Respecting Each Student as an Individual
I teach every student differently according to his or her own level, interests, and age. This allows each student to emerge in their own right as a musician. It has been my experience, both as a teacher and as a student, that information tends to be better retained as soon as it is necessary to actually make music. In this way, students can play the music they want to play as quickly as possible, while using each new piece of music as an etude for a new basic concept or technique which is vital to their own personal development. Eventually, each student will come to know all of the basics through exploring their own interests, and at their own pace. In this approach, abstract concepts are reinforced through playing, and playing is facilitated by greater knowledge. Most importantly, this approach retains the fun of learning, since each student’s goals move as close to them as possible. If you’d like a deeper understanding of the guitar, a greater proficiency with playing it, or if you’d simply like to start yourself (or someone you love) off on a secure path to getting it right the first time, let’s discuss your needs. I’ll explain how I can help you along your individual path. Virtual lessons are available for those who would benefit from them.
“Dr. Millioto deserves the highest commendation.”
“As a music educator (18 years in NYC public schools) I was very impressed with Tom’s completely musical, organic approach to teaching. His methodical approach to guitar has vastly improved my musical ear, my musicianship & my teaching.”
“It is unusual to have a teacher who truly knows how to teach.”
“I am thankful that we have Tom for guitar lessons. The gains that our son has made, and Tom’s mentoring, have made a great difference in other areas of our son’s life.”
June S., Ph.D.
“You changed my life.”
“I have just been notified that I was accepted into the Music Department and the Sound Recording Technology program at SUNY Fredonia. When I started taking guitar lessons with you, I actually thought that I would never be able to pass the audition, which would be held only three months later. However, you turned impossible into possible. You changed my life.”
“His knowledge and love of music have been an incredible inspiration to my son.”
“Thomas is a talented teacher and musician, capable of explaining the most complicated music theory or technique with patience and good humor. He is very tuned in to his student’s strengths, weaknesses, and ambitions, and he tailors their lessons to their individual needs.”
Creating the Future by
Honoring and Rethinking the Past
Thomas graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a doctoral degree in classical guitar performance, while also studying performance on the lute and the 19th century classical guitar. Recently, he has been turning his musical attention to untapped potential in the electric guitar. His latest release, Suite #1 for Electric Guitar, displays the versatility and expressiveness of the electric guitar, and is available here.
Actualizing Your Vision
Composing for Film or Web
Remote Guitar Tracks
“Lisa’s music is very well crafted and beautifully performed (I would expect nothing less).”
– Jack Douglas, Grammy Award-Winning Producer/Engineer (John Lennon, The Who, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick)
“This is a stunner of an album.”
– ‘Round Magazine
Click the CD artwork above to purchase a hard copy or a download. You can also search for Lisa Brigantino on iTunes or Amazon.
YESTERDAYDREAM is a loving recreation of timeless classics delivered with seasoned grace by Michael Scott Ferris. This thrilling tour through the great American songbook stops at destinations like Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim, and even takes a day trip to Italian art song!