David grew up in Seattle's Capitol Hill Neighborhood. He began his formal musical journey at age six under the direction of renown concert pianist and educator Jean Boardman. Over eleven years with Ms. Boardman, David developed a solid foundation in classical technique and a very intuitive, melodic, rhythmical and spontaneous approach to the instrument.
David attended Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle's premier arts conservatory in the late 1980's to the early 1990's. During the "Cornish Years", David worked with some of the most respected artists in contemporary music including Janice Giteck, Roger Nelson and Thomasa Eckert. While at Cornish, David developed a diverse background in music composition, improvisation and both Jazz and Classical theory and performance. David graduated with honors in 1993.
David is awesome. Clearly a talented musician in his own right, he is also an intuitive instructor and a quick communicator. I could not be more pleased.
-M.M Edmonds, WA
David understands teaching piano is about relationship as well as learning. He prioritizes his relationship with the student, in our case he supported supported my daughters to show up as exactly who they are and experience who they are through the act of playing piano.
-S.L. Bellevue WA
David is an excellent coach. He is patient and encouraging. He balances mechanics with theory, sight-reading with improvisation. He listens closely and offers insightful help. He helped me progress from an adult re-beginner to an intermediate player where I can now fully enjoy playing. Thank you, David!
-J.R. Bellevue, WA
David has taught my children, ages 13 and 16, for 3 years. Both of them are very different. My son really enjoys classical and has recently been exploring jazz. My daughter is more of a dabbler. David has successfully kept their interest and enthusiasm for piano and for music as a whole. Both children have blossomed under David’s tutelage. Perhaps more importantly, both continue lessons because they want to continue – rather than parental pressure.
-A.I. Kirkland WA
David is an excellent teacher! Knowledgeable, personable, and patient. My son and I have both been taking lessons with David for over a year now. We are very happy and would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning to play piano.
-A.S. Edmonds WA
David has given my daughter piano lessons for over 7 years from age 8 to 15. He does a great job of keeping it fun and interesting while also keeping it challenging. He started with the basic skills, but as she grew older taught her more and more about music theory. She has developed in so many ways.
-C.R, Mercer Island WA
David teaches privately in the greater Seattle Area and online globally. He coaches and instructs both musicians and non musicians alike, utilizing the piano as a vehicle for personal exploration and growth.
David is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and also a graduate of human development studies at NWSH, an intensive four-year program incorporating Core Energetics, Brennan, and Core Integration techniques. David incorporates these techniques into his work as a personal coach and educator.