Degrees and Certifications:
BME James Madison University MME Shenandoah University
Mr. Jeffrey Tanner
Mr. Tanner attended James Madison University where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education, and received his Masters of Music Education from Shenandoah University where he studied guitar under the direction of Glen Caluda.
He has been an instrumental music teacher in Loudoun Country Public Schools since 1987, beginning the county’s guitar program in 1990. His ensembles have established a reputation of excellence and have performed for the LCPS School Board, America Online ceremonies, Dulles Town Center Arts Festival, Music in the Parks, and numerous other festivals throughout the area. Mr. Tanner’s positive, humorous and upbeat teaching style has encouraged many students to further develop their love of guitar and move on to major in music.
Mr. Tanner’s work with Loudoun County public schools includes serving as a leader or member of the Guitar Curriculum committee four times. He has served as the chairman or host of the LCPS Guitar Festival many times and served as chairman of, or served as a member of the committees for organizing the festival for guitarists such as Andrew York, Perl and Gray duo, Canadian Guitar Quartet, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He has served as a guitar clinician and music technology specialist for Loudoun County Schools teaching inservice courses covering topics such as positional or ensemble techniques for guitar, Sibelius, Cakewalk, Finale and Smart Music, as well as introductory MIDI sequencing for the classroom. Mr. Tanner has also served as an Adjunct Professor for Shenandoah University teaching music technology for the teacher.
As a guitarist early in his career, Mr. Tanner took his interest in composing and arranging and began to write works and studies for use in the classroom. At the suggestion of Glen McCarthy, former director of the Robinson Secondary School guitar program, he published his first major ensemble Divergent Rondo through Class Guitar Resources. After the success of Divergent Rondo, he reestablished his prior digital editing business Third Bear Music as Funky Bear Music, focusing on the publication of guitar works. In addition to his teaching and publishing, Mr. Tanner has held or maintains membership in VEA, NAfME (MENC), the Guitar Foundation of America, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Mr. Tanner currently teaches Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Artist Guitar classes. He is a faculty sponsor for GSA.