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.
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