Michael Dunston

Michael Dunston

Senior Instructor; Recording, Media Production

Michael Dunston has been developing and teaching the music technology curriculum within the Department of Music at Virginia Tech for over fifteen years. His courses range from basic introductory concepts and studio technique to media production in a variety of fields, to advanced special topics courses to meet the diverse needs of both undergraduate and graduate students in many areas of technology and research. 

Contact Me

(540) 231-9942
mdunston@vt.edu
Recording Studio
125 N. Main, Suite 2000
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Areas of Expertise

  • Music Technology, Audio Engineering, Recording, Production, Videography, Multimedia, Internet Technologies
  • Teaching Areas: Audio Technology for Music, Music and Media Production, Music Technology Senior Seminar, Independent Studies

Education & Training

  • B.A., Virginia Tech
  • Audio Engineering and Production

What do you most enjoy about your work?

I very much enjoy working closely with students, often in small groups or individually, throughout a significant portion of their academic career.  While many faculty and students usually only know one another for one or two semesters, I often have students in my curriculum for as many as six or seven semesters throughout their academic career.  Not only does this allow for a greater opportunity to develop relationships, it also allows for customization of curricular and instructional methods to best meet the needs and goals of each individual student, as well as develop a greater sense of responsibility and stewardship within our program.

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

One of the things that gives me great satisfaction in teaching is working directly with students, both inside and outside of the classroom, on a wide variety of diverse projects such as the recording and production of audio and video for live performances, studio session recordings, digital photography, videography, audio mastering, digital media archiving, community outreach, and industry research and development.  

While working with students in this manner is more time consuming than traditional classroom methods, the benefits of experiential learning through directed instruction and immersion in these opportunities are clear. This guided approach to the practical application of classroom knowledge in complex situations helps develop the versatility and adaptability necessary for success in today’s professional and highly competitive environments.

Courses

The list of performances available for recordings and archival mastering course work is available on the Studio Coursework page.

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