3 Clarinet

Posted by Dean Surface on July 31, 2017 with No Comments

David Burks

I grew up in Northern Virginia taking private lessons from some of the finest military band service musicians in the Washington D.C. area. After high school, I attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music majoring in music performance and audio engineering. After graduating from I.U. I moved to Texas where I became a private music instruction specialist and started my own location audio recording company. After several successful years of private instruction I went back to school pursuing my masters’ degree in Music Education. I recently retired after 27 years of band directing at the college, high school and middle level. I still actively run my my recording business (2 Grammy nominations) and have started back teaching private instruction.

Making private lessons effective for the student:

One of the most important things a student must do is consistently attend lessons (every week with the exception of being out of town and illness). I will expect my students to have good attendance. The second most important thing is individually practicing what we work on in lessons. The more they apply themselves to the lesson materials the faster they will improve. Most students will agree if they work on the lesson materials they are more successful on their classroom (band) music and will learn it quicker. I have found that a half hour a day practicing lesson materials should be enough.

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