Thomas Kresge

Thomas K.

Glendale, CA

About Thomas K.

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Thomas teaches: Ages 3 and up
Teaching since: September 2007
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Overview

No one ever regrets learning an instrument… yet many grow old wishing they had taken music lessons! A talent they’ll be able to develop their entire life, your children will thank you for giving them the chance to learn music. And bonus points for you: after just a couple years, you’ll have free entertainment every Christmas!

Or maybe YOU’RE the one that wishes to learn! It is never too late to begin learning an instrument. Yes, I'm trying to get you to sign up for lessons, and yes I sincerely mean that. Everybody has the ability, and if you’re determined and interested, there’s nothing stopping us from achieving this very special goal. (Interested in learning to compose? Scroll to the bottom to learn more.)

Everybody learns differently, and everybody likes different things. Whether it’s improvising or singing alongside a song you love or reading through a classical concerto, I’ll help prepare you or your child to tackle a wide variety of styles, without missing out on any of the basics that turn good players into phenomenal musicians. We all know it’s not about being the best. It’s about having fun, and playing music well is definitely fun.

Practice makes perfect! Learning an instrument helps build self-confidence and discipline. If your child’s bored, distracted, or just needs a constructive hobby, music is a great place to get them interested in something that will help them feel better about themselves, and the effects will be felt across everything else they do, through better studying habits to a more patient, diligent work ethic.

It’s also relaxing! Stressed about work? Need an escape? Maybe you want to sound like [insert piano player here]. Everybody has the power to learn an instrument. Seriously, there’s no such thing as “talent.” Just start lessons and get practicing! It really is that simple, and I’ll guide you through every step of the way.

I have a diverse background teaching students of all ages, from 3-year-olds to retirees alike, customizing what we learn to the individual student. We’ll learn how to read music just as easily as you read words; improvise and compose music of our own; and feel good playing any style: classical, jazz, rock, and all. My experience as a working musician in films, musical theater, and pop music, as well as classical concert music, allows me to appreciate and teach styles that many other instructors overlook, and I know full well that learning an instrument is not about becoming a professional; it’s about being able to connect to others or oneself through music… and also to just have fun! There’s no need to learn music we don’t like! It’s not about stuffing Beethoven into your kids’ ears… we just want to make music, be that Beethoven or Billy Joel.

Music lasts a lifetime. I know that’s a terrible cliché, but it’s true, and few other skills can claim that. I don’t want to sugarcoat it: it takes time to learn an instrument. It takes practice, and sometimes it’s frustrating. But the results are well worth it, and like a snowball rolling down a hill, the longer you do it, the faster you get… or something like that. There’s a legitimate analogy in there somewhere.

Now get out there and make some music! But start by signing up for lessons. I can’t wait to get started!

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“What’s that chord?” “Why does all my music sound the same?” “How do I fix this voicing?” “I just can’t get it out of my head!” …sound familiar? You’ve probably hit a rut. Or maybe you’re just starting out. Either way, you want your music to sound new, exciting, and to come out exactly how you hear it in your head. Yes… you CAN learn to compose music, you CAN learn to be more creative, and you CAN learn to share your sound with the world.

Film music, classical, jazz… whatever your interest, all music comes from the same place, and by learning a handful of basic concepts, you can apply these to whatever style you’re trying to write. Learning to emulate another musician involves knowing what they’re doing. Learning to create a groundbreaking sound requires that you know what’s already been done, and how to achieve it. Step by step, we’ll work our way there.

We’ll learn how to write cool, interesting chord progressions, how to write beautiful melodies, and how to voice chords. We’ll learn how to control the mood of our music, from making it sound relaxed to adding tension wherever we want. Maybe you’re trying to write for an orchestra, or just a small band. By learning the basics, you can then easily break away from what’s been done and come up with something truly new… the goal of any aspiring composer!

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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

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Jan 2016
ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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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20 Reviews on Thomas K.

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Sridevi K. Dec 10, 2016
Flute · Online
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April Nov 30, 2016
Piano · Online
Thomas is knowledgeable, personable, and most importantly...patient. Highly recommend.
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Rachel Nov 13, 2016
Piano · In home
Thomas is very reliable, knowledgeable, and passionate about what he does. My girls have learned a lot in a short period of time.
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Owen R. Nov 10, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
I'm getting better!!!
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Owen R. Nov 3, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
I'm learning everyday.
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Stephen Nov 3, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
I am 57 years old (no Spring chicken) and came to Thomas for tenor sax lessons. My purpose is to perform and record sax solos for classic rock and blues. Thomas does a great job with understanding my goals and giving me a road map to achieve them. Very patient and intuitive.
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Dimi Nov 3, 2016
Composition · In studio
Thomas has been great at patiently teaching me everything I've been wanting to learn for years, from composition to technique, I highly recommend him!
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Owen R. Oct 27, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
IM IMPROVING!!!
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Owen R. Oct 13, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Thx for the tip!!
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armen T. Oct 10, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Verry good person,verry good teacher,paisont and caring.verry professional
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