Dr. Barry R. Hill

Barry Hill

Professor and Director of Audio Music Production

Email: hill@lvc.edu

Phone: 717-867-6285

Office Location: Blair 113

Website: https://www.barryrhill.com

B.S., University of North Carolina at Asheville; M.M., New York University; D.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University

Audio and Music Production, Psychology of Teaching and Learning

Research & Practice Areas:
Audio Production, History, Mental Models of Recording Engineers

A member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammys), Audio Engineering Society, and the Themed Entertainment Association, I have extensive experience in the industry as a recording engineer, consultant, conference panelist, workshop presenter, and performer. I have authored three books on audio engineering focused on recording, podcasts, and church sound, and currently engineer a number of podcast shows.

A primary area of interest is church sound, involving consultations on acoustics, system design and operation, and training sound teams. My doctorate is in learning and instructional design, which I use to help teachers design better experiences for students.


Recording Audio: Engineering in the Studio

Podcast Audio: Make Your Show Sound As Good As Your Content

Mixing for God: A Volunteer’s Guide to Church Sound



Hill, B. R. (2018). Teaching audio: time for a paradigm change? ProSoundWeb, February 8, 2018.

Hill, B. R. (2017). I heard it through the grapevine. ProSoundWeb, June 26, 2017.

Hill, B. R. (2006). Teaching with ProTools? Proceed with caution! The development of mental models for recording engineering instruction. MEIEA Journal, 6(1), 29-58. (PDF)

Hill, B. R. (2003). Are your learners learning? A critical look at how and what we teach. MEIEA Journal, 3(1), 85-91.



The Themed Attraction Podcast

Purpose and Profit Podcast

The Valley Record



Jim Erdman: Soloist to the Presidents


Conference Presentations

Worship Summit Live 3.0, July 29, 2020. Mixing for live streams.

Worship Summit Live 2.0, April 2, 2020. How do you spell EQ?

Worship Summit Live, January 24, 2020. Audio for church production.

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 2013.

Selected presenter: Reimagining Textbooks (Print and E-Books) to Better Match Learners’ Cognitive Models.

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, 2010.

Selected presenter: Are Your Students “Getting It”? Just Look At Their Mental Model – Insert Brain Probe, Or Use The Card Sort Assessment Technique (latter preferred).

Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Louisville, KY, 2009.

Selected presenter: Are Your Students “Getting It”? Just Look at Their Mental Model – Insert Brain Probe, Or Use the Card Sort Assessment Technique (latter preferred).

The Teaching Professor Conference, Orlando, FL, 2008

Selected presenter: What Exactly are Your Learners Learning? Applying Mental Model Elicitation Techniques to Enhance Assessment of Your Courses and Programs. (PDF)

NARAS & MEIEA Education Summit, Nashville, TN, 2006

Invited panelist: Record Technology/Production


Teaching and Learning Presentations

“Want ’em to actually learn something? Try this…”

“Still using paper and notebooks for class projects? Get real – get virtual”

“Using blog-based websites for class and other stuff”

“What are your learners actually learning? Applying mental model analysis as an alternative instructional assessment method–really!”

“Applying human learning principles to course design”

  • Audio Engineering I
  • Audio Engineering II
  • Audio for Digital Media
  • Psychology of Music Teaching & Learning (graduate)
  • Recording for Music Educators (graduate)