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William Ennis Thomson

William Ennis Thomson (May 24, 1927 – May 17, 2019) was an American music educator at the collegiate level, music theorist, composer, former Music School Dean and professor at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California from 1980 to 1992. His overarching interest in research centered around the cognitive and perceptual foundation of music, insight for which is found in his 2006 article, "Pitch Frames as Melodic Archetypes", Empirical Musicology Review, 1.2, 1–18.

Thomson has served the faculties of SUNY Buffalo (1975–80) (Chair of Music and Albert Ziegle Professor); University of Arizona (Director of Graduate Studies) (1972–75); Case Western Reserve University (Fynette Hill Kulas Professor) (1969–72); Indiana University School of Music (1961–69) (Professor of Music Theory; Chair Music Theory Department); University of Hawaii Scholar in Residence (1967–68); Sul Ross State University (1951–60), and Ford Foundation composer in residence (1960–61).He chaired the ETS Advanced Placement in Music Test Committee (1975–79); served as music panel member and examiner for the National Endowment for the Arts (1971–75, while Nancy Hanks was chairman); fellow and policy committee member of the Ford Foundation; served as a key participant in the Contemporary Music Project (1963–75); Board member of the Buffalo Philharmonic (1976–80); taught and composed works for wind band, orchestra, chorus (accompanied and a cappella); and various chamber music media. Thomson also served in the Armed Forces: U.S. Navy (1945–46).

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Some of their strengths

William Ennis Thomson has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intelligent, Altruistic, Charming, Energetic, Passionate, Communicative, and Creative.

Charming and Quick-witted

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, William Ennis Thomson is someone who is a charming, quick-witted, and energetic person who combines passion and intelligence with an ability to feel what others are feeling and to effectively communicate with them. A person who is charismatic and resourceful.

Constant and Serious

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know William Ennis Thomson well know them as someone who can be determined, unmoving, and firm, like a rock or a high mountain.

Productive and Perseverent

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe William Ennis Thomson as someone who is productive, persevering, deliberate, and direct.

A person who is creative, has good luck with work and money, good listening skills, good relationships with people at work, is a good teacher or counselor, and who is good at organizing groups, teams, or causes.

Communicative and Intelligent

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, William Ennis Thomson is someone who tends to have a desire to communicate with others, either verbally, through written form, or otherwise, and to have a knack for understanding art, beauty, and aesthetics.

They are also someone who is intuitive, imaginative, and an agent of change, and who is always dreaming of life's great possibilities and partnering with people to try to achieve those possibilities.

Logical and Reasonable

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, William Ennis Thomson tends to be someone who is understanding, logical, and reasonable. Who can be intellectual and intuitive, speak the truth at any cost, be witty and sociable, and live life to its fullest.

Some of William Ennis Thomson's challenges

While William Ennis Thomson has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, William Ennis Thomson can be Indecisive, Stubborn, Hypocritical, Self-centered, Unrealistic, Possessive, and Pleasure-seeking.

Hypocritical and Self-centered

One of William Ennis Thomson's key challenges is that they are someone who can be perceived as hypocritical and self-centered.

William Ennis Thomson must also exercise caution as they can have a hard time reconciling wants and needs, and can have difficulty dealing with responsibility, authority, or criticism.

Possessive and Stubborn

William Ennis Thomson is someone who can be possessive, jealous, inflexible, and stubborn, can have a habit of being a frivolous spender, and who can feel insecure or cynical in romantic relationships and have difficulty forming productive personal and professional partnerships.

Indecisive and Distracted

Finally, William Ennis Thomson also can have a hard time staying focused and can easily become restless.

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