derik thomas

derik T.

Nashville, TN
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derik delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2012

Providing quality musical instruction since 2012, my passion is to provide students with an overall musical experience based on traditional teaching methods combined with instruction personalized to each student. Extending beyond just piano lessons, my goal is to provide students with an education that spans across the music spectrum including instruction in theory, composition, and history. Whether you are looking for lessons for your child, college tutoring, or have developed an interest in music lessons later in life, I have something to offer you.


Music Instructor
Aug 2012 - Present
Self Employed

Music Instructor for Manzi's Music in Lakeland Florida for summers of 2012 and 2013. Taught numerous piano performance and composing music for film masterclasses at Harrison School for the Arts.

Oct 2012 - Feb 2013
ABC's Nashville

Band member and actor for ABC's hit show "Nasvhille".


Classical Composition
Aug 2012 - May 2016
Belmont University
Classical Piano
Aug 2008 - Jun 2012
Harrison School for the Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Original Published Research
May 2015
Belmont University
Best Score
May 2015
Florida State University
Black Warrior Film Festival Best Short Documentary
Aug 2014
Black Warrior Film Festival
Gasparilla Film Festival Best Student Film
Aug 2012
Gasparilla Film Festival
Earthday National Songwriting Competition Winner
Apr 2010
Earthday Networks

Photos & Videos

Photo by derik T.

Here is my performance of the rarely performed esoteric 20th century piece- The Webern Variations, enjoy!
Photo by derik T.

Photo of me conducting my piece for small ensemble entitled "Spring" at Belmont University

A behind the scenes look at some upcoming composition and songwriting projects!
Photo by derik T.


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