David (known as “Dr. Pegel” when he is on campus) currently works as an Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Technology at Kennesaw State University in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey School of Music. His repertoire includes courses in composition, scoring for media, notation and production software, and theory/aural skills classes.
David previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of the development leaders for Frost’s Experiential Music Curriculum, which focuses on bringing music theory practically into ensemble performances through improvisation and composition. He also taught Theory Fundamentals for music minors and musical theatre students, as well as Advanced Counterpoint for graduate students. He is regularly praised for his enthusiastic classroom demeanor, encouragement of open dialogue during lectures, and catering to a wide variety of skill sets and learning styles.
David throughout his career has taken a particular interest in the education of young musicians at the middle and high school level. He served as a theory teacher for the Frost Preparatory Academy, teaching music theory and aural skills to middle and high school students to provide a strong foundation for when they pursue their college degrees. He also served as Dean of Musicians for Miami Music Project, an El Sistema organization, which provides free private lessons and ensemble memberships to students in the underprivileged areas of Miami. In this role, David helped to recruit players, took an additional role in ensemble directing and sectional leading, and even played timpani and percussion with the honors orchestra during understaffed rehearsals.
In addition to traditional lecture settings, David has also taught private lessons in theory and composition for high school students, offers individual and group theory tutoring for undergraduate and graduate students, and serves as a coach for aural skills development. Areas of focus for composition lessons include motivic development, orchestration, text setting, and expansion of repertoire knowledge.