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David passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1988

I love teaching! More than just someone to help students sing correctly, I really support and empower the people I work with. I want you to follow your dreams and if I can help by getting you singing better than ever before, that's great. I'm lucky in that I do what I love. I started as a choral conductor back in 1983 while in community college, then when to U.O.P. Conservatory of Music and got my bachelors in music education. Then I went to Northern Arizona University and got my masters in choral conducting. I have taught kindergarten through college, in public/private schools and colleges. I love working with all ages, seniors too.

Some of my students have gone on to successful careers on Broadway, as pop musicians, as award-winning teachers, or have been admitted to top music universities.

The jazz bug bit me hard in 1987, when I was accepted to the Banff Summer Jazz Institute, where I studied with Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, and Julian Priester. Since then I have played with some of the world's best jazz artists, including Ari Roland, John Marshall, and Joe Farnsworth. I will tour Russia with my trio in September of 2019!

If you want to get your jazz chops to a higher level, we can definitely do that, including improvisation and theory in jazz.

I grew up listening to Stevie Wonder so R&B is in my soul. I'm also a pretty decent pop musician/pianist. I had many years of teaching 'Classical' voice also...and am comfortable teaching Italian art songs.

I look forward to working with you--David

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Experience

Voice Teacher
Sep 1983 - Present
Self

Education

Masters in Music, Choral Conducting
Sep 1990 - Jun 1992
NAU
Bachelor of Music Education, Vocal Emphasis
Sep 1984 - Jun 1988
University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music

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Here I am with the Saint Petersburg Jazz Philharmonic in Russia.
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Egor May 4, 2019
Jazz Voice · In studio

I'm a professional classical singer and I came to David to learn how to sing jazz. He changed my life: I use his vocal tips not only in jazz but also in my classical singing. I became more confident in my work and in my life in general. David is an experienced musican, singer, and teacher. He is a wonderful and responsive person.

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Alexandra May 3, 2019
Singing · In studio

David is an incredibly professional, kind and caring voice teacher. Just the first lesson with him helped me make a huge improvement in singing - he made me feel relaxed and finally break my inner blocks so I started to sing with much bigger confidence than before. David has a lot of valuable knowledge and techniques to share with his students. And what is also important he is an extremely friendly person, always willing to answer your questions and help you achieve your singing goals.

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