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About John Gurske

John Gurske
John Gurske
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Charlotte, NC
Speaks: English
Instructs: Bass Guitar, Guitar, Ukulele
Education: B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison
Performance Experience: University of Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble, CPPC Big Band, Dozens of clubs, restaurants and private venues throughout the Charlotte area including;; Tosco Music Party, Double Door, Chop Shop, Amos' South End, Comet Grill, Metropolitan, Mint Museum etc.
Teaching Experience: 40 years of part time music instruction, 20 years full time music instruction.
Teaching Philosphy: It is often considered a cliche, but tailoring an approach for each individual student is always the path I take. A students strengths, weaknesses, background, goals and dreams are all factored into building a unique approach. The end goal always being having the student take away a love of music. Most students will never become professional musicians, but if the foundation is set correctly, a lifetime enjoyment of music can be built.

Get to know John Gurske

John graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1984 with his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. While there, he studied jazz history and performance with the legendary Richard Davis. After a fifteen year career in the corporate world, John joined his wife Betsy to teach music full time at various schools and in 2003 co-founded

As expanded through the years, John created his own Jam Band program, giving students the vital experience of playing with others in small group settings. Being a uniquely well-rounded musician, he gives students a solid foundation of musicianship, yet adapts his teaching to various students' tastes in different musical genres.

In addition to teaching guitar, bass, and Jam Bands, John has been active as a jazz guitarist for many years, and can be seen performing solo guitar, accompanying singers, or with his trio at various venues in the Charlotte area. 

John Gurske teaches at:
8046 Providence Rd Suite C
Charlotte, NC 28277
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