B.M.E. from Bowling Green State University, M.M.E. from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago
About Thomas R
Welcome to the private lesson studio! There is so much research to document the advantages regarding the study of music. Not only will this strengthen the brain, it will also help develop skills that will serve you well in all aspects of your life. The old adage, “you get out of it what you put in to it” is so true in music.
PHILOSOPHY: I believe that all students have the potential for improvement. I believe in starting the student at their current level, and designing instruction to meet their needs and wishes. We will be using a variety of materials (handouts, books, school band music, and technology).
BACKGROUND: I am a graduate of Lancaster High School (taking private trumpet lessons for 7 years while in school). As a result of these experiences, I was able to perform with a local group that won several National titles (at Notre Dame), and the World Title (in Honolulu). As a result of this, we toured the south of France as guests of the French Government. With that being said, this is one of the reasons that I strongly believe in private lessons. I received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Masters of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. I have taught instrumental music in Holmes County (5 years), Amanda-Clearcreek Schools (4 years), and most recently at Watkins Memorial High School (retired after 26 years). I have taught all aspects of the band program, and have had success with students at Solo & Ensemble Contests, Large Group Contests, Jazz Festivals, and travel with my bands (Florida, Toronto, Knoxville, and representing Ohio in the London, England New Year’s Parade). I am currently a Solo & Ensemble Brass Adjudicator, and a Marching Band Adjudicator for The Ohio Music Education Association. Some of my performance experience includes: many church and wedding gigs, a Central Ohio Ragtime Orchestra, Lancaster Community Band, Jericho Big Band (lead trumpet in Dover, Ohio), Dominic Greco Memorial Band (Dover Ohio), The Tilt Down Band (Jazz/Rock band in New Philadelphia, Ohio), Tuscarawas Philharmonic, many pit orchestras for musicals in New Philadelphia and Central Ohio, Tommy Wade Orchestra (lead trumpet, Columbus, Ohio), Nostalgics (lead trumpet, Lancaster, Ohio), Rendition (Jazz/Rock Band, Gahanna, Ohio).