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I have always enjoyed music and I have always enjoyed teaching, so naturally, I love my job as a private music instructor. I have been a piano instructor since I was in high school, and while in college I was a private music tutor for all music theory courses. As a graduate student at Ohio University, I taught private tuba lessons, and was responsible for teaching courses in music theory and ear-training/sight-singing. While doing doctoral work at Indiana Unitversity, I was responsible for writing my own curriculum, including a workbook with accompanying audio tapes. I had as many as six graduate assistants under my tutelage .

That I get to do the two things I enjoy the most (teaching and music) as a vocation. Also, I enjoy being "on the go," as I travel from home to home teaching students of all ages.


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Hired 5 times
32 years in business
Serves Gastonia , NC
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Payment methods

Cash, Check, Zelle


Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Folk, Classical, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Ukulele, Recommendations available

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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    Remona G.

    Doug has been giving piano, ukulele, and guitar lessons to my kids for almost five years now. The kids are continuing to improve with their lessons and have a desire to practice and play for family and friends. I like that Doug is a Christian and has integrity. He is trustworthy and has a passion for teaching music. I would recommend him to my family and friends. A+
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    September 08, 2017


    Tosha O.

    Mr. Parker was recommended to us by a neighbor and it was one of the best decisions we ever made for our daughter. He is professional, has high expectations, and does very well with students of all ages. We were so pleased with our daughters experience and highly recommend his services!
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    September 08, 2017


    Janice C.

    The past few years I have been an adult piano student of Doug Parker.
    I am rhythmically challenge but with Doug’s help I am getting closer to my music goal.
    He is patient kind and keeps me focused on what I need to do.
    Piano is an easy instrument to get frustrated with Doug’s guidance is priceless.
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    September 06, 2017


    Remona G.

    We have taken lessons from Doug at our home for about 5 years now. He is professional and effective. Our children have learned so much and really enjoy the 2 recitals Doug plans per year. I like the fact that Doug is a Christian. He is trustworthy and has a passion for music. We are taking piano, ukulele and guitar lessons from him at this time. I would recommend him to my friends and family!
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    September 02, 2017


    Janice C.

    Doug is my piano teacher. I am an older adult and am musical challenged. Doug has been able to work with me despite my limitations. I would highly recommend him.
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    August 30, 2017

    Frequently asked questions

    I start out getting to know a little about the student.  I like to know their school interests and extracurricular activities.  For school-age students, if permitted, I like to open up the lesson with a short prayer.  I do this because as a Christian, I believe God has given me each and every student that I acquire.  To me, my music is not just a profession, but also a ministry.

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    I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and a Master's degree in Music Theory.  My principal instruments in college were piano and tuba.

    30 minutes: $25

    45 minutes: $38

    If I travel to your home, the travel fee is based on the mileage from my home to yours.  0 to 3 miles = $3, 3.1 to 7 miles =$5, 7.1 to 10 miles =$7 per trip.  Greater distances determined on an individual basis.

    I started teaching when I was still in high school.  I usually had about 6 students.  The money I earned from these lessons helped me to buy my first (used) car that I used to commute to college.

    I have worked with all ages, from 4 years old (including one currently) to senior citizens (including 3 currently who are in their 60's and 70's).

    I was recently able to purchase a baby grand piano.  I have always wanted to have a grand of some type in my home, and even though it took longer to acquire one that I would have hoped, I am very happy to have one now to play and for teaching.

    Find someone who is genuinely "a teacher."  I try to find that niche with the student in which I am not just a friend who might be afraid to show necessary criticism, but also not just a pedagogue who has no sense of compassion, humor, or sensitivity.

    Students don't usually ask questions openly in private music lessons.  However, those that do, do so because they have developed a sense of comfort and assurance in working with me over a period of time.  They feel more comfortable in asking questions after they realize I am transparent with them, that I also have vulnerabilities, that I also make mistakes.  Therefore, they don't have to think of me as being on an unattainable plateau above them.

    Services offered

    Music Theory
    Brass Lessons