Tom Cavanagh

Address Merchantville, NJ USA
Phone # (856) 486-4885
Instruments Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Theory, Ear Training
Musical Styles Jazz, Rock/Pop, Blues, Classical, Chord/Melody
Skill Levels All levels

Personal Statement

I try to teach students to read in all positions as soon as possible. I start new students with Mel Bay Modern Method-Book 1, then move them into 3 books simultaneously: The Complete Carcassi Guitar Method, Music Reading for Guitar (David Oakes) and Beginning Jazz Guitar (Jody Fisher). I supplement these with Giuliani's 120 Right-Hand Studies, Sor studies, Hanon for Guitar, Dennis Sandole's Guitar Lore, Segovia's Diatonic Major and Minor Scales, Melodia (solfeggio) and selected classical pieces and jazz standards. I use tablature as well as standard notation. As long as students are working on reading notation a good portion of the time, I feel they can begin studying more difficult classical pieces or jazz chord/melody arrangements with the aid of tablature. I also feel students should learn to be equally proficient with pick and fingerstyle.

Teaching Details

Teaching Experience 16 Years
Teaching Location Studio in my home.
Lesson Rates $24 per 1/2 Hour.
Cancellation Policy 24 hours notice required.
Teaching Hours
Sunday: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Monday: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Musical Influences My main influences are guitarists Joe Pass, Pat Martino, Andres Segovia, David Tanenbaum and Ralph Towner and pianist Bill Evans.
Performing Experience For past 7 yrs worked in a duo with Phila guitarist Nick Sistrun, performing at Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and Bryn Mawr College. Also performed with bassists Rodney Whitaker and Ralphe Armstrong, and guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil.
Education & Training Studied jazz improvisation at Michigan State University, jazz and classical guitar with John Hall (Joe Fava Studio), and improvisation and composition with Dennis Sandole (who taught John Coltrane and Pat Martino).