Alum

Michael Sean Harris

Position
Assistant Professor
Affiliated Departments

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Michael Sean Harris graduated from Berklee College of Music in June 2000 with a dual major in music synthesis and contemporary writing and production. He has served as director of studies and dean for the School of Music at the Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica. He earned a master's degree in music technology and innovation from Berklee College of Music’s Valencia campus and has worked as an academic consultant for the African Music Institute in Libreville, Gabon.

In February 2020, Harris launched his podcast, Mike’s Moment of..., which serves as a platform for documenting and sharing the stories of some of the well-known champions and unsung heroes of Jamaican culture. He recently published his first book, Mike’s Pocket Performance Pointers, aimed at improving the stagecraft of vocalists.

Harris is a primary consultant with Digicel Rising Stars, acting as a performance coach, and he can also be seen regularly on television as one of the resident judges on the High School Choir competition TVJ’s All Together Sing. He continues to work on his lifelong project Folkbeats and Blipspeak, an exploration of the fusion of Jamaican folk music with electronic beats and textures. His latest innovation is the online school Reggae On-Line, an online portal to courses on Jamaican culture.

Career Highlights
  • Member of The E- Park Band, Jamaica
  • Leader of Michael Sean Harris and DeVices
  • Performances with Tessanne Chin, Fool's Garden, Leo Sayer, and Cheb Mami
  • Author of Mike's Pocket Performance Pointers
  • Recorded with Nadine Sutherland, Buju Banton, Agent Sasco, and Matisyahu
Awards
  • Recipient of the CHASE (Jamaica) Scholarship to study at Berklee Valencia
Education
  • M.M., Berklee Valencia, music technology and innovation
  • B.M., Berklee College of Music, music synthesis and contemporary writing and production
In Their Own Words

"We can all find something that connects us culturally and musically."

"I have worked both on stage and back stage, as a performer and also as a producer and vocal coach. I have produced my own music and arts festival. I have also been an actor on stage and screen. I have composed music and written songs for theater and short films/series, and I have performed my own music live with my tech setup and a live band. My experiences have also taken me around the Caribbean, North America, South America, and Europe. All these things have expanded my perspective and awareness as well as my understanding and appreciation of other people, art, music, and culture. This puts me in a unique position to create a safe space for the students and be more attuned to their needs."