Star Tom Music

Star Tom Music

5.0 (2)
Best of 2022
3 hires on
22 years in business

About this pro

I am a full-time working musician.  I teach Music Together to children and families by day.  I play for parties and churches and special events.  And I teach guitar to individuals.  

I'm known for my playfulness, patience and warmth.  I like people, and most people like me.  I love music, and teaching.  

It's great to watch someone catch fire when they realize that they really can play music for themselves.  

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Santa Rosa, CA 95407
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2 Reviews


  • Urean Saldaña

    Tom is such a great teacher. But most importantly he is real. He goes above and beyond just being your teacher but becomes your friend as well. It was a sad moment when ai had to stop taking lessons with him.

  • Shelley Ocana

    Tom has infinite patience and never ending encouragement for his students. He is a wonderful teacher and accomplished musician.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I usually do an interview as part of the first lesson to become familiar with a student's interestes and musical background.  Then we get to work on whatever the next step might be:  learning a first song, refining established skills, adding a new chord or fingerpick, etc.  I typically teach by working through a song with a student, and sending it home for practice.  The next week we review that song and either extend it (add a section or skill), or start a second song.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a licensed Music Together teacher, and have been working as a full-time professional musician for 19 years.  I have a BA in Liberal Arts, a minor in Applied Arts, and a concentraion in music.  

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $35 per lesson, for regular, weekly lessons.

How did you get started teaching?

I got started teaching when I became a full time musician and  friends asked me for lessons.  I like people and teaching, so it's a good fit!

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students from age 5 to 65.  I teach children music as my "day job," and most of my private lessons are with adults or teens.  

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I suggest finding a teacher who you are comfortable with as a person - music is such an individual thing that you're going to feel best if you like the person you are working with, and feel that you are a good match.