Bass Guitar

Levels Taught: Advanced

About Thomas F.

Background Check: Last verified 06/14/2013
Thomas passed a background check on 06/14/2013 that included the following:
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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 65
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 65

Overview

From a young age, I have been deeply involved in the musical community. I began studying piano when I was three, and throughout my education, I’ve learned from such accomplished instructors as Belle Mehus and Christopher Taylor. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from The University of Mary in North Dakota, I continue to study, teach, perform, and compose. I’ve also studied guitar and bass for nearly twenty years.  I love playing and teaching these instruments because of the strong correlations between the way they are tuned and played and the way western music theory works—as well as the pure enjoyment that comes from them!  Additionally, I have twenty years of education in oboe and other woodwind instruments. I was principle oboist for two orchestras and reached the third round of auditions for 3rd oboe in The Minnesota Orchestra in 2006. Lastly, I have been an active vocalist since being a boy soprano in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors and Andrew Lloyd Weber's Requiem.

I genuinely enjoy all aspects and styles of music—whether I’m studying a Chopin Etude, playing Charles Mingus at a jazz gig, writing and performing with my rock band, or composing hip hop tracks for a short film. I am an easygoing teacher who gets results, and I would love to welcome more people to my diverse group of students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very pleased with my teaching method because I help my students achieve great progress, as well as immense enjoyment. I have a fairly standard routine of teaching technique, theory, and musicality, but I keep a comfortable, laid-back environment. The result is solid, consistent advancement that might come from a stricter method of teaching, with a lesson experience that is more fun and loose.

I am also a highly versatile instructor. While there are certain things that I believe are always necessary when learning a musical instrument, I incorporate them into each student's distinct capabilities and preferences. In short, I can instill the same musical values in every student, whether they’re studying J.S. Bach, The Rolling Stones, or Rihanna.

I take my students' goals and musical preferences very seriously and strive to make every student happy. I am always open to any ideas a student might have, and I am available to answer questions at all times.

 

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide literature and some accessories. Student needs to have instrument, other accessories, and a music stand.

Student Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 9 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Review I just finished a lesson with Thomas and gotta say it was great! Can't believe how much he did in 30 minutes, he gave awesome tips and helped me a lot. Thanks Thomas, I really appreciate it! :) March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Review Thomas was excellent. I'm a total beginner to singing, so I was a little nervous taking my first lesson. Thomas made me feel very comfortable and helped me through some basic breathing exercises and vocal warm-ups that weren't as difficult as I had anticipated. A great intro to singing! He was very encouraging and offered some great tips I can work on before my next lesson. Highly recommend! March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Review For a free lesson thomas has really givin' me the tips and some tricks on vocal projection that I needed to know, he ran through some excersizes and was very very very helpful! totally awesome March 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Review Thomas was a great help for my piano lesson. he helped with my finger placement on the key board and he helped me with a song i'm doing for the the talent show , it was lots of fun. Thank you! March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Review Great teacher! taught me stuff I probably couldve never learned from my choir teachers at school. March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Review Great! I really enjoyed my first ever singing lesson! Thomas was very friendly and positive, and clearly very knowledgeable. Working through the tasks he set me was both fun and instructive. I will definitely schedule another lesson! March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Review Thomas was able to give me a plan to help improve my vocal range gradually. He really knows how to improve his students' technique. March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Review Thomas was fantastic to work with and was very helpful! March 6, 2014