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Instruments
Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Composition, Flute, French Horn, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, and Voice
Skill Levels
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Genres
Classical, Jazz. contemporary a cappella, barbershop
Lesson Duration
30 minutes
Age Groups
6+

Thomas West

A Professional Music Educator for 20 Years; Teaching Music Online Since 2008.
Teaching Philosophy

In my trial lessons, I get a feel for what the student's prior knowledge and experience level is, then design a course of study based on their needs. Materials used may include method books, online sheet music, teacher-created materials, Smart Music, and Noteflight. I also provide consultations for original music composition or online masterclasses for full groups. I will happily work with autistic spectrum and ADD students.

Experience

Thomas J. West is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years of experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, orchestra director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. He also is an active composer for student ensembles and contemporary a cappella groups. Full bio: http://thomasjwestmusic.com

Credentials

Bachelor of Science in Music Education 1998 Pennsylvania State University
K-12 Music Teaching Certificate - Pennsylvania and New Jersey
17 years teaching in public school music programs, 3rd through 12th grades
Online music teaching since 2008.
Professional vocalist: http://keystoneacappella.com
Biographee, Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators 2004, 2005
Adjudicator: Drum Corps International, Cavalcade of Bands Association

Affiliations

NAfME, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, Jazz Education Network, National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (Executive Director: VoCALnation festival), The A Cappella Project - Philadelphia (Director of Education)

Student Reviews
5
Cat S.

“Mr. West is very professional, knowledgable and patient. My twelve year old son actually got more out of one lesson with him than from the several lessons received by his Juilliard trained private instructor. Maturity definitely counts and Mr West has that.”

5
John S.

“I'm trying vocal performance for the first time, having done instrumental some years ago. Tom has been very helpful in instructing me in the various ways that voice differs from instrumental performance. As an amateur, I feel I am starting to advance in my technique. I highly recommend Tom.”

4
Shawn P.

“Tom has proven himself over the years to be an excellent teacher, both one on one and in group settings. I consider him to be one of the best vocal directors that I have ever worked with, and I know that if you take lessons from him, you will learn and grow in positive ways.”

5
James C.

“Tom is a great guy and a superb musical coach. The musicality and structure he helped me develop led to my acceptance to one of the top music schools in the country, multiple awards and a full-time career as a performance music. You'd be nuts to pass over Tom.”

5
Matt G.

“Excellent! The best teacher I've ever had! Everyone must take music lessons from my teacher!”

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