Tony Tomshany’s approach to teaching and playing guitar, while grounded in traditional rock music, also resonates with modern musical styles. Tony has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Metropolitan State University of Denver, with additional course work in Commercial Music Performance at Dime Detroit (Detroit Institute of Music Education). He’s also studied jazz guitar and music theory at Washtenaw Community College, and has a certificate in Guitar Building and Repair from the Galloup School of Lutherie. Over the past decade Tony has blended this traditional foundation with his use of 6, 7, and 8-stringed guitars to develop his own playing style that might best be described as “modern and heavy”. With his vast knowledge of the guitar’s functionality and applications, he does a fantastic job of breaking it down in simple terms for his students and teaching them how they can have fun with an instrument that can sometimes seem complicated.
In lessons, Tony strives for a comfortable environment for learning and his students enjoy his friendliness and patient approach. His lesson plans are written around students’ interests and goals, and creating a solid foundation for learning guitar. Tony hopes to instill his enthusiasm and love of guitar and music in all of his students.
Tony performs regularly with his band King Entropy, and also does solo/jazz gigs at local coffee shops and wine bars. Tony is a true fan of guitar in all it’s forms and applications, and loves sharing his knowledge with his students. We are excited that he is passing that knowledge on to our students here at Michigan Rock School.