Barry R. Hill is professor of music, Director of the Music Recording Technology Degree Program, and recently retired as founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania. He is responsible for developing curriculum, teaching courses in the areas of recording and audio engineering, and developing and maintaining multi-room recording studio facilities in this unique four-year liberal arts program. As director of the teaching and learning center, Dr. Hill oversaw seminars, faculty forums, grants, and the development of resources that can aid faculty in better understanding how students learn.
His current research interests, presentations, and publications involve instructional design and learning theories - finding ways to make learning more meaningful and effective. This affects how courses are designed and delivered while guiding development of specialized resources used in class. He applies the concepts of mental models and eliciting how individuals understand, or "see", a specific topic to help faculty better know how their students are progressing. Information on mental models and how they are applied in education can be found at his website www.mentalmodelassessment.org. Current projects are focused on applying these ideas to textbook (and e-textbook) design - an area long overdue for an overhaul.
"Learning Recording Engineering: Fundamental concepts and operations" is a textbook and audio CD set designed to teach recording practices in the studio. There are no true audio instructional texts available commercially that make sense from a human learning theory orientation. This text is specifically designed to help novices learn and understand principles of recording systems and operations that allow them to quickly learn and use any type of technology they encounter down the road.
An advocate for improving the school music experiences for K-12 students, he works with area music teachers and teaches a graduate course entitled Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning for the Master's of Music Education program at LVC. This course focuses on applying what we know about human learning to the field of music education, giving school music teachers the opportunity to re-think how they approach their classes and students.
Along with his experience in developing and teaching academic programs he has various areas of experience in the industry. As a recording engineer, he has a long list of album credits, including several national chart-placing singles. A member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Audio Engineering Society, his knowledge of music technology has been utilized for recording productions, concert performances, theater sound design, theme park shows, system installations, workshops, and seminars.
Dr. Hill holds degrees in Instructional Design from The Pennsylvania State University, Music Technology and Interactive Media from New York University, and Music with Recording Arts from the University of North Carolina Asheville. An accomplished pianist, he has performed in numerous capacities including symphony performances, solo competitions, theme park shows, and various bands and ensembles. He currently serves as pianist, worship music director, and sound consultant for his church.