Teaching

As an instructor I have taught in a variety of settings including workshops for children to college classrooms. My passion for teaching stems from a desire to empower people to contribute to their own sense of culture by developing their artistic voice as well as giving them the practical skills needed to sustain themselves through employment. My teaching centers on the role sound and technology play in a variety of settings. I have taught how technology is used as a creative tool in the creation of work. I have given technical instruction in current methods of production. And I have presented sound as a medium of creative exploration focusing on the role technology plays in the distinction between the actualization of sound and the meaning embedded in sound.

I have been teaching for over 25 years as faculty, visiting artist, and workshop lead at such institutions as Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago, IL) Columbia College (Chicago, IL), Robert Morris College (Chicago, IL), The Art Institute of Seattle, Jack Straw Productions (Seattle, WA),  Shoreline Community College, (Shoreline, WA), The University of Washington (Seattle, WA), Seattle Film Institute and Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle, WA)

I hold a Master of Fine Arts in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sound from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Courses Taught:

  • Fundamentals of Audio
  • Audio Technology
  • Digital Audio Production I, II, & III
  • Audio Recording Techniques
  • Audio Post Production for Film
  • Audio and Video for Animation Students
  • Synthesis and Sound Design
  • Sound Design for Film Students
  • Fundamentals of Electronic Music
  • Pathways to Electronic Music
  • Sound Art
  • Physics of Sound
  • Acoustics

I have also conducted workshops on a variety of topics:

  • Field Recording
  • Phonography Peformance  (Collective improvisation with Field Recordings)
  • Invented Instruments
  • Alternative Transducers (Contact mics, Hydrophones, Magnetic Coil Pickups)
  • Springs and Slinkys
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Students in Pathways to Electronic Music perform a score inspired by Stockhausen’s Studie I, using function generators and a ¼” analog tape ma

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Sound Design students collecting Foley sounds

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Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music as interpreted by my Fundamentals of Electronic Music class