Education

Education
2000 - 2007

Transfer

Fresno City College

Work History

Work History
Aug 2014 - Present

Instructor

City College of San Francisco Music Department
  • Teach electronic music at the beginning, intermediate and advanced level
  • Design and implement curriculum that is relevant and satisfies state requirements
  • Substitute for other instructors in a range of music subjects including music theory, music appreciation and jazz history
  • Collaborate with other departments on interdisciplinary curriculum and write culminating certificate programs 


MUS 29 
Electronic Music Lab
MUS 30 Electronic Music Laboratory
MUS 21 Traditional African Music (Summer 2015)
MUS 27a Music Appreciation (Summer 2016)
As a substitute
MUS 3a Diatonic Harmony
MUS 3b Chromatic Harmony
MUS 4 Music Fundamentals
MUS 23 Jazz History

Feb 2013 - Jun 2013

Music Tutor

City College of San Francisco

Tutored musicianship, harmony, music fundamentals, beginning piano, music appreciation and electronic music. I have received training through the school's five week tutor training course to incorporate the socratic method of teaching, as well as listening methods to give the students the tools that they need for better learning.  As a music tutor my work included:

  • Tutoring students of all levels and abilities, including students with disabilities
  • Listening to tutees instead of assuming that I know what their needs are
  • Incorporating creative ways of teaching information according to a tutee's learning style
  • Conducting myself in a culturally sensitive manner 
  • Challenging tutee's in a positive and stimulating way that requires their participation rather than giving a lecture
  • Teaching piano, ear training, harmony, computer music, music fundamentals, music appreciation and more! 
May 2012 - Jun 2013

Audio Technician

Steve Moon Audio
  • Installed, adjusted, and operated electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations
  • Diagnosed and resolve media system problems
  • Performed minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment    
Aug 2008 - May 2010

Student Technician

SF State Creative Arts Technical Services, SFSU
  • Installed, adjusted, and operated electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations
  • Diagnosed and resolve media system problems
  • Performed minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment
Dec 2006 - Jul 2007

Backline Technician

Speeda Sound, Fresno CA
  • Installed, adjusted, and operated electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations
  • Diagnosed and resolve media system problems
  • Performed minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment

Skills

Skills

Educator

I am an instructor in the music department at City College of San Francisco where I teach electronic music. I design and implement curriculum that intentionally takes advantage of the diversity of the college by presenting topics in ways that celebrate multiple learning styles as well as allowing students to approach musical style in their own way. In addition to learning electronic music, my students also get an introduction to creative computer programming.

Music Composition

Areas of focus are in Just Intonation tuning for acoustic instruments, Electronic and Computer Music.  

Music Software/Programming Tools

SuperCollider, Max, Gibber, Pure Data, Pro Tools, Reason, Sibelius

Applied Skills

Circuit building, instruments building, live sound reinforcement, audio recording, concert facilitation

Recent Creative Projects

March 2015
UL_Unlisted
Center for New Music

In 1972, City College of San Francisco became the first community college in the United States to offer courses in electronic music. Patrick Cowley, electronic music pioneer, and Herb Bielawa (Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University), Bay Area composer, are both counted among the early students of electronic music at CCSF. The program has since continued forward, and is currently completing its first year under the direction of Matthew Creer. This evening’s program resonates with influences from early pioneers such as Stockhausen, Subotnik and Varese, and yet looks hopefully to the future. 

The students will perform their pieces for fixed media in a continuous, back-to-back mix. Students will diffuse their music live, using a multichannel system whose software element has been programmed in the electronic music studio housed at CCSF’s Ocean Campus.

The title of the program, UL_Unlisted refers to the delight that these students, and their teacher take in voiding the warranties of electronic devices that they have hunted down during class outings in San Francisco. These radios, children’s toys, and discarded ambient sound appliances have been modified and hacked into a new life as musical instruments. Every approved for use electronic device in the U.S. has a label that reads “UL Listed”. This label no longer applies to these hacked devices; they are now officially “UL_Unlisted”.

http://centerfornewmusic.com/calendar/city-college-of-san-francisco-electronic-music-ul_unlisted/


 April 2014

Berkeley Arts Festival

With Shanna Sordahl


Writing about their piece, Baby Rattlesnakes, Matthew Brendan Creer notes: “Baby rattlesnakes are considered to be some of the most dangerous animals in the United States. Unlike their adult counterparts, a young snake, unaware of how costly it is to produce venom, will use all of its reserve in a single bite. This youthful exuberance, passion and lack of attention to personal limitations is an attribute valued by many types of artists…

This piece uses 2 networked computers + 2 performers, both influencing the parameters of each other’s programming. Some of the techniques used include tuned pitches with corresponding rhythms, slow modulation techniques — and of course the occasional sound of a rattlesnake.”

- http://joelasqo.com/blog/less



November 2013

Gino Robair Birthday Concert

The Amandments

  • Live processing
  • Live sound diffusion


June 2013

Grand Electric Skull


·       I played a supporting role during a collaboration between bay area composer /performer Gino Robair, Ikue Mori and the Rova Saxophone Quartet

  • Designed a custom interactive computer instrument for Gino
  •  Attended rehearsals in case any trouble shooting was necessary
  • Ran video installation during both nights of performances


 Center for New Music
 

Active Member since 2012

  •  I am an active member of this venue which serves as a performance space and working area
  • Attend concerts of local new music performers as well as international artists

Attend workshops, topics include:

  • Computer Music
  • Music distribution
  • Composers workshops, where we give each other feedback on each others work


July 2012

Hardware Hacking workshop with Nick Collins

Leadership

  • Stage Manager, Signal Flow 2011  Mills College                                                                                                          Signal Flow is a four day long festival at Mills College where all of the second year Graduate Students perform their culminating pieces for their degrees.  I was in charge of all Stage Management for the 2011 festival as well as one night of the festival in 2012.
  •   Assistant Producer , Morrison Series 2010                                                                                                                The Morrison Series, held at San Francisco State University, is California's longest standing chamber music festival.  In 2010 I was assistant producer to Scott Patterson, Department Head of the Broadcasting Department at SF State, who recorded the Affiara String Quartet.  One of the pieces played was Berg's String Quartet.
  • Glide Social Justice Group, Co - Leader 2012 -Present        The Glide Social Justice Group is a volunteer group committed to community development in San Francisco's Tenderloin Neighborhood, the city's most marginalized and vulnerable community. We develop short term to medium sized projects which have included applying for grants, designing surveys, and organizing voter registration drives.

Non - Profit Experience

  • Intervarsity Intern                                                                                                                 2005 -  2006                      I interned with Intervarsity at the Pink House in Downtown Fresno for nine months.  I participated in community development training, taught english to Hmong refugees and lived in communal housing.  The training focused on social justice for the poor and community development in urban areas.
  • Glide Memorial United Methodist, Member                                                                      2011 - Present      The Glide Memorial Foundation is one of the largest non - profit organizations in San Francisco.  I attend regular leadership meetings where we discuss various aspects of how the Church runs, including its finances.  I am also an active participant in the Glide Social Justice Group