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Course Syllabi


Class Piano, Music Appreciation
B.M. San Jose State University, 1994, M.A. San Jose State University, 1998
John David Thomsen received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from San Jose State University. While studying with Dr. Brettell at San Jose State University, Mr. Thomsen received many awards and accolades including: Most Outstanding Graduate Students (SJSU, 1998), Stanford University Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship Competition (first place), San Jose Music Study Club Young Artist Competition (first place), Music Study Club Scholarship Competition (first place) and the San Jose State University Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship Competition (first place) to name a few.

Some of Mr. Thomsen's more prominent performances include an appearance on the TV show "Grand Piano", National and World premiere performances at the National and International Computer Music Conferences, solo and chamber music performances for festivals in Rome, Positano and Sorrento Italy as well as being a featured performer for the American Music Week Concert series at San Jose State University. Additionally, Mr. Thomsen has been a regular featured performer for the "Music at Noon" concert series in Sacramento for the past five years.

As a lecturer and teacher, Mr. Thomsen has presented lectures, recitals and master classes for such organizations as the Music Teachers' Association of California, the San Jose Music Study Club, the and the National Teacher's College in Tai Chung, Taiwan.

As a member of the Music Teachers' Association of California (Member Los Altos Branch since 1995), Mr. Thomsen has served as branch president (2000-2002) and vice-president (1998-1999) and has regularly served as an adjudicator for various MTAC sponsored events. He has served on the faculty at San Jose City College, Foothill College, Las Positas College, the Silicon Valley Conservatory, the South Valley Youth Conservatory, and as a teaching assistant at San Jose State University. John David Thomsen has been a member of the music faculty at De Anza College since 1998.
Winter 2018
CRN Course Title
35589 MUSI-004B-02 Comprehensive Musicianship II (Second Quarter)
34499 MUSI-012B-01 Class Piano II
34500 MUSI-012C-01 Class Piano III
34507 MUSI-018A-01 Intermediate Piano I
34508 MUSI-018B-01 Intermediate Piano II
34509 MUSI-018C-01 Intermediate Piano III
Spring 2018
CRN Course Title
45559 MUSI-004C-01 Comprehensive Musicianship II (Third Quarter)
44816 MUSI-012B-01 Class Piano II
44820 MUSI-012C-01 Class Piano III
43942 MUSI-018A-01 Intermediate Piano I
43943 MUSI-018B-01 Intermediate Piano II
43944 MUSI-018C-01 Intermediate Piano III

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Last Updated: 4/25/16