Margarete Thomsen has been teaching piano for over 40 years. In addition to having completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Dr. Thomsen is member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Michigan Music Teachers Association (MMTA), the Livonia Area Piano Teachers Forum (LAPTF), and the National Federation of Music Clubs. She has served as president of the LAPTF and the State Audition Chair for Michigan Music Teachers Association. Currently she is president of the Senior Federation Club--Camerata.
In addition to the DMA, Dr. Thomsen holds a bachelor’s degree in music, a master’s degree from the University of Southern California in piano performance, and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in music theory. Dr. Thomsen is a Michigan Music Teachers Association certified teacher and she is completing her MTNA national certification.
Piano students enrolled in Margarete Thomsen Music Studio are offered a well-rounded program of instruction with training in repertoire, theory, musicianship, ear training, technique, music history, improvisation, sight-reading and ensemble playing.
For all students, the private lesson is the core of instruction. During this time we work to develop a good piano technique, strong music-reading skills, clear understanding of music theory as applied to the pieces at this level of study, and explore a variety of music styles and forms. For most students, the lesson is supplemented with a music theory session which may be held in the Computer Lab or handled by individual instruction. Students use up-to-date as well as established music education software to reinforce and expand learning.
Annual assessments are available through the Michigan Music Teachers Association's Student Achievement Testing and through the Royal Conservatory of Music assessment program. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the annual Federation festival, usually held in Mardh. In addition regular studio classes and annual recital offer performance opportunities.
Testimonial--I have studied with Margarete Thomsen for 2 1/2 years and my progress and love for the piano has grown steadily. She has technical competence, understanding of the variety of musical genres, the ability to teach music theory at the student's level, and she genuinely loves to teach. My weekly time with her is a most valuable and enjoyable hour. --Joe Schepis
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