Tom Stone
Walnut Creek, CA
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Tom S.

Walnut Creek, CA
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i have over thirty years experience of playing and teaching the Trombone and also the other valved brass instruments.We work hard in my lessons, but also have fun,plus we get to study the Trombone by playing and learning a variety of different types of music, which is geared to your own tastes and interests.

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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23 Reviews
Donna Montavon
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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 7, 2021
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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 23, 2021
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Tom is amazing teacher .Highly recommended

Posted Jan 30, 2021
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He help me really understand the notes of an instrument and he was great, I really recommend him

Posted Jul 13, 2020
Robert M.
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Tom is patient yet pushed me in the direction I wanted to go. Just the right amount of push for me.

Posted Jul 6, 2020
Roman C.
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My 10 enjoyed his first lesson very much. Mr. Tom’s experience helps the beginner to feel very relaxed and not afraid to mess up.

Posted Jun 22, 2020
Jayden C.
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Very patient.

Posted Jun 22, 2020
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Hello Tom,
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!
Thanks again!

Posted Aug 21, 2018
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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.

Posted Aug 18, 2018
Steve S.
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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.

Posted Jun 15, 2018
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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.

Posted Apr 23, 2018
Diana Diehl
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Tom was very friendly and very willing to accommodate my very particular ideas about how to proceed and what music I wanted to play.

Posted Mar 17, 2018
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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!

Posted Jan 27, 2018
Kelly M.
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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.

Posted Jan 19, 2018
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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!!

Posted Jan 18, 2018
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I'm a beginner and Tom is an excellent instructor. Very patient and personable.

Posted May 16, 2016
Lord Lorenzo D.
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We love him! he is a great piano teacher :]

Posted Apr 27, 2016
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All went well except for the iPhone connection (the technical aspect of it).

Posted Apr 19, 2016
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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!

Posted Apr 5, 2016
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tom does a great job with our 7yr old grandson .for about a year now. we highly recommend him.

Posted Mar 31, 2016
Allie M.
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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.

Posted Mar 24, 2016
Kin Y.
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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!

Posted Dec 4, 2015
Kin Y.
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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.

Posted Mar 29, 2015

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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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