- Teaches students:
- Ages 8+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- September 2003
*Now also offering online lessons*
David picked up the guitar when he moved from his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona in 2001 at the age of 19 and hasn't looked back since. 7 years and countless hours of practicing, performing and teaching later, David plays at multiple venues in the Kansas City area while teaching from his studio at Guitar Source in Overland Park,, Southland Conservatory in Raymore, and in home tutoring service Mobile Music Teachers. David also teaches and records from his home studio in Raytown, MO where he offers lessons for home schoolers during the daytime hours.
As a guitarist David is motivated primarily by his passion for music. Growing up he was influenced by classical, jazz, and film scores. Since picking up the guitar he has been inspired by guitarists from such diverse backgrounds as Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Martin Taylor, and James Taylor, to name a few. Today David plays and teaches a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.
David started to play the piano after years of playing the guitar. Although a second instrument, it in many ways it was the first as everything David has aspired to on the guitar is pianistic, and he draws much of his inspiration on the instrument from piano players. Correspondingly, it wasn't long before David picked up the piano itself, studying privately first with Tatev Amir and later with Karen, Kushner, Professor of Piano Studies at UMKC. David applies many of the same principles to the piano that he does the guitar including stressing a comprehensive knowledge of music theory, self transcription, ear training and classical technique as well as the more traditional facets of piano pedagogy such as sight reading and rhythm work. Students learn music theory as applied to the keyboard, sight-reading, improvisation and the application of classical technique to modern styles.
As a pianist David is motivated primarily by his passion for music. Growing up he was influenced by classical, jazz, and film scores. Since picking up the piano he has been inspired by pianists from such diverse backgrounds as Art Tatum, Nicolai Lugansky, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans among others. Today David plays and teaches a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.
*** Lesson Details ***
I have extensive experience with all ages and skill levels. I use a curriculum specifically geared towards the guitar, as opposed to more traditional (and inferior) methods that emphasize note reading and piano pedagogy, my method will teach you music theory as it relates to the neck of the guitar and the music that the student are interested in. I am a fairly laid back teacher; we will go at your pace, but I do expect you to work hard.
With piano I use classical literature to develop technique but emphasize the development of a comprehensive understanding of music theory as applied to the keyboard. This includes but is not limited to studies in pop, rock, jazz and other style of contemporary piano.
*** Studio Equipment ***
#1) Dedicated music room seating for parents
#2) Practice/rehearsal room seating for parents
#3) Amplification provided and music stand.
#4) Keyboard/Piano for student use
#5) Broadband network, dual camera, file sharing and the latest technology utilized for online lessons.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a music stand, my instrument, curriculum materials, music paper materials and amplification (if needed). I expect the student to have their own instrument and potentially amplification. I provide a piano for instruction but I expect my students to have a piano or keyboard for practice at home.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and jazz guitar, however I am fluent in most styles, including rock, blues, fingerstyle, and miscellaneous. I teach from Jay EuDaly's "Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar" but I also supplement this with a variety of other curriculum.
In piano I specialize in classical piano as well as jazz and pop.
David E., a professional pianist and guitarist, has been performing and teaching in Kansas City for over a decade. His diverse training was spent under the tutelage of some of the area’s most respected classical and jazz educators. Concepts gleaned from years of study with UMKC’s Douglas Niedt and Karen Kushner, and local jazz legends Jay EuDaly and Danny Embrey, have helped David develop a unique perspective focused upon technique, musicality, enjoyment of the instrument and an understanding of its place in the musical community. While David’s teaching method stresses a comprehensive knowledge of music theory, self transcription, sight reading, ear training and classical technique, his approach is, by no means, dry and academic. Just like the rest of us here at Music House, David believes that all this knowledge and technique can be directly applied to modern musical styles. This is important, David says, because “students need to feel that that their music studies are connected to what they intrinsically love about music.” It’s David’s mission, above all, to allow this love to blossom into knowledge and experiences that will last a lifetime.+ Read More
First lesson, first impression, he’s a very good listener and can quickly evaluate the student and give meaningful direction. He could be exceptional...need more time to work with him to say.
I took piano lessons 50+ years ago and David's approach is so much different. His focus is on getting the full richness of sound from the instrument not just playing the notes.
David is an exceptional teacher and musician with a unique ability to teach a student the way they learn to get the most from each lesson. There is a no one size fits all how to learn and he has the capability to pick up on an individuals leaning style which best fits them to get the most from each lesson.+ Read More
I learned some interesting techniques that I had never heard of. I look forward to my next lesson
Very impressed with David's piano teaching ability. Arthur has been inspired! I really like the way David 'paints a picture' in his descriptions of how to improve a player's performance. For example, "Your hands should be like dancers who know their routines, and are independent of one another". Plus he backs this up with practice and repetition until it sinks in. Essentially, what's so great about David is that the finer details of being an outstanding pianist are fully addressed in a positive way, and I feel confident that Arthur will emerge from his chrysalis as a more fluent, happy, and improved performer. Arthur has learned so much in so few lessons. Thank you!+ Read More
He is a bit loud in close quarters, but he is enthusiastic and fun.
I think that he will really teach me how to rock my piano socks off!
He was very awesome and he made me feel very comfortable.
Great instructor with friendly attitude and knowledge
David is very informative and friendly teacher. He made me very comfortable with guitar.