Audio Production Instructor
The Art Institute of Colorado
A successful career starts with a solid grasp of the fundamentals. Daniel Buckley , Audio Production Instructor , The Art Institute of Colorado
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I was 15, recording my first album in a well-known studio. The engineer invited me in to work on the other side of the glass to learn about mixing. Within minutes I was hooked! Since that moment I’ve expanded my artistry to include performance, producing, and engineering in and out of the studio, with equal joy.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
Throughout my journey in sound and audio, I’ve done a little bit of everything, including venturing into video and animation. I share these experiences and adventures with students through stories and practical rehearsals. I bring in industry friends and acquaintances to network and share their experiences. Several students have used these opportunities to participate in externships or internships—some even got jobs through those connections.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
Discovery is one of the critical aspects of learning that I emphasize in class. My favorite project lasts throughout Advanced Recording I, where the class becomes a “recording studio” complete with a professional artist who expects the class to perform at a professional level. Each student has specific job titles and responsibilities. They run the operation as I guide them through the process. It doesn’t get any more hands-on than that.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
In this program, collaboration is standard operating procedure. Many audio classes employ a cohesive group structure to engage students in hands-on learning and teamwork. We have such a great variety of great programs that require sound to fulfill the visual experience. The audio classes that require audio students to work with other majors have vastly broadened their horizons. Several students and grads have used these connections to partner with other alumni and further their professional careers.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Networking is probably the most important aspect of an artistic business. It’s a strengths of our school that many students don’t know how to take advantage of. So networking is a big focus inside and outside the classroom within the Audio program.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
A successful career starts with a solid grasp of the fundamentals.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Watching students grow and take their creativity to new levels is priceless.