David is equally passionate about teaching drums as he is playing them.  He has been a devoted teacher and mentor to his students of all ages and talent levels since 2005.  Throughout his years of instruction, David has centered his teaching approach on the essential fundamentals of music/drums such as time, rhythm, movement, and style. David also emphasizes hand development through the technique of the full-stroke, establishing a strong foundation in rudimental snare playing and limb coordination, as well as musical growth by means of improvisation. Focusing on these key elements coupled with the personal goals of the student, each player will experience a unique, fulfilling musical development.

David’s teaching philosophy is centered on being patient, allowing students to discover their talent at their own pace.  Weekly lessons paired with high yet realistic expectations have yielded great results for David’s students.  When a student becomes aware of the control that they have over how they play, real success can be achieved. The goal is to get students energized about striving for excellence in everything they do, and music is a terrific vehicle to witness those results.

David developed his passion for teaching during his time in Chicago. David directed percussion programs at Niles West High School, Fenwick High School, Rauner College Prep, and substitute taught at Chicago School for the Arts. He also instructed private drumset lessons at Altered Stage, Guitar Chicago, North Shore Music Institute, and maintained a private studio.  Having relocated to the DMV, David directs the marching percussion program at Annapolis High School, substitute teaches at 7DrumCity in DC, and founded his home studio, Groh Studios, in 2018.

David’s students have gone on to study music at Monmouth College, Eastern Illinois University, Lawrence University, McNally Smith College of Music, IUPUI, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

David received his BA degree in Production Studies in the Performing Arts from Clemson University and earned his MM degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. He is a proud member of the Vic Firth Education roster and endorses Vic Firth sticks/brushes/mallets and Remo drumheads.