Gary Gould Music

Gary Gould Music

26 years in business

About this pro

I offer online Zoom lessons that are engaging and fun. At first I was reluctant to teach online, but now that I've spent some time with the software, I have come up with methods of teaching that are far more effective than the old way. I am a professional musician, I hold a masters degree in music, and I've taught music at the Orange County School of the Arts, Irvine Valley College, the Huntington Beach School of Music, and privately, for the last 30 years.  

Music is fun to me. Let me show you how to make it fun for you too. 

I enjoy one-on-one teaching because it allows for a more individual and customized approach to learning. Classrooms are great, but individual teaching is the best. By teaching people to enjoy playing music, I feel I'm making the world a better place.

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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 level and a conversation about their goals. After that we 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 on ethnic folksongs from around the world including Chinese, Celtic, Indian, klezmer, and Brazilian music, and the folk music of America 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 degree in Communications. In high school I was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for Outstanding Musicianship, twice. After high school I performed on cruise ships for three years with different entertainers every night. I returned to school for my bachelor's degree and was awarded the Most Outstanding Jazz Musician Award. After graduation I toured the country and the world performing with a variety of bands. Soon after that I entered the Southern California Saxophone Contest for 94.7 K-TWV (The Wave) and won first place. I taught music at the Orange County School of the Arts for nine years and at Irvine Valley College for two years. I was the Concertmaster of the Laguna Concert band and directed their advanced big band. I have worked as a bandleader for Southern California booking agencies for 25 years performing at corporate events.

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 boy fascinated with music, and then grew into a man who played music professionally. I've always enjoyed learning and helping people learn, and over the years I developed a talent for sharing complicated musical concepts in fun new ways. Teaching online is even better because it offers some great tools for learning.

What types of students have you worked with?

There have been so many. Mostly high school and college students, but I teach older students too. I've had students with a language barrier, some who were introverted, some who bounced off the walls. My students have won music awards and gone on to play professionally. Some just play for fun and that's okay too. Whatever your goals, I can help you get there.