Gary Halverson

Gary H.

Santa Ana, CA
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I have been serving the young people of my community for the last 36+ years as an elementary school music teacher. I graduated from Cal State University Fullerton with a BA in Music Education and a K-12 teaching credential in music. I have taught a wide range of music classes including general music, choir, piano, orchestra and band. My classroom experience includes early childhood (K-5th grade), english learners and special needs students.

I enjoy working with students who have had limited musical knowledge or experience. I love bringing them to a level of proficiency where they can be confident performers on their chosen instrument. Some of my students have continued their music education through college and others have brought their love of music into their careers as adults.

I realize that I not only teach music, but I teach individuals. So I tailor and fit my music instruction to the unique aptitudes and needs of each child. I want to communicate the fun of creating music as well as the technical aspects of playing an instrument. You can expect your student to gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of music and instrumental technique. I offer private instruction for students who wish to learn the trombone or the violin. I also advise and assist parents in choosing a serviceable instrument for their student to rent or own. This has been a real help to several parents and families over the years. Contact me for more information. I’d love to be of help.

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  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • B.A. Music Education from Cal State University, Fullerton

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Tatsuya Jan 28, 2019
Trombone · In studio

Mr. Gary has been teaching our son trombone for a few months now and we have been delighted with his teaching.
Mr. Gary is very patient with our son, and has ignited a real love of the instrument and given our son confidence. He never gets short and is always calm and encouraging, even when our son is not into it at all.
He teaches the fundamentals of breath, playing musically and how to take care of the instrument.
Mr. Gary is always encouraging and positive, and that helps to encourage a love for the music and instrument. Our son has definitely taken to the trombone and a lot of that is due to Mr. Gary's great teaching.

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Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

Music is a journey. As my student, you will learn more than just the fundamentals of trombone playing and music reading. My goal is to give you the musical skills and knowledge that will put you on the road to becoming a true musician able to perform with confidence in any style or situation.



Elementary Music Teacher
Sep 1982 - Jun 2018

Santa Ana Unified School District

During my career in Santa Ana I taught instrumental music (4th/5th), recorders (3rd), choir (4th/5th) and general music (K-5th).


B.A. Music Education
Sep 1974 - Jan 1982

Cal State University, Fullerton



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


California Teacher's Credential, Ryan, Single Subject, Music
Jan 1982

Cal State University, Fullerton


Support Staff of the Year
May 2017

Diamond Elementary School

Support Staff of the Year
May 2012

Diamond Elementary School

Support Staff of the Year
May 2003

Heninger Elementary School

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