Tom Beyer studied classical percussion with Paul Price and later studied jazz and ethnic music with percussion masters, Fredrick Waits, Eddie Blackwell, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart and Guillermo Franco. He has worked in most styles of music including various ethnic musics, jazz, rock, opera, theater and new media as a drummer, percussionist, composer, engineer, technologist and teacher.
Professor Beyer completed a Masters Degree in Music Composition at NYU/Steinhardt. In addition to being a member of the New York University Composers Ensemble, and a founding member of the newly formed International Composers & Interactive Artists, he is engaged in engineering and sound design projects throughout New York City. He also composes for various concert, Internet and multimedia projects. His awards and honors range from a Lincoln Center Award as a High School Student to recently receiving, each for two consecutive years, The NYU/Steinhardt Music Jack Krieselman and ASCAPlus Awards.
Professor Beyer has taught at The Center for Open Education, Emerson College, and The New School. He was the Director of the Electronic Music Program at The County College of Morris. Since 1998 he has been the Chief Systems Engineer for the Music Technology Program and the Network Administrator for NYU Steinhardt Music. He joined the adjunct music faculty at NYU Steinhardt in 1999.
Professor Beyer's compositions, in many genres and with diverse instrumentations, range from solos to huge multimedia extravaganzas. His works have been performed in many venues and festivals in Europe, Asia and the United States. His interests are sound for visuals, synthesis, percussion, software and hardware design and the uses of technology.