Mindful Music Lessons

Mindful Music Lessons

4.9 (9)
6 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
11 years in business

About this pro

Hi there! :)
For online lessons & limited in-person lessons (Greenwich, CT area & NYC) You're invited to a FREE trial at...
Mindful Music Lessons (Because every artist needs a mentor™ )
Music can be transformative when you surround yourself with the right people; collaborators & teaching-artists, etc. Balancing good vibes & discipline takes work, but hey! '...practice makes progress!'
We're here to share light with whoever calls & tells us the challenges they're facing right now in the music space.
Having guided 1000+ students on 12+ different instruments since 2011 as a multi-genre Producer / Composer / Lyricist and an NYU alum, it's clear to me that listening for the student's biggest needs of the day and moment is the best way to support their long-term musical journeys.
I create custom video assignments sometimes & often annotate homework so students are fully equipped to play independently, between lessons.
...easier to navigate.           
Studying the craft with a Mindful Music Mentor™ cultivates an even deeper appreciation for the power of music.
You could play in Rock bands, Jazz bands, Choirs, Musical theater troupes, Symphony & String Orchestras, make your own beats. Music is the soundtrack of life!
Our students live primarily in:
•CT, NY, NJ, MA, PA, DE, VA, GA, NC, FLA, ID, KY
•your zip code soon?
We proudly work with children (ages: 7+), students with special needs, students of all abilities, seniors, veterans, and worship leaders.
Looking forward to hearing what inspires you most about music and cultivating THAT.
Feel free to contact me anytime to chat about the next steps.
best,
-Tom Stroll
founder / multi-instrumentalist

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Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
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9 Reviews

4.9

  • Darren Ornitz

    dthSdpMamlourcnih 2om9,th 2S0soure1dt1n · good stuff Tom, i especially like "for the shire"..:desert wanderer" is my second favorite

  • Terri Rosov

    I don't know if it's weird for me say, but I really enjoyed hearing some of your work. I always admired your musical talent! If anyone I know needs some original music for something, I'll definitely point them your way.

  • Gregory Almonord

    Tom gave me a sense of direction not just on trumpet technique, but also what it takes to improvise. He is an incredibly patient and knowledgeable instructor and I really enjoyed my lessons with him! Thanks Tom!

  • Samantha Bassett

    “Our son is having more and more fun learning guitar and his confidence is growing! Thanks again Tom!”


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

Watching for what makes you (the student) smile, and listening for what inspires you most, while also identifying what area of your playing needs the most work. Next we'll play some fun and/or challenging pieces, and decide together what's the best approach for your goals.

First lesson is FREE.


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

I've taught 12+ instruments since 2011. I'm a New York University alum, earned a BA degree in music theory & composition (NYU Steinhardt school of culture, education, & human development)


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

Flexible pricing starts as low as $40 for a half hour online.
In-person lessons are $65/half-hour.


How did you get started teaching?

A friend of mine was teaching at a music school in town so I 

Dressed as a cowboy Teaching 5-year-olds how to square dance at a birthday party is harder than it sounds, 


Right around the time I dressed up as a cowboy to teach 5-year-olds how to square dance at a birthday party...

I gave a free sax lesson to a 4th grader I had been babysitting, he liked the lesson, and then the parents wanted regular music lessons for him so that was my first music student.

Then I walked into a music school and told them how many instruments I play, gave them my resumé and taught there for 4-5years. I got more and more students on the side, didn't need the music school anymore, so I left entirely in 2014/15.

I've been independent ever since and now I'm building a music school of like-minded Music Mentors.

Welcome to Mindful Music Lessons (not affiliated with Mindful Music School of Massachussets)


What types of students have you worked with?

Ages 5 to 105
Students of all colors, ethnicities, & skill-levels are welcome. (Age 7+ works better, esp. remotely)

All genres are welcome, though my focus has been on Jazz, Classical, Blues, Rock, Folk, EDM, & Musical Theater.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Some students baked cookies & triggered a smoke machine at our 2021 Spring Recital. Lolz

And we all 'hung red curtains' (by changing the ZOOM background) to elevate the performance experience a bit more. It all came together to create something fun & memorable for everybody in the room. :)


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

Ask yourself:

are they listening to my needs & wants? Can they shine light on an area that needs more exploring, on a weekly basis? Am I having fun & smiling & having 'aha' moments frequently? Am I improving while still having fun?


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Am I playing my favorite instrument? in my preferred genre? with and to the right people? in a space & environment that supports my musical goals?

how much budget am I willing to commit to mastering my craft? 

Am I playing just for the fun of it, or do I want to pursue this as a side-hustle? ...as a career? ...or for the greater good of the community even?

Lots to unpack there... but let's chat today to see if we're a good fit.