Thomas Allen graduated from the Jacobs School of Music in Piano Performance with an Outside Field in Russian Music. He also completed a one-year Certificate Program in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique at Salem College. His students regularly participate in Royal Conservatory of Music juries and have received Honors with Distinction. He has participated as a judge in several competitions and events, including the New London Piano Festival and the Hartford Music Teachers Alliance Festival. Thomas has studied piano performance with world-renowned teachers such as Barbara Lister-Sink, Shigeo Neriki, Falko Steinbach, Evelyne Brancart and Luba Dubinsky. Thomas is also a composer and conductor; he has studied orchestral conducting under Toshiyuki Shimada, the former conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Thomas is a strong advocate and teacher of injury prevention for musicians, and he enjoys teaching piano to all levels and ages.
Why I Teach At NMS:
I love teaching at the Neighborhood Music School because our students are eager to learn, curious and thoughtful, and we always strive for excellence. The community is warm and welcoming, and it’s hard to imagine a better place for fostering a love of the arts. Students have the resources to grow as musicians and artists, and it helps them become better people in all areas of life.
Fun Fact About Me: I love espresso! I am an amateur barista and I enjoy making espresso for many types of drinks, especially lattes. Making espresso is a science and an art form; there are lots of variables to experiment with, but in the end it comes down to your taste.