David Kurtz

David K.

Santa Ana, CA

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

Teaching since:
June 2005

I graduated Fullerton College with an AA in Music and Liberal Arts. Since 2009, I have been playing shows across the U.S. in Clubs, Venues, Casinos and Festivals with several groups. Some of the styles I can play are:  Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Classical, Reggae, Folk, Funk, Latin and R&B. Recently, I published a book through Hal Leonard for the Solo Guitar. I have been teaching for 8 years and have helped many students grow, musically, from ages 5-70. Whatever it is in music you wish to learn, I can help you along your way, no matter what difficulty or challenge you are facing.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am usually very lenient toward the student. It is up to the student and the parent to schedule in their practicing for the week. I like to work with the student and work along with what they would like to learn (a song, scales, theory, chords, etc..). I also like to give the student some materials they wouldn't practice on their own to encourage more possibilities in their playing. This way, they can learn what they want, but are influenced in opening their horizons. The curriculum depends on the level of experience in the students playing. A beginner will get a beginning book and we will work on it until they are comfortable in reading, understanding rhythms and chords. When a student is intermediate, I like to work on their interests as well as detailing their strengths and challenging their weaknesses. After 3 to 6 months of lessons, with a good amount of practice, you can expect to see a great change in your playing. It also depends on your practice habits. I give enough material in a lesson to work on throughout the week. I have had students that practice minimally and still sound better after 3-6 months, but are doing the bare minimum. I have also had students that sound like they've been playing for 2+ years after such a short amount of time. Again, it depends on your motivation toward practicing when you are on your own time during the week. Of course I am here to help you motivate yourself. Lessons should be looked upon as a fun learning experience and not as a hard duty.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My instrument(s) and reference guides. They need their own instruments and paper/notebook.

*** Specialties ***
I teach everyone different, because everyone has a different personality. I can teach Jazz, Classical, Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Latin, Rock (sub genres included), Funk, Reggae and R&B.

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Experience

Author
Oct 2012 - Present
Hal Leonard and Centerstream Publishing

An Acoustic Christmas was written and recorded a few years ago when producer Michael Vail Blum (Madonna, Pink Floyd) requested that I write my own arrangements for standard Christmas songs. After recording it, I marketed my book to Hal Leonard/Centerstream, which was released about a year ago. You can find the recording on iTunes and the book through Hal Leonard.

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Guitarist/Arranger
Mar 2012 - Present
The Good Foot

The Good Foot is a old school and contemporary Funk/R&B/Motown cover group. Everyone in the band is a college music graduate. We play over Orange County's Coastal venues, clubs and restaurants/bars.

Guitarist/Keyboardist
Jan 2009 - Present
Sam Morrison Band

I have played across the U.S. in different Festivals, Venues, Casinos and Events since 2009. The Sam Morrison Band plays Southern Rock and originals. Influences and repertoire include The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Marshall Tucker.

Music Teacher
Dec 2007 - Present
Private

I have taught many different students from 5-65 for 7 years.

Education

AA Liberal Arts and Music
Sep 2004 - Dec 2008
Fullerton College
High School Diploma
Aug 2000 - Jun 2004
El Dorado High School

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Best Guitar Teacher Yorba Linda 2014
May 2014
Yorba Linda Award Program

Awards

Best Guitar Instructor Yorba Linda 2014
Apr 2014
Yorba Linda Awards Program

Photos & Videos

Photo shoot for my endorsement through Monster Cable.

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I made a quick arrangement some days ago to a great obscure Beach Boys tune.
Carol of the Drum, which I arranged for my book. I'm not much of a sales person as you will see at the end.
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