- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 10+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- August 2005
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.
Session and live bass player.
I own and operate So Cal Music 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.
Really fun and listened very well. I’m excited to start this musical journey.
Today was my 8 yr old grand daughter's first session with Dave and she was a little nervous about her first lesson. Dave was very patient and very pleasurable.
On the way home, my grand daughter told me she liked Mr. Dave, had a lot of fun and can't wait for next week's lesson.
Great teacher! I learn so much more in my lessons with David than I think I ever would anywhere else. He is very patient and breaks down music theory so it is easy to understand. Bass is tricky for me and he helps me understand my place more and provides context. He also instills a lot of confidence in my abilities and gives great feedback. And he's a lot of fun!+ Read More
Dave is a great guitar teacher. My son and I both take lessons from him. We look forward to going to the lesson, we have a great time at the lesson and we are learning a lot. Would highly recommend Dave.
After becoming frustrated with some past experiences, my daughter is motivated and excited again about learning guitar. She’s loving it!
motivating and patient.
I have had 5 lessons with David and just renewed for 5 more. He is really a great instructor. Very patient and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him to all.
Passionate, motivating teacher. Gave my son a new spark to grow in his drumming first lesson! He can't wait for next week.
Even though I had selected the wrong kind of guitar, he just rolled with it and was a pleasant introduction.
My teenage son has had one lesson so far, and it went great! David was patient, encouraging, and specific with his feedback.
Dave was fantastic with my daughter. She learned a lot her first lesson and is exited to practice and can't wait for her next lesson. I wish I had found him two years ago for my son for guitar. Dave is very personable and professional.
David is very good with a first-time novice and his easy going style makes it easy to learn.
David is a great teacher and very knowledgeable. I have learned a great deal in a short amount of time thanks to David.
David is AWESOME! Very encouraging and patient.
David is very patient and kind especially since this was my first ukulele lesson ever.
I had such a good expérience With David. He's a wonderful teacher ! I will recommande him to antbody :)
I'm loving my new banjo and so excited to have found David as a teacher. David really has been instrumental in me learning the banjo. He's a great teacher and very knowledgable about music. He sets you up for success and builds on that! I highly recommend David for the banjo or pretty much any instrument. He does it all!+ Read More
I bought the lessons for my mom and she came home and told me she loved it! Thank you David!!
David is the best teacher for beginnings - he can teach you any beginner level instrument and make learning materials relevant available to you both in and out of class. I am so grateful that I found him to be my teacher - it took me 5 weeks to find a good Mandolin teacher. He is absolutely AWESOME! Knowledgeable, patient, passionate, all you can name. I am excited to follow his lecture and practice more with my new mandolin.+ Read More
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I found David to be a very pleasant man and easy to get along with. I know he will be the perfect instructor for me. David clearly and easily demonstrated to me the technique that I am wanting to learn. I'm certain that he will greatly improve my guitar playing and make it more fun for me.
Thank you for putting us together,
Dr. Gail F. Levin
I found him to be a very pleasant man and extremely easy to get along. Also, the main thing, I feel David will be the perfect instructor to teach me everything I need to learn. He clearly explained and demonstrates the techniquewhat I need to do when explaining techniques, etc. I believe he's going to be the perfect instructor for me. Thanks!!!!!!+ Read More
Love the way David breaks down skill development. I feel like I'm making great progress and I enjoy the lessons provided.
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
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!
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.
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.
We at absolutely pleased with David. Our son loves to play his guitar and is always enthusiastic of his teacher.
My son is really enjoying his lessons. David is a great teacher.
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.
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!!
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!!
Grandmother of Derek Cervantes
Derek's instructor, David, is doing an excellent job. Besides his talent, he is also very personable and patient. Two important qualities for the job of instructor.