David Bugher

David B.

Chicago, IL

About David B.

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David teaches: Ages 4 and up
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Teaching since: September 2001
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Originally from Indiana, David has been teaching music in both the private and public school sectors for 12 years. Getting his start as a drumline instructor with only 4 students, David soon expanded his teaching to include both guitar and piano, which he studied under Frank Puzzulo (of Miles Davis' group) at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Upon graduating Ball State, David moved to Colorado to study jazz and classical music with Dr. Douglas Walter, an accomplished percussionist who is known for his versatility and multiple percussion talents. He also studied piano and guitar in his off time, jamming with several rock and jazz groups both in and out of school.

In 2006, David left the college scene with a Masters in Music and moved to Florida where he began his teaching career. In Florida, David taught roughly 70 students, ages 5 to 18, at Wewahitchka High School and Middle School. He was beloved by the town, helping out in the community as a local organist for the Presbyterian Church and as a frequent contributor to Wednesday night worship.

As wonderful as this time was, David gave up the gators and swamps to move back home to Indiana in 2007. Here, he took a job at Kokomo High School and Maple Crest Middle school where he resumed teaching students from 5th graders to seniors in all areas of music, including wind, strings/guitar and percussion. David established the first ever "rock and roll" class at the high school in 2008, a program that started with only 5 students and has ballooned to 38 in this current year! The class consisted of guitars, keyboards, bass and drums, all of which David can teach at a professional level.

Most recently, David graduated with his second Masters in Jazz Performance from DePaul University. He studied primarily with professor Ron Perillo, unquestionably the most innovative piano player in Chicago and with Bob Palmieri, a gifted guitarist. Having now graduated, David is devoting himself full time to teaching private students and looks very much forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Although David has a laid back personality and approach to life, he takes his job very seriously. He prides himself in not being the kind of teacher who is there simply to entertain and hope the student learns something in the process. Though you will most certainly have a good time, you should only take from him if you really want to become a great musician/player. Having been a highly qualified public school teacher for 5 years, David has more experience than most private teachers you can find. He knows what it takes to achieve greatness and he knows that most students, in the end, respect that more than a half hour "jam session."

David will tailor his curriculum to each student. Every student is expected to have a notebook with staff paper and a pencil at their lesson. Students will also be assigned a book to purchase (in some cases more than one) and he/she will progress through it at a pace appropriate to his or her level.

More than anything, what you will see in David's lessons is his love for music and teaching music. It is truly a special thing to be gifted in this art, and he believes that anyone who is willing to put in the time, the effort and the dedication needed will be rewarded and enriched in the end.

David is also available for online lessons via Skype! He loves taking advantage of this modern technology in his lessons and is happy to take on new students in this format.

*** Studio Equipment ***
He has a fully weighted digital piano, electronic keyboard, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, clarinet, flute and various percussion equipment in a room completely devoted to music. Can accommodate seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own guitar/bass, but any drum lessons or piano lessons would require the student to have the necessary instrument at home.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in non-wind instruments, especially drums, percussion, bass guitar, piano and rock guitar. I consider myself extremely versatile with various styles and genres. Piano lessons are taught on a wonderful, fully weighted 88 key keyboard. I apply several teaching methods to reach as many kids as possible, with a focus on hands-on learning.

Photos and Videos

Get to know a little more about me in this light-hearted video produced for the comedy troupe, the Andy Ober Orchestra!


Graduate Assistant

Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
DePaul University

Band Director

Aug 2007 - Jun 2010
Kokomo Center Schools

Taught grades 5 through 12

Band Director

Aug 2006 - May 2007
Wewahitchka Schools

Taught grades 5 through 12

Graduate Assistant

Jul 2003 - May 2006
University of Colorado at Boulder


Masters Degree in Jazz Performance

Sep 2010 - May 2012
DePaul University

Masters Degree in Classical Performance

Jul 2003 - May 2006
University of Colorado at Boulder

Bachelor of Music Education/Performance

Aug 1998 - May 2003
Ball State University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


K-12 Teaching Licence

Jun 2003
Ball State University


Performance Scholarship

Sep 2010
DePaul Unversity

Most Influential Teacher of the Year

Jan 2009
Kokomo Center Schools

Wallace Fiske Award for Outstanding Percussionist

Sep 2006
University of Colorado at Boulder

Undergraduate Concerto Competition Winner

Oct 2001
Ball State University

Concerto Contest Winner

Feb 2001
Kokomo Symphony

Matinee Musicale

Dec 2000
Butler University


National Association for Music Education

Sep 1999

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20 Reviews on David B.

Heather Just Mar 30, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
David is a bright and multi-talented musician and teacher. He has shared his passion for music with my two daughters, teaching them piano. He is patient and kind. His approach strikes a perfect balance between imparting theory, technique and mechanics and being silly and having fun! Both of my daughters really enjoy him and look forward to their weekly lessons. The two girls are very different in their strengths, interests and personalities. He tailors his lessons to each of them to play to their strengths and tastes beautifully. And he is always positive and encouraging even when they are squirrely. I can't recommend him highly enough.
Kim B. Mar 12, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher!
Linda G. Feb 24, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Super patient, encouraging and helpful. My only problem is that my lesson is TOO short - wait I can fix that now!
Ann H. Oct 18, 2014
Percussion · Online
Verified Student
David is great working with my 8 year old daughter. He is very patient, friendly, and outgoing. He quickly adapted to her specific needs and skill level since she has already had some lessons, instead of trying to start her all over from square one. Highly recommended!
Lindsey M. Sep 29, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
David is hilarious, truthful, and extremely encouraging when it comes to piano! He doesn't tell me I'm doing great if I'm not in fear of getting a bad review (haha) ...he's great and takes moments to correct me if I'm doing something wrong. He's genuine and a great great teacher!! I guess I would recommend him. NOT. OF COURSE I WOULD!
Lou M. Aug 11, 2014
Verified Student
David does a great job
Julie G. May 16, 2014
Verified Student
Fantastic Instructor! Dave has been an inspiring piano teacher for out daughter. I recommend highly!
Juliana R. Nov 29, 2013
Verified Student
David is an extraordinary teacher

My 8-year old is taking drum lessons from David & my 10-year old is taking guitar. These lessons are something - to my surprise and elation - they look forward to every week. David is incredibly kind and patient (lucky for us) and super professional - he is on time to the minute every week.
We couldn't be more thrilled and frankly honored that David comes into our home every week to teach our sons these instruments.
Because of our experience I would recommend David and TakeLessons to anyone - children & adults alike.
Jean M. Apr 18, 2013
Verified Student
Great interaction with student makes lessons fun

David is great he motivates my son, provides correction with kindness. Provides helpful suggestions in technique, practice form. It is fun for my son to learn the drums. My son has tried other instructors without having the same motivation and fun so this is refreshing easy way to get him lessons.
Christina K. Feb 27, 2013
Verified Student
David has real rapport with my daughter that has helped her learn

My 9-year old daughter first encountered David when he was giving piano lessons to her friends at their house, and she immediately liked him and asked if he could be her teacher too. He started with us last summer (7 months ago); he comes to our house weekly and she really enjoys the lessons. While he is a very serious teacher with extensive musical knowledge, he has sensed that what my daughter needs to stay focused is a fun and relaxed atmosphere, so the lesson doesn't feel like a chore. They joke around a lot, but in fact he has the ability to get her to try ever more difficult pieces, and he inspires her to practice a lot. He can be tough with her and really push her to improve, but it works because they have such a good rapport. We are very pleased with her progress and very happy to continue working with David. He is a real find.