B.A. Music San Diego State University 2000

Here you will find information about my private guitar and piano lessons taught in the San Diego area along with information about my live music performances. Click on the Lessons tab above to learn more about me and my 15 years of teaching experience. Private lessons are available in Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, and La Jolla/UTC areas.

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Teaching Guitar and Piano Lessons

My guitar and piano lessons are taught 1-on-1 and individualized to the needs of each student. Through my teaching methods I strive to create a fun environment for my students while helping them to achieve their goals on the instrument.

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Don’t know what to buy? Consult me first!

Buying a decent instrument is an important part of learning to play the guitar or piano or any instrument for that matter. Resist the urge to go cheap. If you spend just a little more you will get a far better instrument in most cases.

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What Others Have to Say

  • My son started guitar lessons with Dave several years ago. Thanks to Dave’s versatility, he is now learning to play the piano. His patience with my son is incredible- he knows just what to do to keep him engaged. The appreciation of music my son has gained from learning two instruments is invaluable. My son has had so much fun learning with Dave, that I have also starting taking guitar lessons with him and I can attest that Dave is knowledgeable in a wide range of musical styles, from classic rock to flamenco, slack key to classical.

    Karen Shabel
  • David has been teaching my daughters piano for the past 5 years. I cannot speak highly enough about what a wonderful teacher he is- patient and kind, he has always encouraged and challenged Tess (now 14) and Sophie (now 12) without ever making them feel pressured or that they should be playing or practicing for any reason other than their own love of music and desire to improve.

    Heidi Maretz
  • David has taught all 3 of my children piano lessons from a very young age. Despite their initial reluctance to take lessons, he turned them around quickly and now they all love music and look forward to their lessons. He has a kind demeanor, and also teaches them “fun” songs (in addition to traditional ones) that keep them interested.

    Amy Day
  • David is great! He has taught our kids not only to play piano, but more importantly to enjoy it. Thank you so much for giving them the lifelong gift of music!

    Scott and Lisa Miller


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