Head of Music & Audio Technology Department
Rod Shepard is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger, and holds a BA in music. Performance work includes over 20 years as a guitarist/bassist/vocalist. A certified ProTools Operator with Expert-level training, as the owner/operator of a commercial project-recording studio, his expertise is in recording and music production, with ProTools as the central hub of the studio.
His work includes, but is not limited to production work for theater, and the concert stage as well. Some technical performance work experience includes live sound and live recording at such venues as Les Paul’s Iridium, recording such artists as The Les Paul Trio, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Robbie Kreiger of the Doors, Marshal Crenshaw, Anton Fig, Scott Henderson, Jack Wilkins, Valery Ponomarev Big Band, Walter Trout, Terese Geneco Big Band, as well as audio production for studios, radio and television (ESPN, TLC, Discovery Channels).
Combined with his work in band production and arranging for stage and studio, these are all experiences he enjoys sharing in his teaching at High Tech.
Instrumental Music Instructor
Jacob Lawson is a violinist, producer and composer who has recorded with and composed arrangements for best selling recording artists including Guster, Sixpence None-the-Richer, Jars of Clay, Ce Ce Winans, Vienna Teng, and Venus Hum as well as dozens of other major label artists. He has produced albums and remixes in a diverse range or genres for Jennifer Knapp, Carol Lipnik, Genna & Jesse, Dave’s True Story and dozens more. He has performed with these and other artists including Tim McGraw, Jill Sobule, and Richard Julian throughout the US and Europe and has appeared in broadcast on the BBC, MTV, Vh1, CBS, ABC and NPR. As a composer his clients have included David’s Bridal, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Tami Stronach Dance, Shakespeare and Co., Haus, Overcoast, Cellfish, Jumping Giant, and Spork Productions. He scored the award winning film Fray and the animated series The Passion of Jimmy and was a contributing composer for the films Boy Wonder and Kartellet.