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Quick Overview of Thomas Gunther’s life as a professional musician
Thomas Gunther is a contemporary pianist, composer, arranger & orchestrator, and music producer, and music educator. He is the founder of the Chicago based music preparation service Music On Time.com, now called Thomas Gunther Music Services, and several websites devoted to music education such as Music Training Online.com, PopJazzKeys.com, and TipsForPianists.com.
Born and rased in Germany, Thomas moved to Chicago in 1997 after receiving his master’s degree in teaching and performing jazz and popular music from State University for the performing Arts in Stuttgart/Germany. Thomas began his life and career in Chicago by studying sound engineering. Within the first semester already he was offered and accepted the role as the pianist for the acclaimed Chicago Jazz Ensemble, led by composer/arranger William Russo.
In addition to his role with the ensemble, Thomas was also offered a teaching position at Columbia College Chicago where he has been heavily involved in shaping the curriculum for the Contemporary Urban Music Program, designing syllabi for courses such as Pop/Jazz Theory, Pop Arranging and Orchestration, Pop/Jazz Keyboards, and Fundamentals of Arranging. He is also teaching Technology for Musicians, and pop-jazz piano/keyboard private lessons at the College and outside the College. In Addition Thomas served as the ambassador for the student exchange program with the Pop Academy in Manheim, Germany.