David Gaines - Composer

Rockville, MD

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David Gaines is an award-winning composer and musician in Rockville, MD, with over 30 years of experience in music and audio. Classically trained in trombone and euphonium/baritone horn performance as well as in composition, he holds a bachelor's degree in music theory and composition from Northwestern University, a master's degree in composition from American University, and a doctorate in composition from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He's also a keyboardist who has performed in a variety of area bands and was a founding member of the local classic/modern rock cover band, Surrender Friday.

In addition to private lessons, David has taught at University of Maryland University College, The New School's online Master of Media Technology program, and the Appel Farm Music & Arts Camp in New Jersey, and maintains a computer-based home studio for composing and recording. He's available both to children and adults for instruction in all aspects of music theory, composing/arranging/recording, and electronic music.


Rockville, MD 20848

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