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Thomas Hanney

Principal Lecturer

School of Individualized Study
Academic Affairs

585-475-7258
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Thomas Hanney

Principal Lecturer

School of Individualized Study
Academic Affairs

Education

Certificate, Rochester Institute of Technology; BA, St. John Fisher College; MA, State University College at Brockport

585-475-7258

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Invited Article/Publication
Hanney, Thomas. "It's Been the Greatest Friend I Ever Had." Harmonica Happenings, a Quarterly Publication of the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica. (2016). Print.

Currently Teaching

SOIS-240
3 Credits
From the mid-1800s to today, the harmonica has largely been learned informally, passed down by generations of musicians who have used it to play melodies, solos, and chord accompaniment. It was a natural for the blues because of its human voice-like quality and flexible way to play “blue” notes. Blues musicians developed a harmonica style that reverberates in many musical styles today. This interdisciplinary course focuses on the history and culture of the harmonica and the blues. Students learn about era-related harmonica styles, influential harmonica players, the basics of playing blues-style diatonic harmonica, and the fundamentals of sound. Students will attend a live music performance in the Rochester community.
FNRT-256
1 Credits
Students will receive private (one-to-one) instrumental or voice lessons and participate in studio performance opportunities. Private lessons are offered to support the RIT ensembles program, therefore only students who are active participants in an approved RIT ensemble will be eligible for lessons.
SOIS-341
3 Credits
The harmonica is played in a wide range of musical styles including rock, country, folk/traditional, hip hop, jazz, classical and blues. Students examine the playing styles of leading harmonica players in multiple music genres. These include Larry Adler, Toots Thielemans, John Popper, Stevie Wonder and Little Walter Jacobs. They also research and examine genres they bring to the class. Students enhance their own harmonica playing in this class. Playing with other musicians, using equipment, maintaining and improving harmonicas and the future of the harmonica are also part of the class.