UCF Music Department
Thomas Harrison

Thomas Harrison

  • Professor

Thomas.Harrison@ucf.edu
Office Hours: SPA: Tuesday, 2-3 (Room T204). Thursday 3:30-5 (room M225). Rosen: Tuesday, 2-3, Cublicle 200-I
Campus Location: PACM225
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Dr. Thomas Harrison holds credits as a guitarist, producer and recording engineer, and is active as both as a musicologist and composer of music for the concert hall. Dr. Harrison has recently released albums on From The Ashes Records, for heavy metallists American Glutton, southern rockers Raven Cain Band, and his rock instrumental group, Tommy Harrison Group, all of which have received critical acclaim and radio airplay internationally.  His musicological research interests focus on hard rock and heavy metal of the 1980s, and the role of recording producers in the making of specific albums. He has delivered academic papers internationally, and is the author of Van Halen: The Music and the Fans 1978-1986 (Pearson), Preparing the Commercial Guitarist (Cheeky Chappy Music), Living on a Prayer (Kendall Hunt) two titles from the series American History Through Music, Music of the 1980s and Music of the 1990s, and Pop Goes the Decade: The 1980s (Greenwood Press) in addition to features in academic journals.  He has worked with noted multi-platinum producers, including Geoff Workman, Michael Wagener, Ric Browde and Greg D'Angelo, as an artist, engineer and/or second engineer, and contributed backing vocals on the Ringo Starr album Vertical Man. Dr. Harrison has previously served on the faculties at Elizabeth City State (NC) University and Jacksonville University. 

Education

  • Ph.D. in Musicology from University of Salford (2005)
  • M.M. in Commercial Music: Composition and Arranging from California State University at Los Angeles (1998)
  • Certificate in Instrumental Music Education K-12 Credential from California State University at Northridge (1996)
  • B.M. in Commercial Music: Guitar Performance from University of Denver (1992)

Research Interests

Performance and Production: hard rock and heavy metal.  Engineering: nearly all genres.  Musicological research: 1980s American hard rock.  Compositions for the concert hall: varied acoustic instrumentations, atonal.

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
20822 MUL3024 Welcome to Jungle: 80s Rock Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
20821 MUS4320 Music Business and Industry Rdce Time M 6:00PM - 8:50PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80334 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Rdce Time Tu 10:30AM - 11:45AM Available
No Description Available
92726 MUS3051 Music Entrepreneurship Web Web Available
No Description Available
81823 MUS4320 Music Business and Industry Face2Face M 6:00PM - 8:50PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61464 MUS4320 Music Business and Industry Face2Face A W 4:00PM - 7:50PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10341 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Rdce Time Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Available
No Description Available
20997 MUS4320 Music Business and Industry Face2Face W 6:00PM - 8:50PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80364 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
No Description Available
92689 MUS4320 Music Business and Industry Face2Face M 6:00PM - 8:50PM Not Online
No Description Available
92861 MUS4320 Music Business and Industry Face2Face Tu 3:00PM - 5:50PM Not Online
No Description Available

Updated: Sep 13, 2018

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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