It’s been a really good process that makes learning more fun while also challenging you a lot and pushing you to be your best.
— Ian Halpin, 16, Lincoln, MA
I met David at Berklee during the Day Sessions Summer Program and learned so much that I wanted to continue taking lessons from him. I have learned new techniques, styles, repertoire and how to prepare for performances. I recommend this drum school to anyone.
— Greg, 15, New York City
Alicia really enjoys her lessons with David. She looks forward to her weekly sessions because she loves his teaching style and the progress she is making is impressive. He pushes her to be a better musician while keeping it fun for her. David is great with the kids and is personally invested in their progress. We highly recommend the DLR Drum Institute!
— John Bakis, Parent, Harvard, MA
It’s been a great experience not only to learn about drumming but learning the things that we have to do in preparation for a performance.
— Robert, 13, Medford, MA
tHE INSTRUCTOR: David l. RIVERA

tHE INSTRUCTOR: David l. RIVERA

DAVID L. RIVERA

Over six years of professional music experience focused on teaching, arranging, composing, and performing various music styles – including Jazz, Latin, Gospel, Rock and Pop. Performed with legendary Gospel Singer Ron Kenoly,  Grammy Award Winner John Benitez , Tito Nieves, Frankie Negrón and vibraphonist Victor Mendoza. Participated in numerous live concerts  with Fernando Huergo,  William Cepeda, Latin Grammy Nominee Gonzalo Grau y La Clave Secreta , Mango Blue, Fernando Brandao, and Bassists Oscar Stagnaro. Currently official drum set player of Mango Blue and the Eguie Castillo’s "Mambo King" Big Band and Latin Jazz Band. Furthermore, currently a guest drum set player with numerous bands/ trios/ quartets in a variety of venues including the Regatta Bar, Scullers Jazz Club, Ryles Jazz Club, House of Blues, and the Outerland Club at Martha’s Vineyard. Finally, a faculty member at the Berklee College of Music in various programs like The Berklee City Music Outreach Program,  The Berklee Day Sessions Program and The Berklee Five Week Program.