Thomas is a pianist, teacher, and composer. He is dedicated to helping students appreciate music and express themselves artistically. His teaching style adapts to the needs of each student and he has experience working with all ages, levels, and a wide variety of musical styles (classical music, musical theater, pop, rock, jazz, liturgical). Thomas graduated from the Jacobs School of Music and is highly trained in piano performance, music theory, choir, accompaniment, and conducting; he is also a strong advocate and teacher of injury prevention for musicians.
Thomas has offered piano lessons since 2008. He previously taught in New Mexico, North Carolina, and Indiana, and he now resides in Connecticut. In addition to his private studio, he also teaches at the Neighborhood Music School and the New Haven Academy of Performing Arts.
Thomas is the owner of Thomas Allen Piano Studio.
I enjoy seeing new students develop the skills they need to play pieces they love and connect with. I enjoy helping them overcome technical obstacles and appreciate different types of music.
Thomas is a wonderful instructor! Starting lessons as an adult is daunting, but Thomas really makes each lesson both enjoyable and informative. He covers both the basics, like how to read music, and more advanced concepts, like the proper way to strike a key. He is really receptive to my own needs and tastes, tailoring the lessons to the type of music I would eventually like to play. Even though I'm starting from scratch, Thomas makes me believe I can actually play real music!
During college, I had the fortunate opportunity to study with Thomas Allen. He is patient, thorough, and concerned about the entire health of the performer. Knowing the impact that poor technique can have on pianists, I learned the importance of being released and free while playing.
I get to know them and ask questions about their musical background. From there we set up a plan for which books to use, which pieces, etc.. We discuss goals for piano lessons and expectations for coming prepared.
I received my undergraduate degree from the Jacobs School of Music in Piano Performance with an Outside Field in Russian Music. I also completed a one-year Certificate Program in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique at Salem College. I have played the piano for 16 years and taught for 8. I enjoy performing in different styles and working with students of all ages/levels.
30 minutes = $30
45 minutes = $40
1 hour = $50
I first started teaching when I was in high school and I was introduced to several young kids who wanted to play the piano. I have taught in New Mexico, Indiana, North Carolina, and Connecticut
I have worked with students who are starting from the very beginning, advanced students, and professional pianists who want feedback from a fellow pianist.
Two of my students, 7-year-old twin boys, recently finished their first compositions. They wanted to compose their own piano pieces, so we learned how!
Look for someone who can give you a solid foundation in piano technique. I got injured from tendonitis and had to start all over again. Now I can play without pain!
What kind of music do they like and want to play?
Will they have enough time to practice and get better?