Richard Mendelson

Assistant Professor
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"My experience is that the more you distance yourself from your students, the worse the result. You have to realize that teaching, at its more fundamental level, is communication. Communication of information, yes, but also on a personal level it's about connecting with people."

"The more you can really relate to your students and what they're going through—the challenges that they face, the fears that they may have, both about school and their professional lives afterwards—the more that you can understand them and be understood by them."

"I've really found that teaching causes you to look far more deeply at what you're doing, and it helps you get better when you continue to work professionally in the field. When you're working in a studio with an artist, the artist is not focused on the process, unlike a student. Students will challenge you, and make you really think about all your choices: why are you using this microphone, this technique?"

"There's such a spirit of excitement, enthusiasm, and interest from the students, and it causes you to look very carefully and deeply into what you're doing. And in so doing, you get better at both roles. When I'm teacher, I'm also a recording engineer. I'm not one or the other. I find that those different roles—as an engineer and a mixer and a producer, as well as a teacher—they really feed one another."

 

 

Career Highlights

 

  • Alumnus, Harpur College
  • Experienced recording engineer, arranger, producer, and songwriter who has worked with artists including Boston, the Cars, Full Circle, the New Kids on the Block, Andy Pratt, Kurt Russell, Tiffany, Frankie Valli, and Peter Wolf
  • Co-owner of Synchro Sound Studios