Professor of Piano
Office: MC 118
Phone Extension: 2251
Donald A. Zent, Professor of Piano at Asbury University, has taught university music students for over fifty years, first at Indiana Wesleyan University (formerly Marion College), and since 1988 at Asbury University. Dr. Zent is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) recognized by the Music Teachers National Association. As Professor of Piano at Asbury, he has enjoyed teaching piano not only to advanced pianists, his primary focus, but also to children and intermediate students. During his long tenure at Asbury, he taught applied piano, all levels of group piano, piano pedagogy, piano literature, and form and analysis. He earned three degrees in piano performance: Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, both from Indiana University, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Some of his previous piano teachers include Rebecca Penneys, Eduardo Berlendis, Santos Ojeda, Jorge Bolet, Nicholas Zumbro, Tong Il Han, Carolyn Kindley, Gizi Szanto, and Delight Murphy. Two of his piano teachers can trace their piano teachers back to Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Dr. Zent has performed as piano soloist with the Indiana Chamber Orchestra and the Lexington Philharmonic. Furthermore, he has performed solo piano recitals at various colleges and universities including Asbury University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Anderson University, Taylor University, Transylvania University, Campbellsville University, Lindsey-Wilson College, Centre College, and Murray State University. A piano collaborator, he has performed extensively with many vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs. As a member of the Kentucky Music Teachers Association (KMTA), Dr. Zent has served as its Piano Chair, Secretary, and Coordinator of Collegiate Competitions. Additionally, he has been an adjudicator for NGPT, KMTA, and for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He has taught piano and Piano Pedagogy to graduate students at the Seminário Teológico Batista do Norte do Brasil in Recife, Brasil. Many of his former students are active piano teachers in both United States and Canada. And several of his former piano students earned master’s degrees and doctoral degrees in piano.
Both Dr. Zent and his wife love the Lord and are actively involved in the Wilmore Free Methodist Church; he has served in this church in various capacities, including accompanist of the adult choir, occasional pianist of the music team, tenor soloist, financial teller, and a member of a short-term missions trip to Cuiabá, Brasil. His wife, Roberta, was a teaching assistant at Wilmore Elementary School and taught mathematics both at Asbury University and Lexington Community College. His son, Kevin, is a family physician in Barrington, New Hampshire; Kevin and his wife, Autumn, have two sons and three daughters. Dr. Zent’s oldest daughter, Jenna Alfonseca, and her husband, Gualberto, live in Humble, Texas, and have one son and two daughters. His youngest daughter, Cammi Hanna, and her husband, David, live in El Cerrito, California, and they have one daughter and one son.
1971: Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Indiana University
1973: Master of Music in Piano Performance at Indiana University
1988: Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati; thesis topic: “The Harmonic Language of Karol Szymanowski’s Metopes, Op. 29, and Masques, Op. 34”
- Piano Lessons, PNO 201, PNO 211, PNO 411
National Guild of Piano Teachers
Music Teachers National Association
Kentucky Music Teachers Association