Thomas MacFarlane

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Thomas MacFarlane has been a performing musician for over three decades. His piano skills are exceptional and he specializes in helping students young and old develop their full potential on the instrument. Thom completed his doctoral research at New York University with a dissertation that focused on the role of recording technology in the compositional style of The Beatles. He then transformed his findings into a book that was published by The Scarecrow Press in 2007.


Thom’s compositions have been performed internationally and he has given guest presentations at a variety of scholarly venues such as the University of Leeds, the University of Glamorgan, and the Université Paris-Sorbonne. In 2012, Thom’s second book developed his initial research by employing the ideas of media ecologist Marshall McLuhan to explore the poetic qualities of multitrack recordings by The Beatles. In 2016, he completed a listener's guide on the works of Billy Joel and more recently began preparing a detailed study of the music of George Harrison for Routledge Press.


Thom is currently the Music Education Administrative Coordinator at NYU Steinhardt where he teaches courses in Music Composition, Music Research, and Arts Analysis. He is now available on Fridays and Saturdays for lessons. Call or stop by the store to register for lessons with Thom.


Private lessons at The Music Den

Lesson Structure

The lesson structure at The Music Den is required monthly attendance. Upon sign up, you should expect to attend lessons every week at the designated time agreed. The teacher will be available for a one-on-one lesson for either 1/2 hour or for 1 hour.

Lesson Rates

  4 week Month 5 week Month
Lesson Rates
($31/ half-hour)
$124 $155
Family Discount $116 $145
Voice Lessons
($37/ half-hour)
$148 $185