Recording Arts & Technology Full-Time Faculty
Bill Hartzell - Metro Campus
Bill Hartzell is an Assistant Professor of Recording Arts & Technology at Cuyahoga Community College. A member of the faculty at Tri-C since 2002, Hartzell is an Avid-certified Pro Tools Instructor and has designed and/or taught a wide range of Recording and Music Technology courses including: Sound Recording & Design (RAT1100), Digital Audio Theory (RAT 1530), Digital Audio Mixing (RAT 2330), Location Recording (RAT 2341), MIDI I & 2 (MUS 1130 & 1140), Music Business (MUS 1110), Introduction to Recording (RAT 1300), Survey of the Recording Industry (RAT 1010), Critical Listening (MUS 1230) and Recording Arts & Tech Capstone (RAT2990). A specialist in location recording of classical music, Hartzell's professional work has been featured on radio stations throughout the US and Canada. He has recorded projects featuring members of all of the major classical music ensembles in the NE Ohio area including: the Cleveland Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, Apollo's Fire, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Factory Seconds, and Elysian Trio. As the supervisor of the recording studio at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, Hartzell oversees the recording of 200+ concerts and events each school year. Hartzell received his B.S. in Psychology and Guitar Performance at Valparaiso University and his M.M. in Music Technology at New York University. In his spare time, Hartzell writes electronic music under the pseudonym SoundSavant, which can be found at http://www.soundsavant.com
Brian Boyd - Metro Campus
Since 2006, I have served as a Recording Arts and Technology program faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College. Teaching has given me the vehicle to transform a passion for music and the recording arts into a committed career of helping students realize and cultivate their talents as well as help facilitate their development as recording industry professionals. In all of my classes I strive to effectively model the importance of diligent preparation, sound technical expertise, a rock-solid work ethic and an attitude of quality “client-centered” service within the classroom setting. I am a graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Secondary Education (English). After teaching at the high school level for a few years, I decided to further my education earning a degree in Recording Arts from Full Sail University (Orlando, FL). After graduation from Full Sail I relocated to Nashville, TN where I rose from intern status and served as a staff engineer at Dark Horse Recording (Franklin, TN). While at Dark Horse I had the opportunity to work with many major-label recording artists and producers ranging many musical genres. Returning to Northeast Ohio in 2001, I joined the staff of The Reel Thing recording studios in Cleveland, OH. While at The Reel Thing I had the opportunity to work on jingle production, radio/TV commercials and program production projects for many corporate clients. Since returning to teaching I have furthered my education earning a Master’s degree in Education from Lake Erie College. The challenge of assessing the diverse needs of students in order to effectively develop curricula needed to bridge the gap between technical/artistic theory and real-world application appeals to me. Currently, I am in the process of constructing a 19' x 14' x 10' control room for my home studio.