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Gerry D In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Lap Steel Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Recorder, Conga, Latin Percussion
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Funk, Spirituals, Latin Jazz, New Age, Soul, Punk

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Gerry D In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Lap Steel Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Recorder, Conga, Latin Percussion
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Funk, Spirituals, Latin Jazz, New Age, Soul, Punk

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 8-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
ASU, Tempe - Music Theory and Compostition University of Phoenix, Phoenix - BSBA, emphasis on Music Business School of Been There/Done That - priceless
Awards:

Many Teacher of the Month Awards from teaching in Elementary schools.

Outstanding Teacher Award - KNIX Radio and Fulton Homes

Many listings in Who's Who in Music Business and Education

 

Overview:
I currently teach music part-time at two Montessori elementary schools in the Southeast Valley which include after-school music classes and private lessons. I am the Worship Pastor at RPFChurch in Tempe, AZ where I play guitar and direct the worship team. I love to share my passion for music with every student and encourage them to enjoy playing their chosen instrument. I am also involved in reforming music education by writing methods and curriculum which make music fun, accessible and relevant to all ages.
EXPERIENCE
I started playing acoustic folk styles in 1962 and added 60's rock and more as time went on. I joined my first rock band in 1965 and have now played all styles of rock, blues, folk, country, bluegrass, jazz, and contemporary Christian and worship music. I also play and teach bass and other stringed fretted instruments, keyboards, and drums and percussion. I began teaching private music lessons in 1968 and began teaching professionally in 1989 at AZ Bible College. I was the Music Dept Head and the Head of the Guitar Studies Department at the New School For The Arts Charter High School. In 2000, I switched to teaching elementary music and discovered my passion to inspire kids at a much younger age to love to play music and to show them that music is something they can enjoy for a lifetime.
METHODS USED
I write all my own lesson materials focusing on what the student needs to know to play, understand, and enjoy music to achieve their goals. I have used several method books in the past but find them all limited or focused on styles or technique that is not what the student wants or needs to learn. I can teach from any established method if that is preferred, but instead enjoy challenging the student to understand what music is and how music is played on their chosen instrument, not just to read.
LESSON STYLE
I have a very personal and relaxed way of teaching that helps each student enjoy and advance on their chosen instrument at their pace. I prefer 60 minute sessions to have the time to fully evaluate and advance from the previous lesson and to move on to new material. I use the student's preferred style of music to teach them how to play, and expand their styles and technique from there. I teach private one-on-one lessons or can arrange group classes with other students of like interests.
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