Thomas Kenny

Thomas K.

San Francisco, CA

About Thomas K.

Background check: Last verified 02/25/2016
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Thomas teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: February 2000
Last sign in: Yesterday


I've been teaching for over 10 years and I have never had more fun with it. I studied classical guitar for ten years earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in music. During my formal education I not only learned music theory, music history, ensemble playing, and composing, but more importantly I learned how to REALLY learn new things. This ability I try to pass on to my students.I love sharing the things I've learned from all of my various experiences whether it be from my classical guitar background or from one of my various pop/rock bands. I am a working musician and I still learn new things every time I go out to play. It could be classical music at weddings, Jazz at clubs, or Rock and Roll at rowdy venues. There's a lesson to be learned from each.  

*** Lesson Details ***
Playing and understanding music is easy. The notion that it is only for the gifted and super talented is a lie.Fun is the first priority. Everybody wants to learn different things.  I tailor the lesson to the student and their goals. With guitar or theory/songwriting, each person has an 'ideal' they are striving for (rock guitarist ala Jimmy Page, Acoustic folk ala Bob Dylan, songwriter like Paul Simon, or classical guitarist like Andres Segovia).  I work with students to reach their ideal in a laid back, friendly manner.

I might teach out of a book or make our own book as we go along depending on the student, their experience level, and their goals. Each lesson will stress the important music fundamentals and making things easier. Every lesson and every student is different.  I have students as young as 5 whom I help learn music while they are learning how to read and write.  AND on the other side, I have students like my 81 year old mandolin student who has exciting ideas on how we should perform in our next recitals.Learning music is an investment.  Everyone learns at a different pace. There is no norm.  There is no "place they should be" at after a given time of lessons/practice.  I've had students that stagnated for YEARS and then TAKE OFF musically once they really decided to apply themselves.  If you are the parent of a student the best thing you can do is to be involved. After that, nature will take it's course.    

*** Studio Equipment ***
Some amplifiers, spare guitars, and plenty of nick-nacks.  

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
I am trained in classical guitar, but of course I've been playing and teaching electric guitar for years in different bands and professional settings.In addition, I am very passionate and knowledgeable about Irish/Celtic music and instruments i.e. Mandolin, Tin/Penny Whistle, Bouzouki

Photos and Videos


Guitar/Mandolin/Bass instrucor and Band Coach

Jul 2010 - Present
Napa School of Music

Classical Guitar Instructor

Mar 2010 - Oct 2014
Happy Mozart Music School


Masters in Music

Aug 2008 - Dec 2009
SUNY Stony Brook

Bachelors in Music

Aug 2000 - Jun 2008
California State University Sacramento

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency
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13 Reviews on Thomas K.

Justin H. May 12, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Thomas has been teaching my 13 year old daughter guitar. She is doing very well. Thomas is a wonderful teacher. I would recommend him to anyone. He helps her understand music theory while he patiently teaches her. He is always on time for her lesson.
Jesse M. Jan 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
After just 1 lesson, I can tell that I picked the right teacher to help me with my musical goals! Thomas is patient, very knowledgable, and it seems like if I bring any project to him in future lessons, he'll be able to help with whatever I throw at him. Thanks again! I look forward to getting better and having Thomas help me along the way
Justin S. Sep 30, 2015
Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Thomas is an excellent guitar teacher who brings a lot of knowledge, patience, and flexibility to every lesson. He is very encouraging and knows how to explain techniques and concepts clearly to kids. He also has the ability to customize the lessons to your child's skill-level and interest. As a result, my child loves to practice on his own and looks forward to his weekly lessons with Thomas!!!
Maren C. Sep 24, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Thomas is an incredible teacher! We've been with him for a year and have seen such a great progression with our son's playing and enthusiasm about guitar. Thomas really knows how to communicate with kids and is extremely patient and kind. I highly recommend him to anyone who is learning guitar.
Meredith W. Feb 6, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Thomas is an incredible instructor. I've only had 3 lessons so far and I already feel like I've improved my abilities so much. He not only has mastery of the instrument and of music, but best of all for students, he understands how to teach it well.
Tom D. Nov 27, 2013
Verified Student
Absolutely perfect!

Tom is truly a great teacher. He has tailored his approach to my unique needs-as an accomplished musician learning his 6th instrument, his teaching approach reminds me of things I ought to remember while playing any instrument, and music in general. And my lessons are tons of fun! He has a great knowledge of all the different approaches to the guitar and other stringed instruments which really fits in to what I am most interested in- how to get a particular sound for any given piece of music for the guitar. I'm extremely happy about having found tom to be my teacher.
Tessa L. Sep 25, 2013
Verified Student
Great teacher for my 7yr old!

Thomas is great with my 7-year old son. He has been extremely patient with him. He balances out the session with teaching and getting to know him at the same time. He does not rush through the lesson and makes him feel at ease with the guitar. He was only practicing with Thomas for a year and built enough courage and experience playing the guitar that he performed at his school's end-of-the-year talent show and did an amazing job thanks to Thomas! I was impressed!
Nivedita N. Jan 20, 2013
Verified Student
Enjoyable lessons, gives you the chance to learn tips you wouldn't find online

Thomas is a friendly and perceptive teacher- he tailors his classes to suit the needs of individual students really well. He did a great job encouraging me to develop a feeling for the instrument and helped me understand errors in a logical way.
PhillipC Mar 30, 2012
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Awesome teacher! Very versitile in teaching. He can communicate music theory and concepts to music afficianodos, children or anybody in general. Also interested in the student as a person. Is very adept at tailoring musical goals and can change them on the fly. Lastly, he is not stingy with time making the student feel rushed to get in or out and the tutor time is not strictly stopwatched to an hour or so.
ShirleyN Sep 22, 2011
My son likes the way Thomas teaches him.He said Thomas "cool" and "fun".
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