Ted Goddard, Guitarist & Music Educator

Ted Goddard began playing guitar at age eight inspired by his father, a professional saxophonist who worked with big-band leaders Red Norvo, Claude Thornhill, Hal McIntyre, Boyd Raeburn, and Benny Goodman. Goddard’s desire to understand jazz harmony and improvisation first led to private studies with noted guitarist Barry Galbraith, followed by tutoring and jam sessions with other favorites: Joe Pass, Tal Farlow, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts, Tommy Tedesco and Joe Diorio among them. Former college music professors include Grant Wolf and Don Bothwell at Mesa Community College; Dan Haerle, Dr. Tom Ferguson and Dr. Wallace Rave at Arizona State University; and Bill Dobbins at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

A professional musician since 1974, Goddard performs as a solo guitarist, leads his own jazz ensembles, backs top-name entertainers and jazz musicians, and plays touring Broadway shows. He has also served as an auxiliary musician to The Phoenix Symphony, and recorded commercial studio sessions for radio, television, and video soundtracks. As a roster artist with the Arizona Commission on the Arts from 1985 to 2005, Goddard conducted school residencies, performances, and outreach services throughout Arizona.

After working as a freelance musician for two decades, Goddard returned to Arizona State University to complete a Master of Arts degree in music theory under Dr. Amy Holbrook and Dr. Ellon Carpenter. While at ASU, he served as a graduate teaching assistant in the music theory and ear training program and was appointed the school’s first director of jazz guitar studies by former department head Chuck Marohnic. Goddard continues to pursue a performance career and also instructs private students in guitar technique, improvisation, theory, and comprehensive musicianship.

In 2000, he teamed with jazz arranger and pianist Prince Shell to archive and perform Shell’s library for ten-piece band; their first CD, Speculation by “Prince Shell and the Ted Goddard 10tet,” is the result of this partnership. Dedicated to the art of jazz, the 10tet maintains its affiliation with the American Federation of Musicians, Local 586, headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. Goddard also compiled music tracks from various recording sessions (1982-2003) to produce The Sonoran Sessions, a compilation CD featuring over 30 local and national jazz artists.

Prior teaching experience includes: Arizona State University; adjunct-faculty positions at Scottsdale Community College, Phoenix College, and Mesa Community College; Northern Arizona University’s “Summer Music Camp” and “Summer Jazz Workshop”; Grant Wolf’s “MCC Summer Jazz Workshop”; and guitar instruction at the Bob Ravenscroft Music Studio in Scottsdale, AZ. Goddard is now a faculty member at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.


Society for Music Theory (SMT)
Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA)
Jazz Education Network (JEN)
Arizona Association for Jazz Education (AAJE)
Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame (AMEHOF) Advisory Council
Jazz in Arizona, Inc. (JiA)
American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), Local 586

Performance Experience:

Phoenix Symphony: Bob Bernhardt, Bill Conti, Michael Feinstein conducted by John Oddo, Lawrence Golan, Richard Hayman, Michael Krajewski, Carol Lawrence, Hermann Michael, Madelyn Renee Monti, Robert Moody, Rita Moreno, Luciano Pavarotti conducted by Leone Magiera, Bernadette Peters conducted by Marvin Laird, Rodgers & Hammerstein Review conducted by Tito Muñoz, Dennis Rowland conducted by Michael Christie, Gunther Schuller, Frederica von Stade, Roger Williams, Die sieben Todsünden and Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill, Lord of the Rings Symphony conducted by Alexander Mickelthwate, George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess conducted by Richard Westerfield and Rhapsody on Gershwin conducted by Loras John Schissel, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, and various “Pops” programs.
Star Support: George Burns, Glen Campbell, Vickie Carr, Diahann Carroll, Carol Channing, Charo, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Vic Damone, Barbara Eden, Michael Feinstein, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Mitzi Gaynor, Eydie Gorme, Robert Goulet, Buddy Greco, Joel Grey, Bob Hope, Lena Horne, Steve Lawrence, The Lennon Sisters, The Lettermen, Al Martino, The McGuire Sisters, Ann Miller, Bob Newhart, Donald O’Connor, Patti Page, Bernadette Peters, Roberta Peters, Charlie Pride, Juliet Prowse, Debbie Reynolds, Don Rickles, Mickey Rooney, Dinah Shore, The Smothers Brothers, Suzanne Somers, Danny Thomas, Bobby Vinton, et al.
Jazz, Big Band and Orchestra: Alex Acuña, Louie Bellson, Bud Brisbois, The Chuck Craig Orchestra, Pete Christlieb, Jon Crosse, Alan Dawson, Bill Dobbins, Les and Larry Elgart, Herb Ellis, John Fedchock, Clare Fischer, Gary Foster, Terry Gibbs, Bernie Glow, Keith Greko, Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Heath, Joe LaBarbera, Sabby Lewis, Jeff Linsky, Pete Magadini, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Don Menza, Ladd McIntosh, Charles McPherson, Butch Miles, Lewis Nash, The Tommy Newsom Orchestra, The Tommy Reed Orchestra, Dennis Rowland, Ed Shaughnessy, Marvin Stamm, Louis Stewart, Ira Sullivan, Clark Terry, Tommy Tedesco, Ross Tompkins, Bill Usselton, Art Van Damme, Bob Wilber, Snooky Young, et al.
Broadway Touring Shows: Annie with Sally Struthers, Cabaret starring Joel Grey, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof starring Theodore Bikel, 42nd Street, Grease featuring Fabian, Hello Dolly starring Carol Channing, The Lion King, Oklahoma!, Show Boat starring Tom Bosley, Sugar Babies starring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Tropicana Follies Bergere, The Will Rogers Follies starring John Davidson.