The first thing you should know about D.J. Thomson is that he has been teaching violin in music schools for 8 years and is a huge fan of everything involved with music. But, the first thing that you will know about D.J. is that he has a beard, a giant, fluffy, wild beard. Because of the beard, people often conclude that D.J. is a fiddler – which is 100% true. However, he started playing violin long before he had the beard and knows a thing or two about many musical styles, including classical, jazz, swing, pop, rock, celtic, bluegrass, ABBA (yes ABBA was their own style), or ugly yet fun sound effects.
D.J. loves to work with music from many different perspectives and teaches in the style that works best for you. Your reason for learning violin may be recreational, practical, theatrical, presentational, technical, experimental or something else and D.J. will help you explore that aspect of violin music.
D.J. loves a challenge, so even if you think you are too young, too old, tone deaf, musically illiterate rhythmically incapable, or the subject of an ancient family curse that has barred you from being musical, you should think again because D.J. is up to the task of teaching you (especially if it involves solving ancient family curses!!)
Most importantly though, D.J. loves the sharing, storytelling and communal aspects of music and loves learning new musical stories through his students. You have a song that was from the country where you great great grandparents grew up? Great! D.J. would be thrilled to learn that song and help you learn to play it. You want to know how to play that song that your friends keep singing? Fantastic! D.J. loves new (to him) sharable music and tunes and will happily help you learn the song and impress your friends.
D.J. teaches on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. When he is not teaching, he can be found masquerading as a theatre aficionado at the Guelph Little Theatre, or he is out riding his bicycle…possibly to Lake Huron.