David Bramley

David B.

Lakeside, CA

About David B.

Background check: Last verified 03/12/2016
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David teaches: Ages 11 to 70
Teaching since: August 2005
Last sign in: 4 days ago


After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.

Photos and Videos

4 of my students, practicing a cover of Taylor Swifts "Fearless" (many of my students form bands with other studetns and I offer weekend practice and recording sessions, with coaching!)


Owner/Studio Manager

Sep 2008 - Present
San Diego Performance Academy

I own and operate San Diego Performance Academy, San Diego's leading performing arts school, with 3 locations in the East County area.
Our lessons and teachers are at the highest standards, while our pricing is still very affordable.


Music, Acoustics and Recording

Sep 2001 - Jul 2004
University of Salford

Music Acoustics and Sound REcording

Sep 2000 - Jun 2004
Salford University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency
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11 Reviews on David B.

Tim S. May 12, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Love the way David breaks down skill development. I feel like I'm making great progress and I enjoy the lessons provided.
Erika Apr 8, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
I absolutely LOVE taking lessons with David! It is the best part of my week!
Being a somewhat shy individual and an adult student, I was really nervous to begin music lessons with a stranger.. David put me at ease from day one. Each thirty minute session is packed with just enough material to keep me occupied during practice through the week and eager for more by the time our next lesson comes around. His instrument knowledge is phenomenal, and it makes the experience so much more fun to have David accompany my mandolin playing with banjo or guitar. He is also great for giving advice on buying a new instrument. Best-Instructor-Ever! I can't recommend David enough
Sunny E. Dec 29, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
David works really well with children. He keeps my daughter motivated and makes it fun. He is really knowledgeable and overall a great teacher. Recommend!
Mary Beth Hayes May 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
David is very relaxed and put me at ease instantly. He was very interested in my knowledge base and goals so he could fine tune the lessons for me. My only dissapointment is that he doesn't have an hour time slot available yet.
Paul K. May 8, 2013
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

Dave is able to work with me, a beginner, and provide me with enough challenge so that I keep learning and also keep interested in drums. He has a great sense of humor along with patience which is important with a teacher whom is teaching a beginner. At times he will also take out a guitar and play along which adds to the fun.
LeahM Jun 13, 2012
We at absolutely pleased with David. Our son loves to play his guitar and is always enthusiastic of his teacher.
KristieD Mar 2, 2012
My son is really enjoying his lessons. David is a great teacher.
LynnN Sep 11, 2011
Tailors lessons to your interests.

David, puts a lot of effort into tailoring your lessons, according to your interests, as well as your abilities. I am so impressed and pleased with his methods, his communication skills, and his pleasant personality.
JAMESB Mar 23, 2011
David is the teacher I need. He is easy to talk to about music and he sets attainable goals. After a few lessons I was able to play a song. That is huge for me!!
ScottP1 Jan 31, 2011
Great Teacher

David was great to work with as i just started the guitar. Very understanding, patient and challenging, which is exactly what i needed. Unfortunately i couldn't continue because of my work and travel schedule but hope to start again sometime later this year. Thanks David!!