Tom Sanchez

Tom S.

Encinitas, CA

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Tom delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 7+ and males 8+

Teaching since:
June 1987

Tom has been teaching private lessons since 1987 and is currently available to teach lessons at his studio in Encinitas, CA. He has helped many students exceed their expectations not only as guitarists, but as very well rounded musicians.

Tom received his training at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) in 1987 where he received a degree in Music specializing in Music Production and Engineering. As an expert in his field, he looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.

Tom's versatility as a live performer has brought him into opening slots for the following major headlining acts:


*The Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC
*Central Park, NYC
*and more

L.L. Cool J & Jewel
*Presidential Inaugural Ball - Bill Clinton

Isaac Hayes
Boz Scaggs
Collective Soul
Huey Lewis and the News
Maceo Parker
They Might Be Giants
Lyle Lovett
Ratdog (Bob Weir)
Chaka Khan
Los Lobos
Ben Harper

Jazz & Acid Jazz:

George Benson
Charlie Hunter
Michael Brecker
Roy Haynes Trio
Count Basie Orchestra
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Wayne Shorter


B.B. King
Jonny Lang
Buddy Guy
Koko Taylor
Lonnie Mack
Etta James
…and many more

In the studio, Tom has recorded on countless TV & Radio commercials including:

State Farm
Ford Motor Co.
Miller Brewing Co.
…and many many more.

Tom has also played on many CDs receiving local and international acclaim. In 2001 Tom garnered a GRAMMY NOMINATION for his work with the Chicago based band Liquid Soul.

He has written and performed on music for TV and has even recorded on a few tracks that have hit the Billboard charts.

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BA Music
Sep 1983 - May 1987
Berklee College of Music
Bachelors of Music
Sep 1983 - May 1987
Berklee College of Music
Bachelors of Music
Sep 1983 - May 1987
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Grammy Nomination
Feb 2001
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)

Photos & Videos

Jamming with the band JAMBONE at a major music festival in Illinois.

Performing before thousands at a festival in Atlanta, GA.

Performing "Mi Casa es su Casa" live at a friend's casa in SoCal.
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10 Reviews

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Kathy Jan 13, 2018
Ukulele · In studio

Loved it. Loved it. Such fun.

Grace Jul 24, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Tom is an outstanding instructor, professionally gifted, most helpful and very personable.

Michael Jul 11, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Tom's a really nice and patient teacher. Great for beginners and very knowledgeable.

Emily Jul 11, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Tom is a great Ukulele teacher for my 10 year old son! He's is super patient and truly knows the instrument and how to teach it. I highly recommend Tom!

Robert (Bob) Jul 10, 2017
Guitar · In home

Knowledgeable and able to teach at my slow pace ;-)

Jolene Mar 12, 2017
Blues Guitar · In studio

Tom is an incredible instructor with an intuitive feel for what you are trying to accomplish in guitar playing. Takes his time to thoroughly explain music concepts and theory without making it too heavy, and has an ability to push you to the next level without overwhelming you. Thanks tom, hope to be back at lessons soon!

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James P. Jul 31, 2016
Blues Guitar · In studio

Hey. I thought I had to click one star at a time to get to all of them. Tom was great! Change my rating to 5 STARS.

Chris P. Jun 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Great first start.

Remy S. Apr 3, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Tom is fantastic! Teaches two of my children and they come out of their lessons beaming!

Dave P. Oct 14, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Tom S.

For the two years that I took guitar lessons with Tom S. I found that he possessed a real sensitivity to what I, the student, wanted to do musically. Tom often went out of his way to find supplemental material to augment the learning experience. If I wanted to learn something a bit beyond my capability he'd find a way for me to build to the next skill level without ever discouraging me. Proper technique was always stressed and the payoff was worth it. His respect for the music and the craft of guitar playing is something that impresses me still.

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