Elysha Zaide

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Assistant Professor
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With equal footholds in the artistic and technical sides of the industry, Elysha Zaide is passionate about encouraging her students to explore both as well, using a holistic and empathic approach to make algorithms come alive and transcribe creative ideas with electronic paint brushes. Demystifying the technology is as important as learning its rules, and she wants her students to laugh, cry, write about it, and then skillfully render it in digital form.

Her career has taken her to dozens of countries around the world, falling into roles as diverse as artist, manager, composer, sound designer, and event facilitator. In today’s world, it’s important to practice flexibility and be adaptable, and she encourages her students to explore multiple facets of their interests, providing extensive one-on-one support to augment classes constantly updated with the newest software trends, surprise guests, and tightly-packed content delivered with humor and high energy.

Career Highlights
  • Over two decades as a performer touring the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East
  • Featured headliner at festivals such as Coachella, Boiler Room, and Lightning in a Bottle
  • Over 100,000 monthly Spotify listeners and 4 million Soundcloud plays/li>
  • Music production licensed to clients including Facebook Music, VH1, Buzzfeed, Electronic Arts, and Ninja Tune
  • Endorsed by Ableton Live, Focusrite/Novation, TC Helicon, Rob Papen, Subpac, and Blue Microphones
  • Creator of top-selling sample content for Black Octopus, Splice, and multiple iOS apps
  • Composer for the National Film Board of Canada
  • Music editor for clients including PBS Kids, Cartoon Network, Lifetime, Discovery Channel, and CBC Television
Awards
  • Top three finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, 2007
  • Apprenticeship Scholarship, Screen Composers Guild of Canada, 2008
  • One-time nominee for Best Original Music, Canadian Video Game Music Awards
Education
  • Diploma of Recording Arts, CDIS / Art Institute, 2001
  • Royal Conservatory Piano Training, Level 10