About Tom Gates
Get to know Tom Gates
I'm Tom Gates. I’ve been a professional performer and teacher for more than 30 years. I received my B.A. degree in guitar performance from the University of Miami, where I studied jazz guitar with Pat Metheny, and classical guitar with Juan Mercadal. I perform, record, and teach in Phoenix, Arizona.
I began playing classic rock, then jazz, classical, and world music. Living in south Florida exposed me to the world of Latin jazz and the music of the Caribbean. I started playing the amazing instrument from Trinidad – the steel drum.
In my early music studies I was fortunate to have some wonderfully inspiring teachers. I carry on this spirit, and positive approach, in my own teaching.
In these challenging times, I believe that music is more important than ever in providing relief from stress and enhancing the quality of life. Let’s make more musicians!