Mack Rucks

Mack R.

Oakland, CA

About Mack R.

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Mack teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: June 1976
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Overview

I have a BS in music education received at Lehman College, Bronx, NY. I am a professional musician/ composer/ arranger.I received my teaching credentials at SFSU and have been a General music teacher as well as a, band teacher. I have studied trumpet with Classical ( Wilmer Wise)and Jazz musician (Bill Hardman) and big band arranging with Frank Foster( saxophonist and arranger with Count Basie Band). At present I am retired and teaching privately.

I have been teaching music for over 50 years as well as being a professional musician/ composer and arranger. I not only know my fundamentals inside and out, but also I know many tricks of the trade. Over the years I have developed special teaching techniques that enable students to make sense out of music and progress rapidly on their instruments.I love playing music and aim at stirring that same kind of excitement abut music in my students.

To each lesson I bring a unique mix, encouraging the student to pursue excellence and also have fun. I am well qualified to teach: woodwinds( oboe, flute, clarinet, all saxophones) brass(french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), and piano.



*** Lesson Details ***
I make music interesting to learn. I encourage students to practice daily so they can improve. The more they improve the more fun they can have with music not only alone, but with others.

I am very patient with my students especially with beginners. I know that for them it is like learning a new language. Once they begin to increase their musical vocabulary, they will enjoy what they can do with music.



*** Studio Equipment ***
Seating for parents, basement studio, piano, drum set

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should provide their own instruments.

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Experience

Music Teacher

Jan 1964 - Present
Public Schools, music teaching companies.

I have taught band music or Elementary, Mid School, and High schools as well as after school bands for 40 years. I have also directed professional bands from 4-18 pieces.

Education

BS in music education

Sep 1987 - Present
Lehman College

BS in music education

Sep 1986 - Present
Lehman College

BS in Music Education

Sep 1960 - Present
Morgan State(Balto) Leman College(Bronx,N)Y, SFSU(ca(

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Grant For The Arts

Feb 1980
US GOV
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14 Reviews on Mack R.

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Cynthia N. Sep 14, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mac is a very patient and excellent instructor!
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Joseph L. Aug 24, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Just one lesson so far but Mack has me moving along with things to study and improve. He has a lot to offer and I very much appreciate his patience.
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Billy O. Aug 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son, 9, likes to learn from Mack - my son remembers what Mack told him to do and practice. This is quite a surprise for me considering how he dislikes teachers in general...
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Raymond H. Aug 17, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
I had the pleasure of meeting and learning the trumpet with Mack. I must say for the small amount of time we had it was awesome.
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Asher May 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Encouraging and engaging!
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Mandela D. Mar 31, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son can't wait to go back! He typically hate music lessons, but this time he was happy. I also love the fact that Mack didn't waste time with the usual useless speech that other music teachers in the past needed to go into before each lesson. Mack went straight into it, he showed my son exactly how to identify each key and that really made the first lesson better
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Gloria R. Feb 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mr. Mack Is a very patient and great teacher.
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Kresimir T. Jan 17, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Mack is great!
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Roya S. Oct 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It was excellent
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Jake W. Oct 11, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Very good teacher.
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