Music & Movement Subject Expert Teacher
Mr. Thomas, a Philadelphia-born musician and educator who began his musical journey at a very young age, is thrilled to work at BASIS Independent Manhattan as the Music Subject Expert Teacher! Mr. Thomas received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition and Arranging and a Masters of Music in Music Education plus Certification for PreK-12 from the Esther Boyer College of Music & Dance at Temple University in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA. Prior to joining the faculty at BASIS Independent Manhattan, Mr. Thomas proudly held music teaching positions with Temple Music Prep, Settlement Music School, Tune Up Philly of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Education Through Music, Inc., and the New York City Department of Education.
As the Music & Movement Subject Expert Teacher at BASIS Independent Manhattan, Mr. Thomas has ambitious hopes for himself and his classes. His goal is to inspire students and further their passion for learning by building and refining their personal character through musical study. He wants his students to use music as a tool to academically excel and help them realize the scope and depth of music as an intersection of innumerable experiences great and small. Mr. Thomas says, “I am thankful for this school community for allowing me the opportunity to teach to the immense affective impact of music on humanity as well as its intellectual benefits for all learners.”
When he is not teaching, Mr. Thomas maintains an active performance career, serving as Personnel Manager for the Kings County Community Band of Brooklyn, New York (a division of the non-profit Metropolitan Music Community); flutist and piccolo player for the TriBattery Pops of Manhattan; a reserve member of the exciting L Train Brass Band based in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, and a freelance jazz and popular music performer throughout New York City and the tri-state area. Mr. Thomas also serves as President of the New York City Alumni Association of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the nation’s oldest music fraternity. Mr. Thomas enjoys all manner of comic books, films, sweaters, and of course music!