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"To Teach is to learn again"


Private and in-person in the Central Jersey and  the Bucks/Mont areas of Pennsylvania
irtual lessons online from wherever you are :-)
Dave presents a rudimental approach to the instrument.

For beginning to intermediate players the emphasis is on rudiments, stick control, independence and reading. Various grooves and drum set exercises are introduced as the student progresses. Phrasing, song form & chart reading come into the mix early on. For the advanced or professional, lessons are tailored to the particular needs and desires of the student. Much of the teaching methodology
has been personally developed over the years.

With 30+ years experience in the field, Dave has taught in various schools in the tri-state area, some of which include Bucks County Community College, CB East, CB West, The Community Conservatory, Doylestown School of music, Music Forte & Acoustic Pickins. Dave has also taught and played at conferences and clinics locally and at schools, colleges and universities such as State College,
Mansfield U, Gettysburg U, Messiah College, Bloomsburg U and in schools or conferences in St Louis, Rochester NY, Americus, Statesboro & Albany in GA, North Carolina, Vermont and Nashville, TN.
Many students are in their respective school ensembles and/or jazz bands including Pennsbury, Council Rock, Central Bucks and Penn Ridge in PA and South Hunterdon, Delaware Valley Regional, Hopewell Valley Regional, North Hunterdon Regional and Hunterdon Central in NJ.
Students have been accepted at, attended or will be attending Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Conn., Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mass., NYU in NYC, University of the Arts in Philly,
Westchester U in Westchester,PA, Rowan U, Syracuse U,
Temple Jazz & William Patterson in NJ...

Dave devotes most of his teaching time to a weekly schedule of students
and offers private instruction both virtually
(see below) or in your home.

Being a professional musician the schedule can be subject to change and Dave makes every effort to accommodate students with rescheduling opportunities in an attempt
to get 3 (or 4 in 5 a week month) lessons in each month.
There are
normally a few openings in the schedule  Monday thru Friday.
Summer "Camp" classes are available in your home or at a specified location.

One on one or group lessons can be arranged.

To inquire about charges, openings and scheduling:
Send email to or call: 215-378-5385




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Ben is pictured here at his last Elementary School Jazz Band concert.


Friend, student and contemporary Dave Willard
Dave shown here with the Simon Mulligan Trio at Miller Symphony Hall
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Simon Mulligan, acclaimed classical and jazz pianist, returned to the Jazz Upstairs series at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown
The Simon Mulligan Trio included Gene Perla on bass and Dave Willard on drums.



CONGRATS to student Gavin O for winning the Greiner & Kilmer Drumoff in Manheim PA recently.
At the time Gavin was playing in the CB East Jazz Band
and with 3 other bands,Troopers, Infinite Jerry and Bipolarbear

Gavin won a Greiner & Kilmer Snare
Maple, Wenge and Rosewood with DW Mag throwoff and PureSound snares
and Logitech Ultimate Ears (not shown, to be fitted)

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Dave also does workshops & clinics working with Secondary School and College/University ensembles
Photos from a recent workshop and SHR High School Jazz Ensemble with Dave and the Eric Mintel Quartet





Jeremy Connor

At CB South Jeremy played in the Jazz Band
and at the Doylestown School of Rock
on the "A" team
He attended Visible Music College in Memphis, TN




Matt Roth
Matt Roth was 14 years old here and has been playing the drums ever since,
studying with Dave Mohn most of those early years.
  He had a band, "The Rise",  a group of four talented musicians who write their own songs. 
"The Rise" played at Del Val's "A" day where they won 2nd place and in Doylestown for First Friday. 
Matt attended "Day Jams" when he was 12 years old and this year  he auditioned and gained a spot
in the Lenape Jazz Band under the direction of Bridgett Gordon.
Matt won two best soloist awards at school jazz festivals in the area in his last year in middle school.
After middle school he was accepted into the CB East high Jazz Band.
  Matt has also been learning the piano and has written some of his own songs
and comes from a family of musicians...
his grandfather Rick Lewis is a professional drummer and his great grandparents played piano. 
 Recently, Matt studied at Temple U and is playing professionally and writing and recording his original music



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