Thomas Swenson teaches keyboard skills as visiting faculty in the School of Music. He has a Ph.D. and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. Swenson has distinguished himself as a national leader in the field of piano pedagogy through publications, leadership positions, presentations, workshops, performances, and the achievements of his students. He was honored in 2015 as a Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow while serving as president of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association. At the Music Academy of North Carolina he recently chaired the piano department and directed the accelerated program. Swenson holds degrees from Minnesota State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Oklahoma.