Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music - Temple University (Philadelphia) Graduate Studies in Music Education - University of the Arts (Philadelphia)
Mr. Thomas Jeske
I started my first instrument, the cello, in Illinois public schools at the age of 9 and began private lessons when I moved to the Delaware Valley at the age of 12. I began playing with local professional orchestras and the Philadelphia Youth orchestra at the age of 15, and began studies with former Associate Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Miss Elsa Hilger, at the same time. Since then, I have performed with such notables as Kansas, Olivia Newton John, Ben E. King, Aaron Neville, Luciano Pavarotti, and Linda Ronstadt, as well as a two week concert tour in northern Spain with the Newtown Chamber Orchestra.
I love making music and helping others to learn the skills and self-discipline necessary to begin that exciting journey.
If you did not get an email from me with an attachment explaining what you need to get to be ready for instrumental lessons, that probably means that I do not have a valid email address for you (the parent). Please send me an email so that I can send that document to you.
Presentation of Instruments via Video: Meet the Instruments!
3rd Grade Sign Up Forms - Violin Only
- 3rd Grade Sign Up Form
- 3rd Grade Sign Up Form (Spanish)
4th & 5th Grade Sign Up Forms - All Instruments Offered
- 4th and 5th Grade Sign Up Form
- 4th and 5th Grade Sign Up Form (Spanish)
Tuning your instrument - Instructional videos are available in Classroom. Classroom assignments will be made after students have signed up for lessons and the scheduling has been completed. I strongly recommend that parents do the tuning or, at the very least, supervise the process with their child. This is DELICATE work that, at the same time, often needs some strength. Contact me if you need help.