David Pray - Owner / Instructor


Bitten by the music bug at an early age David Pray knew he would be performing on stage

for the rest of his life. It was on a transcontinental flight listening to Creedence Clearwater

Revival's "Up Around The Bend" that did it. But it wasn't only rock n roll. David studied

classical guitar at the University of Hawaii, cut his teeth on 80's New Wave and Top 40

bands, then on to modern country as Madonna Nash's bassist and music director and

rhythm guitar for Brandon Bailey Band.  Original jazz compositions with Aqua Viva,

performed in theatre productions,  recording studio sessions, attended master classes with

blues phenom Robben Ford and original Tonight Show guitarist Gene Bertoncini were

also highlights of David's myriad of musical experience.  He also concocted the world class

Katy Perry tribute show Firework and played with the highly entertaining variety show 40

East. David is passionate about music and equally passionate about putting on a great

performance as a rock solid bassist or rhythm guitarist.


"I have always considered it a privilege to share the knowledge gleaned from my musical journey.  Lessons are fun, engaging, relevant, and students learn the songs they want to learn.   Many of my former students now perform on stages all over the country.  But it isn't just about music.  It's also about spending quality time mentoring and having a positive influence in someone's life."


Currently offering lessons in guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, voice, and performance coaching.  Skype and FaceTime lessons are also available.




Austin Cole - Hampstead Instructor


Austin Cole has been playing music ever since he was a kid.  At age 9 his parents got him his

first guitar as a Christmas giff.  Ever since then he has been rockin!   Austin is proficient in

guitar, and percussion.  When Austin reached the 6th grade he started playing percussion in

middle school band and continued throughout middle school and high school.  During that time

he performed in many different honor bands and drum corps his senior year.  Austin is a former

student of David Pray where he learned his unique teaching style, what it truly means to play

the guitar with proficiency, and to play with pure bliss and innovation.  Austin is now currently in

college, and is the music director for Renovation Church in Hampstead NC.  He also has

played in many other bands across town in the past.  In Austin's free time he enjoys reading,

outdoor activities, family time, and coffee!


Favorite quote:  "Pick n Grin"



Carson Parker - Rocky Point / Burgaw Instructor


James “Carson” Parker grew up in a musically-inclined family. His grandfather sang in a

gospel quartet, and his mother sang as well as played a bit of piano.  From ages 9-10,

Carson took piano lessons from a local teacher in Burgaw, North Carolina but quickly lost

interest and stopped taking them altogether. Disheartened, he no longer took any music

lessons or played any instruments until he started high school at 14 years old. Carson met

a guitar player who was incredibly talented and immeadiately gained interest in learning to

play the guitar. He started playing guitar at age 14 and began taking lessons from David

Pray shortly after that and it stuck!  Having the right teacher made all the difference.


Since then, Carson has played in 3 bands, joined 7 different worship teams, and currently plays electric guitar and bass at Port City Community Church and Rock Church.  He is very passionate about playing music and sees learning an instrument as a powerful element of personal expression. He hopes to share the joy that music brings him with others by teaching them how to pursue and enjoy playing music on their own.


Favorite band: Colony House



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