He may look young, but our newest piano mentor brings years of experience! Let’s welcome Thomas Harbin to ROOTS Academy!
Thomas Harbin (piano • guitar) has 15 years of experience: from 12 years of formal piano training and a master’s degree in piano teaching to performing as a pianist and a guitarist with various schools, choirs, musical theater productions, churches and student camps.
In May 2013, Thomas graduated Auburn University with a Bachelors of Arts in Piano Performance and Spanish. Two years later, he completed his Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy at Baylor University. While at Baylor, he studied classical piano with Dr. Terry Lynn Hudson and piano pedagogy with Dr. Lesley McAllister, as well as jazz piano with legendary jazz performer, Dr. Edward Taylor and Baylor Jazz Ensemble director Alex Parker.
He has spent some time on the road touring music festivals such as Cornerstone and Icthus with contemporary Christian band The Riverside Worship Project.
Since childhood, Thomas learned the importance of studying and respecting the great masters of art music and the fun of learning to play along to his favorite songs on the radio. He believes that understanding how to apply music theory to both classical and popular music allows us to learn more easily written music, play favorite recordings by ear or write original music. “With the mixture of studying the classics, listening to the modern, practicing good technique, and understanding the theory behind the music, eventually we can take our experience and write it into our own music,” he says.
Here’s a little more about Thomas.
Q&A with Thomas
What’s your favorite day of the week and why?
My favorite day of the week is Saturday because I can work on whatever I feel like when I wake up.
My favorite indulgence is York Peppermint Patties. I’ve been known to eat an entire family size bag in a single day.
My coffee order is a vanilla latte from Frothy Monkey by my house.
Place you wish you spent most of your time:
I spend most of my time working at Corner Music or in the practice room.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up I want to be a musical director for an indie folk artist because I love making music, and I’m very organized.