Tom Stone

Tom S.

Walnut Creek, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach trumpet to absolute beginners right through to advanced. I aim to make the lessons enjoyable and fun , but i also will make sure that all my pupils make good and steady progress. I have been playing and teaching brass instruments for over thirty years
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Tom delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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.

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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.

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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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11 Reviews

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Suzy Jan 27, 2018
Piano · In studio

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!

Kelly M. Jan 19, 2018
Piano · In studio

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.

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Wendell Jan 18, 2018
Piano · In studio

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!!

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Wendell May 16, 2016
Piano · In studio

I'm a beginner and Tom is an excellent instructor. Very patient and personable.

Lord Lorenzo D. Apr 27, 2016
Piano · In home

We love him! he is a great piano teacher :]

Bonnie Apr 19, 2016
Piano · Online

All went well except for the iPhone connection (the technical aspect of it).

Alexis Apr 5, 2016
Piano · In studio

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!

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george Mar 31, 2016
Piano · In home

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

Allie M. Mar 24, 2016
Piano · In studio

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.

Kin Y. Dec 4, 2015
Euphonium · Online

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!

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Kin Y. Mar 29, 2015
Euphonium · Online

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.

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