David A. Poli’s mission is to joyfully provide the highest quality instruction to his students so that he mayfacilitate their rapid growth, create independent learners, foster their lifelong love of music, and help them realize their own musical goals, no matter how great or small.
David meets the needs of each student by striking a balance between ‘student centered’ and ‘teacher centered’ instruction. He makes learning fun and exciting by selecting music that suits the tastes of the student. He then uses that energy to advance their technical skills and expand their awareness of core musical concepts. In addition to piano and guitar, David has also studied percussion, composition, Alexander Technique, voice, and conducting. By infusing piano and guitar lessons with various elements of these disciplines, he further broadens the experiences of the student.
David’s comprehensive study of the Alexander Technique, a method for improving coordination, allows him to bring a ‘total body approach’ to instrumental study. His discovery of the Alexander Technique came about in 2005 while searching for a cure for his potentially career ending tendinitis. After making a full recovery, he now uses this knowledge to cultivate healthy and natural playing practices in his students.
David is also passionate about the development of innovative group classes including, Rock Band, Guitar Club, and Songwriting Workshop. His bands often perform in talent shows, open mics, and festivals in the north New Jersey area. Recently, he coached local metal band, Immortal Coil, to professionally record an original EP.
As a performer, David constantly expands his musical boundaries by collecting a wide range of experiences across multiple instruments and genres. On piano, he made his solo debut in 2012 at the Community Music School in Trappe, PA, where he premiered one of his original compositions entitled Chorale Fantasy, and performed works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, and Rodrigo. On both piano and guitar, David’s performances in weddings, benefits, church services, and musicals feed his varied repertoire which ranges from Chopin, Berkeley, and Brouwer, to Metallica, the Beatles, and No Doubt. He is also an avid chorister, singing in the New Jersey premier of the opera Elmer Gantry, and for Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony. He has premiered new music by local composer, Matthew Van Dongen, and is currently composing a ballet in cooperation with professional dancer, Rachel Carina from New Jersey Ballet.
David received his B.M. in classical guitar performance from Montclair State University, graduating magna cum laude. Recipient of the Morse Estate Scholarship for academic excellence, David has studied privately with Jason Vieaux, Glenn Lyons, Dr. Robert Bedford, Dennis Chinelli, and the Alturas Duo (Scott Hill, Carlos Boltez). In addition, David has taken master classes with Agatino Scuderi and Dr. David Witten.