My name is Tom Harding but everyone knows me as Tom the Pom. Originally from the UK, I moved to Australia with my wife in 2006 and live in the beautiful Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia. I teach music workshops to groups of awesome people - like you, in schools, corporations, group homes, festivals, parties and more! I also teach guitar and ukulele classes which can either be arranged as a regular group session or one-on-one classes.
I love music, but don’t love traditional music education quite as much. I’ve been teaching for nearly 30 and specialise in getting people playing as quickly as possible. Learning shouldn’t be a chore.
Being dyslexic in a world full of music readers has left me feeling like a man with a fork in a world full of spoons. I prefer the hands-on approach, music theory is a wonderful world, but I understand it retrospectively, first I have to make the music, then I take it apart. You don’t need to know that it’s the Tonic, then Submediant, Subdominant and then Dominant chords, you just want a teacher to enable you to play them together as Stand By Me. If you want the theory, we can cover that, but I’m sure you want the fun first!
I play heaps of percussion, ukulele, guitar and bass, and have recorded an album of percussion under the name Samba Ninja, and a mini album of didgeridoo solos as Tom the Pom. I lead the ukulele club at my son's primary school.
Married, one son, two dogs and three chickens called Snowy, Cluck Rogers and Princess Layer.