Professor Barry Hill

Barry R. Hill is professor of music, Director of the Music Recording Technology Degree Program, and 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 music business, and developing and maintaining multi-room recording studio facilities in this unique four-year liberal arts program. For the teaching and learning center, Dr. Hill organized seminars, faculty forums, grants, and the development of resources that can aid faculty in better understanding how students learn.

“Learning Recording Engineering: Fundamental concepts and operations” is a textbook and audio CD set designed to teach recording practices in the studio. This is not a “Pro Tools for Dummies” type of book. 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.

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, Audio Engineering Society, and the Themed Entertainment Association, his knowledge of music technology has been utilized for recording productions, concert performances, theater sound design, theme park shows, system installations, workshops, and seminars.

Recent projects include a book on church audio and development of a new course on theme park design…well, primarily user experience, but we’re focusing on how to design immersive, storytelling, placemaking experiences whether it be for a park, museum, or even a retail store.

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.

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.

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, music director, and technical arts director for his church.

Professional activity


Recordings: Engineering credits on numerous albums and projects.
Presentations/articles: Published articles and presented at a variety of academic and industry conferences on topics related to audio, teaching and learning, and education.
Textbook: Learning Recording Engineering
Industry Leadership: Board member for Themed Entertainment Association
Research interests: mental models and instructional design
Areas of interest: Themed entertainment, education and learning design,
Other: Audio consultant for churches, worship director (music & technical arts)

Professional associations


Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Grammys)
Audio Engineering Society
Themed Entertainment Association
Association for Educational Communications and Technology
Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association