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Tommy W.
Falls Church, Virginia
While teaching bass is my specialty, I've been teaching guitar for 4 years and have amassed quite the collection. The overwhelming majority of my students at the shops I teach at take lessons on guitar, so most of my time is actually spent teaching guitar. In lessons, we'll cover basic chords, scales, and rhythms, as well as some introductory music theory so the student knows why they're playing what they play.
About Tommy W.

My name is Tommy. I've been playing bass and guitar since I was 11 years old. When I was in high school, I won my school's Duke Ellington Jazz Performance Award my junior year. Around this time I began to work at my neighborhood's local lesson shop Let's Play Music! off of W Broad Street in Falls Church, VA. Following high school, I attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, studying jazz bass performance with players who have played and recorded with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Bobby McFerrin, among others. I received my degree in Jazz Bass Performance and since returning to the DC area have taught at Let's Play Music, Bach 2 Rock, and Music and Arts. Outside of my academic accomplishments, I play in and record a number of bands, one of which charted on Billboard and was featured on Rolling Stone's Best of October 2020. I specialize in electric bass and music theory, but am quite comfortable teaching beginner to intermediate guitar.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

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Teaching since 2010

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Jazz Bass Performance

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Teacher's Studio

Tom is a good teacher with solid knowledge which he is able to pass on in a clear and understandable way.

Posted Nov 30, 2018
Student's home

Tommy is a solid bass guitar teacher. My lesson was better than expected!

Posted Feb 26, 2018
Student's home

Just had my first guitar lesson. Tommy was very patient and supportive and explained clearly what I needed to do.

Posted Feb 26, 2018
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Mar 2010 - Present
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Let's Play Music! is the locally owned lesson shop I've been teaching at since I was in high school. In fact, I was taking lessons there until my Senior year, when my instructor (and friend and current boss) asked if I would like to start teaching some of his younger bass students. I would like to think he was impressed. Since then, two of my bass students have gone on to play in the Virginia All State Jazz band. I've added beginner and intermediate guitar lessons to my job as well since returning from New York in 2014.
Music Instructor
Sep 2014 - Jun 2020
Music and Arts
Another national chain, I taught at Music and Arts as a guitar and bass instructor. Here I taught kids and adults alike while they began their foray into music. This experience is unique as well since I have the opportunity to talk about musical gear and equipment out on the floor and discuss the subtle differences between instruments and amps so the student can get the tools that are right for what they want to do with their music.
Music Instructor
Sep 2014 - Oct 2018
Bach 2 Rock
Bach 2 Rock is a chain of music educators dedicated to teaching not only how to play music, but how to play music with others. Here I taught beginner and intermediate guitar and am the go-to bass instructor at the McLean, VA site. I've had students as young as 4 and as old as 70 at this location, and each one grew by leaps and bounds in their playing. Bach 2 Rock is unique in that it offers kids the opportunity to play in bands we put together. I've been a band instructor since I've started as well, coaching kids on how to properly play with one another and eventually leading them to the seasonal battle of the bands. Another key opportunity I was given here is the chance to record different bands when they are prepared to do so. This has given me a proficient knowledge of the recording process, something I'll gladly share with my students.
Social Media Expert
Mar 2012 - Jul 2014
Earache Records
While this might not seem to be pertinent to my musical ability, I think having experience in the record industry is invaluable to musicians who view their art as more than a hobby. Starting in England in 1983, Earache Records is one of the oldest Heavy Metal record labels still in existence. While working here, I was in charge of managing the label's Pinterest and Spotify accounts to reach the maximum amount of people with new releases. Aside from the social media work, I was privy to meetings with bands and familiarized with contracts and licensing agreements that ended up garnering large profits for both parties involved. To sum up my experience, I am very familiar with the business aspect of music, as well as the performance part.
Jazz Bass Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2014
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
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Professional Proficiency

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Guitar
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
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Falls Church, VA
Work hours
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Pricing
30 minutes
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45 minutes
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60 minutes
$55
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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