advanced Piano Lessons
Weekly lessons are provided for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students; students preparing for advanced degree programs in the performing arts; and professional and semiprofessional musicians looking to bridge skill gaps, refine musical artistry or overcome performance anxieties.
If you're someone who's always wanted to learn how to play the piano but could never find the time, David is the right teacher for you.
If you're a producer, already play another instrument or you're a vocalist who's always wanted to learn how to play the piano, read chord charts, improve sight reading abilities and/or learn the common musical language spoken with other musicians, then David is the right instructor for you.
No matter what level, David can help you improve your playing and makes every effort to honor every musical genre and interest from rock to classical.
*** Studio Equipment ***
David's office/music studio ie equipped with piano, MAC computer and Logic recording software. Parents may sit in on lessons and/or wait in the living room area. Parking is available in the driveway or on the street.
*** Specialties ***
Everything. David's classically trained but can play/sing any style of music from rock, jazz, pop, and broadway to country, blues and in between.