Mike Nord

Professor of Music, Music Technology, Improvisation & Jazz Studies
Specialty: Creator and director of the Willamette University Music Technology Studios

Mike teaches the music technology curriculum, and oversees the digital studios in Ford Hall. He co-chairs the Arts Technology and Multimedia program, which focuses on creativity and collaboration across artistic media. Mike also teaches music improvisation, jazz studies, and electric guitar.

Mike's teaching is guided by his ongoing work as a performer and recording artist on guitar and electronics. He focuses on improvised work, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Current projects include the music and dance theater group Noru Ka Soru Ka, the instrumental trio Mike Nord and Georg Hofmann with Adreas Stahel, and Willamette Underground, a jazz touring group made up of Willamette University faculty. Other recent collaborations have included composing the installation piece Landscapes with artist Ann Kresge, and improvisational duets with dancer Makoto Matsushima.

His most recent Leo Records recording is Music of Noru Ka Soru Ka with Georg Hofmann and Makoto Matsushima. Mike has also recorded The Flow: Music for Improvised Dance (2010) with percussionist Georg Hofmann. 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 internationally. Festival appearances include Aalener Jazzfest (Germany), Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico), Koetzting Kulturfest (Germany), Nichinan Ottofest (Japan), Oggimusica (Switzerland), People’s Fringe Hong Kong, Peoples Fringe Shenzhen (China), Sin Compass (Mexico) the Sundance Festival (Nepal).

Mike is passionate about teaching. In addition to his classes at Willamette University has given seminars and clinics in the US and abroad for organizations including the Aalener Jazzfest (Germany), Escuela Nacional de Musica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; (Mexico City, Mexico). Jugendmusikschule Zurich, Hochschule fur Musik Zurich, Konservatorium Winterthur (Switzerland), Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory (Nepal), New York City Board of Education, Multicultural Music Group, Carnegie Hall Weil Institute, Creative Arts Laboratory (NY, NY), and the Peoples Fringe Festival (Hong Kong).

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.


  • 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).