From Beats to Bagpipes

Although they might spend their days (and nights) in the studio making beats, IPR World Music students had a taste of the bagpipes recently, taking a field trip to the Minnesota History Center to see a Scottish Céilidh group, the Dick Hensold Band.

Instructor Rich Manik brought his class to St. Paul for the performance, a part of the History Center’s Nine Nights of Music series, which celebrates the multicultural sights and sounds of the state. The class will also return to the series in a few weeks to hear a sampling of Ukrainian music from a local group, the Ukrainian Village Band.

As a part of the field trips, students create field journals that describe the soundscape of the performance and interact with the performers. It’s a perfect way to incorporate learning objectives, such as analyzing global elements in popular music, of the popular elective class into a hands-on experience.

Many IPR classes, like Manik’s World Music class, follow an applied-learning approach by turning textbook concepts into real, live experiences and projects for students. Students agree it leads to better understanding of the material as well as more engagement and interest in the topic. Plus, what better way to spend a gorgeous summer night than taking in an outdoor concert?

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Music, Food and Living in Minneapolis

IPR, Institute of Production and Recording, MinneapolisIPR is located in the heart of Minneapolis, surrounded by vibrant neighborhoods and city life. If you are relocating or getting your own place for the first time, staff at IPR can offer advice and resources to help you find your new location.

We’ve been there and done the research to come up with these great Minneapolis neighborhoods to recommend to our students looking for a place to live.

  1. Downtown is within walking distance of the IPR campus. It also is a hotspot for music venues and restaurants, and boasts the theatre district.
  2. Loring Park is near the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and is home to a number of walking and bike paths.
  3. The University of Minnesota covers a large area in Minneapolis, is only a few miles from IPR and caters to student life.
  4. St. Anthony is just across the river from IPR and has lots to do in the summer months with restaurant patios and outdoor music.
  5. Uptown is just south of Loring Park and offers restaurants, shopping and a great nightlife as well as the Chain of Lakes.
  6. The Hiawatha Corridor is gaining popularity because of the Light Rail Line. While more laid back, the train makes access to Downtown quick and convenient.

Check out this link for a map and more information about each of these neighborhoods.

Things to Do

Living in Minneapolis gives you easy access to the entire Metro area. Metro Transit offers both bus and light rail service. Discount passes are available for students. Take the time to explore both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Don’t forget to bring your bike. Minneapolis has been named a top city for biking by the U.S. Census Bureau. Check out this site for everything you need to know.

Music IPR, Institute of Production and Recording, Minneapolis music

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are known for their local music scene. First Avenue was made famous by Prince and is considered a cornerstone of the Midwest music scene. Check out the movie Purple Rain to get in the vibe.

The Turf Club/Clown Lounge is a landmark in St. Paul and the Triple Rock Social Club is a mainstay of the West Bank. Check out the rest of our list of music venues.

Food

We all need to eat and Minneapolis and St. Paul offer a bounty of options for every taste and budget. Check these out:

Twin Cities Trails

Minneapolis and St. Paul both offer walking, hiking and biking trails for all skill levels. Check out these options.

  • The Grand Rounds of Minneapolis
  • River Parkway in St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • Dakota Rail Trail
  • Gateway State Trail
  • The Midtown Greenway

Nature Areas in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Get away from the concrete jungle on occasion. It isn’t far.

Parks

The Metro area boasts 51 parks and park reserves with more than 300 miles of interconnected trails.

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Right in the city

  • Calhoun
  • Harriet
  • Lake of the Isles
  • Cedar Lake

More options to consider

Minneapolis has something for everyone. Find your favorite places to go and things to do.

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6 Things to Know Before You Start College

IPRSo you’re ready to make your college selection. Congratulations, that is a big decision. There is more to do though. Here are six things you should know before that first day of class.

1.   Important Deadlines

There wouldn’t be anything worse than missing an important deadline and putting a halt to the start of your college career. Be sure to look at IPR’s deadlines to know exactly when you can submit your applications. An admissions representative can also provide that information.

Oftentimes the earlier you apply the better for admissions, so apply as soon as you’re ready. IPR sends acceptance letters to those who have met the entrance requirements. Your FAFSA should also be filled out as early as possible after January 1st. The sooner you file, the more likely you are to get the most financial help.

2.   Course Loads

Being recognized as a full-time student at IPR means taking a minimum of 16 credits per term. Generally, the more credits, the more work and time you have to put into the quarter. Take enough to be rigorous and complete your degree in a reasonable timeframe, but acknowledge that you will be spending time to complete assignment for all those courses, in addition to readings and exams.

Keep up with your syllabus; it’s the ultimate guide to your courses throughout the semester. College involves a lot of independence which means that you have to stay on top of things for your classes. Instructors will hold you responsible for due dates, so keep your syllabus handy!

A syllabus typically covers everything from attendance policies to grading scales to the term schedule of the course including due dates. Start the term off right by staying on top of your school work. Getting behind will only make your experience more and more stressful as your coursework begins to pile up.

Do yourself a huge favor. Buy a planner, or download an app and use it!

3.   To Purchase or Not to Purchase

Textbooks take a toll on your wallet and that is a fact. Once you get your syllabus, you can look through the required readings and see what resources will be necessary for purchase. IPR utilizes eResources in the coursework. This provides access to eBooks and other resources used within the course curriculum. IPad’s® are a required tool for an IPR’s student education. There is a scholarship available for a full-time students’ iPad®. Information on this scholarship is available from the admissions and financial aid department.

When it comes to software, for general education courses the basics like Microsoft Office are needed to complete assignments. Industry software, which can be hard on a students’ budget, is available for student use on campus in our labs and studiosWe recommend learning on the provided resources before making an investment in the software. That way you’ll know which of them works best for you and the type of projects you’ll want to do.

4.   Don’t Fear New Places and New FacesIPR students

The transition to college can be a scary one. Embrace it! New experiences shape us as people. Even before a student starts at IPR, they are provided an opportunity to get to know other future students through our Facebook groups. Students are invited to join a group that consists of other students enrolled to start the very same quarter. This is a great opportunity to find out who else is attending your college, what interests you share, and perhaps even find a roommate. At IPR we value the sense of community and this is another way we’ve found to promote our culture.

Be sure to sit next to someone in your first class and introduce yourself. There is unlimited opportunities your first couple days of classes to meet a ton of new people. This means new contacts and new friendships which is what life is all about. Soak up the change and your new surroundings.

Make a solid first impression; you will be spending the next couple months, if not more, with these fellow students. Don’t forget that you’re not the only one with these feelings. There is at least one other person in the same position as you, if not many more.

5.   Resources

Grab a map! If you feel lost in your new surroundings, that’s okay. You’ll get the swing of it before you know it. Take an extra few minutes your first day to familiarize yourself with where you’re going.

The faculty and staff at your institution are at your disposal, so take advantage of this resource. They will help you get your courses on track so you complete all the requirements for graduation in the most logical order. More often than not, they know a lot about your area of study and can help you get a better understanding, too.

Your instructors are the best resource around. These people have degrees and more knowledge in your field than any textbook or internet source. They have hands-on, real-world experience that will benefit you beyond any assigned reading, and they are there to help.

Use your instructor’s office hours; they have them each week for a reason.

6.   Get Involved

Get your social life rolling outside of class by getting involved on campus. This will help you meet new faces and expand your social circle while also filling up your calendar. Start networking with other students, collaborate with each other on projects, and attend local event. The more people you know, the more opportunities that come knocking on your door. So start networking now! Get out there, and get involved. Be seen.

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7 Tips for Your Job Search

job search, careerYou’ve finally done it. You went to college, learned to budget your time and your money, worked hard, learned a lot and graduated. Now you’re ready to move onto the next chapter and start your career.

Are you ready?

Electronic applications and social media have made it faster and easier to find and apply for jobs, but you still have to do the work of:

  1. Planning – Deciding which jobs fit your career path.
  2. Tools – Preparing your resume, cover letter and other tools for the application process.
  3. Research – Accessing job boards and other social media channels to get your name out.
  4. Networking – Getting your name out there to the right people.

If you’re not quite sure how to get started, the career services department at IPR has these tips for your job search.

1.  Devise a Strategy – Research the hiring process in your chosen field to find which jobs are the best for new graduates and how to use the various channels to find opportunities.

2.  Build an Online Profile – Your online profile is an important channel in your job search.  An online profile such as LinkedIn makes is easy to:

    • Upload resumes
    • List skills and experience
    • Search for jobs on job boards
    • Find positions using keyword searches
    • See related jobs to the skills you’ve posted

3.  Create an Effective Resume – Your resume is an essential part of the job search process.  The purpose of that resume is to get an interview.  The average amount of time it takes an employer to look at a resume is 30 seconds or less, so it’s crucial that your resume is brief, attracts attention, creates interest and describes your accomplishments.

4.  Master the Cover Letter – The old adage, “You only have one chance to make a first impression,” applies perfectly to cover letters. You should craft a new cover letter for each job you apply for.

  • Avoid overuse of the word “I”
  • Use a professional business letter format
  • Address the letter to the appropriate individual or department
  • Keep a record of letters you sent and any responses you received
  • Ask someone with good writing skills to proof your letter

One of the most important pieces of advice that you will learn immediately is to always double check your letter for spelling and grammar errors.

5.  Get Comfortable with the Interview Process – When you know what to expect from the interview process, you’ll be more comfortable sitting down with hiring managers and human resource personnel. Practice interviewing with friends, family or the career services professionals at IPR.

6.  Find the Best References – References come in three categories: personal, academic and employment. They are the exclamation point that communicates you are a responsible, qualified candidate.

7.  Learn the Art of Thank You Letters – Want to stand out from the crowd of job applicants? There is nothing like a handwritten thank you letter to show that you appreciated the hiring person’s time and that you are eager for the opportunity to join their team.

Ultimately, no one can promise when or what job you’ll find. But the better prepared you are, the better chance you’ll give yourself. IPR offers career placement assistance to all of our students and graduates.

 

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7 Things You Should Know About College Loans

Student loansSo you’re going to take the plunge and go to college, good for you. The next question typically is, how will you pay for it?

There are many options for getting college financing. Some, like grants and scholarships, don’t have to be paid back. But,if you can’t get grant or scholarship dollars, another choice is to check out college loans.

There are a several loan types available. Federal, state and private loans are the most common. Federal and state loans typically provide the best interest rates. They also offer a variety of repayment choices.

You must complete a FAFSA to be eligible. Once you have received your financial package, you can visit www.nslds.ed.gov to keep track of your federal loan information. Private loans will vary from institution to institution.

As well as the types of loans, there are a number of other facts you should know about college loans.

1. Put Together a List of Questions – Loans come loaded with important details that you need to know. Before you start searching, make a list of questions that cover such topics as:

  • The type of interest rate—fixed or variable
  • Total loan cost
  • Available hardship waiver
  • Deferment policies
  • Grace period
  • Pre-payment options
  • Co-sign requirements

It might be worth your time to research general information about how private loans work. Check out these articles as a place to start: Types of Student Loans, Loan Repayment Basics and Understanding Your Student Loans.

2. Think About the Impact of Interest – When you are in the process of finding loans, remember the impact of interest on the amount of money you will be repaying. The longer period of time it takes you to pay back the loan, the more interest you will pay.

In addition to the questions above, you should determine if your loan has an interest rate cap. Federal loans are likely to have lower caps than private loans.

You may find that your lender provides flexible payment benefits, such as automatic debit programs, which can reduce your interest payments. If you pay more than the required minimum or you begin paying during your grace period, you’ll cut some interest out, as well.

The more time you spend researching what your repayment terms will be, the better prepared you’ll be when it’s time to start paying off those loans.student loan checklist

3. Find out If You Have a Grace Period – Many loans include a grace period that allows you to get on your feet financially once you are out of school. The period starts when you drop below full time, leave school or graduate.

The Department of Education Loan Services, Sallie Mae servicing, clarifies which federal loans have grace periods,

“If you have a Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized federal loan, your grace period lasts for six months. You must begin repaying your loan(s) at the end of your six-month grace period. If you have a Direct PLUS federal loan, there is no grace period. Payments begin immediately after the final loan disbursement is made. Payment postponement options are available. Contact us for details.”

4. Finding a Cosigner – Having a cosigner increases the chance that you will be approved for a loan. A cosigner legally agrees to be jointly responsible for loan repayment should the first signer (you) fail to make arrangements.

People to ask may include:

  • A parent or guardian
  • A mentor or close friend
  • Another relative (grandparent, aunt, uncle…)
  • Your spouse or significant other

As long as they have a good credit history and understand the responsibilities involved, almost anyone can be a cosigner.

5. You Can Find Loans Online – If you want to look beyond your local bank or credit union, you can check online to find a host of lenders. Here are a few loan websites you might find useful:

These websites can show you the benefit of consolidating your federal loans for easy repayment.

When you find different loan sites, you should carefully examine the fine print to see if there are added fees to the quoted rates.

6. You Can Get Help! – Learning about all the information surrounding student loans can be a bit intimidating, but there are many people available who can help you through the experience.

  • If you need help filling out your FAFSA form, you can chat live in Spanish or English with counselors who can guide you.
  • There are companies that, for a fee, will provide assistance and even file your FAFSA for you.
  • Your school’s financial aid office can provide assistance in understanding which loans are best for your situation.

You may want to talk to other students who have gone through the process before you. They can offer experience and support.

7. Remember ScholarshipsScholarships can reduce the amount of money you need to borrow. They are a great way to help pay for tuition costs because you do not have to pay the money back.

Taking a carefully planned approach to student loans will reduce stress during the process and prepare you for the impact that loan repayment will have on your life after college. Once you have the financial details of your college experience in place, you can focus on enjoying one of the best investments you could ever make—a college degree.

 

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13 Scholarships You Want to Know About


“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” —Abraham Lincoln

No one better embodies this quote than someone who has chosen to go to college. The decision is a life-changing one that will have a lasting positive impact. Not only will a college graduate have higher earning potential with the additional years of learning, they will also reap the benefits of building confidence, learning to be flexible and overcoming challenges.

Paying for college can be a challenge. Scholarships are valuable because they don’t have to be repaid. But how do you find the right scholarship for you? Not everyone is a top achiever in terms of grades or high school success. Merit scholarships that are awarded for academics are also highly competitive.

So does that take you out of the running for a scholarship? Not at all. There are tons of scholarships available and some are even kind of unusual. Yescollege.com has a lengthy list of off-the-wall opportunities including a $25,000 scholarship from Jif Peanut Butter for the most creative sandwich and a $20,000 award from the American Fire Sprinkler Association for a student who submits an essay on fire sprinklers.

But you don’t have to go to there to find a scholarship.

Here are 13 great scholarships IPR offers to its students. Apply for any you think you qualify for. For more guidance on applications, talk to your financial aid or admissions representative:

High School Scholarships

  • Academic Merit Scholarship – Receive up to $3,000 based on your high school GPA and ACT score.
  • Director’s Academic Scholarship – Receive up to $5,000 depending on your Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) score (a test which determines a student’s cognitive ability).
  • High School Advantage Scholarship – High schools students who apply for admission to IPR may be eligible to receive a scholarship up to $1940 to help cover the cost of tuition for one course per quarter prior to the student’s official start date at IPR. Students may use the scholarship for up to seven terms, while meeting all other eligibility requirements.
  • Forward Scholarship – Reduced per credit rate of $299 for high school juniors and seniors enrolled in a degree program.
  • President’s Scholarship – Receive up to $5,000 for enrolling early.

Military Scholarship – Qualified military personnel who maintain a minimum credit load are eligible for a $480 scholarship.IPR Scholarships

IPR Scholarships

  • Mary Ann O’Dougherty World Music Scholarship – One student in our World Music course will receive the required books for the class at no charge.
  • Rhymesayers Entertainment Scholarship – A full-tuition scholarship awarded to one student each fall quarter from Rhymesayers Entertainment.
  • IPR Graduate Scholarships (For Returning Students) – Returning students can earn up to $3,000 towards a second A.A.S. degree.

Miscellaneous Scholarships

  • Matching Scholarship – Doubles the value of private scholarships granted by businesses, civic associations and other organizations, up to $1,000 per year.
  • Community Service Scholarship – varying awards for volunteers in the community.
  • Educational User Experience (edUX) Scholarship – Full-time students are eligible for an award that helps fund the cost of a tablet.
  • Professional Certification Scholarship – Reimbursement for students taking certification examinations. Eligibility requirements apply for all scholarships but may vary. Generally they include criteria that is similar to the following:

Whether you are a high school student preparing to go to college for the first time, a transfer student changing schools with credits under your belt or a student who took a break and is returning, scholarship money can help make the next chapter of your life easier.

Want to learn more? Request more information or call us at 877-655-7676.

 

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DIY is Now Inside Tracks: Check Out Our Lineup This Quarter!

Welcome back to school, everyone!

For as long as any student here can remember, IPR has offered a free lecture series to its students on making it in the media arts industry. We bring in big-name guests once a week to discuss how they carved out their own path, to field questions from students about how they can do it themselves and to offer tips on how to be successful in the media arts industry—and sometimes, to play a few songs. Formerly called DIY, this lecture series is now called Inside Tracks and has a stellar lineup set for Summer Quarter 2014.

This quarter, IPR welcomes guests from all walks of the industry, from jazz performers to music writers to audio engineers.  Swing by Robinson Hall at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays this quarter to hear:

  • Tom Lieberman on July 22: Tom is a jazz guitarist and a singer/songwriter who produces film scores and takes credit for the music on Sesame Street Live’s tour. Come hear more about this eclectic artist (who also just so happens to make his own puppets–how cool is that?)
  • Chris Riemenschneider on August 5: Chris is the music critic for the Star Tribune newspaper. Come hear his thoughts on the local music scene and get the inside scoop on what it’s like to review music for a living. If you’re an artist, you might also want to hear his thoughts on how artists should approach critics with their material.
  • Justin Rieken on August 12: Justin makes his living as a session bassist in the highly competitive Minneapolis music scene, playing with Alison ScottMick Sterling and dozens of others.
  • Chance Howard on August 26: An internationally successful jazz and R&B keyboardist, Chance has worked with everyone from Candy Dulfer to Prince.

    Chance Howard

  • Bryan Mengy on September 2: Brian is a very successful local engineer who has worked at Wild Sound and recently opened his own studio with IPR instructor Colt Leeb.
  • Michael Pink on September 16: Based out of Fargo for many years, Michael now calls Minneapolis home to ply out his sophisticated power pop gems.
  • Mayda on September 23: You’ve never heard anyone like her. Mayda’s pop and hip hop stylings have impressed many people in the Midwest, and she’s worked with top session pros such as Michael Bland.

Get the inside track on success in the media arts industry from these professionals— Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. in Robinson Hall!

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Congratulations Spring 2014 Graduates!

A huge congratulations to all of IPR’s Spring 2014 graduates! This quarter 23 students received their diplomas in IPR’s own Robinson Hall, which proved to be our best graduation ceremony to date.

Emcee Mary Jane Alm (a perennial favorite IPR teacher) kept the ceremony moving with her usual eloquence, and instructor Scott Nelson offered astute observations about the next steps after graduation. He also showed this inspiring clip of a Jim Carey graduation speech in Iowa earlier this year.

Students graduating summa cum laude included valedictorian Roman Pinter (A.A.S. in sound design for visual media) and Mark Straley (A.A.S. in sound design for visual media); students graduating magna com laude included Trevor Murchison (A.A.S. in audio production and engineering); students graduating cum laude included Austin Jones (A.A.S. in audio production and engineering), Jayde Wolf (A.A.S. in audio production and engineering), Jessica Readel (A.A.S. in music and entertainment business) and Brian Garrels (A.A.S. in sound design for visual media).

Valedictorian Roman Pintar

Additionally, three students won IPR’s coveted ICON award for outstanding achievement; the award is voted on by faculty and given to graduating students who will best represent the school when they become professionals in the field. ICON winners this quarter include Trevor Murchison, Lindsie Heitzman and Mark Straley.

ICON winner Lindsie Heitzman

IPR offers associate degrees in audio production and engineeringmusic and entertainment businesssound design for visual medialive sound and show production as well as two new programs, interactive media and graphic design and digital video and media production. Our next class will graduate October 4, 2014—see you then!

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IPR Students Learn Firsthand at SXSW

As the original “distance learning” class, IPR’s South by Southwest course sent 12 students to Austin, Texas, this year to participate in one of the largest music and movie conferences in the world. Close to 50,000 people attend the famous 10-day festival for its performances, which included Lady GagaColdplayLudacris and Chance the Rapper this year, but also for its educational panels on topics such as net neutrality, multi-platform marketing, fair use and copyright, indie music, movie production and hundreds more.

IPR students represent #IPR at SXSW

The South by Southwest Media Conference class is offered once a year at IPR and is clearly a student favorite—each year there is a long wait list of students hoping to register for this two-week intensive course. Through panel discussions and seminars, students learn about current media topics, networking, event management and promotion.

Of course, in addition to learning, students also rocked out at a bunch of great shows. And others who did not go are already planning on trying to register for the 2015 class!

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Meet the Maestro: Bob Jenkins

As he did with all his careers, Bob Jenkins “sort of fell into” teaching at IPR, which he says, is about the fourth or fifth career he’s had. Having worked as a trombone player, a contractor hiring orchestra musicians, a songwriter and a producer, Bob was “bored with retirement” and asked IPR co-founder Tom Tucker if there was anything he could do at the school.

“We’d worked together for 30 years—he was my engineer,” Bob said. “Tom always said I was the best musician he ever knew.”

Bob was hired the second quarter of IPR’s existence. To his surprise, he realized he didn’t care much for teaching at first.

“I discovered I was a better mentor,” Bob says. “A teacher says, ‘here is how you should do it;’ a mentor says, here is how I do it.’”

Although Bob says he eventually became more of a “teacher,” he still takes a mentoring approach to his classes. He believes in helping students learn in a way that is suited to each student’s needs and learning styles. He loves his job, he says, and loves being in an environment where people are always learning.

Likewise, students and faculty at IPR love Bob, too, not only for his ear for perfect pitch but also for being timelessly cool and inspiring. Bob is the “heart, soul and sometimes conscience” of IPR, instructor Scott Nelson says.

“He keeps on you to work harder, and then he gives you a hug,” says student Aaron Knish.

Perhaps Bob himself is such a great teacher because he had many great teachers as he was growing up. He credits his junior high school band teacher and high school band teacher for starting him down a path of musicianship—they were both “musician educators, not music educators,” he says. They were accomplished musicians teaching from that perspective rather than a by-the-book approach, a tradition Bob now carries on.

In college, Bob attended the University of Minnesota and later transferred to St. Thomas. He played in bands and multiple venues around the Twin Cities and very quickly started traveling out of state for gigs. Of course, he met up with fellow musicians to jam all the time. In fact, he recalls playing with other jazz musicians at Campus Pizza on the U of M west bank and telling “little Bobby Zimmerman” to take his guitar and leave for not being good enough.  (Of course, he admits, no one knew then that Zimmerman would later become Bob Dylan and revolutionize popular music.)

Bob himself has had a monumental music career, working in New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm and Copenhagen—yet he’s always returned to his hometown of Minneapolis. Looking back on his proudest moments, he cites the first time a piece of his music was used in a movie, the awards he’s won from the Cannes Film Festival and the CLIO Awards for music he wrote for advertising campaigns. But perhaps his biggest moment, he says, struck him as he was watching television at his sister’s house one Thanksgiving.

“I had just started writing music, and I had just written a commercial for Winnebago campers,” he says. “Then on Thanksgiving, we were at my sister’s house watching football, and on comes my commercial. And I remember sitting there thinking 50 million people are hearing my music right now.”

For students hoping for as successful a career in the music industry, Bob advises them to really consider whether they need to work in music or not. “This is not a job for someone who wants to play around,” he says. “It can be really disappointing if you aren’t serious. But if you really want to do it, you can probably be successful.”

“I can’t imagine doing anything else,” Bob says. “I’ve been so lucky being in the business my whole life. And being here at IPR, I get to pass along my experience and hopefully be beneficial to someone else.”

CLASSES: Bob teaches Audio Production for Visual Media; Scoring for Film and TV; and Arrangement and Orchestration

3 ARTISTS ON HIS IPOD: Actually, Bob doesn’t own an iPod. “I’m a terrestrial radio guy,” he says. His favorites include Beethoven and contemporary film score —“When you take a film score out of the movie and listen to the recording, it’s beautiful music,” he says. “The best classical music being written today.”

ADVICE TO STUDENTS: Life is too short to waste time trying to get stuff. Be receptive to what life brings. Graduate college.

WHAT HE LIKES ABOUT IPR: The faculty. “I know people in the business all over the place,” Bob says, “and we have a faculty that’s unrivaled.”

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