Mr. Thomas Koch
Mr. Thomas grew up in New York and bought his first guitar after graduating from college (a long time ago). Playing music was an outlet and a hobby until he retired from robotic and automation engineering in 2007. After leaving engineering, the idea of teaching guitar came after working with kids as a baseball and basketball coach. Combining his love of coaching and passion for music became a natural transition into a new career. In 2009, he went back to school and studied classical guitar under Dr. Joseph Stallings. The rigors of learning classical guitar appealed to his technical nature and translated well to his understanding of efficiency, mechanics, and economy of motion. This technical "upgrade" has greatly improved his ability and he brings this approach into his teaching. Mr. Thomas teaches from an encouraging and positive spirit and employs some of the incentivized practice methods he learned as a coach.
Now, Thomas spends a lot of time managing the school and working in the recording studio. He is still very comfortable behind monitors.