Kevin Thomas
San Diego, CA
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Kevin Thomas

Kevin T.

San Diego, CA
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Levels taught:
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Music Theory Lessons

From Beginner to Advanced - All Ages

Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

Understand the music theory behind all styles of music: Rock, funk, jazz, country, blues, fusion, folk, R&B, and classical

About Kevin T.

Kevin T. is a music professor at MUM, Vice president of the San Diego Songwriters guild, and CEO of Songwriting Planet. He is an instructor of guitar, bass, voice, piano, songwriting, composition, orchestration, jazz arranging, music theory, ear training, production and engineering, and music business and career development. He graduated from Musicians Institute with a performance certificate, received his BA degree with honors from Berklee College of Music with a dual major in Songwriting and Performance, and received his Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.

Kevin has written and performed myriad and diverse styles of music which include everything from jazz, rock, funk, country, blues, fusion, R&B, and classical, to world music and avant-garde. Kevin has recorded CDs and has been the songwriter, arranger, and bandleader for several original music groups. Stress Factor Zero combines rock with funk and jazz. Cloud Ex is an acoustic group combining Afro Cuban and Peruvian percussion with folk rock songs. His most recent band Stratosphere is a modern rock and funk band for artistic rockers and visionaries. They blend diverse styles of rock music with a fiery blaze of Latin percussion, sensuous saxophones, and poetic melodies with a message. Their first CD received radio airplay on over forty stations across the U.S. and Canada, and they are currently working on their third CD. Stratosphere performs throughout Southern California and is currently setting up several short tours in various cities across the U.S., Europe, and South America.

*** Lesson Details ***
Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic piano, full keyboard, 4 guitars, bass, amps, microphones, Pro Tools recording equipment, and seating for parents

*** Styles ***
Rock, funk, jazz, country, blues, fusion, folk, R&B, and classical


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25 Reviews
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I’ve been taking lessons from Kevin for about 2 months. Before that I’d been kind of aimlessly playing around with guitar. I was playing by myself for about 20 years and basically had no timing and rhythm. I’m not a funk master yet but Kevin has given me tools that have greatly improved my timing and for the first time actually believing that I’m going to do this. Thanks

Posted May 2, 2021
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I started taking lessons with Kevin about a month ago I took lessons when I was a kid, and remember some things, but my hands do not yet so what my head is telling them. Kevin has been great, adjusting to what I already know and adding a lot of music theory, which I never had learned before. Highly recommend Kevin.

Posted Apr 26, 2021
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I started learning Ukulele with Kevin and then picked up Guitar lately, Kevin has a systematic way of teaching, instead of covering each and every chords, he summarizes them by different shapes, and also their variations, so you can memorize the basics and find their "relative" chords easier. He also taught music theories, how each chord is formed, and if you want to play a specific song, he's also glad to help on finding the exact chord and transfer them into different notes that suits you. Definitely have your notebook ready since there's a lot to learn. The harder thing for myself is with the online class, it's not as efficient as a face-to-face one, I also tend to be less motivated to practise but you ought to just find your own motivation!

Posted Oct 8, 2020
Jennifer Closson
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I have been involved in singing for many years now and I can tell you that Kevin knows what he is doing with his special skills teaching voice and guitar. I feel lucky to have found him and I hope to continue learning from him for a long time.

Posted Oct 8, 2020
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Kevin offers helpful advice and insight. An instructor with a deep understanding of music, he demonstrates a great ability to guide new students. He brought clarity to problems I experienced as a new guitar player. I highly recommend inviting Kevin into your music journey.

Posted Apr 30, 2020
Taya Ziegler
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We covered a lot today! I think we're going to work well together

Posted Apr 14, 2020
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Kevin was very knowledgeable and patient

Posted May 14, 2019
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I have very much enjoyed my classes with Kevin. We have made great progress and the classes have been a good mix of focusing on the important fundamentals and exploring things specific to my interests. I think Kevin has the knowledge and ability to teach you anything you would want to know about music!

Posted Sep 19, 2018
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Kevin is an incredible teacher. He is exceedingly patient and he is a warm and kind human being. I could never asked to find a better teacher than Kevin. He is humble, smart, and amazingly knowledgeable

Posted Oct 26, 2017
Betty C.
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Kevin was very helpful and helped me understand concepts of music theory very clearly. Thanks!!

Posted Oct 24, 2017
Enrique M.
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Great Lesson and very comfortable setting. Kevin was very good at taking it step by step and laying down the bricks for a good foundation in learning.

Posted Sep 8, 2017
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We didn't play much guitar but Kevin was patient enough to walk through some beginner theory to gauge where my knowledge was and from there we built a plan and I'm already working on new ideas etc...looking forward the next one

Posted Jun 7, 2017
Judith M.
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Thank you Kevin for your patience and understanding with our granddaughter. She has enjoyed lessons and guidance with you for the last year.
Thank you,
Judy McKown

Posted Jun 4, 2017
Zayden M.
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Kevin was calm and patient and clearly knows how to teach children. We were very pleased with our first lesson and are excited to continue learning the guitar with Kevin.

Posted May 5, 2017
Elizabeth H.
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Kevin is one of the best teachers I have ever encountered - not just musically either. As an educator myself I acknowledge that is takes a very special person to convey "complex" material to another in a way that is digestible, relate-able, and fun. And Kevin does just that. Honestly, I can't think of a better music teacher than him. Thank you!!

Posted Apr 29, 2017
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Very excellent teacher! Funny and clever

Posted Mar 27, 2017
Allyson M.
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This was our first lesson and first impression is that he was very patient with our boys. Our boys have some special needs and he was understanding and accommodating. It's clear he is very knowledgable about the instrument. Time will tell if his teaching style and personality will work for us in the long run.
M&J's mom

Posted May 29, 2015
Chris O.
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I have been taking lessons with Kevin for a few months now and i look forward to our bi weekly sessions. Kevin has a vast amount of musical knowledge and is easy to talk to and work with, he is understanding of skills and weaknesses and will benefit any student who wants to learn.
Thanks Kevin.

Posted Apr 10, 2015
David P.
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I played clarinet for ten years. I wanted to find a teacher who really knows how to focus on a student's goals and weaknesses. Kevin has provided me with weekly lessons that I can take home and make trues progress in picking, timing, reading, fingering, and listening, Kevin is a true professional.

Posted Jun 27, 2014
Karly M.

Learning a lot!

Kevin is a very knowledgeable, dedicated, patient, flexible, and professional instructor. He is very observant about when to push me to practice more and when to just allow me space to absorb what I've just been taught. And occasionally when I get a little frustrated with my guitar and progress is particularly slow for me we sometimes switch to vocal coaching.
Plus I have an incredibly busy work schedule and Kevin has always been very willing to adjust my lesson time as necessary.

Posted May 1, 2014
David F.

Great Voice Lessons

I've been trying for a while to get to the level where I can confidently sing, knowing that I am doing the best my voice can attain. Kevin is helping me pull through my bad habits, and re-enforcing the proper technique without drowning out my personal style.

Really helpful! Thanks, Kevin!!

Posted Apr 30, 2014
Dylan E.

Creative Music Writing

Kevin taught me how to write lyrics with imagery and to put the chords and inversions behind those lyrics to create pop masterpieces!

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Patient, easy to follow

even though we only had 2 lessons with kevin, he was very helpful and we gained knowledge through his teaching.

Posted Jun 21, 2012

He understands the muscial instruments very well but was unable to connect with my son age 11(guitar). He wanted him to love playing in order to teach but my son loves basketball more and is learning because Mom said he will be thankful later. He has an ear and is patient and was learning things quickly even though it's not his 1st love. sometimes parents have to overrule in certain situation and I want give up now because I believe it's good to be well rounded. Debbie n sd

Posted Mar 14, 2012

Very Pleased!

I will be taking two lessons per week now and am very happy to work with Kevin. He is very good and pays attention to detail. Thank you for sending me to him. It is a fun experience!

Posted Jan 2, 2008

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Professor of Music
Oct 2012 - Present

Maharishi International University

Specializing as a Songwriting and Music Composition teacher


Masters Degree Music Composition
Sep 2003 - Jun 2005

University of Miami

B.A. Songwriting and Performance
Sep 1996 - Jun 1999

Berklee College of Music

Graduated: Music Performance
Sep 1992 - Jun 1993

Musicians Institute (MI)

B.A. Psychology
Sep 1989 - Jun 1991

University of San Francisco


Chinese (Mandarin)

Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2000
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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