Statement of Teaching Philosophy:
I find that teaching for the Sound Design and Audio Engineering world has to occur on two fronts to create a successful and well-rounded technician/artist.
Within the classroom, I try to use as many methods of learning as possible to allow students to the grasp the material. This means having readings, online practice exams, multimedia presentations (PowerPoint), and as much hands-on learning as time will allow. With the intro classes, this is centralized on building the basics and the fundamentals of the craft. For instance, with the Stage Electronics and Audio Production class I've taught, I spent a good amount of time on Pre/Post Fade and Signal Flow. I also try to teach as much practical skills as possible. Soldering has been a big Love/Hate for the students in the past 6 years I’ve taught classes as it’s a skill most students do not have. Students find it hard at first but end up feeling accomplished when they end up completing their mini soldering device at the end of class. Many students have come back thanking me for teaching them how to solder.
Outside of the classroom, I find that for the first couple of years I’m building the fundamentals and basic operation knowledge of students. Things as simple as becoming proficient in battering up and waterproofing microphones takes time. The first few times a student mixes a musical, is behind the console, or even using Q-Lab I’m right next to them show them step-by-step what and how to do it properly. That being said, I value the student’s ability of self-exploration and experimentation within the confines of a safe environment. While this is more applicable to Design more than Engineering, I find that for a student to be able to become a professional they need to be allowed to take some risks and make mistakes in a safe environment. It is in those moments, I have seen the magical “A Ha!” moment of finally getting why things are done the way they are. Though, if that moment does not come, I'm always close by to lend a helping hand or take over a portion of the responsibilities.