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David C.

Pasadena, CA

$60/hr

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Background check passed as of 12/30/13
Usually responds in about 22 hours

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I graduated from the University of California, San Diego (Cum Laude university honors and High Distinction Honors from the UCSD Music Department) and am currently attending the Afro-Latin Graduate Studies program at the California State University, Los Angeles. I started playing professionally at the age of sixteen and since then have studied under and/or worked with many figures in Latin music and other genres.

When teaching, my priority is to make lessons fun, challenging, and gratifying for the student. I have come to understand music as a very personal and expressive action, one that cannot take place if the student is either indifferent to the material, daunted, or worried about perfecting seemingly arbitrary motions. For this reason, I emphasize immediate utilization of instruments to learn material that can get students playing as soon as possible. In other words, my goal is to get you playing correctly as quickly as I can, so we can get past the exercises and make some music!

Above all, I want my students to know I am here to help them achieve their goals and assist them in whatever I can, the best I can. In my experience, my most influential teachers have been the ones that understood learning is a dynamic, personal process that is different for every individual, using their strengths and weaknesses to guide them in the right direction. This principle above all guides me when I work with my students and will guide us to your musical goals!

Homeschool:
Piano

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Composition (Music)

I studied Jazz Composition/Arrangement at the University of California, San Diego. I have experience composing my own music, leading my own bands in playing original compositions, as well as arranging for a variety of music. I'm also very familiar with music notation software used to produce quality, professional lead sheets, full band charts, and arrangements.

Drums

I have been studying and performing on Latin percussion, world percussion, and drumkit for 7 years. I have playing professionally since the age of 16 and hold a B.A. in Jazz Studies as well as currently attend a graduate program in Afro-Latin Music studies. I have tutored music in the past as well as currently. I have played both drum kit and/or Latin percussion with internationally recognized percussionists since the age of 17 in Latin, Funk, Jazz, and Pop settings.

Ear Training

I have been studying and performing on Latin percussion, world percussion, and drum kit for 7 years. I have playing professionally since the age of 16 and hold a B.A. in Jazz Studies as well as currently attend a graduate program in Afro-Latin Music studies. I have tutored music in the past as well as currently. While in undergraduate Jazz studies, I continuously studied ear training to further my understanding of theory and performance.

General Music

I have playing music professionally since the age of 16 and hold a B.A. in Jazz Studies as well as currently attend a graduate program in Afro-Latin Music studies. I have tutored music in the past as well as currently. While in undergraduate Jazz studies, I continuously studied ear training to further my understanding of theory and performance as well as studied composition and arranging under internationally known music professors.

Music Theory

I have been studying and performing on latin percussion, world percussion, and drumkit for 7 years. I have playing professionally since the age of 16 and hold a B.A. in Jazz Studies as well as currently attend a graduate program in Afro-Latin Music studies. I have tutored music in the past as well as currently. While in undergraduate Jazz studies, I continuously studied ear training to further my understanding of theory and performance. I also studied composition and arranging under internationally known music professors as well as studied classical piano (for a short while) and Jazz Piano during my studies.

Piano

I have been playing piano for 4 years and have studied Jazz and Latin styles. While completing my undergraduate studies at UCSD, I studied classical piano for a short while, then emphasized my study to Jazz Piano, studying under faculty who've played for Jazz, Motown, and Pop icons. In addition to Jazz Piano, I study Latin styles of performance such as Salsa and Timba.

Songwriting

I have been studying and performing on Latin percussion, world percussion, and drumkit for 7 years. I have playing professionally since the age of 16 and hold a B.A. in Jazz Studies as well as currently attend a graduate program in Afro-Latin Music studies. I have tutored music in the past as well as currently. While in undergraduate Jazz studies, I continuously studied composition and arranging under internationally known music professors. In addition, I have written about 15 original songs for ensembles ranging from trios to 15 piece salsa bands.

University of California, San Diego
Jazz Studies

Education

University of California, San Diego (Jazz Studies)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 30 miles of Pasadena, CA 91101.


About David

I graduated from the University of California, San Diego (Cum Laude university honors and High Distinction Honors from the UCSD Music Department) and am currently attending the Afro-Latin Graduate Studies program at the California State University, Los Angeles. I started playing professionally at the age of sixteen and since then have studied under and/or worked with many figures in Latin music and other genres.

When teaching, my priority is to make lessons fun, challenging, and gratifying for the student. I have come to understand music as a very personal and expressive action, one that cannot take place if the student is either indifferent to the material, daunted, or worried about perfecting seemingly arbitrary motions. For this reason, I emphasize immediate utilization of instruments to learn material that can get students playing as soon as possible. In other words, my goal is to get you playing correctly as quickly as I can, so we can get past the exercises and make some music!

Above all, I want my students to know I am here to help them achieve their goals and assist them in whatever I can, the best I can. In my experience, my most influential teachers have been the ones that understood learning is a dynamic, personal process that is different for every individual, using their strengths and weaknesses to guide them in the right direction. This principle above all guides me when I work with my students and will guide us to your musical goals!

Education

University of California, San Diego
Jazz Studies

Education

University of California, San Diego (Jazz Studies)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Pasadena, CA 91101

David’s Subjects

Homeschool:
Piano

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for David C.

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