Dave teaches banjo and guitar from his studio in St leanards. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2003 with a Bmus.studies(Musicology) degree, and has been teaching since 1998. His teaching philosophy is centred around helping the student achieve their own goals rather than forcing them to adhere to some external system. He also feels it is extremely important to have strong foundations in good technique, theoretical understanding and aural perception. He particularly enjoys guiding people towards greater facility in composition and improvisation in a wide range of styles. For guitar He teaches flatpicking, fingerstyle and extended techniques on both acoustic and electric. He also teaches five-string banjo in the three-finger/bluegrass style, exploring all facets including advanced techniques.