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Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Folk, Country, Showtunes, Spirituals, Marching Band

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Gordon S In Home In Studio
Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Folk, Country, Showtunes, Spirituals, Marching Band

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Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Master Degree: Montclair NJ, Bachelor Degree: Nyack College, Nyack, NY

Awards:

Nyack College-Music Department Student Assistant & Music Librarian

American Youth Performs-won trip to play in Carnegie Hall

Robin Hood Band-won trip to march in Tournamemt of Roses Parade

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I am motivated teaher with 40 years of teaching experience in instrumental music as well as church choirs and concerts. I studied with the best pro. tuba players in NY in college from the Metropolitan Opera and American Symphony. I have performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Rose Parade, and on live radio WQXR in New York. I currently am the instrumental teacher at Bergen Community College (2002-present) and the tuba instructor at another College (2011-present). I have played the trumpet and tuba for over 50 years. 

EXPERIENCE

I have taught all ages from third grade to elderly adult and can adapt to any situation. I love to instill a love for music in a young person so they can enjoy it for many years and possibly go on to biggerr and better things. I have Bergen students who have gone on to 4 year colleges to continue their studies.

I began teaching private lessons while still finishing college.While doing my student teaching at Nanuet, NY highschool, I was the Adjunct instructor of brass at Baptist Bible College in PA. (Now Summit University). While there I directed the brass ensemble and taught trumpet, French Horn, baritone, and tuba. My first full time teaching position was in Congers New York at Lakewood Elementary School. I taught group and some individual lessons on flute, clarinet, saxophone,violin, cello, trumpet , trombone, and baritone. I directed the marching band and concert band as well as the chorus and classroom general music lessons. My second full time position was at Hackensack Christian School (NJ) (Now Bergen County Christian Academy). While there I taught all music, choral and instrumental from grade one through highschool. I taught all the winds, brass, and strings, choirs, general music, and music theory and appreciation. In 1977 I left teaching in schools and devoted my career to church music. I directed choirs and orchestras in several New York/New Jersey area churches for over 40 years. Since 2002 I have been on the faculty at Bergen Community College as an adjunct professor. Over my 20 years there, besides my classroom instruction, I have taught private lessons on all brass instruments and several woodwind instruments including flute, clarinet, and alto & baritone saxes. For five years I taught as an adjunct at Nyack College and besides music appreciation I was the college tuba instructor. I am currently also an adjunct at Union County College. When I was studying at Nyack College I studied tuba with Herb Weksellblat of the Metropolitan Opera. I earned the Masters in Performance on tuba at Montclair University and studied with Don Butterfield of The American Symphony Orchestra.
METHODS USED

I use a variety of published methods depending on the age of the student and their current level. 

I prefer Rubank's method books as they are a little more challenging. They include simplified melodies and examples from classical literature. I may not begin with Rubank for the very young but my goal is to lead them up to that publisher within the first year. I always bring one of my instruments so I can play along and teach by example. it is import the young student learns good posture and breathing technique early on as it will contribute to a more successful beginning. If they sense they are succeding they will not become discouraged and give up too easily. I try to build on their early enthusiasm.
LESSON STYLE

I prefer to let students advance at their own pace so that they don't feel rushed and get discouraged. For younger students/beginners I keep an open line to the parents for extra support. I bring my instrument to the lesson and demonstrate as I teach. I center on encouragement and emphasizing a student's successes.

I will change a lesson book/publisher if I sense that the student is either struggling with a particular book, or is not being challenged in a particular method and is becoming bored.
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Candyce Lucas

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Mr. Gordon S. is very patient! His teaching skills are excellent, my son is benefittin greatly from these lessons. I would highly recommended his services!

Review posted on Jul 22, 2016
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