Mark Thompson is a passionate music educator dedicated to promoting growth in individual artistic endeavours. Achieving communication with students and facilitating artistic growth in the individual are his lifelong goals.
He holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in performance from The University of Toronto as well as a professional studies certificate from The Mannes College of Music in New York City.
His performance credentials are vast- from being the only Canadian clarinetist to perform a solo recital at Carnegie Hall to performing and touring internationally with Quartetto Gelato and the Penderecki String Quartet to performing with many of Canada’s orchestras including The Toronto Symphony. He has been heard on CBC and National Public Radio as well as the Disney Channel.
As a senior woodwind examiner for the Royal Conservatory, he has had the privilege of conducting hundreds of examinations in every province in Canada as well as in The United States. As a music festival clinician, he has adjudicated over 100 festivals in the past 15 years. His private students greatly benefit from his continual perspective of our national music community.
Mark Thompson has been teaching clarinet, saxophone and flute for the past 25 years. He has worked with all levels of students as well as all ages-from 5 to 90 years old! He has a vast knowledge of woodwind pedagogy which he is able to share effectively according to the needs of each individual student.
He has prepared many students for examinations, festivals, auditions and recitals.His students have achieved high results in Royal Conservatory examinations as well as completing successful auditions for youth orchestras and jazz bands. Some of his students have earned Gold medals from the Royal Conservatory.In addition to this he has given instruction to professional doublers who work at festivals like Shaw and Stratford. For students needing rudimentary theory,harmony and history Mark is able to help students achieve the best result they can while keeping it fun and interesting!
Every student is different and not all take part in competitive activities and Mark enjoys working with enthusiastic amateurs who want to learn the love of music through playing a woodwind instrument!