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Yates busy with teaching, playing, producing music

Austin Peay State University offers a wide variety of classes for music majors and minors including classical guitar taught by Professor of Music Stanley Yates.

Like many of the professors at APSU, Yates makes regular contributions to his field of expertise. Yates is a reputable musician and has played in venues in England, Holland, Romania and the U.S.

At age 15, Yates began playing gigs in his hometown of Liverpool, England. Austin Peay State University offers a wide variety of classes for music majors and minors including classical guitar taught by Professor of Music Stanley Yates.

Like many of the professors at APSU, Yates makes regular contributions to his field of expertise. Yates is a reputable musician and has played in venues in England, Holland, Romania and the U.S.

At age 15, Yates began playing gigs in his hometown of Liverpool, England.
Though he enjoyed music, he never considered guitar a career option. Yates invested much of his youth in pursuit of a career in professional soccer and majored in physics in college. It wasn't until he won a guitar competition in college that Yates switched majors and began pursuing a career in music.

Yates discovered his passion for teaching as a Doctrinal Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. While in Texas, he received an offer to teach at APSU for a year as a temporary instructor. Once the department of music realized the depth and expertise Yates brought to the program, the decision to keep him became obvious.

In spite of a busy schedule of teaching and advising students, Yates manages to find time to play and produce music. During the 2007-08 season, he presented a solo guitar performance at the Foisor Royal Palace, Romania, which was broadcast live on national television. Yates attended the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain where he gave a modern performance of recently discovered work by 19th century virtuoso guitarist Guilio Regondi. Yates' performance of music by J. S. Bach and Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain will be featured on two DVDs. Yates produced two additional DVDs on the life and music of 19th century Spanish guitarist Francisco Tarrega and guitar instruction. He also worked on a rewrite of the best-selling “Modern Guitar Method” for Mel Bay Publications.

Even though the fall semester is well under way at APSU, Yates' busy academic schedule still affords him time to play at events and conduct workshops.

One might expect a musician with so many accomplishments under his belt to prefer a career in performance. When asked why he chose teaching, Yates said, “I like the freedom teaching offers me. There is less pressure to find gigs and I have the pleasure of contributing to the success of other musicians.”

“Teaching should be mentoring,” says Yates. “It is more than just learning how to read and play music; it is helping musicians reach their potential.”

In spite of his numerous achievements and the impressive sites where has played, Yates claims his greatest success is “being able to contribute to classical guitar.”

“Be it through publications, performance or seeing my students find careers of their own, I am pleased to give back to a genre that has given me such joy.” -- Barry A. Williams