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 on guitar and electronics. He focuses on improvised work, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. 2009-2010 intermedia works have included collaborations with dancers; The Flow (with Hideto Hishiki, Georg Hofmann, and Mercé de Rande), and Noru Ka Soru Ka (with Mao Arata, Makoto Matsushima, Georg Hofmann, and Richard Carr), and the gallery installation piece Healing Forest (with artist Ann Kresge).
His most recent Leo Records recording is The Flow: Music for Improvised Dance (CD LR 561) with percussionist Georg Hofmann. He has also recorded 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 in Europe, Japan, Mexico, and the U.S.. Festival appearances include Sin Compass, Aalener Jazzfest, Festival Internacional Cervantino, and Koetzting Kulturfest.
Active as an academic, 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. He has conducted seminars and clinics in the US and abroad for organizations including the Escuela Nacional de Musica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; (Mexico City, Mexico). New York City Board of Education, Multicultural Music Group, Carnegie Hall Weil Institute, Creative Arts Laboratory (NY, NY), Jugendmusikschule Zurich, Hochschule fur Musik Zurich, Konservatorium Winterthur (Switzerland).
- 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).