Faculty

Dr. George Hess, Director

Dr. George Hess, Director

Music Technology, Music Theory, Jazz and Pedagogy

George Hess is an educator, author, performer and composer with over 40 years of professional experience with over 25 years as professor of music at major universities.

  • Author of Create Music with Notion: Notation for the Busy Musician (2015, Hal Leonard)
  • Professor of Music at Central Michigan University and the National University of Singapore
  • Apple Distinguished Educator
  • Award-winning educator in jazz, technology, theory and pedagogy
  • Graduate of prestigious jazz programs at Berklee and Northern Colorado
  • Producer of MuseScore in Minutes video series
  • Groove 3 video library producer
  • Performances with the Osmonds, Myron Floren, Ryo Kawasaki, Jim Nabors
  • Over 100 clinics and workshops presented on four continents.
Dr. Kimberly McCord

Dr. Kimberly McCord

Special Music Ed, Jazz, Pedagogy

Dr. Kimberly McCord is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Illinois State University where she taught courses in special music education, general music and jazz. She taught music and special education in the Denver Public Schools for ten years.

  • Author of Accessing music: Using UDL to enhance student learning in the general music classroom (2014) Alfred Music. Exceptional Pedagogy for Children with Exceptionalities (2016) Oxford. 
  • Grants from the Kennedy Center, Apple and the MacArthur Foundation to study children with disabilities. 
  • Founder of the US Figurenotes programs that feature rock bands for musicians with disabilities. 
  • Graduate of prestigious music and special education programs at the University of Northern Colorado. 
  • Presentations on music for children with disabilities in 48 states and ten countries. 
  • Founder of the National Association for Music Education Children with Exceptionalities Special Research Interest Group.
  • Former Chair of the International Society for Music Education Commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy. 

Ryan C. Hess
Professional Development. Arts Integration, Creative Behavior Management, and Early Years Creating.

Ryan C. Hess is a teacher, composer and musician with over 12 years experience teaching music and arts to K-12 students.

  • Teacher and Subject Head of Integrated Arts at School of the Arts, Singapore
  • Musical Awareness Teacher, Junior Guildhall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Currently Teaching Students aged 4-19, Music and Musical Theater
  • 10 years experience teaching International Baccalaureate Music. (IBDP HL and SL, IBCP)
Christopher Boyd

Christopher Boyd

Independent Media Engineer, Boyd Multiple Media Services

Work in audio has been a significant portion of Christopher’s livelihood for over 25 years. After a parallel full time career in retail IT and accounting, Mr. Boyd has transitioned to the full time gig economy as a music technologist.  Specializing in primarily classical live location recording, his additional work as an event MC, DJ, and live sound engineer has given him experience in a wide range of genres.

  • M.S. in Music Technology from Indiana University (IUPUI)
  • B.Mus. in Music Education from Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA)
  • Independent Media Engineer & Music Technologist
  • University of Pittsburgh Department Of Music Contract – Recording and Live Sound
  • Pittsburgh Concert Audio – Live Sound Engineer
  • Active in the Association of Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI)
  • Specializing in Classical Location Recording
  • Live Streaming Programs for Concerts and Events
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