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St. Olaf College (Music)
Rice University (Master's)
David began with classical piano lessons, took Suzuki Violin lessons, studied in graduate school at Rice University with one of the best violinists in the world and played full time in a symphony for 7 years. He led an orchestra program at one of the top 10 High Schools for the Performing Arts in the country and taught K-8th grade classroom music at a private school. For 18 years he shared a Pre-school music program he pioneered. At one time he was seeing more than 450 children a week for "Mr. David's Music Class!"
David also taught himself to read and play from chord charts and lead sheets. He played several years in a jazz trio, and has led worship in church from the keyboard and taught his piano students to do the same. Mr. Paul has published 6 CDs of original music using a method of playing that allows him to record the entire song on one try. From this style of playing, he has developed a music method which shows students a way to make their own music, even from the beginning of their lessons. His approach to teaching music is definitely not "one size fits all". David began with classical piano lessons, took Suzuki Violin lessons, studied in graduate school at Rice University with one of the best violinists in the world and played full time in a symphony for 7 years. He led an orchestra
Lessons are 30 minutes once a week for beginners and intermediate students. Advanced students and adults may need 60 minute lessons.
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I have written songs, lead sheets, music scores for 2 original musicals. I've composed, recorded and self published 6 CDs of original music for violin and piano. I perform a concert of all original work, both with recorded accompaniments, and live musicians. I regularly transcribe music for students, creating written parts from audio recordings. I'm fluent in the Finale Notation program and I'm familiar with many other notation and recording programs used commonly in composition and arranging.
I have classical training from age 6 in piano, and from age 8 in violin. This continued through a B.A. and M.M. degree. I also learned to play by ear, read chord charts, play jazz, Celtic and Blue Grass music. I enjoy improvising and I have written two musicals, recorded 6 CDs of original music and work extensively in my studio with a music work station, synthesizers and computer assisted music. I enjoy teaching beginners as well as advanced students, especially those who want to pursue creating their own music.
In addition to training in college and graduate school theory classes, I have spent most of my adult life turning original musical ideas into written scores using computer software. This includes classical composition techniques with counterpoint, voicing and harmony; but also a more popular understanding of song writing using guitar chords, riffs and hooks.
I have taught private piano students for more than 20 years. I had 10 years of classical training, taught myself how to play jazz, read from lead sheets, create accompaniments from chord charts. I have played in church settings professionally, and even trained students to do the same. My bachelors degree is from St. Olaf College, and my masters degree is from Rice University. Both are in music.
I played full time in a symphony for 7 years after completing a Masters Degree in Violin Performance at Rice University. My mentor was Ruben Gonzalez, who became the concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony. One of my graduate fellowships was to serve as his teaching assistant to under graduate students. I have taught classical, Suzuki, Celtic, Blue Grass and Jazz violin to private students for more than 20 years.