David Bartley received his formal musical training in classical piano performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo where he studied piano with Yvar Mikhashoff and composition with Leo Smit. From 1980 to 1999, based in Washington, DC, David’s musical career included scoring original music for film, video, and radio productions, performing in various popular music groups, and composing and performing several performance art pieces in association with the Washington Performing Arts Society. He caught the jazz bug around 1990. After relocating to New England in 1999 David spent seven years working with at-risk youth, creating the music department at The Academy at Swift River in Cummington, MA. David now devotes all his professional time to music, teaching private lessons and appearing locally as a soloist and in jazz ensembles throughout Western Massachusetts.
Whether you are starting from a classical background, or blues and pop music, you can learn to read jazz charts, study the art of jazz improvisation and gain an understanding of jazz harmonies. If you already play some jazz but want to hone your skills in a particular area, Dave can help you. Visit Dave’s website.