Gary Gould Music

Gary Gould Music

24 years in business

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I offer a teaching style that is effective, fun, and a convenient because I come to you. I'm a professional musician and can demonstrate songs and exercises that inspire my students, plus I create custom worksheets to help them stay focused on the material we cover. You should expect a lot of playing during our lessons because "doing" in the best way to lock in learning. I am a positive, relaxed teacher with a long career in Education (Orange County School of the Arts and Irvine Valley College) and Performance (corporate events and concert tours to many countries). I love to teach through storytelling and philosophical insights. Music is fun to me. Let me show you the way. Learn more about me at

I am a modern teacher and I want my music students to have every advantage. That means embracing technology. I use all sorts of gadgets and resources to teach, because there has never been a better time to learn to play music!

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Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

It begins with an assessment of the student's current level and a conversation about their goals. After that I navigate a course of study that will introduce essential musical building blocks and soundly accomplish those goals. I teach both classical and jazz styles, but also draw heavily ethnic folksongs from around the world includin Chinese, Celtic, Indian, klezmer, and Brazilian music, plus popular music from American history including traditional jazz (dixieland), big band, and rock. 

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

I hold a master's degree in Music and a bachelor's in Communications. In high school I was awarded the Louis Armstrong Award for Outstanding Musicianship two consecutive years. After HS graduation I performed on cruise ships for three years traveling to Mexico, Alaska and the Caribbean. During my bachelor's degree I was awarded the Most Outstanding Jazz Musician Award. After graduation I toured the country and the world performing with a variety of bands. In 1995 I won the Southern California Saxophone Contest for 94.7 K-TWV (The Wave). I taught at the Orange County School of the Arts for nine years and also at Irvine Valley College. I was the Concertmaster of the Laguna Concert band (on clarinet) for seven years and directed their advanced big band. I was a bandleader for several of Southern California's top booking agencies for 25 years performing at corporate events and I've written dozens of shows in which I perform on up to 10 instruments.

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

One-hour weekly lessons are $80. 1-hour non-weekly lessons are $120. I teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

How did you get started teaching?

I started out as a player, not a teacher. After a long and fruitful career in music, I learned so much about so many things that it just made sense to become a teacher and pass the torch.

What types of students have you worked with?

There have been so many. Mostly high school and college students, but I also have also taught a lot of adults. They're usually professionals (doctors, dentists, accountants, architects). I've had students with a language barrier, some who were quite introverted, some with ADHD, and others who were on the autism spectrum. I've had students who won top music awards, some who became professionals, and some who play just for fun. Whatever your goals, I can help you get there.