Hello! I have been teaching private lessons since the fall of 2006, and it's a true joy for me. I am a a multi-faceted bassist, active in a mixture of genres and ensembles. I have experience playing in orchestras, jazz ensembles, rock, funk, and blues bands, and am active as a composer and conductor as well.
I began my musical journey on the drums, which quickly led me to the guitar and bass guitar as well, all three of which I studied with Matt Thompson in Frederick, MD. In high school, I ended up gravitating towards the bass, and a growing interest in jazz caused me to add the upright bass to my collection of instruments. Little did I know that this would become an even bigger obsession of mine! Once I started lessons on the upright bass, originally with the intention of playing jazz, I soon fell in love with classical bass playing. I am currently continuing my classical studies at Manhattan School of Music, where I'm pursuing a Master's degree, studying with Jeremy McCoy of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.
I have been fortunate to gain teaching experience with all age groups and skill levels. I teach to each student’s style of learning and thinking, and approach my job from a place of respect for the students. The most fundamental quality of my teaching style is my desire to make everything I teach relevant and personal for the students, so that they truly connect to what is being taught, rather than simply learning facts and assimilating information.
As a multi-instrumentalist, I'm able to give my students a real context for their instrument by accompanying them. My students learn how to make music with others, and how to work in an ensemble. I love to push my students to the edge of their ability, both technically and creatively. I love music with all my heart, and there is little else more rewarding than imparting this joy and passion to students.
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.
Through out the time that I have been receiving lessons from Mr. Lester I have always enjoyed how he lets the student choose a lot of what they learn and then helps them develop on there interests. The lessons always feel like a collaboration between teacher and students which helps me feel more comfortable when learning. Mr. Lester has a wide range of knowledge on many different types of music and has been able to help me on even the most obscure issues.
His patience and his strong knowledge and experience with the instrument.
I took bass lessons with David Lester for two years and he is one of the most knowledgeable and helpful teachers I have ever had. He is kind, patient, and very talented! If you are looking for a music teacher you will have trouble finding any better.
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.
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.
I charge $30 for a half hour lesson, and $60 for an hour lesson.
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.
I've worked with all types of students, from 6-year old beginners, to middle and high school students, to adult hobbyists. My favorite type of student, across the board, is one who simply loves to play and learn, whether that's a career-bound high schooler or a retiree who always wanted to learn an instrument and finally has the time.
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