A little more about Dave...

Experienced Music Teacher

Over 20 years of successful teaching.
Qualified in piano, drums, guitar, and accordion.
Helps students of all levels to determine and achieve their goals, and to increase their proficiency and enjoyment of musical expression.
Skilled at teaching and performing a wide variety of musical styles.
Emphasizes applied knowledge of music theory.
Performance and production experience lend added dimension to instruction.
Students range from children to adults, beginners to advanced players. 
Emphasis on music as a language and ability to adapt to different musical situations. 
Relaxed atmosphere, inspiring creativity.
Balance between structured goals and responsiveness to each student’s unique interests.
Students have won state awards (IGSMA and IHSA), participated in honors ensembles (IMEA), and received scholarships.
Students have gone on to play professionally.

Experienced Performer/Recording Producer/Writer/Engineer

Performed at a myriad of Chicago area music venues, private and corporate functions.
Had the opportunity to play/record with many of Chicago’s finest musicians, including Rusty Jones, Nick Tountas, Larry Novak, John Bany, Tim Davis, Barrett Deems, Jeff Newell, Frank D'Rone, Stuart Rosenberg, Tom Scheckel, Gary Pigg, etc.
Many years of experience as church musician for several local churches.
Produce, record and play on song/album/demo projects for songwriters and performers, assisting with arrangements, stylistic choices, instrumental and vocal techniques, etc.
Proficient with music software, productions techniques, etc.
Created and produced auto-accompaniment styles for the Lowrey Organ Company.
Written and produced original music for advertising and promotional materials.
Produced and recorded instrumental backing tracks for public school student musical productions.


Bachelor of Music in Composition, 1980
De Paul University, Chicago
Post graduate, 1983-84
De Paul University, Chicago
Jazz Arranging course with Cliff Colnot