Tom is a multi-instrumentalist with emphasis on guitar and electric bass. He completed several years of Certificate of Merit training on the piano before learning the saxophone for school band. Tom began performing professionally at age 14 and has played in a variety of groups - funk, traditional jazz, wind ensemble, rock, folk/country, and Irish. He has and continues to write and perform original songs.
Tom has an AA in music technology from Foothill College and AA in general music from De Anza College. He has four years' experience as a group piano/guitar teacher and seven years as a private instructor.
“I enjoy the challenge of learning songs that my students want to learn. That’s one aspect of teaching that makes me a better musician. I enjoy the ongoing challenge of distilling concepts, such as rhythm and harmony, down to their essence. Learning music can be both fun and challenging.”