30 years as a guitar teacher and playing professionally for 40 allows me many ways to connect with students young and old!
While sharing insights into how the guitar can sing and growl I love seeing the lights go on in a students eyes.
As a songwriter and producer I create music with people from all over the world and believe music is the one universal language.
I teach ukulele, bass, lap steel, slide guitar, open tuning, finger style, chart reading and re-harmonization of popular songs.
Tom composes and performs with Perpetual Motion, a Jazz/World/New Age ensemble, and the progressive Americana band, The Coyote Poets Of The Universe, both of which have received stellar reviews and worldwide airplay for their recordings. His solo album, entitled “Perfect Imperfection”, also garnered international acclaim with reviews, radio play and winning ‘Best Instrumental Album - Acoustic’ at the 2014 Zone Music Reporter Awards in New Orleans.
David has been a musician since the age of six beginning on piano, then playing woodwinds in school (flute, saxophone, clarinet), and finally his main instrument guitar (since 1996, theory, songwriting/composition, improvisation, classical, electric (rock, blues, experimental, ambient, jazz), and steel string (folk, american, country, fingerstyle)). David also is a young maestro playing the classical music of northern India since 2003, having studied within the preeminent Maihar Gharana on sarod with Ustad Aashish Khan and Pandit Rajeev Taranath and earlier on sitar with Ustad Roshan Jamal Bhartiya. He attended the University of Colorado (Phi Beta Kappa honors, EPO Biology ’08) and received a BFA performer/composer degree from California Institute of the Arts in 2008.
Music pedagogy has been an important part of David’s life both as a devoted lifelong student of broad musical interests, and as a teacher first offering guitar lessons to students in 2003. He has taught lessons, classes, and workshops in California and Colorado for schools, educational organizations, and as a private instructor. David fosters enjoyment of music and practice by tailoring repertoire and selection of pieces for practice for each student, or by supplementing a student’s choice of musical repertoire and style with further and deeper exploration thereof. Lessons and assignments emphasize:
I am excited to be one of the teachers at Monkton Guitars! I have a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from Albion College, Michigan and have taught violin for 22 years in Colorado. Since moving to Colorado in 1997, I have performed with the Fort Collins and Greeley Symphony Orchestras. Currently, I am a member of Stratus Chamber Orchestra in Denver. I am also a free-lance musician.
To grow as a teacher, I was involved with two violin pedagogy courses led by Barbara Barber at the Peak Arts Academy in Boulder. Private violin teachers from many cities took part.
Currently I am accepting students from ages six (6) to adult. My teaching style is traditional and orchestral. I use Suzuki songs for my younger students. I want my students to have fun while learning to play the violin: I am open to teaching contemporary music tunes and fiddle. When recitals are held, any student is welcome to take part!