Interview with Pianist and Teacher, Seth Thomas


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Seth Thomas holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance. He believes that an efficient technique is key to enabling students of all ages and ability levels to achieve their full musical potential. His education and experience with the Taubman Approach and Alexander Technique allows him to help his students avoid fatigue and injury at the piano. Seth Thomas has been playing the piano since the age of 7. Throughout high school, he studied with Thea Hoekman and Carolyn Steinberg. Mr. Thomas holds an Associate of Arts degree in music (summa cum laude) from Collin College, where he studied with Dr. Brian Allison. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance (magna cum laude) from the University of Texas at Tyler, where he studied with Vicki Conway. During his time at UT Tyler, he was the recipient of numerous music and academic scholarships. In May 2016, he graduated with honors with a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Cleveland State University, under the instruction of Dr. Angelin Chang and Ms. Joela Jones. Mr. Thomas has also studied with Sheila Paige and has played in master-classes presented by Ms. Paige at the Keyboard Wellness. He has also performed in masterclasses with Dr. Christopher Fisher, Ann Saslav, and Spencer Myer. Mr. Thomas is an active private piano instructor in the DFW area. He has served as an adjunct instructor at The University of Texas at Tyler, where he taught Harmony and Keyboard. He helps piano students of all ages recover from and avoid fatigue and injury at the piano through efficient movement.
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1) Mahalia Jackson, "No Night There"
2) Jesse Norman, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
3) Judy Garland, "Happy Days are Here Again"
4) Anne Shein performing Chopin's "Ballade No. 4 in F minor, No. 52"
5) David Archuletta, "Christmas Everyday"
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