Tom Sitzler

Tom S.

Bryn Mawr, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
It's one thing to master an instrument, it's a whole other thing to perform it in front of people! I will help you feel confident and give you a set of tools to use for every performance you make!

About Tom S.

I have had a varied background growing up, from being an Eagle Scout, to holding a black belt in Judo.  Growing up in Arizona and being the youngest of three boys from a very musical family, I found classical music and it became my passion. I began with piano at age 9, while also sang in many church musicals.In 2006 I graduated from Northern Arizona University with two degrees: a bachelors in vocal performance and a bachelors in piano/choral education. At NAU, I sang in many operas and piano recitals and spent three months in Germany teaching choir through the Department of Defense.Shortly after, I graduated with a masters in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis. The studies I learned from Wash U catapulted my love for teaching!Recently, I have been teaching out of St. John School of the Arts, where I worked with voice and piano students ages 7-60. All of my students had varying styles, but I was able to help them build a foundation of technique that would allow them to sing with a free and healthy tone in any style.I believe we all have the ability to create music and I can help you discover it!

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal in voice lessons is first and foremost to establish a solid vocal technique.  My philosophy is "singing is simple, but not easy!"  We will focus mostly on two things: breath and space for singing.  This method of teaching is known as "bel canto".  It helps build a strong foundation that then allows you to sing almost any style!  Because everyone is different, we will tailor a set of exercises to fit your needs and will help you build that strong foundation!  Once these principles begin to settle in, we will work on music.  I have a huge library of songs to chose from, but I highly encourage you to bring in your favorite songs. Remember, everyone is different and progresses at different rates, but don't be discouraged! This is not a race, but a life skill that you will continue to master!

In piano, I am classically trained.  Through a series of music books, we will work on music theory, finger dexterity, music history, ear training, eye/hand coordination, and pure enjoyment of making music. Again, everyone is different, but with some outside commitment, you will improve! Classical piano training is a great foundation for all other styles, such as jazz, pop, singer songwriter, country, etc. Piano also helps with in other aspects of your life such as memory, math, history, reading, etc.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a full size keyboard and music stand.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please provide a piano, music books, music stand (if needed), and a lesson book for notes.

*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained baritone specializing in bel canto. I have found this technique to be a great foundation for all styles of singing, from opera to pop. I am also classically trained at the piano. I focus on natural hand positions, note identification, music theory, and ear training. And I have fun doing it!

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Denise
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Tom is a very patient teacher who is supportive yet instructive in his feedback. As a novice I have very much appreciated his ability to see what I need as we move through the lessons. As an educator with over 35 years of experience, I appreciate his ability to connect with me, the student. My lessons have improved my ability and my confidence. Thanks, Tom! See you for another set of lessons

Posted Aug 1, 2019
jia L.
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Tom was my 7-year-old son's piano teacher, he also taught him music theory, he is very professional, also very nice and accommodating, would definitely recommend!

Posted Apr 26, 2019
Brandon
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This man is friendly, nice and patient and he's smart, even talented at his job and works good & hard with students to make sure that they sound the way that they want to.He will never let anyone down and will not make fun of you but only wants to help students accomplish their goals.I recommend taking classes with this man, he's really great.

Posted Dec 24, 2018
Chris L.
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Terrific experience. Common sense and very professional. Good sense of humour as well. CL

Posted Dec 21, 2018
Chris L.
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very helpful and professional guy. I loved the class. CL

Posted Dec 21, 2018
Suzanne
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My daughter takes piano lessons combined with singing lessons with Tom and she absolutely loves it!! Tom is great with kids (my daughter is 6 1/2) and she looks forward to class every week. It is great to see her excited and passionate about learning an instrument. We couldn’t be happier with our teacher selection 😁

Posted May 16, 2018
dean
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I had a great experience in learning the correct mechanics of my instrument and how to use and apply.

Posted Feb 21, 2018
Annie M.
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Tom has been working with our daughter to aid her in understanding the concepts of music theory. He is patient and provides outside material for her to reinforce the concepts they are working on together. He has a passion for teaching music and it is evident in his desire for his students to grow.

Posted Feb 6, 2018
Catherine
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Tom is amazing to work with! He understands how to teach my child how to use his voice as an instrument. He works on vocal techniques and strategies as my son learned foreign language songs, musical and classical pieces. Tom also taught my son musical theory, as well as the tools to play jazz piano. The most helpful extra was preparing him for auditions, solos, and juries.

Posted Jan 23, 2018
Winnie
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We really enjoyed having Tom as our piano teacher. He taught 3 of my kids for 4 years till he moved 😥. He taught them technic, theory and also let my kids choose some fun songs that they wanted to play. He made sure the kids were having fun even though they did have to practice and played some classical songs. My kids have improved alot since they started taking too!

Posted Jan 23, 2018
Noella

I had a singing lesson with Tom and I plan on having another one.He is pleasant to work with and is patient.If you are a beginner with singing you should schedule a class with him because he will help you get techniques and warm ups.

Posted May 14, 2014
Evita

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It was a nice session. Mr. Tom is very friendly. I totally recommend him.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Grisel

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I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this experience. I thought a singing lesson over the internet would be choppy or tinny, but the audio and visual quality was quite good. Tom, the teacher, knew his stuff, too. If I had one change to make it would be to have a way to provide information about my goals/aims of the helpout beforehand. Tom was quite a good opera singer, but I was looking to get some basics on some less lofty stuff. I still learned a couple of good solid concepts as a beginner, but I felt a little embarrassed. Overall, though, 4 stars for the technical quality and knowledge of the teacher.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Staci

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It felt so awkward to sing in front(?) of a stranger but Tom was great! He explained by using the relationship between frequency and sound

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Penelope

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He is very patient and friendly and an amazing teacher! I learned a lot, and look forward to learning more!

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Shalonda

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Tom really helped me out with a solid lesson on notes.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Jennie P.

Skilled, comprehensive and fun piano teacher

We hired Tom to teach piano to our 9-year old--an energetic, creative, and sometimes distracted kiddo who was transitioning from a teacher we absolutely loved (but who was taking a hiatus). Tom has proven to be everything that my son needs: he is thorough, patient, reliable, and challenging. My son loves to compose music and Tom has taken that passion to help him learn theory and push his creative and performance side. Tom has been completely reliable and professional, always on time and communicative. We are truly happy we found him!

Posted Nov 13, 2013

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Experience

Piano and Voice Instructor
Dec 2013 - Dec 2017

Forte Academy of Music

Taught a full studio of piano and voice students. Between 20-40 students depending on the year.

Education

MM in Vocal Performance
Aug 2008 - May 2010

Washington University in St. Louis

BM in Piano/Choral Education
Aug 2001 - Dec 2006

Northern Arizona Universiuty

BM in Vocal Performance
Aug 2001 - Dec 2006

Northern Arizona University

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