David Duarte

David D.

Studio City, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
"Learn the rules like a pro, then break them as an artist" - Pablo Picasso

Each student’s curriculum is individualized and adaptable to their level and interests. Songs are our greatest tool for teaching music, so students are encouraged to choose songs they love and want to learn. Besides, who wants to learn songs they don’t like?

About David D.

David is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer, mix engineer, and music instructor who works with artists and students at varying levels developing their skills, creativity, and music. After nearly 2 decades of studio work and live performance gigs, David has an understanding of the skillset and mindset necessary to deliver on a professional level.

In 2015, David was nominated for a Pensado Award for "Most Unique Project Studio" and followed that up in 2016 sharing the stage with Jimmy Eat World and Neon Trees.

“Everyone learns differently, so instead of taking a rigid approach to teaching I like to adapt to the student’s needs, whether it be learning by ear or site-reading, playing standards or writing their own originals. Learning and playing music is challenging, as is anything worth doing, but it can and should also be fun. I aim to make it both challenging and fun at the same time.”


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9 Reviews
Grace S.
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great experience for my daughter. David was very knowledgeable and supportive! Highly recommend

Posted Mar 5, 2020
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I'm re-learning the piano with David and he has changed my relationship to music for the better. After only a few lessons with David I've gotten a greater understanding of music theory than I had in my few years of early piano training. He is patient and flexible with his style of teaching. If it's taking me awhile to understand a concept he's good at explaining it more clearly. I definitely recommend him for learning the piano!

Posted Jul 22, 2019
Christian J.
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David is a highly skilled multi-instrumentalist and producer. I was introduced when he recorded an EP for my band and since then, we've spent many an evening talking about performing, recording, teaching and making music. He is kind, patient and extremely knowledgable about his craft. I always learn something new, interesting and immediately applicable to my playing when I work with him. I've had the privilege of sharing the stage with some of his students and they have always been exceptionally professional and prepared. I highly recommend David for lessons in whatever discipline you request - the crossover knowledge from all of his experiences will be invaluable to you.

Posted Mar 8, 2019
Paul K.
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David has exceeded my expectations. He is a fantastic teacher and person. I look forward to continue to acquire the skills necessary to play the guitar with his help and guidance. I am so lucky that he is there for me.

Posted Jul 10, 2018
James Zidell
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David is terrific. Much better than any of my other teachers. He is professional, knowledgeable and practical. I always leave feeling I have learned something I can take home with me and improve.

Posted Apr 3, 2018
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David has a depth of musical knowledge and knows how to communicate it well. With students as young as 6, he has shown patience while challenging them to improve. He is a fun and effective teacher.

Posted Jan 15, 2018
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David puts me at ease with taking lessons from a human because, not only is he very skilled and knowledgeable, but he is also flexible in his teaching style, in that he is responsive to my learning style and thoroughly addresses all my questions and concerns, all while being attentive to my progress. I highly recommend!

Posted Oct 15, 2017
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If you are tired of guitar teachers who half-try through a song a week leaving you constantly learning new material but somehow never making any progress...stop. You are not doing yourself any favors. What you need is a teacher like David who actually gives a care about your playing and has the ability to break down your technique and give you an analysis of what you need to become a better player. With the benefit of David's coaching, I have made changes to my form and finger placement for the better. These are the hard changes in ingrained habits I needed to make to take my playing to the next level.

I would also encourage you to take advantage of David's expertise as an engineer if you are his student. He has recorded many bands and is very generous with his home studio for his students. The ability to record without the pressure of "being in the studio" is huge. Even if you do not currently have plans to record, the experience of playing in front of a microphone is very educational and listening to the subsequent recording is a great learning tool.

Taking lessons are pointless if both sides are not engaged. David is a rare guitar teacher who is committed to the growth of every student. If you are similarly committed to your own growth, I can't think of a better teacher for you to study the guitar with.

Posted Aug 8, 2017
Judy L
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David is unlike any guitar teacher I have worked with. He pays close attention to details like finger placement or guitar hold and listens carefully to correct any bad habits, posture or form. Sometimes you are used to playing a certain way and don't notice some bad form or habits and he's able to diagnose sound issues. David is also great at being encouraging and suggesting ways of playing that makes sense for each song. He customizes the lesson so that you feel good about playing. He makes playing really fun and what seemed hard before, he helps to make it easy. He brings helps you feel like a rockstar after a few lessons. I highly recommend David!

Posted Jul 22, 2017

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Guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, and piano teacher
Jun 2017 - Present


I work with kids as young as 5 years old teaching them the fundamentals of music, giving them structure and an opportunity for personal growth.

Music Producer/Mix Engineer
Mar 2013 - Present

Studio Music

Aug 2013 - Sep 2016

The Mouse House Studio

I worked with and learned from elite musicians and engineers while participating in the recording, mixing, and mastering process.



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Most Unique Project Studio
Aug 2015

Pensado Awards

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