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Seth Thomas Piano Studio McKinney, Texas
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Name:   Seth Thomas
Phone:   6162501603
Website:   Click here to go to my website
Facebook:   Click here to go to my Facebook page
Last Update:    2017-11-08 14:02:47
McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Plano, Melissa, Anna, Princeton.



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 competed in festivals hosted by the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Texas Federation of Music Clubs, receiving the highest ratings and winning the “All-State Musician” award three times. Mr. Thomas holds an Associate of Arts degree in music (summa cum laude) from Collin College, where he studied with Dr. Brian Allison. While at Collin College, he won several honors and awards, including “Outstanding Freshman Piano Major”, “Outstanding Sophomore Piano Major”, “Outstanding Sophomore Theory Student”, and “Outstanding Music Literature Student”. 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. He was the recipient of 2014-2015 Joan Terr Ronis Award for Outstanding Student of the Keyboard Area. 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. Mr. Thomas is also a frequent performer both as a soloist and collaborator. He has presented recitals in Texas, Michigan, and Ohio. He is an active accompanist in both the high school and college arenas. He frequently performed with the UT Tyler Wind Ensemble while attending UT Tyler. He was the rehearsal pianist and pit orchestra keyboardist in the Tyler Civic Theater production of Bye Bye Birdie, and a rehearsal pianist for the UT Tyler production of Finian’s Rainbow. He has been the pianist for Opera Workshop classes at UT Tyler and CSU. As an actor, he has appeared on stage in productions of Carousel, Death and Deceit on the Nile, and Finian’s Rainbow. Mr. Thomas has been involved in church music, since the age of eleven. Most recently, he was the Director of Music at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been on staff as an administrative assistant at the Keyboard Wellness Seminar since July 2014.


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Date:  2017-10-27 12:51:16
Subject:  Piano Lessons: An Essential Part of Being Human
Blog:  “Why should music be a part of a child’s education?” That is a question asked and answered by a myriad of books, articles, and blog entries. Have no fear! This post will ask and answer a different question: “Why do I teach music?” This is not a defense of the music teaching career path. This literally is the answer to why I, Seth Thomas, teach music. If the answer was simple enough to put into a single statement, there would be no need for the post. However, when put most concisely, the answer would be that I teach music because I believe it to be a vital part of the human experience.             In the simplest elaboration on that statement, music is something most humans experience from the womb until the day they die. Even those born without hearing have been shown to feel the vibrations produced by certain types of music and the emotional impact it has on them. Music is a part of everyone’s life. Of course, this statement is true in the general sense of most people listening to the radio or recordings. However, we must broaden our definition of what music is. Our ears are accustomed to the music that has been handed down through the tradition of Western Art Music. Jazz, Rock, Pop, and even Rap have their roots in Western Art Music, or, as many call it, “classical” music. However, convincing many classically trained musicians to include these genres in their definition of music is difficult. In the same vein, it can also be difficult to convince those both trained and untrained that the music of other cultures is music. Supposing the reader agrees with me thus far, I would go even further and state that the sounds we hear and make every day are music. The traffic, the sound of footsteps as we walk, the whirring of the computer as we check our social media, our neighbors talking to each other from their balconies from building to building, or a baby crying in the store as we do our grocery shopping. Perhaps it seems absurd to categorize these things as music. Perhaps even a little hippie-esque of me-which, for those of you who know me personally, is not me at all. However, all of these sounds include rhythm (the fundamental element of all music), pitch, and most importantly a story. All good music must communicate some form of story to the listeners-and it does not always do so with words. As the old saying goes, “Art imitates life”-although, I would take it further and say, “Art is life.”             Now that music has assumed a larger definition, we can divide it into four categories. The two main categories being: 1) organized music- in other words, music that is generally thought of as music; be it classical, popular, rock, cultural, and so on- and, 2) unorganized music- that is, those everyday sounds not generally thought of as music. Each of these categories is then divided into two sub-categories: good and bad. This is where I, as a teacher, enter the scene. With all of this musical information surrounding us, it is easy to become overwhelmed. As a teacher of music, my job is to help shape students’ understanding and taste of what is good organized music and what is bad organized music. Beyond that, however, it is my responsibility to help students sort out the unorganized music and bring that into their interpretation of organized music. Again, I teeter on the edge of sounding like something I don’t brand myself as: a life-coach. Although, there are many great life lessons to be learned from music study: self-discipline, meeting of deadlines, prioritization, patience, communication, and managing nerves through preparedness, to name a few.             As a music teacher, I hope to shape my students into good human beings who live musical lives, whatever their chosen career. Of course, as they study with me, I want to see them achieve great things at the piano. And as they grow and learn as musicians, hopefully they will grow as humans. The amount of time required to practice in order to perform a piece in a masterfully artistic manner develops strong habits of self-discipline. Students who start music lessons at a young age and continue through high school, develop a strong sense of responsibility and understanding for long-term commitments. More than most people, they understand the importance of following through on what they have agreed to do. They must develop a tremendous amount of patience, as it can take months to polish and perfect a piece for a performance that lasts only a few minutes. They must learn to communicate their musical needs to me, as well as understand how to pinpoint and verbalize their technical difficulties. From a young age, they learn the value of making a good impression in front of a group of people. They also learn how to prepare themselves and deal with nerves and anxiety in a healthy manner.             The acquiring of the “commitment-follow through” relationship develops something which is severely lacking in modern society: a good work ethic. Very few children have to earn anything anymore. Our “no child left behind” mentality has shaken the system of earning rewards through honest, hard work. Music is one of the few experiences in which children have the opportunity to experience the benefits of putting in the time and effort necessary for success and the consequences of failing to do so. Not all music students will go on to a career in music. However, hopefully all music students will go on to have a career. And, regardless of what that career is, there will be performance expectations which have benefits and consequences attached to them. Someone who has trained to be successful is more likely to reap the benefits than someone who has been trained to receive rewards for doing nothing.             As students learn from me, they will be challenged along the way to do yet another thing that is lacking in modern culture: think. Rather than always telling students what is right or wrong, I like to let them experiment and discover for themselves what works. Of course, I guide them along the way and help to shape their way of thinking, but it is they who must do the thinking. And probably my most important job as a music teacher is allowing students to think for themselves. Sometimes students’ thought processes are completely the opposite of what mine are. That does not make them wrong. When this occurs, I have them explain why their train of thought led them to whatever conclusion. It is equally enlightening for myself and the students, as they oftentimes don’t think about why they give the answer they do. And so, by developing these critical thinking skills, the student learns to discern the good and the bad in both the organized and unorganized realms of music.             There are so many great reasons for me to teach music: the joy it brings to the students and those that hear them play, the understanding of the structure and form of music, the knowledge of various cultural backgrounds, and the rich history associated with much music. These are all things I love about music. And I love them because they are a part of what helps me shape young humans into a thoughtful, disciplined, committed future generation who will make the world a better place. To view this and other articles by me visit: