Carl Wagner

Carl W.

Fort Worth, TX

About Carl W.

Background check: Last verified 12/01/2015
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Carl teaches: Ages 1 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: July 2001
Last sign in: Yesterday


As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed performing music. I can remember during my elementary school years how I would play drums during church service. Some days I would sneak in my dad's closet to play his saxophone. I began learning how to play saxophone in middle school and by the time I was in high school I was learning piano, performing jazz, and composing music.
I went on to get a Bachelor of Music at the University of North Texas. I have been performing professionally for over 18 years. I also have taught band for 11 years in Dallas ISD. I enjoy teaching and mentoring other up and coming musicians. It's a joy to see another world open up to them through music.
Through my warm and positive personality and experience as a certified music teacher and music performer, I understand how to meet the social and educational needs of each music student. I am well versed at solving problems and helping students thrive and reach their full potential. I think that I do this best by personalizing the instruction experience for each unique situation. I love to encourage students and help them discover the music in them.

*** Lesson Details ***
Like me, students can expect to enjoy the process. Students will discover that I am very encouraging during lessons. I keep everything upbeat and positive. I will help you come up with goals musically. I am very patient, all while coaching you so that you get positive results.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Baldwin piano, electronic keyboard 88 keys, music stands, sitting area for parent, CD/iPod stereo.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Classical, Various styles

Photos and Videos

Carl W. Performing "My One and Only Love"


Professional Musician

Jan 1995 - Present
self employed

Perform, record, and teach piano, saxophone, clarinet, and flute. I am also a songwriter and producer.

school teacher/band director

Aug 2002 - Jun 2013
Dallas ISD


Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Jun 1998 - May 2001
University of North Texas

Bachelor of Music

Aug 1996 - Jun 1998
Southwest Texas State University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


All Level Music Teaching Certification

Jun 2003
State Board of Certification

Teaching music for and grades and levels


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Jan 2006

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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23 Reviews on Carl W.

Colton S. Sep 29, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I think we are pretty high maintenance and picky when it comes to music teachers. We come from a family full of musicians and know that it's hard to teach your own. Carl exceeded our expectations and has personalized his instruction toward our interests and my son's aptitude. We will be with him for a very long time.
Antonio Jul 17, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent teacher. My son (11y old) He enjoyed a lot, and he was so happy with his new teacher.
Dania W. Jul 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Carl is really great. I love that he is so patient with my girls, and also very encouraging. By far he's an awesome teacher.
Lamina J. Jun 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
This was my 6yr olds first musical lesson, I was extremely pleased with Carls approach. He was warm, patient and very easy to speak to. She was excited and is looking forward to her next lesson.
Olushoga Jacobs I. Apr 5, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
It's great having Carl W. As a teacher. Very interesting lesson session
Grant Mar 14, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Very good instruction for beginning player. Carl is focused on teaching proper embouchure and technique. Also provides/recommends good baseline music sheets to improve music reading fundamentals. The environment is very relaxed and my 7th grader enjoys his lessons.
Isaiah Mar 2, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Once I figured out the technicalities, everything went well. My son gave me a thumbs up when I asked how he liked it.
Barry R. Feb 22, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Good first lesson. Enjoyed the session and I'm excited to see how the lessons build.
Dalton Feb 4, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son had a great first lesson. Carl was patient and explained things on my sons level. Carl made the lesson fun and Dalton can't wait until next week.
Jack Feb 2, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
First piano lesson and first online learning experience. Looking forward to next week!
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