Margaret (Midge) Thomas

Margaret (Midge) Thomas

Sylvia Marx Professor of Music
Chair of the Music Department

Joined Connecticut College: 1999

B.A., Whitman College
M.A., University of Washington, Seattle
Ph.D., Yale University


Tonal and non-tonal music theory

Issues of rhythm and time in contemporary music

Music theory pedagogy

Analysis of jazz and popular music

Devoted to teaching, Midge Thomas strives to share with her students the power music theory, aural skills, and analysis have to open new paths for understanding and performing music. Courses include Foundational Theory for Musicians, Tonal Theory, Counterpoint, Post-Tonal Theory, Service-Learning Practicum, and Music Analysis.

Thomas has a particular interest in the rhythmic practices of contemporary music, with a special focus on the music of the highly inventive twentieth-century composer Conlon Nancarrow. She examines Nancarrow's use of rhythmic complexity in the context of broader concerns shared by many contemporary composers regarding the temporal organization of music, as well as with regard to his interest in early jazz.

She has presented her research at annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory, Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest, and Music Theory Southeast. She has articles and reviews published or forthcoming in Journal of Music Theory, Perspectives of New Music, Int├ęgral, Ex tempore, American Music Review, Music Theory Online, and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. In 2011 Thomas co-authored a book chapter with Robert Richter (Director of Arts Programming) on team teaching.

Professor Thomas served in 2011 on the College's Centennial committee as a judge in the search for a new Centennial song

Visit the music department website.

Majoring in Music.

"Time is the last frontier of music."
- Conlon Nancarrow

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Mailing Address

Margaret (Midge) Thomas
Connecticut College
Box # MUSIC/Cummings Arts Center
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


215 Cummings Arts Center