Simpson College (Music and Art)
Robert Kennedy (Enrolled)
Most recently, I served as the Dean of Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, California where I served with distinction for 4 years. I was originally recruited as Director of Admissions by this world renowned school of photography, filmmaking, and visual journalism, to double their admissions.
After some pretty hard work, My staff and I more than quadrupled it! After several successful years in admissions the executive management promoted me to Dean of the Institute overseeing all aspects of the educational process. It was here that I forged relationships with some of the top professionals and educators in the field of Media Arts and was encouraged to start my own school.
I attended Simpson College with a major in music as a percussion performance major and as an art major specializing in fine art, I completed a masters equivalent through the Command and General Staff College while in the military, and am enrolling in a Masters of Arts in Sustainability and Change through the Robert Kennedy college in Kent, England for a European and more of an international foundation of education. I am a retired Major (offered Lt. Colonel but retired in the meantime) from the Army reserves with 23 years of service and several successful command positions.
I am a screenwriter, music composer and performer and am immersed in the arts and dedicated to arts education. In theater, I have been an actor, music director, and set designer with over 2,000 stage performances. In 1992, I was hired by the Blind Athletic Association in the United States and Canada to film a documentary in Barcelona, Spain of the Paralympic Games. Interested in the education and welfare of children worldwide, I have been a Board Member of the Missing Children Task Force in Colorado prior to moving to California. I enjoy working with children of all ages and feel a special connection with them and enjoy the teaching experience tremendously.
I have been a guest speaker for quite a number of college graduation ceremonies, and a speaker on communication and visualization to several national conferences in the litigation and legal communities. I have written a screenplay, numerous articles on the communication subject, edited many manuscripts and business plans, and enjoy the use of correct writing and effective communication. It is my belief that effective communication is a skill that is the key to not only expressing your thoughts but also is critical in developing and mastering your listening skills and comprehension abilities. Effective communication skill sets are needed in not only a business setting but also so important in personal relationships as well.
I was a percussion major in college, and absolutely love percussion and am passionate about rhythm and the importance of feeling the music and being the foundation for any musical piece from classical, jazz, rock, folk, blues, and new wave genres. Drums and percussion along with the bass and rhythm guitar form the rhythm section of any group and are critical for the tempo and feel of any musical piece. Understanding the technology of drumming, the rudiments, sticking, instrumentation, and the utilization of the specific sounds that are available to you to create your own unique style are the exciting aspect of learning and expressing through knowledge of drumming and percussion.
I was a double major in music and art in college and enjoy the opportunity to capture a moment in either drawing or painting just as I do in my photography or videography. Having a basic knowledge of drawing fundamentals with not only composition and space relationships, contour, vanishing points, and texture, but also understanding the various techniques and mediums that are available is important. The creation of any art piece comes from the heart and the mind, there are no limitations to your own creativity. Learning the methods and how to create a piece by following certain steps helps eliminate problems later on when you may want to make changes in your creation. Art is a personal beast and we all have our own interpretation of what we consider appealing to us. That is what makes art so unique because we all see things differently. I don't have much experience with water color and find that this is where my limitations start.
I am eager to share my knowledge and experience with you and am anxious to see how far your own talents will be able to be stretched and expanded. Be confident in yourself, enjoy the learning because through that knowledge you can do anything. The saying that "Knowledge is power", is such a true statement. Use it to your advantage and let's have some fun. Most recently, I served as the Dean of Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, California where I served with distinction for 4 years. I was originally recruited as Director of Admissions by this world renowned school of photography, filmmaking, and visual journalism, to double their admissions.
After some pretty hard work, My
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I was a double major in college with a fine art major. I was a medical illustrator for science books as well as for police investigations and have worked extensively in drawing.
I have been a professional performer on drums and percussion for 46 years, have been a studio musician, pit drummer and competition judge, music director and drummer for over 2,000 stage and concert performances. I started performing professionally when I was 17 years of age with a noted symphony in Boston, toured with a number of well known musicians, have composed commercials for the Japanese and European markets, and have been a producer and composer in numerous recording studios. I have performed with many notable groups and well known musicians over the years. My interests are in big band, jazz standards, rock, blues, new age music and symphonic performance.
Proper usage of our English language is not only what is expected but it is also the right thing to do. As the former college Dean and professor, I would continually strive to teach proper grammar to my students so they were able to effectively communicate their thoughts and succeed in writing effectively and correctly. The proper use and understanding of grammar is an art and is highly respected and viewed upon favorably if you can master it.
Handwriting is becoming a lost art. I grew up under the old school method of learning handwriting and feel today that it is the best way to learn. There is an art and method to learning how to write well with proper slant, circles, size of letters in a word, beginning and ending of letters, how they connect with each other, and the flow of penmanship. I have been a writer using long hand writing for over 60 years and feel cursive writing is still a critical skill. I enjoy teaching handwriting and believe it is an art form we all should master. Effective communication is critical.
I have worked extensively with acrylics, oil painting, and drawing on many pieces and have been commissioned by corporations to create pieces for them for their offices. I have a very clear understanding of colors, perspective, shadowing, texture, and factual representation especially when my work was used in significant trials or in science books. I am knowledgeable regarding acrylics and oils but water color is not my strong suit.
The English language is one of the most difficult languages to learn because of its many nuances. But being able to use it correctly is critical in communicating your thoughts accurately. As a college Dean and professor it was always an important aspect of my teaching to use correct spelling and word usage in my subject lessons, exams, communications with students, and evaluations.
If you do not know the words and their meaning you are unable to communicate effectively! Extending our vocabulary on a regular basis is such an important aspect of communicating effectively but also in simply understanding each other. As a former college Dean and professor, using the correct words to explain a theory, describe an event, ask the right question, give the right answer, or even just express how I was feeling was a critical skill. A strong vocabulary will help you communicate your thoughts on a daily basis.
As a former college Dean and professor and as a student myself, the ability to write well is a skill we should all master. Well written communication is essential and should include a strong vocabulary, proper word usage, proper grammar, correct spelling, and the ability to put together a well structured sentence that makes sense. Writing is painting a picture with words. Tell the story.