UCF Music Department
Thad Anderson

Thad Anderson

  • Assistant Professor

tra@ucf.edu
407-823-2221
Office Hours: By appointment
Campus Location: PACM104
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Thad Anderson (b. 1980) is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Central Florida where he coordinates the percussion studies program and teaches courses in music composition and technology.  Joining the faculty in 2009, Anderson also presides over the Collide Contemporary Music Series and Festival.  Anderson is a versatile performer and pedagogue with focused interests that span contemporary music, historic American percussion ensemble repertoire, composition, design, electro-acoustic music, conducting, and technology.

Active as a solo, orchestral, and chamber musician, some of Anderson’s performance credits include the Accidental Music Festival, Victoria Bach Festival, Austin Chamber Music Center, Timucua Arts Foundation, Round Top Festival-Institute, Syracuse Society for New Music, Make Music New York, Winter Park Bach Festival, Days of Percussion in Florida, Texas, Idaho, and Oklahoma, the Texas and Florida Music Educators Association convention, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Austin, Waco, and Brevard Symphony Orchestras, and as a guest soloist with Conspirare and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra.  Anderson frequently presents clinics, lectures, and performances around the United States and as far as Bangkok, Thailand. 

Anderson specializes in the creation and performance of new music through commissioning and collaborating with composers.  Some of these projects have produced new works by Paul Lansky, Marc Mellits, Zack Browning, Steven Snowden, Jonathan Kolm, John Serry, Martin Bresnick, Halim El-Dabh, and Travis Jeffords.  Also active as a composer, Anderson wrote and recorded the soundtrack for the award winning documentary film Standard Deviation.  Anderson self-publishes original works through +Two Media.  Universal Editions, Santa Barbara Music, and Alfred, are also currently publishing some of his projects.

Additionally, Dr. Anderson is highly active in the Percussive Arts Society community where he is currently President of the Florida chapter and a member of the Music Technology Committee.  Dr. Anderson completed his undergraduate work in Music Education at the University of Central Florida and received his Masters of Music and Doctorate of Music Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Thad Anderson plays Yamaha percussion instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, and Remo drumheads.

Education

  • D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from The University of Texas at Austin (2009)
  • M.M. in Percussion Performance from The University of Texas at Austin (2006)
  • B.M.E. in Percussion from The University of Central Florida (2004)

Research Interests

  • Early American Percussion Ensemble Music
  • John Cage Percussion Players
  • Percussion Instrument Authentication
  • Contemporary Music
  • Music Technology

Recent Research Activities

  • Cataloguing the Lou Harrison Percussion Instrument Collection at Mills College in Oakland, CA
  • Performance practice and instrument authentication of the John Cage Percussion Players

Selected Publications

Articles/Essays

  • Anderson, Thad. Conversations with Paul Lansky. Percussive Notes, Volume 48, No. 3 (May 2010): 34-36.
  • Anderson, Thad. Twelve-Tone Timpani: Jan Williams Variations for Solo Kettledrums. Percussive Notes, Volume 46, No. 4 (August 2008): 48-50.
  • Anderson, Thad. Collegiate Percussion Clubs. Percussive Notes, Volume 44, No. 3 (April 2006): 46-47.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Anderson, Thad.  “A Conversation with William Winant.”  In The Modern Percussion Revolution: Journeys of the Progressive Artist.  Edited by Kevin Lewis and Gustavo Aguilar.  New York: Routledge Publishing, 2014.

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51061 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Face2Face A M,Tu,W,Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80502 MUC1101C Composition Ⅰ Face2Face M,W 10:30AM - 11:20AM Available
No Description Available
80507 MUN2442 Percussion/mallet Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80513 MUN3443 Perc Ensemble Face2Face M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80987 MUN5445 Percussion Ensemble Face2Face M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80710 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Available
No Description Available
80561 MVP1211 Sec Percussion Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80562 MVP1411 Percussion Ⅰ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80563 MVP2421 Percussion Ⅱ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80564 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
81216 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80565 MVP4441 Percussion Ⅳ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80566 MVP5451 Percussion Ⅴ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80984 MVP6461 Percussion Ⅵ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10371 MUE2470 Percussion Tech Face2Face M,W 9:30AM - 10:20AM Available
No Description Available
10907 MUN2442 Percussion/mallet Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Available
No Description Available
10385 MUN3443 Perc Ensemble Face2Face M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10241 MUN3813 Steel Drum Ensemble Face2Face F 12:30PM - 1:20PM Available
No Description Available
10832 MUN5445 Percussion Ensemble Face2Face M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10581 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Available
No Description Available
10420 MVP1211 Sec Percussion Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10421 MVP1411 Percussion Ⅰ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10422 MVP2421 Percussion Ⅱ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10423 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10709 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10424 MVP4441 Percussion Ⅳ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10425 MVP5451 Percussion Ⅴ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10829 MVP6461 Percussion Ⅵ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51620 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Face2Face A M,Tu,W,Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81208 MUC1101C Composition Ⅰ Face2Face M,W 10:30AM - 11:20AM Not Online
No Description Available
81213 MUN2442 Percussion/mallet Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81219 MUN3443 Perc Ensemble Face2Face M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81675 MUN5445 Percussion Ensemble Face2Face M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81412 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
No Description Available
81267 MVP1211 Sec Percussion Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81268 MVP1411 Percussion Ⅰ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81269 MVP2421 Percussion Ⅱ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81270 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81891 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81271 MVP4441 Percussion Ⅳ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81272 MVP5451 Percussion Ⅴ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81672 MVP6461 Percussion Ⅵ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Spring 2016.

Updated: May 11, 2015

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