David Nieves Jr

David N

Elmont, NY

About David N

David teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: August 2001
Last sign in: Yesterday


I am a 20 year musician with 11 years teaching experience. Born and raised in New York City, I attended Laguardia high school for music and art and afterward Queens College majoring in music. My main instruments are Clarinet, Drums, and Saxophone, but i also have a strong background in Piano, Trumpet, and Flute. I've taken private music lessons for the past 15 years with world class musicians, among them David Weber and Howard Hirsch. I've performed in every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall when i was only 11 years old. I performed alongside many famous musicians, including the late Tito Puente.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching includes all aspects of music; Musical theory, sight singing, as well as Music History. My teaching style allows the child to have fun while they learn their instrument, but I emphasize a strong practice regiment. Your child will understand that while learning music and an instrument can be fun, there will be some work involved if they want to become great. I usually use either the Alfred or Rubank method books to supplement a curriculum that I tailor make for each individual student. Any question or confusion a student has about anything during the lesson will be explained in detail and dealt with until he/she understands the concept. I've had many students pass all levels of the ABRSM and NYSSMA exams as well as receive academic scholarships for musical excellence.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, drums set, piano,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I require that students buy the books I suggest, but if it is necessary, I can provide photocopies of pages from the books that I own. I also require my students to provide all writing equipment.

*** Specialties ***
all methods and styles. I've played clarinet and saxophone for orchestras, symphonic bands, and jazz bands. I've played drums for jazz, rock, and acoustic sets.

Photos and Videos

This is me playing with Katie Letts performing the original song, "Enough"


Music instructor

Jul 2015 - Jul 2016
Real Brave audio

Instruction in piano, clarinet, saxophone, drums, trumpet, and flute in all styles. Had multiple students take and pass the Nyssma exam in all levels. Prepared and help coordinate spring and winter concerts.

Music teacher

Oct 2000 - Oct 2005
Song of songs music group

Teach Clarinet, Drums, and saxophone to students age 5-18


Music Performance, Theory, Music History, Sight Singing

Sep 1998 - Jan 2002
Queens College

music performance

Sep 1998 - May 2001
CUNY Queens College

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency
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9 Reviews on David N

Nathaniel W. Sep 20, 2016
Music Theory · In home
Verified Student
First lesson. David was on time and professional. He tutored my son and answered all questions asked.
Annabelle A. Sep 19, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great experience
Bismarck Sep 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
David has patience to teach and very knowledgeable. Very good teacher.
Jacob O. Aug 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
David was very pleasant as an instructor and my son looks ford to his upcoming lessons
Michael D. Jul 1, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He is very patient working with kids! He uses different tools for the kids to understand what he is teaching. Recommend!
Anthony C. Sep 5, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
DAVE is a great teacher and has been very patient and knowledgeable with my son. My son looks forward to seeing Dave every week and we have only been going for 3 lessons. I would recommend Dave to anyone as he always greets us with a smile!
Adrienne R. Nov 22, 2013
Always leave with new insight

I always feel he listens very closely to my frustrations and has a keen sense of where I am willing to take the next step of learning. He will never hold back but give great examples of where you can be and shows you exercises that bring those instant gratifying moments into the practice.
Sam T. May 15, 2013
Verified Student
Excellent drum instructor.

David is a great drum instructor .He is really passionate about teaching and cares a lot about students improvement in drumming skills.
He worked to improve my weakness which was play-along songs ,back beats and timing.He makes the learning beats easy. I am still learning and practicing to be better in drums.I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn the basics of drumming and improve his or her drumming skills.
Yari A. Feb 13, 2013
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

David is doing an excellent job teaching my 4 year old son. He is learning how to read music. At 4 years old! David is serious about teaching but makes it enjoyable for my son. He is very reliable and provides notes so you can track the students progress.

I highly recommend him to any student.
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