Dr. Thomas was the head of the Department of Music at CSU Stanislaus when I took from him in high school. He lived in CA for 15 years and raised his cute family. He was more than just a teacher- he was my friend. And in fact, he still keeps in contact with me and helps me with my piano business. Talk about someone who has influenced me for the better. I use my music all the time in my life- it is a skill that I am grateful for everyday. Thanks to my parents for paying for lessons! And to my piano teachers, one in particular.
Dr. Thomas recently accepted a job at BYU Idaho and just moved to Idaho. It was so fun to be home for another one of his concerts. He is an amazing pianist, and an exceptional teacher.
So many times when I practice in my little apartment now- I wish and would give ANYTHING to take a lesson from him again. I regret not practicing more and taking advantage of the instruction I was receiving in high school. One of his current students, Doug, is only a Sophomore in high school and is WAY better than I ever was. He is passionate about playing and realizes his potential and is doing amazing! Listen to Doug here. I feel a little guilty that I was the student who got to take from Dr. Thomas through the end of high school. I really feel for Doug! Maybe he will just have to go to Idaho!
Thanks to Dr. Thomas for everything! You will be greatly missed in CA!