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.

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23 Reviews on Gary R.

Beau Oct 28, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
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
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
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
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
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.
Marco Jun 2, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Very friendly and very knowledgeable. Very fun lessons! Highly recommended.
Macy Mar 27, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Gary is an amazing teacher, the best I've had. He not only knows what he's doing, but he is very adept at explaining in a way that I can understand. Currently he is teaching my brother trumpet, my sister French horn and me trombone. We are all learning at incredible rates and we all started at different levels. On top of that, we can all tell that he really cares about us and wants to help us do well in all of our individual musical endeavors. He is helping my brother with jazz improv, my sister with tone and me with musical arranging. It is very personalized and that's what makes him a great teacher.
Joanna M. Feb 16, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
He is a very kind and professional teacher. Very concern and focus on what we want to get. Friendly, respectful...
Isabella G. Feb 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Gary was such a wonderful teacher! He was so helpful and really enjoyable to work with too. Definitely learnt a lot and developed skills I hadn't had before. I would highly recommend him as an instructor!
Jean-Luc Nov 6, 2015
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
I was really not sure how online music lessons work at first, but right after my 13-yr-old first practice, this concern disappeared. Gary immidiately picked up his level and everything went so good. Now my son is very excited for this new style of lessons and asked me to get new textbooks that he was recommended and looked so thrilled. Gary is such an amazing teacher!
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