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Thomas Mcshane

Thomas M.

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I am a professional musician who can give instruction on many musical styles ranging from Classical to Folk Music from several different countries. All ages are welcome!
As a student, I was involved for many years as a violist with The Louisville Youth Orchestra, I became a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Ky. in 1981 majoring in music and theater. I have since performed in a a broad spectrum of musical involvements including accompanying international folk dance troupes, performing Celtic and traditional music at events in several countries, composing music for, and directing several theatrical productions. At the same time I have been involved in educating children in music in several Community Schools throughout the Eastern U.S.. I now reside in Crestwood, Ky, where where I teach and operate a repair shop out of my home called 'Hewn from the Mountain Music Cafe''. I also perform in the viola section of the Louisville Philharmonia, and have served as as Public Relations Director on the Board of Directors.

*** Lesson Details ***
My objective is to encourage enthusiasm and diligence in my students towards Music and the Performing Arts, focusing on self-esteem, presentation, and public performance. For strings, I incorporate sight reading with ear training using various acclaimed methods modeled after the Suzuki method, which I am in the process of obtaining certification. I value the importance of ensemble playing, and will orchestrate many such activities.

The program has many advantages because it is a completely interactive data sharing system for Teachers, Students and Parents. I believe it will be well worth your investment.

*** Specialties ***
classical, traditional folk, international folk, Israeli folk dance music, popular dance music, others

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  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaching since 1985
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Reviews (14)

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Shawn Jul 12, 2019
Harp · Online

Very accommodating to my scheduling needs when conflicts arose.

Erin Apr 19, 2019
Violin · In home

Tom is very patient with younger students that get distracted easily. One of my children is very interested in learning Irish folk music and Tom is great about helping him explore his interests in music. I love having lessons in home. It's very convient and allows me to keep my toddler entertained while my other children are doing lessons. Lessons are also affordable. I would definitely recommend Tom!

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Kayla Apr 12, 2019
Harp · Online

Tom is an excellent harp teacher! He’s guided me in the right directions on my harp journey, expanded my knowledge of folk music, and helped me with my technical skills.

Li Apr 11, 2019
Violin · In home

My son has been working with Tom for over a year, and we definitely enjoyed the entire process. My son is relatively young (5 when he started), so for us the most important part is to evaluate and inspire his interest with music and violin. Tom did a great job in tailoring his lessons towards my son's interest and learning style, and made the learning process very fun.

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Rayne Dec 11, 2015
Violin · In home

Mr McShane does an excellent job teaching my granddaughter violin She enjoys the lessons and is learning quickly.

Sami Jul 27, 2015
· In studio

I was very blessed to be on of Tom's students for a few years, working along side him in his shop. I was the untraditional student, an apprentice in a world where such students have become lost. Already a seasoned musician, that didn't mean there wasn't room for me to learn from Thomas. He helped teach me how to play his folk harps, as well as make them and repair them. I learned a great deal of folk traditions, and with his help, stepped outside of my classically trained box. Not to mention, his guidance and support actually gave me the confidence to become a performer, well paid at that. He encouraged me in ways most of my musical teachers failed me...all the more reason to praise his abilities because he was able to help me make many breakthroughs despite many bad teachers over the years. My college education was actually in education, and so, i can proudly say, he was also the most excellent teacher in teaching me how to teach. I was able to witness many of his lessons. Thomas is full of patience, love of music, and enthusiasm...all of which foster any student, no matter what the age or curriculum, to do his or her best. The years I spent with Tom will always be years i remember as extreme growth and fond memories.

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B Jul 23, 2015
Violin · In studio

Tom McShane has exposed me to a lot of great folk music from a variety of cultures and time periods. He gets you into playing songs right away. This preserves the joy of making music and gives you a sense of accomplishment . I'd taken instrument lessons in the past where the instructor would get all bogged down in technique and I'd never get to play any music, which destroyed my natural joy and motivation. Now I'm regaining it back, so for that I am very grateful.

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Courtney Jul 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio

He is really fun and loves to teach.

Sylvia Jul 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Tom taught our daughter Guitar for almost one year, she always looked forward to going to her lessons. He is a wonderful teacher

Zoe Jul 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Very personalized experience, worked with my schedule, friendly.

Cathy Jul 23, 2015
Violin · In studio

As an adult student I appreciate his patience with me. He focuses on sight reading as well as learning music by ear. I feel that I've learned much in the almost 3 years that I've been taking lessons. His love of music is contagious:)

Justin Jul 23, 2015
Music Performance · In studio

Always have a fun lesson. Good teacher and would highly recommend

Anonymous Jul 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Musically talented- plays multiple instruments! He is reserved and seems more comfortable with adults.

Megan S. Mar 1, 2014
Guitar ·

Very patient and thorough

Tom is a great teacher! He takes his time to get to know the level of the student. This was my son's (8y.o.) first guitar experience, and he did a great job with starting with the basics. I appreciated how he focuses on form and posture too.

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Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

This was my major instrument of study, and my specialty. I can help with all aspects of viola playing from beginning lessons to tutoring with orchestral or audition material.



Music Teacher
Feb 1987 - Oct 2011

NEK Community Schools


Theater and Music
Aug 1980 - Jun 1982


Music: viola
Aug 1979 - Jun 1982

U of L Music Department



Limited Proficiency

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