David Williams

David Williams

2 employees
22 years in business

About this pro

I am an Emmy winning songwriter from my work with PBS, with a BILLION hits on YouTube for my songs.  I am an accomplished instrumentalist as well, having released some dozen albums, and I play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and tenor banjo.  Gypsy jazz is one area I specialize in, but I also play Folk, Americana, Rock, Blues, Country and other styles. I also have a PhD in Writing, and I am the author of a number of books--children's literature, books on neuroscience, fiction, cartoons, and more. 

I enjoy seeing people learn new skills and progress to become the songwriter or musician they want to be. 

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Louisville, CO 80027
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

 I start by covering the basics, such as how to hold the instrument, how to place your fingers correctly, how to use a pick or bow.  In songwriting I being by covering some of the essential aspects of what makes for good writing that is moving and effective. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Decades of experience as a musician.  Emmy winning songwriter with a Billion hits on YouTube.  Studied mandolin with Jethro Burns--the great American master.  Studied violin with Tim Kliphuis--Europe's best Grappelli style player and teacher.  Studied gypsy jazz with Gonzalo Bergara. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

30 dollars per half hour, plus mileage if I travel to your location.

How did you get started teaching?

I have been a university teacher for over 20 years. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Beginning to advanced. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look at the experience and qualifications. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Ask yourself, what do I really want to learn.