Tom Neme
Sterling Heights, MI
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Tom Neme

Tom N.

Sterling Heights, MI
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Helping students to play by ear and to be able to read basic chord charts and beginning and intermediate piano methods along with theory and technique exercises. Special areas include Pop, Rock Jazz and Worship music.

About Tom N.

I have been teaching guitar and piano for many years in the Metro Detroit area. I have also played professionally in many local nightclub and wedding bands as well as having toured with "Bob Seger" as his lead guitarist/writer/vocalist. I have done recording sessions for "Motown" as well as having studied under "Joe Messina", a legendary Motown guitarist with the original "Funk Brothers." I take great pleasure in mentoring, training and equipping students with the necessary musical skills to achieve at the personal and or professional level according to the specific student's interest, desire and goals. I tailor my teaching methods according to the student's ability and musical preference, and can teach most anything from classic rock, to pop, classical, oldies, jazz, etc. Many of my students have gone on to play at the professional level, and one, in particular, has become a music professor at "Berklee School of Music". Another former student plays with the band: "Thirty Seconds To Mars." I have also been able to assist those students who have a desire to introduce vocals while playing their instrument. I am also able to provide personal assistance in songwriting when needed.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very easy to get along with during lessons, however I can provide extra encouragement and motivation the student needs based on their specific goals for taking lessons, whether it be for personal enjoyment or for the purpose of making music their career. I believe that learning music can be fun even as a serious venture, and therefore I incorporate humor when appropriate. The curriculum I use includes: "Berklee, Mel Bay, and Hal Leonard" methods for guitar. For Piano I use "Schaum and Thompson" piano methods as well as Hannon for technique. Additionally, I invite students to suggest personal favorite songs of interest of their choosing as a motivational tool to aid them learning from the music that inspires them. I find this very helpful for students in developing a good ear as well as sparking motivation to practice as they learn from their favorite musical artists in addition to learning the fundamentals of the instrument.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music method books/sheet music etc. Students would need to own and bring their own instrument to lessons. I also provide guitar amplification.

*** Specialties ***
Berklee, Mel Bay, and Hal Leonard blues guitar method's. Schaum piano method. Hannon Technique. Pop, rock and jazz styles.

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Dave B.
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Tom is an excellent teacher. He works great with my daughter. He is very talented and understands music. I highly recommend Tom.

Posted Apr 25, 2020
Chris M.
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Tom is a super nice guy with a great positive attitude and teaching style to match. He has lots of experience both playing and instructing. Two thumbs up!

Posted Jan 17, 2020
Anya
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Tom was absolutely fantastic. He seemed to be genuinely interested in my progress and just as excited as I was about me picking up the piano again - over 20 years since I’d last had lessons - which was an excellent motivator. I may have gone home and practices for a few hours. I look forward to continuing my lessons with him.

Posted Nov 5, 2019
David
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Tom was great during the first piano lesson. He was well prepared with materials to present to my son, who's taken other musical instruction for a couple of years in guitar & drums. He was able to assess his abilities, and work the lesson up to his ability within the first hour. My son enjoyed the interactive lesson!

Posted Apr 2, 2019
Jason
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Tom is very knowledgeable and supportive! I'm very happy with the pace of the lessons and the learning material he has provided is excellent. I'd recommend him to anyone!

Posted Feb 18, 2019
Nadine
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I was searching for a piano teacher that can put me back on track after I left playing the piano for a 19 years and I found Tom to be the one. I highly recommend him.

Posted Nov 11, 2017
Lilith
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Tom is patient, kind, and well experienced. It's clear that he's instructed many people before, and is skilled with laying out a lesson plan and providing positive reinforcement. I've played guitar for a number of years, but I've learned a lot from just four sessions.

Posted Nov 2, 2017
Justin
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Great experience! Great teacher!

Posted Oct 15, 2017
Bill Minjoe
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Tom was my guitar teacher at the Conservetory of music on gratiot in1966' ,for twenty quick lessons of Beatles songs! Great experience, think he was playing at the Drum Beat on 8 mile ! Seen him checking out the Yardbirds at the state fair in 66'😃🎸

Posted Aug 8, 2017
Francine
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Chris is having a great time and learning fast. I like his teacher. He is very good.

Posted Aug 2, 2017
Shane
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Tom was great! My 10 year old son enjoys the lessons 🙂

Posted Jul 27, 2017
Jerome
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Tom is great. He takes time with you and answers all your questions. I can see him being the right teacher for me. I would highly recommend Tom to anyone with or without experience!

Posted May 13, 2017
WARD M.
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Tom is an excellent instructor that obviously loves teaching. I cant wait to see how these lessons help me to develop my Guitar skills

Posted Mar 23, 2017
dan
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very good first lesson. I have a lot of practicing and learning ahead of me and feel confident Tom can help me. Very nice man and experience. Takes his time to teach at present student's level and patient. Looking forward toward further lessons.

Posted Feb 9, 2017
Allan S.
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very helpful for first lesson ever

Posted Jan 17, 2017
Tyler
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My son said he was a great teacher and already has a better understanding after lesson 1. looking forward to learning more.

Posted Jan 6, 2017
Tony M.
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Outstanding instructor, makes learning guitar fun. Toms angreat guy with a wealth of experience. Highly recommend

Posted Dec 14, 2016
Mikaela B.
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An enticing experience. Tom's enthusiasm for teaching guitar, his passion for music, and rich experience doubled by an encouraging smile are an inspiration for any student.

Posted Nov 3, 2016
Christine B.
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Had my first lesson today and loved it. Tom instantly knew what I need to learn. Looking forward to many more lessons with Tom.

Posted Sep 17, 2016
Anthony Licari
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It was a great experience.

Posted Jan 27, 2016
Darryl L.
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He is patient and very knowledgeable!

Posted Aug 4, 2015
Jason Jay
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It was a great first lesson. I'm excited to learn more.

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Stephanie C.
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Tom N. is amazing!! He is an excellent instructor for my 14 year old daughter...really knows how to teach/guide and takes his time with my daughter. He is so talented and such a nice guy, I am very glad that I chose Tom. My daughter is extremely happy and the progress she has made is outstanding. Tom N. is above and beyond what we expected. An amazing guitarist and instructor. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone looking to learn from the best!!

Posted Jun 4, 2015

Experience

Guitarist, Keyboardist, Vocalist
Apr 1980 - Sep 1988

The People's Choice Orchestra

Education

Music Theory and Piano
Jan 1973 - Jan 1975

Wayne State Unifersity

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Jun 1970
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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