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Meet Dave


Piano, saxophone, clarinet and guitar.

Dave Melstrand has been a private music teacher for more than 20 years. He has taught students from ages 4 to 74 on saxophone, clarinet, guitar and beginning piano. His students perform well at the state solo and ensemble competitions on saxophone and clarinet, have won concerto competitions, and also placed very high in the nation in National Honors Band. Many of his students have pursued musical study at college and even attended the Paris Conservatory of Music.

Dave received his music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied classical and jazz under Professors Jack Snavely and Curt Hanrahan.

He then pursued further jazz studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music under Berkely Fudge and Don Linke, and also privately with Curt Hanrahan.

Dave’s performance experience consists of various small jazz combos, salsa bands such as Bajo Zero and Isla Adentro and also some big band experience. He has solod material produced on You Tube that can found on Yardelm Music. His focus in the lessons is based mainly on developing a strong foundational understanding of musical skill where the student learns to develop for themselves important practice habits that develop dedication, perseverance, concentration and memory. His advanced students are encouraged to develop their own musical voice through improvisation and composition.