ABOUT THE TEACHER

DAVID RIDER

HISTORY

I have been teaching in the Los Angeles area since 1998. I am well versed in all of the major teaching methods and will tailor a program specifically for your student based on age, experience and skills as they progress. I am a classically trained pianist, and from ages 12-18 competed at the local, district and state levels with the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. I also regularly received “highly superior” ratings in one-on-one auditions with various judges. In 1979, I was awarded an Honorable Mention as the runner up in the CSMTA state competition finals. I played performance piano for the musicals YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN and THE FANTASTICKS in my sophomore and junior years of high school (both written with the piano as the main instrument in performance) and played as the audition pianist for the Western Region of the Irene Ryan Scholarship Awards in 1980

WORKING ACTOR/PERFORMER

In the 80’s and early 90’s, I performed in several musicals and stage plays on the local Portland, Oregon stages. I’m also a quadruple threat: performing as an actor/singer/dancer/pianist in the the musicals A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE (as Chico Marx); OIL CITY SYMPHONY (as Mike); and GODSPELL (as Ensemble); and winning an Oregon Theatre Awards Society award as best supporting actor in GODSPELL.

STYLES

I’ve played in all styles of music and come from a musical family. I especially love Chopin, Debussy, Grieg, Joplin and Beethoven, but have mastered music from all of the various musical time periods.

MUSIC THEORY

As part of my training, I also became well versed in music history and music theory. I was tested in theory at each competition as part of the process. When my piano teacher was getting her recertification with the CSMTA, I played and tested for her along with two of her younger students at different levels.

PEDAGOGY/RECITALS

As a teacher, I hope to make the student’s experience as accessible as possible. My students are given challenge pieces as well as popular pieces (think Disney or modern pop bands). I present students in recital twice a year: a less formal recital around the holidays in November/December, and in a formal venue for the spring, usually in May. Post-pandemic, I am hoping to resume with a holiday recital in 2023. My recitals are radically different than most other teachers, with games played to determine playing order, awards and prizes for every student and a reception following. My intent is for students to be able to share their music with family and friends in a lower pressure setting than they might elsewhere. I accompany all my voice students live and play a selection at the end of each recital.

PERFORMANCE AVAILABILITY

I am also available for parties and background music for all occasions, including over three hours of Christmas music, standards, classical, jazz and/or pop selections to suit your needs. I am available for holiday parties starting in November 2023.

VOICE AND SPEECH BACKGROUND

I’ve been singing since I was a child. I was a member of a number of performance groups throughout my schooling: choirs, show choirs, a traveling madrigal group and musical theatre. I also was a soloist several times with various groups.

TRAINING

In 1992, I started attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, and was awarded the Kirk Douglas Scholarship. I graduated with the Voice and Speech award in 1993 and went on to be a part of the performing company in 1993/1994. During that time, I was invited to be a part of the world premiere of WALKING PEORIA, a new play by screenwriter William Blynn (BRIAN’S SONG). I was cast along with Conrad Bain and Basil Hoffman in this original production. I studied in Oxford, England with the British American Drama Academy in the summer of 1993, and attended master classes with Jeremy Irons, Alan Rickman and Miriam Margolyes. I also studied with members of the Royal Shakespeare while there. I’ve studied Phonetics and The Alexander Technique for breathing, relaxation and vocal production with Linda Brennan. I’ve appeared in several short films, student films and other projects, but now concentrate on my teaching.