Ri-ˈkȯrding

I have always been interested in recorded music. As a boy, I sat in front of the speakers of my family’s console record player to listen to LPs and the radio. Then it was 45 singles in my room. Then cassettes (my brother’s Walkman). By the time I got a dual cassette player, I had learned to play a few instruments. I used the dual deck to make my own track over track recordings. I wrote and recorded a few songs that way in high school. Then I moved on to a 4 track cassette recorder. Next was in a studio with a big reel-to-reel and a nice board. Then an upgraded studio space with ADAT. Since that time, it’s all been computers.

I am working right now on an album that I would like to take to the studio in 2021 as the pandemic fades (knock on wood). I am able to do some of the recording at home as long as it’s direct or MIDI – I don’t have great microphones or a good sounding room. My plan is to release an album’s worth of material but two songs at a time, like 45 singles only released digitally for streaming and download. Once all the songs are released, I will press some physical copies.

After I finish in the studio next year, I will turn my attention to my duties at KentuckyJam.org, where I act as executive producer. So far, I’ve helped produce two albums. One for guitarist/singer/songwriter Rus Powell. The other for singer/songwriter/married-couple Bookends. We’re a volunteer group and everyone is pretty much shut down right now. However, the search is open for the next artist to support. You can find out more about that at www.kentuckyjam.org.

Education

Two months after establishing a weekly publishing deadline for my TubaDad channel on YouTube, I am still finding my way. A lot of my content to date could be construed as teaching. However, I would describe my approach more like informal sharing. My content is not based on any teaching methods or techniques.
As for my educational background, I have a BA with Honors (I say it that way because I can) in German Studies from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to my degree in language, I have college music credit from College-Conservatory of Music at UC as well from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Eastern Kentucky University School of Music. After graduation, I did an additional year of graduate study in German Language and Literature with coursework in second language acquisition.
During my time at UC, I taught three sections of Beginning German and co-taught a course in Holocaust Literature.
I do have some experience teaching marching band and private lessons for tuba, euphonium/baritone, trombone, and bass guitar.

Consistency

I have published a TubaDad video on YouTube every Friday for five weeks now. I have seven followers and a video with as many as 21 views, so I’m feeling pretty big time.
Really, I’m just learning the ropes. I can see several places where I want to improve. It’s my hope that my videos will gain polish as I continue.
If you have a subject you would like TubaDad to cover, you can send it through the TubaDad Channel page on Facebook Messenger.
Thanks for listening!
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Like a lot of people, I have been helping my kids with remote learning in 2020. My twin primary school kids were learning about instrument families in music class during the spring. I made a video to provide a supplement to their work. After getting positive feedback, I made another video and have now decided to publish a new one every Friday.

Here’s my second video: