I am a working actress who has performed in New York and in regional theaters and films. My roles reflect versatility: classical and contemporary works and ingenue, dark, and quirky characters. I completed acting conservatory training at the Maggie Flanigan Studio, where I studied Meisner Technique with Maggie Flanigan.
My students come from different walks of life: children coming from school who bound excitedly to my lesson door, teenage artists who have the passion and vision but lack the technique, and adults who seek reprieve from the stress of work by learning an instrument that they've always wanted to play. I enjoy teaching them and watching them master the fundamentals while developing their own performance style (or even composing their own music)!
I studied classical voice, piano, and theory privately and at Columbia University with notable musicians and teachers. My acting training includes a c
onservatory program and Meisner, Linklater (voice), and Shakespeare techniques. I also developed a keen ability to assess and shape talent from years of training, teaching, and performing, and working with the head of Arts programs to conduct admissions interviews, student evaluations, and performances.
My students also appreciate my supportive, passionate, and fun approach! We connect because I remember being like them! On stage, I started out dancing and acting; I delved into singing and songwriting and then fell in love with playing the piano. The day that I learned how to merge those passions (i.e. singing while playing the piano) was one of the happiest days of my life! Now, whether I'm performing Shakespeare on stage, playing Chopin and Beethoven, or singing while playing tunes by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, I still get excited! It's OK if you do, too :)
*** Lesson Details *** Students find that I am a teacher with a vibrant, warm personality who makes sure that they have the following: 1) a firm understanding of the fundamentals of music theory/acting technique; 2) an ability to effectively learn how to perform and practice singing/playing/acting a piece; and 3) a style of performing that minimizes tension, produces beautiful sound, and/or allows them to fully express themselves. After 6 months, students should have sound knowledge of all three.
Due to the comprehensive nature of my teaching style and structure, I primarily teach 60-minute lessons; 30-minute lessons are available for young children. Also, if a student wants to learn how to play while singing, I am happy to help him/her do so!
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio w/ upright piano and seating for parents
David M, M.Ed. grew up immersed in the music industry in the Muscle Shoals Alabama area where greats such as Cher, the Allman Brothers and Aretha Franklin got their start recording with the world renowned Muscle Shoals Sound. Click, here, to see the trailer for the documentary about the legendary "Muscle Shoals".
After playing piano professionally while in high school, David attended the University of Montevallo- Alabama's oldest and most respected music school and earned a Bachelor of Music Education in Piano and Voice. In fact, David studied classical piano with Dr. Robert Cowan of the i
nternationally acclaimed duo piano team- Yarbrough and Cowan and studied voice with Bruce Tolbert and Madame Baruvka- a world renowned European opera singer. Additionally, David was also a fellow classmate of the current Broadway diva, Rebecca Luker.ï»¿
After graduating from Montevallo, David moved to Atlanta and starred in professional musical theatre while working as a public school choral music director and attending Georgia State University for Post Baccalaureate studies in Theatre. In fact, David completed some of his actor training at the HB Acting Studio in NYC.
Some of David's favorite roles include the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Rudolfo in A View from the Bridge, Serge in The Food Chain, the teacher in School House Rock, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, multiple characters in The Harvey Milk Show and Raywanda in Saga: The Story of Whitney Bonneville. David has been seen on stage at the 14th Street Playhouse, Neighborhood Playhouse, Actor's Express, Terrific New Theatre, the World Congress Center and the Crystal Pistol Theatre at Six Flags Over Georgia.
In 1995, David earned a Master of Education in Counseling from Georgia State University and completed 2 more years of additional Post Graduate studies in Counseling at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
After working in the public and private schools for a number of years, David combined his music, theatre and counseling experience into creating David M Artist Development in 2005. In fact, David is one of the only piano and voice teachers in the country who's been cross trained in the areas of music, theatre, education and psychology.
David particularly enjoys working with semiprofessional and professional musicians and actors in the Atlanta area looking to expand their knowledge, skills and experience and adults who've ignored their creative sides for most of their life while attending to family and career matters instead.
mohammed I. November 7, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have had an amazing experience with David. He has taken the time to truly get to know me and has set up our sessions based on what my goals are. He took his time to really understand what I needed to take my skills to a higher level. I feel that I was able to open up to him with total confidence and trust. I feel that he takes his time to really understand his students and mold his sessions to the needs of his students. I honestly feel that I have found a mentor who I will be reaching out to for all my needs.
David M. February 18, 2013
Author and Motivator, Joyce Rennolds says...Phenomenal Results!
David, I am grateful to you for encouraging me to give up old beliefs about 'not being able to sing'. Since I am a Motivational Speaker and a New Thought Minister and teach an 'I can' attitude it never occurred to me to apply that idea to my singing voice. The results have been phenomenal. Thanks to your wonderful style of teaching I am now singing with confidence and poise in my church services. For my own pleasure I am becoming better and better at singing those wonderful Broadway tunes. Thank you for your encouragement, your professionalism, your unique style and your loving patience to work so diligently with me. You are the BEST!
S B. February 13, 2013
Amazing Teacher and Gifted Musician
"I write this testimonial as a supporter of Mr. David Mashburn and his everlasting passion for implementing the love of music into young musicians like myself. I had the pleasure of being a student of Mr. Mashburn when I was in high school, and I can honestly say that experience helped enhance my skills as a pianist, singer and songwriter. His enthusiasm for the many faces of music, and his knowledge on how to properly develop oneâs talent allowed me to grow as an artist. Through my academic matriculation through Morehouse College, Mr. Mashburn inspired a passion for writing and composing that led me to form a songwriting team named, Nemesis, under the direction of Russell Carterâs Artist Management company. I would not have found this passion and skill without the help of Mr. Mashburn, as he was the first one to encourage songwriting by helping me combine my skills as a pianist, singer and lyricist. He has been a teacher, counselor, and a friend to me. I credit my future successes to the humble beginnings as a student of Mr. Mashburn, and I am forever grateful to him. I hope he continues to spread the love of music to musicians everywhere."
I teach Acting through method, Meisner, Stanislavski, and I help write and create a repertoire appropriate for the actor or find monologues and scripts easier for the actor to study.
Ali has had music in her life since she was in the crib. She has performed professionally in the musical theatre world and she has studied in several universities for Musical Theater, Jazz, Pop, Blues, and R&B. Since the age of sixteen, she has been selected to sing as a guest soloist for venues such as Spivey Hall, Georgia World Congress Center, and Georgia Tech Hotel Conference Center. Ali has also sung for many movies and recordings, and recently recorded a demo for David Foster, Barbra Streisand, and Andrea Bocelli and recently toured as a pianist for "The Women of Ireland." She is a rece
nt graduate of Berklee College of Music and earned her BM in Music Business and Vocal Performance cum laude studying under Magi Scott, Jeff Ramsey, Jerome Kyles, and Carolyn Escoffrey, Donna McElroy, Livingston Taylor, Joan Lader, and Charlie Sorrento.
Ali is also known for playing piano. She received her minor in Piano Performance within a year at Shorter College under Helen Ramsaur. She has been playing since she was five years old and has accompanied many people and musical productions.
Some of Ali's major influences include:
Linda Eder, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, Billie Holliday, and Lara Fabian, Barbra Streisand
*** Lesson Details *** Ali loves to share her passion of music to the world and especially through her students. She loves to share new ideas and nuances along with the basics and fundamentals of technique. Although practice can be boring for the student, asking a student to pick at least one song to work on can help the student and the teacher have fun and learn at the same time. After a few months, not only will her students have fun, but they will learn how to be a better person and musician.
*** Studio Equipment *** Home Studio: Baby Grand Piano, Living room, Stands, metronome
*** Travel Equipment *** Just the music I assign and their appropriate instrument
*** Specialties *** For Acting: Meisner Piano: Just beginners- intermediate Voice: Anything you can think of and I'll do it
Christine G. February 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
My 11 year old daughter really enjoys working with Ali!
AntoniaF July 27, 2010
Dear Allie, We are so happy to have found you this summer. It is amazing to see Nicholas stay so focused and interested for an hour at the piano. His love of music seems to have grown since we started lessons with you. We really appreciate your capacity to adapt to his needs and to keep him excited. Thanks!
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile- I look forward to helping you achieve your musical goals. I'm excited to announce that I'm now available to teach via Skype if you're outside of my teaching radius or are seeking a more convenient alternative.
I'm a professional guitarist with a background in jazz, heavy metal, blues, classical, and bossa nova. In 2006 I graduated from the Berklee College of Music and am lead guitarist for the Atlanta band Leaving Babylon.
Whether you are a beginning guitarist or a seasoned professional, I can expand and enhance your playing in any dire
ction you choose. I look forward to getting to know you as a student and learning about what course of study will bring out not only your understanding of music but a musical style that is unique to you.
Having a long time love of all music I have always enjoyed discussing music and educating others on its many aspects. As such I began teaching during summers home from Berklee and found that it was something I had a great deal of talent for. Now, with seven years of teaching experience behind me, I look forward to bringing my skills and insights to students of all ages and bring not only ability on the guitar but a greater love of music to a fresh crop of open minds!!
In addition to guitar, I am also qualified to teach voice, public speaking, dramatic acting, and all aspects of music theory, the latter of which I incorporate into all of my music lessons.
PLEASE NOTE: I am able to take students either in my home studio or at the student's residence. In both cases students who are under 18 years of age are required to have a parent or guardian present during all lessons. Additionally, please note I have two cats as well, in the event that allergies may be an issue.
*** Lesson Details *** Although I follow a specific lesson plan, its important to customize that to each student's skill level and specific needs. Thus, I will spend the first lesson evaluating where the student is in terms of overall musical awareness, existing skill on the instrument, and long term interest.
By the end of the first month, my beginning students will be able to perform basic chromatic and major scales, name the notes on the instrument, and have command of a few basic chords. With these core concepts and regular, committed practice, they will be able to learn and perform songs in a wide variety of styles after 3 to 6 months have passed.
My more advanced students will have a lesson plan customized to their specific goals and desires. In 3 to 6 months with such a student I will have them well on the path to accomplishing their long term goals, whether those be playing, composition, harmonic awareness, understanding of theory, or all of the above.
*** Studio Equipment *** dedicated music room; cables/amps; electric & acoustic guitars; keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** Electric or acoustic guitar as needed.
*** Specialties *** Having graduated from the Berklee College of Music, I follow their approach in educating the student. In this regard I teach music theory along with the physical act of playing the guitar, which serves to not only enrich the experience for the student but demonstrate how what they are learning is applied to music on the whole.
I am fluent in many genres and specialize in rock, jazz, the blues, and various fusion genres. Because music functions off of the same principles regardless of genre, I can take whatever style the student might best appreciate and structure my lesson plan around it.
Jerry E. July 30, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Great Instruction for all levels
I am in my mid-thirties and have never had any formal musical instruction until I started taking lessons with Jordan a few months ago. I was a little nervous about starting the lessons, but Jordan made me very comfortable right away. You definitely can tell he knows music inside and out. He is also very helpful about incorporating just enough music theory into each lesson, so I can expand my knowledge of theory, but not so much that I get overwhelmed. I would definitely recommend Jordan to anyone looking for a great vocal or guitar instructor.
TimothyM June 12, 2012
Jordan is an excellent instructor. I'm very pleased with the guidance that I have received thus far. With the limited amount of time spent in a 30min session, we always seem to cover a lot of ground. I would recommend lessons with him for any guitarist looking to take their guitar skills to the next level.
MayA October 16, 2011
Jordan is very knowledgeable and professional. I am very pleased with his teaching style and making me comfortable learning to play.
The mission of my studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. I strive for my students to be:
(1) Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits. (2) Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators. (3) Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures. (4) Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.
It is of the utmost importance that my stude
nts are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. I teach students to know music thoroughly, not just to “play.” I desire my students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, I give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.
Although students differ in ability and development, I maintain high expectations for our students. I expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is my joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.
Lastly, I want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and we know as teachers, we are very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is our goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
Jacob L. May 8, 2015
Maria has been an absolute blessing for our family. Piano is something both my wife and I wanted for our children to learn, but having 4 boys where their interests are only video games and football, it can be difficult. Also since my wife and I are from from musical, we had absolutely no clue what to expect. We had gone through 3 other teachers where our kids didn't advance at all. Maria was our last try and we are so thankful for the referral.
Maria really connects with the boys and they absolutely love her. To top it off, she's very motivating, organized, and for the first time with any teacher, she had an action plan. We knew where are kids were with progress regularly. We also we informed how to keep them motivated at home and how to get them to practice. My oldest son (14) has gone through 3 levels in 1.5 years and has actually been asking about joining the jazz band at his school. My 3 other sons (6,8,9) have been steadily going through the levels and most importantly are able to apply what they are learning to music Maria doesn't teach them. My 8 year old was actually describing what a chord progression was the other day to his grandfather and used the word cadence. I had to google what that meant on my phone!
Her location is also perfect. As long as they have something to do, Maria doesn't mind them sitting in the living room while she teaches a lesson so it enables me to run to the grocery store or bank which are less than 2 miles from her home while the kids are in lessons.
We are extremely pleased with Maria and I would recommend her to anyone. She is worth every single penny. Our family will be moving to John's Creek this October and we will be making the drive once a week through Atlanta traffic happily.
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