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Dr. Gloria Tham-Haines

Lecturer in Music


Dr. Gloria Tham-Haines is an alumna of Southwestern College, Class of 2002, graduating with a piano performance degree. After her graduation from SC, she furthered her studies at Wichita State University and the University of Alabama, culminating in a doctorate in piano performance. She is now a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and a member of the Music Teachers National Association. She is also a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner. In 2019, she was named a Teacher of Distinction by the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada. She has taught privately for 20 years and loves working with students of all ages and abilities.

Previously, she has taught at the Oklahoma Conservatory of Music, Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, KS; Southwestern Christian University, Bethany, OK; Oklahoma City Community College; and the University of Central Oklahoma. She has twice been the guest clinician and conductor for the Walnut Valley Piano Teachers Association’s piano ensemble festival, in 2012 and 2016. Currently, she teaches the graded examinations syllabus of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), UK and the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Canada in her private studio.

She is a national presenter on incorporating Trust-Based Relational Intervention® strategies to build a trauma-informed piano studio. She is also a part of the ergonomically-sized smaller piano keyboard international initiative and a private owner of a DS 5.5 Steinbuhler keyboard.

In addition to music, she is an active contra and ballroom dancer, enjoys photography, cooking, reading, and traveling.


  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention(R) Practitioner, 2019
  • DMA, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. 2009
  • Intermediate Chinese Language Certificate, University of Nationalities, Beijing, China. 2008
  • MM, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. 2004
  • B. Phil, Southwestern College, Winfield, KS, 2002
  • Performer's Certificate, Trinity College, London, UK. 1996

Classes Taught

  • Class Piano II, III, IV
  • Applied Piano

Professional Memberships

  • Music Teachers National Association
  • Oklahoma Music Teachers Association

Awards and Honors

  • Teacher of Distinction 2019, Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada

Selected Publications

  • "Trust-Based Relational Intervention(R) Strategies for the Trauma-Informed Piano Studio", MTNA E-Journal, Feb 2020.
  • "The Influence of Socialist Realism on the Yellow River Piano Concerto", DMA Document, 2009

Selected Presentations

  • "Trauma-Informed Piano Pedagogy: The Power to Transform," TMTA, 2020
  • "Trust-Based Relational Intervention(R) Strategies for the Trauma-Informed Piano Studio," MTNA & NCKP, 2019
  • "Small Hands, Hand Span and The Piano," University of Central Oklahoma, Piano Wellness Symposium, 2015
  • "Western Music in China during Mao's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)," University of Alabama, 2009