About Me

 I was born and raised in Arvada, Colorado. I joined band in 4th grade and have enjoyed performing music ever since. My instruments of choice have evolved from saxophone in elementary school to trombone in middle school to bassoon and percussion in high school. I went to Colorado State University in Fort Collins for my bachelors in music education with a performance certificate. Now I get to share my passion for music with many children in the Columbine area.

   My wife Ashlie, our dog Belle, and our two girls Lydia and Daphne currently live in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Educational Philosophy

•We teach music to develop healthy minds, foster creativity, and experience success.

    "Music does not help cognitive performance, music is cognitive performance." -Dr. Michael Thaut. The act of playing music uses similar brain functions as solving a math problem or a word puzzle. Dr. Howard Gardner, a neuropsychologist at Harvard University theorized that there are nine intelligences and that each individual has different levels of each. One of Gardner's main points and a new view on intelligence as a whole is that intelligence is not fixed. One can improve their overall intelligence because in many ways they all work together. Exercising music intelligence strengthens the brain.

    It is important that the students experience literature that has stood the test of time as well as quality modern music. Works by artists such as Beethoven and John Phillip Sousa are still around because they are some of the best musical examples that have ever been imagined. Students should also be exposed to contemporary works and realize that new ideas are still being created.

    Music's rich history was developed alongside visual and verbal arts. Understanding this history is a key to understanding ourselves as a society. Music encourages creativity and self expression, essential skills for solving the new problems that present themselves as the future approaches.

    Most importantly, though, is that students experience success. This initial success is what motivates them to continue in life with aspirations of achieving more and greater success.

-Gregory Gates