David Larsen

David L.

Nashville, TN
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I am a private music instructor with over 20 years’ performing and teaching experience. There is so much unique joy in playing a brass instrument, and it is my goal to help my students feel that joy! I tailor each lesson to each student's individual abilities and learning methods. For students in school bands, I try to provide lessons that complement what they learn in band class, focusing on areas of performance that may not receive attention in a group setting. For all my students, regardless of level or instrument, I try to find music for them to play that they are interested in learning while still covering everything they need to get a solid foundation on their instrument. I encourage and assist my students in finding opportunities to perform in solo performances and with other groups. I also pride myself in creating an environment where the students are comfortable asking questions to help improve their playing.

Over my teaching career, I have worked with over 200 individual students. Many of my students are not only successful in their bands but in regional honor bands and Solo and Ensemble competitions as well. While I now only teach part time, I have years of full-time teaching experience as well. When I was full-time, I worked directly with several Nashville-area schools, including the nationally-acclaimed Oliver Middle School band. When country musician Adam Sanders sought school musicians to accompany him at CMA Fest in 2018, 75% of the brass section was enrolled in my private lesson studio! Last year, competing against hundreds of students from all over the region, my students took second-chair trumpet and trombone at MTSBOA Mid-State.

Contact me for lessons today to enhance your playing!

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  • Speaks English, Spanish, Tagalog
  • Teaches students 8 and up

Reviews (10)

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Sridevi R. Nov 18, 2017
Trumpet · Online

LeOnna Aug 16, 2017
Trumpet · Online

David was perfect for my son. Patient, flexible and very talented. We will be using him again in the future!

Sridevi R. Feb 11, 2017
Trombone · Online

Janet L. Feb 8, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Chaitanya R. Sep 3, 2016
Trombone · Online

David was very friendly and patient.

Janet L. Aug 3, 2016
Trumpet · Online

My son really enjoyed his trumpet lesson with David. A very thorough instructor.

Nathan Jun 10, 2016
Trombone · In studio

David is awesome! He immediately put us both at ease and was so patient and encouraging with my son-- who has no experience with playing music. When we left my son felt proud of what he had learned. It was a great experience!

Raymond C. Jan 15, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

After just one lesson, my son was even more interested in playing his trumpet. He went home and practiced everything David taught him. David gave him some tips on making the sounds flow more naturally.

Jacob S. Jul 28, 2015
French Horn · In home

The best instructor I have ever had. He worked through all of the stuff I had trouble with, and is very funny.

Jan W. Mar 23, 2015
Trombone · In home

David taught my daughter when she first decided to play the trombone in middle school band. It takes a special person to work with a moderately motivated, quiet 12 year old girl. He was patient, providing her with plenty of skills to achieve 1st chair without pushing too hard, or the wrong way. However, without his guidance, she would never have attempted to try out for mid-state. He urged her to play music she liked, but also made sure she was exposed to jazz, improv and other styles. He accommodated our ever changing schedule, and probably hid frustration well when she forgot her instrument or didn't practice. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher!

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Lesson Details

Trombone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

I have fifteen years' experience teaching all brass instruments. I will make sure you are playing music you enjoy while developing strong fundamentals with your embouchure and tone. Whether just getting started or preparing for that big audition, I can help you meet your goals!

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Experience

Music Instructor
Jan 2004 - Present

Independent

Independent private music instruction, with over 200 students so far during my career.

Brass Instructor
Jan 2007 - Aug 2018

Music & Arts Center

Sole brass instructor at the Music and Arts Center in Murfreesboro, TN.

Brass Instructor
Sep 2013 - May 2018

Oliver Middle School

In-school private brass instructor for the award-winning Oliver Middle School. Life changes meant I had to leave this fantastic program. I miss it a lot!


Education

Bachelor of Music, Theory and Composition
Aug 1999 - May 2003

Middle Tennessee State University


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Tagalog

Limited Proficiency


Affiliations

National Association for Music Education
Sep 2013
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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