Thomas Fay

Thomas F.

Los Angeles, CA

About Thomas F.

Thomas teaches: Ages 5 to 65
Teaching since: August 2000
Last sign in: More than two months


From a young age, I have been deeply involved in the musical community. I began studying piano when I was three, and throughout my education, I’ve learned from such accomplished instructors as Belle Mehus and Christopher Taylor. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from The University of Mary in North Dakota, I continue to study, teach, perform, and compose. I’ve also studied guitar and bass for nearly twenty years.  I love playing and teaching these instruments because of the strong correlations between the way they are tuned and played and the way western music theory works—as well as the pure enjoyment that comes from them!  Additionally, I have twenty years of education in oboe and other woodwind instruments. I was principle oboist for two orchestras and reached the third round of auditions for 3rd oboe in The Minnesota Orchestra in 2006. Lastly, I have been an active vocalist since being a boy soprano in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors and Andrew Lloyd Weber's Requiem.

I genuinely enjoy all aspects and styles of music—whether I’m studying a Chopin Etude, playing Charles Mingus at a jazz gig, writing and performing with my rock band, or composing hip hop tracks for a short film. I am an easygoing teacher who gets results, and I would love to welcome more people to my diverse group of students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very pleased with my teaching method because I help my students achieve great progress, as well as immense enjoyment. I have a fairly standard routine of teaching technique, theory, and musicality, but I keep a comfortable, laid-back environment. The result is solid, consistent advancement that might come from a stricter method of teaching, with a lesson experience that is more fun and loose.

I am also a highly versatile instructor. While there are certain things that I believe are always necessary when learning a musical instrument, I incorporate them into each student's distinct capabilities and preferences. In short, I can instill the same musical values in every student, whether they’re studying J.S. Bach, The Rolling Stones, or Rihanna.

I take my students' goals and musical preferences very seriously and strive to make every student happy. I am always open to any ideas a student might have, and I am available to answer questions at all times.


*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide literature and some accessories. Student needs to have instrument, other accessories, and a music stand.

Write a Review

12 Reviews on Thomas F.

Aubrey T. Mar 3, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I appreciate his patience! My 5 year old can get a little frustrated sometimes, but Thomas is always patient with him.
Albertha May 14, 2014
I am a very shy person and doing this was a challenge for me. Thomas put me at ease, and we had a very good lesson! I learned a lot, and I can't wait to practice more on my own.

Thank you, Thomas!!
Lesa May 14, 2014
Thomas was incredibly helpful. He answered all my questions easily. Highly, highly, recommended!
Jaquelyn Mar 6, 2014

For a free lesson thomas has really givin' me the tips and some tricks on vocal projection that I needed to know, he ran through some excersizes and was very very very helpful! totally awesome
Marcella Mar 6, 2014

Thomas was excellent. I'm a total beginner to singing, so I was a little nervous taking my first lesson. Thomas made me feel very comfortable and helped me through some basic breathing exercises and vocal warm-ups that weren't as difficult as I had anticipated. A great intro to singing!

He was very encouraging and offered some great tips I can work on before my next lesson. Highly recommend!
Hillary Mar 6, 2014

Great teacher! taught me stuff I probably couldve never learned from my choir teachers at school.
Darcel Mar 6, 2014

Thomas was a great help for my piano lesson. he helped with my finger placement on the key board and he helped me with a song i'm doing for the the talent show , it was lots of fun.
Thank you!
Moriah Mar 6, 2014

Thomas was able to give me a plan to help improve my vocal range gradually. He really knows how to improve his students' technique.
Opal Mar 6, 2014

Thomas was fantastic to work with and was very helpful!
Annamarie Mar 6, 2014

Great! I really enjoyed my first ever singing lesson! Thomas was very friendly and positive, and clearly very knowledgeable. Working through the tasks he set me was both fun and instructive. I will definitely schedule another lesson!
Previously Viewed