- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5 to 80 and special needs
- Teaching since:
- September 1979
I am a very experienced and fully qualified music and instrumental teacher, with over 30 years of experience. I am a experienced performer in both playing, singing and conducting too. Making and very importantly enjoying music is my passion.
I have taught brass instruments right through from beginners to pupils at music college.
I also teach music theory, music history and some composition and arranging. I also play and teach the piano
I am also a very experienced teacher of pupils with Special Education issues
Whether you want to study music seriously or just for fun , I am the teacher for you.I promise you stimulating and enjoyable lessons, but I will also help you make good and rapid progress.
Although originally from the UK I now live and teach in Contra Costa , California. I have also been Head of music in various Schools in the UK and have taught piano and all the brass instruments for over thirty years there. I also sing in choirs and played in orchestra, wind bands and big bands.I hold a music degree and a Grade eight -Final- in playing brass instruments from the Royal Schools of Music, London, UK.+ Read More
I have fully qualified Teacher Status since 1979
Thank you for your email. I would like to let you know that Ala is really interested in learning Piano. Last week, she had some difficulties with rhythm. We always encourage her to play the Piano and we say to her that it is ok, if sometimes she cannot play very well. So, we(especially Ala) really want to continue learning the Piano for a year.
She stated to practice Piano every day for 30 minutes! She only needs to be encouraged!
Tom is a great instructor! He is very patient and engaging during lessons. Tom also plays various brass instruments as accompaniment during the lesson to demonstrate how notes should sound. Overall, I think the personalized attention and support Tom provides helps support my son’s playing. My son says he enjoys his lessons because it's fun, and he feels that he is continually improving his technique and gaining more confidence in his trumpet playing.+ Read More
I am starting over from scratch with trumpet. Tom is helping me to rebuild and strengthen that foundation, develop good habits and skills with meaningful exercises and great learning materials. In just a few lesson I feel I have made great progress while enjoying myself immensely. Tom's lessons are a delightful experience; I alway leave them feeling very energized and refreshed. My favorite part of our lesson is when we play duets together. Tom plays his Euphonium, I love the sound of that instrument, while I play trumpet; these duets sound just heavenly. I do not have enough good things to say about this instructor, other than I am simply delighted with the experience. Thank you Tom. -s.+ Read More
Tom is great to work with. The first lesson was a very enjoyable experience where I really learned a lot and received some great tips and advice in the short span of just one hour. If you know anyone who has been procrastinating and putting off taking lessons, force them to take a lesson with Tom. They will thank you. -Steve S.+ Read More
Tom was very friendly and very willing to accommodate my very particular ideas about how to proceed and what music I wanted to play.
Our son has been taking piano lessons from Tom for a year and it has made a huge difference. Tom is very knowledgeable, personable, and has lots of patience for my inquistive 8 years old!
Tom has been a wonderful piano teacher for our two children. He is patient & helps them progress at a steady rate. He makes learning fun while ensuring they have good technique and understanding at each level. My son hadn’t enjoyed lessons from past instructors, but now looks forward to his lessons with Tom.+ Read More
I've been taking lessons with Tom for almost 2 years. I can't imagine a better instructor. He's very knowledgeable, friendly, extremely patient, and passionate about music. Our weekly lessons keep me motivated and on track. Thanks so much, Tom!!+ Read More
I'm a beginner and Tom is an excellent instructor. Very patient and personable.
We love him! he is a great piano teacher :]
All went well except for the iPhone connection (the technical aspect of it).
Great piano instructor! He's very flexible with your schedule and knowledgeable about all genres, including pop, jazz, and classical. Tom will work to understand what your goals are and then will tailor his lessons so you accomplish them. As with all piano lessons, you get out of them what you put in (practice makes perfect!), but Tom will help you to see improvement almost immediately even if you do not have the most consistent home practice schedule. I highly recommend him!+ Read More
tom does a great job with our 7yr old grandson .for about a year now. we highly recommend him.
Tom is very patient and friendly with my two children (10 & 12). He is encouraging, and makes learning fun. They really enjoy having him as their instructor.
My son has been taking euphonium lesson with Tom for 10 months now. He really enjoys the lessons. Tom's knowledgeable about music is beyond just instrument and skill teaching. He carefully selects the songs that my son likes to keep his motivated. He is always trying to help whenever we have questions. He offered to go to music store together to select instrument with us; he passed along local music events information; he researched on tips and suggestions to play brass instrument with braces after my son had braces on...Tom is an excellent teacher. Thank you Tom!+ Read More
My son is taking online Euphonium lessons with Tom. He really likes Tom. He is always looking forward to the session. Tom is an excellent teacher. He is very patient and his instruction is very clear. I highly recommend him.