David Nieves Jr

David N

Elmont, NY
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I've been performing for 20 years on clarinet. It's the first instrument I learned. I've done everything on clarinet, from jazz band to orchestras

About David N

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.


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22 Reviews
Lily (9) and Clare (5) A.
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Great first lesson... looking forward to more

Posted Feb 15, 2020
Steve H.
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David is patient and kind with our son.

Posted Jul 8, 2018
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My son really enjoyed his first lesson. Looking forward to how he will progress.

Posted Jan 19, 2018
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David came on time for our schedule lesson and came in ready to go. He helped my son the corrected way to blow trumpet (which he never learn from school) and broke down lesson so that he is not over wheeled. In just first lesson, I can hear the difference in my son's use of trumpet.

Posted Jan 8, 2018
Matt V.
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great teacher

Posted Sep 13, 2017
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Amazing teacher!! He teaches my 11 year old son. He teaches him the basics through my sons personal interests. David developed a connection with him for day 1. I highly recommend him.

Posted Jun 29, 2017
Thayse H.
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My 11 years old son had a great experience with David and can't wait to continue to work with him. Great job David

Posted Jun 12, 2017
Eric P.
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My 11 year old son son has had 4 lessons with David. He is fabulous. He immediately found out my sons personal interests and has been working with music that my son enjoys. At the same time he is teaching him the importance of basic skills and routines that he needs to establish, in order to learn how to play an instrument. I highly recommend him.

Posted May 20, 2017
Ethan M.
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First lesson went well . My 5 year old enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one .

Posted Mar 18, 2017
Angela H.
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Wonderful teacher!

Posted Mar 10, 2017
Danny J.
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Love it, the instructor is so nice and patience. Can it wait for the next lesson. Thank you

Posted Feb 17, 2017
Bradley R.
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David explains things very well, is patient & takes his time.

Posted Feb 13, 2017
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David was great, very patient working with kids!
He use fun ways to teach. My son loved his first lesson.
I am considering taking drums lesson myself with David.

Posted Jan 24, 2017
Nathaniel W.
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First lesson. David was on time and professional. He tutored my son and answered all questions asked.

Posted Sep 20, 2016
Annabelle A.
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Great experience

Posted Sep 19, 2016
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David has patience to teach and very knowledgeable. Very good teacher.

Posted Sep 9, 2016
Jacob O.
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David was very pleasant as an instructor and my son looks ford to his upcoming lessons

Posted Aug 10, 2015
Michael D.
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He is very patient working with kids! He uses different tools for the kids to understand what he is teaching. Recommend!

Posted Jul 1, 2015
Anthony C.
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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!

Posted Sep 5, 2014
Adrienne R.

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.

Posted Nov 22, 2013
Sam T.

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.

Posted May 15, 2013
Yari A.

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.

Posted Feb 13, 2013

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Music instructor
Jul 2015 - Jul 2016

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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



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