David Robles

David R.

Brewster, NY

About David R.

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David teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 1999
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

Hi my name is David and I love and enjoy teaching guitar lessons to students of all ages and I come to your home for lessons. My goal in life is to enrich people's lives with music. The first thing I do is interview the student and find out why they want to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized custom guitar lesson workbook for each of my students at no cost to the student or parent. This way, my students have a weekly organized practice routine and they become successful. Having a teaching degree, (B.A. Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition / Master's in Education - M.A.T. / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA).

I create all of the guitar lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, rhythm, chords, scales, riffs, arpeggio's, songs, and exercises etc. I break down songs into easy digestible parts so students can learn a song in a logical and most manageable way. I use a color coded method to teach that I created that help students not only learn and understand scales and chords but also they are able to see visually how scales and chords are created. I currently teach private guitar lessons and have worked for 12 years in our local schools as a teacher with students K through 12. For 2 years, from 2012 to 2014 I taught an after-school enrichment guitar and songwriting class. I created the curriculum and music workbook specifically for 6 and 7-year old children whom I taught at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, NY. In College I won an award for the most Improved Studio Composition Student at Purchase College. I incorporate lessons that I have learned in the classroom as a teacher to help my guitar students learn. I feel the most important thing for my students to learn about music is to have a lot of fun.

Photos and Videos

Me and Bernie Williams jamming.

Experience

Teacher, Musician, Composer

Jul 1999 - Nov 2015
Freelance

• Created individualized, customized lessons to meet the learning
needs of students of a wide range of ages and abilities
• Taught students theory, sight reading, guitar technique and song
writing skills
• Students learned about chords, rhythm, melodies and good
practice habits
• Helped students explore a variety of different styles of music

Substitute Teacher

Jan 1999 - Mar 2015
Byram Hills, Greenburg, Hendrick Hudson, Lakeland, Ossining, Putnam, and Wooster Schools

All Grades, All Subjects
• Implemented lesson plans and taught multiple subjects
• Maintained classroom management
• Worked cooperatively with various staff
• Motivated student class participation
• Conducted parent/ teacher conferences to resolve student conflicts

Music Teacher

Sep 2012 - May 2014
Pequenakonck Elementary School, North Salem N.Y.

Arts in Education Service, Intro to Guitar & Songwriting Class
• Create customized curriculum for guitar and songwriting classes
• Produce a method workbook to meet the learning needs of 6 & 7
year olds
• Students learn basic music theory, sight reading, guitar technique,
song form, and performance
• Learn about chords, rhythm, melodies, and basic songwriting skills
• Encourage good practice habits
• Students explore a variety of different styles of music

Education

Master's Degree, M.A.T. Middle Childhood / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA

Sep 2005 - May 2008
Manhattanville College

Bachelor's Degree / Bachelor of Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition

Sep 1995 - May 2001
State University of New York College at Purchase

Bachelor of Arts / History / Concentration - American History

Sep 1995 - May 2001
State University of New York College at Purchase

Completed Undergraduate Education Program, Teaching / 25 Credits

Sep 1997 - May 1998
Manhattanville College

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Most Improved Studio Composition Student, Purchase College April 1997,

Apr 1997
Purchase College
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14 Reviews on David R.

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Carol Sep 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Really enjoying the lessons. Dave has tremendous experience and has made the start of this journey for me really easy. Looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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Marcus B. Sep 8, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
David was very organized, thorough and connected well my son. We are off to a great start.
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Marcus B. Sep 8, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
David was very organized, thorough and connected well my son. We are off to a great start.
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Stormy P. Jan 18, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
This may just be the best instructor in the history of Instructors!

David has been mentoring our Foster Child and not only am I impressed with his personalized lesson plans, professionalism and overall organization, but more importantly I'm amazed by the connection he's made with my Foster Son.

It's the latter part that money just can't buying is very hard to find.

If you're in search of an instructor, be sure to give David a shout - you will not be disappointed!
-Tony, New Milford, CT
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fred campion Dec 13, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Enjoyed first lesson and like the way the way he structured the way to practice.
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Mary Nov 30, 2015
Guitar · In home
David taught my son guitar for several years. We really loved him. He was a great guitar teach and Really related well with my son.
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Doris Nov 18, 2015
Guitar · In home
Dave is both a musician and professional educator, which made him a great guitar teacher for 2 of my daughters, between the ages of 6 and 12. He provided each of them with a binder organized by tabs to hold the songs, theory and notes he brought to each week's lesson. Dave asked the girls about their musical tastes so he could develop lesson plans that held their interest. He is reliable and arrived on time each week. I was so impressed with Dave as a guitar teacher that I recommended him to our local school's after school enrichment program, and I would recommend him for in-home lessons as well.
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Ruban Nov 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
I have learned more with David in a month than I have in various attempts to learn the guitar on and off over the past 20 years.
He has a comprehensive approach and yet it keeps me interested and makes me really want to practice.
He is also teaching my 11 year old son and had captured his imagination too.
Furthermore he comes to our home and is a Luthier to boot! Setup both our guitars to the point where I kid you not they both sound SO much better.
I cannot recommend David highly enough.
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David Nov 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Dave taught my son guitar for about five years, from his middle school years up through high school. He always made my sons lessons fun and taught him music theory all along with learning enjoyable songs. Dave always encouraged my son to play things that were challenging and interesting yet complex enough to grow as a musician. He continues to play guitar and his ongoing love for guitar is due in part to Dave's years of lessons giving him the level of skill and joy.
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Jim Nov 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
David is a former student of mine at the COnservatory of Music at Purchase College. I picked the first category since every one of them fits David. At college, David majored in studio composition, a commercial writing major. So he brings a thorough understanding of musical structure. He knows how what you are playing works, and he uses it to help you achieve a greater understanding of music. I thoroughly recommend this dedicated teacher.