Walter Chancellor – Instructor, Musician, Production Aficionado
Often called the “epitome of cool,” no one represents IPR better than Walter Chancellor—for several reasons. For one, he was the first instructor hired by IPR founder Jack Robinson in 2002. For another, he’s almost always known he wanted to work in the media arts industry as a musician, and he’s become quite successful at it.
But perhaps most importantly, Walter is a teacher and mentor at heart. Even before he came to IPR, he was working with young people teaching music theory and basic sequencing at the Electronics Musicians Workshop. There he met Robinson, and the rest, as they say, was history. Coming to IPR, Walter says, has taught him almost as much as he’s taught to the students.
CLASSES: Walter teachers the lab portion of AP154 – Desktop Production I
“My skills have come up 70%, I’d say,” he said. “I always had ears for music, but coming to IPR really gave me a more accelerated rate of that progression.”
Walter credits fellow IPR instructors Brian Jacoby and Steve Price for increasing his skill set. He is certified in both Pro Tools and Logic and serves as an advisor to students in Pro Tools, Logic, audio production, and MIDI. Almost all first quarter students will have a class with Walter.
In fact, 2014 Winter Quarter valedictorian Roman Pinter said in his graduation speech that the most important thing he learned on his first day of class was “not to piss off Walter.”
Which Walter thinks is just great. “That’s right—tough love,” he said. “If you’re going to be here, be a real student. I tell students we’re going to have fun, but when it’s time to get serious and you’re messing around, I’ll call you out on it.”
ADVICE TO STUDENTS: “All you need are basic recording tools—but they don’t have to be shiny and brand new to express your inner talents. If it’s still intact, you can use it.”