Mike teaches and coordinates the music technology curriculum, and oversees the digital studios in Ford Hall. He co-chairs the Arts Technology and Multimedia program, which offers a minor, summer grants, and the opportunity for students to collaborate across artistic media. Mike also teaches courses in music education and jazz studies, in addition to studio guitar instruction.
Mike's teaching is guided by his ongoing work as a performer and recording artist on guitar and electronics. He focuses on improvised work, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. His current focus is the Music and Dance Theater group Noru Ka Soru Ka. Other recent collaborations have included the installation piece Healing Forest with artist Ann Kresge and Fury, a choreography by Matthew Nelson.
His most recent Leo Records recording is Music of Noru Ka Soru Ka with Georg Hofmann and Makoto Matsushima. Mike has also recorded The Flow: Music for Improvised Dance (2010) with percussionist Georg Hofmann. In Walks Art (2004) and Biosphere (2006) for Leo with the group Carr Nord Hofmann. Other recordings are on the Nabel, and P7 labels. Also a composer, Mike has performed original music and intermedia pieces internationally. Festival appearances include Aalener Jazzfest (Germany), Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico), Koetzting Kulturfest (Germany), Nichinan Ottofest (Japan), Oggimusica (Switzerland), People’s Fringe Hong Kong, Peoples Fringe Shenzhen (China), Sin Compass (Mexico) the Sundance Festival (Nepal).
Mike has made professional presentations at conferences and seminars for organizations including the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, International Conference on the Arts and Society, International Association for Jazz Education, The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, Technological Directions in Music Learning, Technology Institute for Music Education, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, & Telecommunications, College Music Society, and Music Educators National Conference.
Mike is passionate about teaching. In addition to his classes at Willamette University has given seminars and clinics in the US and abroad for organizations including the Aalener Jazzfest (Germany), Escuela Nacional de Musica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; (Mexico City, Mexico). Jugendmusikschule Zurich, Hochschule fur Musik Zurich, Konservatorium Winterthur (Switzerland), Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory (Nepal), New York City Board of Education, Multicultural Music Group, Carnegie Hall Weil Institute, Creative Arts Laboratory (NY, NY), and the Peoples Fringe Festival (Hong Kong).
- B.A. Music (SUNY Buffalo, NY); M. M. Jazz and Commercial Studies (Manhattan School of Music, NY) ; Ed.M, Ed.D., Music and Music Education, (Columbia University, NY).