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MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Bob Carver (Guitar) 

    My name is Bob Carver and I have been teaching guitar at Gordon's Music and Sound since 1991. I greatly enjoy being a guitar instructor, and teaching the instrument is my career. I am a big guitar and music lover; playing and recording in working bands is something I've been doing for most of my adult life. Because of my extensive Top 40 background I can play and teach most of the popular music styles. I can teach acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and electric bass. Classic Rock is my specialty!
    My focus and goal as an instructor is to get the student playing and enjoying the music they like as quickly as possible. I have many ways of achieving this and it's very important to me that the student has fun learning as we proceed. I enjoy teaching beginners from 7 to 70 years old and as a father myself I work well with kids and adults. Whether the student is an absolute beginner or a skilled player, I'm confident that I can get the beginner up and playing or the existing player to add to their skills.
    I studied Music Theory and Composition with Delbert Bump at Solano College for two years and I understand the fundamentals of music very well. If a student wishes to learn note reading and theory, I can help them get that going. I like to stress the basics but I also find it important to teach all students fun songs in the styles they like. Once a certain level of ability is reached I will teach those students incredible guitar songs, new or old, note for note. I'm also a music gear lover, so I can offer plenty of pointers on equipment purchases and upgrades.
    New beginners will learn basic finger exercises, simple and fun easy tunes, important music scales, tuning skills and basic chords as quickly as possible. I will also highly recommend basic note reading ability and we'll work out of the Hal Leonard guitar method books to start out. As soon as possible we can begin to learn the music the student prefers and chooses. I have a fully loaded studio with amps, lots of music, and plenty of ways to listen back to the music being studied. Anyone can learn to play the guitar if they put forth the effort. I can help!

DeVonte Thomas (Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele) 
   
DeVonte Thomas is a former student here at Gordon’s Music & Sound and a musician for 12 years. He's also a touring musician in a metal band, as well as a front man of an alternative rock band. His mission is to keep the fun in learning, whether starting from basic music theory, intermediate or more advanced playing techniques. He is happy to meet students of any skill level, whether it’s your first time playing, you want to develop your existing skill, or learn a new style. He brings the diversity of different genres to the table in hopes to tailor his teaching to any kind of student.

Rick Lowe (Guitar, Piano) 
Rick has been teaching music for 40 plus years. He was classically trained on piano. He picked up Guitar and Bass in High School and went on to play in many popular National and Local bands. Rick teaches Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Piano and Music Theory to beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Students. For an extensive bio, see the Daily Republic article "'Six Degrees' of Local Musician Rick Lowe": part 1 and part 2.

Ron Park (Guitar, Ukulele) 

Ron Park: “You too can learn to play the guitar... provide me with you desire and dedication and you will be on your way."

Introduction: My name is Ron Park and I have been playing guitar since 1962. I sincerely look forward to sharing with you, everything I have learned on my wonderful journey with this instrument.

Experience: I mostly perform as a solo musician and I excel at playing acoustic guitar and singing in a live venue. My forte is playing classical soft rock song for my audience, sharing memories, smiles and good times as the relax and allow me to entertain them. Performing as a solo musician or the front man/lead singer with a band, I have entertained crowds professionally at wineries, corporate events, fundraisers and private parties for over 40 years in the U.S. and Canada.

What you will learn: I will teach you the necessary skills to get started, beginning with the basics; learning notes on the fretboard, tempo and counting, and eventually simple chords and strumming techniques. You will learn how to implement a "perfect practice" routine that is designed to keep you focused on the goal... learn how to play guitar. Are you ready to get started? Call (707) 422-0313.

Janine Alcordo (Violin)

    Janine is a local resident of Fairfield who has been playing violin for 15 years, classically trained under the Suzuki violin method. She is a graduate of the University of California Davis, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology and minored in Music. She took violin lessons for 4 years under the instruction of professor Jolán Friedhoff at the UC Davis Music Department, and she performed with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra for 2 years. Janine enjoys helping students at any level, and she hopes to help them grow in their violin technique and their love for music. She can teach beginners the basics of violin technique and reading notes, and she can help current violin players improve their skills.

Woodie Douglas (Clarinet, Saxophone) 

Woodie Douglas, "A musician who believes in sharing and spreading the Joy of Music." On Saxophone, Woodie holds a BA Degree in Music from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. He is also a graduate of the US Naval School of Music (Army Element).

Born in Louisville, KY and then living in the Nashville area for some time, Woodie was exposed to some of the most musical surroundings anyone could ask for, both performing and recording. Woodie was one of the many students of the late "Legendary Pioneer of Jazz," Clarinetist, Alvin Batiste. While in Baton Rouge, Woodie was also a member of the popular touring R&B show group, "The 13th Amendment Band." Serving in the U.S. Army, he performed in a mixture of Marching, Concert, Big Band, and Combo settings for various military functions, dignitaries, and parades.

Woodie has performed throughout the U.S and South America. He's performed at the Berkeley Jazz Festival, Kuumba Jazz Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Super Bowl Halftime Show, Kentucky Derby, Evergreen Jazz Festival, El Hatillo Music Festival, IE Jazz/R&B Festival, and numerous other venues during his career.

A private Music Instructor for over 15 years, Woodie teaches with the influences of his own past instructors.

Cyndi Chancellor (Flute) 

Cyndi is from the Central Valley. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1987 and earned her teaching credential in 1988. She taught in Ceres Unified Schools for twelve years before moving to Vacaville, and has been teaching in Fairfield School District since 2000. She is a member of the Solano Symphony and The Benicia Festival Orchestra.

Alan Matteri (Trumpet) 
Alan Matteri is from Benicia, CA and began playing the trumpet at the age of 11 through the Benicia Middle and High School Band programs, from which he graduated in 2008. Alan is a 2013 graduate of California State University - East Bay in Hayward, CA, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with Magna Cum Laude Honors. He then immediately began to teach private lessons regularly in the Bay Area and freelance with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, broadway musicals, and in a professional funk band. In 2016, he received his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. During his graduate studies, he taught weekly at Hopkins Jr High School in Fremont, CA as a trumpet section coach. His trumpet teachers include Ronald Blais (The USAF Band - Washington D.C.), Jeff Biancalana (SF Symphony), Adam Luftman (SF Opera & Ballet), Ray Riccomini (Metropolitan Opera), and Ray Mase (Juilliard & American Brass Quintet). Alan’s primary focus is in classical performance, but has lots of experience in jazz and other styles of commercial music. Since 2012, Alan has performed with the Modesto, Vallejo, & Merced Symphonies, Livermore Valley Opera, and was runner-up for the principal trumpet position of the Fresno Philharmonic. In 2015, he attended the Roundtop Music Festival in Roundtop, Texas, and the following year he earned a spot on the sub list for the New World Symphony after attending the prestigious Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado. He has also served as an extra musician for the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and worked on recording projects for Sony Interactive Entertainment in San Mateo, CA. In 2016, he won an audition with the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. As an Air Force musician, Alan has shared the stage with world renowned artists like Pentatonix, The Go-Gos, and Nile Rogers & CHIC. In addition, he has made an appearance on the ESPN Monday Night Football halftime show for the San Francisco 49ers and had been featured as a soloist with the LA Philharmonic. Since joining the Air Force, Alan has been able to continue freelancing throughout the Bay Area with groups like the Berkeley Symphony, Stockton Symphony, various theater companies, and in 2019 he won an audition for the Santa Cruz Symphony.

Jomon Dotson (DJ) 


Jomon Dotson, or better known as DJ Juice, is a proud Vallejo native. He grew up watching his father play bass guitar, trumpet, and keyboard. Later on in his career, his father became a music producer and a DJ. Jomon was always eager to set up the turntables and speakers at all of his father’s performances. These moments grew Jomon’s true passion for music at an early age. He fell in love with the seamless transitions between songs and would spend hours mixing different sounds and tracks. He likes to get the energy going with hip hop, R&B, and old school funk with a splash of reggae, dancehall, Latin mixes and today’s pop hits. He’s versatile on the turntables and can read the crowd. Most of all, Jomon simply enjoys making others smile and dance. He hopes to build a legacy with his DJ career, just like his father did.