David Skelly

David S.

Providence, RI

Lesson Details



David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2011

I am a 28 year old multi instrumentalist and music educator based in Providence, RI with five years of teaching experience privately and in public schools. I have taught guitar, bass, piano, drum set, percussion, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, and saxophone to students aged 8-80. I also specialize in composition, music theory, and music production. I believe my job as an educator is to meet my students at their current level of ability and interest and work from there to meet and exceed the student's desire for progress. I am patient and teach by guiding my students with inspirational but attainable goals suited to their interests and aspirations. I'm very kind and non-threatening and enthusiastic about teaching students of all ages and abilities.

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Music Instructor
Jul 2016 - Present
Middlebridge School

I teach private lessons to students aged 14-19 at a private boarding school in Naragansett, RI. I also work with them on songwriting, production, music theory, and ensemble playing.

Music Director
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
Hadley Public Schools

I worked for four years teaching music at Hopkins Academy and Hadley Elementary School. I did small group instrumental lessons for grades 3-6, an Elementary Band ensemble, as well as Middle School and High School Band and Chorus. I also led the Jazz Band, Marching Band, and supervised the Pep Band, as well as teaching Music Theory and Music Production classes.

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Band Director
Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
Converse Middle School

I taught Middle School (grades 5-7) small group lessons as well as conducted two band ensembles and a jazz band.

Music Counselor
Jun 2009 - Aug 2010
Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC)

I worked for two summers at this amazing arts camp, teaching very open ended and creative classes alongside focused, concept driven large scale collaborative projects with campers aged 11-16. This experience left me with a very open minded and collaborative approach to education that greatly informs my work.

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Jazz Composition and Arranging
Sep 2014 - May 2016
UMass Amherst
Music Education
Sep 2006 - May 2011
UMass Amherst


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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3 Reviews

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Dylan Aug 11, 2017
Piano · In home

Off to a great start!

laurenco Jun 12, 2017
Drum · In home

David is a great teacher had fun made it easy

Kenneth Jun 2, 2017
Clarinet · In home

Achieved exactly what a hoped. Good job.

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