Neal Schmitt's Biography of Achievement and Initiative
However, simply logging countless late nights in a recording studio does not qualify me to teach audio recording, music technology and entrepreneurship. Add: designing, constructing and co-owning that commercial recording studio; drumming, promoting and managing a touring indie band with numerous national releases on independent labels; an insatiable appetite for recording gear, social media and aggregating other communication tools; creating interesting, demanding, and relevant student projects; using innovative grading techniques and finally combine all that with formal degrees in audio production and marketing; and you get a lot closer.
While I sharpened both my networking and studio skills, I also engineered live sound at numerous venues, corporate events and music festivals, provided location audio support for film and video productions and TV commercials and continued to tour with my band Pretty Mighty Mighty.
Deciding that I wanted to further immerse myself in to the growing Columbus music scene, I partnered with a longtime band member to open a recording facility. Workbook Studio started humbly in a cramped, rental house but later expanded to a 3,200 sq. ft New York style loft space. (And my expanded I mean that we built the space from scratch.) Workbook Studio was lucky to record thousands of songs from hundreds of acts from around the U.S. Our hard work was featured in EQ, TapeOp and Mix magazines as well as regional publications. Workbook Studio was proud to host numerous benefit concerts, CD release parties and art openings. The studio was also the setting for two episodes of a 30-minute music television program called “Workbook”.
Currently, I am the Coordinating Instructor for the Music Program at Hocking College. I teach music technology, music composition, sound reinforcement, entrepreneurship, booking and new media. I also am an Adjunct Instructor in The Conservatory of Music at Capital University and in the Interactive Media Department at Columbus State Community College.
Most importantly, I help students communicate.