Thomas Drinkard

Thomas D.

Pasadena, CA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Guitar lessons with me are unique because although I am young, I am a very experienced teacher already. I started learning guitar at 10 years old. By the time I was 16 I was gigging and teaching kids in my neighborhood and any Craigslist clients I could find. At 18, I took a 1.5 year program at the Los Angeles College of Music, where I graduated with an AA in guitar performance. Since then I have worked as a professional musician, and also as a teacher /consultant with Adopt the Arts, a non profit started by Matt Sorum (drummer of Guns N Roses, Hollywood Vampires) and director Abby Berman. In my time at Adopt the Arts I have amassed over 4000 teaching hours of teaching kids ages 4-13, so I am very experienced with kids and get along with them great since. I have also been giving other private lessons to people of all ages since 2011. Qualities that make me stand out as a teacher are relatability, patience, and an ability to identify the proper pace for the student to enjoy the learning process. The styles I teach in guitar are pop, rock, jazz, country, blues, hop hop, and R&B. Acoustic, electric, and Ukulele. I also taught many beginner piano, drums, and vocals students.

About Thomas D.

I am a musician from the bay area that has been in Los Angeles since the age of 18. As a professional guitarist and session musician I have worked on projects for such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Travis Barker, Tim Armstrong, Mondo Cozmo, Jonny West, and more.

I started playing guitar at the age of 10 and started gigging and teaching private students around the neighborhood in 2011 at the age of 16. From 2013 to 2015 I studied at the Los Angeles College, where I received an AA in Guitar Performance.

Since then I have accumulated over 4000+ more hours of teaching beginner/intermediate guitar, banjo, lapsteel, and beginner piano/drums/vocals/ukulele. Much of my teaching experience is with students aged 4-17, and has come through my work with the non-profit organization Adopt the Arts started by Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses) and director Abby Berman.


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5 Reviews
Ryan B.
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I felt really comfortable and not at all intimidated with my first lesson. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted Sep 13, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Taught at the basic level very well. If you know nothing about music or guitar Tommy's your guy. Goes through all the simple steps at an even pace making the entire experience relaxing. From there giving you the knowledge of your scales and blues scales, teaching you how to make mini solos on the spot really helps out with the musicality of it all. 10/5

Posted Jan 9, 2019
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Tommy has provided music lessons to both of my children for the past 3 years. He is a very nurturing and patient teacher. Both my children enjoy having music time with Mr. Drinkard.

Posted Jan 7, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I am a 30 year old software engineer that wanted to start learning guitar as my 2016 new year's resolution. Heard about Tommy through a friend and I've been taking consistent lessons ever since and progressed a lot. He is knowledgeable, patient, and just a genuinely good/funny guy to be around.

Posted Jan 7, 2019
Aaron L.
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Posted Jan 15, 2021

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Consultant/Recital Producer
Jul 2016 - Present

Adopt the Arts

Working with the Adopt the Arts writing curriculum, providing data to other teachers, and producing recitals (7 total).

Public School Enrichment Program Teacher
Sep 2015 - Jan 2019

Adopt the Arts

During 2015-2019 I taught music Tuesday-Friday at Westminster Avenue Elementary School in Venice Beach during the LAUSD school year. During this time I accumulated countless hours of group and private vocal, guitar, piano, drum, and theory teaching experience.


AA Guitar Performance
Sep 2013 - Mar 2015

Los Angeles College of Music

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