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Mr. Gerald Thompson

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EDUCATION  {Graduate Schools}

1985 M.M. Musicology(60 hrs) University of South Dakota
Conducting Toronto University
Composition Loyola of New Orleans
Classical Guitar Northwestern of Chicago

1981 BA Music Performance University of New Orleans
Classical Guitar

1975-76 Luthier Apprenticeship Irvin Symogii
Berkeley, California

1961 Executant Musician United States Naval
Military and Ceremonial
School of Music


1973-75 Frank Martinez New Orleans

1976-80 Elias Barriero University of
New Orleans

Graduate Schools:

1980-81 Richard Greene Loyola University
New Orleans

1983-84 Chris Johnson University of
South Dakota

1984 Eli Kassner Toronto University


Percussion: Rudimental, Melodic, Military, Symphonic, Jazz.

Classical Guitar: Private and Group instruction, lecture recitals, composition, construction and repair.

Vocal and Choral: Vocal methods, solfegio, choral conducting, and composition.

Strings: String methods, conduct string orchestra, coach string quartet and chamber ensembles.

Brass: High and low brass methods, plays Tenor horn, conducts brass band.

Piano: Class instruction, easy accompaniments,
harmony and theory demonstration.


1984-85 L. Torkelson (Choral) University of
South Dakota
1983 R. DeVilbiss(Band) University of
South Dakota(Band)
1983 John Payntor Northwestern University (Band)

1982 John Colson (Orchestra) State University of SD
1979-80 L. Slatkin Tulane University

1960-61 Staff Naval School of Music

Mr. Thompson is a music educator, performer, and conductor. He is well known in international luthier circles and has performed on classical guitars of his own design and construction.

Mr. Thompson is very interested in Brass Bands. His experience came Brass Banding with Onslow Evening Post, a leading brass band in the movement in New Zealand. He also conducted the Porirua Metro Ford Brass Band on two occasions while there. He has participated in the Metropolitan Silver Brass Band in Toronto on Eb Tenor horn. He is editor of The Shepherds Crook, the online newsletter of the American Brass Band Association.

Mr. Thompson is comfortable leading large and small ensembles of musicians in both instrumental and choral organizations. Classroom teaching of Basic Music, Harmony, Conducting, Counterpoint, Theory and Composition are well within his scope of abilities.
2003-2004, Mr. Thompson taught Music Appreciation and Classical guitar at Arizona Western College, Yuma, Arizona. 
2004-2005 Mr. Thompson teaches as a foreign expert in Oral English, Shanghai University, PR China. 
While in China, a few private classical guitar students will be accepted.