Mark Harrison


Division: Contemporary Music
Program: Popular Music

Expertise: Keyboards, Harmony/Theory, Aural Skills
Phone: (818) 887-8870
Office: TMC 118


Mark Harrison is a professional keyboardist, composer/arranger, and music educator/author. He has worked with top musicians such as Jay Graydon (Steely Dan), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), John Molo (Bruce Hornsby band), and numerous others. An active performer in both jazz and rock styles, Mark has recorded three CDs as the leader of his own contemporary jazz band (the Mark Harrison Quintet), and plays regularly on the Los Angeles rock club and festival circuit with the Steely Dan tribute band ‘Doctor Wu’. His TV music credits include Saturday Night Live, The Montel Williams Show, American Justice, True Hollywood Stories, and many others.

Mark has written twenty-three music instruction books, covering many different pop and jazz keyboard styles, as well as music theory and ear training. These books are published internationally by Hal Leonard Corporation, and are used by thousands of musicians in over twenty countries worldwide, as well as in numerous colleges and universities. Perhaps Mark’s best-known book is the 500-page keyboard encyclopedia The Pop Piano Book, which Keyboard Magazine calls “the most accessible and valuable keyboard method available for those interested in popular styles”. Mark’s books have been translated into German, Japanese and Spanish, and are recommended by the Berklee College of Music for all their new students.

In addition to teaching classes at USC, Mark runs a busy private teaching studio, giving on-line lessons to clients worldwide. Mark’s students include Grammy-winners, hit songwriters and producers, members of the Boston Pops and L.A. Philharmonic orchestras, and first-call touring musicians with major acts. His YouTube videos on keyboard styles and harmonic concepts have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of musicians. Mark is a former faculty member of the prestigious Grove School of Music, and has written several Master Class articles for Keyboard Magazine on topics such as rock, funk, gospel and country piano styles.