David Butler

A talented musician and composer, David Butler has been teaching piano for over 36 years.

Born in Buffalo, NY in 1959, Mr. Butler graduated from Calasanctius Prep School in 1977, then earned a BA in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology from SUNY@Buffalo in 1982. Mr. Butler completed his education at SUNY@Fredonia, earning his Master’s Degree in Music Composition in 1991.

Mr. Butler formally began his career as a Piano Instructor in 1984. He was the music director for St. Stephen’s School in Grand Island, and Mt. St. Joseph Academy between 2002 and 2005 while also teaching piano privately. In 2004 he received his permanent certification in Music K-12.

In 2006, InSchool Music became a reality,  offering  piano and guitar lessons in private, parochial, and charter schools. Mr. Butler  also offers lessons to Special Ed children in the public school system.

While several of his former students are now accomplished musicians, Mr. Butler appreciates the value of any level of musical interest and enjoyment on the part of his students. Whether they aspire to a professional level or simply wish to explore their musical potential, Mr. Butler can customize a program that’s just right for each student.

Mr. Butler’s wide range of life experiences includes seven years of radio ad sales, performing original material in a rock band, and composing various works for public performance.  Mr. Butler’s own music spans a wide spectrum from his New Wave Ballet, the ‘Vicious Circle”, which was performed at the Paderewski Train Station in 1981, to ‘Three Nocturnes for Piano’ performed at SUNY@Fredonia in 1991. His ‘Nocturne for String Orchestra’ was premiered by the Ars Nova Ensemble String Players in 1995 at Trocaire College. He also has commendations from masters such as Dave Brubeck. Mr. Butler is currently composing sacred choral and orchestral music for the Catholic Church.

A COMPOSITIONAL GENEALOGY:  (Mr. Butler’s composition teacher, his teacher, and his teacher’s teachers…)

•Donald Bohlen
•Ross Lee Finney
•Alban Berg
•Arnold Schoenberg
•Gustav Mahler
•Franz Krenn
•Ignaz Von Seyfried

Mr. Butler enjoys camping, back packing and mountain hiking with his family in the Adirondacks, climbing 31of the 46 High Peaks. He also enjoys sketching, skiing and fishing.