Rodney S.

Naperville, IL


IT Consultant, Digital Audio Recording, Music Teacher and Songwriter

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Illinois Institute Of Technology


Illinois Institute Of Technology

About Rodney

I have over 30 years of experience as an Information Technology Director and Consultant. I am also a professional musician, recording engineer, and songwriter with extensive teaching experience. I specialize in training and teaching, installation and setup, of most all computer hardware and operating systems. I am expert in both Apple and PC hardware/software installation, trouble-shooting, and repair. I have expertise in Microsoft Office products, as well as most leading recording engineering software. Along with my IT skills I have been a music teacher specializing in songwriting, both music and lyrics along with advanced guitar instruction and Digital Recording Engineering.

One of my recent recording engineering projects included two vocal tracks that I recorded for the "Coca-Cola's 2014 Big Game ad. America Is Beautiful" commercial that aired during Sundays Super Bowl 2014 and a "90-second version of the Coca-Cola ad debuted during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics."

My Information Technology and musical skills proved to be a natural fit when the music industry transformed from being primarily analogue to becoming mostly digital. This merger of music and technology has enabled me to offer a level of expertise that surpasses many who are restricted to a singular focus within their field.

Whether you want to master formulas in an Excel spreadsheet or write, perform, and record the next potential hit musical single, I have a wealth of expertise that can help you achieve your goal.
I have over 30 years of experience as an Information Technology Director and Consultant. I am also a professional musician, recording engineer, and songwriter with extensive teaching experience. I specialize in training and teaching, installation and setup, of most all computer hardware Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Naperville, IL 60563
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Adobe Photoshop, Computer Engineering,
Desktop Publishing,
General Computer, Macintosh,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer)
Adobe Photoshop
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer)

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Computer Engineering

I have designed and built hundreds of computers by hand, including the selection and installation of motherboards, ram, CPUs,fans, cabling, hard drives, selection of enclosure materials, cooling systems, and all other components.

Desktop Publishing

As a Director of Information Technology for 17 years at a commercial print manufacturer, I was responsible for the installation of all desktop publishing software and training of personnel. I have intimate knowledge of layout, pagination, shingling, trapping, ripping, imposition, and all other aspects of manipulating digital files. My duties included trouble-shooting and compatibility testing of QuarkXpress, Photoshop, Indesign, and most of the other Creative Suite products along with various third party software application designed for desktop publishing. I am familiar with both the software and hardware necessary to produce professional printed flyers, magazines, newspaper, labels, and general printed marketing material.


I have been teaching guitar lessons part time for 30 years. I specialize in progressive rock, shredding, speed picking, sweep picking, folk, and pop. I teach beginner to advanced in the above styles. I have taught at various music stores in the Chicago-land area in the past but now offer personalized in home lessons on guitar and bass.


I have 20 years in the Information Technology field specializing in Macintosh computers, and 15 years working with Macintosh as a recording engineer and musician.

Microsoft Outlook

As a Director of Information Technology for over 20 years I have installed, configured, and administered Microsoft Outlook across the enterprise, including setup on computers, smart phones, laptops and Apple iPad. I have expertise in trouble-shooting and repairing .pst files, smtp and port conflicts with service providers, and managing multiple accounts using disparate technologies.

Microsoft Windows

I have installed Microsoft Windows on hundreds of computers, including Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows XP/XP Pro, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. I have installed and configured both 32bit and 64bit operating systems as well as Windows Small Business Server 2008-2012, and Windows 2008-2012 Server.

Networking (Computer)

I have installed tens of thousands of feet of Cat3, Cat5, and Cat6, Ethernet cabling along with coaxial cable for broadband and security cameras. I am expert at installation of patch panels and punching down Ethernet cabling. I have installed and configured routers, access points, firewalls and many other network appliances including Cisco, Linksys, SonicWall, D-link, Extreme Networks, and Netgear. I have setup enterprise wide wireless access, both inside and outside long distance antennae. I have designed and configured IP and subnet strategies for the enterprise including tunnels and gateways for remote location.

I have the skill to purchase, install, and configure both wired and wireless networking systems across the enterprise for small to medium sized business.


I have been a professional musician, singer, songwriter, and composer for over 30 years. I have helped many students enhance their natural talent and discover their songwriting abilities. I have a profound insight into the creative process and have developed many methods that enable the composer to actualize and express their inner talent.

Illinois Institute Of Technology


Illinois Institute Of Technology

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rodney will travel within 40 miles of Naperville, IL 60563.

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