David Lester Music
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David taught my son upright bass from Grade 5 to current (Senior in college). He was very accommodating at all times and easy to work with. David interacted very well with me as well as my son; always exhibited a professional demeanor. He stuck with my son's ups and downs through junior high and high school and was always encouraging. He never let him quit the instrument and took an interest in my son's musical and performance goals. He read my son very well and I am sure that it is due in no small part to David that my son was as accomplished as much as he was as a musician in high school and beyond. My son is currently studying jazz performance on the upright bass at Shenandoah University. David is extraordinarily talented and knowledgeable. He plays and teaches upright bass (jazz and classical) electric bass (rock, funk, jazz) and drums. David also knows his way around the piano. David incorporates music theory into the curriculum as well, which is critical for student considering further studies in music. I highly recommend David Lester as a music teacher for students of all levels and experience.Jun 22, 2020
I’m starting late in my life as a 45 year old bass guitar student. David has been awesome to learn from. He has taught me by providing the basics on paper: scales, arpeggios, etc, which I use to practice at home. We touch on the basics during my lesson then move on to learning and performing a specific song that David suggests. I’ve been bitten by the funk bug. David is the perfect teacher for me since I really enjoy the brainy theory side of understanding how to play music.Jun 12, 2019
I highly recommend David Lester as a music teacher. David was raised in a family of musicians. He is an accomplished musician with several instruments. As a teacher, he has both talent and techniques for helping students learn to play their instrument and develop a love for music. David taught our older son electric guitar for more than five years. Along the way, our son played music in high school productions and in clubs in Frederick. With David's help, he obtained a music scholarship to a private university. David also has taught our younger son both bass and electric guitar for more than three years with great results. He continues to work with our younger son. Best of all, David is a truly nice person, who can put any student at ease and help them have fun with music.Jun 23, 2019
I approached David with a packaged pair of sticks, a dose of midlife fallout, and a lot of not-a-clue. He saw the crows feet and tailored drum lessons to my station in life. Avoiding the scripted and stoic path, he championed headway that fueled motivation by balancing principals with practicals. Session intermissions to listen and talk about songs, artists and genres provided engagement beyond the lesson. The way I listen to music has changed. Most critical: David shut the voice in my head saying "you can't do this". Although geographically separate, I'm still going strong thanks to David!Jun 13, 2019
My son has been taking guitar and piano lessons from David for the past three years. David is a wonderful music teacher well versed in several instruments and music genres. He has a passion for both teaching and music. My son has progressed measurably and developed into an excellent young musician under the tutelage of David.Jun 12, 2019
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?My first question to a new student is: what are YOU interested in? I have a standard curriculum that I teach to every student who just wants to explore their instrument, but my priority is to help each student accomplish their individual goals. What kind of music do you want to play? What techniques are you hoping to work on? If it's wide open, that's fine too! Ultimately, my job is to help you teach yourself.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?My formal education consists of a BA in Music History, and I'm currently enrolled in a Master's program in bass performance at Manhattan School of Music. Most of my musical training, though, has been informal, through private lessons, self-teaching, and "on-the-job" training at gigs and jam sessions. I started playing in public in high school, and have been going ever since.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I started teaching in the fall of 2006, when a position opened up at the music store where I was taking lessons! I was a freshman in college, and my teacher recommended me for the job. I figured it would be a way to make some money part-time while in college, but I quickly fell in love with teaching and it became so much more than a job to me. I knew that I would always want to teach as part of my career, and it has enriched my life so much, both musically and personally.