Thomas Trotter

Thomas T.

10 Reviews
Atlanta, GA

About Thomas T.

Thomas teaches: Ages 10 and up
Teaching since: May 2008
Last sign in: More than two months


Would you like to maximize the potential for your child or for yourself to develop as a vocalist and as an artist? Why not learn from a seasoned professional? I am a professional singer, having performed over the past 20 years with opera companies, orchestras, and theater companies across the United States and in Europe. I love music and I love performing. What I also l love, in fact am passionate about, is helping others to find the richness that comes from learning about music and about performing. I love seeing that sparkle in the eye when one of my students masters that tough song. I love celebrating with a student when he or she gets that vocal scholarship to college, or makes All-State Chorus, or gives a brilliant recital!
I hold a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia, and have also spent two summers studying at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. In addition I spent two years apprenticing with Florida Grand Opera in Miami and one season apprenticing with Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY.
I have sung leading roles with numerous opera companies across the country, including New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Washington National Opera, Atlanta Opera, New York Opera Project, Minnesota Opera, Arizona Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, and Opera Theater of Saint Louis, among many others. I have performed as soloist with orchestras in Atlanta, New York, Birmingham, Anchorage, Flagstaff, upstate New York, and in Paris, France; Chartres, France; Graz, Austria; and Maribor, Slovenia. I've also begun to branch out into musical theater in cities like Atlanta, Toledo, and Shreveport.
I'm certainly not only interested in opera and classical music. I love jazz and rock and pop and Broadway. One thing I've learned from singing everywhere from on stage at Lincoln Center to the neighborhood karaoke venue is that regardless of the genre, the basic technique is the same! I have students who would love to perform on the world's stages. Some, however, would prefer to make their way on Broadway. Some want to sharpen their talents to become the next "American Idol". The great thing about singing at a very high level is that regardless of the type of music, the basics are the same. I can help you or your child develop to the greatest potential. And with a solid technique, you will be able to perform even when you may not be at your best!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each of your lessons with me is tailored to what your goals are. We'll work on proper breathing, good tone production, and confident performance technique. I use several effective vocal exercises to develop these techniques, and I will help to guide you in making good choices in repertoire that you wish to work on.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are in the living room, one wall is all mirrors, piano

*** Specialties ***
The thing about singing well regardless of genre -- classical, jazz, Broadway, pop, country -- is that it is all based on the one thing, and that one thing is a solid technique. Having a 20-year career as a performing classical singer, my knowledge of classical music is more extensive than, say, my knowledge of country. However, since the basic technique for all genres is centered on good breath control and support, I can help you or your child regardless of the type of music that is desired to be studied.

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10 Reviews on Thomas T.

Cecilia F. Apr 17, 2014
Verified Student
Happy mother

Thomas is wonderful! My daughter's singing ability has already improved after 10 lessons. She has some social interaction delays due to her disability. Thomas caught it right away and instead of shying away from it we had an in depth conversation and he contacted other instructors to ascertain how to best work with this population. Not only is her singing improved but her self confidence. He gets 10 stars in my book for doing that. He is professional and caring. I could right an essay about how great he is but find out for yourself if you are interested in quality voice lessons.
Bill S. Dec 22, 2013
Verified Student
Voice lessons for singing

The lessons have exceeded my wildest expectations! I never expected that, after reaching retirement age, I would be able to improve as much and as rapidly as I have since starting in August. He has a vast array of techniques at his command to teach the lesson.
Nathan S. Oct 2, 2013
Verified Student

Apart from having pitch-perfect hearing and a knack for knowing exactly (seriously, exactly) where one needs to improve, Thomas also has a genuine care for his students' well-being away from the studio.

His depth of music knowledge (and architecture, and gardening, and cooking) is continually impressive, and he imparts his teachings with passion, patience, and understanding.

I was a nails-on-a-chalkboard-voice beginner, so I don't know exactly what it would be like for an advanced student. But he certainly helped me improve quickly, and I have no doubt he could do the same for pretty much everybody, regardless of skill level.
ArtreceJ Jul 8, 2012
can you say Great?!

Thomas is a great instructor. You can tell that he loves his craft. The thing about him is that he wants you to succeed. I have enjoyed my time so far as his student and am very glad to say that I am learning a lot.
SashaP Jul 2, 2012
Thomas is incredible!

I could only take two lessons from Thomas because I was just passing through Atlanta. However, I feel that those two lessons were priceless. He made spot-on comments on my technique as well as great pointers for my expression in my arias and on my French diction. For him, I wish I could have stayed in Atlanta.
JohnM8 Jun 7, 2012
The Best Of The Best!

Thomas is an amazing teacher, and a great person. Very understanding, very patient, and makes lessons fun overall. He always knows exactly what to do when I run into problems, and comes up with the best ways to overcome difficulties.. HIGHLY recommended to anyone, whether it be a fun venture, or if you're serious about becoming a great vocalist!
NathanS1 May 24, 2012
Fantastic teacher as well as human being. That's about all you can ask for.
BonnieB Apr 1, 2012
Tommie is such an amazing person and teacher! After my first lesson I immediately extended my lessons to a full hour! He has a way of making you feel comfortable and connected to the realization of making singing happen! So much he has taught me in a very short period! Highly recommend him if you're looking in the midtown area! Or his worth the drive!
KellyK Mar 28, 2012
True professional !!

One of the most helpful and professional voice teacher. He is a professional vocalist and an experienced teacher !! He is such a kind person and genuinely cares a lot about his students. Highly recommend !! He is wonderful.
JudyK Feb 21, 2012

This is so much fun! Thomas is a great instructor and has me believing that I can actually sing. My husband and I are taking lessons together. I know this is challenging for Thomas as an instructor but he adapts his teaching style for both of us and we have found a great bonding experience. Highly recommended for other empty nesters!