Teaching Philosophies.

I love teaching, and sharing the joys of music and discovery with students of all levels and ages.  Music is my passion, and I take the responsibility of guidance entrusted to me by the student very seriously.  Mastering the fundamentals is an essential step in the study of music, and I tailor the approach to learning these basic tools to each individual student, providing positive reinforcement in a supportive, relaxed environment.  To insure that we progress in the most beneficial ways, "How" we practice must take priority over "What" we practice.  

 

However music is not only about correct technique and form, so I also believe that creativity should be nurtured from the outset, not only in its expressive forms, but also by incorporating the creative process into the routine and repetition of daily practice.  Besides creativity, the study of music will help you develop awareness, focus, patience and much more, all of which will help you understand more about yourself.  My hope for all of my students is that they enjoy and are inspired by the fruits of their own good work more than the initial novelty of an instrument or goal.  I do my best to give them some effective tools and encouragement for the challenging times, which are always inevitable in a discipline such as music.  

 

Music is something to discover, experience and share...for it can simultaneously strengthen and soften our hearts, expand our thoughts and increase our inner vision, rejuvenate our spirit, and allow us to be more deeply human in the best of ways.  The world needs more music.

Bob Gillis is a teacher giving Trumpet lessons, Jazz Piano lessons, Jazz Improvisation lessons, Composing-Arranging lessons in Denver, Littleton, Lakewood, Centennial, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, Cherry Creek, Bow Mar, Sheridan, and Castle Rock Colorado.

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