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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
April 2017

***Introduction***
Hi, my name is David and I'm a 2012 graduate from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. I'm retired from the Army and teach JROTC in high school in South Carolina. Teaching piano is one of my passions in life, and I hope to impart that passion to my students in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. My goal is to give you a solid foundation in technique and music theory that will last a life-time.

*** Lesson Details ***
This is the approach that I offer to students. I focus on teaching students the freedom to explore and discover through proficient sight-reading exercises, along with a rich musical selection of rote pieces, improvisation exercises, guided compositions, and excellently sequenced reading skills.

The method books that I use for young beginner students up to age 12 is called Piano Safari. This method provides students with a solid foundation in musical literacy through learning by sight which involves reading pieces and sight reading & rhythm cards using a systematic intervallic system. Learning by ear which includes Rote Pieces that are very patterned.

For 13 and up I start with Accelerated Piano Adventures by Faber. Has some really appealing songs that will challenge but not overwhelm you. Level 1 covers concepts such as legato and staccato, the treble clef, space notes, notes in treble C position (more position playing), intervals of 2nds, 3rd, 4ths, and 5ths, the half and whole rests, sharps and flats, tonic and dominant, the C chord, the V7 chord and finally G position.

For beginner adults I use Adult All-In-One Course by Alfred. There is a smooth, logical progression between each lesson, a thorough explanation of chord theory and playing styles, and outstanding songs, including folk, classical, and contemporary selections. At the completion of this method book, the student will have learned to play some of the most popular music ever written and will have gained a good understanding of basic musical concepts and styles.

With all ages I supplement with sight reading and improvisation exercises, along with flashcards as reinforcement.

As my students grow as musicians, my hope is that they will discover a love for music, giving them an appreciation of the arts for years to come.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Yamaha DGX-520 88-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard. An internal webcam on my laptop as well as an external Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, for multiple views.

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Education

Bachelor in Music
Dec 2010 - Dec 2012
Lee University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching Certificate
Aug 2001
U.S. Army Cadet Command

The course was designed to enhance skills in innovative teaching techniques, program administration, service learning and curriculum design.

Awards

Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM)
Dec 1996
United States Army
Good Conduct and U.S. Army National Defense Ribbon
Dec 1995
United States Army

Affiliations

MIDI Association
Jul 2017

The MIDI Associations mission is to nurture an inclusive global community of people who create music and art with MIDI. The www.MIDI.org website is the central repository of information about anything related to MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to next- gen protocols on the horizon.

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David's Takelesson's Studio

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My Classroom

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Method Book for 5-12 Repertoire Book 1-Sight Reading & Rhythm Cards-Digital Backing Tracks

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Method Book for 13 and up

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Method Book for Beginner Adults

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Cosette Apr 29, 2017
Piano · Online

David Wettrich has such a gift and passion when it comes to music. Not only does he work very hard to make each piece he plays the best it can be, but he has an innate sense of how to get it there. This is particularly true when it comes to playing by ear. He learns many pieces by ear and then makes them unique by how he interprets them when he plays. But the greatest thing I see about his musical skills is how he wants to be able to share the joy of music with others. And especially how he wants to play for the glory of God.

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