Tommy Schilb
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Tommy Schilb

Tommy S.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced Jazz and Classical pianist with 3 years of teaching experience. I specialize in teaching beginner/intermediate students and I have tons of special piano exercises and tips that have been proven to elevate piano abilities more than just conventional lessons. Everyone has a different learning style and I strive to cader and adapt to each person based on his/her way of learning as well as skill level.

About Tommy S.

I am a Jazz and Classical pianist from northern Indiana! I attended Ball State University with a major in Jazz Piano Performance. I have played alongside well-known musicians like Wynton Marsalis, Jeff Coffin(Snarky Puppy Saxophonist), Bria Skonberg, and have toured with Ball State's Jazz Lab Ensemble to Costa Rica, where I performed in the Grand National Theater. I also have experience with composition and was the national champion in DownBeat's Music magazine for "Outstanding Jazz Composition of the Year." In the first half of my piano career, I was mostly self-taught and focused primarily on Classical piano. From 2014-2016, I competed in the Indiana State Piano Competition three times and placed in the top 3rd each year. Since then, I've focused on playing Jazz piano and I often perform in restaurants and special events. I love teaching people of all levels and strive to adapt to each person's learning style and skill level. I am happy to go at your own pace and walk alongside you on your journey to becoming a pianist that everyone looks up to.

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Amy
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Tommy is a great teacher. He knows how to break things down to make it intelligible to beginners.

Posted Jun 23, 2020
Paul
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Tommy is a great choice. He makes it very easy to understand key concepts you need to know when playing piano. I’m a beginner and my first couple of lessons with him were productive, informative and fun as well. He’s very talented with his craft and I recommend him on all levels!! Very satisfied.

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Kayla
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I've been learning how to play piano from Tommy for a few months now, with no experience at all and, I can honestly say I never would have thought I'd progress as quickly as I did! He's very motivational and makes learning piano an enjoyable and fun experience. He makes it super easy to follow along! 10/10 highly recommend his lessons!! :)

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Gus
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Tommy is a fantastic piano teacher. I went into it not knowing what to expect, but Tommy was very patient with me and gave me some great tips on things I could work on right at the level where I’m at. I would totally recommend him as a piano teacher no matter if you’re a beginner or if you’ve been playing for a while!

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Grace
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After only 3 lessons with Tommy, not only have I improved a lot, but I’ve become more encouraged to play! I would recommend

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Jeremy
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A very nice, friendly, and eye-opening time spent with Tommy!

Posted Jun 16, 2020

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Experience

Piano Teacher
Jan 2017 - Present

Schilb Music

I've taught piano lessons for 3 years as well as played the piano in churches, jazz bands, funk groups, and restaurants.

Education

Piano Performance w/Jazz Concentration
Aug 2017 - Present

Ball State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Gene Marcus Piano Finalist
Jan 2014

IPFW

Awards

2020 DownBeat National Champion
Apr 2020

DownBeat Music Magazine

2016 Indiana State Piano Competition Finalist
Mar 2016

PianoSolutions

2015 Indiana State Piano Competition Finalist
Mar 2015

PianoSolutions

2014 Indiana State Piano Competition Finalist
Mar 2014

PianoSolutions

Affiliations

Musical Mentors
Mar 2017
Musical Mentors is a non-profit charity focused on providing free, quality musical activities for children regardless of their socio-economic status. We started out in 2007 with a simple and enthusiastic belief: That if we provided youth with access to quality music lessons that they may not otherwise be able to afford, with mentors who serve as positive role models, most families and children would jump at the chance, and they'd be better off for it. As a result, the ranks of students we have had since 2007 are overflowing with stories of how a music mentorship has positively affected every aspect of their lives. Musical Mentors improves students' work ethic, boosts their motivation to do well in school, brings families of all kinds together in support of their children, and gives our students skills that will last a lifetime.

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