David has been teaching drums and percussion to 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 own talent, problem solving, and setting high yet realistic expectations. 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, Rauner College Prep, Fenwick High School, 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. David’s students have gone on to study music at Monmouth College, Eastern Illinois University, Lawrence University, McNally Smith College of Music, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in production studies in the performing arts from Clemson University. David earned his Master of Music degree in jazz studies from DePaul University. He is a proud member of the Vic Firth Education roster and plays Vic Firth sticks, brushes and mallets along with Remo drumheads.

Private Lesson Locations:

Groh Studios (134 Groh Lane, Annapolis, MD 21403)

Music & Arts, Crofton (1153 State Route 3 N Ste 110, Gambrills, MD 21054 / TUESDAYS)

Arts & Minds Academy (House call lessons, Northern Virginia)

Altered Stage (657 W Lake St, Chicago IL / SKYPE LESSONS)

Availability is dependent upon David’s weekly schedule. Lesson availability emails are sent weekly. Lessons are typically 30-60 minutes in length.

Please contact David to discuss private studio lesson rates and availability!