Posting Date: July 9, 2012
Meet Harrison Ude: Passionate percussionist
By Brittany Kell
Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant
Harrison Ude has always loved music. Inspired by his teachers at Lassiter High School, Harrison’s love for music turned into a passion for teaching. “Seeing kids understand what they are doing with music and seeing them truly experience music for the first time is what really moves me about teaching,” Harrison shares.
After completing a year at another university, Harrison transferred to Kennesaw State University at the recommendation of his high school music teacher. Harrison enjoys the atmosphere at KSU and couldn’t think of a better university to attend. “I love the students here at KSU – especially in the School of Music,” comments Harrison. “The music program is constantly growing; it’s an amazing transformation to experience.”
Now a junior, Harrison is a percussionist majoring in music education and is broadening his talents by experimenting with the marimba and cymbals. Harrison credits Michael Alexander, director of orchestras, and John Lawless, instructor of percussion studies, with opening his eyes to different ways to approach music. “Harrison is brilliant,” explains Lawless. “He is a well-rounded and mature performer.”
Since coming to KSU, Harrison has maintained a spot on the Dean’s List. He currently participates in the KSU Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Outside of school, Harrison enjoys watching movies and learning how to play golf. He is also gaining teaching experience by volunteering with the Wheeler High School marching band.
After graduation, Harrison plans on teaching music to middle or high school students. He is open to the possibility of teaching at the collegiate level one day. For others considering a music education degree, Harrison suggests, “Practice. Get out there and get as much experience as possible while you can.”