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Mark Matthews

 Mark Matthews
St. Pete/Gibbs Campus
HS 118a
Academic Chair- MIRA

Mark Matthews is a Music Technology and Commercial Music Composition specialist. He has a bachelor’s in music from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a master’s in music from North Texas State University in Denton.  A 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles music scene, he has extensive knowledge and experience as a composer, arranger, guitarist, engineer and studio owner. 

Professor Matthews possesses a deep understanding of computers and the music technology used to create sound in today’s marketplace.  While studying electronic music with famed pioneer, Merrill Ellis, he joined the first wave of operators of the New England Digital Synclavier II beginning at North Texas State University and continuing in Los Angeles.  He is well versed in Avid Pro Tools, Apple Logic Pro 8, and many of the various plug-ins and soft-synths integrated into each system.  He also has long-established experience in multi-track analog recording, studio performance/composition techniques, signal-flow and processing, and various microphone applications & methods.

Matthews has worked with a large group of talented performers to produce a wide range of award-winning music which can be heard in more than 30 countries.  He has either written for, arranged or recorded;  Al Green, Michael McDonald, Dolly Parton, Johnny Mandel, Harvey Mason (Herbie Hancock), Peter Erskine (Weather Report), Sheryl Crow, Bruce Fowler (Zappa), Kenny Rogers, Bill Champlin (Chicago), Jonathan Winters, Little Richard, Mike Post, Donna DeLory (Madonna), Queen Latifah, Timothy B. Schmidt (Eagles), Jennifer Warnes, Chris Hillman (The Byrds), and Quincy Jones, just to name a few.