Thomas Kresge

Thomas K.

Glendale, CA

About Thomas K.

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Thomas teaches: Ages 4 and up
Teaching since: September 2007
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

A Los Angeles-based composer, orchestrator, conductor, and educator, Thomas has earned a reputation as a reliable and effective music instructor. Thomas instructs students in piano, woodwinds, trumpet, music theory, and composition. He has led multiple after-school classes and private lessons (both online and in-person) for instrumentalists as an official teacher for Piano Keys 4 Kids, MusIQ Club, Music Teachers Network, and Music Lessons on Wheels. He has received praise over his varied and individual approaches to teaching that focus on realizing the full potential of his students, whom range from kindergarteners to adults.

Thomas served as the arranger and orchestrator for the full-length stage musical Way Back When. His film credits include independent films HeartFelt, Return of the Dragon Sword, A Sense of Sound, and Disregarded, as well as the award-winning documentary GeoFORCE: A Journey to Understanding. He also provides original music to dancers. He has received commissions for concert music by the American Festival Pops Orchestra, Brigham Young University–Idaho concert band, Jazz 4 Justice, and the LDS Church. He has produced three concerts of his original music, including Emerge & Ascend, a benefit concert that raised $1,500. He has also acted as conductor in a number of studio recording sessions.

Thomas received his Masters of Music in Film Scoring from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program in Seattle, Washington where he studied with two-time Emmy winning film and television composer Hummie Mann. He received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from George Mason University where he studied composition under band composer Mark Camphouse and electronic composer Jesse Guessford, and conducting under Anthony Maiello. In the area of performance, he has studied saxophone under Rick Parrell (U.S. Army Band), Tyler Kuebler (USAF Airmen of Note), and Sandon Mayhew; and piano with John Healey and Danny Beal.

Originally from Boise, Idaho, Thomas currently resides in Los Angeles. A melodious and colorful composer, he hopes to continue bringing evocative, contemporary music to audiences everywhere.

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Experience

Instructor

Sep 2014 - Jun 2015
Music Lessons on Wheels

Elementary level piano classes and private in-home lessons for piano, saxophone, and clarinet

Instructor

Sep 2014 - Dec 2014
Music Teachers Network

Private piano instructor

Instructor

Feb 2014 - Jun 2014
MusIQ Club

Taught piano classes to elementary-aged children using a computer-based learning system.

Instructor

Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
Piano Keys 4 Kids

Taught piano and choir classes to elementary school children

Education

M.M. Film Scoring

Sep 2014 - Jul 2015
Seattle Film Institute (Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program)

B.M. Composition

Aug 2010 - May 2014
George Mason University

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Louis Armstrong National Jazz Award

May 2010
Eagle High School

Affiliations

Society of Composers and Lyricists

Aug 2015
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The Society Of Composers & Lyricists is an organization consisting of Hollywood's professional motion picture, Television, and multimedia music composers, songwriters and lyricists, with histories in the art of scoring for motion pictures and television. Many of its members have won or been nominated for Oscars, Emmys and Grammy Awards.

Society of Composers, Inc.

Oct 2012
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SCI is an independent organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition.

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9 Reviews on Thomas K.

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Frank P. Sep 16, 2016
Piano · In home
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Thomas is dependable, patient and serious which is what our son needs to understand there's no goofing around when it's piano class time. Our son thoroughly enjoys his class.
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Mona A. Aug 22, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Thomas is very nice, knowledgeable and serious, I like serious teachers cause I learn more. He has attention to every detail and motivates me to reach my goal :)
Thank you Thomas
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Mia Aug 14, 2015
Piano · In home
Thomas was great; reliable and on time. He was clear with instructions and expectations. My son enjoyed piano with Thomas!
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Sam Aug 12, 2015
Flute · In home
Thomas taught Scarlet (8) flute for 6 months and was fantastic. Scarlet enjoyed the lessons and we wish he hadn't left Seattle. He put in place the building blocks that we hope will lead to Scarlet becoming an accomplished flautist in the coming years. Thanks Thomas!
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Alexandra Aug 3, 2015
Flute · In home
Thomas is a great teacher. He is patient (especially because English is not my first language). I learned a lot with him. I really recommend his class. Hopefully, as soon as possible,I will book more classes! Alexandra Junqueira Tesser.
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Sherry L. Jul 28, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
Thomas was easy to work with, flexible and dependent. He helped my daughter build confidence and develop skills without pressure. He was easy to communicate with and exceeded out expectations. Pleasure to work with.
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Mythu Chiem Jul 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Thomas has been teaching my kids piano for about a year. He comes to our house once a week for two hours each time. Thomas is reliable and punctual. While Thomas is very busy, he has never once been late and he rarely had to reschedule his lessons. Thomas is a serious teacher, and the kids learn a lot from him.
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Isabella Jul 7, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Thomas is great- gets right to the meat of the lesson and makes my daughter want to practice!
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Donna H. Aug 6, 2014
Piano · In studio
Thomas has requested that I write a letter of recommendation on his behalf.
Thomas worked as an instructor for Piano Keys 4 Kids from September 2013 to June 2014. As the owner of Piano Keys 4 Kids, I assigned Thomas with duties as an instructor in an after school enrichment program in several public elementary schools. Specifically, Thomas taught children in grades K-3 the basic fundamentals of the piano using a curriculum developed by Piano Keys 4 Kids. His group class time was approximately 1 hour in length. Based on his college class schedule he accepted as many school assignments as possible.
Over the time that I have known Thomas he has consistently performed his duties with competence. Thomas was not only reliable in attending every class he was assigned, but very prompt in delivering an update on the progress of his classes.
With the depth of Thomas' musical skills, he can be an outstanding piano teacher in both the private and group setting.
While Thomas leaving our company to attend graduate school is a loss to us, I have every confidence that Thomas will thrive in graduate studies as well as in his music instructor endeavors. Thomas is an intelligent and committed individual.
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