School of Music Living Learning Community


In partnership with the School of Music, the School of Music LLC supports, encourages, engages, and enhances the development of the 21st century musician. This residential community provides students majoring in music the opportunity to engage with different groups on campus, to receive resources and support for skills and wellness issues related to musicians, and to explore entrepreneurial opportunities.

Location: Belknap Village South,



  • Learning techniques for reducing stress and focusing on self-care
  • Opportunities to engage with the campus and local communities
  • Peer Mentor to support and assist with the transition to becoming a music major
  • Tutoring and group study opportunities
  • Opportunities to meet and work with music faculty outside of the classroom setting
  • Social outings to engage with the artistic community
  • Participants will register for Music Theory and Intro to Music Study courses

Who can apply?

  • Any incoming first-year student majoring in Music

Required Courses

Fall: MUS 100

Spring: MUS 141/241 (pending placement exam)

Meet the Advisor

David Deacon currently serves as a Lecturer of Music Education and Assistant to the Associate Dean of the School of Music at the University of Louisville. Here, David teaches first-year experience courses for music majors, manages the weekly student performance series, serves as faculty advisor for the School of Music Living-Learning Community, and assists with various administrative processes.

As a freelance artist, David maintains an active schedule performing a variety of engagements throughout the year in the Louisville metropolitan area and southeast United States. He has had the privilege to perform with Al Chez, Doc Severinsen, Ndugu Chancler, and 3 Faces of the King. In addition, David has performed at numerous festivals and conferences including the National Trumpet Competition, Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference, Kentucky Music Educators Conference, and College Music Society National Conference. David has also performed internationally at the ÓperaMaya International Music Festival (Cancún, Mexico) and the Orvieto Musica Chamber Music Festival (Orvieto, Italy). David is a founding member of the Louisville based brass quintet, Bourbon & Brass Company, who regularly perform in the Louisville metropolitan area and most recently performed at the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver, Colorado.

Outside of the University of Louisville and performing, David works with band programs throughout the region. He has been a trumpet instructor for the Lowndes High “Georgia Bridgemen” Marching Band in Valdosta, Georgia for the past seven years, and he has been an instructor with the Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Division of the Salvation Army Summer Music Conservatory. In addition, he has taught applied lessons and coached brass sections at schools in Alabama, Georgia, and Indiana.

David holds a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Troy University. He was named Troy University’s Outstanding Music Graduate in 2019 and the trumpet studio’s Most Valuable Player in 2017. David is a member of the International Trumpet Guild and Pi Kappa Lambda.