Thomas Barreto

Thomas B.

Chicago, IL
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Teaching Locations:
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Profile-location-home Student's Home
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a Brazilian guitar player who started by playing blues and rock on the electric guitar, and then moved into Samba, Bossa Nova and fingerstyle on the nylon-string guitar. Today, I play mostly Latin styles and a little bit of Flamenco. I also have a year of conservatory training under my belt, as well as a background in West African percussion, and culminate all of these styles together as a composer.

As a teacher, I cater to your aptitude and your goals and make sure that you are having fun while you grow. That means learning actual repertoire of music that you want to study. Some students want more music theory than others: and that's totally fine! But I like to always have a song as a context to study that theory. Afterall, we want to use theory to actually make music!

About Thomas B.

My name is Tomas. I am a Brazilian-American polyglot musician and language instructor. I play music and teach English/Portuguese for a living, and have been doing so for the past 7 years! I also learned Spanish and French through music, so I know a lot about those languages and the styles of music where those languages are spoken. As a professional musician, I play and sing Samba and Bossa Nova, and perform with my original project, a band called 'Seres de Luz' (Beings of Light). In this project I blend styles of music from all over Latin America.

I take a holistic approach to education by bringing awareness to the body, and combine the nuances of oral transmission with the concreteness of western notation and the wisdom of tradition. I inspire growth in my students by challenging their technical abilities, bringing socio-historical awareness to the music, and always teaching through the heart space to ensure they never lose sight of their joy during the learning process.


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Jan 2018 - Jan 2019


Online English language instructor for children ages 5-12.


Jazz Guitar
Jan 2013 - Jan 2014

Souza Lima Conservatorio de Musica

Sep 2008 - May 2012

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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