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I studied music theory and jazz at OSU 1976-1980 and performed and traveled with the OSU Jazz ensemble .
I have an Associates degree from Columbus State CC in electronics engineering technology also.
The OSU Jazz Ensemble won best jazz performance at Notre Dame Jazz Festival and Down-Beat Magazine Award 1979 for best college band of which I was the principal guitarist.
As part of the OSU Jazz Ensemble 1979 we released an album entitled "Acorn's Tavern".
Other recordings I have been involved in include:
Project One "It's About Time" 1988
LDB3 "Blue Bop" 2007
Giles Ponticello "Near the Bridge" 2008
Giles Ponticello "Dreams to Follow" 2018
I’m a dedicated music teacher and performer who’s objective is to continually advance as a performer, educator and technical advocate in the music industry. I taught Music Theory in computer lab, advanced guitar and beginning piano at Michelle Tuesday Music In Lewis Center, Ohio. While attending OSU (from 1976-1980) I began teaching private guitar lessons In the late ‘70’s at Jazz City Music and Cumming’s Music/ Reynoldsburg, I spent several years performing and traveling with local bands and performing as a solo guitarist and vocalist in the the central Ohio area. As an alternate career I’ve also spent 20 years as an Electronics Technician at Pioneer Electronics, USA., where I repaired audio and video equipment .
My teaching experience began while attending college and has been on and off with my performing schedule but I believe the performance has help me focused on teaching from “real-world” experience. I therefore don’t like to spend a lot of time during lessons on topics a student may never use. This also helps the student hold interest in their lessons. I approach teaching from the students perspective, whenever possible and try to always emphasize the musical style they are most interested in. For example, a student of rock may wish to learn rock chords and progressions while a jazz student will need to learn more note reading and about extended chords which may be overwhelming for the rock student. The key to learning an instrument is to putting in the hours it takes to learn and having the motivation to keep going.
For beginners I like to have a method books such as Alfred’s or Hal Leonard’s and occasionally supplement with an easy piece to hold their interest. It’s important for them to have something to show as soon as possible. As the student advances, the Mickey Baker books are good for the interested jazz student. And getting them to play simple chord progressions and melodies is a good way to get them off and running . I also suggest a looper pedal such as the Boss RC-3 Loop Station which is a great and fun way to work through lessons, play melodies and learn songs .
I like to learn what my students musical interests are as soon as possible and then to do all I can to nurture that. Since music is something which is played for an audience it’s important to find them an audience to perform for . It can be just mom and dad, the Girl Scouts campfire sing along, a jam session at the local coffeehouse or sitting in at a blues or jazz jam if no formal recitals are available. To prepare for that I like to play or record a part for them to play along with and then switch roles so they take the lead melody and I play the chord changes. Also, if a student is shy they may be will to make a recording to play for someone before doing a live performance.
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