David Newsam grew up in Connecticut where he was a student of Robert Shaw. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston.
David currently works as an assistant professor in the guitar department at Berklee where he has taught since 1989. He created the guitar program at the University of New Hampshire, where he teaches, directs the UNH Guitar Ensembles and coaches jazz combos.
David performs solo and group engagements throughout New England. He has performed in concerts and clinics with many noted musicians, among them guitarists Jim Hall, Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, pianists Dave McKenna and James Williams, drummers Ed Shaugnessy, Louis Bellson, Bob Moses and Alan Dawson, and jazz legends Clark Terry, Phil Wilson, Joe Williams and Milt Jackson. He has extensive theater experience including performances with Jack Jones, Mitzi Gaynor, Dianne Carroll, The Fifth Dimension, The Shirrelles, and Carol Channing. Recent concert appearances include performances at Berklee College of Music, Longy School of Music, Dartmouth and St. Anselm Colleges, The House of Blues and the Boston Hatch Shell. David is the author of the book, Making Money Teaching Music, published by Writer's Digest Books. He has produced the instructional DVD Accelerate Your Classical Guitar Playing for Rittor Music in Japan and authored the course, Fundamentals of Classsical Guitar, for Berklee Online. David is a member of the Back Bay Guitar Trio.
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