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  • Professor Kathy Thomsen

    Kathy Thomsen

    Associate Professor, Music


    Biography

    Kathy Thomsen teaches piano, music fundamentals, and conducts the Women’s Chorale. She is a specialist in Dalcroze eurhythmics, a movement-based approach to music and musicianship integrating eurhythmics (physical movement connected to music), solfege (aural skills), and improvisation. She presents workshops and classes to music teachers locally and around the country, including the Dalcroze School in New York City, the University of Texas – San Antonio, and the Wisconsin Center for Music Education in Madison. Her articles have been published in the American Dalcroze Journal, the American String Teacher, and Music Educators Journal. Dr. Thomsen’s B.A. is from Hamline, and her graduate degrees in piano performance are from the University of Michigan (M.M.) and the University of Minnesota (D.M.A). She holds the Dalcroze Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University, and Dalcroze License from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. In addition to her work at Hamline, she volunteers to teach second grade music weekly at Hancock/Hamline Elementary School.

    Teaching Style

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

    “I believe all people are musical.  I’m interested in guiding students to discover their innate musicality, expanding and refining it to whatever degree they desire.”

    -Kathy Thomsen