David Lester - Percussion, Fretted instruments and Piano

Having grown up in a family of professional musicians, I consider music to be my first language. After beginning studies on the piano, I took up the drums and guitar at age eleven, soon thereafter adding the bass guitar. In high school, I added the double bass to my arsenal. I have been gigging as a professional bassist since high school, in a multitude of jazz, rock, and classical ensembles. Never one to stay too narrowly focused, I couldn’t stay away from my other instruments for too long, and continue to enjoy a wide range of musical activities, including composing my own music. My formal education culminated in a B.A. in Music History & Literature from Hood College, where I graduated in 2010 magna cum laude and with departmental honors. 

I have been teaching private lessons since 2006, and have been fortunate to gain experience with all age groups and skill levels. I aim to tailor my curriculum to each students’ interests and goals, so that they truly connect to what is being taught. I love to push my students to the edge of their ability, and most importantly, to help cultivate and nurture a love for music. Playing an instrument is a lifelong process of growth and discovery, and I consider myself fortunate to be able to facilitate that journey.

Pritchard Music

301-355-8079 325 Main Street
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
MON-FRI: 10 - 7 | SAT 10 - 5 | Closed Sunday