- Levels Taught:
- Teaches students:
- Ages 10+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- October 2007
I have spent the last 11 years teaching both music and Spanish. I have directed secondary orchestras, taught elementary music, IB Diploma Program Spanish, middle and high school Spanish at a school for students with learning differences, and been the Executive Director for a nonprofit youth orchestra. I maintain my practice of teaching private lessons because of my passion for teaching one-on-one.
I have a particular knack for getting middle school-aged through adult students excited about new aspects of what they are learning. My enthusiasm for both music and language tends to translate to my students. Honestly, I'm a nerd when it comes to music and language; I love learning about the intricacies of different chord voicings or teaching the differences between gerunds and present progressive verbs.
Aside from music, I love being outside. Skiing, fly-fishing, and backpacking are some of my favorite things in the world.
*** Lesson Details ***
I teach guitar (beginning through advanced), and beginning violin, viola, and cello, as well as offering Spanish tutoring.
Although classical guitar is my primary strength, I am more than willing to teach any style that a student may want to learn. If you want to learn rock, blues, jazz, etc. I'd be thrilled to teach you that particular genre. To me, style is simply a vehicle to learn over-arching musical ideas and skills.
The most important musical skill that I can help students develop is reading music. If a student can read music, regardless of current technical ability, ambition, or musical preferences, they will be able to learn more music than I will ever be able to teach them. Linguistically, the most important skill I can develop in students is listening (though I do, of course, teach students to read, write, and speak as well). This is the base of so much future learning, as they will hear much more than simply what they are learning in tutoring sessions.
I make it my serious goal to teach myself out of a job, to give students the tools that they need to go out and learn as much as they possibly can (or want to), so that when our lessons eventually come to an end, they have a solid base from which to grow.
My personal style is fairly laid back. I am a very easy-going individual, but I do expect that my students practice. As long as a student is practicing and putting forth effort, I will bend over backwards to help them.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own instruments and books. I expect students to have their own instrument and be willing to buy books as well.
*** Specialties ***
Currently teaching 5th - 12th grade orchestra, formerly taught middle school Spanish.
Taught 4th - 11th grade orchestra, 4th grade general music, middle school Spanish, and International Baccalaureate ab initio Spanish.
Taught middle school and high school Spanish to students with learning differences.
Restarted and oversaw the development of a community-based, non-profit orchestra for students from 10 to 18 years of age.
Taught kindergarten through 6th grade general music at Clear Sky Elementary School.
Taught orchestra and beginning strings classes at John Hanson Montessori School, John Hanson French Immersion School, Oxon Hill Middle School, and James Madison Middle School.
Certified teacher of Spanish in the state of Colorado
Certified teacher of music in the state of Colorado
Very positive experience. My daughter really enjoys her lessons and looks forward to the next. She has learned a lot. Highly recommend!
He was very easy going and yet professional. I felt that he was able to cover a lot of ground in an hour and felt it was well worth the money. I liked that he not only pointed out things that could be corrected but also things I was doing right.
David is a great Guitar teacher.
David has been a great guitar teacher for my teenage kid! He was patient with her but he also challenged her to work harder. My kid learned a lot in just a few months, from no experience to being able to play somewhat difficult scales and chords! I believe that Davidâs experiences both as a high school teacher and as a musician help him to be a great guitar teacher.
David is a wonderful teacher and a great person. I can not be happier about the decision I made to have David teaching guitar to my son.
Patient, knowledgable, and challenging
I am not the student. I am the grandmother of the 8-year-old student. David is very patient with my grandson yet insists on the kid practicing. He challenges my grandson and has earned the respect of both my grandson and me. My grandson is learning a lot and enjoying the experience very much. Kudos to David.