David Pickett with George Martin and students

David Pickett with Beatles producer George Martin
and students at the University of Surrey

Dr. David Pickett has taught widely in the areas of Music (history, appreciation and performance), Recording Arts, Audio Technology, and Electronics.

Recording Arts, Audio Technology &Electronics

The Art Institute Houston, Texas (2009–2013)

Chair of Audio Production

Classes Taught

    Fundamentals of Audio
    Audio Recording I
    Advanced Recording Techniques I
    Electronics I, II & III
    Audio Technology I & II
    Senior Projects I & II

University of North Texas, College of Music, Denton, Texas, USA (2006–2008)

Professor of Music and Manager of Recording Services

Classes Taught

    Topics in Audio Recording
    Introduction to Audio

Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana, USA (1983–1999)

“The most portentous appointment of 1983 (signalling as it did a new level of attentiveness to electronic technology in the School) was that of David Pickett, who was the School’s first professorial-level appointee in recording arts; by 1990 he had developed a degree program in Audio Recording.”
— George M. Logan: The Indiana University School of Music: a History
    (Indiana University Press, 2000, p. 273)

Director of Recording Arts and Professor of Music

Classes Taught

    Recording Arts — Repertoire
    Recording Arts — Practicum
    Topics in Audio Recording
    Audio Technology II
    Audio Technology III
    Basic Electricity
    Electronics I
    Electronics II

Among Dr. Pickett’s former students at Indiana University are:

   Jonathan Bach, Producer and Game Designer, Electronic Arts, CA
    Audrey Bentham, Primary audio engineer for Fresh Air at WHYY, Philadelphia
    Cornelius Boots, Musician, composer, teacher and audio producer, Oakland, CA
   Brian Bowman, Recording Engineer, US Navy Band, Washington, DC
   Andrew Dawson, Sound Supervisor, Universal Creative Services, CA
    Leslie Gaston, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Colorado, Denver, CO
   Dan Gellert, Studio Express, Beverly Hills, CA
    Larry Goodman, Senior Account Manager, Xytech Systems, Burbank, CA
   Travis Gregg, Coordinator of Audio Production, Indiana University School of Music
   Jeff Mee, Freelance Recording Engineer, formerly with Delos Records,
       Los Angeles, CA
    Jennifer Munson, WNYC, NY, NY
    John Nuner, Associate Faculty, Audio Technology, Indiana University, South Bend
    Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer, “The Place...For Mastering”,
       Nashville, TN
    Mark Plati, Producer, Engineer and Musician based in New York City
   Kevin Shima, Recording Engineer and Producer, Musician and Teacher, OH
    Sherene Strausberg, Composer, Musician, Engineer, Designer, Los Angeles, CA
    Konrad Strauss, Recording Engineer, Director of Recording Arts and
       Professor of Music, Indiana University School of Music
   Michael Stucker, Lecturer in Recording Arts, Indiana University School of Music
    Li Teo, Consultant/Recording Engineer, Independent Classical Productions,
   Andres Villalta, Recording Engineer, Philadelphia, PA
    Shane D. Wilson, Recording Engineer, TN

University of Surrey Department of Music, Guildford, England (1979–1983)

Director of Tonmeister Studies

With Sir. Georg Solti, President of the Association of Professional
Recording Studios, inspecting student projects entered for the
APRS Jacques Levy Memorial Award

Classes Taught

    Recording Techniques I
    Recording Techniques II
    Recording Techniques III
    Recording Arts &Sciences Seminar
    Technical Listening

Dr. David Pickett’s former students at the University of Surrey include:
   Andrew Beer, Recording Engineer, EMI
   Ben Fenner, Recording Engineer
    Daniel Fournier, Music Architect, Engineer and Teacher, formerly at QCM
       (Queensland Conservatorium of Music), Australia
    John Fredericks, Managing Director, Technical Earth
    Erdo Groot, Grammy-nominated Recording Engineer,
        Director of Polyhymnia International, Netherlands
    Mike Hatch, Recording Engineer and co-founder of Floating Earth
    David Mellor, Recording Engineer and Teacher
    Francis Rumsey, Professor of Sound Recording, University of Surrey

Music History, Musicology and Music Appreciation

University of North Texas, College of Music, Denton, Texas, USA (2006– 2008)

    Seminar class in Mahler research

Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland (1999–2000)

    Seminar in Music Research (final year projects)

Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana (1983–1999)

    Recording Arts Repertoire

Occasional Lectures

Dr. David Pickett has given preconcert lectures with his own orchestras and also for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and at Indiana University. A selection of titles is given below.

Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler

Love in Leipzig — Mahler's First Symphony
Gustav Mahler and the Great God Pan
    — Mahler's Third Symphony
Triumph in Adversity — Mahler's Fifth Symphony
Vanished Days of Youth — Mahler's Ninth Symphony
Love Unrequited — Mahler's unfinished Tenth Symphony
Lost to the World — Mahler's composing huts
Gustav Mahler the Conductor
Mahler and Beethoven
Mahler's Interpretation of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony


    Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas
    Beethoven and the String Quartet
    Beethoven, Prometheus and Napoléon
    Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony

Other Composers

    Chopin's Successors — Moniuszko to Kilar
    Andrzej Panufnik — Life and Works
    The Angelic Music of Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Music of 20th-century Poland — Szymanowski, Bacewicz, Penderecki et al.
    The Music of Finland after Sibelius

Famous Conductors

Walter, Toscanini, Kleiber, Klemperer, Furtwängler

Walter, Toscanini, Kleiber, Klemperer & Furtwängler in Berlin, 1929 or 1930

Each lecture presents an illustrated musical and biographical profile of one of the great conductors of the twentieth-century:

    Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Otto Klemperer
    Igor Markevitch
    Arturo Toscanini
    Bruno Walter


Dr. Pickett builds a concert around a single masterwork, preceding the performance by an illustrated lecture in which the orchestra also participates. Supporting material is provided by handouts (with facsimiles), display photographs and Power Point presentations.

  Bach: A Musical Offering
  Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat
  Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn
  Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D
  Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor

Music Performance

School for Strings, Port Huron, Michigan, USA (2001–2005)

  Individual instruction in beginning Double Bass
  Summer workshop — Double Bass for high school students
  Summer workshop — Chamber Music Coaching

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