David Bugher

David B.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Professional percussionist with experience on a variety of instruments; work experience includes the Colorado Ballet, Boulder Philharmonic, and Colorado Music Festival

About David B.

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.


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22 Reviews
Lindsey M.
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David is absolutely awesome! I started with him in his home in Chicago and had to move to Los Angeles for work. We continued our lessons through Skype when I moved and have been doing them ever since! He is patient, fun, and EXTREMELY knowledgeable. He is absolutely wonderful and well worth the money!

Posted Jul 11, 2016
Lindsey M.
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David is absolutely awesome! I started with him in his home in Chicago and had to move to Los Angeles for work. We continued our lessons through Skype when I moved and have been doing them ever since! He is patient, fun, and EXTREMELY knowledgeable. He is absolutely wonderful and well worth the money!

Posted Jul 11, 2016
Heather Just
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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.

Posted Mar 30, 2016
Kim B.
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Great teacher!

Posted Mar 12, 2015
Linda G.
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Super patient, encouraging and helpful. My only problem is that my lesson is TOO short - wait I can fix that now!

Posted Feb 24, 2015
Ann H.
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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!

Posted Oct 18, 2014
Lindsey M.
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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!

Posted Sep 29, 2014
Lou M.

David does a great job

Posted Aug 11, 2014
Julie G.

Fantastic Instructor! Dave has been an inspiring piano teacher for out daughter. I recommend highly!

Posted May 16, 2014
Juliana R.

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.

Posted Nov 29, 2013
Jean M.

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.

Posted Apr 18, 2013
Christina K.

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.

Posted Feb 27, 2013
Ceydi M.

My son loves David and loves his teaching style

David is an excellent teacher and his dependability has helped my son so much and encouraged him to want to be great and he is already thinking of the next instrument he would like to master after he "masters the drums". Thank you David

Posted Nov 12, 2012

He's great. On time, fair, and professional.

Posted Mar 18, 2012

Great teacher--- mad skills

I recommend David. He knows theory, multiple instruments and is passionate about music. You'll be in good hands.

Posted Mar 18, 2012


My 4 1/2 year old son LOVES David and can't wait for his piano lessons!! David is patient and controlled and helps Aaron really understand what he is doing and why. He loves playing the piano almost as much as he loves Sponge Bob. And that's saying A LOT!!!

Posted Mar 9, 2012

Great, Smart, Funny Teacher

I came from a background without any understanding of instrument and David has really improved my ability in a relatively short time. David really knows his theory and practical applications of music. He is always patient and versatile in the ways he gets you to understand an important detail. You can tell he has such a mastery of music in the different ways he breaks down complex ideas into very simple concepts. Even when I haven't been able to practice, he's been able to make lessons very productive and include new material. His thoroughness and love for music inspires you to have fun with it and enjoy as well.

Posted Dec 28, 2011

I have been taking saxophone lessons with David. David has all the qualities you want in a music teacher. He is very knowledgeable, patient, doesn't criticize, is very detail oriented, and gives great insightful feedback. Lessons with David are not just about playing an instrument but also about understanding the music and the theory behind it. David is a perfectionist and very laid-back at the same time. He lets the music flow (not an easy feature when it's me playing the saxophone) and then tells you what was great and what needs improvement, even the little things.In short: if you're looking for a true music teacher, look no further.

Posted Oct 9, 2011

Phillip can be a challenge

David keeps Phillip focused and Phillip has been responding very positively. He's not an easy student but David does a great job with him.

Posted Sep 26, 2011


We could not be happier with David. He is handling our FIVE kids of different instruments and levels of accomplishment with aplomb. Thank you.

Posted Jul 27, 2011

David B.

David is very knowledgeable, funny, and very nice. I've enjoyed my beginner piano lessons with him.

Posted Apr 26, 2011


He is a wonderful teacher. My daughter has shown great improvement.

Posted Nov 16, 2010

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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



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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