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Thomas Babin

Course Title: A History of Resistance in Music

Thomas Babin is a doctoral candidate in the Music Department at UC San Diego. He is a performer, academic, and educator with interests in a wide array of musics and has extensive experience as both a musical performer and as an educator at a post-secondary level.

Thomas’ academic work revolves around Contemporary Music and the Jazz Avant-Garde of the 1960s and he has designed and taught courses on Hip Hop (UCSD, Cuyamaca College), David Bowie (UCSD), the Beatles (UCSD),  World Music (Miramar College) and Rock Music History (Miramar College).

  • D.M.A. in Contemporary Performance, University of California, San Diego, CA (2021)
  • M.A. in Music, University of California, San Diego, CA
  • B.Mus in Jazz Performance, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
  • Instructor, University of California, San Diego, CA (2015 – present)
  • Instructor, Miramar College, San Diego, CA (2020 - present)
  • Instructor, Cuyamaca College, San Diego, CA (2021-present)
  • Online Instructor, University of California, San Diego, Miramar College, Cuyamaca College
  • Teaching Assistant/Reader, University of California, San Diego, CA (2012 – Present)
  • Private Bass Instructor (2000 – Present)

Thomas has performed worldwide with a primary focus on modern jazz and contemporary music but with secondary ones on other deep musical interests, has appeared on scores of albums, and has been acknowledged by major publications and arts organizations worldwide.

He is a Juno Award winner (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys) and has been called “rugged and exact” by the Globe and Mail,“inflammable” by the Village Voice, “muscular” by Signal to Noise and a “virtuoso bassist” by the San Diego Reader.