Xavier University (Music)
David P. began formal training with St. Elizabeth’s church organist on piano at age eight. His older brothers and sisters taught him how to play guitar at home, and at school he was a featured vocal soloist for concert performances. During his high school years, he began playing drums and singing at shows around the greater Cincinnati area. While attending Xavier University, David continued to play in several groups. He performed with the Xavier University Choir for four years under the direction of conductor and music department chair Helmut Roerig. David performed with the Xavier University Percussion Ensemble and studied drums with John Gardner of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for four years. He studied voice with Harriet Beebe and piano with Rebecca Slater among others for four year also. While studying electronic music at Xavier, David began teaching classes with professor James Hart. Today, professor Hart and David are co-composers at Ambient Studios. David has written countless compositions heard across the globe on networks such as MTV, VH-1, and Lifetime. He is the head of Ambient Studios and Ambient Studios Music Academy. David has taught at Midwest Music, Queen City Music, Take Lessons, Willis Music, Music Makers, Norwood High School, and Roger Bacon High School. Lessons are held at Ambient Studios, a professional commercial recording studio where famous legends like Bootsy Collins have recorded. Here, students are able to record their own performances, and perfect their craft. Available instruments are a Roland V-drum set, a Mapex acoustic drum set, a Studiologic 88-key grand piano, Fender, Yamaha, Gibson, and Martin guitars, and state-of-the-art pre-amps and microphones.
Students will learn to read music literature, play songs, and have fun! I am an easy-going instructor, while at the same time, I still want to challenge students so they can excel at their instrument. Most students really look forward to their lessons all week. For drums, students will learn rhythm, rudiments, beats, and fills. I use a couple of Rick Latham's drum workbooks, and a couple of Ted Reed's workbooks among others. For beginner's I have eighteen lessons I've designed to get started. For piano, students will learn keys on the piano, chords, scales, key signatures, grand staff, read music and play songs of all styles, including classical, pop, jazz, folk, gospel, indie, and traditional. I have an adult beginners workbook and few for children. I also have a lot of material I like to use that I've designed. For voice, students will learn scales, keys, breathing techniques, delivery, and diction. Breath is the most important tool for proper pitch and vocal strength. Students are encouraged to play an instrument to help with voice lessons, but this is not necessary. For guitar, students will learn notes on the guitar, chords, scales, key signatures, read music and play songs, including, pop, rock, indie, jazz, folk, and traditional. Students can learn to play their favorite songs. I accept students from beginner to intermediate experience on guitar. For music theory, students will learn intervals, chords, scales, key signatures, harmony, composition, and figured bass. Students are encouraged to learn music theory using a piano, but another instrument may be used as well. David P. began formal training with St. Elizabeth’s church organist on piano at age eight. His older brothers and sisters taught him how to play guitar at home, and at school he was a featured vocal soloist for concert performances. During his high school years, he began playing drums and singing at shows around the greater Cincinnati area. While
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