Balancing artistic applications such as music, audio engineering, or lighting with real world skill sets for success in creative industries can be a challenge. Sometimes career goals that are based on artistic and creative endeavors are looked upon as not a viable option for actually making a living. Jeff’s talk will be about the ideas that we are using to bridge the gap and give our students real world pathways for success in these areas.
Jeff Little, Assistant Professor, Department Head, Entertainment Technology Program, Northeast State Community College
Jeff Little is an educator and critically acclaimed musician. His performances include such venues as the Smithsonian Institution, the American Folk Festival and the National Council for the Traditional Arts’ “American Piano Masters.” He has been featured many times on PBS as well as NPR and has performed internationally in such countries as France, Sri Lanka, Oman and Tanzania. In addition, Little has worked in many management and production areas of the music industry, including work with national artists such as Keith Urban and John Michael Montgomery. Little is the department head for the Entertainment Technology program at Northeast State. The Entertainment Technology program offers state-of-the-art curriculum and facilities for sound and lighting production along with industry business classes.
Little is a recipient of the Distinguished Lecturer Award from The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, managed by the College of Education at The University of Texas; and in 2014, he was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.