Thomas MacFarlane completed his doctoral studies at New York University where he has taught courses in music composition and arts analysis. He now teaches a course at William Paterson University that deals with Popular Music in a global context. Thom's research explores the connections between recording technology and music composition. He is the author of The Beatles’ Abbey Road Medley: Extended Forms in Popular Music (2007), The Beatles & McLuhan: Understanding the Electric Age (2012), Experiencing Billy Joel: A Listener’s Companion (2016), and The Music of George Harrison (2019). Thom has also contributed chapters and articles to various studies on popular music and has given presentations at international venues such as New York University, the University of Leeds, the University of Glamorgan at Cardiff, and the Université Paris-Sorbonne.
PhD, New York University, 2005
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Popular Music, Music Composition, Arts Analysis, Media Arts