Connor Thompson

Connor T.

Richmond, VA

Lesson Details



Connor delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
July 2008

I first fell in love with music at the age of 7 after hearing Led Zeppelin's "œBlack Dog". I soon after received my first guitar and started learning all of my favorite classic rock songs. Over time my tastes began to branch out to include all kinds of music from country to jazz. I received a bachelor's degree in music performance and jazz studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2010.

As a jazz guitarist, I perform regularly in a variety of settings with various ensembles. For the last several years I have played at various venues in the Richmond area. I have also performed in professional pit orchestrask for Christian Youth Theater, Richmond Triangle Players, and Theater IV/Virginia Rep. In addition, I compose and perform original works in various styles and instrumentations.

I love to listen to, play, and teach many styles of music ranging from classic rock to country, jazz, metal, classical, and pop. Since 2008, I have been teaching music professionally to all ages from 5 to 70. I teach all levels and styles of guitar, as well as beginner piano and beginner to intermediate level bass guitar.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music should be fun, therefore, I firmly believe that music lessons should be tailored to a student's interests, tastes, and goals as much as possible. If you want to learn pop, then I will gear your lessons toward pop. If you want to learn rock, then we will move in that direction from day one. I still focus on all of the basic techniques of playing, reading music, rhythm, and theory but never exclusively within the sometimes sterile pages of a method book. I will often challenge students by suggesting tunes or exercises that I think will be beneficial to their long-term development, but I also like for students to guide their own learning as much as possible so that they enjoy music above all. The lesson style and level of difficulty will vary depending on the student'™s prior experience and skill level.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide their own instrument, music stand, and amp (if necessary). I will provide my own guitar and amp and much of the music to be learned. Over time, students may be encouraged to purchase certain method books to further their progress.

*** Specialties ***
Specialize in jazz, metal, rock, blues, music theory, and pop. Experience in classical music, country, bluegrass, and funk.

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Music Instructor
Feb 2011 - Present
Private Music Store

Teaching guitar, piano, bass, ukelele, and ensemble classes to a variety of students 5 days a week.

Freelance Guitarist
Sep 2006 - Present

Providing guitar performances in a variety of styles, as a soloist and in ensembles, for various events.

Music Instructor
Jul 2008 - Jun 2014
YMCA of Greater Richmond

Teaching guitar, piano, bass, ukelele, and ensemble classes to a variety of students

Music Instructor
Aug 2010 - May 2013
Academy of Music

Teaching guitar and piano lessons to a variety of students. Planning and instructing the Summer Piano Institutes in 2011 and 2012. Teaching a Academy-sponsored guitar class once-a-week at St. Gertrude High School.

Music Instructor
Jun 2010 - Apr 2012
Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center

Teaching guitar and piano to a variety of students.


Bachelor of Music Performance, Jazz Studies
Aug 2006 - May 2010
Virginia Commonwealth University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

A little improvised jazz/blues.
Photo by Connor T.

a bit of Latin flavor
At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Connor Thompson, guitar


4 Reviews

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JeffJ May 15, 2012

My kid loves his lessons.

Connor has done a great job with our 9 year old. He is very patient and tries to make the lessons fun. Our son is even more interested in learning guitar since he started the lessons.

AlbertT Aug 20, 2011


i'm having a good time learning and Connor has been great at keepimg my inteest in mind,rhanks

SeanD Apr 4, 2011

Connor is a great teacher! He has alot of patience and takes his time with the students.

LauraM2 Mar 27, 2011

Off to a great start!

Connor - Thanks for your patience with Camille and for keeping her focused and engaged. She is really enjoying her lessons!

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