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Gordon Francis B In HomeHome Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Clarinet, Organ, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Music, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Musical Theater, Opera, Funk, Showtunes, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Marching Band

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Gordon Francis B In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Clarinet, Organ, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Music, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Musical Theater, Opera, Funk, Showtunes, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Marching Band

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 3-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Diploma, Triton Regional School District (1989-2002) Northern Essex Community College (2002-2003) BM, Berklee College of Music, Composition (2004-2008)
Awards:
Standard of Excellence Medal (1995) The Berklee College of Music Judges' Choice Award (2002) The Louis Armstrong Award (2002) Certificate of Excellence: The Alan Reese Residency of the Esterhazy String Quartet (17 October 2006) A Pianists' Choice Award (2006)
Overview:
I'm a tender, loving, and caring instructor who's passionate about sharing what I know about music with those I teach and mentor. In 2002, I graduated from Triton Regional School District with a Diploma where I studied long and hard the fundamentals of music as far as performance and writing. From 2002-2003, I decided to go to Northern Essex Community College to focus on General Academics before attending an institution that focused on music. In 2008, I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a BM in Musical Composition. I've performed in Concert Bands, Marching Bands, Jazz Combos, Big Bands, Pit Orchestras, Orchestras, and Choirs in the state of Massachusetts. I've had compositions I've written in Classical and Jazz Composition performed internationally.
EXPERIENCE
My teaching experience dates back to my elementary school days, as I began teaching private lessons part-time 23 years ago. I've been consistently teaching students during that time. Points I emphasize with students are: a) regular practice on a consistent schedule b) positive and optimistic thinking c) physical health and wellness d) to never ever give up e) music is suppose to be pleasurable not painful but may require long and hard work. The aforementioned points tend to help the student progress and gain a passion for whatever they're studying in music. I've also found that a curriculum that is full of listening homework from all over the world and all throughout history to go a long way in helping students learn things they might not have even known they liked or loved. My students are encouraged to enter the world free of fear, be it performing and or writing music. It's important to me that students feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
METHODS USED
The method of teaching is as follows: 1) assess where the student is in music and in life, 2) ask about goals in music, 3) formulate objective to reach those goals, 4) rethink things when needed (students aren't cookies, so I can't use a cookie cutter). I do focus on things in order though. If you don't know your fundamentals, then that's where we start no matter what. After learning fundamentals, however, we can begin to pick and choose the battles and wars. I do tend to assign, as mentioned elsewhere, listening homework. I do this because I've seen it help students learn what they want to and need to learn faster as well as help students learn to like, love, or at least appreciate new things. The main point here is that every student is complex, difficult, and hard insomuch as teaching method required, but my passion is so great that I don't see issues or problems but rather new opportunities to get students excited about learning and demonstrating what they've learned.
LESSON STYLE
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. One last note, no pun intended, is that the most important person to me in a lesson is the student; if I see that the student is putting in extra time and space as well as working extra long and hard, then I do that much more for them.
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