Bonduris Music

Bonduris Music

5.0 (4)
Best of 2019
7 hires on Lessons.com
2 employees
44 years in business

About this pro

Our facility was voted Best of Denton,  for private and group music instruction, and was awarded this by readers through the Denton Record-Chronicle in May 2016 and April 2017.

The business started as a one-man operation over 40 years ago in Denton,  gradually expanding into what it is now. 

Mr. Bonduris' skills at targeting the student's need, the way they learn best, while keeping alive their passion for music, has been passed on to all his instructors, for any instrument.

Hearing from parents and adult students, how much they enjoy coming to lessons, practicing, and how grateful they are to us for helping them along.

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Credentials

Denton, TX 76201
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4 Reviews

5.0

  • John Oliveira

    Thad is very knowledgeable and patient

  • Brent Mitchell

    “Thad was my first guitar teacher, and perhaps the only person I ever had real lessons from. He taught me all of the basic right hand techniques that I have ever used along with the fret hand pull offs, hammer ons ... He is a perceptive and attentive teacher, always willing to tailor his pedagogy to fit individual preferences and aspirations. Perhaps most importantly, he is easy to follow and to understand. He gets ideas across clearly and directly, and he’s easy to be with and get along with. I wonder how much of the sizable and unusually talented (and some cases famous) guitar playing population of Denton he has fostered? It’s gotta have been a lot of 'em!”

  • Steve Horn

    "I was a seasoned musician and set in my ways when I started with Thad. Looking around his studio at my first lesson, I saw such a veriety of instruments that he works with. He encourages me to listen, accompanies me as I play, and works on me 'working with others.' ... Thad works with me on a variety of styles to broaden my musical sense. He knows theory inside and out. Whenever I have a question, he instantly has the answer and can put it in a way I understand. Thad has revolutionized my playing -- and I've been playing almost as long as he has!"

  • Mitch Marine -drummer (Brave Combo, Smashmouth, Jack Ingram, Dwight Yoakam))

    "After just one month's worth of bass lessons with Thad, I was gigging with Jack Ingram all over the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. After a year's worth of lessons I was a confident, solid bass player who could learn tunes quickly and play with many casino online great musicians. Thanks Thad, learning to play bass from you was the best thing I ever did for my drumming!"



FAQs


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

1.) Inquire abiut their musical background. and/or playing experince. 

2.) If they do have some playing experience, observe their present technical level. Then I suggest methods I have to "fill in any holes" in their techninique and/or knowledge, and proceed accordingly with materials I have on hand, including music that is familiar to them and motivates them.

3.) If they have NO playing experience, I proceed with my curriculum (my method book), in language appropriate to their past musical exprience (if any).

 


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

Master in Music Education (MME) from University of North Texas, with Jazz Studies as Related Field


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

Bonduris Music Lesson Rates

With the exception of student-based bands, the lessons are all private,

one-on-one.

In a 4-month period (Sept-Dec, Jan-Apr, May-Aug), there are a total of 14

weekly half-hour lessons. Some people prefer to have an hour every other

week. In either case, that totals out to 7 hours in each session.

The cost per session is $500, payable in 4 monthly installments of $125. If

you choose to pay lump-sum, we knock off $50, totaling out to $450 for the

4 months/7 hours.

If you don't start the session "on time", it doesn't matter--we can pro-rate

the number of lessons, and even prorate the lump-sum discount!

Also, if you're a bit tepid, or unsure about all this, we do offer a couple of

"NoStrings"[attached] Trial Specials. These are non-obligatory (no

contract), the only stipulation being that they are paid in advance.

"NoStrings" Specials:

2 half-hours, or 1 one hour------$50

4 half-hours, or 2 one hours----$100

If you should decide, after a trial, that you want to sign up, we can use

what you have already paid, and the lessons left in a session, against the lump-sum discount.


How did you get started teaching?

In a local music store, while I was enrolled at the UNT College of Music.

Not intednding to, I'd "beat out all of the competition" with my curriculum and methods, which set the foundation for my teaching business.


What types of students have you worked with?

I myself, had successfully taught all age groups, from 5-85.

Now that I have other teachers, I delegate certain age groups to certain teachers, based upon the teacher's strengths.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The most recent (May 6, 2017):

Two of our students made the finals in the Dallas International Guitar Festival's Ten Under Twenty contest, did excellent performances, and made quite a splash.


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

Look for experience, education, testimonials, and word-of-mouth. 

This is not something you want to "price-hunt", as the differences in people's rates are small, and really small compared to learning right vs wrong.


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

Why do they want to learn a musical instrument?

Do they want to make the necessary investment of purchasing the instrument?

Are they willing to take the time to practice?

How long does the teacher feel is an average amount of time before the student feels a substantial, satisfying sense of accomplishment?