David English
Oceanside, CA
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David English

David E.

Oceanside, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Enjoy teaching all styles of guitar playing!

About David E.

A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Voice, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, & Ukulele! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish in their musical abilities. I have been enjoying doing this now for 20+ years- all ages & levels. I am also in a multi-dimensional rock project and a recording artist with my band Vision.

I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord vocabulary, theory, song-composition, performing techniques), but I also base the lessons on whatever the interests and strengths are for the student. For example, if you enjoy jazz more than classical we'll focus more on what you are particularly passionate about. I have also been a part of School of Rock Programs in which we provided performances for the students a la Jack Black. Please contact Takelessons to let the musical journey begin...


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30 Reviews
Leonard A.
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David is an excellent instructor. He is clear, patient, and very talented himself. He has a very relaxed personality.

Posted Dec 4, 2020
Paula H.
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Great teacher. My son has disabilities and David works around this seamlessly. I couldn't ask for a better piano teacher!

Posted Apr 2, 2020
Kash & Scarlett S.
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So happy with David! Our kids loved him and looking forward to their next session!

Posted Mar 19, 2020
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I enjoy taking piano lessons with David. He motivates me to practice and improve. He is very knowledgeable and great at teaching.

Posted Dec 29, 2019
Glenn G.
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David quickly assesssed my skill level, and has shown and given me both excersizes and songs to play. Said plainly, he's a great instructor.

Posted Nov 3, 2019
John H.
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Really nice guy!

Posted Aug 17, 2019
Nazeer N.
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David is the best. I highly recommend him. He is so professional and made teaching a lot of fun.

Posted Jul 29, 2019
Leila C.
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Nice teacher.

Posted Jun 9, 2019
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First lesson was awesome! David let my son take the lead and was able to quickly change focus and use his vast knowledge to teach relevant skills. He learned so many new things this first lesson and can't wait for the next one. David was so patient and kind with my teen, who is on the spectrum. We highly recommend him.

Posted May 3, 2019
John F.
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John, my husband, is enjoying his classes with David. He's had a guitar that used to sit in the corner of the office, but now he practices on it almost everyday! Thank you David!!

Posted Mar 3, 2019
Kevin C.
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I took lessons with David for a few months and I was rather thrilled with the lessons in the beginning and quite upset towards the end of our time together. David is a great teacher for the general hobbyist or child but I outgrew his lesson homework within 8 weeks of lessons. It was at this point that I asked David to record the vocal warm ups so I (as well as other students) could practice more conveniently. He assured me he would, and week after weeks, the warm ups weren't available. David knew I only had a limited amount of time until I was moving from the area. He had the idea that we should record one of my original songs using his homemade recording studio. He wasn't very knowledgeable of the program he was using at the time and I was his first student who he tried this on. We ended up using about 6 of my lesson credits on this song (which was out of time from the beginning). After a while of minimal progress on the song, no recorded vocal warm ups and plateau in my vocal learning, I decided to cancel lessons with David earlier than decided. David is a very friendly person with a moderate knowledge of most instruments but I would not recommend him to someone who is serious about advancing their craft on a professional level.

Posted Feb 16, 2019
Rachel L.
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David is as good as they come! 110% recommend!

Posted Feb 13, 2019
Monti L.
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David is great! I gave my husband lessons with David for his birthday. He’s is so excited to learn and picks up his guitar every day to practice. David is patient and knowledgeable. You will be glad you chose him.

Posted Feb 7, 2019
Aiden H.
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Very easygoing with my shy child. After his first lesson, and being unsure, my son now thinks he will like piano. He said, "it's fun"!

Posted Aug 9, 2018
Fatu F.
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so far great as only first lesson, but seems to be qualified and commited to students. Looking forward to the next lessons.

Posted Jun 27, 2018
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My daughter has been taking piano lessons with David. He makes it fun and interesting, she really enjoys the classes.

Posted May 29, 2018
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He is a very kind person, very professional.

Posted Nov 14, 2017
Trish D.
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David was very helpful and I learned more about my Roland keyboard. He is very friendly and likeable. He was very patient with me as I haven't played for a long timed. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Jun 22, 2017
Greg L.
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He's a great guitar teacher- very intuitive- really will help you along in your guitar journey. He became a friend as well. Thank you so much for your help.

Posted Apr 20, 2017
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Great start. Just had one lesson so far so I expect to learn a lot!

Posted Jan 16, 2016
colleen D.
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David is really easygoing and so patient. He's helped me to learn some songs in genres I like and I'm comfortable playing along with him in a way that I hadn't been in previous lessons. I'm glad to be learning from him.

Posted Aug 17, 2015
Peter P.
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I have been taking lessons with David for about 4 months. Excellent teacher!! i have learned a lot from each lesson.

Posted Aug 17, 2015
Patty R.
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He is very patient! He has been able to teach my daughter different genres of music. Expanded her knowledge on different types of genres. Very sweet, very approachable. Very reliable!

Posted Jun 5, 2015
John T.
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I was a little skeptical with my son, who is six years old,to start taking drum lessons because I thought he was too young. Well, it turns out that he is not and I am thankful that David is his teacher because he is awesome with him. He is very kind and patient. My son is learning a lot! I am very happy.

Posted Mar 18, 2015
Lisa C.
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David is very patient teacher and he truly personalizes his lessons. He focuses on what you want to learn (e.g. how to read music, learn to play a specific song), and he gets you there with great, fun exercises to encourage learning. He is really good with beginners. I would highly recommend David for the Uke.

Posted Feb 20, 2015
Greg L.
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David is an incredible instructor, I'm not writer so it's a challenge to express how the combination of his talent, personality and love of the arts that makes him so easy to work with. His sessions are magical and he really has taught me a lot in a short period of time. Highly Recommended.

Posted Jan 22, 2015
Greg L.
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David is a great teacher for many reasons, but first of all he loves people and music. He's easy to work with, positive, fun and amazing at accelerating my guitar skills. I highly recommend him.

Posted Dec 11, 2014
Hayden M.
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David was my first choice and I couldn't be more satisfied. He's prompt and polite. He shows patience in it's entirety yet he is very persistent as he just only wants to progress. Also, he is extremely encouraging and not just talk. I told David at our first lesson that I had never touched a guitar before and that he was out of his mind to suggest we start with The Beatles as a first song to learn. He just smiled and said I could learn it by the end of the month if I really wanted to. It came out like a challenge but I liked that he had faith in my abilities, and sure enough after only two months of practicing I felt confident enough to get up on stage and perform live. It was my first performance ever. David's passion for music makes him a stellar instructor!

Posted Nov 29, 2014
Carolyn R.
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When I met David, music had not always been a positive experience. As an older student, I am not always able to practice and I do have other things on my mind. He has never scolded me for not practicing, he is very patient with all my musical hangups, and he keeps meeting me where I am at. I may still not be comfortable with music, but I am comfortable with him.

Posted Sep 6, 2014
Amy O.
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David is a wonderful music teacher. He is especially good with children because of his patience and intuitive approach. He puts a great deal of care and energy into each one of his students and gets great results! His ability to meet students where they are at, and to engage them with music that they care about helps his students to enter more deeply into the learning process. David is a thoughtful, passionate, and skilled music teacher.

Posted May 28, 2014

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Music Instructor
May 2002 - Present

Private Company

This is my personal business I've had for over 12 years now. I teach many instruments/styles of music, perform, and even Act on the side too.


Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance for Classical/Jazz Guitar
Jan 2000 - May 2002

Florida Atlantic University

Music- Classical Guitar, Piano, Composition, Chorale, etc.
Jan 2000 - May 2002

Florida Atlantic University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Cum Laude
May 2002

Florida Atlantic Unversity

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