Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
I teach privately in the greater Seattle area and Eastside. I have been teaching privately for over ten years, and my students range from beginners to advanced and cover all kinds of musical subjects. Lessons in your home or at my studio are available depending on availability. I offer private instruction for pianists of all ages and skill levels. I develop personalized learning programs that keep it fun, accelerate development and that create a solid musical foundation for the student. Lessons are designed around individual needs and learning styles and take into consideration prior experience, personal interests, and the goals of the student. Beginning to advanced lessons in Classical performance and improvisation offer a solid foundation in piano and foster a deep level of musical understanding. Lessons can focus on a variety of areas such as ear training, sight-reading, technical skill, songwriting, and composition depending on your interests.
My Musical Education Background
David grew up in Seattle's Roanoke Park area on Capitol Hill where he began his formal musical journey at age six under the direction of concert pianist and Juilliard Graduate Jean Boardman. With Ms. Boardman, he performed in various Northwest recitals and national piano competitions until his early entry into Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle's premier arts conservatory, in 1986.
David teaches students from all over the area, concert pianists to recording artists. He conducts lessons privately at your home or studio, or at his studio in Kirkland Washington. David has been teaching privately for over ten years.
David is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, as well as the "Northwest School of Healing" , a four year intensive course in Redmond Washington that incorporates Core Energetics* and Brennan* coaching techniques. David is also a certified Reiki Master Practitioner. David consults individuals and organizations in growth and development.
Genres and Subjects Taught
Standing lesson times for lessons at your home or at your studio are 'tuition based' and billed the first lesson of the month for the number of lessons held that month. Each session is $70. (Monthly tuition for example would be $280 for four lessons). Your lesson time is reserved for you, and is yours as long as you like. Studio lessons at my teaching studio are available depending on availability, and rates can vary depending on lesson content and availability.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I teach all ages, all levels, and have had great success with all. My coaching background and teaching experience combined with my open teaching style which incorporates several different styles makes every student get the customized instruction they need to achieve their goals.
My Certifications and Awards
Bachelor of Music Composition and Piano Performance: Cornish College of the Arts
National Teaching Guild Piano Competition Winner
Reiki Master: Usi Tradition
Certified Personal Coach: NWSH
National Teachers Association member
My Musical Influences
Everything from Bach and Scarlatti to Marc Cohen and Keith Jarrett. Simply all genres of music.
Mercer Island, WA
As a long time pianist, I have gone through many piano teachers ranging from all sorts of ages and backgrounds. However, two years ago when I opened my front door and met David it took only minutes for me to realize something was different. David offers an experience of a lifetime, and makes a point of making every lesson efficient and helpful (you cannot imagine how much you'll accomplish). To make things even better, David has an astounding personality and a natural charisma that makes you feel comfortable every time you work with him. David has helped me excel in my study of music and the piano, and broadened my understanding not only of the piano, but of the world. His teaching style incorporates deep levels of experience and education that is far above an ordinary teacher. If you are looking for a piano teacher, mentor, or a remarkable human being, David puts the competition to shame. You will not find a better piano teacher anywhere.