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.
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.