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Tom S.
Walnut Creek, California
Take on the joys of playing the classics with a joyous and loving piano instructor
I have wide experience of teaching piano especially to beginners and up to Intermediate Level and I also have great experience with people wishing to return to playing the piano after a break. I make the experience fun and enjoyable .I teach the piano using a variety of musical genres -including classical, popular music and Jazz..We have lots of fun in my lessons, but we make good, consistent progress too.
About Tom S.

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.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

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Teaching since 1979



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Excellent instructor! He is patient and flexible. Determines the learning needs of the student and works accordingly. Honestly appraises progress and helps students excel. Would highly recommend!!

Posted Oct 20, 2021

Mr Tom is Fantastic with my 6.5yr old. Patient, fun, relates well. Adjusts weekly to his skill and schedule (if we didn't get a practice in). Virtual works well...I had my doubts but it is good. Well planned and prepared.

Posted Jun 8, 2021

I had fun. I was only looking to have motivation to practice while I was waiting for my band to start playing together again. He showed relevant and new exercises. I learned new things and gained confidence to play louder. The pieces were fun and a little challenging. He's a good instructor.

Posted Mar 24, 2021
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Music And Special Ed Teacher
Sep 2013 - Jan 2018
LAFSD School District
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.
Sep 1979 - Dec 2003
The Open University, Exeter University , Rolle College of Education and Dartington College of Arts. UK.
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Certificate in Education
Jul 1979
Exeter University. UK
I have fully qualified Teacher Status since 1979
Associated Board of Music( Final)-Brass Instruments
Jul 1976
Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music. UK

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