David Freeman

David F.

New York, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn how to master the art of tuba playing with a current Juilliard student. David Freeman, 21, has studied with Alan Baer of the New York Philharmonic for the past 4 years, and is expected to graduate from The Juilliard School in 2018. Originally from Los Angeles, David has had the pleasure of taking lessons with and working alongside many of LA's top tuba players, including Jim Self, Norm Pearson, Jeff Anderson, Scott Sutherland, and John van Houten. His lessons focus on preparing students of any level to take auditions, apply for schools/colleges, and play in bands/orchestras.
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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

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David Freeman, 21, currently attends The Juilliard School in New York City, pursuing a bachelor of music degree in tuba performance. His primary teacher is tubist Alan Baer, of the New York Philharmonic. Before his acceptance into Juilliard, David studied and worked with many professional musicians throughout Los Angeles, CA. He has had the privilege of taking lessons, attending master classes, and performing with some of the world’s best tubists including Jim Self, Roger Bobo, Norm Pearson, Jeff Anderson, and John Van Houten. He studied primarily with freelance trombonist Amy Bowers, of USC.

David's past teaching experiences include giving masterclasses, private lessons, and coaching small to large ensembles at a high school level. As a former drum major, David led/conducted his band frequently, preparing them for performances and competitions. He has a great amount of experience in audition preparation/success, as it is his most specialized subject. During his high school years between 2010-2014, David took over 15 live auditions on the tuba, earning himself a 100% success rate. He landed spots in ensembles all across California including Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, All-State Orchestra (both CODA and CBDA), All-State Winds, All-Southern Winds, and many more. During his summers, David attended Idyllwild Arts, where he landed the first chair spot two summers in a row by live audition, and won the orchestra spot by recorded audition during his final summer. Because of his dedication and strong preparation, David won a spot in every college he applied to including Juilliard, University of Southern California, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Colorado Boulder, and California State University Long Beach.

Though he is a full time student and member of the Juilliard Orchestra, David also has had many performance opportunities outside of school. In 2014, he performed the Vaughan-Williams Tuba Concerto with the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, and since then, he has had the pleasure of performing with the Brooklyn Symphony, Mannes College, Weill-Cornell, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, and the Altino Brothers at Carnegie Hall.

David's brass quintet, Apex Brass, regularly performs in prestigious venues all across New York, including Alice Tully Hall, New York Supreme Court, Morgan Library, and various museums. In the summer of 2017, the quintet took off to Japan, where they competed in the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Shortly after, Apex was invited to Tianjin, China, where they performed at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Juilliard-Tianjin campus, and gave a recital at the Tianjin Conservatory.

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Tour Guide - Admissions
Sep 2017 - Present
The Juilliard School

Office Assistant - Student Affairs
Aug 2015 - Present
The Juilliard School

Resident Counselor
Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
The Juilliard School

On-call camp counselor for the Juilliard Summer Dance Intensive & Percussion Seminar

Summer Intern
Jul 2016 - Aug 2016
Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company

Insurance Services


Bachelor of Music - Tuba Performance
Sep 2014 - Present
The Juilliard School


Fluent / Native Proficiency


CPR/AED Certified
Feb 2017
American Red Cross


Performed for the First Lady of China, Peng Liyuan
Nov 2015
The Juilliard School
Scholarship Recipient
Sep 2014
The Juilliard School
Concerto Competition Winner
May 2014
Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra
Black Belt - Tae Kwon Do
Jun 2008
Extreme Martial Arts Center

Photos & Videos

Headshot (2016)

After performing Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ Tuba Concerto with the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra; Costa Mesa, CA (May 2014)

In the practice room (April 2017)

Juilliard Orchestra Low Brass (May 2015)

Recital at Tianjin Conservatory, China (June 2017)

9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Japan (May 2017)
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Dan C. Jan 23, 2018
Tuba · In home

David is a truly superb teacher! I was in a bit of a unique situation where I had to learn tuba for a specific performance. Never having played tuba before, (or any brass instrument, for that matter) I was a bit worried. I took some lessons from David, and within two weeks, I got my chops together. David's instruction gave me the confidence and abilities that I needed to perform in a rather high pressure setting. Highly recommended.

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