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Terry Gordon teaches instrumental music at Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School.
What led you to become a teacher?
I want to open that whole world of music up to these kids. Before coming to Herkimer, I taught for many years at Mekeel Christian Academy in Scotia.
What do you love most about teaching at Herkimer?
I really enjoy the kids — there are a lot of great kids here, and it’s a great experience to teach them about music.
What advice do you have for current Herkimer students?
Be committed to seeking excellence. Take the risk. We have a sign here that says, “If you’re going to make a mistake, make it loud.”
In addition to teaching, Mr. Gordon plays trumpet as a solo musician and with many local groups. Learn more about his music at terrygordonjazz.com