About Me


I have been fortunate to study with inspiring and supportive piano teachers and to continue learning from my friends, colleagues and students. I would wish the same fortune upon each and every one of my students so that they may continue to strive ever higher in the pursuit of ever larger musical goals. This is best achieved in a relaxed and supportive teaching environment. I believe that teaching should be a two-way creative process where student and teacher explore musical concepts, sounds and approaches to the instrument together in the moment.

In my teaching, I try to help students better understand and love the music that they want to play. This involves developing their individual approach to musical expression alongside understanding of the inner workings and contexts of the music, and the ability to put those ideas into practice via a healthy and reliable physical approach to the piano.

Teaching and performing are two sides of the same coin. I am currently a doctoral student in piano performance at Northwestern University and continue to perform as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and America. My experience as a pianist informs my teaching just as my teaching experiences inform my approach to performing.

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.



Testimonials


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)
  2. My typical fee is $45 for a 45-minute lesson and $60 for an hour

Contact

Please contact me through the contact page of this website