I was born, brought up, and received all my formal education in Emporia, KS. When I was 7, I begged my parents to let me play violin. Though they were not musical at all, they suggested that I play the old antique pump organ that we already owned. So I started piano lessons with Carol Longyear, the music teacher at William Allen White Elementary School, and exercised on that old organ, with the understanding that if I did well, I could start violin lessons at a later date. Sixth grade came along and I excitedly told director Don Kile that I wanted to play in his orchestra at Lowther Middle School. I was told that the only way I could be in orchestra was if I played the double bass.....he already had too many violins. Without hesitation (or parent's permission), I agreed and, after a couple of lessons, started orchestra. I went on with piano lessons with Caren Loper through middle school, and still more lessons through high school with Agnes Reichardt.
I had no idea at the time what a musical journey I had embarked upon. I went on to take part in Kansas All State Orchestras (bass), Kansas State Piano Festivals, and played bass and piano in the US Army Band. While in college, I taught piano lessons at the Jane Wheat Fine Arts Center. I studied piano with Elaine Edwards, and bass with James Swain and received my Bachelor of Music Education from Emporia State University. I directed bands and orchestras at Robinson Middle School in Wichita, KS, directed All District musicals for Wichita Public Schools, worked as an educational representative/string repairman/salesperson for Jim Starkey Music Center, taught bass lessons at Friends University and Bethel College,and have played countless jazz, rock, polka, dance band, and chamber music gigs. Currently I play bass (sometimes piano) with praise and worship teams at Westlink Christian Church here in Wichita, as well as directing their bell choir. I take the occasional jazz gig these days.
I have been married to my wife, Jennifer, for nearly 21 years. We have a 12 year old son, and we foster kids as well. Also living in our home are two beagles and a cairn terrier. When I'm not playing the piano or bass, or giving lessons, I enjoy fishing, camping, and woodworking.
Highlights, Specialties & Features
- Piano and Bass lessons, Online Piano Lessons
Professional Associations & Certifications
- International Society of Bassists
- American String Teachers Association
- Wichita Area Piano Teachers League
- Wichita, KS
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|City||Wichita , KS|
|Address||2363 Dogwood Lane|
|Phone Number||(316) 530-1640|
Luis is an older student who just started piano last spring. Anyone who has an older child who has an interest in music but may be shy starting so "late" should make time to visit David. He communicates well with all ages and Luis is very comfortable in the environment even though the little kids and their skills are intimidating at times.
David is an amazing piano teacher. My 7 year old son has blossomed since he began lessons with David. He is patient, kind and a great role model! Couldn't be happier!