David Tiller is experienced with all ages and levels from very beginners to very advanced students. He teaches a multitude of styles including Classical, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, and much more. Always striving to make lessons fun, fluid, and challenging, Tiller ensures each lesson is entertaining and informative.
David has been teaching for over 30 years (since 1987) and is currently a Professor at Regis University as well as Naropa University and was formerly the professor of guitar at the College of Santa Fe. He has given workshops and taught at music camps throughout the USA and internationally, including Point Richmond Jazz Workshops, Mount Shasta Music Camp, Big Sur Fiddle Camp, and Escola Municipal de Musica in Spain.
David began playing and studying music at age 8, and studied music at the North Carolina School of the Arts for high school, the first high school student ever to be admitted to the NCSA guitar program. Tiller studied classical guitar at the Shenandoah Music Conservatory and North Carolina School of the Arts, and Jazz at New School of Music in NYC. For personal studies outside Universities, he studied jazz guitar with Brazilian guitarist Richard Boukas and the Colorado jazz legend Dale Bruning.
For David’s professional performing life, he’s been in many successful national touring groups, playing large festivals throughout the USA , sharing the stage with the likes of David Mathews Band, Blues Traveler, Michael Franti , Ricki Lee Jones, and many others, garnering a national recording deal and distribution. He has recorded 18 albums and his current group, Taarka, has continued to perform and travel nationally and internationally for the past 17 years. They had their music in a sound track for nationally released movie called “1971”, were first place winner of the Tribeca Film Festival and have played on PBS ‘s Music City Roots and Bluegrass Underground as well as MTV special on the South by Southwest music festival.