David Neves

David N.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Throughout my time at Berklee, NEC, and now Juilliard, I have studied with many great teachers and musicians from Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Henderson, Kenny Barron, Tiger Okoshi, John McNeil, and Laurie Frink to Jerry Bergonzi, and Miguel Zenon. The diverse subjects we went over in lessons and classes gives me a unique knowledge of certain styles and musical ideas. I try to be as personal and individual as I can when it comes to teaching students. That was the thing that stood out amongst my favorite teachers.

About David N.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, I have performed with some of the worlds most accomplished and well-known musicians, including Wayne Shorter, Dave Liebman, Arturo O’Farrill, Ellis Marsalis, Randy Weston, among many others. Along with performances at the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Small's Jazz Club, and others, I have been very lucky to have traveled, performed, and taught all over the globe in venues such as the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Fandango Fronterizo Festival in Tijuana, Mexico, Abu Dhabi, the Torino Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the Panama Jazz Festival.

During my time at the New England Conservatory, I had the opportunity to study with John McNeil, and the late-great Laurie Frink. Being students themselves to the famous Carmine Caruso, I learned a lot about developing a routine that covers all aspects of playing, technical and musical. My teaching style stems a lot from Laurie's teaching style and methods, and I am excited each time I get to share the knowledge she passed to me onto other students. I share my experiences and techniques learned from her and John McNeil as well as my own variations on their methods. While constantly working towards the students goals, I incorporate the necessary framework to being a strong and versatile trumpet player and musician.

In February 2014, I independently released “Progress Report”, my first full-length album as a leader and composer. Along with a full teaching studio, and a recent member of the orchestra for the hit Broadway musical, “Tootsie”; I can be seen performing all over, in and around the New York City area.

Teaching Philosophy
-Find several avenues of interest for different levels of students.
-Improve technique and musicality through engaging and informative methods.
-Develop discipline and a sense of creativity within student, and present expressive and communal performing opportunities.
-Create sense of community among peers and educators to continuously develop musical personalities.
-With students overall goals in mind, present trumpet history, music theory, improvisation, general musicianship, and pedagogy.

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Rebecka
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Dave is a very patient teacher. You can tell he is passionate about music and the trumpet from the way he interacts during a lesson. I look forward to every week when I take my lessons, and it has been such a fun hobby during these crazy times because of Covid-19.

Posted Nov 25, 2020
Matt
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David is an amazing player and teacher. The lesson was not only fun but incredibly informative as well. David's friendly teaching style really helps keep the learning environment friendly and approachable. Anyone would be lucky to study with him!

Posted Nov 25, 2020
Rémy
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Dave is the best Instructor one can have for Trumpet and Jazz Music. A stellar Jazz Musician in my eyes and in my ears. Plain greatness. Language oh my... This cat has it all ! He also provided me with fantastic trumpet/chops exercices. Overall each trumpet lesson was a very inspiring musical experience for me.

Posted Nov 24, 2020
Cosimo
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Dave is the best! His lesson are always fun and engaging. If you follow is advices getting better is going to be easy and fun!

Posted Nov 24, 2020
Paul
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I sort of found David as a teacher accidentally after hearing an amazing performance by him. His instruction was patient, and really covered the basics that I need very well. I highly recommend him!

Posted Nov 24, 2020
Aron Kunofsky
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I've had David as a trumpet teacher for four years. He is one of the best trumpet players I've ever met, and he has taught me a lot. I started off as a beginner trumpet player, and he has helped me grow so much as a trumpet player and as a musician. He has a lot to teach about trumpet techniques, music theory and improvisation. He is also a very enjoyable person to talk to, and i always look forwards to our lessons.

Posted Nov 23, 2020
Rémy
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“Dave is the best Instructor one can have for trumpet and Jazz Music. A stellar Jazz Musician in my eyes and in my ears. Plain greatness. Each trumpet lesson was a very inspiring musical experience for me. Language oh my... This cat has it all !!”

Posted Nov 23, 2020
Paolo
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Dave is a very skilled trumpet teacher. He is very methodical and he provided me, right off the bat, with the right set of exercises to take my playing to the next level. Since I started taking lessons with him my chops have improve radically and my improvisational skills have taken a gigantic leap forward. I highly recommend him!

Posted Nov 23, 2020
Darrell G.
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David is a great teacher at teaching the complex
and making it very understandable regarding the trumpet.

Posted Oct 13, 2016
Dave
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David was great. The class was a lot of fun and I learned exercises and pointers that I could put to use right away. Looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Aug 14, 2016
Gabby
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David's a really cool teacher. He knows a lot and has given me a ton of stuff to improve my playing and get ready for college. He's such a good and helpful teacher I even recommended him to my friend to take lessons.

Posted Jul 5, 2016
Lee
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Dave is an inspiring and extremely thoughtful teacher. He always brings the right energy and gives 100% of his heart and soul. Whether it's studying trumpet or music in general, you'll be in great hands!

Posted Jul 5, 2016
Naomi
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Definitely recommend Dave as a Trumpet teacher! I'm a musician but had never played trumpet; Dave helped open a totally new side of my musicianship! He is so knowledgable not only in Jazz, but all other genres of music as well. Dave won't just make you a better trumpet player by focusing on technique and learning the instrument, but he'll also make you a better musician overall with his well rounded approach to music and theory. He is also just a super awesome guy and easy to get along with and feel comfortable around. Definitely recommend for any ages or skill levels!

Posted Jun 30, 2016
Jessica
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I've been taking lessons with Dave since I moved to America last August. I was nervous about switching teachers as I had had the same one for a while in Australia, but Dave has been amazing. He's helped me get my chops together, and helped me fix bad habits, too. He's also a great person and really easy to get along with which makes the learning process much more efficient. I recommend him highly!

Posted Jun 30, 2016
Shannon C.
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Taking lessons with David opened a whole new perspective in my playing. He was knowledgable about jazz and music in general. His patience and positivity made the lesson very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend him!

Posted Jun 30, 2016

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Experience

Trumpet Instructor/Teaching Artist
May 2018 - Present

Afro Latin Jazz Academy of Music

Teaching artist teaching private trumpet instruction under the direction of the ALJAM. Created unique exercises based on each students interests and needs. Topics included trumpet calisthenics, jazz theory, repertoire instruction, improvisation.

Trumpet Instructor
Nov 2015 - Present

Music To Your Home

Private lessons in students homes. Developed lesson plans for each student, and assessed progress during weekly lessons. Topics included trumpet technique, improvisation, musicianship. From ages 10-18.

Trumpet Instructor
Dec 2014 - Present

Private Teaching Studio

Private instruction. Created unique exercises based on each students learning challenges/needs. Topics included trumpet technique, improvisation, musicianship, classical and jazz theory. From ages 10+

Resident Trumpet Instructor
Sep 2016 - Dec 2016

Little Red School House, NYC

Private trumpet instruction. Created unique exercises based on each students learning challenges/needs. Topics included trumpet technique, improvisation, musicianship, classical and jazz theory. From ages 14-15.

Juilliard Jazz Workshop Faculty
Apr 2016 - Apr 2016

Juilliard/Torino Jazz Festival

Featured artist and faculty at 2016 Torino Jazz Festival. Conducted trumpet/improvisation masterclass. Taught advanced ensemble (featured at the final day of festival). Topics included trumpet technique, jazz history, jazz recordings, jazz theory, musicianship.

Resident Trumpet Instructor
Sep 2014 - May 2015

Medfield High School

After school program, where private and group lessons of 4-5 people were conducted. Developed lesson plans for each student, and assessed progress during weekly lessons. Topics included trumpet technique, improvisation, musicianship. From ages 10-18.

Education

Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies
Sep 2015 - May 2017

The Juilliard School

M.M. of Jazz Studies
Sep 2012 - May 2014

New England Conservatory

B.M. in Trumpet Performance
Sep 2007 - Dec 2011

Berklee College of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Carmine Caruso Jazz Solo Competition Semi-Finalist
Sep 2017

International Trumpet Guild

Member of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O'Farrill
Sep 2017

Afro Latin Jazz Alliance

The Juilliard School Scholarship
Sep 2015

The Juilliard School

New England Conservatory Scholarship
Sep 2012

New England Conservatory

First Place Winner of 2010 ITG Jazz Solo Competition
Jul 2010

International Trumpet Guild

Berklee College of Music Art Farmer Award 2009
Sep 2009

Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music Lennie Johnson Award 2009
Sep 2009

Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music Division Awards 2008
Jan 2008

Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music North-American Scholarship Award 2007
Sep 2007

Berklee College of Music

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Jun 2018
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Feb 2014
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
BMI
Feb 2014
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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