Gage Winthrop Music

Gage Winthrop Music

1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

As a result of my extensive training at the University of Miami Frost School of Music I teach a range of lessons that extend from Upright Bass all the way to Music Theory. I teach the following instruments and skills;

Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Music Theory, Harmony and Rythm fundamentals, Ear Training, How to read music, Recording Music, Live Performance, College Music Audition Preparation, and more! 

In addition I teach in the wide range of genres, but I specialize in Jazz, Rock and Classical Music. 

Music is my everything. I find joy in seeing my student's growth. Often times, I find myself walking away from a lesson having learned something I didn't previously know. 

I believe if everyone played an instrument the world would be a better place. Often times, teachers will forget to show their students the most important thing about music- that it should be a blast to make! While I work hard to keep a rigorous program of intensive training musically, I also strive to show them the joy of music- the feeling of relief and expression that only playing an instrument can provide. 

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Folsom, CA 95630
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The first thing I do with a new student is evaluate their current level of training in their field. For instance, before the lesson begins I like to speak with them about what kind of music they enjoy listening to, how long they have been playing for, and why they like to play. I start off usually by playing with the student for a couple minutes, to get a grasp of where they are at musically. Once I have an idea of their previous training, if any at all, I ask them where THEY would like to start. I believe it's very important for a student to learn the things they want to play/enjoy listening to, otherwise I see it as money wasted. Because of my extensive training in all fields of music, I am prepared to teach a student any wide range of genres or musical style. My number one goal with a student is to incite musical inspiration and to provide the knowledge to get that student to the level they desire to play at. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Full Scholarship to University of Miami Frost School of Music for Jazz Performance Studies. 

I also used to work at Bach 2 Rock in Folsom, teaching young students (K-8th) music fundamentals. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge a fifty dollar flat rate hourly for highschool and up. 

For k-8th I charge 30 dollars an hour. 

How did you get started teaching?

I was hired at Bach 2 Rock in folsom and began teaching young students (k-8th). Today I teach from age ranges k-adult. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students of all ages, and have experience in both easy-advanced level musicianship. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Attending the Monterrey Jazz Festival and reuniting with my old music students from Folsom High school and University of Miami. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Consider Gage Winthrop 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Consider what kind of music you want to play and what kind of skills you will need to get to that level musically. For instance, if you want to play classical music, you have to be good at reading music. To play jazz you have to have an understanding of what improvisation is, as well as music theory. With every musical style there is a prerequisite set of skills, and it is my job to make sure those skills are mastered by you!

As far as asking questions, you should never stop yourself from asking questions, otherwise what's the point of seeing a teacher? I always encourage my students to be straightforward with their needs, so that we won't be wasting any time in the lesson on something you don't want to learn.