I grew up immersed in the music industry in the Muscle Shoals Alabama area where greats such as Cher, the Allman Brothers and Aretha Franklin got their start recording with the world renowned Muscle Shoals Sound.
After playing piano professionally in high school, I attended the University of Montevallo- Alabama's oldest and most respected music school and earned a Bachelor of Music Education in Piano and Voice. In fact, I studied classical piano with Dr. Robert Cowan of the nationally acclaimed duo piano team- Yarbrough and Cowan- and studied voice with Bruce Tolbert and Madame Baruvka- a world renowned European opera singer. I was also a fellow classmate of the current Broadway diva, Rebecca Luker.
After graduating from Montevallo, I moved to Atlanta and starred in professional theatre while working as a public school choral music director and attending Georgia State University for Post Baccalaureate studies in Theatre. In fact, I completed some of my actor training at the HB Acting Studio in NYC.
Some of my favorite roles have included the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Rudolfo in A View from the Bridge, Serge in The Food Chain, the teacher in School House Rock, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, multiple characters in The Harvey Milk Show and Raywanda in Saga: The Story of Whitney Bonneville. I've been seen on stage at the 14th Street Playhouse, Neighborhood Playhouse, Actor's Express, Terrific New Theatre, the World Congress Center and Six Flags Over Georgia.
In 1995, I earned a Master of Education degree in Counseling from Georgia State University and completed 2 more years of additional post graduate studies in Counseling at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
After working in the public and private schools for a number of years, I combined my music, theatre and counseling experience into creating David M. Artist Development in 2005.
I particularly enjoy working with semiprofessional and professional musicians and actors in the Atlanta area looking to expand their knowledge, skills and experience; and adults who've ignored their creative sides for most of their life while attending to family and career matters instead.
*Music Educators National Conference
*Georgia Music Educators Association
*American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
*American Choral Directors Association
*American Counseling Association
*American School Counselor Association
*American Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
*Association for Humanistic Psychology
*National Association of Educators
*Georgia Association of Educators
*Gwinnett County Association of Educators
*Alabama Educators Association
*Birmingham Association of Educators
*Human Rights Campaign
*Professional Association of Georgia Educators
To inquire about lessons with David, please fill out the Inquiry Form on this page, or call us at (800) 417-4620.
- Artist Development [2005 - 2014]
- Graduated, Counseling (M.Ed.), Georgia State University 
- Graduated, Theatre (Post Baccalaureate), Georgia State University 
- Graduated, Music Education: Piano/Voice (B.M.E.), University of Montevallo 
- Dr. Robert Cowan [1984 - 1986]
- Music Education, Georgia Professional Standards Commission 
Student Reviews for David
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
Brilliant Music and Teacher - February 15, 2013
By Roark Bailey, Piano Lessons
David is a brilliant man with an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of music. His gifts for playing and creating music are paralleled only by his gift for teaching it.
Phenomenal Results - February 15, 2013
By Joyce Rennolds, Voice Lessons
David, I am grateful to you for encouraging me to give up old beliefs about 'not being able to sing'. Since I am a Motivational Speaker and a New Thought Minister and teach an 'I can' attitude it never occurred to me to apply that idea to my singing voice. The results have been phenomenal. Thanks to your wonderful style of teaching I am now singing with confidence and poise in my church services. For my own pleasure I am becoming better and better at singing those wonderful Broadway tunes. Thank you for your encouragement, your professionalism, your unique style and your loving patience to work so diligently with me. You are the BEST!