Audio Production Instructor
The Art Institute of Houston
You can only accomplish so much on your own in front of a computer. Jeremy Dudman , Audio Production Instructor , The Art Institute of Houston
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I started playing double bass in the sixth grade. Pretty soon I was writing songs and performing with my friends.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I present scenarios I‘ve experienced professionally as they relate to what we’re covering in class. I talk about how I approached a given situation, and the outcome—whether good or bad—so they can learn from both my mistakes and my successes.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring...and how do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?
In Advanced Recording Techniques, students work in small groups to craft a production. They’re each assigned a vocal track and a specific genre, and build a song around it. This pushes students to collaborate in teams just as they will in the industry; plan and work in the studio with various musicians to realize the song’s potential; and leave their comfort levels by working in a genre they’re not accustomed to.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
I urge students to put themselves in studio and venue environments and join clubs and organizations where they practice working with—and learning from—others. You can only accomplish so much on your own in front of a computer.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
I want students to learn how to learn, and continue to grow as professionals in the industry. We connect the dots between what we’re learning now and what they’ve already learned in a prior class. I want them to build the confidence they need to grasp the new material they’ll encounter.