Music Lessons With David Lopez-White
I am a diversely experienced multi-instrumentalist, looking forward to helping you reach your musical goals!
On guitar and bass, I have experience in world music including Africa, Latin America, and Flamenco.
I also love American traditional music, including funk, jazz, rock, and gospel.
I specialize in teaching music theory and composition, no matter what instrument.
Rhythmic concepts applied to any instrument are a favorite topic.
Some of the things that I love about teaching private lessons, is that I can really focus on each individual, and help them in a customized way.
Since I teach many subjects, each student brings a new perspective on music that I end up learning from, as well.
I've been privileged to live inside of music, and sharing that with as many people as possible is one of my missions in life.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
We have a chat, and get to know each other. I like to get as specific as possible to the kinds of music you are inspired by, down to the artist, genre, song, and riff.
Then, we decide whether to use a structured approach, unstructured, or combination of both.
We may end up working from a method book, though we can always work directly with a piece of music or audio recording that you'd like to learn. I also create original exercises and lessons, tailored to student needs.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
3 years of classical music study in theory, composition and performance at the college level.
I taught music theory, composition, and audio production for 11 years at the college level.
I have been a musical performer for over 20 years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
1 hour = $60
1.5 hours = $75
I typically prefer to do 1 hour minimum, but am open to do 45 minutes as well, just ask!
How did you get started teaching?
I would offer to teach for free to friends and coworkers. After over a year of that, I got my first gig teaching in a music store back in 1998. In 2005, I started teaching at the college level, and also taught workshops at SF JAZZ for 4 years.
What types of students have you worked with?
Primarily adults, but I also work with kids. I have a 5 year old daughter who I am also working closely with to explore how music is learned in the early stages of development, and it's been so much fun!
I am neurodiverse myself, and have worked with folks with learning difficulties and special needs.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I go to a local flamenco show, and share in the performance at the end. Family and friends are usually present, which makes it a community event and super fun each time.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
I recommend that you try to find a teacher who has experience with the exact style(s) you want to learn.
Know that the process of finding a good fit may take 1-3 different teachers, so keep at it and don't give up on your path if it didn't work out the first time!
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What is your teaching style?
Tell me about your experience.
What are your biggest pieces of advice in learning music (or a specific instrument)?
What do you expect of me?