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David Psenicka

Philadelphia, PA 19128 (map)


Lessons Offered

Composition, Music Theory, Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio


About Me

I am a classically trained pianist and composer with an MM and DMA in music composition. I write and perform new music for piano and other instruments and premier pieces by living composers. Some of my playing has been recorded on CDs by Centaur and Capstone Records and my performances have been heard in many festivals of new music in the US. I am a member of the Philadelphia Music Teachers Association, Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association.

My teaching style involves:

Motivation:  It's important that my students see that they are making progress and are self motivated, and have opportunities to play in front of other people. I also teach my students the music that they are interested in, whether it's pop, jazz or classical.

Positivity:  I maintain a very positive lesson environment. Younger students are taught through activities and games designed to teach musicality and music fundamentals.

Creativity:  I naturally encourage creativity in my students and include composition activities and assignments in my lessons.

Individuality:  My teaching strategy is different for each one of my students and depends on individual learning paces on styles. Ultimately, I try to bring the best out of all my students without imposing any fixed idea on how they should progress.

After a few months, a student of mine will start to build a small repertoire of pieces that can be performed for friends and family. My long-term goal for my students is to encourage them to strive for a deep sense of musicality and musical understanding, a goal that I myself am always striving for.

My Musical Education Background

DMA in Music Composition—University of Illinois, 2007
MM in Music Composition—University of Illinois, 2000
BM in Music Composition—Ohio University, 1996

Genres and Subjects Taught

I teach piano, theory and composition with an emphasis on either classical or pop music.

Lesson Rates

30 minute lesson: $25
45 minute lesson: $37.50
1 hour lesson: $50

I'll also give a free trial lesson which will help you determine if I'm a good match as a teacher.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I teach any age level (4 and up), beginner through advanced.

My Certifications and Awards

Performance as Pianist on "By The Line Of Arc That They Form: Music by Erik Lund" (Centaur Records: 2010) CD
Guest artist at ZKM's Institute for Music and Acoustics in Karlsruhe, Germany, 2007
Winner as both composer and pianist of the 21st Century Piano Commission, 2005
EMS Associates Award, 2003
Performance as Pianist on "Inner Visions" (Capstone Records: 2002) CD

My Musical Influences

Gyorgi Ligeti
Gerard Grisey


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