I always try to instill all of the love that I have for the guitar, and for music in general, in all of my students. My goal is to create a musician first, and a guitarist second, as the guitar should be a vehicle to communicate the music that is inside of everyone. I have a fun, laid back approach that relies more on passion and accountability than strict regimen. It is my goal to provide a road map that leads the student to their final musical destination.
Elementary School, Pre-teen, Teenage, Adult
To inquire about lessons with Thomas, please fill out the Inquiry Form on this page, or call us at (800) 417-4620.
- I was the head of a studio of more than 50 students at The Aurora School of Music outside of Cleveland. [2005 - 2009]
- I have played in many a pit orchestra for shows in both Cleveland and NYC. 
- I was given my first teaching job through my first guitar teacher at 17 after playing for only 3 years. [2000 - 2002]
- I have played in many bands, as well as many solo classical guitar performances. 
- I had an electric guitar concerto written for me by my guitar professor while in college. [2005 - 2005]
- Graduated, Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance (BM), Baldwin-Wallace College 
- Loris Chobanion [2001 - 2008]
- Senior Recital [May, 2009]
- Subject to Change - "Certified Mail" 
Student Reviews for Thomas
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
Brilliant - May 19, 2014
By Brendan, Guitar Lessons
Tom joined us to teach our 9 year old son Guitar as a beginner. Our son has never picked up a guitar before but within a few short weeks he was playing like a champ! Tom was fantastic with him. Patient, fun and adaptable. Tom is also really flexible and when we said we wanted him to learn the modern stuff, he jumped right in and taught him it. They had wonderful sessions together and we are saddened that we are moving across the country so cannot continue. We would highly recommend Tom for lessons. He is great!
As good as it gets - August 31, 2009
By Michael DeLuca, Guitar Lessons
I studied beginner blues guitar with Tom for almost 2 years. I'm a 50-ish professional who had recently rediscovered the guitar when I decided to do what I had to do to get better. I found Tom and worked with him every week, improving with each lesson. But beyond technique and theory, Tom gave me back something I didn't even know I had lost: a profound appreciation and love for guitar and music in all forms. He is a skilled, gentle, and patient teacher, even when sitting across from a ham-fisted pupil like me. He earned my friendship and respect and I miss his wit, his humor, his musical insight and his old soul. I watched him enthusiastically coach children, teens and adults, giving each what they needed but always demanding their best. While under his tutelege, I practiced every day to improve my playing, yes, but more so to make Tom proud. I cannot imagine having another instructor and probably won't. No one could meet the standard Tom set. I recommend him without hesitation or reservation.