Thomas Gunther – the Music Instructor

Overview Of My Educational Activities


Student Testimonials➡️
Resume➡️


Thomas Gunther – The Music Instructor

Hire Thomas Gunther for
designing and teaching
contemporary music
courses for your institution.

Why I love teaching music

Teaching is learning

Once you understand this simple concept (teaching = learning), you never look at teaching (and teachers) in the same way.
As a teenager I often wondered why my teachers – many of them were phenomenal musicians – would teach at all. For the money maybe? For sure, but more importantly they also seemed to enjoy doing it, especially when the student was talented and ambitious enough.
Once I started teaching myself I quickly realized that teaching music is as important and challenging as creating it.

Here are some examples for why I love teaching:
• I help others become better musicians,
• I improve my own skill set,
• I get payed for teaching what I love doing the most: creating music.

Professor of Music at Columbia College Chicago

Thomas presently serves as Professor of Music at Columbia College Chicago where he has taught a variety of courses since 1997.
He has played an active roll in designing syllabi for courses taught in the context of the Contemporary Urban Music Program, such as Pop-Jazz Theory, Pop-Arranging & Orchestration, Pop-Jazz Keyboard, Keyboard Styles and Harmony, and Technology for Musicians, among others.
He also served as the Ambassador for the Music Department’s Pop Music Student Exchange Program with the Pop Academy in Mannheim, Germany.

To hire me as a music instructor,
course developer,
and video tutorial creator

contact me now➡️


Keyboard Private Lessons

Learn everything
related to
playing the keys

Giving piano lessons was my first teaching job. Over the years I taught all kinds of styles and genres from classical to jazz to pop piano, and anything in-between.
Today I teach mostly contemporary music styles to my older students. For this reason I created PopJazzKeys.com, a website entirely dedicated to teaching just that.

To learn more about taking
keyboard lessons with me, visit

PopJazzKeys.com/keyboard-lessons➡️

or contact me now➡️


Lessons in Music Notation & Arranging with Finale

Learn how to
notate and arrange music professionally for rehearsals, studio sessions,
and music publishing

Are you interested in learning how to notate and arrange your music professionally for rehearsals, studio sessions, or music publishing?

One of my major income sources is helping music creators and publishing companies with notating and preparing their music for print, as well as arranging and orchestrating music in a variety of contemporary music genres for any possible instrumentation.

To do all that I use Finale, the leading music notation software by MakeMusic.
I have taught music notation and arranging with Finale in my Pop Arranging and Fundamentals of Arranging courses at Columbia College Chicago for years.

Find out more about my
Music Notation and Arranging Services.

For notation/arranging lessons
online (or in person in Chicago)
contact me now.


Music Technology & Production with logic Pro

Learn how to
record & mix,
arrange & produce
with Logic Pro X

I create most of my music with Apple’s flagship DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Logic Pro. I use it to record, edit, and mix all of my music. Click on any of the video examples below to find out what some of my music created in Logic Pro sounds like.

For lessons online (or in person in Chicago)
contact me now.

Creator of Music Training Websites

I am the creator of several music educational websites. You find them below.

PopJazzKeys.com

Learn all about playing the keys

TipsForPianists.com

Tips for Pianists

PianoForLittleFingers.com

A website for parents and their children who want to learn piano.

MusicTrainingOnline.com

A website dedicated to Finale and Logic pro articles and videos.

YouTube.com/MusicTrainingOnline

My YouTube Music Training Channel that has lots of training videos on it.

Learn more about my experience as a
music instructor and music creator:

My work resume➡️

student testimonials➡️

contact me➡️