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About Tom Gates

Tom Gates
Tom Gates
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Speaks: English
Instructs: Guitar, Ukulele
Education: B.A. Guitar Performance University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Performance Experience: I have performed throughout the U.S. with rock, jazz, and worldbeat bands and as a soloist for more than 30 years. As a founding member of Arizona favorite Walt Richardson and The Morningstar Band, performing since 1985 throughout Arizona and at the at the world famous Telluride Jazz Festival in Telluride, Co. As a roster artist with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, I have given music education workshops and performances at schools, community centers and concert halls throughout the state.
Teaching Experience: I began teaching while still in music school and have continued to this day. I have worked with students of all ages and abilities, from beginners as young as five, to seasoned pros looking to polish their skills. I teach both private and group in-person lessons and online video lessons.
Teaching Philosophy: Nothing is difficult – Just unfamiliar. • Any musical technique or theory can be learned efficiently if reduced to fundamental principles. • Don’t practice something until you can play it right – practice until you can’t play it wrong. I custom-tailor a lesson plan based on the student’s musical goals and time available for practice. I create lessons in notation and TAB, as well as backing tracks for songs. The student has everything necessary for an immersive and engaging practice experience.

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!


Tom Gates teaches at:
891 E Baseline Rd Suite 101
Gilbert, AZ 85233
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