Assoc Prof George Hess
Associate Professor (Music Technology)
An award-winning teacher, Associate Professor George Hess has over 20 years of experience as an educator. Prior to coming to Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, he was Professor of Music at Central Michigan University where for ten years he taught music technology, theory, jazz studies and directed an electronic contemporary music ensemble. He has also held positions at Alabama State University and the University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. Hess was recently named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2010 based on his research and practice in music technology pedagogy. His unique music technology curriculum, "Singing the Blues", led to his receiving the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in 2004. He has designed and programmed music education software for theory and ear training and also led a team that designed an interpretive multimedia project for a kiosk at the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado. Current research interests include the use of social networking in marketing musicians and using video conferencing in music education.
A highly regarded clinician, Hess has conducted clinics on music technology at schools, conferences and universities throughout the United States, Canada and Singapore and is a certified instructor for the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME). He is a regular presenter at international, national and regional conferences and has read papers at Ed-Media, Technological Directions in Music Learning, International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and the Leeds International Music Technology conferences. Dr. Hess has published papers on music technology pedagogy and has articles featured on websites for TI:ME, Line 6 and the Institute for Music Research.
As the founder, director and principal composer for eBand, a unique ensemble featuring non-keyboard electronic instruments and computers, his compositions and arrangements have been performed at the College Music Society/Association for Technology in Music Instruction Annual Conference, the Music Educators National Conference Biennial In-Service, the IAJE Midwest Regional Conference as well as various state music education conferences and numerous other engagements. Dr. Hess is also a professional guitarist and has performed extensively throughout the United States with such artists as Bob Mintzer, David Liebman, Rufus Reid, Wycliffe Gordon, Conrad Herwig, Myron Floren, Jim Nabors, the Osmonds, Ryo Kawasaki and Rick Culver. He continues to perform on a regular basis in Singapore.
George served as the long-time technology track coordinator for the International Association of Jazz Educators annual conference. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board for Technology Institute for Music Educators.
Hess holds the Doctor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition with a secondary emphasis in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. He also holds a Master of Music degree from UNC and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music, both in Theory and Composition.