Nick Davila

Instruments Taught: Piano (beginning through advanced), Bass (beginning through advanced), Cello (beginning & intermediate), Guitar (beginning & intermediate), Mandolin (beginning & intermediate), Ukulele (beginning & intermediate)
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Years playing: 15+
Teaching Since: 2012
Musical Influences: Tom Waits, James Jamerson, Les Claypool, Flea, John Frusicante, Trent Reznor
Education: Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University, Advanced Music Theory from Diablo Valley College, Studied privately under Spencer Craig (Deacon Blues) for 10 years and Nicole Mortimore (Countrywood Music) for 3 years
Musical Projects: Radiokeys, Pure Funk, Killing Floor, Dead Fellows Orchestra
Key teaching concepts: Proper technique, fun curriculum of songs, specializes in Rock, Funk, Blues and R&B (for bass & guitar students)
Book/Methods Used: Alfred’s Basic Piano Library
Teaching Days: Wednesdays & Fridays

With a passion for music that has been developing since the age of seven, Nick Davila’s musical path takes him through a wide variety of instruments and genres. At the onset of his journey, he enrolled in drum lessons, followed shortly by joining grade school band as a trumpet player. Nick later discovered the instruments that he would feel most passionate about and that would become the center of his attention: bass, piano, and cello.

Studying privately for over a decade under reputable Bay Area Music gurus Spencer Craig (bass) and Nicole Mortimore (piano and cello), Nick honed his skills on his primary instruments to a professional level. Beyond private lessons, Nick’s education extended to completion of a Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Francisco State University, in addition to courses in advanced music theory, composition and piano from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.

Having come a long way from his teenage years of playing bass in up and coming punk rock bands, Nick was a member of a variety of Blues, Funk, Rock and R&B bands while in college, and currently performs with Radiokeys, who recently appeared at the legendary San Francisco venue, Slim’s. Nick enjoys writing music of his own, and is excited to be a part of the Music Time team, teaching students on Bass, Piano, Cello, Guitar, Mandolin and Ukulele.


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