- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
As a guitar and fretted instrument specialist, Norman Tibbils teaches a amazingly wide range of musical styles, including jazz, classical, country, folk, and world music.
It all started like this: In the mid-1970’s, after an inspirational jazz guitar seminar at Eastman School of Music with New York City jazz guitar giant Gene Bertoncini, Norman enrolled at the University of Miami as a jazz guitar major, playing both jazz and classical guitar. Once there he soon began living the double life of music student by day and Miami Beach nightclub performer by night. As he says, “I was part of an intensely exciting live performance scene that included many future stars, such as Gloria Estefan, Phyllis Hyman, Hiram Bullock, Jaco Pastorious, Carmen Lundy, Bruce Hornsby, Steve Morse, and Pat Metheny, among others. And it was warm in the winter! Who could say ‘no’ to that?”
After graduating and returning to Rochester in the 1980s, Norman’s schedule as a guitar teacher exploded, at one point topping 225 guitar students a week. A deeper study of music education, and graduate study at Eastman solidified his “ear-first” approach to teaching guitar. Norman is always quick to cite his Masters of Science in Instructional Design from Rochester Institute of Technology as the beginning of his writing career.
These days, Norman Tibbils maintains busy teaching schedule in suburban Rochester, winning praise from parents and students alike for his warm and engaging personality, wit, and candor. He spends virtually every waking minute practicing, arranging, writing, teaching, and performing music for his guitar students, and that’s just how he likes it!