Nathan Gage started teaching at James Lyng High School in September of 2015. He was drawn to the school by the opportunity to build-from-scratch a music program based on creating and performing popular music.
Nathan is relatively new to the teaching profession, but teaching is not his first career. He spent his twenties and thirties collecting a diverse and somewhat unconventional set of experiences performing, writing, and selling music.
Nathan’s educational background is rooted in both jazz and classical music, having attended both the jazz performance program at McGill University and studied classical composition at Wilfrid Laurier University. Nathan then became a professional upright and electric bassist, participating in several successive North American and European tours with a handful of independent rock bands including Shapes & Sizes who, in 2005, were signed by indie-pop star Sufjan Stevens to his Asthmatic Kitty label, and Elfin Saddle, whose album “Devastates” on Constellation Records was called “one of the best albums you never heard of this year” by Spin magazine.
He also started Phonopolis, a record store in Montreal, Canada, which over the eight years he owned it, grew from a tiny storefront to become one of Montreal’s better-known record stores.
Nathan found that his formal music education training conflicted with his most meaningful experiences as a musician. Nathan sought a more democratic model of music education inspired by his most formative and personally significant musical experiences writing songs and playing in bands.