Thomas Clippinger

Thomas C.

Austin, TX
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Lesson Details

Flamenco Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As I classically trained guitarist, there is a lot of technical crossover.
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Thomas teaches



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

Teaching since:
May 2011

Classical guitarist


Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2016 - Present
Florida State University

Teaching assistant to Bruce Holzman - private lessons/ensembles

P.A.L.S. Guitar Teacher
Jul 2016 - Present
Aspen Music Festival and School


Classical Guitar Performance MM
Jul 2016 - Present
Florida State University College of Music
Classical Guitar Performance BM
Aug 2012 - May 2016
Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Jazz Guitar Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2012
Virginia Commonwealth University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Merit Scholarship
May 2016
Aspen Music Festival and School
Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Apr 2016
Florida State University College of Music
Top Prize Winner
Apr 2015
ASU Guitarfest Competition
Merit Scholarship
Mar 2015
Le Domaine Forget International Summer Music Festival
Jazz Program Grant
Jan 2012
Virginia Commonwealth University

Photos & Videos

Bach 998 Allegro
Bach 998 Fugue
Bach 998 Prelude
1st Movement of Sonata III by Manuel Ponce
3rd Movement of Sonata III by Manuel Ponce
My guitar made by Canadian luthier Len Letourneau

Photo by Thomas C.

Photo by Thomas C.

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7 Reviews

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Michael Jan 27, 2017
Music Performance · In studio

Tom is a great teacher. I have been studying with him at FSU for a for a few months, and he has greatly improved my strength of sound. He has also helped me work on my musical expression.

Josh Jan 26, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

Tom is a very good instructor. He is very patient and will work with you on whatever you need. He will find the weak spots in your playing and bring them to your attention. He also never hesitates to compliment you if you deserve it. Tom is also very good at helping you achieve a high level of musical expression. Overall Tom is a great teacher.

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Cole Jan 18, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

Definitely knows what he is doing in terms of playing and instructing. He gives constructive criticism and tips necessary to improve your playing each lesson.

Parker Jan 18, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

Pushes me to be the greatest guitarist I can be. Helps me by finding music that I like to play for my rep.

Taylor Jan 16, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

Tom is a great teacher; he doesn't let you take it easy and won't stop working or going over something unless you nail it. I always feel comfortable asking him questions too, as he is happy to answer them and always supportive. I look forward to lessons and always leave excited to practice what I've learned from him.

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Jayson Jan 16, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

A really great teacher. He's patient and his instructions are concise, easy to understand and straight forward. He taught difficult techniques in a very simple and intuitive way. He has a great understanding of musicality and tone. This understanding also underpins his teaching of the guitar, and is overall one of the biggest reasons I recommend him as a teacher.

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Becky Jan 16, 2017
Classical Guitar · Online

I am so lucky to have found Tom as my guitar teacher. He is very flexible with planning lessons. I have picked up some bad habits before I met him but he has been extremely patient with me throughout the process of getting rid of the habits. He is a hard working teacher who offers amazing expertise. I only wish I had learned from him sooner.

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