David Vinden's musical life started as a choirboy at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music (1967-1971) and Royal Holloway College (1971-1974). Upon graduating his first job was as Director of Music at Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston Upon Thames. Concerned at the basic lack of musicianship in children David went to Hungary from 1981-1983 to absorb the Kodály approach to music education, gaining the Advanced Certificate with distinction from the Kodály Institute.
On his return to the UK he worked at the Purcell School, becoming its director until 1995. David was awarded an ARAM for his services to music education in 1987, and in 1992 he and his wife Yuko set up the Kodály centre of London. David is part time lecturer in Kodály musicianship and choral conducting at Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. David also works for Colourstrings, teaching musicianship to children as young as 4. He is in demand the world over as a leading Kodály exponent.
David is an author and music editor. He has produced books and teaching aids on the Kodály method and edited early music collections.