As a trained musician with a Masters degree in music as well as a wealth of professional playing experience, David Dunavant offers students a unique perspective, both as an accomplished guitarist and a passionate educator. David has 15 years of teaching experience ranging from local music stores to four universities, and has taught various styles of guitar at Little Rock Jams since 2008. As well as teaching guitar at Little Rock Jams, David currently teaches Guitar Class I and II and Applied Guitar at Pulaski Technical College and directs the guitar program for the music department at ASU Beebe.
David grew up in Little Rock and started playing guitar at the age of thirteen. Primarily playing rock guitar and fingerstyle acoustic guitar, David played and performed with a local, all original rock group called the Joe Mansur Band. During this time, David studied guitar with former P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby for eight years and eventually started teaching guitar at local music stores.
As a student of Michael Carenbauer at UALR, David’s focus changed to jazz guitar. After receiving a B.A. with an emphasis in jazz guitar performance from UALR, David went to graduate school at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio where he studied with Chris Buzzelli. While at BGSU, David taught group guitar class, Jazz Combo, and Guitar Ensemble.
After receiving a M.M. in jazz studies from BGSU, David became a faculty member at UALR teaching Intro to Music, Aural Skills I, and Applied Guitar. While at UALR, he also taught guitar for the UALR Community School of the Arts. Although a formally trained musician, David is interested in the way most guitar players learn how to play and has written a method book, called Street Guitar, designed for students who play by ear and primarily read tab.
As Creative Director of Little Rock jams, David is responsible for creating programs that enhance student development outside of the private lesson. David is also the author of Street Guitar, the curriculum used for all guitar lessons at Little Rock Jams that consists of four books.
As well as teaching guitar at Little Rock Jams, David currently teaches Guitar Class I and II and Applied Guitar at Pulaski Technical College and is in charge of the guitar program for the music department at ASUBeebe. The Street Guitar curriculum is also used for all Pop Guitar classes and private lessons at ASU Beebe and Pulaski Technical College.
David has 15 years of teaching experience ranging from local music stores to four Universities (BGSU, UALR, PTU, ASU Beebe), and has taught various styles of guitar at Little Rock Jams since 2008.
David’s influences include all of his teachers, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Hall, Danny Gatton, Dave Mustaine, Dimebag Darrell, Frank Zappa, Phil Keaggy, Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, and Johnny Adams.