Fred Phillips

Fred P.

Bloomington, IN

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Fred delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:

The Number One most primal and crucial element for music is no different than the Number One most essential and crucial element in life in general: the answer is "Time". Just as our lives cannot escape time, what makes really great music is timing!

What defines a music teacher from a music performer? Example from a real life experience: I met my wife on the basis that we both were trumpet performers. She had trumpet lessons from the famous trumpeter Bill Adams, but he did not correct her problem she had to play upper register. She told me how she was really discouraged that she never could play upper register on trumpet; so I being a researcher nerd, I went all over school websites and trumpet journals and every where I could to find the answer for which I did and upon which she finally could play upper register actually with ease now that I found the solution. So again, think hard about what makes a Good Teacher from a performer?

I am an egalitarian pacifist opera, classical & jazz music lover. My mentor was the late, Karl Haas who taught through the NPR program, "Adventures in Good Music". For a singer mentor, I look to John McCormack, John Denver, Tito Schipa, Giuseppe di Stefano, David Gates from Bread, George Benson, Daryl Hall, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Luciano Pavarotti.

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Mar 2005 - Present
Harp4all Music Conservatory

My background was listening to Opera from the Met on Saturday afternoons which inspired me to sing. Singer, Researcher, Musicologist, Trumpet and Cornet player, Teacher of piano, violin, singing, brass winds (cornet, trumpet, trombone, F horn, bugle); harp transport specialist, sound engineer, marketing, and computer technician.

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AA & General
May 2009 - May 2011
Norco College
AA & Music, Politics, History, Sociology, Child Development Special Needs
Sep 2007 - May 2011
Riverside Community College


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Teacher of the Year
Sep 2014
American College of Musicians - Piano Guild

Photos & Videos

Emma is very special girl
Piano recital for my students at Riverside City College Auditorium.

Maestro Fred with student

Piano Teacher of the Year, 2014

Live performance outside Riverside Mall.

Relaxing after a Christmas Recital

My piano student received award.

Christmas Performance for American Armed Forces Veterans at Air Force Village West Riverside, California.

Live performance of Italian song, Sento new core.

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Amber Mar 26, 2017
Piano · Online

We have been taking lessons with Fred Phillips for 4 years now. He is a very attentive teacher and cares for the advancement of his students. He looks for the strengths of his students and builds on them while improving on the other areas. I have loved seeing how much my daughter has grown musically. It has truly been a pleasure having him teach my daughter.

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