• Professor Kathy Thomsen

    Kathy Thomsen

    Associate Professor, Music


    Biography

    Kathy Thomsen teaches piano class and private lessons, collaborative piano, music fundamentals, and conducts the Women’s Chorale. She is a specialist in Dalcroze eurhythmics, a movement-based approach to teaching musicianship that integrates eurhythmics (physical movement), solfège (aural skills), and improvisation. A sought-after clinician, Dr. Thomsen presents workshops to music teachers around the country, including the University of Texas – San Antonio, the Dalcroze School in New York City, and the Wisconsin Center for Music Education. Her articles have been published in the American String Teacher, Music Educators Journal, and the American Dalcroze Journal. A new article on Dalcroze solfège for the undergraduate aural skills curriculum is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy fall 2014. Dr. Thomsen’s current research project, in collaboration with Dr. Kristy Popp (Health Sciences) and several Hamline students, involves studying the effects of Dalcroze eurhythmics on gait, balance, and the risk of falling in community-dwelling senior citizens. Dr. Thomsen’s academic degrees are from Hamline (B.A.), the University of Michigan (M.M.) and the University of Minnesota (D.M.A), and she holds the Dalcroze License from the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

    Teaching Style

    In Dr. Thomsen’s classes students learn about music by making and responding to music – singing, playing, improvising, composing, listening, moving, and analyzing. All students, regardless of their level of experience, can find a place at Hamline to make music and improve their own musicianship.

    “I believe people are inherently musical. My teaching focuses on helping students discover their innate musicality, expanding and refining it to whatever extent they desire.”

    -Kathy Thomsen