David Martin is a guitarist, singer, and educator based in Toronto, Ontario. Picking up the guitar as a teenager, he quickly found himself hooked and progressed quickly.
David is a graduate of the Applied Music Program at Mohawk college, where he studied jazz guitar and composition.
After college, he became more well versed in many popular styles of music while working on cruise ships, playing in musicals, various cover bands, and some original projects.
More recently, David has been taking on the role of a solo entertainer, singing and playing a wide range of covers. With his knowledge and skill on the guitar, he prides himself on doing unique, difficult and engaging material. He is also a member of the rock band Leaving Esmeralda.
I offer lessons in Guitar, Ukulele, Theory and Composition, as well as beginner piano. I have been teaching music for over 10 years. Lessons are always personalized and tailored to the student's needs and goals. I pride myself on making lessons fun for children and adults.
I'm experienced and knowledgeable in many styles of music and have unique approaches for all ages and skill levels.
Lessons can be taught in my home office in Bloor West Village, or I'm willing to travel within reasonable distance if in-home lessons are desired. Many of my clients with multiple children prefer in-home lessons as I am able to provide individual lessons to each child within the same evening and from the convenience of their own home
If you are interested in booking David for a lesson, or would like more information about rates/fees, please go to the "Contact" tab and fill out the booking form.
David has taught my 6 year old guitar. He shows flexibility and patience with a younger student, and has creative ways to teach him and simplify the lesson plans. David is extremely professional. He genuinely wants his students to enjoy playing music as they learn by understanding their interests and musical preferences.
I highly recommend David if you are looking for someone with a down to earth approach and a passion and talent that is clearly evident within his lessons. - Deborah H.
Our 14 year old son has only been taking guitar lessons with Dave for a few months and the results have been amazing. I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and he is aleady a better picker than me. He no longer obsesses with video games, now preferring to pick up the guitar and practice that week's lesson.
Dave is a highly talented and reliable instructor. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is considering learning the guitar, or just wanting to polish up the skills they already have. - Pat O'Brien
David Martin’s Guitar Lessons are everything that I was looking for. As a student with little experience as from childhood I decided to get back into guitar and David was able to provide exercises and songs that prompted quick learning. He is very flexible in his lessons and allows for you to make suggestions and requests. I wanted to learn some theory and chord structure as well and he is able to efficiently teach me as I progress. I have made great progress over the last few months and am incredibly pleased with the results. I would definitely recommend every skill level, and age group, to try David’s Guitar Lessons. - Dallas Bonner, 20.
Here you will find some samples of my playing, mostly in a solo singer and guitarist context. I try to upload to YouTube regularly, so be sure to click the link below and see the variety of covers on my channel.
- Sept. 16 2017 - Wedding ceremony, performing instrumental music with cello and violin
- Sept. 22 2017 - Private function, performing instrumental music with cello and violin
- Sept. 3 2017 - Performing with Leaving Esmeralda at the Paddock Tavern. 178 Bathurst Street. Starts at 8
David is available as a solo entertainer (someone who sings and plays guitar) to work at private functions, bars, restaurants, wedding ceremonies, receptions, cocktail hours, etc. He is also able to assemble customized ensembles for any event. He also has years of experience working with singer/songwriters and original or cover bands as an electric guitarist, and is well versed in most styles of music.
David is also a dedicated teacher, with over a decade of experience. He has unique, creative approaches to problem solving and advancing students abilities. Guitar, ukulele and beginner piano lessons are available for all age groups and styles.
Please fill out the form below to contact me with any inquiries. Thanks for your interest!