Derrick Horne


Professor of Practice in Music
Director of the Meadows Jazz Orchestra




Derrick Horne’s career as a performer, producer, recording engineer and session musician spans well over three decades with performances on over 600 publicly available recordings. Having provided services for performers and organizations ranging from George Clinton to the Olympics and Joel Osteen, his reach as a first-call multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and recording artist has allowed him to contribute to a wide variety of productions, including pop, R&B, world music, gospel, country and chamber music. This has resulted in several of his contributions being nominated for awards, including a #1 jazz CD with his band Grandad Turner and 12 GRAMMY Award nominations to date.

Horne completed master of music degrees in both composition and in theory pedagogy at Southern Methodist University, where he also graduated summa cum laude with his undergraduate degree in music composition. His instructors include Robert Frank, Kevin Hanlon, Jack Delaney, Akira Sato and Lane Harder. One of his main objectives as a composer is to create modern popular music styles using traditional classical ensembles. This is evident in his Fanfare for Brass Quintet; Minuet and Trio for Wind Quintet and Frantic for string quartet. In 2014 his guitar orchestra piece Quintango won the Austin Classical Guitar Society’s composition contest. His pieces for jazz ensemble include Umbigada and Got the Hot Sauce.

Horne, based in Plano, Texas, is a voting member of NARAS and author of the book How to Take Your Home Studio Worldwide (Yokebreaker 2014). He also runs Yokebreaker Productions, which provides a wide range of entertainment services including music production, audio/visual consultation and project management. He is endorsed by Ernie Ball Strings, Orange Amps, Hammond Organs, Pavel Musical Instruments and Ed Lynch Custom Guitars.

Course list

Music Theory I 
Music Fundamentals 
Derrick Horne