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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Ukulele, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Piccolo, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Oboe, Bassoon, English Horn, Keyboard, Classical Guitar
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Country, Gospel, Opera, Spirituals, Marching Band

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Gordon W In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Ukulele, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Piccolo, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Oboe, Bassoon, English Horn, Keyboard, Classical Guitar
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Country, Gospel, Opera, Spirituals, Marching Band

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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BME, Texas Tech University, Music Education

Overview:
I love teaching students privately one on one. My youngest student was 4; a Piano student. She was from a Russian family and didn’t speak a word of English. Teaching her was a joint effort between myself and the girl’s mother who did speak English; a very interesting experience. My oldest student was 86; a Guitar student. He had studied previously with another instructor and loved to play. I focused on material that would not only improve his abilities but provide him with something that he could play for people in his social groups. I’ve had many successful students.
EXPERIENCE
I am a graduate of Texas Tech University. I began teaching privately in 1985 on the Lubbock ISD Music Tutorial Program. I went into the schools and taught students privately during class hours. I taught Tuba and Baritone Horn. In 1989 I began teaching with Lubbock Parks and Recreation in the community centers. This was more generalized. I taught Band Instruments, Voice, Guitar, Music Theory, Beginner Piano, Beginner Strings. What I consider to be my crown achievement is hearing from parents who told me that the overall academic performance of their children had improved since they began taking lessons from me.
METHODS USED
For Band students I normally use the method used in class or I will use the Ed Suede Band method. I like this method because it starts out very basically and simply and gradually increases in difficulty. Voice students must first pass an Audiation test which is essentially a test of their sense of pitch. From there I begin with vocalizations followed by singing materials. I have composed my own First Studies for Guitar. After that is completed I go to the Mel Bay Classical Guitar Method. My aim is not to make classical Guitarists of all my students but this is the best method for teaching the Theory and technique of the instrument. I have my own lesson plans for Music Theory based on the basic elements of Music: Rhythm, Form, Melody, Harmony, Counterpoint, Dynamics, Tempo, Tone Color.
LESSON STYLE
I take the student at his/her own pace. I try to be sensitive to the needs of the student not just his/her musical needs but his/her academic needs as my ability to continue working with the student depends upon his/her academic success. I will suggest a basic routine at home: Housework, Practice, Study, Leisure, Bedtime. Both for Practice and Study I recommend organizing subject matter in order of least favorite to favorite which gets the least favorite out of the way and saves the best for last. I keep more students this way.
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