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David Keezing is an emerging guitarist and teacher in Rochester, NY. With a background in rock and pop music and degrees in classical guitar performance, David’s varied background informs his belief that each student has an array of unique needs, and that one’s approach while teaching should be adapted according to each student’s desires and strengths.
David has diverse experience performing in a variety of contexts, from solo classical guitar concerts throughout New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut; guitar orchestra performances, culminating in a performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint in Kilbourn Hall for the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival; chamber music performances, with particular emphasis on works by Piazzolla and Takemitsu; rock groups; jazz and jazz fusion; renaissance lute in the continuo section of Eastman’s Collegium Musicum; klezmer groups; and Balinese Gamelan. David is also an avid songwriter, and maintains a guitar/vocal duo with his fiancée, April Gompers.
David has experience teaching in a variety of styles to people from many different backgrounds and levels. As a teacher, David has been a guitar instructor at the Falls View Academy in Honeoye Falls, NY, and has spent the past three summers teaching at Appel Farm Arts Camp in Elmer, NJ, a four-week long immersive arts camp at which David has taught beginning guitar classes, and coached guitar ensembles and rock bands.
David received his B.M. and M.M. degrees in guitar performance at the Eastman School of Music, studying under renowned guitarist and pedagogue Nicholas Goluses. David has also studied jazz guitar under Bob Sneider at Eastman and Rich Goldstein at The Hartt School, performance practice and lute under Paul O’Dette, and has studied contemporary guitar techniques under Dominic Frasca at The Monkey in NYC.