Music Lessons for Less

Serving West Michigan
In-person, remote/virtual, group lessons and ensemble coaching


Welcome! I'm a seasoned professional musician, and I believe my lessons are the best value for the cost in the

Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and Wyoming area.

You can learn more about me here. Do you have some questions? Ready to take the next step?

If you don't find what you need, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I would love to hear from you!




"Mr. Buffham is good at the trumpet and he teaches me how to play better. He teaches in a way that puts a stop to bad habits. He helps me to make progress, and he's friendly."

- Wendy, age 11, 2nd year student

"Music Lessons for Less are professional lessons at an affordable price. We are pleased with the lessons our daughter is receiving. She is growing as a musician and in her appreciation for music. Tom is patient, encouraging, and qualified to teach her for the long term."

- Bethany (Wendy's mother)

Mark Barnes

I'm a professional jazz saxophone and flute performer, and I am a recording artist in the Grand Rapids area. I perform at various venues and play with several local groups. My flute playing was suffering, so I contacted Tom for lessons. I got exactly the help I needed.

Hear me perform!


Since working with Tom for three years, our son has received a job offer playing piano at a local country club. We are pleased with our son's progress and would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a teacher.


Our son has achieved first chair flute in his high school's symphonic band and earned the best musician award in middle school with Tom's help. His lesson rates are of great value compared to other teachers in our area.

Larry Duthler

I am a senior citizen, and Tom is my best instructor yet. I study clarinet and saxophone, and each lesson has been fun and fruitful. Tom’s wit and humor make the lesson fly by and I look forward to the next one.


These are the instruments that Tom teaches and plays.

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