Cody McKinney

Instructor, Sound Design for Visual Media

Cody McKinney is an award winning composer, songwriter, bassist, and educator. He was commissioned by the Walker Art Center to perform original work and has taught professionally for over 15 years, leading ensembles, master classes, and giving private instruction. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Cody’s professional interests include music theory (traditional, jazz), composition (functional, experimental), curation, and advanced rhythmic concepts.

Cody toured with his rock band in the mid-90s and shared the stage with Steppenwolf and The Guess Who. He performed and recorded sessions with Prince’s New Power Generation, Atmosphere, and the James Brown Band. Cody toured internationally as a sideman, performing for crowds of up to 20,000 in Europe. He composed the scores for award winning films, and his work has been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, ESPN, and VH1.

Currently, Cody is bassist/bandmember for artists Chris Koza, PaviElle, and Donna Grantis. He curated Reichfest!, along with co-curating Sound/Simulacra, a monthly concert series at Jazz Central Studios. Clients for commercial orchestration projects include Colle McVoy, Olson Advertising, Jostens, Food Lion, and Cantata Learning.

Cody teaches in the Sound Design for Visual Media program at IPR, leading Audio production for Visual Media and Scoring for Film and Television courses. 


  • McPhail Center for the Arts, 1996-1998
  • B.A., Philosophy, St. Cloud State University, 1996-1998
  • Major in Jazz Performance, Berklee College of Music, 2000-2002
  • B.F.A., Jazz and Contemporary Music Composition with Honors, The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music, NYC, 2012-2014

Commercial Collaborations

  • Colle McVoy
  • Olson Advertising
  • Jostens
  • Food Lion
  • Cantata Learning

Artistic Collaborations:

  • Prince’s New Power Generation
  • Atmosphere
  • James Brown Band
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