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*Royal College of Music, London, UK 1997-1998 Awarded Foundation Scholarship *Hope University College, Liverpool, UK 1998-2002 A Level Music Music & Information Technology with HONS *American Choral Directors Association Conferences; -Los Angeles, California -Charleston, West Virginia -Miami, Florida
-Completed all Associated Board Music Exams in Piano and Organ, all distinctions. -Obtained highest recorded mark in an Associated Board, grade 7 Piano Exam in 1992. -Directed major sacred works (large groups). -Directed orchestras from the Washington DC area, some of whom from the US Army Orchestra and Chorus. -Performed organ recitals in England and the Washington DC area. -Recital Pianist for parties at the White House and the Presidential guest suites (The Blair House), Washington DC
David began his musical career as a chorister at Liverpool Cathedral, England. During that time he gained a wonderful choral education, participating in services for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, HRH Princess Diana and Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major. David also toured Spain and Japan alongside Paul McCartney performing McCartney’s ‘Liverpool Oratorio’. While still a teenager he became the organist for a number of churches in Liverpool, and its surrounding area. At age sixteen he was appointed as Organ Scholar at Liverpool Cathedral under the tutelage of the world-renowned Professor Ian Tracey, and in this capacity he accompanied and conducted services and assisted in the training of probationer choristers. In 1997 he followed in the footsteps of Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells, and was awarded a scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before returning to Liverpool to study for a bachelor of honours degree in Music and Information Technology. Since August 2003, David has been the Director of Music at Fairfax United Methodist Church, Virginia and at Millian Memorial United Methodist Church, Rockville, Maryland. During his time in the USA he has worked with George Mason University and demonstrated his excellent repertoire by performing recitals at the White House, the Blair House and Washington’s National Cathedral.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time over 20 years ago. I have taught students at their own homes, in music schools, and at my own studio too. I encourage regular practice on a consistent schedule which is a vital part for any students wanting to learn a new instrument. Over the years I have had students enter for exams, and others who simply want to enjoy their music as a hobby. I believe I am patient and kind-natured in lessons while striving for success from my students.
I have varied angles for all of my students. A lot depends on age and skill level. For most of my very young students I prefer to teach either the Alfred or John W. Schaum books. The Schaum series is what I grew up with and I know they helped and encouraged me to practice! For my intermediate students, several different books I like to give a few options, depending on the students particular genre. With my adult students, there are many different options and I like to discuss the learning syllabus with all of my students.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! I was once there myself, and I remember the struggles that I experienced, so I understand how students can sometimes get frustrated. I'm a big believer in nurturing my students to the heights I know they can achieve. Nothing is ever impossible. However, my biggest emphasis in any lesson or instrument is that it must be FUN for my students. Nothing is ever accomplished under stress and frustration. I like to help my students enjoy their music, and to see them grow their musicianship is so rewarding.
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