Thomas Ball

Thomas B.

Largo, FL
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Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
What you WILL learn: How the instrument works, the layout, and how music theory actually applies to your instrument, such that you will have the ability to play any style of music that you wish, as well as to improvise and create enjoyable, compelling music.

What you WON'T learn: How to play dozens of random chords and scales with absolutely no foundation for how those structures fit into any fundamental philosophy or structure of musicality.

Over the years, students have often come to me with the idea of learning certain cover songs or a few simple chords and have left with not only with the ability to compose their own music, but also to tackle jazz, classical, and styles which once seemed impossible.

I'm grateful to have the opportunity to help you excel on your instrument. Let's get started today!
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About

Thomas delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2007

Hello friends!

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my profile. My name is Tom Ball, and I'm here to help you excel on your instrument by adapting to your personal learning style while also using tried-and-true methods developed over the course of my 10+ years teaching classical, jazz, and blues guitar, as well as mandolin and music theory.

First things first: I'll want to understand your background and dominant learning styles so that we can communicate in a manner that is clear, concise and highly effective.

Once we've gotten to know each other a bit and defined your primary goals on your instrument, I'll develop a lesson plan and system of evaluation to ensure that you're progressing at a satisfactory rate.

A few important things:

1) Do not be deceived; freedom on your instrument requires discipline. You can indeed create anything that you wish, but having an idea or dream won't do you any good unless you have the requisite understanding of how to apply the proper tools to bring the idea into being.

That's where practice comes in, which should be highly specific so that you can get the most out of your time. I'll help you with that.

2) That being said, while discipline and professionalism are absolutely necessary to get optimal results, it is always important to have fun and to learn something new every day.

Therefore, lessons with me won't include tons of papers and homework and an air of misplaced academic superiority. We'll be highly specific and effective and have fun learning new things together in a laid-back, encouraging atmosphere.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to help you reach your musical goals, and eagerly awaiting your message. Let's get started today!

Thank you,
Thomas E. Ball, III

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Experience

Guitar and Music Theory Instructor
Oct 2012 - Apr 2014
Heartstrings Academy

Taught private and group lessons to students of all ages in classical, jazz guitar, sight reading, music theory, and improvisation.
Assisted with community outreach events including live performances, local newspaper publications and social media.

Education

Neurosomatic Therapy
Sep 2018 - Present
Center for Neurosomatic Studies
B.A. History, Emphasis in Philosophy
Aug 2007 - May 2010
Concord University

Languages

French
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level II
Apr 2018
CHEK Institute

Guiding clients to optimal health, vitality and fulfillment through application of nutrition, mindfulness, counseling and exercise program design.

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
Dec 2015
International TEFL Academy

170 Hours (150 Coursework + 20 Practicum)
Went on to teach over 500 hours of online English lessons to speakers from all over the world. Also taught in person at Altra Lingua in Sciacca, Sicily.

Photos & Videos

BWV 1000, by J.S. Bach, arranged for guitar by Nathan Griffith
B Part of the splendid "Capricho Arabe", by Franciso Tarrega
An improvisational excerpt
Swollen Beach on a Moonlit Night
Busking in Paris, Summer 2015

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Private concert at Veedelswerk. Köln, Germany, Summer 2015

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Friday Night Alive. Trillium Performing Arts. Lewisburg, WV, Autumn 2011.

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With November Pearls (Shelita Burke), Reykjavík, Iceland, March 2016

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Friday Night Alive! Trillium Performing Arts, 2011
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3 Reviews

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Jim Mar 10, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Tom is attentive to the needs/direction/abilities of the student. Me. Discerning the individual, Tom formulates and adjusts appropriately a series of lessons to encourage the “student” to progress. There’s not a magic formula, but a custom discerned lesson plan constantly open to change. The best.

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Zach Mar 8, 2019
Guitar · In studio

Tom and I had a few lessons together that completely shaped the way I see how music is played and taught me about the relationship between theory and practice. If you’re into learning about more than a simple chords in a song, and want to take your ability to play and understand music to a higher level, look no further than Tom. He’s talented and experienced in not only music, but in many other varieties of modalities of health and wisdom, and can meet you wherever your skill and experience level is at. Highly recommended

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Bill Mar 4, 2019
Classical Guitar · In studio

We actually had lessons in my home and online via Skype as well. Thomas was always a very helpful and knowledgeable teacher. He led me in directions I wanted to go I am still taking lessons and playing. My teacher is impressed with my foundation knowledge and has moved me quickly to playing songs. Thanks Tom!

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