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Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan

Professor Music
College of Arts and Sciences
Garvey Fine Arts Center
Rm 034
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Univ of Northern Colorado, Bachelor of Music
Univ of Northern Colorado, Master of Music
University of Oklahoma, Doctor of Musical Arts
  • MU 103 A, Jazz History
  • MU 104 A, Movies & Music
  • MU 266 B, Percussion
  • MU 316 A, Theory IV
  • MU 320 A, Form and Analysis
  • MU 400 C, Special Topics/Music
  • MU 443 A, Composition
Scholarly Interests/Activities

Teaching, Performance, Composition.

Member of the Percussive Arts Society

I write reviews for Percussive Notes, the official journal for the Percussive Arts Society.

Service Interests/Activities

I have been on several search committees for the Music Department, as well as University Committees including the Academic Appeals Committee, the Masters of Liberal Studies Committee, the Convocation Committee, and many others.

I adjudicate solo and ensemble festivals throughout the area, including The University of Missouri, The University of Central Missouri, The Oklahoma Student Activities, Kansas Student Activities, and many others.

Career Accomplishments

Tom Morgan is Director of Percussion Studies at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where he teaches applied percussion and directs the Washburn University Percussion Ensemble.  He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education and music theory and composition from the University of Northern Colorado and a Doctoral degree in percussion performance from the University of Oklahoma.  Along with his teaching duties at Washburn, Dr. Morgan has a large private studio made up of elementary, junior high and high school percussion students from the surrounding community.  He is the author of A Sequential Approach to Fundamental Snare Drum, and A Sequential Approach to Rudimental Snare Drum, snare drum instruction methods, The Musical Marimbist, and The Drumset Reading Workbook, all published by C. Alan Publications.

As a performer, Dr. Morgan is very active in the Topeka and Kansas City areas, performing and recording with numerous groups, including the Trilogy Big Band, a seventeen-piece jazz ensemble with two recently released CDs on the Sea Breeze Jazz recording label.  He has also recorded and performed with Kansas City’s Boulevard Big Band and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra.   In addition, Tom has performed with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and the Topeka Jazz Workshop big band.  He is a regional endorser for Vic Firth drumsticks, Encore Mallets, and Sabian Cymbals, and performs regularly on Tree House Drums, which are hand made in Topeka, Kansas.  He is in demand as a clinician at festivals and music camps throughout the region.

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