Gary Rich

Gary R.

San Diego, CA

About Gary R.

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Gary teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 1981
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Hello, my name is Gary R. and I am ready to get you started on a musical journey that should last a lifetime. Whether you are just beginning, or have been making music since you were a kid, I can help you. Beginners come in all ages, so don't think you are too old to play or sing. I enjoy teaching students of every age.
I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, a University well known for their music school and famous graduates.
My teaching methods vary from student to student, as we all learn a bit differently. I will often write custom lesson plans for my students, as one book does not fit all. As a teacher, I enjoy a fun, relaxed learning environment designed to help you enjoy the process of becoming the best musician you can be.
I have more than 30 years experience teaching and playing music, and look forward to meeting you. Lets get started and make some music!

Photos and Videos

This photo was taken while playing at Seven Grand during a Wednesday eve jazz jam in September 2014.


private music teacher
Jan 1981 - Present
Gary R. San Diego Music Man

I moved to San Diego in January 2014 and am currently teaching private lessons for trumpet, trombone, french horn, piano, Jazz vocal coaching, songwriting, and music theory. Now that I have been in San Diego a while, I can report that my students are thriving! Many are first chair in their band, my adults are performing professionally, and several beginners are having the time of their lives! Be a part of this growing legion of students and lets make some music!

Music Retail
Oct 1990 - Oct 2013
R. Music

I ran a couple of music stores and then opened my own in 1990. We specialized in digital keyboards, recording equipment, and guitars.
I also helped run other people's stores as a consultant, while also teaching at the stores.

Jan 1981 - May 1987
Southlake, Irving, and Dallas ISD

I taught private lessons at several schools and took all brass students. (grades 5th-12) I had about 65 kids per week to instruct between all of the schools I worked with.


Masters Music Education
Jan 1981 - Jun 1984
University of North Texas
Bachelors Degree in Music Education
Sep 1978 - Dec 1981
University of North Texas

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Texas Teacher lifetime certificate
Jan 1981
State of Texas

This certificate came following the completion of my music education degree. It allows me to teach all levels in Texas for life.


Retailing excellence
Apr 1994
Music Trades Magazine
Sep 1979
The University of North Texas
Jimmy Hammerstein Scholarship
Apr 1979
Sigma Alpha Mu
Outstanding music student
Jun 1978
Richland jr College


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2005

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.

National Association of Music Merchants
Nov 1990

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

28 Reviews on Gary R.

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Grace Mar 11, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Gary for three years now and i really like him. I think he is fun/funny wile still taking trumpet seriously. He helps me with band work and has also been teaching me jazz and other useful skills. I am in sixth grade and in the highest band level, symphonic band, wile all of the other sixth graders are in intermediate. i am in seventh chair out of 15 chairs and all seventh and eighth graders. I would strongly recommend Gary
Russell Mar 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I came to Gary looking to improve my singing. I had been invited to join a group singing sea shanties. Not Jazz, but Gary was able to help me from the very start. He knows music, and he is an excellent teacher! I can hear the difference that his lessons have made in my singing voice. Patient, good at explaining to me what I need to learn, patient. I recommend him to anyone.
Randy Nov 22, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Gary has been great. My son really enjoys playing the trumpet and looks forward to his lessons with Gary. That is a very different experience from my music lessons as a kid. Gary is a true musician with a thorough understanding of many music styles. He's very patient and has a great temperament for working with kids. My wife and I aren't musically inclined and really needed the help getting our son on his way musically. He's now the best in his school band, and again, he really loves it and enjoys his lessons with Gary.
Morgan M. Nov 14, 2016
Verified Student · Trumpet · In studio
My son came home from his first lesson with Gary, and was thrilled! He loved his lesson and actually asked me if he could go MORE frequently to take lessons from him. When does a kid ever ask to take more lessons!? My husband was equally impressed and we couldn't be happier. Thank you Gary & thank you
Raquel Nov 14, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
(Raquel purchased lessons for me, Paul. I am the writer of this review)
Gary's piano lessons have been wonderful. He was able to easily adapt his teaching to account for the knowledge I already had going into the lessons. His exercises were what I needed: simple and skill-building while being interesting and fun. He has set me up well for self-study and I highly recommend him for music learners of all skill levels.
Beau Oct 28, 2016
Verified Student · Trumpet · In home
Gary is a great trumpet teacher. He is a really cool guy who is patient and makes playing the trumpet a lot of fun. Every week he gives you the right amount of work so that you progress at a good pace without being overwhelmed. I have been having a really good time and highly recommend Gary if you are considering trumpet lessons.
Susan Oct 1, 2016
· Singing · In home
Taking lessons with Gary R. has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience for me!! He met me at my level of ability and inspired me to discover my own style of singing the songs that I wanted to sing!! I also learned some very helpful breathing/vocal techniques and lots of cool stuff about jazz standards...Highly recommended!
Michelle Sep 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
Gary is great with my teen son. He is extremely flexible with my son's school and sports schedule. He is tough enough without being too tough - in other words he makes my son like the piano more where his prior piano teacher was discouraging and made him not like it. I highly recommend him.
Mark L. Aug 31, 2016
Verified Student · Trumpet · In studio
Gary is an extraordinary diagnostician. He can tell the student exactly why the sound that came out of the trumpet was not what the student wanted -- and then he can focus the student on the precise steps that the student can take that will permit the student to improve.
John Jun 5, 2016
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
I had not picked up my trumpet in over 30 years. Gary did a great job of analyzing old bad habits and encouraging good new ones. He is patient, very punctual, listens well, and overall very good to work with. Highly recommended.
Gary Rich
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