David English

David E.

Oceanside, CA
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Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
This was my major in College for Classical/Jazz Guitar, Voice, and Piano. I've been performing in my Rock Band Vision for more than 10 years too. I will help you to take the stage or feel confident enough to play for your friends at a party.
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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 1998

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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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

Photos & Videos

A little Introduction about me and how I teach.
Love to play and jam on this Music Man electric guitar.

Strumming on the Uke.

Laying down da Bass.

Getting down on the Gretsch kit.

Having fun on the Baby Grand piano.

Playing the new Ovation Acoustic guitar in the Studio.

Here is a good song I wrote with a couple of my students- Enjoy!
A Love song I wrote for my lovely wife. Recorded at Concordia University. Enjoy!
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23 Reviews

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Leila C. Jun 9, 2019
Piano · In home

Nice teacher.

Alex May 3, 2019
Guitar · In home

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.

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John F. Mar 3, 2019
Guitar · In home

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!!

Kevin C. Feb 16, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

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.

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Rachel L. Feb 13, 2019
Piano · In home

David is as good as they come! 110% recommend!

Monti L. Feb 7, 2019
Guitar · In home

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.

Aiden H. Aug 9, 2018
Piano · In home

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"!

Fatu F. Jun 27, 2018
Piano · In home

so far great as only first lesson, but seems to be qualified and commited to students. Looking forward to the next lessons.

Amanda May 29, 2018
Piano · In studio

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

Luke Nov 14, 2017
Piano · In studio

He is a very kind person, very professional.

Trish D. Jun 22, 2017
Piano · In home

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.

Greg L. Apr 20, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

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.

Mary Jan 16, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Great start. Just had one lesson so far so I expect to learn a lot!

colleen D. Aug 17, 2015
Guitar · In home

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.

Peter P. Aug 17, 2015
Piano · In studio

I have been taking lessons with David for about 4 months. Excellent teacher!! i have learned a lot from each lesson.

Patty R. Jun 5, 2015
Guitar · In studio

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!

John T. Mar 18, 2015
Drum · In home

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.

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Lisa C. Feb 20, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

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.

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Greg L. Jan 22, 2015
Guitar · In home

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.

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Greg L. Dec 11, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home

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.

Hayden M. Nov 29, 2014
Guitar · In studio

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!

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Carolyn R. Sep 6, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio

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.

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Amy O. May 28, 2014
Guitar · In studio

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.

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