Degrees and Certifications:
B.M. Instrumental Music Education, Northern Arizona University
Mr. Tom Edelbrock
Hello music parents! My name is Tom Edelbrock, and I have been a music educator in Tucson for the past seven years. I received my Bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and I began my music career as a percussionist in 4th grade. I finished my Master's in Music Education from The American Band College at Central Washington University in summer 2018. I have worked as the band director at L.W. Cross Middle School since 2013, and began teaching guitar in the fall of 2018. I also taught the choir program at Cross for 5 years.
Defining Moment in Education
I decided I wanted to teach music when I was in high school. I met many of my friends through the common love of music, and I wanted to spread my appreciation for the power of music to future generations.
Core Educational Belief
I believe that every person is capable of learning how to perform music on an instrument or with their voice. I also believe that performing in a musical ensemble teaches many important life skills in addition to the art of reading music. These skills include: Public performance and appearance, problem solving, fine and gross motor coordination, collaboration with peers, goal management, personal preparedness, accountability and responsibility.
While attending NAU, I performed with the Flagstaff Symphony as a Section Percussionist from 2009-2012. I also began teaching private lessons on percussion and in music theory/sight reading. I have performed as a percussionist in various states around the U.S. as well as India.
I was awarded a travel grant from NAU College of Fine Arts to fund my travel to Chennai, India. While in the country, I learned about the music and culture of India and took private lessons on the Indian tabla. Our group included students and performers from around the world, and we performed at 5 different venues during our stay.