I love music, I love teaching, and I have been involved in many areas of music-making and education for a very long time - over 35 years. I love literally all kinds of music - every genre, style and historical period. I am very student-centered: I want to meet the needs, interests and goals of each student. I am constantly learning myself, including from my students, as well as from my constant listening, reading and studying. I am a full-time performing, songwriting and recording musician, and I work as a teaching artist doing songwriting residencies in schools.
David is a wonderful teacher. I’ve taken 4 music appreciation classes with him and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them all. His classes are well-planned, well-researched, and fun!!! David communicates with his students in terms they can understand and always allows adequate time for questions and discussion. In addition to sharing examples of recorded music with the class, he sometimes pulls out his guitar and plays/sings the songs himself. I am impressed with David’s depth of knowledge across many genre’s of music. His enthusiasm for sharing music (as well as the stories behind the composers and musicians who create and perform it) is genuine. Without hesitation, I can recommend taking one of David’s classes and look forward to taking more of them myself.
David is an engaging, animated and knowledgeable teacher. I am always amazed by his expertise in all styles of music. Add to this his skill at playing the guitar and singing and you have one gifted performer and teacher.
David is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable snd enthusiastic. I would highly recommend attending any of his classes!
I took a course with David Heitler Klevans on late 20th century rock & roll and pop music and found it instructive and fun thanks to the open high energy classroom that David creates. Not only does he know the music inside-out, but he links it effectively to the relevant historical moment. The result is thought provoking and engaging for participants. David delivers for students with a sharp intelligence and a quiet passion for the world of music.
I always start by finding out what a new student wants to get out of our work together, and what kind of experience they have. I don't come in with a rigid curriculum - I want to start from the students' level, tastes and goals and go from there. I create lessons tailored to the particular student.
I have a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Oberlin Conservatory, and I have also taken graduate school courses in music education, including Orff certification classes level I & II. I have been teaching music classes and lessons for over 35 years - I started when I was a high school student. I was a music teacher in PS-8th grade schools for 6 years, and I have also taught music at various music schools (including Settlement Music School) and early childhood settings. I have been a full-time performer, songwriter and recording artist for 22 years. I also do work as a teaching artist, conducting songwriting residencies in schools. In the last few years, I have been teaching music appreciation classes for various continuing education programs, including Temple University Ambler, Cheltenham Township Adult School, and Mt. Airy Learning Tree.
$30 for 1/2 hr.; $50 for 1 hour
I have worked with children as young as 3 years old up through seniors and every age in between. I have taught individuals and classes, in urban, rural and suburban settings. I have worked with a wide diversity of students in many categories, including a couple of high school exchange students from China.