About Me

I am passionate about piano teaching and have enjoyed working with students of all abilities and backgrounds. I have experience teaching complete beginners all the way through to graduate piano majors, from young children to experienced university faculty members and everyone in between! This experience comes from teaching undergraduate and graduate musicians at Yale and Northwestern, a significant amount of private teaching, and also through intensive teaching programs at The Royal Northern College of Music, Yale School of Music and Northwestern University.

I am a concert pianist from Guernsey (Great Britain) and am currently studying for my Doctorate of Musical Arts at Northwestern University having graduated with a Masters of Music from Yale School of Music in America and a Bachelors of Music from the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University in the UK. I also hold an AMusTCL (Diploma in Theory and Harmony) and have significant experience with music theory/academic music subjects.

I typically perform between 20-30 concerts a year as solo recitalist, concerto soloist and collaborative pianist. (You can find more information on the other pages of this website). I believe very strongly in a collaborative approach to teaching and studying, and often find myself learning as much from working with students as I hope they are learning from me! This is partly because each student is so different, and that makes the whole process incredibly inspiring for a performing musician, feeding into my playing as much as my playing experience feeds into my teaching.


From Tina (an art teacher who returned to playing after some years without lessons):

"If you are fortunate to have the opportunity to study piano with Tom, you will find that he is not only a musician of exquisite sensibility, but also a natural and gifted teacher. His enthusiasm for teaching and his love of great music is contagious and inspiring. As a patient and articulate communicator of musical concepts, he will guide you to reach your goals and to play the music you love."

From Lenore (a professor of medicine at a major university):

"Tom is a wonderful teacher - calm, insightful, and fun to work with. I was new to piano and he listened to my goals, found just the right book for me to use, and set realistic goals for every lesson. He shared stories about composers and the history of music to give some background and context to the pieces I played. His warmth and enthusiasm made the lessons a pleasure."

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Practical Matters

  1. I teach in Evanston, IL (near Northwestern University) on a quality grand piano
  2. My typical fee is $45 for a 45-minute lesson and $60 for an hour
  3. I enter into an agreement with all students, in which we agree to terms such as cancellation notice (for both of us), payment method etc. 
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Please contact me through the contact page of this website