Tom White comes to SMID from the Fine Arts Academy in Norman, Oklahoma, where he enjoyed an active teaching career as an instructor. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, Tom moved to Colorado where he continued to teach and perform, and received his Masters Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Northern Colorado in 2010.
Tom is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma, studying both piano and piano pedagogy. During the three years of his graduate assistantship at OU, Tom gained invaluable experience teaching both group piano and applied lessons, as well as teaching children, K-12, at the Fine Arts Academy in Norman, Oklahoma.
As past president of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter at OU, Tom has participated in group presentations at the National Conference and the 2nd Piano Pedagogy Symposium. In 2012 his report from the National Group Piano Pedagogy Forum was published in the MTNA E-Journal, and in 2013 he contributed a book review to The American Teacher.
Having trained with renowned Suzuki piano teacher Mary Craig Powell, Tom’s teaching philosophies are fully aligned with the Suzuki method’s nurturing approach. He recognizes the method’s potential to produce highly skilled and competent musicians and strives to share his love for the Suzuki repertoire with his students.