Tom Gershwin
Colchester, VT
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Tom Gershwin

Tom G.

Colchester, VT
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Emphasizing studies in jazz and improvisation, I have gladly devoted the past 20 years of my life to understanding this wonderful instrument.

Full Bio:

Tom Gershwin is a trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. His projects explore the balance between well crafted compositions and freedom of expression. In 2018, Tom released "Our Season", which was funded in part by the Pathways to Jazz Grant. Tom has recorded two other jazz albums: “Sweet Pastimes”, an intimate duo project featuring classic standards, and “Live at Mighty Fine”, an adventurous quintet performing collaborative compositions and improvisations.

In 2015, Tom was selected to be in KUVO’s 30 under 30 series, which featured young musicians contributing to the jazz scene in Colorado. Tom has performed and/or recorded with The Temptations, The Revivalists, John Batiste, Father John Misty, Chris Potter, One Republic, DeVotchKa, Opiuo, Leftover Salmon, Juno winner Jayme Stone, and Portugal. The Man at venues including Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Blue Note, and City Park Jazz.

About Tom G.

Emphasizing studies in jazz and improvisation, I have gladly devoted the past 25 years of my life to understanding this wonderful instrument.

As a teacher, my goal is to provide insight along your musical path. To approach the challenge of learning trumpet, I build individualized daily trumpet routines that grows as you develop.

In addition to preparing for performances and auditions, I encourage spending time on your favorite songs, and enjoy learning with them with you (often by transcribing the material).

Full Bio:

Tom Gershwin is a trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. His projects explore the balance between well crafted compositions and freedom of expression. In 2018, Tom released "Our Season", which was funded in part by the Pathways to Jazz Grant. Tom has recorded two other jazz albums: “Sweet Pastimes”, an intimate duo project featuring classic standards, and “Live at Mighty Fine”, an adventurous quintet performing collaborative compositions and improvisations.

In 2015, Tom was selected to be in KUVO’s 30 under 30 series, which featured young musicians contributing to the jazz scene in Colorado. Tom has performed and/or recorded with The Temptations, The Revivalists, John Batiste, Father John Misty, Chris Potter, One Republic, DeVotchKa, Opiuo, Leftover Salmon, Juno winner Jayme Stone, and Portugal. The Man at venues including Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Blue Note, and City Park Jazz.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/piano, trumpet, and optional seating for parents (see photos below)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music, accessories (tuner, metronome, portable speakers), and books. I can bring an extra trumpet for beginners.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet- Caruso Method, breathing exercises, and other mechanics depending on student level.
Improvisation- Theory, ear training, free play, jazz standards.

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Dayton
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Very patient with every one of my mistakes. I am excited to keep learning the bugle after my first lesson.

Posted Jan 11, 2020
Alec
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Exactly what you want in an instructor: knowledgeable, patient, and supportive!

Posted Nov 2, 2019
Travis
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As an adult learner who plays multiple instruments, I’ve had every type of teacher you can imagine. It’s always a struggle to find a teacher able to work with the unique requirements of being an adult with adult obligations and time constraints.

Tom, as it turns out, is that rare teacher able to not just handle these unique requirements, but is also fantastic at finding and focusing on knowledge gaps, whether it be playing, theory, tone, or anything else I throw at him.

Prior to taking lessons with Tom, I had barely held a trumpet, and I’m progressing at a rate far faster than I had imagined I would.

So don’t bother looking elsewhere, Tom is who you need!

Posted May 25, 2019
Heather
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My son Callum says he's 100% certain he's going to get better at trumpet by working with Tom.

Posted Apr 14, 2019
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Posted Jan 30, 2019
Michelle
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Posted Jan 23, 2019
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My 13 year old son has been taking lessons from Tom for several months now. He has improved a lot and has grown a greater interest in learning trumpet music and listening to popular trumpet players.

Posted Nov 26, 2018
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Posted Aug 8, 2018
Greta
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My teenage son was skeptical about taking private trumpet lessons. But to my surprise he seem to be enjoying them so far. I think Tom is a great teacher. According to my son, he is a very good listener and provides good feedback on what he needs to improve on. It is definitely worth an hour drive each way.

Posted Jun 22, 2018
Pam
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Tom has been a very knowledgeable and patient instructor for my son. We appreciate him.

Posted Jun 2, 2018
Hunter
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My son had his first lesson yesterday and really enjoyed it. He can't wait to start practicing.

Posted May 23, 2018
Michelle
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Posted May 22, 2018
Ian P.
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Tom is an amazing person, super patient and positive. My 13 year old wants to join his school band next year so we were lucky to find Tom. He’s in a great location and easy to get to.

Posted Jan 13, 2018
David D.
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Tom has really helped me refine my playing. He is easy to work with and very thorough.

Posted Sep 8, 2017
Cary
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Tom was AWESOME! I had a heck of a time finding someone who actually teaches Bugle. I have only had one lesson with Tom however, I am very excited to continue with him. Tom did not rush anything, he didnt watch the clock, he actually wanted to do more playing than talking about this form, music theory etc. etc. I had experienced with other Teachers. Everyone wants to start playing "something" as soon as possible and Tom dove right in to playing or trying to get me to play, HaHa in just the first 20min.

Posted Aug 29, 2017
David D.
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Thomas is very patient and positive. I have advanced a lot in a short time under his guidance.

Posted Aug 5, 2016
Marek
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Thomas is a kind and patient teacher for our son. This is our first experience with music lessons with our child, and so far we are very pleased with the experience. We look forward to learning and growing with Thomas as our instructor.

Posted Mar 4, 2016
Katy H.
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Tom is very patient and encouraging with my daughter. We have found him to be a great teacher.

Posted Jun 26, 2015
Tom G.
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I've had many teachers in the past who only taught me how to perform well with the emphasis on technicality and repeptition; however, Tom created space for me to appreciate each and every bar rather than focusing on finishing a song. As a student who has become well-adjusted to structure, I learned the beauty of improvisation informed by theory through Tom. He is attentive, passionate, and always makes sure I got the concept he's teaching. He has a rare gift of creating such an intimate, peaceful environment where I can feel at ease and really thrive in playing music. It was in these calm moments my passion for jazz sparked more and more. I'm truly thankful to have had Tom as my mentor/teacher.
-JL, student at NYU. May 2012

Posted Feb 17, 2015

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Experience

Faculty
Jan 2019 - Present

Red Rocks Community College

Trumpet and general music instruction for the college.

Freelance Trumpeter
Jun 2006 - Present

NYC/Colorado

Faculty
Nov 2017 - Jan 2020

Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts

Write and arrange music, explore group improvisation and jazz language with students. Ensembles perform at the end of each 10 week cycle.

Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2011 - May 2012

NYU

Musician
Jul 2003 - Jun 2006

United States Army

Education

Masters in Jazz Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2012

NYU

BM Jazz Studies
Aug 2006 - May 2010

CU Boulder

Music
Sep 2003 - Feb 2004

US Army Element School of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Field Sanitation
Jun 2005

US Army

I learned to keep latrines a safe distance from water sources.
Land Navigation
Jul 2004

United States Army

Land Navigation is the discipline of following a route through unfamiliar terrain on foot or by vehicle, using maps with reference to terrain, a compass, and other navigational tools. This means I'll be adept at finding students homes :-)

Awards

Summa Cum Laude
May 2010

CU Boulder

Army Commendation Letter
Jun 2006

US Army

Affiliations

ASCAP
Jun 2018
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.
Army Bands Program
Jul 2003
Army Bands provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our soldiers the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad.

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