David Otey

David O.

San Carlos, CA

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn embouchure, breathing techniques, range building,efficient posture and hand position, reading music in a variety of styles.
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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 1989

I've studied with some of the finest trombonists in the US and completed my Bachelors degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Arizona. My performing background is a balanced mix of classical and commercial ensembles. I've played in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, show bands, jazz bands, chamber music, and dixieland to name just a few. It all starts with learning the basics and that's how I approach brass playing (which includes trumpet, french horn, trombone, bass trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba) with my students. I have many years experience teaching in-studio and in-house, as well as teaching brass at a performing arts high school. Students learn relaxed technique, production of a beautiful tone, overall musicality in many styles, and sight-reading.

*** Lesson Details ***
I place an emphasis on building embouchure, breathing, posture, musical interpretation, sight-reading and theory.

I encourage relaxation while enjoying the process of making music.

All of the above can be applied to any style of music the student is interested in exploring.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is located in a relaxed setting near a creek. For the teaching of brass instruments, not much equipment is needed though I have a metronome, tuner, digital recorder, sounds system, and plenty of music to get started.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with necessary instruments, metronome, digital recorder, and whatever music I'd be introducing at that particular lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Bass Trombone, and Tuba

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Bachelor of Music
Sep 1984 - May 1987
University of Arizona
Bachelor of Music
Sep 1982 - Jun 1984
Linfield College, McMinnville, OR


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Bachelor of Music
Jun 1987
University of Arizona

Trombone Performance

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Brian C. Sep 15, 2017
Trumpet · In studio

My first instruction from David O. couldn't have gone better. He quickly summed up my abilities (or lack thereof) and put me on a course for improvement. Dave's style of teaching was fun and unintimidating. In addition, Dave is extremely patient and sincere. I'm looking forward to the next lessons.

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