John Gaertner
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John Gaertner

John G.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have 24 years of experience as a middle school band director. I have been playing clarinet and saxophone professionally for 30 years. I have taught thousands of students from age 11-18 over those years from beginner to advanced students. Many of my students have become professional musicians or music educators themselves. I work especially well with beginners. I will work to make lessons fun and productive.

About John G.

I am long time middle school band director with over 20 years of teaching experience. I have taught thousands of student over the years and currently teach one of the largest band programs in Texas. I have had many successful students over the years and have taught 6th grade beginner clarinet classes for my entire career. I want to help you learn how to play clarinet at whatever level you are at and make it fun and exciting for you. I also have a special interest in jazz so grab your clarinet and lets get started!


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Junior High Head Band Director
Jul 2009 - Present

Whitehouse Junior High

I am the head of a junior high band program of around 350 7th and 8th grade band students a year. That is one of the largest junior high band programs in the state and probably the country. I start around 40 beginner clarinet players every year.

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Jul 2002 - May 2005

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Jul 1999 - May 2002

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Assistant Band Director
Jul 1996 - May 1999

Amarillo ISD

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Bachelors in Music Ed
Aug 1992 - May 1996

West Texas A&M



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Texas Bandmasters Association
Aug 1999
For the last half-century the members of Texas Bandmasters Association have worked diligently to further the cause of instrumental music education in communities throughout the Lone Star State. As a professional service organization, TBA reaches out through its membership to constantly improve the quality of music education in Texas' elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities.
Texas Music Educators Association
Jul 1996
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Jan 1996
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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