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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 Guitar Chicago, North Shore Music Institute, and maintained a private studio.

Having relocated to Annapolis, MD, David works with percussion studios at Annapolis High School and St. Mary’s Annapolis, 7DrumCity in DC, Lessons In Your Home, and founded his home studio, Groh Studios, which features in-person and online lessons.  David continues to stay connected with Chicago’s Altered Stage by teaching virtual drumset lessons.

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

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 as well as Remo drumheads.