David Jones

Dave L.

Hermitage, TN
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Levels Taught:
Clarinet lessons for beginners through intermediate levels or for advanced saxophone players seeking Clarinet as a double
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David teaches



David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 1994

Education Experience:

Private Lessons - 20 years
Public School - 4 years

Instruments taught: piano, woodwinds

Dave holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from The University of Central Florida. While teaching for the St. Johns County School system in St. Augustine Florida from 2002-2006, Dave was twice nominated for Teacher of the Year and wrote several award winning grants for his school's music program. Certifications from the state of Florida he has held include K-12 instrumental music.

Performance Experience:

Dave as performed and worked throughout the United States, including Hawaii, and also in Europe, & the Caribbean. His primary instruments include keyboard instruments and saxophone.

Dave has performed or toured directly with artists such as 80's Pop icon Tiffany, Heidi Newfield (formerly of the platinum selling band, Trick Pony), late Opry star, Mel McDaniel, Grammy nominated vocalist, John Berry, and has been touring and recording with platinum selling band, Sister Hazel since 2012.

Dave has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry numerous times as well as national television, with shows including The Late, Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson, The Academy of Country Music Awards, and various TV specials on the Trinity Broadcast Network.

Prior to and since moving to Nashville in late 2007, Dave has always established a solid reputation among the professional musical community and continues to reach new goals each year as a musician and music educator.

Professional endorsements include, Nord Keyboards, Accusound Cables, and Westone In-Ear Monitors.

*** Lesson Details ***
All students who sign up for lessons will receive a basic fundamental foundation of musical knowledge. Once the fundamentals are understood and assessed, we can then begin to take a more in depth approach in reaching the student's specific goals as a musician. Aspiring songwriters, usually playing piano or guitar will have a different agenda than a high school saxophonist practicing for their state music assessments. Lessons are built around each student's specific interests.

It is important to know that your musical goals can be met with consistent practice, discipline, and dedication to your chosen instrument. So what is the most valuable and sometimes the most difficult skill musicians must learn and subscribe to? HOW to practice...and that will be the underlying theme to each and every lesson we share. The way we practice shapes us as musicians!

Remember that each time people hear you play or sing, you are only compared to the best there is. Smart practice makes perfect!

*** Studio Equipment ***
88 keys fully-weighted, music stand; iPad, Metronome, musical literature.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Apple iPad, metronome

*** Specialties ***
Traditional methods for all instruments; begin with fundamentals while measuring consistent application of skills learned from week to week. For piano in addition to traditional methods, I also can teach a songwriter based course with more emphasis on chord structures, ear training, and chart writing. I also place a big emphasis on HOW to practice rather than just how often.

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Private Instructor
Jun 1994 - Present
Self Employed

Began teaching lessons in 1994

Freelance Musician
Jun 1990 - Present
Self Employed

Self Employed Musician

Director of Instrumental Music
Aug 2002 - May 2006
St. John County Schools

Director at two schools in St. Johns County FL between 2002-2006. Gamble Rogers Middle School and St. Johns County Center for the Arts.


Bachelor of Music Education w/specialization in Instrumental Music
Aug 1998 - May 2001
University of Central Florida


Fluent / Native Proficiency


K-12 Music - With specialization in Instrumental Music
May 2001
University of Central Florida


Teacher of the Year
May 2006
Gamble Rogers Middle School - St. Augustine, FL
Teacher of the Year - Nominee
May 2005
Gamble Rogers Middle School - St. Augustine, FL


National Education Association
Aug 2002

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

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Photos & Videos

Sitting in with some friends at The 5 Spot in Nashville, circa 2018.
On saxophone - performing with Sister Hazel - "Purple Rain" cover during a show in Winston-Salem NC circa 2014.
Performing with Grammy nominated vocalist, John Berry. Trinity Broadcast Network, December 2011.
During a recording session in Nashville, TN.

Before a show at The House of Blues in Orlando, FL w/ Sister Hazel.

Taken at The Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville, TN  w/ Sister Hazel 2014.

Outdoor Festival in FL w/ Sister Hazel, 2014

On saxophone - w/ Sister Hazel performing "This Kind of Love".
Teaching Space. Comfortable, clean, pet free.
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15 Reviews

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Matt Jan 25, 2019
Saxophone · In studio

David is a great instructor. He can hear what you are doing wrong and tell you how to correct. I am learning Saxophone much faster than I thought possible.

Mark M. Jan 8, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

Good first lesson with Dave. He's a great communicator and seemed to understand my level of music experience; he knew the right subjects to linger on, and what information he could skip over, confident that I already knew it. I felt like we were able to cover a lot of ground in 45 short minutes.

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Mike May 25, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Dave is a great saxophone instructor. He's friendly, knowledgeable and an active touring musician. He also took into account my 25+ years of experience as a guitarist when introducing me to musical ideas and concepts for the saxophone. Highly recommended!

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Mike Dec 3, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

David was very positive, accessible and knowledgeable.

Kaden Aug 18, 2015
Piano · In home

It is obvious that Dave has a lot of training, experience and strength in teaching piano. He made my son feel at ease and had a lot of tools for assessing my sons ability and skills and areas that needed development. While being encouraging, he was also able to develop a practice plan and strategy for helping my son to get better in a fun environment. My son left with a huge smile, saying he was excited and liked his new teacher.

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Jake S. Jul 2, 2015
Saxophone · In home

Great guy , we've been using him for years!!!

Jake S. Jul 1, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

Great guy, we have used over the years.

Michael M. Feb 13, 2015
Piano · In studio

Dave is a great instructor and a really cool guy. I'm an adult student, with a job, family responsibilities, etc. Dave really works with my schedule and teaches me exactly what I want to learn, which helps me progress as fast a possible. He works with me to get an understanding of my goals with the piano, and structures each lesson to get me there quickly.

For my money, Dave's instruction is worth every penny.

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joseph B. Apr 17, 2014
Saxophone ·

Well worth the time and money

Dave was able to meet me where I was and move me toward the goals I had. As as an adult learner, I went in with zero experience with the saxophone but a clear picture of what I wanted to play and somewhat how I wanted to sound. Dave has a great set-up where we have privacy to make noise (sax's aren't known for being quiet). He's able to pluck things out on the piano quickly or to pull something up on the computer or just play. I went from starting out, to wanting to play a few songs, to improvising. Dave has been very helpful and ultimately keeps me improving and moving forward. I've taken other lessons on other instruments, but I will say this is one of the better teachers I have had. He listens well and is able to articulate what he wants you to do --- not trying to be a guru, but more of a guide that keeps you on track.

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Jamie Z. Dec 2, 2013
Piano ·

Dave is the best teacher. Hands down!

After having some rough experiences with past teachers in my life, I came to Dave with a very specific goal in mind. To learn piano so I may graduate college. I had a lot to learn very quickly! I am an older student which made this task a bit intimidating. He is very patient and is able to explain things in a way I understand. He has a very light and nice personality which makes me want to focus and try hard. He definitely pushes me, but in a way that isn't scary.

Dave is the best. He is an incredible teacher and a really nice guy. His studio is really neat and professional which matches his personality. Take lessons with him. You'll be glad you did!

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David J. Sep 8, 2013
Piano ·


Just want to give a shout out to the best piano teacher ever! Thanks Dave for all your guidance and support. We are having so much fun.. If you are looking for a piano teacher, Dave is your guy! He is so easy to work with & very knowledgeable. After 6-lessons, I am feeling confident in my playing and even my left hand doesn't feel like some stange appendage! LOL (yes, I'm a righty) Hands in the air...so, glad to have you Dave as my teacher!!!!

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Alison W. Oct 5, 2012

So lucky to have found Dave

My son was on the brink of giving up his saxophone, after becoming bored and disenchanted with school band/orchestra. After 3 lessons with Dave, his passion for his sax is coming back. He has learned exponentially with the one on one attnetion he has received, and Dave is the most patient, mild mannered guy I have ever met, yet he has mesmerized my son with his mad skills and example of what is possible on this instrument. I feel so blessed to have found such a talented person with so much patience and teaching ability who is willing to share. Any student would be privileged to have lessons with Dave.

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Alison W. Oct 2, 2012
Saxophone ·

A wonderful teacher!

Dave is very helpful and patient when it comes to teaching. He is certainly my best,and favorite teacher.

Lisa B. Aug 20, 2012
Piano ·

Great teacher!

First of all, Dave is an incredibly gifted musician, but his talent for teaching is top-notch as well. His laid-back personality worked well to put me at ease, and he is very patient in his guidance and instruction. He covers a lot of territory, but he utilizes a building-block method of teaching that makes sense to me. Speaking solely from the perspective of an adult student, he does challenge you to stretch and to think, to search for patterns and logical sequences on the keyboard. This makes the learning feel more collaborative, as though I’m engaging in my own progress in ways beyond the practice time. I highly recommend him if you’re looking for quality keyboard time with a great instructor.

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PatriciaA1 Mar 29, 2012

Great teacher!

David is a great teacher, my son started playing the piano bit by bit after 3 lessons and he doesn't want to miss a class. David has a lot of patience and explains in a nice way all the musical contents.

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