Tom Gershwin

Tom G.

Wheat Ridge, CO
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Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Tom delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2002

My goal is to provide insight along your musical path. Brass instruments are challenging, so I help build a structured daily trumpet routine, one 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).

*** 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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Freelance Trumpeter
Jun 2006 - Present

Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2011 - May 2012

Jul 2003 - Jun 2006
United States Army


Masters in Jazz Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2012
BM Jazz Studies
Aug 2006 - May 2010
CU Boulder
Sep 2003 - Feb 2004
US Army Element School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Field Sanitaion
Jul 2005
US Army

Field Sanitation
Jun 2005
US Army

I learned to keep latrines a safe distance from water sources.


Summa Cum Laude
May 2010
CU Boulder
Army Commendation Letter
Jun 2006
US Army

Photos & Videos

Tom Gershwin Sextet
Tom Gershwin Sextet
Inside studio


Photo by Tom G.
Photo by Tom G.
Jazz duo with guitarist Perry Smith, more videos at
Photo by Tom G.

Photo by Tom G.
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18 Reviews

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Travis May 25, 2019
Trumpet · In studio

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!

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Heather Apr 14, 2019
Trumpet · Online

My son Callum says he's 100% certain he's going to get better at trumpet by working with Tom.

Zachary Feb 6, 2019
Trumpet · Online

pam Jan 30, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Michelle Jan 23, 2019
Bugle · Online

Karen .. Nov 26, 2018
Trumpet · Online

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.

Karen .. Aug 8, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Greta Jun 22, 2018
Trumpet · In studio

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.

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pam Jun 2, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Tom has been a very knowledgeable and patient instructor for my son. We appreciate him.

Hunter May 23, 2018
Bugle · Online

My son had his first lesson yesterday and really enjoyed it. He can't wait to start practicing.

Michelle May 22, 2018
Bugle · Online

Ian P. Jan 13, 2018
Trumpet · In studio

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.

David D. Sep 8, 2017
Bugle · Online

Tom has really helped me refine my playing. He is easy to work with and very thorough.

Cary Aug 29, 2017
Bugle · Online

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.

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David D. Aug 5, 2016
Bugle · Online

Thomas is very patient and positive. I have advanced a lot in a short time under his guidance.

Marek Mar 4, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

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.

Katy H. Jun 26, 2015
Trumpet · In studio

Tom is very patient and encouraging with my daughter. We have found him to be a great teacher.

Tom G. Feb 17, 2015
Trumpet · In studio

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

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