Tom Cross

Thomas C.

Saint Paul, MN

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Tom delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+

Teaching since:
February 1988

A love of music began in the third grade. I started on a silver metal clarinet and have not stopped playing. I am a musician, composer, arranger and performer. I hold a B.A. in music and have taught in the schools for 28 years. I bring extensive knowledge and humor to my teaching. I enjoy working with all age levels and pride myself on being intensely positive.

*** Lesson Details ***
The focus of music lessons is to overcome problems and increase skill and enjoyment in performance. I always want to focus on what was done well and carefully work on skills that will increase enjoyment. I will play with you to model and help you self correct as you learn musical concepts and musicianship. We will use method books for fundamentals and supplement with music that interest the students. After a time students will learn skills needed to perform a wider range of music

*** Studio Equipment ***
Most instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide an instrument, method book, stand and supplies for that instrument. I will bring an instrument to play along and model.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly and Orff methods

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Band and Vocal Music Teacher
Sep 1987 - Present
Minneapolis, Blommington and Saint Paul Public schools

I have been a Music Educator for 28 years with a wide range of experience which allow me to focus on the needs of the individual to learn music and contribute to an ensemble.


Bachelor of Arts in music
Jun 1976 - Jul 1984
Sonoma State Unversity


Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Association for Music Education
Jun 2000

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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25 Reviews

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Elizabeth M. Oct 11, 2018
Piano · In studio

I am very pleased with Thomas as my piano lesson instructor; I learned a lot on my first day.

Lindsey .. Sep 28, 2018
Piano · In home

My girls love having lessons with Tom! They love his sense of humor and because he makes music lessons fun, they want to practice during the week.

Joseph Aug 28, 2018
Singing · In studio

Very professional and fun! Tom’s singing lessons use techniques to make all aspects of singing better. Would definitely recommend!

Alex Q. Jun 29, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

Tom always delivers. The man is music made human.

Manny Jan 1, 2018
Piano · In studio

Tim is an expect at both music and teaching. He is personable and very good at teaching my son respect, and piano.

Simeon H. May 21, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

My grandson is 8. He dreams about learning to play the trumpet. Today was his first lesson from Mr. Tom Cross. The lesson was delivered perfectly at his level. With positive reinforcement. Clear direction. Humor. All the way home my grandson smiled!

Jennifer M. May 12, 2016
Piano · In studio

Highly Recommended teacher. The teacher's flexibility, calm but firm demeanor and ability to relate to the student is awesome.

Angelina May 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

He is an excellent teacher, fun and well knowledgeable

Mohamed A. May 5, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Tom is an awesome instructor, my first lesson just encouraged me more to keep learning.

Neil Hill Apr 22, 2016
Drum · In studio

Very good and detailed instructor.

Mary V. Aug 22, 2015
Piano · In home

Tom is a wonderful piano teacher! He knows music, is an experienced teacher, and has a great sense of humor. I learned so much from Tom starting at the very first lesson. He was very patient with my slow pace, was encouraging, and made learning fun.

Griffin S. Jun 4, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

My son seemed to really enjoy his first lesson with Tom. Looking forward to more!

Jennifer M. Jan 21, 2015
Piano · In studio

Tom is wonderful, patient and understanding. My daughter is really enjoying working with him. We are confident that with his guidance and instruction she will reach her goals.

Barb W. Feb 10, 2014
Singing ·

Vocal lessons with Tom

Tom is a great teacher. He is very encouraging and gives great advice on how to improve. Without his encouragement I do not think I would have tried out for the community choir. I made it through the audition and am back singing with a great group of people.

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Tricia B. Dec 10, 2013
Singing ·


Tom is a great teacher.. I have learned so much from him! I have auditions to be on the voice this jan and he has made me so much better since I started .. I recommend him! He is also such a wonderful person! And has faith in everyone!

Jo-Ann W. May 16, 2013
Clarinet ·

My music teacher is excellent

I am very glad to have found and connected with Thomas Cross. After a long absence from playing the clarinet, I joined a community band. Mr. Cross is an outstanding music teacher who has helped me to become a better clarinet player. He understands what is needed for me to progress.

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DevyaniR Jul 25, 2012

He is great!!!!

I like the teaching style of Mr Thomas and his sincerity.Unfortunately the studio is too far from the place I stay, and also I would be out of town for sometime. So I had to cancel the class.I will like to resume my sons class with Mr Thomas as soon as possible.Also " He looks far more good looking than this photo :) "Thank you Mr Thomas!Devyani (Adamya's mother)

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DavidW1 Feb 20, 2012

Tom knows his stuff

It was a good learning experience, I still need to get myself a trap set!

LauraR Dec 29, 2011

A great piano and clarinet teacher!

Tom teaches piano and clarinet to my boys, age 9 and 12. He is a great teacher for them. He has a son their age and really knows how to handle them! They have learned more from him than from previous teachers and they have fun at their lessons, too. Highly recommended.

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JoanneW Dec 1, 2011

Thomas's review

Thoms is very helpful in suggesting how to improve my tone and fingering. It is very helpful when he plays along with me. I enjoy his relaxed personality.

WadeW Mar 20, 2011

I can understand the direction Thomas is taking me, I can tell (feel) when I am doing something right so he does a good job of explaining what he is trying to accomplish

KellyI Dec 20, 2010

My DD has appreciated her lessons with Thomas for percussion. He has an easy going light-hearted personality. She looks forward to her lesson time each week. He also provides her insight of the "fun" things she can look forward to with a bit more experience down the road.

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PatriciaS2 Oct 16, 2010

Having fun

Lots of good information and lots of humor makes lessons useful and fun.SOmetimes I wish I was playing with another trumpet rather than the sax.

BethM3 Aug 10, 2010

Feedback for Thomas

Thomas,best of luck with your studies and lessons going forward. thanks for your time.

JulieY Jul 8, 2010

The kids love Thomas, he makes them comfortable and eager to learn! He has great patience!

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