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About the Creator of New Orleans Music Lessons


David Putnam, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA has been teaching music for more than 10 years.  He founded New Orleans Music Lessons more than 2 years ago and has seen and heard many of his committed students grow as musicians from all levels and musical backgrounds. 

David has studied guitar under the tutelage of Hank Mackie, Brian Seeger, and Steve Masakowski.  David has received his B.F.A. in Jazz Studies (with an emphasis in guitar) from the University of New Orleans.  More information regarding UNO's world-renown faculty can be seen at UNO's site here.

David is currently playing guitar professionally in New Orleans and as a soloist ranging in the variety of styles of jazz, bluegrass, rock, blues, and classical.  He has led worship groups in churches and ministries.  He has also played in rock, Latino, blues, jazz, and big bands including The Mississippians Ole Miss Jazz Band to name a few.  Visit the Performances page if you are interested in having David and/or his band perform at your venue.  

But, his love for playing music has grown to an even greater love to teach others how to play. He has taught a range of students from the ages of 7 to 70 in six and seven-string guitars, banjo, ukulele, bass, beginner piano, and mandolin.  He teaches in the many styles that has also influenced his playing including rock, blues, Latino, big band, bluegrass, jazz, and chord-melody giving his students a wide range of musical styles to learn.  New Orleans Music Lessons has been so successful and so much fun that he did, indeed, "quit his day job" as a High School Math teacher and full-time teacher for students with learning disabilities and Autism.  Teaching music is his passion and joy. 

David currently teaches privately in the New Orleans area as well as through St. Martin's Episcopal School, or via webcam. Sign up for banjo, guitar, beginner piano, bass or ukulele lessons today!  

Contact David for lessons at n[email protected]



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Read what David's students are saying...

Guitarist, Corey C. says,  After being accepted to the Berklee College of Music class of 2014 for guitar, I can say that without David's knowledge of music and ability to teach, this dream would not have been possible...  more

Banjoist, Dave H. says,  David has been the best music teacher I could have hoped for, always professional, prepared, and knowledgeable... he always teaches with patience and good humor and makes me feel that there really are no "stupid questions."...  more New Orleans Music Lessons  


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Acting Parties & Lessons

Acting lessons are offered for private and group classes.

We also are available to host an acting party at your next shindig. Contact us for details!

Student gives guitar teacher, David Putnam, an electric guitar!

When I have a student get excited about our lessons it really makes me happy inside to know that I can bring other people joy, especially, through music! I've had many tips given to me from my students over the years as a thank you to me for all they have learned from our lessons. I've received gifts that have ranged from money to books and more and I am so grateful for all. Just recently, I was given a guitar as a thank you from one of my jazz guitar students, Matthias. How cool is that?! (it's the cream guitar on the right).

Check out Matthias' band, Indyus. His music will definitely get you going!

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Scale Practice in the Mornings with David

Looking to practice your scales, arps, and/or sight reading?  Practice guitar with our teacher, David, every morning Monday through Friday at 10AM.  If you'd like to meet earlier that can be arranged, too.  This is not a lesson, but a practice session.  $10 if you pay-as-you-go or $40 if you meet everyday of the week.  All stringed instrumentalists are welcome!



Are you a business that would like your ad to be seen by thousands daily?  Contact David for details.  We can also design ads for you or your business.

Free Coffee & WiFi For You!

We know how it can be to be a parent or spouse waiting for your child or loved one to take a lesson.  For your comfort, David, offers free Starbucks coffee and free WiFi at his music studio so that you can relax with your iPad or laptop while you wait.  For $2 you can get a fresh vege and/or fruit juice to help you think more clearly during your lesson. For the mom's that are waiting for their children to take a lesson we also offer mini ice cream for those that would like to indulge for only $2.  What's your favorite ice cream?