Thomas Parente

Composer Bio

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Dr. Thomas J. Parente is an Associate Professor of piano at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He is the author of The Evolving Class Pianist (Linus, 2012), the Awaken your Musical Passion through the Piano series of method books (Videnotes), and How to Teach Group Piano Successfully through Flow (Linus), a training text for teachers of class piano. He is also a coauthor of Experiencing Choral Music, an innovative series of choral books that is published by McGraw Hill/Glencoe, and The Choral Rehearsal, which is published by GIA Publishing, Inc. Dr. Parente is a frequent clinician and has presented many workshops, courses, and clinics both nationally and internationally on the psychological state of flow as experienced by musicians. He is currently under contract with Oxford University Press to write a new book on piano practicing which links the psychological state of flow with a skills acquisition paradigm.

Dr. Parente is the composer of the musical “The Fabulous Jennie” (text and lyrics by Ramon Delgado) which tells the romantic story of how the beautiful and wealthy Jennie Jerome of Brooklyn met and eventually married Randolph Churchill. Jennie and Randolph were to become the parents of Winston Churchill. He is also the composer of pieces for the piano, chorus and harmonium. He maintains a private piano studio in his Montclair, N.J. home.